Beds, Herts & Bucks

Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire local radio gets digital service

Nearly two million people across three counties can hear local radio stations on digital services for the first time from Thursday.

The new Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire service was switched on at 08:46 GMT at Bletchley Park.

Four new transmitters will take local digital coverage to 67.7% of households.

It enables listeners to listen to BBC Three Counties Radio, Heart, Capital FM, Gold, MK FM and Connect FM.

According to Radio Joint Audience Research Limited (Rajar) figures, 49.8% of homes in the three counties area have a DAB digital radio, compared with 42% of UK homes.

The figures also show that 35.6% of radio listening in the area involves digital platforms, but until now listeners have not been able to access local services.

The switch-on was carried out by MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman and former Luton Town manager David Pleat at the National Radio Centre.

Three transmitters at Sandy Heath, Zouches Farm and Bow Brickhill were switched on on Thursday and one at Epping Green will follow on 21 February.

Listeners who already have a digital radio may have to retune to receive the new local services.

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