Three new digital radio transmitters launched
Nearly 100,000 people will be able to get digital radio for the first time and over 350,000 will benefit from the improvement in coverage, with the launch of three new BBC transmitters in Northern Ireland and Scotland this month.
The triple transmitter launch in Rosneath, Enniskillen and Larne demonstrates the BBC's commitment to investing in the DAB network and reaching 92% of the UK population by the end of next year.
"The BBC is committed to broadening the availability of digital radio and we are delighted to further expand coverage", said Mark Friend, Controller, Multiplatform & Interactive, BBC Audio & Music. "We hope more listeners will now discover the benefits and additional choice that digital radio offers."
Digital radio listeners can now tune in to the BBC's portfolio of digital-only stations - 1Xtra, 5 live sports extra, 6 Music, Radio 7 and the Asian Network - as well as the BBC's existing national radio stations - Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5 live and the World Service - and enjoy the benefits of digital radio.
The new Rosneath transmitter provides coverage in Helensburgh, Greenock, Dunoon and the surrounding area, adding seventy-two thousand people to the coverage of the network and improving coverage for some two-hundred and fifty-thousand more.
The new Enniskillen transmitter adds over sixteen-thousand people to the coverage of the network and improves coverage for more than eight thousand more.
The new Larne transmitter adds over a thousand people to the coverage of the network and improves coverage for more than twenty-three thousand people in the town and on the coast north of Belfast. These communities will now have better access to BBC digital radio services.