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DAB radio switch could be as soon as 2017

Analogue to digital migration encouraged by DRWG

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The Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG) is urging Ofcom and the government to make necessary changes to trigger a smooth transition to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) migration.

The DRWG believes that the changes could be made by 2015, and that the switch to digital radio could be made by 2017.

DAB Radio coverage

The changes that the DRWG are calling for focus around DAB radio coverage and the percentage of the population that can receive DAB signals.

The working group is also recommending that the government considers a duty exemption for digital radios in order to enable cheaper sets and drive a faster uptake.

Lizzy Payne, senior Which? researcher, said: ‘This announcement might help to put some consumers’ minds at rest about the future of digital radio. Confidence in DAB radio has suffered in recent months due to the launch of the DAB+ standard in Europe, and the closure of several commercial DAB radio stations.

DAB radio offers increased station choice and great features such as the ability pause and rewind live radio.’

Digital radio reviews

Which? features more than 60 digital radios reviews. For more information about DAB, and whether it will be superceded in the UK by DAB+, visit our Digial Radio advice guide.

More information on the Digital Radio Working Group’s vision for the future of DAB can be found on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s website.

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