FreeDAB Dublin radio multiplex off-air after raid

Illegal digital broadcaster FreeDAB is off-air after broadcasting authorities and members of the Garda executed a search warrant to stop the service.

The ‘raid’ took place on Thursday (20th) morning at 11.30 when all the equipment running the service was removed by Comreg. The mast and antennas have also been confiscated.

All FreeDAB multiplexes in Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Dundalk and Sligo remain off the air until further notice and RadioToday understands solicitors are now investigating the actions of the raid.

A spokesperson for FreeDAB told RadioToday: “We still have not got all the information required – there has to be a reason for this raid. Simply being illegal is not enough to warrant the resources required to execute the event.”

“Unfortunately ComReg deemed us a clear threat and took a very heavy-handed action. Such action that would have not accrued if it was an FM pirate.”

FreeDAB hopes to restore the Dublin multiplex within the coming weeks.

ComReg told RadioToday it has “no comment to make at this point in time about the matter”.



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3 Comments
  1. Bill says

    Does anyone know if any or all of FreeDAB muxes have resumed broadcasting?

    1. MAL says

      Not yet Bill. Retune your DAB radio and you will only receive
      11 stations.All RTE. Very boring except RTE GOLD. This station.s
      days are numbered, I believe. Typical, get rid of the best.

  2. MAL says

    The sooner FreeDab is up and running the better. RTE DAB is very
    boring with the exception of RTE GOLD. It appears that even this
    station is to be possibly axed under failed and grossly overpaid
    staffing mistakes. I miss ATLANTIS and WILD COUNTRY.

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