BBC national digital radio transmitter network expands

It is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio.Helen Boaden, Director, BBC Radio
Date: 08.04.2015     Last updated: 08.04.2015 at 12.02
Category: Radio
The BBC has launched a further seven national DAB transmitters during March, bringing the total number of transmitters to 307 and serving more than 95 per cent of the homes in total.

This is part of the current phase of national digital radio network expansion bringing a further 2 million people into coverage, increasing indoor coverage from 93 per cent to 97 per cent of homes by the end of 2015. The roll-out not only serves new areas but also improves the robustness of coverage in areas already served.

March's new transmitters will improve coverage in:

  • Peebles, Scottish Borders
  • Pateley Bridge and surrounding areas of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
  • Girvan, South Ayrshire
  • Huntly and Ballater, Aberdeenshire
  • The Vale of Neath
  • Dereham and surrounding areas of Norfolk
  • North Walsham, Norfolk

In total, the new transmitters bring 34,000 households into the BBC’s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further 56,000 households.

Kieran Clifton, Director of Distribution & Business Development, says: “We are delighted to announce the continuing build-out of our next phase of coverage, giving more listeners the opportunity to enjoy the full range of national BBC radio services.”

Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, says: “It is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio.”

Listeners are advised to check their coverage at bbc.co.uk/digitalradio. (NB: the postcode checker will be updated shortly to include these additional transmitters)

DAB digital radio brings the listener more choice, improved sound quality, no re-tuning and extra information on broadcasts. To receive the BBC's digital radio services, listeners will need a DAB digital radio and have to live within the DAB coverage area.

Notes to Editors

The BBC has five digital-only radio networks:

  • 1Xtra – the best in new black music
  • 5 live sports extra – the home of live sport with exclusive coverage of live events
  • 6 Music – the best of contemporary and classic rock and pop
  • Radio 4 Extra - the best of BBC comedy, drama and books from the archive
  • Asian Network – news and music from the British Asian scene

Listeners can also receive Radios 1 to 5 live and the World Service on digital radio.

The BBC’s national DAB coverage currently stands at 95 per cent of the UK population.

Around 25 million adults are listening to the BBC’s new digital-only stations each week (RAJAR).

There are now over 20 million digital radios in the UK (GFK).

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 stations 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, e-mail and website addresses.

Digital radios are available from all major retail outlets across the UK

Digital radio can also be received via digital television (satellite, cable and Freeview), online and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

JA