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Rossendale Radio partners with other community stations for small-scale DAB across East Lancashire

Rossendale Radio and Pendle Community Radio along with fac365, have teamed up to create East Lancs Digital Ltd. The new company is keen to bring small-scale DAB radio to East Lancashire and this collaboration brings together a unique combination of specialist skills, local knowledge, radio experience and a passion for the local area. Together we are in the process of applying for the second round of Ofcom's small-scale DAB rollout for East Lancashire (Blackburn & Burnley with Darwen) using equipment, installation and support services from Viamux, the UK’s one-stop-shop for all things small-scale DAB.

Rossendale Radio’s Tony Nixon (Station Manager and Director)

“We are absolutely delighted to be a part of this application. For years, this part of Lancashire traditionally had very little radio coverage from a truly local perspective, and this new digital platform will bring so much more listening choice to the residents, visitors and businesses in the area.

We look forward to welcoming new listeners across East Lancashire to our station and to sharing the benefits of the Rossendale Valley”.

Viamux’s David Duffy welcomed the collaboration:

“I believe that stations such as Rossendale and Pendle demonstrate the very best of what community radio delivers in their local areas. Through collaborations such as these, we aim to ensure that stations have a stake in their local platform and that their digital future is secured.”

fac365 is a Broadcast and Media facilities company, working with world leaders in the broadcast, entertainment, sporting and live music industries. Production Manager, Nathan Wressell, says "We are interested in hearing from other individuals or organisations (schools, colleges, internet stations etc) interested in launching a radio station in Burnley and Blackburn with Darwen"


Sagheer Akhtar, Pendle Community Radio:

“The team here at AWAZ 103.1FM has been passionate about local, community-focussed radio since 2001 when we started broadcasting regular RSL licenses. Ofcom then awarded us our full-time Community Radio licence in 2006, and since then the radio station has gone from strength to strength, promoting our local communities with our dedicated and talented team of presenters. DAB is the obvious next step, allowing us to consolidate our social-gain commitment to our listeners, and we are ready for this new future of broadcasting”.

Anyone interested in adding a radio service to the Burnley and Blackburn with Darwen Small-Scale DAB is invited to contact us via the website below or by emailing

The Small-Scale DAB for East Lancashire will reach an audience of around 350,000 adults in and around Blackburn, Burnley and Darwen.  We’d love to talk about including your station in our line up of great formats for East Lancashire.


Get in touch today to find out how we may be able to work together. 

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