London - Nov 13, 2013 - Ford Ennals, the head of Digital Radio UK, said while speaking on the RadioToday Program that the DAB switchover in the UK could be many years away, so that listeners and radio companies have more time to prepare.
Ennals said the disagreement between smaller commercial radio operators and industry bodies boils down to a difference of opinion about the pace of change, according to RadioToday.
The culture and communications minister of the UK government, Ed Vaizey, is due to make a statement on the proposed transition from FM to DAB at an event in London in December 2013. "The transition is going to take a lot longer than people think - it's many years away," said Ennals. "And that means both listeners and operators have more time to prepare. I expect the minister to say it's the right policy and strategy, but that the industry and the consumers just aren't ready yet. Government will make sure the industry has the time it needs to make this transition effectively."