Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
23/03/2010

BBC Reveals Plans To Expand Digital Radio Coverage

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:
  • Fifteen new transmitters for Scotland – including improvements in coverage for Glasgow and Dundee, and bringing coverage to both Shetland and the Western Isles for the first time
  • Ten new transmitters for Wales – extending coverage through mid-Wales to Llandrindod Wells, across north Wales in Colwyn Bay, and improving coverage in south-west Wales to listeners in Pembroke and Carmarthen
  • Seven new transmitters for Northern Ireland – bringing digital radio to both Enniskillen and the North Antrim coast, as well as improving coverage in Belfast
  • Three new transmitters for Greater London and the Home Counties – boosting reception across the capital and providing coverage to the Kent weald, as well as providing coverage to High Wycombe, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City
  • Nine new transmitters for the south west – including extensions of digital radio to Newquay and Bodmin, Tiverton and Teignmouth
  • Two new transmitters for Derbyshire, including one for Derby itself, and further new transmitters for Saffron Walden, Shaftesbury, Stroud, and Sunderland

The transmitters will come on-air as project work completes at each location. The industry-wide DAB digital radio postcode checker will 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."
(BMcN/GK)
VMI.TV Ltd

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

10/06/2024
Adam And Ryan Thomas To Host New Game Show On ITV
ITV has announced that brothers Adam and Ryan Thomas have signed up to host the new game show, 99 To Beat. Since starring in the nation's most popular
05/06/2024
Bridge Technologies Releases New Canvas Interface
Bridge Technologies has released its new Canvas interface, an innovative new way to organise and interact with the extensive functionalities of the VB
24/03/2011
Harris Corporation Boosts Transmission Portfolio To Support Diverse Radio Broadcast Strategies
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, will introduce new HD radio and HD/FM transmission products to
28/01/2016
GatesAir Delivers China Digital Radio Systems
GatesAir has delivered turnkey China Digital Radio (CDR) systems to the Guangdong Broadcast Bureau technical centre inGuangzhou city, based in the Gua
26/10/2009
Harris Sells Broadcast Transmitters To VDL
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has sold nine DMB 670 multimedia transmitters to French networ
16/10/2008
Bulgarian Telecommunications Company Overhauls Broadcasting Network With Harris Transmitters
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a contract to deliver nine Atlas series high-
17/04/2019
GatesAir Closes Deal With Foccus Digital
GatesAir has closed another large ISDB-Tb digital TV deal in Brazil with Foccus Digital, GatesAir's in-country partner. Foccus Digital will integrate
25/08/2006
Harris Corporation to deliver High-Power AM Systems to Radio Ethiopia
Harris Corporation have announced a turnkey radio transmission sale to Radio Ethiopia, a segment of the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA).
04/04/2014
NAB Offers Session Tracks Focused On Digital Strategies
Television and radio broadcasters are utilizing new digital strategies to execute campaigns across multiple platforms, engage viewers and generate new
10/06/2009
Harris Corporation Wins Five Broadcast Technology Awards At NAB
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, was honoured with five prestigious industry awards for its lat
15/04/2009
Arqiva To Take Full Ownership Of Digital One Commercial DAB Multiplex
Arqiva has announced that it has agreed terms with Global Radio to enable it to acquire Global's 63% share in the commercial DAB multiplex Digital One
26/06/2018
Cumulus Orders 35 GatesAir Flexiva FAX Air-Cooled Radio Transmitters
Cumulus Media has ordered 35 GatesAir Flexiva™ FAX air-cooled radio transmitters to replace its ageing, tube-based transmitters. The Flexiva transmitt
08/08/2007
Arqiva Appoints Thomson As Supplier Of Digital Transmitters For The BBC
Arqiva, the independent broadcast transmission provider in the UK, has appointed Thomson as its supplier for high power digital television transmitter
19/10/2011
Digital Radio Boost For Motorists
At this week’s first ever conference about in-vehicle digital radio, senior executives heard Communications Minister Ed Vaizey welcome the progress ma
15/08/2012
Harris Introduces Complete DAB Over IP Solutions
Harris has expanded low-power transmission options for radio broadcasters in Europe and Beyond. They will be at IBC 2012 (September 7-11, RAI Exhibiti