The BBC says it wants to keep FM radio for the foreseeable future, rather than the switch alone digital.
BBC Director of radio and music, Bob Shennan, said that “the public choice”.
“We need to do more in the UK, before we consider a move and, really led by the audience,” he said at a conference in Vienna.
“We are fully committed to digital-and we believe that we should years the landscape back in a few.”
The government is due to the review of FM and DAB (digital audio broadcast) later this spring, as soon as the digital audience make up 50% of the consumers a number that was almost achieved.
Shennan told the radio days Europe audience, it would be “premature” until the switch-off of analogue.
“Great progress has been made, but the transition now would be premature,” he said. “Now, we believe, the public, are best served by a mixed economy.
“Radio is better served by a mixed economy.”
A big advantage of DAB radio is that there is room for more stations as the FM spectrum is crowded.
But the DAB coverage and reception is still patchy in some areas, and while most new cars are equipped with DAB radios without the million still on the streets.
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