Services on the ABC’s NewsRadio network are to be expanded in Tasmania early next year.

As part one of a three-stage roll-out, ABC NewsRadio will be extended to 13 new areas across Australia, including Burnie, Somerset and Wynyard on the north-west coast.

The extension gives NewsRadio a possible new audience of more than 42,000 people in the region.

NewsRadio services in the Hobart metropolitan area will also reach more people with improvements to the Ralphs Bay transmitter site.