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Thursday, 25th September 2003
BBC continues with new wave of DAB digital radio transmitters

DAB digital radio listeners in Bradford, Leeds and central Manchester are benefiting from two new DAB digital radio transmitters - one at the Piccadilly Plaza and the other at Idle - to introduce eclectic music station BBC 6 music and sports coverage station BBC Five Live Sports Extra.

The Idle installation will enable around 100,000 people to tune in to services on the BBC's national DAB multiplex for the first time.

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The transmitter will also improve the signal for around 360,000 potential listeners.

More people in Manchester - over 1 million - will now be able to tune in to the BBC's national services, thanks to the introduction of the Picadilly transmitter, which also improves the signal for a large group of listeners.

The introduction of new transmitters is part of the BBC's plan to offer coverage of its national DAB services to 85 percent of the population by the end of 2004.

Listeners with a DAB digital radio can receive the new services by performing an "Autotune" or "Autoscan" with their tuner or radio. The national BBC services now available in these areas are as follows:

  • BBC Asian Network

  • BBC Radio 1

  • BBC 1Xtra

  • BBC Radio 2

  • BBC Radio 3

  • BBC Radio 4

  • BBC Radio Five Live

  • BBC Five Live Sports Extra

  • BBC 6 Music

  • BBC 7

  • BBC World Service

To receive DAB digital radio stations in the UK, you need a DAB digital radio - a new type of radio that can receive digital radio broadcasts. For more information, read our guide to DAB digital radio and discover more about the tuners available to buy.

Related links:
national BBC DAB radio stations, on this website.
news of DAB transmitters in Dover and Bromsgrove, on this website.
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
portable digital radios, available to buy now, via this website.
pocket DAB tuners, on this website. promo banner
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