Digital radio leaders demand FM shut-down

The UK’s Digital Radio Working Group, set up in November to work out why no-one wanted DAB, has recommended the UK government switch off the FM frequency bands by 2020 in order to force radio listeners to move to digital.
The basic problem is that DAB costs more to transmit and not enough people are listening to it – just 17.8 per cent of radio listening is digital. However, it’s clear problems remain if the UK government’s going to be able to sell its radio frequencies – though there has been little or no public debate as to whether it should be allowed to.
Fear not, though – Hypebot reports a new technology that attaches 50 digital channels to an existing FM radio signal could bring an unprecedented level of diversity to existing frequencies. Developed by Ludwig Enterprises, the new tech could enable niche-focused subscription radio services and more…

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