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: 17.12.2015     Last updated: 17.12.2015 at 14.57
Category: Radio
The BBC has launched a further 17 national DAB transmitters, bringing the total number of transmitters to 352 and serving more than 96 percent of homes in total.

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

The latest transmitters, launched between October and December 2015, bring coverage to over 115,000 homes in the following areas:

  • Dartmouth and surrounding areas
  • Leek and surrounding areas of Staffordshire
  • St Erth and Hayle in Cornwall
  • Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
  • Tenby and surrounding areas of Pembrokeshire
  • Crawley, Sussex
  • Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Dorking and parts of Mickleham and Leatherhead
  • Haslemere and Liphook
  • Plymouth, Saltash and the Rame Peninsula
  • Ogmore Vale, Nant-y-Moel and Lewistown in South Wales
  • North Worcestershire and south west Birmingham
  • Eastbourne
  • Skipton, Barnoldswick and surrounding areas
  • Chesham
  • Heacham, Norfolk

And for the first time, 79 percent of homes on the island of Guernsey will be able to listen to the BBC’s national services with a new transmitter launched at Les Touillets.

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 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

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 96 percent 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 21 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 offers more choice for listeners.
  • Digital radio can also be received via digital television (satellite, cable and Freeview), online and via the BBC iplayerRadio app.

 JA