BBC turns on 250th DAB radio transmitter

BBC national digital radio has been extended with the switch-on of over 250 DAB transmitters so far.

Seven transmitters were recently turned on, bringing the total number across the UK to 253. It’s part of the current phase of their digital radio network expansion plan bringing a further two million people into the coverage area and increasing coverage from 93% to 97% by the end of 2015.

New tx sites are in the Whitworth Valley, Slapton in Devon, Swanage, Sudbury, Todmorden in West Yorkshire, Hay-on-Wye and the market town of Dolgellau in North West Wales.

Garazi Goia, the BBC’s Acting 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.”

The BBC has five networks aimed at the UK on DAB which are not available on FM, 1Xtra, 5 live sports extra, 6 Music, Radio 4 Extra and Asian Network.

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.”

Last updated 16:41

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by RadioToday

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