End Is Near For Analog Radio In U.K.
April 18, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
The British Government may be about to come up with a switch-off date for analog radio broadcast on the AM and FM bands. Industry regulator OFCOM has proposed that licensing of the AM radio spectrum should be reviewed within two years with a review of the FM spectrum to follow in 2012, according to a reports by ELECTRONICS WEEKLY.
This would bring an analog radio switch-off into a similar timescale to that proposed for the analog TV switch-off. But this could happen sooner. OFCOM believes switch-off should happen when "digital listening accounts for 50% of all listening."
"Existing analog commercial radio licences will expire between 2009 and 2027, depending upon the date of issue," OFCOM said in a discussion paper. "Under current legislation, these licences would be re-advertised. However, in the future this spectrum might be better used for other services such as mobile television, more digital radio, more community radio services or other new technologies."