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We began the year concentrating on technical improvements to our signal in the Dublin area. Thanks to some fantastic support from Harris we have made adjustments to our main transmitter which is performing flawlessly and we remain impressed with the signal delivery of DAB. However building penetration remains a problem and we are considering a repositioning of our antenna to aid this subject to ComReg approval.
On the programming side we have had a very favourable response to Love Radio which went on-air on 1st January. Our plans to trial other niche formats continues with the launch of Pure Classic, a high-quality classical music service, early in Q2. We will also welcome the first FM commercial station to join the trial. Dublin based Sunshine Radio will start their DAB service during the next quarter also.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland continue to be very supportive with a reduced-rate licence fee specifically for DAB trial broadcasts. The lower cost and simplicity of the process has encouraged more services to trial DAB. During Q1 we have been working with an existing broadcaster preparing one such application and it is expected to be issued late May/early June. Watch this space!
Finally, regarding expansion to Cork, the required upgrade works at the site have unfortunately been delayed. As a result our launch in Ireland’s second largest city has been pushed back to sometime during the coming summer.
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