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Nearly 2/3 of new cars now fitted with DAB digital radio
27.04.2015 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
According to today's announcement from Digital Radio UK, in March 2015, 64.9% of new car registrations had digital radio as standard, up from 50.7% the previous March (CAP/SMMT 2015). An additional 10% of cars also have digital radio available as a cost option, meaning that three-quarters (75%) of new cars in the UK now have digital radio available as standard or as an option.

Free Radio 80's expands DAB coverage
27.04.2015 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
80s radio station Free Radio 80s is expanding its DAB digital radio coverage in May, with listeners in Herefordshire and Worcestershire able to listen to the station on their local DAB multiplex.
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Norway to shut off FM in 2017 - Radio haters wrongly rejoice
24.04.2015 - Norway - Norway
Recently it was reported that Norway would shut off FM radio beginning in 2017. DAB allows for more programming to be encoded and transmitted than standard FM. In a press release, the government of Norway said, “Whereas the FM system only had space for five national channels, DAB already offers 22, and there is capacity for almost 20 more. In addition, more than half the population already has access to local radio on DAB, and there is considerable potential for further local channels.”
From About Tech:

UK Expected To Follow Norway In Switching Off FM Radio
24.04.2015 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The Norwegian Ministry of Culture recently announced that the country will be completing its transition from traditional FM radio stations to Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB, by 2017. Aside from Norway, other European countries are contemplating a similar move. Both Sweden and Denmark estimate the switchover to happen by 2022, while the United Kingdom is considering a progressive switch-off between 2017 and 2022.
From International Business Times AU:

Digital radio: Radio policy supports the future
23.04.2015 - Germany - Germany
MDR-director Karola Wille welcomes the collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure (BVMI) on the transition to a digital radio. Wille says "Laying the ground for the digital future of terrestrial broadcasting now, can only succeed in broad consensus."
From Radioszene:

Brentwood community radio station Phoenix FM set to go digital
23.04.2015 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The Phoenix FM team hopes Brentwood is one of ten pilot areas licensed by radio regulator Ofcom to trial small scale DAB digital radio services. If successful in their application, transmissions could start as soon as this summer.
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Les Indés Radios asks “When will DAB+ become a reality in France?”
22.04.2015 - France - France
The CSA (regulator) announced in its report submitted on January 21 that it wants to continue the deployment of DAB+ in France in the border areas, where the FM offer is poor. Les Indés Radios ask for continued commitment, which areas and how many will be selected, and the timetable for the call for applications.
From La Lettre Pro:

Digital Radio Board - important step towards the introduction of DAB+
22.04.2015 - Germany - Germany
The ability of FM to cope with the demands of future developments were questioned during an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on 16 April.
From Radioszene:

Digital radio switchover - After Norway, who is next?
WorldDMB News - 22.04.2015 - Norway - Norway
By deciding to convert all of its radio stations to digital broadcasting by 2017, Norway has pioneered. Yet it is not the only country to pay close attention to digital broadcasting.
From La Tribune :

End of the road for FM?
22.04.2015 - Norway - Norway
It is the radio format that has delivered the latest chart hits, news and talk shows in stereo to homes around the world for decades. But now the characteristic hiss of interference that accompanies most FM broadcasts is set to fall silent. Norway has announced that it will be the the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio signal.
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