BBC World Service English has announced the launch of a 24/7 DAB+ radio service in the Netherlands.
The new arrangement is an agreement with Broadcast Digital Networks (BDN) and Mobiele TV Nederland (MTVNL).
In a three year contract BBC World Service English will be streamed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on digital radio in the Ranstad area, which covers the four largest cities in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. BBC World Service English is also available in the country via the internet and Hotbird satellites.
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English said: “We’re delighted to provide so many potential new listeners with access to BBC World Service via DAB. The agreement will mean we are the only dedicated English radio station available on DAB+ in the Netherlands. At a time of huge global change I’m delighted to invite listeners to tune in to our mix of international news, global debate, human stories, plus arts, science, history and music programming.”
Ronald Haanstra, CEO MTVNL: “MTVNL is proud to welcome BBC World Service Radio in The Netherlands. I’m sure that Dutch radio listeners will welcome and enjoy BBC World Service via DAB+, considering English is the second language in the Netherlands and we like to be well informed.”