Three new BBC National DAB transmitters on air, 159 to go

The first three new transmitter sites in the BBC's plan to bring National DAB digital radio to 97% of households by the end of 2015 have gone live.

Within the next 24 months, 162 new transmitter sites will have been added to the network, which broadcasts on VHF block 12B across the UK.

Listeners in Basingstoke, Farthinghoe and Northampton can now benefit from better reception of the BBC's national DAB radio multiplex, which carries all BBC analogue national networks alongside the likes of BBC Radio 6Music, BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 extra.

Basingstoke was switched on first, and increased DAB coverage to a further 2,600 households and improving coverage for a further 70,000 households, who had until recently had to rely on weaker signals from neighbouring transmitters.

Farthinghoe and Northampton transmitter sites went live on the 17th December, boosting reception to 174,000 households in an area stretching from Banbury in North Oxfordshire, across South Northamptonshire to Northampton and surrounding areas, including stretches of the M40, M1 and A43. 4,600 households are now able to receive BBC National DAB in the area for the first time as a result of the new transmitters.

BBC Local Radio is carried on local commercial DAB digital radio multiplexes and is unaffected by the recent transmitter launches. There are plans to boost local DAB coverage, but this is separate to the BBC national DAB roll-out.

Technical details can be obtained from the BBC Reception Website.

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