Digital radio switchover by 2020?

The body set up by the government to secure the future of digital radio in the UK is expected to predict that switchover for the medium could be completed by 2020. The final report by the Digital Radio Working Group comes at the end of a series of meetings between representatives of commercial radio, the BBC, Ofcom, community radio and manufacturing and consumer groups, according to sources.

The various parties were brought together by the government to map out a timetable for digital radio, which has been beset by uncertainty over the future of one of its key methods of delivery, digital audio broadcasting (DAB). But despite the setbacks – which saw Channel 4 pull the plug on its DAB ambitions and a host of digital stations shut down, the DRWG is expected to say that the migration of most radio content to digital could be completed by 2020.

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