Norway Will Turn Off FM Radio In 2017, Going To Digital

| by Michael Allen
Norway's Alltid Klassisk.Norway's Alltid Klassisk.

Norway's Ministry of Culture recently announced the country will stop FM radio analog broadcasts in 2017 and move to digital radio.

While digital broadcasts exist in other countries, Norway will be the first country to completely switch from analog to digital audio broadcasting.

Thor Gjermund Eriksen of the government-owned NRK broadcasting company told Radio.no, "This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister's decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high-quality and diverse radio content to our listeners."

Trygve Ronningen, CEO of Norway's largest private radio company P4, added, "We can finally complete the work that has been on-going for many years. This is the best solution for all listeners throughout Norway, as they now have a better radio."

The switch from analog to digital begins on Jan. 11, 2017, and will be complete by Dec. 13, 2017, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Norway's first digital broadcast was in 1995 and at least 55 percent of households in Norway have at least one DAB receiver.

A study by the Pew Research Center in 2012 found that 92 percent of Americans of all ages listened to AM/FM analog radio at least weekly, but digital broadcasting online, via sites such as Pandora, had increased in the U.S., although it is different than digital audio broadcasting.

Sources: Radio.no, Pew Research Center, The Hollywood Reporter

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