Denmark

Last update: 30.06.2020 - older versions

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)

In August 2019, Viacom announced the launch of MTV Radio. The radio station, which is only available in digital format, is available to DAB+ listeners nationwide.

In May 2020, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Supply, in charge of the implementation of the EU Directive mandating EECC, published its draft proposal implementing parts of the code. The proposed bill - which is open for stakeholders’ consultation until 26 June 2020 - states the obligation for manufacturers and importers of Class M vehicles to ensure that a car radio receiver which is built into new class M vehicles, consists of a receiver that can receive and reproduce radio services broadcast via digital terrestrial radio transmission.

 

Last update: 30.03.2016 - older versions

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

Jan 2016: Decision concerning operating model (gatekeeper)
Q1 2016: Preparation of EU tender material
Q2-3 2016: EU tender prequalification (RFI) and main bid (RFQ)
Q4 2016: Announcement of winner
Q1 2017: Establishment of commercial DAB+ multiplex
Q2 2017: Gatekeeper operation launched

Last update: 26.05.2016 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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.

Danish digital radio network today

Danish Digital Radio Network Stage 1 Q3-Q4-2016

Danish Digital Radio Network Stage 2 Q1-Q2 2017

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB programmes 7 7 14
DAB+ programmes 11 3 14
Data services 0 1 1
Total181129

Last update: 09.04.2018 - older versions

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).

Last update: 14.04.2020 - older versions

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 the Danish market please visit http://www.digitalradio.dk

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.

Last update: 10.09.2013 - older versions

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.

Last update: 06.03.2019 - older versions

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.

Last update: 21.04.2020 - older versions

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.  

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Facebook profile

YouTube profile (campaign videos)

Christmas Campaign 2017

A video advertisement will run on national TV and also on Facebook, web tv and YouTube.

 

Denmark chooses British model for DAB+ digitisation plans
29.04.2015 - Denmark Denmark
Denmark announced on Tuesday 29th of April an additional agreement on the transition to digital radio that sets clearer conditions for the migration to digital listening. The agreement largely follows the British digitisation plans which sets specific requirements that need to be achieved before an FM switch-off date can be set.

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All Danish stations will now on DAB+
13.04.2015 - Denmark Denmark
After a revision in March, Danish radio channels will now all be DAB+. Danish Radio has worked for several years for the digitisation of radio and called the transition to DAB+ an important step towards the digitisation of radio in Denmark.

(Digitalradio Norge) Read more


Review statements, myths and misconceptions
09.04.2015 - Denmark Denmark
The consultation period for the report "From analogue to digital radio" is now over. Many consultation responses are positive about the commission's proposal for a digitising Swedish radio. Some, however, strongly critical. Unfortunately, based criticism too often on misunderstandings, misinterpretations and tendentious calculations.

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DR P4 can now be heard on DAB+
03.03.2015 - Denmark Denmark
P4 is already Denmark's most listened to radio channel, but the channel could only be heard on FM and on the internet. From today, you can now listen on DAB+.

(Digitalradio.dk) Read more


WorldDMB tracks growth of in-car digital radio
03.03.2015 - WorldDAB News - Australia Australia - Denmark Denmark - Germany Germany - Italy Italy - United Kingdom United Kingdom - Norway Norway - Netherlands Netherlands - Switzerland Switzerland - France France
WorldDMB today releases its latest research on digital radio in cars. The aim of the research is to highlight the growth of DAB digital radio adoption and show the commitment by the automotive and broadcasting industries to provide better in-car listening. The WorldDMB DAB/DAB+ digital radio automotive infographic covers progress in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

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When design and technology go hand in hand…
01.02.2015 - Denmark Denmark
IRC Nordic has produced audio products since 2001 and is among the Danish leading suppliers of DAB radios. Introducing the new product line, new and larger sales channels have paved the way for more important markets, and IRC expects establishment on 9-10 markets and representation in more than 800 shops during 2015.

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Chains in Denmark report good sales of DAB radios during Christmas
14.01.2015 - Denmark Denmark
There will be many DAB+ radios under Christmas trees bought from chains Elgiganten, Fona and Hi-Fi Klubben this year as a press release sent by CES has said that that sales were up 50% compared to Christmas 2013.

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The Radio and Television Board's invitation to tender for licences for DAB block 3
04.12.2014 - Denmark Denmark
The Radio and Television Board has announced it is inviting tenders for 13 licences in DAB block 3. Applicants will be reviewed after the 26th January and will be based on a beauty contest process.

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Government to spend 10.7 million on digital radio campaign
15.10.2014 - Denmark Denmark
A campaign will be implemented to raise awareness of digital radio throughout Denmark. Government will be funding this campaign with the support of 10.7 million kr. This precedes the FM switchover date of 2019.

(Danish Culture Agency) Read more


Infographic: WorldDMB shows digital radio progress
16.09.2014 - United Kingdom United Kingdom - Australia Australia - Norway Norway - France France - Switzerland Switzerland - Denmark Denmark - Germany Germany - Italy Italy - Netherlands Netherlands
Infographics developed by WorldDMB report that from 2008 - 2013; over 1.6 million DAB+ receivers have sold in Australia; 1.5 million in Switzerland; nearly 1.2 milion in Norway, but over 20 million throughout the U.K.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 5.8 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 98%
Services: 14 DAB, 14 DAB+, 1 Data
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 159,869 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 30%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,153,295 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 46%
Last update: 18.02.2020

Useful Links

Mere Denmark
DR DK Digital Radio
Digitalradio.dk
DR DK
DR RADIOKANALER
Kanal Plus
Danish Agency for Culture