UK: All new cars to have DAB by 2013

All the UK’s national radio stations and many local services will stop broadcasting on analogue by the end of 2015, according to ambitious switch-off targets unveiled by the government today.

The Digital Britain report, published today, said announced a “Digital Radio Upgrade” that would see services on national and local digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplexes stop broadcasting on analogue.

The government has also required that DAB must be comparable to current FM coverage, and DAB must reach 90% of all the population and all major roads before the upgrade timetable can begin.

The absence of in-car digital radio has hampered further takeup of the new technology, but the government has recommended that all new car radios sold in the UK by the end of 2013 should be digital.

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