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BBC national digital radio continues to expand DAB coverage

MUMBAI: BBC has launched a further 12 national DAB transmitters bringing the total number of transmitters to 265.
This is part of the current phase of thei UK pubcaster’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 and Sowerby Bridge, Stocksbridge (South Yorkshire), Matlock and Wirksworth, Oxford and 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.”
BBC director of 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. A full list of transmitters rolled out so far as part of this phase of BBC digital radio expansion can also be found here.
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 for new black music
  • 5 live sports extra for live sport
  • 6 Music for contemporary and classic rock and pop
  • Radio 4 Extra for BBC comedy, drama and books from the archive
  • Asian Network for news and music from the British Asian scene
Listeners can also receive Radios 1 to 5 live on digital radio.
The BBC’s national DAB coverage currently stands at 94.4% of the UK population.
Around 25 million adults are listening to the BBC’s new digital-only stations each week (RAJAR).
There are now 19.2 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 and email 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.