Digital Britain: Has Carter Really Saved DAB?

It may be obvious but it’s worth stating in light of Lord Carter’s Digital Britain report published yesterday – digital radio and DAB are not the same thing.

Read the headlines and you would assume Digial Britain is nothing but good news for those who have bet the farm on digital audio broadcasting.

This is what we know:

  • all national radio stations will stop broadcasting in analogue by 2015
  • all new car radios sold in the UK should be digital by 2013
  • all radio stations broadcasting on MW (except the ultra local) will upgrade to DAB

Incidentally none of this will happen until 50% of listening is digital (it’s currently around 20%) and until DAB reaches 90% of the population and all major roads. Continue reading Digital Britain: Has Carter Really Saved DAB?