Ahead of its official debut this Sunday, GB News has announced plans to launch a national radio station as early as next month.
According to the company, it is in the final stages of completing a long-term deal to secure spectrum on the Digital One national multiplex. It has already moved to gain the necessary regulatory approvals from Ofcom.
Chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos said: “GB News is a digital start-up designed to bring greater plurality of voices to UK media so we’re passionate about delivering our programmes on every platform we can, including live DAB digital radio.
“It’s a considerable challenge to expand into radio so quickly but this opportunity is too great to miss. It means we can serve more people by giving them the choice to tune in to us anywhere, any time.”
Frangopoulos said it was rare for spectrum capacity to become available on the D1 national radio multiplex. “It was a highly competitive selection process so we’re really delighted,” he said.
“We look forward to partnering again with Arqiva, who already take care of our terrestrial and satellite television signals as well as our fibre connectivity.”