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The Danish government has proposed a closure of FM broadcasting two years after more than half of radio listening is digital or in 2021 at the latest. Press release (in Danish) Full document (in Danish)
Denmark has one of the highest numbers of DAB users per capita in the world, with 46% of the population having access to a digital radio. Digital radio is driving growth in the radio industry, 28% of radio listening is digital (Source: Q1 2018 DR/Gallup).
The consensus is that FM shutdown is inevitable, in order to offer listeners more choice and the goal is to stimulate new channels on DAB.On 29th April 2015 the Danish Ministry of Culture, together with all political parties, finalised and published a new roadmap for digital radio:
- Early 2017: announcement of the winner of the beauty contest for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
- July-October 2016: beauty contest for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
- February-May 2016: preparation for beauty contest to choose the gatekeeper for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
- January 2016: the Danish government decided on a gatekeeper model for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
- November 2015: report on the future of digital radio was handed in to the Danish Government
In August 2019, Viacom announced the launch of a new DAB+ MTV radio station in Denmark. The radio station, which is only available in digital format, is available to DAB+ listeners nationwide.
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Multiplex 2’s coverage was improved during 2012 and both multiplexes now have close to 98% indoor coverage.
Estimated timeline for DAB+ gatekeeper beauty contest
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The most popular digital channels are DR P7, DR P5 and DR P2. Public service broadcaster DR (Danish Radio) began regular services in 2002 and more than 15% of all radio listening is now on DAB.
Multiplex 1: Danish Radios’s DAB regular services on multiplex 1 include:
DR P1, DR P2 Klassisk, DR P3 (simulcast), DR P5, DR P6 Beat, DR P7 MIX, DR P8 Jazz and Radio24Syv.
Multiplex 2: DAB regular services on multiplex 2 include:
The Voice (SBS channel), Nova FM (SBS channel), POP FM (SBS channel), Radio100 (SBS channel), Radio24Syv (Public Service), MyRock (SBS channel), DR Nyheder (DR channel) and DR P4 (DR regional channel).
A local DAB+ trial multiplex which can carry up to nine services (as of 26/06/2015 it has four) including; Retro Radio (simulcast), Rockkanalen, Radio10FM and and an ice hockey event channel for the local club.
|Simulcast on AM / FM||Exclusive on digital||Total of services|
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In Denmark, following a relaxation in tax rules which treated digital radio as a “luxury good”, the proportion of cars fitted with DAB as standard has more than tripled to 17% – up from 5% in 2015 (Source: JATO Dynamics 2017).
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Cumulative sales of DAB receivers have reached 1.9 million (excludes scrapped units) (Source: Branchen ForbrugerElektronik estimate Q2 2015). Approximately 300 specialised electrical retail stores currently sell DAB radios. Supermarket and food chains are also significant players with frequent product offerings. For information on which digital radio receivers are available on the Danish market please visit http://www.digitalradio.dk/Modtagere/.
In January 2015 Danish Retailer Elgiganten reported 50% increase on sales year on year compared to Christmas 2013, and two other retailers Fona and Hi-Fi Club in South Jutland reported tripling of nationwide sales.
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A local trial is conducted in DAB+ by grass roots station Kanal Plus based on off-the-shelf hardware and encoder/modulator software. The multiplex comprises local radio stations from the area north-northwest of Copenhagen.
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On 29th April 2015 the Danish Ministry of Culture, together with all political parties, finalised and published a new roadmap for digital radio, saying "the limited frequency space on FM means that we will eventually turn off FM". Read the press release here.
The overall focus of the roadmap is to speed up the process of utilising capacity in the DAB network and to secure a more rapid development of the network.
Key features of the roadmap are:
- decision to switch off FM to be taken when 50% of listening is digital
- swap of content on MUX1 and MUX2 at the end of 2016 which will ensure that available frequencies can be brought into use, making it possible to have a commercial network operator of MUX1
- "Gatekeeper Model" will be adopted for MUX 1 (currently owned by Danish Radio) which will drive the market
- full transition from DAB to DAB+ by 1 Oct 2017
- new licences for spare capacity in MUX3 available by end 2015
The consensus is that FM shutdown is inevitable, in order to offer listeners more choice and the goal is to stimulate new channels on DAB. By end 2015 new licences will be available for application, and a shift from DAB to DAB+ is now underway.
Denmark has one of the highest numbers of DAB users per capita in the world, with 40% of the population having access to a digital radio. Public service broadcaster DR (Danish Radio) began regular services in 2002 and more than 36% of all radio listening is digital.
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Denmark's Palaces and Culture Agency, with communications agency Prime Time, produced a public information campaign on digital radio which was broadcast across Denmark in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The campaign inform everyone that DAB radio will be transmitted in DAB+ from 1st October 2017 and have furthermore as its goal to move radio listening from analogue to digital.
An industry forum has been established with the participation of major stakeholders, as well as a website portal - www.mereradio.dk - providing information on digital radio in Denmark. The campaign will receive basic public funding and will be supported by the Danish radio industry.
Christmas Campaign 2017
A video advertisement will run on national TV and also on Facebook, web tv and YouTube.
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|Services:||14 DAB, 14 DAB+, 1 Data|
|Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative):||159,869 devices|
|New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard:||30%|
|Total Sales (cumulative):||1,153,295 devices|
|Penetration by household:||46%|
Last update: 16.12.2019
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