Digital radio expansion reaches 95% of population

The BBC has installed 20 more national DAB transmitters across the UK bringing the total number of transmitters to 299 and coverage to 95 per cent of the population.

This is the latest phase in the digital radio network expansion to bring a further two million people into coverage, increasing access from 93 to 97 per cent by the end of 2015.

Kieran Clifton, director of BBC distribution & business development, said: “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 BBC radio services.”

Overall, the new transmitters bring 138,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improve digital radio reception for a further two million households.

Helen Boaden, director of BBC 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.”

New transmitters have improved coverage in the following areas: Mossley, Uppermill and Delph (Tameside); Lyme Regis (Dorset); Budleigh Salterton (Devon); Coventry city centre; Ashburton (Devon); Barnard Castle (Teesside); The Norfolk Burnhams and Wells-next-the-Sea (Norfolk coast); Braintree (Essex); Chard (Somerset); Stamford (Lincolnshire); Harrogate (North Yorkshire); Aberdeen; Huddersfield and Elland (West Yorkshire); Folkestone (Kent)

The following areas will be served by BBC National DAB for the first time: St Just (Cornwall);Clun, Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms (Shropshire);Moffat (Dumfries and Galloway);Innerleithen (Scottish Borders).

DTG Staff  |  19.03.2015

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