According to Digital Radio UK, the switch-on was "marked by a unique collaboration between public and commercial broadcasters, as BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Aire helped to celebrate the improved coverage". Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, said: "Boosting local coverage for West Yorkshire means the excellent range of local DAB digital radio stations can be received by even more listeners, at home and in their car."
Huddersfield, already in the coverage area of the Bradford and Huddersfield multiplex, gains additional commercial radio stations, while local DAB for West Yorkshire arrives parts of the Dewsbury and Wakefield area for the first time. Listeners in the Barnsley area can now receive local DAB services from either South or West Yorkshire.
Together with the boost to the South Yorkshire DAB multiplex earlier this year, local DAB is now available up the M1 corridor from South Yorkshire to Leeds. From 2015, the regional DAB multiplex for Yorkshire will be closed, with the local DAB multiplexes set to carry some of the displaced regional services. Improved local DAB coverage will make the migration easier for both radio stations and listeners.
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