New transmitters in Derby, Devon and Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have been switched on offering more coverage of local radio on DAB.
Today, the addition of Chepping Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead to the four existing transmitters in the Three Counties will improve the coverage of the local multiplex in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Watford, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, along with sections of the M25 and M40 motorways.
It takes the indoor coverage of the Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex from 67.69% (720,109) of households to 88.60% (915,600); and from 81.49% (1,205km) of major roads to 89.50% (1,324km).
Last week, Arqiva switched on a new transmitter for Now Digital East Midland’s Derbyshire multiplex. It adds to the single tx which was launched in the summer in Derby. The new transmitter is in Lichfield and brings local digital radio to around 200,000 more people – in South Derbyshire and into parts of Staffordshire.
BBC Radio Derby was promoting the extra coverage last week when one listener rang the station to say she was still having problems. So a report from the station, Martyn Williams, went to visit the listener in her home and tune in her DAB radio for her.
Arqiva’s Glyn Jones told RadioToday: “It’s great that another 200,000 listeners in the Derbyshire area can now tune into their local stations on a digital radio. And in lots of ways, Radio Derby helping an individual listener to tune in and hearing her reaction to the digital switch-on really brings home. Most weeks at the moment Arqiva is switching on a digital radio transmitter somewhere in the UK, and bringing even better radio to even more listeners.”
Holcombe Down near Teignmouth in south Devon improves coverage in the Teignmouth, Dawlish and Newton Abbot areas, and adds around 50,000 listeners to the local multiplex.
Two new transmitters at Okehampton and Barnstaple in north Devon improve coverage for those towns, and also add around 50,000 listeners to the area already served by the main Huntshaw Cross transmitter.
This month has also seen the local version of Smooth Radio in the East Midlands launch on the Derbyshire and Leicestershire multiplexes.