BBC wants to keep FM radio for longer

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BBC Radio 6 Music is a digital station

The BBC says it wants to keep FM radio for a foreseeable destiny rather than switch over wholly to digital.

BBC executive of radio and song Bob Shennan pronounced that “audiences wish choice”.

“We need to do some-more in a UK before we cruise a switchover and for that to be honestly led by a audience,” he told a discussion in Vienna.

“We are entirely committed to digital and we trust we should examination a landscape again in a few years’ time.”

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Commercial stations have also stretched into digital alongside FM

The supervision is due to commence a examination of FM and DAB (digital audio broadcast) after this spring, once digital listeners make adult 50% of consumers – a figure that has scarcely been reached.

Shennan told a Radiodays Europe assembly that it would be “premature” to shutdown analogue.

“Great swell has been done though switchover now would be premature,” he said. “For now we trust audiences are best served by a churned economy.

“Radio is improved served by a churned economy.”

One large advantage of DAB radio is that there is space for some-more stations as a FM spectrum is overcrowded.

But DAB coverage and accepting can still be sketchy in some areas and while a infancy of new cars are propitious with DAB radios, millions but them are still on a roads.

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