New digital radio transmitters for North Derbyshire and North Wales
BBC Radio is pleased to announce the launch of two new national DAB digital radio transmitters in Stanton Moor, Derbyshire and Penmaen Rhos in north Wales.
The new transmitter in Stanton Moor provides DAB coverage for north of Derbyshire, including Matlock and Bakewell. In total it adds 30,000 people to the national DAB network and improves coverage for a further 15,000.
It will be followed by a new transmitter at Quarndon serving the south of the county and Derby this summer.
The new transmitter at Penmaen Rhos serves Rhyl, Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay on the north Wales coast and adds around 4,000 to the national DAB network and improves coverage for a further 17,000.
The launch of the two new transmitters is part of the BBC's ongoing investment in the DAB network, fulfilling its commitment to reach around 92% of the UK population by the end of the year. They are the eighth and ninth national DAB transmitters launched in 2011.
Digital radio listeners can now tune in to the BBC's portfolio of digital-only stations - 1Xtra, 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 6 Music, Radio 7 (to be renamed BBC Radio 4 Extra in April) and 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 audio broadcasting (DAB).
"The BBC is committed to broadening the availability of digital radio and we are delighted to further expand and improve coverage," said Mark Friend, Controller, Multiplatform & Interactive, BBC Audio & Music. "We hope more listeners will discover the range of programmes and services offered by DAB."