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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.”

STATS FOR DIGITAL RADIO IN NORWAY *

– 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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