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Another 34,000 households added to BBC National DAB coverage

UPDATED | With just under nine months to go until the latest network expansion is due to be completed, the BBC has announced it has switched on another eight DAB digital radio transmitters in the past month further boosting coverage of its national digital radio stations. 

It now has over 300 transmitter sites across the UK broadcasting its national DAB multiplex, which carries stations including BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC World Service and BBC 1Xtra alongside existing national FM stations.

New transmitters are now in place in the following locations:

North Walsham
North Walsham and surrounding areas
Improved coverage in 7,300 homes
New coverage in 4,200 homes
Pateley Bridge and surrounding areas of Nidderdale
New coverage (unspecified number of homes)
Girvan, Ayrshire
New coverage to 3,850 homes
Ballater, Aberdeenshire
New coverage to 2,100 homes
Vale of Neath
New coverage (unspecified number of homes)  
Gartly Moor
New coverage to 3,600 homes
Daffy Green
New coverage to 5,200 homes

In practice, this means fewer areas are suffering from the 'bubbling mud' sound of poor or weak DAB reception. By the end of the year, 97% of the population will be in the coverage area of BBC National DAB.

  • Update 09/04/2015:  Editor's comment The BBC's last DAB roll-out update in March confirmed a total of 299 transmitters, the April update said there were 307 transmitters following the addition of seven new transmitters. As 299 plus 7 is 306, the figures don't add up. The latest data actually shows another eight new transmitter sites entered into service in March, not the seven mentioned in the press release. But neither of the most recent press releases mention Tickhill near Blythe Bridge which entered into service during February. Therefore, take the figures with a pinch of salt...  Mike


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