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Two years after its launch, Diss’s Park Radio Station has been given permission to extend its broadcasting range.

The decision by communications regulator Ofcom will raise the Park’s potential audience from 80,000 to about 120,000.

And it was greeted by station director and presenter Chris Moyse as a triumph for “localism”.

Park Radio's Chris Moyse and staff who have won an Ofcom bid to double it's broadcast strength across region
Park Radio's Chris Moyse and staff who have won an Ofcom bid to double it's broadcast strength across region

“As local radio stations have amalgated, you have people sitting in London saying they know where Pulham is but they don’t,” he said.

“We are delighted we have been endorsed by Ofcom, considering the short time we have been in business.”

The effect of the Ofcom decision means that the Park can enhance its signal strength from 50 to 100 watts in Diss and from 15 to 30 at Harleston.

It will mean its programmes will reach down to Mendlesham, along the Waveney to Bungay, out to Banham and the Buckenhams, and nearly to East Harling.

As well as expanding Park Radio’s range, it will improve the signal to its existing listeners in communities such as Long Stratton and fill in the “whiteouts” – those areas which should receive a signal but for some reason do not.

Listeners in Eye should be among those who notice an increase in reception.

“It is a modest increase but lets us get further to closing some of the loopholes,” Mr Moyse said.

The process to expand began last September with an application to Ofcom. The Park’s was one of more than 130 applications and not all were successful, Mr Moyse said.

Ofcome’s decision reached the radio station last week and it can now begin preparing to expand, Mr Moyse added.

He could not say when the extended broadcasting would begin and Ofcom did not set a deadline by which it must start.

The station would have to invest about £3,000 in equipment and technical assistance and Ofcom would visit to give a final approval before the extended broadcasting can begin, Mr Moyse said.

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