Sunday 19 May 2013
More than a million additional people will soon be able to receive BBC national digital radio services under plans for a further expansion of the digital radio transmission network.
The BBC is investing in a further 60 digital radio transmitters as part of its commitment to reach 90% of the UK population during this Charter period. This is the final part of a planned roll-out which started in 2008 and has which already resulted in more than 50 additional transmitters being added to the network.
Listeners in the areas will be able to tune in to the BBC's portfolio of digital-only stations as well as the BBC's existing national radio stations, and enjoy the benefits of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) with more choice and improved sound quality.
Transmitters will be added both to bring coverage to areas without reception and to improve and reinforce reception where necessary. It is hoped to complete the roll-out by the end of 2011, with the first of the new transmitters coming on-air in the summer.
The plan includes:
The transmitters will come on-air as project work completes at each one. Local announcements will be made as transmitters are switched on, with the BBC keeping its list of transmitters on-air up-to-date at bbc.co.uk/reception. The industry-wide DAB digital radio postcode checker will also be regularly updated to reflect new launches.
Tim Davie, the BBC's director of audio and music, said: "The BBC is fully committed to digital radio I'm delighted that we are now in a position to deliver on the BBC Trust's target to bring digital radio to 90% of the UK."
The BBC has five digital-only radio networks, all launched in 2002:
Listeners can also receive Radios 1 to 5 Live on DAB, along with more than 30 of the BBC's English local radio and nations services.
The BBC's national digital radio coverage currently stands at around 86% of the UK population.
There are now more than 10 million DAB sets in the UK (GFK).
Digital radios are available that offer users the opportunity to record and rewind their favourite programmes. Some DAB radios also offer an EPG letting users select and record their favourite programmes when they want.
Digital radio offers improved 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 radios are available from over 8,000 retail outlets across the UK and can also be bought on the internet.
DAB digital radios are available from £25.
Digital radio can also be received via digital television (satellite, cable and Freeview) and the Internet.
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