Government Bigs-Up Digital Radio, But Still Won't Commit to Making a Switch

By Gary Cutlack on at

Culture and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has reaffirmed the government's belief that DAB radio is the future, but with analogue sets still happily banging out the hits via the FM spectrum he's not ready to be so bold as to set a switchover schedule for shoving us onto digital.

Speaking at theĀ GO Digital Conference, Vaizey said UK digital radio coverage is now at 89 per cent, up from 84.5 per cent in 2010, while 72 per cent of households ought to be able to receive their local stations via the digital bands. But with only four our of every ten new cars featuring a DAB radio as standard kit, there's still a long way to go before it becomes as ubiquitous as good old FM -- and no digital conversion deadline is on the horizon. [DCMS via The Register]