New digital radio transmitter in Wrotham
A new digital radio transmitter has been launched in Wrotham, Kent - improving and extending coverage for national and local services in London and the South East.
For the BBC national digital stations, the new transmitter will be a key part in the transmission network for London and the South East. It adds around a hundred and thirty three thousand people to the coverage of the network and improves coverage for some 7.6 million people across the whole of London, north Kent and Surrey.
For national commercial and local London stations on DAB digital radio, this new Wrotham transmitter brings new coverage to up to 200,000 households and improved coverage for over 1m households in East London, Kent and Essex, plus enhanced road coverage to the M25, M20, M23 and other roads to the east of London.
"The BBC is committed to broadening the availability of digital radio and we are delighted to further expand and improve coverage in the South East and London," said Mark Friend, Controller, Multiplatform & Interactive, BBC Audio & Music. "We hope more listeners will discover the range of programmes offered over DAB including ball-by-ball commentary of The Ashes on 5 live sports extra and some great festive highlights on Radio 7, 1Xtra and 6 Music over Christmas."
The BBC is investing in the DAB digital radio network and fulfilling its commitment to reach around 92% of the UK population by the end of next year.