Boost for local radio listeners as tallest tower hosts digital switch-on

View from the top of the Emley Moor mast at 865ft, showing the shadow of the mast pointing towards Dewsbury
View from the top of the Emley Moor mast at 865ft, showing the shadow of the mast pointing towards Dewsbury
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GUESTS gathered at Yorkshire’s Emley Moor mast, the tallest free-standing structure in the UK, to turn on a booster transmitter for local digital radio stations.

The booster will bring local DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio stations to around 500,000 people in West Yorkshire for the first time, as well as improving the signal for many more listeners.

Guests at the Grade II listed tower, which stands at 1,084ft, included Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and Liz Green, presenter with BBC Radio Leeds.

The signal boost will mean that BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Aire, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 60s, The Hits, Magic, Kerrang! and Heat will be on DAB digital radio for the first time in the area. It will boost local DAB coverage from 53 per cent to 96 per cent.

Ford Ennals, of Digital Radio UK, who hosted the event, said: “This is great news people across the West Yorkshire area as until now they have not been able to receive all their favourite local stations on DAB.”

Earlier this year listeners in South Yorkshire were given a boost when DAB coverage reached another 350,000 people.