Digital Debate Continues

Digital radio switchover gets poor reception

It would seem that senior broadcasters and leading industry figures have joined a backlash against the rush to digital radio following the Government’s decision to set 2015 as the target date for the switchover. A recent House of Lords Communications Committee report gave warning of a backlash and said there was “public confusion and industry uncertainty” over the switchover.

Critics claim the switchover date is far too early because demand for digital radios is still low, many areas had no – or poor – digital coverage and many hilly areas would be unable to receive digital radio because of the prohibitive cost of transmitters. Only about 80 per cent of the country has digital coverage, compared to FM’s 96 per cent.

They claimed that the current analogue FM radio already provided high sound quality and although it was susceptible to “interference” that was preferable to digital which could lose the signal altogether. Read more on this article from the

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