Norway’s Media Authority: 4 out 5 Conditions for FM Switchoff Have Been Met

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OSLO— Norway’s Media Authority is reporting that four of its five requirements for the ultimate switchover to DAB+ from FM radio have now been met. The requirements are as follows:

  • • NRK (Norway’s Public Broadcaster) must have DAB+ coverage for its P1 program that is 99.5% that of P1’s FM coverage. Media Authority reports that this has been achieved.
  • • Commercial Stations must have 90% coverage of the population. This has been achieved as well.
  • • The digital radio services must provide content and technology ‘added-value’ for listeners. The Media Authority is satisfied that this is achieved.
  • • At least half of the municipalities, and all counties, must offer DAB+ retrofits for automobiles. Media Authority has made a survey of authorized workshops across the country; estimated coverage figures show that all the counties and 80 percent of all municipalities have workshops with offerings for assembling simple adapter solutions.
  • • At least half of the radio listeners must hear a digital platform daily. Recent measurements show that the digital listening share is 47 percent.

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