West Yorkshire gets digital radio boost


Today for the first time, West Yorkshire will receive local DAB digital radio stations. The switch on will bring local DAB digital radio stations to 500,000 people in the West Yorkshire area  and will improve the signal for many more.

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The switch on took place at the iconic Emley Moor transmitter tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the UK. Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman switched on the transmitter and the switch-on was marked by a unique collaboration between public and commercial broadcasters, as BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Aire helped to celebrate the improved coverage.

The new DAB digital radio transmitter at Emley Moor means that listeners can now enjoy local stations BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Aire, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 60s, The Hits, Magic, Kerrang! and Heat on DAB digital radio for the first time. Household local DAB coverage has now risen from 53% up to 96% thanks to the addition of Emley Moor.

Earlier this year there was a further boost to the South Yorkshire DAB multiplex, bringing DAB coverage to a further 350,000 people for the first time in South Yorkshire. This now means that 83% of South Yorkshire and Sheffield homes can now receive local digital radio stations such as Hallam FM, Absolute Radio 60s, Heat and Gold.

To receive the new services, listeners with digital radios may have to re-tune their sets –go to www.getdigitalradio/retune.

Find out more at www.getdigitalradio.com