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Weekly Edition - Published  18 April 2016

 

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DAB Upgrade will mean you have to retune!

IF you live in Liverpool or in and around the Merseyside and parts of West Lancashire, from Wednesday, 20 April 2016, you will have to re-tune your DAB digital radios to pick up local radio stations. This change comes into effect sue to an upgrade being rolled out across the UK, to boost coverage of local radio stations on DAB. This part of the upgrade a programme of essential work will immediately switch on 1 new digital transmitter at Moel-y-Parc, Wales, expanding local DAB digital radio coverage in Liverpool for over 160,000 listeners towards the South West of Liverpool, followed by a 2nd transmitter in May at Winter Hill that will add a further 200,000 listeners towards the North West of Liverpool. In total it is hoped that the 2 new digital radio transmitters are expand and improve DAB digital radio coverage for 360,000 listeners in the area. This will mean, should all go to plan, coverage will increase from 82% to 98% of households in the area. To mark the swap over to the new local DAB multiplex, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool has been urging all digital listeners in Liverpool to retune to ensure that they could continue to listen to all of the 11 local BBC and commercial stations on DAB. The stations affected will be:- BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio City, Radio City 2, Radio City 3, Radio City Talk, Smooth North West, Capital Liverpool, Heart North West, heat, Kisstory and Absolute 90's. Listeners simply press the auto tune or auto scan button on their DAB digital radio or go into the radio's menu and press auto tune. More information can be found online

The current frequency - VHF Block 11B, at 218.640 MHz, we are told will be turned off late on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.

The new frequency from 6am Wednesday, 20 April 206, marked as VHF Block 10C, at 213.360 MHz.

Fact File:-
Did you know that the UK Government, BBC and commercial radio have agreed plans to build a further 182 local DAB transmitters to extend local DAB coverage to more than 90% of the population which will bring 8 million listeners across the UK into coverage and will add over 4,160 miles of roads?

 

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