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      The end of FM radio

      'Golden age' of digital could see FM radio scrapped | Daily Mail Online
      The end of FM radio: 'New golden age' of digital broadcasting could see the traditional signal scrapped this year


      • 48 million adults listen to more than 1 billion hours of radio in the UK each week
      • Rather than buying traditional radio to tune to FM, people are moving to digital
      • Now, analysts predict digital listeners will become the majority within a year
      • Fovernment to undertake a review which could result in FM being switched off


      For decades the demise of radio has been a hot topic, with songs such as ‘Radio Gaga’ and ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ predicting a decline in listeners.

      But 80s pop songs may have been wrong – as it appears we are entering a ‘new golden’ age of radio which is seeing more people access their favourite stations online.

      However, surge in digital listeners could trigger the end of FM listening as early as this year.

      Radio use in the UK is now at record levels, with 48 million adults listening to more than 1 billion hours each week, according to industry monitor Rajar.

      However rather than buying a traditional radio to tune to FM, there has been a huge shift in the number of people accessing live streams through their tablets and smartphones.

      The change is happening so quickly that some analysts predict digital listeners will become the majority within a year – and it could spell the end of FM.

      Once this is reached, the government will undertake a review which could result in the FM being switched off.

      Norway became the first country in the world to end FM radio when it cut the signal in January this year.

      ‘Even five years ago this situation was unthinkable,’ said Ford Ennals, chief executive of Digital Radio UK, the company overseeing the nationwide digital switchover.

      ‘People predicted radio would fall away – it’s extraordinary when you think about the fragmentation of the media’, he told the Financial Times.

      During the last three months of 2016 170 new local and national digital stations were launched, bringing the total number in the UK to 339.

      Despite its current success, digital radio will have to adapt to shifting listening habits as younger listeners replace older ones.

      Data suggests that just over half of people between the ages of 15 and 24 listen to live radio, compared with 88 per cent of people over the age of 55.

      BBC Radio 1, which is principally focused at a younger audience, lost 1 million listeners last year.

      Bob Shennen, director of Radio at the BBC, said: ‘Young people are just not listening for as long’, but added the medium was ‘very good at reaffirming its core values’.

      The BBC currently enjoys a dominant share of the total listening hours in the UK, account for 53 per cent, with Radio 2 alone accounting for 17 per cent.

      A NEW GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO

      Radio use in the UK is now at record levels, with 48 million adults listening to more than 1 billion hours each week, according to industry monitor Rajar.
      However rather than buying a traditional radio to tune to FM, there has been a huge shift in the number of people accessing live streams through their tablets and smartphones.

      The change is happening so quickly that some analysts predict digital listeners will become the majority within a year – and it could spell the end of FM.


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      Re: The end of FM radio

      Improve digital radio where I live and I'd gladly switch to it. It's utterly hopeless here in East Lancashire. The checker still says I can only get the BBC channels and no much else but even that is over-optimistic as it barely works indoors.

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      Re: The end of FM radio

      It's great when it works, at home I can get stations from all over the south-east region, plus the nationals. The car gets them too, until I drive 300m up the road then naff all!
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      Re: The end of FM radio

      Quote Originally Posted by James_Mitchell View Post
      Improve digital radio where I live and I'd gladly switch to it. It's utterly hopeless here in East Lancashire. The checker still says I can only get the BBC channels and no much else but even that is over-optimistic as it barely works indoors.
      Digital radio isn't only DAB. While this may be the only format suitable for in car reception, there is also internet radio, FreeSat/Sky radio and radio channels available on FreeView.

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      Re: The end of FM radio

      I like FM radio. I use the FM Radio App on my smartphone so would be sorry to see it go.
      There are no smartphones with DAB of any variant, AFAIK.

      Streaming is too patchy when on a moving vehicle. I have been using Iplayer Radio App more, recently, to download the programmes I want to listen to...from Radio 4 if anyone cares.
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      Re: The end of FM radio

      live sport broadcasts are still fm radio only

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      Re: The end of FM radio

      Nope, 5 live extra for one. Test Cricket is usually on there and if the BBC have broadcasting rights, football matches too.
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      Re: The end of FM radio

      Do not care if its on FM, MW or whatever as all listening, which is mostly sport or The Two Mikes on Talksport, Talksport 2 and RLM (Radio Le Mans, throughout the year live motorsport coverage and commentary) is all on a tablet and phone via something like the tunein or talksport app.

      DAB is just hopeless down here and we ditched the DAB radios we had many years ago, they were just hopeless. The FM tuner worked well on them though.
      As for music that is all better served from Spotify, youtube and Google play these days.
      Travelling is all listening to audiobooks for me on tablet/phones or in car. No radio makes an appearance.

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      Re: The end of FM radio

      I've heard complaints about weak signals previously with DAB. I was hoping that by now someone would have turned the signal strength up. However this was also the same situation that DVB had until the analogue signals were turned off. So maybe, just maybe, it will remain the case for now.

      One issue I would have is that currently I only have analogue radio receivers at home. I don't do a lot of radio listening and can't justify the expense of buying something that'll only be used periodically.

      Mobiles, now that's a problem. Sure that can stream content over the Internet, but there lies a problem. It forces everyone to get a decent data package if they want to listen to the radio. The mobiles have the tech to listen to FM transmissions, but the apps are supplied in phones any more. I've searched the android Play Store before now and found nothing was available. They really don't want you to tune into FM analogue of DAB.

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      Re: The end of FM radio

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I've heard complaints about weak signals previously with DAB. I was hoping that by now someone would have turned the signal strength up. However this was also the same situation that DVB had until the analogue signals were turned off. So maybe, just maybe, it will remain the case for now.

      One issue I would have is that currently I only have analogue radio receivers at home. I don't do a lot of radio listening and can't justify the expense of buying something that'll only be used periodically.

      Mobiles, now that's a problem. Sure that can stream content over the Internet, but there lies a problem. It forces everyone to get a decent data package if they want to listen to the radio. The mobiles have the tech to listen to FM transmissions, but the apps are supplied in phones any more. I've searched the android Play Store before now and found nothing was available. They really don't want you to tune into FM analogue of DAB.
      Tunein or the radioplayer app has every radio station you would ever want want, UK and worldwide. been listening to talksport through the radioplayer app on my smartphone and tablet this morning since 7-30am in the garden and house.
      The bbc iplayer radio app and website streams all their stations, not that I listen to any BBC.
      You can also just listen through any radio station web page.
      Radio audio data is very small indeed and even on 4g takes up very little data, if you listened for say 1 hour a day it would be about 50mb. But then if its over wifi its costing you nothing in data.
      You can also record radio nicely (no manual) on sky q and play it back as a recording on the sky q app at home or away from home. I often record The Two Mikes when they broadcast in the early hours like that and play them away from home.
      Also, a lot of the radio shows on radio station websites like talksport are available as podcasts to play listen again via their websites and/or download.

     

     

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