A new radio transmitter in Trowbridge will expand coverage of digital radio for over 25,000 people in West Wiltshire from today.
Essential engineering work has been taking place recently and now listeners will need to perform a retune if they lose a station.
The local digital radio stations impacted by the engineering work are BBC Wiltshire, Heart Wiltshire, Heart Bath, Smooth Wiltshire and Capital.
Wiltshire is one of the leading counties in the UK for digital radio with 65% of all households having a DAB digital radio and 41% of radio listening to a digital platform, well ahead of the national figures of 51% and 40% respectively.
Tony Worgan, Editor, BBC Wiltshire, said: “BBC Wiltshire has been a major part of life in the county for over 25 years and our coverage of local news, sport and local life is second to none. We’re encouraging our listeners on DAB digital radio in West Wiltshire to retune their digital radios this morning to ensure we can continue bringing them all the programmes and local content they love.”
The engineering work and launch of the new digital transmitter serving Trowbridge, which was delivered by Arqiva, is part of an industry and Government programme of work that aims to expand the coverage and listening to DAB digital radio across the UK. Government, BBC and commercial radio have agreed plans to build a further 182 local DAB transmitters to extend local DAB coverage to more than 90% of the population which will bring eight million listeners across the UK into coverage and will add over 6,700 km of roads.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, said: “It’s brilliant news that, through a simple radio retune, more than 25,000 DAB radio listeners in the West Wiltshire region will now have enhanced and extended access to a wide choice of exciting digital radio stations.
“We are committed to providing the UK with the best digital radio coverage and our work with Digital Radio UK is just one example of how we are working with partners to secure the future of digital radio in the UK.”
Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “Wiltshire is one of the strongest areas in the UK for digital radio and we’re delighted that today even more listeners will be able to enjoy their favourite local stations on DAB. We urge all listeners in West Wiltshire to retune their DAB radios to ensure they don’t miss out on the great range of services available to them.”
Paul Eaton, Director of Digital Radio, Arqiva, said: “I am delighted that the local DAB coverage expansion programme is continuing with Wiltshire being the latest area to receive a digital boost. We look forward to playing our part in expanding local DAB coverage to the level of commercial radio FM coverage.”