Norway - Current situation - History

08.04.2020

In December 2017, Norway became the first country to completely switch off national FM services, completing a year-long process of switching off region by region. 99.7% of the population has access to DAB+ reception, 6 million receivers have been sold to date, and 100% of new cars have DAB+ fitted as standard.

WorldDAB report published in February 2020 showed that total radio listening in Norway is back to similar levels as achieved in 2016, prior to the digital switchover. Younger and older listeners have recovered fastest, and overall listening levels are stable with daily reach standing at 62-64%, and weekly reach at 88%. 

For comprehensive information see Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover.

24.03.2020

In December 2017, Norway became the first country to completely switch off national FM services, completing a year-long process of switching off region by region. 

99.7% of the population has access to DAB+ reception with almost 6 million receivers sold to date.

The switchover process started in January 2017 applied to all national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio and smaller local radio stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

In March 2019, a report released by WorldDAB, at the Radio Days Europe conference in Lausanne, revealed how the switchover has impacted Norway’s radio listening.

An updated version of the WorldDAB report published in February 2020 showed that total radio listening in Norway is back to similar levels as achieved in 2016, prior to the digital switchover. According to the report, younger and older listeners have recovered fastest, and overall listening levels are stable with daily reach standing at 62-64%, and weekly reach at 88%.

Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover

15.11.2019

In December 2017, Norway became the first country to completely switch off national FM services, completing a year-long process of switching off region by region. 

99.7% of the population has access to DAB+ reception with almost 6 million receivers sold to date.

The switchover process started in January 2017 applied to all national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio and smaller local radio stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

In March 2019, a report released by WorldDAB, at the Radio Days Europe conference in Lausanne, revealed how the switchover has impacted Norway’s radio listening.

An updated version of the WorldDAB report published in August 2019 showed that total radio listening in Norway is back to similar levels as achieved in 2016, prior to the digital switchover. According to the report, younger and older listeners have recovered fastest, and overall listening levels are stable with daily reach standing at 63-64%, and weekly reach at 88%.

Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover