BBC plans to extend its digital coverage

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The BBC has announced plans to site two new digital radio transmitters in the island.

It is part of the corporation’s plan to increase digital coverage to over 97 per cent of the UK and Isle of Man.

BBC distribution director Alix Pryde said the ‘exact specifics’ of where the new transmitters will go was still being finalised.

But in the island, areas it is looking to serve are Ramsey and Port St Mary.

In a keynote speech at Tech Con, Dr Pryde said: ‘Our DAB network carries our UK-wide radio services, including BBC Radio 1 to 5Live, 1Xtra, 4 Extra and 6Music.

‘Having placed the contract for the services with transmission company Arqiva earlier in the summer, we’re now able to confirm that we will be building a further 162 digital radio transmitters over the next two years.

‘That’s three a fortnight on average, every fortnight, between now and Christmas 2015.’

At present, there is one digital transmitter in the island, in Douglas.

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