Monday, December 01, 2014

Sweden Mulls FM Radio Switch Off Date

Via The Local:

Sweden's FM signal should be turned off by 2022, according to a government-funded report looking at Sweden's digital switchover strategy.

FM radio should be replaced by digital radio within the next eight years in order to make more channels available for commercial networks and the country's public service broadcaster Sveriges Radio, concluded the report's authors.

The study was commissioned by Sweden's former center-right coalition and was presented to the current Social Democrat-Green government on Monday.

It is unclear how ministers will react to the findings, with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's party having previously argued against the digital radio switchover, saying it would be too expensive.

Hundreds of sites around Sweden would require new specially designed radio masts.

Sweden has already made the move to digital television, with all homes ditching analogue services by 2007.

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