Digital Britain Sets U.K. Radio Digital Switch For 2015
June 17, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
The U.K. government's long-anticipated DIGITAL BRITAIN report has set 2015 as the date that radio is to permanently switch over from analog to digital. The plan proposes that existing radio station licenses be extended for up to seven years and requires that 50% of all radio listening be to digital signals by 2013, a sharp increase from today's 20%.
Under the plan, all new car radios will be required to offer DAB by the end of 2013; all analog AM stations will be required to move to DAB, while the emptied FM band will be opened to a class of very small new community radio stations.
The digital plan is part of a wide-ranging report from Lord CARTER that proposes a roadmap for the communications industry in the U.K. for the coming years, including universal broadband access, requirements that ISPs keep track of illegal downloaders, and changes to CHANNEL 4's remit to allow a joint venture with BBC WORLDWIDE and changes in children's television.