Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The future of digital radio

Paul Revoir writing in this morning's Mail asks the question Will digital radio follow the march into hi-tech oblivion?

Digital sets are at risk of becoming obsolete unless sales pick up, industry analysts warned yesterday.
That would mean they follow a host of other gadgets - such as Betamax video cassettes and mini-disc audio players, which were bought by millions but are now mere curiosities.

I sincerely hope that this is not the case but the runes of the last few months have not been good.

Guardian media reports that

With three of the largest radio groups having reduced their commitment to the DAB platform in recent months, their stations having been replaced by a mix of ethnic, religious and non-commercial broadcasters, the future health of the DAB platform must be under question."

Channel 4 are due to launch a series of services but their viability must now be questioned in the current climate.

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