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2015 has been a big year for local DAB radio thanks to an industry and Government programme, which aims to expand the coverage and listening to DAB digital radio.
The Government, BBC and commercial radio has agreed plans to build a further 182 local DAB transmitters, plus modifications at a further 49 sites, making local stations available on DAB to an additional eight million listeners across the UK for the first time.
These new transmitters will extend coverage of local DAB stations to more than 90% of the population, and add over 6,700 km of roads into coverage. 50 local areas will benefit from new transmitters, and the work will complete towards the end of 2016.
The first big switch-on happened back in March when three new transmitters were launched in Coventry, giving local digital radio stations on DAB to over 115,000 new listeners in the area.
Last month, Dorset turned on two new transmitters and last week we saw the big Norwich retune. This work will expand and boost the digital radio signal in Norwich and the surrounding area for over 200,000 listeners in the next 9 months.
With the expansion well under way, the next three months will see further expansions in Sussex, Plymouth, South East Wales, Derbyshire, Kent, Swindon and Wiltshire, plus a brand new multiplex launch bringing local services to listeners in Lincolnshire on DAB for the first time.