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Minister welcomes digital radio boost

Stormont Executive press releases - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has launched the switch-on of 14 digital radio stations in the north of Ireland. 

The switch-on of six new DAB radio transmitters means that 1.4million listeners will have a wide variety of radio stations to listen to from rock and pop to religious and sport stations. From today, listeners across the north will have a choice of 31 DAB digital radio stations including 11 BBC station and 20 commercial stations.

Minister Ní Chuilín said: “This is a fantastic boost for radio listeners across the north. 

“The ability to tune into this wide range of radio stations will improve radio coverage and enable almost 80% of households and 62% of the main road network to have access to content that they previously would not have had before.

“Radio is a hugely important communications medium and a lifeline for many people. This is a good day for fans of radio.”

Notes to editors:

1. You can check which digital stations are available to you at

2. The following channels will be available on DAB digital radio: Absolute Radio, Absolute Radio 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Smooth Radio, Smooth 70s, Jazz FM, Planet Rock, Team Rock, BFBS and Premier Christian Radio – and will expand the availability of Classic FM, talkSPORT, Kiss and UCB in Northern Ireland.

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