Norway's controversial radio switch-off


Norway's controversial radio switch-off

Norway will start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a controversial move that will be closely watched by other nations.

Critics have said that the government is rushing the move, with one poll from newspaper Dagbladet suggesting 66% of Norwegians oppose it.

Experts argue that the change needs to happen because digital radio can carry more channels and has clearer sound.

Switzerland, Denmark and the UK are also considering a switch-off.

The shutdown of the FM (frequency modulation) network will start in the northern city of Bodo on 11 January. By the end of the year, all national FM broadcasts will end.


Cars will be the biggest challenge in Norway, where there are an estimated 2 million vehicles that are not equipped with digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receivers. Users are being told to buy adapters which cost 1,500 Norwegian kroner (?140).

"Norwegian politicians have decided to make 15 million FM radios in Norway completely useless," digital media expert Jan Thoresen wrote in Dagbladet earlier this year, adding: "That's a bad idea".

Norway's transition to DAB radio will be closely watched by others considering a similar move, including the UK.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Ferne McCann shares loved-up snap with boyfriend Arthur Collins during romantic Dubai getaway

Ferne McCann shares loved-up snap with boyfriend Arthur Collins during romantic Dubai getaway..

26-Mar, 16:16

And now, the This Morning presenter has posted a loved-up snap showing...

Pensions mistakes of the past must be avoided, says John Cridland

Pensions mistakes of the past must be avoided, says John Cridland..

26-Mar, 08:48

Mistakes of the past must be avoided when telling people of any rise in...

Just google it: How one company came to dominate search

Just google it: How one company came to dominate search..

26-Mar, 20:50

"Dad, what happens when you die?" "I don't know, son. Nobody knows for...

Steep rise of the Bernese Alps

Steep rise of the Bernese Alps..

26-Mar, 21:22

The striking North Face of the Bernese Alps is the result of a steep rise...

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights..

25-Feb, 06:16

As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind...

Colorado's Pot Lessons: Prepare for No Help, a Lot of Smell

Colorado's Pot Lessons: Prepare for No Help, a Lot of Smell..

03-Feb, 16:18

Don't delay. Don't expect help. And get used to the smell. Those are...

Sotheby's and Tegna climb while AES and Shutterstock slump

Sotheby's and Tegna climb while AES and Shutterstock slump..

27-Feb, 16:48

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday: Sotheby's...

Oracle and KCG Holdings gain while PerkinElmer, Guess drop

Oracle and KCG Holdings gain while PerkinElmer, Guess drop..

17-Mar, 00:20

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: Oracle...