British state-owned broadcaster the BBC on Monday announced plans to extend its national digital radio network with nine new transmitters across England and Wales.

The transmitters will be brought onstream phased over a twelve month period, bringing national DAB (digital audio broadcast) coverage to some 1.2 million people in the UK counties of Cornwall, Cumbria, Norfolk, Kent, Humberside and the Welsh nation.

BBC national and local stations will be included in the coverage, as will commercial broadcasters such as Capital Life, Classic FM, TalkSport and OneWord.

Says BBC Radio and Music Interactive controller Simon Nelson: "We are delighted to announce our plans to expand coverage further … and hope listeners in these areas will now discover the benefits and additional choice that digital radio offers."

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