Five years ago the brothers Tom and Tore Vedvik started making their first DAB-radio. Through partners in the UK and Asia they secured the best technology and an efficient production process. The brothers simply believed that radios are becoming more important in our lives. Today the internet radio with DAB and FM radio lets you listen to your favourite radio stations from all over the world, right in the comfort of your own house and without the need of a PC.
On average a listener tunes in to 21.4 hours of radio per week, with listening to radio via a digital platform - in terms of weekly reach - exceeding over half of the UK population. 27.4 million people now tune in to radio via a digitally enabled receiver.
Rajar's Q3 2014 radio listening report reveals that the biggest digital only stations are continuing to grow this quarter, as Absolute 80s, 6 Music and The Hits all increase their audiences. And overall, digital radio listening share has grown by 6% to a record high of almost 38% (37.8%). Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “Digital listening has grown to a new high of 37.8% driven by record performances of digital only stations and the strong growth of digital listening in cars. The future of UK radio is definitely digital and it is pleasing to see the success of the new innovative digital only stations with so many more drivers now enjoying them in their cars. Digital radio is good news for the radio sector and good news for listeners.”
The U.K's national, commercial DAB network, known as Digital One, plans to commission four new transmitter sites before the end of this year, and an additional five next year.
Small-scale DAB is to get a boost as Ofcom prepares to licence a number of smaller multiplexes. The regulator will launch a consultation next week inviting stations to be part of the test, which will give existing stations a chance to go on DAB for a nine month period. Peter Davies, Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, speaking at the Tech Con event in Salford today, said: “There are around 150 small scale radio and 200 or more community radio stations and for them the existing multiplex structure just doesn't work. “We want to give those stations a chance to go digital, and we’d like to see community and commercial stations working together,” he said.
In September, 58% of all new cars registered came with digital radio (CAP/SMMT), it was announced by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy at the annual industry Radio Festival in Salford today. Almost 250,000 cars were registered in September 2014 with digital radio as standard, up nearly 50% on the previous September. He also confirmed that BBC coverage for its national stations on DAB digital radio was now 95%, and that this programme of work would be completed before the end of 2015.
DAB receiver sales in the UK have grown by 10% in the last year. In the last 12 months (Oct 13 to Sep 14), total UK DAB receiver sales were 2.93 million units - up 10% from 2.66 million (Oct 12 to Sep 13). The key driver of growth is the automotive sector. The DAB market is now firmly established - for both consumer and line-fit automotive receivers.
Almost 250,000 cars in the United Kingdom were registered in September with digital radio as standard, up nearly 50% on September 2013, according to Ed Vaizey, minister for Culture and the Digital Economy in the United Kingdom.
The broadcaster group, which also includes the EBU, Clearchannel, Ibiquity, Emmis Interactive, NAB and Commercial Radio Australia, is now working on developing a system which combines DAB or FM radio.
The BBC is leading the development of a new generation of ‘hybrid’ radio, following extensive research that shows most smartphone users want broadcast radio in their devices. The BBC is working with a coalition of global broadcasters – which includes UK commercial radio, the EBU, Clearchannel, Ibiquity, Emmis Interactive, NAB and Commercial Radio Australia – to research and develop ‘hybrid’ radio – a combination of internet and broadcast (DAB or FM) radio – for use in mobile phones.