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What is DAB Digital Radio?
It's a better way of listening to radio - bringing you a whole new world of benefits.

On DAB digital radio you can listen to national commercial stations, BBC national stations and a whole raft of local stations. Some of them are analogue favourites, others are new to your radio. Either way, you'll enjoy a diverse mixture of listening, including stations dedicated to classic rock, spoken word entertainment, latest chart hits, and a range of other stations to suit your mood.

Say goodbye to analogue hiss and crackle, DAB digital radio brings you much less interference and a massive sound quality upgrade for AM stations.

Forget about remembering frequency numbers, a DAB digital radio displays the stations by name. That gives you the confidence to explore the airwaves and change stations at the touch of a button.

Digital radios have screens showing you more information about what you're listening to. Whether you're looking for the title and artist of the song, the news headlines, or the latest sports results, check the screen to see if it's there.

Certain digital radios now include the ability for you to pause and rewind live radio - so you can answer the phone, then listen to the end of that feature. Others let you set a timer to record a specific programme at a specific time. Both options give you flexibility and put you in control of your listening. For more details see our product section.

Where can I listen?
National DAB digital radio networks already cover most major towns and hundreds of miles of motorways and major roads.

Digital One's national network of transmitters already already covers more than 90% of the population, and the BBC are expanding coverage of their national network to achieve a similar figure.

A variety of local digital radio networks are also on air, meaning you can usually listen to your favourite local stations on DAB digital radio as well.

To find out which stations you can receive, simply use our postcode checker.

How can I listen?
In the same way digital TV requires upgrading via a set-top box, digital radio programmes are only available with the right equipment. That means you will need to buy a radio that's able to decode digital radio signals.

But buying a digital radio is a one-off cost. There are no subscriptions, no rental fees, and no on-line charges as with a PC. It's all absolutely free.

Only receivers that carry one of these logos are smart enough to decode digital radio signals.

You can get all of the info you need about coverage in your area at the UK Digital Radio website - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO