BBC to Add Two DAB Transmitters for Isle of Man

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BBC to Add Two DAB Transmitters for Isle of Man

Oct 25, 2013 2:44 PM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB

Isle of Man, UK - Oct 25, 2013 -Isle of Man Today reports that the BBC will add two new DAB transmitters to the island. The addition of these transmitters is part of the BBC's plan to increase digital coverage to more than 97 percent of the UK.

BBC distribution director Alix Pryde said the "exact specifics" of where the new transmitters will go was still being finalized, but on the island, areas it is looking to serve are Ramsey and Port St Mary. In a keynote speech at the recent Tech Con, Pryde said, "Our DAB network carries our UK-wide radio services, including BBC Radio 1 to 5Live, 1Xtra, 4 Extra and 6Music.

"Having placed the contract for the services with transmission company Arqiva earlier in the summer, we're now able to confirm that we will be building a further 162 digital radio transmitters over the next two years.

"That's three a fortnight on average, every fortnight, between now and Christmas 2015."

At present, there is one digital transmitter on the island, in Douglas.

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