More DAB transmitters planned

The BBC is investing in a further 60 digital radio transmitters as part of its commitment to reach 90 per cent of the UK population.

It's the final part of a planned roll-out which started in 2008 and has already resulted in more than 50 additional transmitters being turned on.

It means more than a million additional people will soon be able to receive BBC national digital radio services, although it's currently under review as to exactly how many digital radio services operated by the BBC will still be broadcasting by the end of next year.

The much-needed transmitters will be added both to bring coverage to areas without reception and to improve and reinforce reception where necessary. It is hoped to complete the roll-out by the end of 2011, with the first of the new transmitters coming on-air in the summer.

The plan includes fifteen new transmitters for Scotland, ten new transmitters for Wales, and seven new transmitters for Northern Ireland.

Tim Davie, the BBC's director of audio and music, said: "The BBC is fully committed to digital radio I'm delighted that we are now in a position to deliver on the BBC Trust's target to bring digital radio to 90 per cent of the UK."

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