BBC DAB network passes 250 transmitter milestone

The BBC has brought another seven DAB digital radio transmitters into service as part of its bid to increase DAB coverage of its national stations to 97% of the UK population by the end of 2015.

It means the BBC now has now passed the 250 DAB transmitter milestone with 253 transmitters in service across the UK.

Its latest transmitters serve Whitworth Valley, Slapton in Devon, Swanage, Sudbury, Todmorden in West Yorkshire, Hay-on-Wye and the market town of Dolgellau in North West Wales. 

The BBC says that "these transmitters bring 31,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further 240,000 households."

Garazi Goia, the BBC’s Acting Director of Distribution, says: “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, 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.”
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