The BBC has launched a further five national DAB transmitters, bringing the total number of transmitters to 319 and serving more than 96 per cent of homes in total.
This is part of the current phase of national digital radio network expansion bringing a further two million people into coverage, increasing indoor coverage from 93 per cent to 97 per cent of homes by the end of 2015. The roll-out not only serves new areas but also improves coverage in areas already served.
The latest transmitters launched in May and June 2015 improve coverage in:
- Haydon Bridge and parts of Haltwhistle
- Campbeltown and surrounding areas
- Brandon and areas of the Brecks
- Ipswich and surrounding areas
- Port St Mary and surrounding areas on the Isle of Man
Kieran Clifton, Director of Distribution & Business Development, says: “We are delighted to announce the continuing build-out of our next phase of coverage, giving more listeners the opportunity to enjoy the full range of national BBC radio services.”
Helen Boaden, Director of Radio, says: “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.”