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BBC World Service joins new Danish DAB+ network

The BBC World Service is now available on DAB digital radio in Denmark following a national switch to DAB+.

Overnight from 30th September to 1st October 2017, the Danish DAB network was switched to the newer DAB+ standard, providing room for new services to launch, including the BBC World Service, which now occupies a 40kbps slot on the national DK DAB1 multiplex on VHF 12C.

The switch to DAB+ in Denmark follows a comprehensive public information campaign and it's hoped the move will provide a boost to digital radio by providing more choice to Danish listeners. Once digital listening exceeds 50%, consideration will be given to switching off the country's FM service. Neighbouring Norway is already going through FM switch-off.

The launch of the BBC World Service in Denmark on DAB+ follows the station's inclusion in the last couple of years on DAB+ networks in Belgium and The Netherlands, restoring 24 hour terrestrial access to the World Service in these countries after the closure of the 648kHz MW service in March 2011.