More national digital radio transmitters for BBC
As part of the BBC's current expansion plan to increase coverage of their national digital radio network from 93% to 97% by the end of 2015 they have launched a further 12 national transmitters. This brings the total number of transmitters to 265.
The new transmitters are for Darwen (Lancashire), Hebden Bridge, Maesteg, Luddenden & Sowerby Bridge, Stocksbridge (South Yorkshire), Matlock & Wirksworth, Oxford & south west Oxfordshire, Rye, East Grinstead, Okehampton, Jedburgh and Biggar.
These transmitters bring 50,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further 520,000 households.
Garazi Goia, the BBC’s Director of Distribution, whose team have worked with transmission provider Arqiva to bring the transmitters on air, says “We are delighted to announce the continuing build out of our next phase of coverage giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy improved coverage.”
Helen Boaden, Director of Radio said “It is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio.”
A full list of transmitters rolled-out so far as part of this phase of BBC digital radio expansion can also be found here.
DAB digital radio brings the listener more choice, improved sound quality, no re-tuning and extra information on broadcasts. To receive the BBC's digital radio services, listeners will need a DAB digital radio and have to live within the DAB coverage area.