Digital switch-on to mark a "new era" for local radio

Ledbury Reporter: Digital switch-on to mark a "new era" for local radio Digital switch-on to mark a "new era" for local radio

A NEW era for radio listeners will be ushered in this week when a new digital network is switched on.

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin is expected to switch on the new digital transmitters during the official ceremony at the Sixways Stadium on Friday, where she will be joined by former Worcester Warriors stalwart Craig Gillies.

The transmitter switch on will mean local radio broadcasts can now be heard in crystal-clear quality on DAB digital radios as well as over the traditional frequencies.

Mrs Baldwin said: “This marks an important new era for local radio offering listeners better quality both at home and in the car.

“Local radio plays an important role in our community and often it is the best way to keep in touch with breaking news in the region.”

BBC Hereford and Worcester, Free Radio and Sunshine Radio will all be available on the digital platform from Friday.

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2:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

DAB is rubbish, drops out like there's no tommorrow.

I own about 5 radios, I'm not going to spend any money replacing them with the expensive junk that is DAB just so the Government can flog of the FM frequencies.
DAB is rubbish, drops out like there's no tommorrow. I own about 5 radios, I'm not going to spend any money replacing them with the expensive junk that is DAB just so the Government can flog of the FM frequencies. Hwicce

2:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Moltaire says...

The quality of DAB is excellent, when it works and coverage is good that is. Which is very rare. The signal keeps dropping out, with pops and hisses occurring too. The whole DAB concept has been poorly conceived and delivered when it was first launched, a bit like digital TV which is still far from perfect today.
The quality of DAB is excellent, when it works and coverage is good that is. Which is very rare. The signal keeps dropping out, with pops and hisses occurring too. The whole DAB concept has been poorly conceived and delivered when it was first launched, a bit like digital TV which is still far from perfect today. Moltaire

3:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bushi says...

No problem with DAB for me, at home and in the car. It's great, more choice and better quality. Hwicce and Moltaire can keep there transistor radios tuned to MW. I'm all for more DAB
No problem with DAB for me, at home and in the car. It's great, more choice and better quality. Hwicce and Moltaire can keep there transistor radios tuned to MW. I'm all for more DAB Bushi

11:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

Critical listening to DAB through anything other than portables and car radios shows serious shortcomings as far as audio quality goes. It is low bandwidth, and far poorer than FM.

But, as with everything, there's money to be made by selling off unused spectrum by cramming radio and TV into ever narrower slices of it.
Critical listening to DAB through anything other than portables and car radios shows serious shortcomings as far as audio quality goes. It is low bandwidth, and far poorer than FM. But, as with everything, there's money to be made by selling off unused spectrum by cramming radio and TV into ever narrower slices of it. Andy-Apache

8:49am Wed 4 Dec 13

dulon says...

I am lucky in as much as I have an aftermarket DAB radio in my car . However I have found that very few if any car manufacturers offer DAB as standard fitment . The BBC has been lumbered with the introduction of this service and so far uptake has been slow . We still have the elderly listening on LW and MW let alone FM so yet another source means more confusion .
I presume the launch of this new transmitter will mean that the 'drop off' will cease , I will reserve judgement on that subject .
With regard to sound quality I have noticed a background 'hiss' on DAB which I thought DAB was supposed to overcome . No change there then . But so too has the FM signal become more susceptible to hiss etc maybe we all need to listen less and do something else !
I am lucky in as much as I have an aftermarket DAB radio in my car . However I have found that very few if any car manufacturers offer DAB as standard fitment . The BBC has been lumbered with the introduction of this service and so far uptake has been slow . We still have the elderly listening on LW and MW let alone FM so yet another source means more confusion . I presume the launch of this new transmitter will mean that the 'drop off' will cease , I will reserve judgement on that subject . With regard to sound quality I have noticed a background 'hiss' on DAB which I thought DAB was supposed to overcome . No change there then . But so too has the FM signal become more susceptible to hiss etc maybe we all need to listen less and do something else ! dulon

9:55am Wed 4 Dec 13

countryman69 says...

Harriett Baldwin should learn to research properly before coming out with inaccurate statements such as 'better quality'. Since when was DAB mono better quality than FM stereo?
Harriett Baldwin should learn to research properly before coming out with inaccurate statements such as 'better quality'. Since when was DAB mono better quality than FM stereo? countryman69

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