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8:46am 21st April 2017

Listening to Pirate FM just got easier.

10 new DAB transmitters are launching across Cornwall, from St Austell to St Just.

It will mean 300,000 more people can pick us up on digital radio and will cover more than 90 percent of the Duchy.

The big switch on took place at Charlestown Primary School on Friday morning.

Although DAB digital radios are in over 55 percent of homes in Cornwall and almost 90 percent of new cars many listeners in Cornwall were unable to receive their favourite local stations on DAB digital radio before the new transmitters, which have been built by communications infrastructure company Arqiva, launched.

Listeners in the Duchy are encouraged to retune their digital radios to ensure they receive all their available stations on DAB.

Cornwall's ten new digital transmitters are part a programme of work co-funded by Government, BBC and commercial multiplex operators to expand coverage of local DAB stations from 75 percent to 90 percent of UK households, in line with FM coverage for commercial radio.

Over 200 local DAB transmitters have been built nationwide and the local DAB expansion programme is largely complete with the last remaining few transmitters to launch by the summer.

In total, an additional 10 million adults and over 4,000 miles of the UK road network have been brought into coverage for local DAB stations.

Pirate FM's Content Director, Tristan Hunkin, said: "Pirate FM is proud to be the only local commercial station made in Cornwall for Cornwall and we are pleased to support today's big switch-on in Charlestown as part of our 25th birthday celebrations. The launch of the new digital transmitters means more listeners will also be able to discover My Music Radio - the home of the seventies and more."

Mark Clutsom, Head teacher, Charlestown Primary, said: "We're so proud to have hosted such an exciting occasion on behalf of the county at our school and to have welcomed our local MP and Cornwall's local stations. The pupils have loved the big green switch, meeting the radio presenters and finding out more about digital radio."

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: "This is a big day for radio and a big day for Cornwall. Now over 90% of households in the county will be able to receive their favourite local radio station on DAB digital radio - many for the first time. We are seeing a long term transition to digital radio and digital listening and it's great that Cornwall is part of this digital revolution."

Richard Johnston, Head of Commercial Radio, Arqiva, said: "Arqiva has been extremely busy over the last year building hundreds of additional national and local DAB transmitters across the UK to bring DAB digital radio into millions more homes and thousands of miles of the road network. We are delighted to complete the expansion of local DAB coverage in Cornwall enabling over 300,000 more people to receive their local stations on DAB. "

8:46am 21st April 2017

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