The BBC and transmission group National Grid Wireless are to conduct a trial of the digital radio mondiale (DRM) standard for digital radio using medium wave frequencies.
The trial, lasting a year, will take place at BBC Radio Devon, and allow both organisations to assess the emerging DRM technology, which the BBC said had been designed to facilitate digital radio at frequencies below 30 MHz. The BBC World Service already uses the technology to transmit to some parts of western Europe and north Africa.
Triallists in the area will be given radios which are capable of receiving DRM as well as the existing FM and DAB transmissions.
Meanwhile, BBC radio chief Jenny Abramsky has announced the build-out of the next phase of the BBC's DAB digital radio transmitter network. The move will see another 10 transmitters, provided by Arqiva, added to the network by the end of April.
The new DAM transmitters are being supplied by Arqiva under a £1.8bn contract signed in September.
Abramsky said: "I'm delighted to be able to announce these new transmitters. They represent a real and worthwhile improvement to the coverage of our DAB digital radio network. It shows the BBC's continuing commitment to making our services available on DAB digital radio."
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