UK - no digital switchover until at least 2030

21.10.2021 - United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK Digital Radio and Audio Review recommends that there should be no mandated switch-off of analogue radio in the UK until at least 2030 - meaning that FM radio broadcasts can continue for at least another decade so the elderly, vulnerable and people in remote communities can access essential news and entertainment. Media Minister Julia Lopez said: "We must make sure this treasured medium continues to reach audiences as listening shifts to new technologies and that we have a gradual transition away from FM to protect elderly listeners and those in remote areas. We will not have a digital switchover until at least 2030 and will consider new rules to keep our thriving radio sector at the heart of the UK’s media landscape."

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