‘Digital radio signal needs addressed in South Down’ – Clarke

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Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke says he is disappointed with very poor digital radio signal presently being received on DAB radios in the Castlewellan and Newcastle areas and across rural parts of South Down. Currently digital radio customers are receiving digital radio signals on their DAB radios which are transmitted from Divis and Carnmoney Hill transmitters in Belfast. Clarke told Newry Times, “I have received a number of complaints from constituents regarding poor digital radio signal on DAB radios. In particular the complaints I have received are regarding a very poor digital radio signal for BBC Radio Ulster which is very one of the most popular radio stations in Northern Ireland. “Constituents have outlined to me that digital radio reception from other national BBC Radio channels such as BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Live, and BBC World Service with the exception of BBC Radio Ulster have very good digital radio reception on DAB radios. “However, in the rural areas outside Castlewellan and Newcastle digital radio signal on DAB radios for BBC Radio Ulster can be very poor or non-existent. This is also the case in other rural parts of South Down. Clarke added, “I have now written to both the BBC and OFCOM and asked that this matter is looked into and to also advise me if there are currently any plans for local television transmitters such as Newcastle to also transmit digital radio signals which would no doubt resolve digital radio reception within the local area and other rural areas within South Down.”
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