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Norway To Shutdown FM In 2017

Norway To Shutdown FM In 2017

Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio will shutdown in 2017. Norway being the first country in the world to decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels.

Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK, says:
-“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.”

Switch-off starts in Nordland county 11th January 2017 and ends with the northern most counties Troms and Finnmark 13.12 2017.Norway the first country in the world to set a final date for FM-switch off. Several countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, however, are in similar processes, choosing DAB-technology as the backbone of future radio distribution.

Ole Jørgen Torvmark , CEO of Digital Radio Norway says:
-“The White Paper from 2011 and a unique collaboration between the radio industry is the main reason why Norway is far ahead in the transition to digital radio. Many countries are now looking to Norway to learn.”


– 56 % of radio listeners use digital radio daily
– 44 % of listeners only use FM radio daily
– 20 % of private cars are equipped with DAB radio
– 55 % of all Norwegian households have at least one DAB radio.
–  7.9 million radio sets will be affected by FM-extinction. FM radios can be upgraded or recycled.
* Digital radio survey , TNS Gallup 2015

Frequency modulation, or FM, radio was patented in 1933 and has been recording and sharing the human story for nearly a century.It is important to know that Norway will be the first country in the world to shut down the FM.

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