MDR-director Karola Wille welcomes the collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure (BVMI) on the transition to a digital radio. Wille says "Laying the ground for the digital future of terrestrial broadcasting now, can only succeed in broad consensus."
South Africa still hasn't switched on commercial digital terrestrial television broadcasts, but that isn't holding back the broadcasting industry from running trials to test digital radio broadcasts.
It is the radio format that has delivered the latest chart hits, news and talk shows in stereo to homes around the world for decades. But now the characteristic hiss of interference that accompanies most FM broadcasts is set to fall silent. Norway has announced that it will be the the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio signal.
The ability of FM to cope with the demands of future developments were questioned during an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on 16 April.
The Culture Ministry had set a number of criteria before the final switch was determined, such as at least half of all listeners must listen to DAB every day and that new autos must be equipped with DAB radios. These were met by January 1st, 2015. The country also achieved 99.5% coverage by 2014, another criteria for announcing the change.
The analogue FM broadcast in Germany will definitely not be able to meet the challenges ahead. Making radio future-proof therefore means making its provision a part of the hybrid approach combining terrestrial DAB+ broadcast with the mobile radio, especially its smartphone devices. These are the main messages of the Parliamentary State Secretary Dorothee Baer from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) stated during an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on 16 April.
Norway is set to be the first country to shut down FM radio, beginning in 2017. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced this week it has set the date for the shut down, making it the first country to move away from FM radio entirely. The country is set to adopt Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as the national standard.
Norway is getting rid of FM radio. In January 2017, Norway will shut off national FM radio in the country and transition to digital audio broadcast, or DAB. It’s essentially a switch from analogue radio to digital radio — comparable to the switch from analogue to digital television in the U.S.
Norway is to become the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio signal in 2017.
Norway will become the first country to scrap FM radio after it announced final plans to switch to digital radio in the next two years.