BBC expands DAB coverage
September 8, 2014
By Colin Mann
The BBC has launched a further twelve national DAB transmitters bringing the total number of transmitters to 265.
The move is part of the current phase of the Corporation’s digital radio network expansion plan bringing a further 2 million people into the coverage area and increasing coverage from 93 per cent to 97 per cent 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, said: “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.”