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FM Radio faces Government switch-off as Digital listening passes 50% milestone

• by Adam Sherwin

The radio industry passed a milestone, with digital listening reaching a new record share of 50.9%, up from 47.2% a year ago, according to Rajar. FM switch-off plan The landmark will trigger a Government review into whether the analogue FM radio signal should be switched off altogether. Last year Norway became the first country to end national radio broadcasts on FM.

BBC: Switch-off 'Premature' The BBC said it would be "premature" to switch off the FM signal. It could cut off drivers with analogue car radios and disenfranchise older wireless listeners. Margot James, Digital minister, welcomed "an important milestone for radio". She confirmed that the Government will "work closely with all partners – the BBC, commercial radio, (transmitter business) Arqiva, car manufacturers and listeners" before committing to a timetable for analogue switch-off.


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