New Daventry digital radio transmitter switched on

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More than 100,000 listeners and drivers will now be able to receive five local radio stations on DAB digital radio after Daventry’s Arqiva transmitter mast on Borough Hill was switched on at lunchtime today, along with two more at Ilmington and Shilton.

BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, Capital, Free Radio Coventry, Free 80s, Heart West Midlands, and Panjab Radio will now be available on digital in the area.

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy marked the office launch of the digital radio expansion programme in London today.

Commenting on the a516digital website, MP for Daventry Chris Heaton-Harris said: “I’m really pleased that the new DAB transmitter means that our excellent local radio stations can now be received on digital radio at home and in the car. Local radio plays an important role in our community and often it is the best way to keep in touch with breaking news in the region.”

The expansion programme will see the installation of 182 new transmitters extending coverage of local DAB stations to more than 90% of the population. The work is being managed by Arqiva, a communications infrastructure and media services company who will also be implementing modifications at a further 49 sites to bring them into the digital age.

The scheme is being jointly funded by Government, the BBC and other commercial groups.

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