BBC continues to improve DAB coverage
Coinciding with recent local DAB changes in Sussex and Plymouth, the BBC has brought new transmitters into service in these areas, so that listeners have better reception of national DAB as well as local DAB stations. There's also improved reception around The Wash and new coverage on the island of Guernsey.
Once this roll-out is complete, BBC aims to cover 97% of the population with its national stations, including BBC Radio 6 Music, Asian Network, 1Xtra and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra at the end of the DAB roll-out. The roll-out had originally been due to finish this month, but a few new sites are still due to be switched on. Local stations form part of a separate roll-out, in conjunction with commercial radio broadcasters, with different coverage commitments, although both the BBC and national commercial multiplex operator Digital One have been launching some sites in tandem with local DAB expansion.
New transmitter sites Oct-Dec 2015 (Effective Radiated Power in brackets):
Little Prestwood Farm (1.2kW)
Improving reception in Crawley, Sussex.
Les Touillets (475W)
Introduces coverage in Guernsey
Boston Wyberton (300W)
Improving coverage in Boston, Lincs and surrounding areas
Improving coverage in Dorking, parts of Mickleham and Leatherhead
Improving coverage in Haslemere and Liphook
Improving coverage of Plymouth, Saltash and Rame Peninsula
Lickey Hills (1kW)
Improving coverage for 270,000 homes in north Worcestershire and SW Birmingham
Ogmore Vale (600W)
New coverage for 4,000 homes in Ogmore Vale, Nant-y-Moel and Lewistown
New coverage for 15,000 homes in Skipton, Barnoldswick and surrounding areas
Improved coverage for 3,000 homes in Chesham
Heacham Bottom Farm (600W)
Improving coverage in Heacham, West Norfolk and surrounding areas
*also referred to as "Poron" in official documentation for the co-sited local DAB multiplex.