The BBC has launched 16 new DAB transmitters meaning that more than 96% of the population should now be able to receive digital radio.

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Today’s announcement also improves the “robustness” of coverage in areas that are already served.

The new areas include: Glossop; Holywell, Bagillt and Flint, Flintshire; Skinningrove, North Yorkshire; Newcastle Emlyn; Wokingham and Bracknell; Barrow-in-Furness, Whalley and Clitheroe, Lancashire; Skegness, Ingoldmells; and Ramsey, Isle of Man.

“It is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio,” said director of radio, Helen Boaden.