Oh dear. Looks like they are determined to push ahead with forcing us all over to DAB. This could well be the final nail in the coffin for UK radio from a couple of angles imo. Firstly , it increases stations costs , and because to stations are all carried on multiplexes which are outside of their control , they can charge whatever they like for carriage basically. Also , exactly who gets allowed on the multiplexes in the first place is going to be carefully picked , with a view to making maximum revenue , and minimal business conflicts - ie - competition. Finally , there is still the nagging issue of , DAB has nowhere near the sound quality of FM radio in it's current form. They need a roadmap to migrate to DAB+ with immediate effect before it offers a system we can actually say sounds better than analogue radio. This will inevitably mean a period of simulcasting so that existing DAB radio's dont just stop working overnight. I believe that some of the better ones on sale now can do DAB+ as well , and it was a;ready agreed from the outset that all car digital radio's do both formats so they work throughout Europe. I must admit i am pessimistic for UK radio's future after reading this - it is in major decline anyway, from a listener choice , and big business domination point of view, without this as well.
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