Town in tune with new digital transmitter

A NEW digital radio transmitter for Hawick is due to be up and running within a month.

The transmitter was originally scheduled to be completed in October but acquisition problems delayed the project start date.

The BBC has since confirmed that building work on the transmitter has started and will be completed in November.

Hawick MP Michael Moore said the new transmitter will greatly improve the digital radio signal in the town and the surrounding area and give local people better access to digital radio stations.

He said: “Many areas in the Borders have poor digital radio signal and with the switchover from analogue to digital radio due sometime in the future, it is vital that this situation is improved.

“I have long-campaigned for the full range of digital radio coverage in the Borders, and through the Borders Digital Forum, I have called on the BBC to invest in new transmitters to improve digital radio signal.

“Eighteen months ago I was very pleased to hear that a new transmitter would be built in Hawick in autumn this year and I will be pressing the BBC to ensure that it is up and running as soon as possible.”

At a meeting of the Borders Digital Forum last Friday, plans to bring a better broadband service to the town were discussed by Mr Moore and leading local businesses.