BBC Plans 162 Transmitters for National DAB Network

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BBC Plans 162 Transmitters for National DAB Network

Oct 15, 2013 9:21 AM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB

Salford, UK - Oct 14, 2013 - BBC Director of Distribution Dr Alix Pryde announced plans to add 162 new digital radio transmitters to improve DAB coverage for its national network stations to more than 97 percent, according to Radio Today.

The BBC says transmitters will be added at a rate of more than three every two weeks between now and the end of 2015. Coverage at the moment is just more than 93 percent of the UK population. The fourth-phase of the roll-out will bring network BBC radio on DAB to an extra 2.5 million people and improve coverage for millions of others.

Pryde made the announcement at Techcon at the start of the 2013 Radio Festival in Salford. "We're not just building transmitters to bring new towns and villages into coverage; we're also building [transmitters] to reinforce coverage in key areas. Glasgow, Liverpool, Oxford, Leicester, Coventry, and Eastbourne are all examples of places which will get improved coverage for many, as well as coverage for the first time for a few," she said. "When we've finished, around 49 in 50 people in the UK will be covered by our digital radio network."

The first transmitter in this phase to come on-air will be for Basingstoke - likely to happen before the end of 2013.

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