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DCMS prepares for digital listening milestone

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has been preparing for its impending review of digital radio ahead of a key milestone, expected next month.

According to Radiocentre, the commercial radio industry body, the Department has held two roundtables on digital radio progress with key stakeholders from across the radio industry.

The proportion of radio listening on digital platforms is expected to reach 50% when the next RAJAR figures are released. At this point the Government has said that it will undertake a review of the market and consider the question of digital switchover.

But in recent weeks, both the BBC and Global Radio have emphasised adopting a hybrid approach, which keeps FM services on air, running alongside existing DAB services. At the same time, streaming radio is gaining popularity.

The first roundtable, hosted by Radiocentre and Digital Radio UK, included larger commercial radio groups, the BBC, Arqiva, Ofcom, manufactures and the supply chain. The second roundtable, hosted by Radiocentre, focussed on medium and smaller radio groups. Radiocentre reports that the meetings "provided a helpful opportunity for stakeholders to outline their various positions and for government to better understand the views held across the industry."

The next RAJAR figures, which may report digital radio listening as exceeding 50% for the first time, are due to be released on 17th May 2018.


  1. I'm keeping an open mind for Migration to DAB & DAB+. But..... What about the areas there's no DAB coverage? Powys Mid Wales had NONE from any multiplex. It would take 30 sites to cover the very mountainous county from just one provider. Also with Decommissioning of AM services, they'd be left with nothing. Not one report I've read has mentioned issues like this.

    1. *HAS NONE FROM ANY MULTIPLEX* that ment to say: