Will the 'golden age' of digital broadcasting see traditional FM signals scrapped?

Mail Online | 5/17/2018 | Tim Collins For Mailonline
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FM radios could become a thing of the past, with the marching rise of their digital counterparts.

New figures reveal that, for the first time, more people are tuning into DAB and listening online than sitting in front of the wireless.

Radio - Industry - Milestone - Listening - Record

The radio industry milestone saw digital listening reaching a new record share of 50.9 per cent, up from 47.2 per cent just one year ago.

The finding makes it more likely that FM frequencies could b consigned to the dustbin of history.

Landmark - Government - Review - FM - Radio

The landmark will trigger a government review into whether the analogue FM radio signal should be switched off altogether, according to reports.

Industry monitor Rajar, based in London's Oxford Street, announced that 49.2 million adults, or 90 per cent of the adult UK population, tuned in to their selected radio stations each week in the first quarter of 2018.

Adults - Quarter - Year

This was up by approximately 900,000 adults on the same quarter of the previous year.

The total average number of weekly hours listened to radio for this quarter is 1.026 billion.

Average - Listener - Hours - Radio - Week

On average a listener tunes into 20.8 hours of live radio per week.

Of this listening, 50.9 per cent was digital, comprised of DAB (36.8 per cent), online and apps (9.3 per cent) and Digital TV (4.8 per cent).

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