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BBC DAB network reaches 96% of homes

The BBC has confirmed that its national DAB network now reaches more than 96% of homes, just short of the 97% target to be reached by the end of the year.

In a news release, the BBC officially confirmed details of some of the latest transmitter sites to go live, reported here on the 4th June, including transmitters serving Ipswich, Isle of Man and the Kintyre Peninsula.

Absent from the BBC list is Glossop, which went live on the 19th June 2015, providing DAB coverage of the BBC's national stations to 9,700 homes in and around the town. Together with other recent new transmitter sites in Northern Derbyshire such as Birch Vale (for Hayfield and New Mills), Ladder Hill (for Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge) and Calver Peak (for Calver and Stoney Middleton), the BBC's national DAB digital radio services are now available in some of the most difficult to cover parts of the Peak District.

Coverage boosts in such rural areas require many transmitters with each transmitter only increasing household coverage by a small fraction. However, the many filler transmitter sites ensure better in-car reception through the countryside.


  1. It's a shame the reception is very flaky for me and distorted, I would try and improve this if the quality was better than FM, I find the internet radio better than DAB.


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