BBC to extend digital radio to Scottish Borders

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dabradio.jpgThe BBC has announced that it is to extend its DAB digital radio coverage to include the Scottish Borders.

The new transmitter, to be located in Selkirk, will bring DAB to another 40,000 people in the Melrose, Galashiels, and Hawick areas from winter 2007.

“For many years, our digital radio coverage in Scotland and England has been separated. It’s good news that we’re now able to join up the two nations,” said he BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson.

The Beeb also plans to bring a transmitter to Whitehaven and Workington, which interestingly is the first area of the UK to face analogue TV switch off.

Although the BBC’s analogue radio services will continue after digital switchover, the new transmitter will allow listeners in the area to go completely digital if they choose to: watching digital television and listening to DAB digital radio.

Andy Merrett