Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has given permission for Radio Exe to boost its transmission signal on FM. It means Radio Exe can now be heard on 107.3FM more clearly in its existing patch around Exeter, but also a little further too, especially in Mid Devon and in the northern part of the Teignbridge area.
The biggest boost is along an east-west plane on the A30, from about Sticklepath, east of Okehampton, to the A30/A303 junction for Chard on the Somerset border. The station can now be heard further along the main A377 and A361 roads through Mid Devon too. The FM area now roughly matches the Greater Exeter administrative area.
Radio Exe’s managing director Paul Nero says: “Recently we received the news that more people than ever are listening to Radio Exe; 35,000 adults every week. They can do that through a free app, or on DAB digital radio, but FM remains the prime way that people tune to us, so this is a welcome boost and we hope more listeners from Axminster to Zeal Monachorum will give us a try.”
East Devon MP Simon Jupp, a former broadcaster, says he’s delighted Ofcom have granted the power increase. He wrote to Ofcom in January to support the station, saying: “Radio Exe is a superb service which goes above and beyond to provide local news, travel updates and emergency information.”