Local DAB launches in North Yorkshire

  • Late addition of fourth transmitter bringing coverage to Scarborough.

UPDATE Local DAB digital radio services have launched in North Yorkshire today in the final new DAB multiplex launch of the year.

Broadcast from transmitters at Acklam Wold, Bilsdale and Harrogate Hildebrand and late addition Oliver's Mount, the new local DAB multiplex will provide 700,000 listeners in and around Harrogate, Malton, Ripon, Scarborough, Thirsk and York with three local stations: BBC Radio York plus DAB versions of commercial stations Minster and Stray: More Minster and Stray FM (Stray Extra).

At the launch event, it was confirmed that Stray Extra will formally launch in March. In the meantime, Stray FM's output is available.

Further stations are expected to be added in the middle of 2015, when changes to the DAB service in Yorkshire are scheduled.

MuxCo, the holder of the licence for the new local DAB multiplex has also stated that it may add additional transmitters during the licence term to enhance and increase coverage across North Yorkshire.

The new transmitters are part of an industry and Government programme of work that aims to expand the coverage and listening to DAB digital radio. National BBC DAB coverage has been increased to 95% of the population and the Government, BBC and commercial radio has agreed plans to build a further 200 local DAB transmitters to extend local DAB coverage to more than 90% of the population. This will make DAB available to an additional eight million listeners across the UK and add over 6,700 km of roads into coverage.

2014 has also seen local DAB services launch in Derbyshire, Somerset and North West Wales with additional transmitters added to boost local DAB coverage in numerous areas. In 2015, local DAB for Lincolnshire is expected to launch, with further coverage boosts planned for various existing local DAB multiplexes across the UK and a re-organisation of DAB services in Yorkshire in the summer.

Some DAB digital radio sets will need to go through a “full scan” to pick up the new services.
Depending on your radio, you may need to press and hold a button that is labelled “scan”, “auto”, “tune mode”. Some radios may allow you to enter a menu and select a “full scan”. If you're manually tuning, the multiplex is on VHF Block 10C (213.360 MHz).
Check your local DAB coverage at: http://www.getdigitalradio.com/whats-on-dab/at-your-address/ (external link) 

North Yorkshire DAB

Local DAB roll-out in the past 24 months: new multiplexes
  • Derbyshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hereford and Worcester
  • Herts, Beds and Bucks
  • Mid and West Wales
  • North Yorkshire
  • North Wales
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Somerset
  • Surrey
  • Wrexham, Chester & Liverpool

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