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BBC digital radio transmitter network in the UK expands

MUMBAI: BBC has launched a further seven Dab transmitters in the UK during March, bringing the total number of transmitters to 307 and serving more than 95 per cent of the homes in total.

This is part of the current phase of national digital radio network expansion bringing a further two million people into coverage, increasing indoor coverage from 93 per cent to 97 per cent of homes by the end of 2015. The roll-out not only serves new areas but also improves the robustness of coverage in areas already served.

March’s new transmitters will improve coverage in:

Peebles, Scottish Borders
Pateley Bridge and surrounding areas of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
Girvan, South Ayrshire
Huntly and Ballater, Aberdeenshire
The Vale of Neath
Dereham and surrounding areas of Norfolk
North Walsham, Norfolk
In total, the new transmitters bring 34,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further 56,000 households.

Director of distribution, business development Kieran Clifton 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 national BBC radio services.”

Director of BBC Radio Helen Boaden 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.”

Listeners are advised to check their coverage at bbc.co.uk/digitalradio.

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.

The BBC has five digital-only radio networks:

1Xtra – New black music
5 live sports extra – the home of live sport with exclusive coverage of live events
6 Music – Contemporary and classic rock and pop
Radio 4 Extra – BBC comedy, drama and books from the archive
Asian Network – news and music from the British Asian scene
Listeners can also receive Radios 1 to 5 live and the World Service on digital radio.

The BBC’s national DAB coverage currently stands at 95 per cent of the UK population.

Around 25 million adults are listening to the BBC’s new digital-only stations each week (RAJAR).

There are now over 20 million digital radios in the UK (GFK).

Digital radio offers improved reception and does not suffer from the interference and fading that can happen with AM and FM radio.

Digital radio is a more efficient means of broadcasting. More stations can be transmitted, offering more choice for listeners.

Digital radio can transmit text and data with the audio signal. A small screen on digital radios carries rolling text telling listeners what music they’re listening to, who’s being interviewed, and giving phone numbers, e-mail and website addresses.

Digital radios are available from all major retail outlets across the UK

Digital radio can also be received via digital television (satellite, cable and Freeview), online and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app.