RadioandMusic
| 18 Sep 2019
BBC national digital radio continues to expand DAB coverage

MUMBAI: The BBC has launched a further twelve national DAB transmitters bringing the total number of transmitters to 265.

This is part of the current phase of their digital radio network expansion plan bringing a further 2 million people into the coverage area and increasing coverage from 93% to 97% by the end of 2015. The roll-out is not only adding new areas into the coverage of the network but also improving reception for existing listeners in certain areas.

The roll-out continues with new transmitters for Darwen (Lancashire), Hebden Bridge, Maesteg, Luddenden & Sowerby Bridge, Stocksbridge (South Yorkshire), Matlock & Wirksworth, Oxford & south west Oxfordshire, Rye, East Grinstead, Okehampton, Jedburgh and Biggar.

These transmitters bring 50,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further 520,000 households.

Garazi Goia, the BBC’s 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.”

Helen Boaden, Director of Radio says, “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.”

DAB digital radio brings the listener more choice, improved sound quality, no re-tuning and extra information on broadcasts. To receive the BBC's digital radio services, listeners will need a DAB digital radio and have to live within the DAB coverage area.