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The airwaves go digital

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey turns on the digital radio transmitter for local stations Buy this photo Ed Vaizey turns on the digital radio transmitter for local stations

RADIO listeners in the Oxford area can now tune in to local stations on digital devices after the service was switched on yesterday.

It means 300,000 residents can now pick up BBC Radio Oxford, Jack FM, Heart, Capital and Gold radio stations.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage, switched on the signal at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.

He said: “Boosting local coverage means the excellent range of local DAB digital radio stations can be received by even more listeners, at home and in their car.”

The Government has said it will make a decision on radio switch-over from analogue to digital in late 2013. TV was switched to digital this year.

Jack FM general manager Ian Walker said: “Oxfordshire has the third highest take up of digital radio sets in the UK but people in the county could not hear their three local radio stations.”

The transmitters, in Oxford and Farthinghoe, have been installed by Now Digital, a joint venture between Jack FM and communications infrastructure firm Arqiva. Another transmitter, in the Boars Hill area, is planned for next year.

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9:35pm Sat 22 Dec 12

benjamin says...

It is alright for Ed Vaisey. He wont have to pay to have his car fitted with a DAB radio. As for DAB radios in the home, Why? I only want to listen to my favourite local radio station. There is no reason to want to listen to radio stations from all over the world. Also, can anyone give me a sensible reason why DAB radios are designed to look as if they came from the 1930s?
It is alright for Ed Vaisey. He wont have to pay to have his car fitted with a DAB radio. As for DAB radios in the home, Why? I only want to listen to my favourite local radio station. There is no reason to want to listen to radio stations from all over the world. Also, can anyone give me a sensible reason why DAB radios are designed to look as if they came from the 1930s? benjamin
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12:38pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

At last! It's been such a long time coming.

Saves having to switch back to using the heritage "FM" signals when choosing to listen to local radio.
At last! It's been such a long time coming. Saves having to switch back to using the heritage "FM" signals when choosing to listen to local radio. Andrew:Oxford
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