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Doing the DAB: Belfast Celebrates on-Going Success of Digital Radio in Ireland

In Northern Ireland, more than 54 stations are available, and coverage has been expanded

BELFAST, Northern Ireland � �Doing the DAB: Belfast,� organized by Digital Radio UK, was attended by over 150 delegates of the Belfast Media Festival, which happened on Nov. 17. It celebrated the progress of digital radio in Northern Ireland, reports

Digital radio listening in Northern Ireland is now growing faster than the rest of the UK. More than 54 stations are available, and coverage has been expanded. Local stations Downtown Country, BBC Radio Foyle and most recently U105, as well as the second national DAB network, Sound Digital, with 18 stations, have all launched with the last three years.

Speakers at Doing the DAB: Belfast included Jimmy Buckland, of Wireless Group, reported the launch of 13 new Wireless Group stations in England and Scotland, and indicated they would like to explore launching further stations in Northern Ireland, but capacity is currently full. JP Coakley spoke of RTɒs support of DAB in the Republic of Ireland, indicating that they are keen to explore opportunities for co-operation with Northern Ireland broadcasters in the future, according to the same article.

Other speakers included local broadcaster John Rosborough; Stuart Robinson and Mark Mahaffy of Bauer Radio, Northern Ireland; Michael Tumelty of BBC Northern Ireland and Larry Deeney of BBC Radio Foyle; Peter McVerry of Wireless Group; Bryan Coombes from Arqiva; and Ford Ennals of Digital Radio UK.