digital radio launches in East Sussex
digital radio comes to East Sussex for the first time today (Friday
26 September) with the addition of the Heathfield transmitter to
the BBC's expanding UK digital radio network.
brings the BBC's national digital radio services to approximately
230,000 new listeners in East Sussex.
areas now covered by BBC national digital radio broadcasts include:
Burgess Hill, Burwash, Crowborough, Hawskshurst, Haywards Heath,
Horam, Lewes and Polegate.
Digital radio listeners will be able to tune in to the BBC's portfolio
of new digital stations – 1Xtra, Five Live Sports Extra, 6
Music, BBC 7, the Asian Network – as well as the BBC's existing
national radio stations – Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio
4, Radio Five Live, the World Service – and enjoy the benefits
of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) with its robust reception and
clear sound quality.
is the tenth transmitter to go live in a new BBC digital radio expansion
plan which will increase the BBC's national digital radio
coverage from 65% to 85% of the UK population by mid-2004.
joins nine new BBC digital radio transmitters which have gone on
air since August 2003:-
Idle (Bradford) – brings the BBC's national digital radio
broadcasts to 100,000 new listeners and improves the signal for
a further 360,000 people.
Piccadilly Plaza (Manchester) – adds 100,000 new listeners
and improves the signal for one million more.
Naish Hill (Chippenham) – adds 135,000 new listeners and improves
the signal for 200,000 more.
Manningtree (Ipswich) - adds 540,000 new listeners.
Rowridge (Isle of Wight/Southampton) - adds 760,000 new listeners
and improves the signal for 180,000.
Dover (Canterbury/Folkstone/Dover) - adds 230,000 new listeners.
Bromsgrove (Bromsgrove/Worcester) - adds 160,000 new listeners and
improves the signal for 50,000.
Salisbury - adds 65,000 new listeners.
Bath - adds 50,000 new listeners and improves the signal for 170,000.
will need a DAB digital radio to receive the BBC's digital radio
digital radio listeners in the areas should carry out an 'autotune'
to scan and store the newly available BBC services in their set's
advice on receiving BBC digital radio listeners can ring 08700 100123
or go to www.bbc.co.uk/digitalradio.
The BBC has five digital-only radio networks, all launched in 2002:-
– the best in new black music
Live Sports Extra – the home of live sport with exclusive
coverage of live events
– the best of contemporary and classic rock and pop
7 - the best of BBC comedy, drama and books from the archive
Asian Network – news and music from the British Asian scene.
The BBC's whole family of speech and music networks is also available
on digital radio: Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio Five
Live and the World Service (in English).
Digital radio offers very robust reception and does not suffer from
the interference and fading that can happen with AM and FM radio.
Digital radio is a more efficient means of broadcasting. More networks
can be transmitted, offering more choice for listeners.
Digital radio can transmit text and data with the audio signal.
A small screen on digital radios carries rolling text telling listeners
what music they're listening to, who's being interviewed, and giving
phone numbers and e-mail and website addresses.
Digital radio can be received via digital television (satellite,
cable and Freeview) and through the internet, as well as through
a digital radio receiver.
There are currently 23 manufacturers producing digital radios for
the UK market. Sony Europe recently announced it will launch a digital
radio in 2004 – the first major Japanese manufacture to come
into the digital radio market.
Digital radios are available as tuners (i.e. as part of a hi-fi),
portables and as car radios. Prices start at £99.00.
Total UK digital radio sales have reached 175,000 sets (GFK data
- May 2003).
Digital radios are available from over 3,000 retail outlets across
the UK (both large high street chains and small independent retailers)
and can also be bought on the internet.
digital radio launches in Manchester and Bradford (22.09.03)
- the digital future gets closer (23.06.03)
BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview,
the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well
as on satellite and cable.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services
from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.