BBC launches new digital radio transmitters

BBC Radio has announced the launch of three new national DAB digital radio transmitters in Greenhill, Pitlochry and Pontypool.

The new transmitter in Greenhill provides DAB coverage to Milford Haven and Pembroke and a wide area of south-west Wales. It adds around 20,000 people to the coverage and improves reception for around 40,000 more.

The Pitlochry transmitter will provide coverage to the town and a patch of the A9 through Perthshire, extending the coverage north from Kirkton Mailer. It adds around 6,500 people to the coverage of the network.

Finally, the Pontypool transmitter will provide coverage to the town and the north of the Usk Valley. It adds 14,000 people to the coverage of the network and reinforces coverage for some 180,000 more in and around the Welsh borders.

This launch of three new transmitters is part of the BBC's ongoing investment in the DAB network, fulfilling its commitment to reach around 93% of the UK population by the end of the year.

Listeners will be able to tune in to the BBC's portfolio of digital-only stations - 1Xtra, 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 6 Music, Radio 4 Extra and Asian Network - as well as the BBC's existing national radio stations on DAB: Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and the World Service.

12.08.2011 | General

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