UK Digital Switchover Decision to Come at end of 2013


        Radio on FacebookJoin us on Facebook

London - Jul 9, 2013 - At a Go Digital reception in the House of Commons, UK Minister Ed Vaizey confirmed that the Government Digital Radio Action Plan has now been completed, and that significant progress had been made in the transition to digital radio in the UK. The minister confirmed that the government will announce its decision on a future radio switchover at the end of 2013. In his comments, the minister hailed the excellent progress in digital radio listening, with 34.3 percent of all radio listening hours now on digital platforms, and 50 percent of the UK now listening to radio on a digital platform each week. The minister also said that the results of a government consumer switchover trial in Bath showed consumers are very satisfied with digital radio, that four in five (80 percent) prefer it to analog radio, and that 9 in 10 would recommend it to friends and family.

Helen Boaden, director of BBC Radio, said the BBC was continuing to invest in digital content and the expansion of DAB digital radio coverage. She welcomed the government commitment to a decision on radio switchover this year and said that this would provide welcome certainty for the industry.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, highlighted the importance of radio listening in cars and announced that nearly 40 percent of new cars in the UK now come with digital radio as standard [CAP/SMMT June 2013: 39.4 percent], which compares with 25.1 percent in June 2012, and just 12.1 percent in June 2011.




Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Today in Radio History

Milestones From Radio's Past

The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.

Digital Edition

Each Issue as a Digital Edition

Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.

EAS Information More on EAS

NWS XML/Atom Feed for CAP Messages

The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.

Wallpaper Calendar

Radio 2014 Calendar Wallpaper

Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.

The Wire

A virtual press conference

Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.

Join Us Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn
Radio magazine cover

Current Issue

The Motor Racing Network Takes to the Road

When building its new broadcast production vehicle, MRN applied lessons learned from the past.

Browse Back Issues

[an error occurred while processing this directive]