Norwegian Broadcasters Plan for FM ‘Sunsetting''

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Norwegian Broadcasters Plan for FM �Sunsetting''

Sep 14, 2014 10:33 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

OSLO�Norwegian Public Broadcaster NRK, SBS Radio, and P4 Group have submitted a proposal to the Government for the �sunsetting'' of FM radio across Norway.

NRK has actually been providing digital radio since the mid 1990''s, and commercial radio stations followed in 2010. NRK has access to regional DAB networks, effectively giving it access to the entire country. Commercial stations have access to the nationwide DAB networks, and some local networks.

Over the last year the share of digital radio listening has increased by 11%, and has reached a total, in the second quarter of 2014, of 47%. If, by January 1 of next year, the digital share has reached 50%, then it is likely that the sunsetting of FM will occur by 2017, according to Radio.nl.

NRK will take the lead in shutting down its FM services a few months before commercial radio. The shutdown will start in Nordland County, followed by the Trondheim region, where NRK plans to shut down FM on February 8th. The commercial FM stations will go dark on April 21. Telemark follows in April and June; Bergen and Stavanger in June and September; the Oslo region in September and December; and finally, in Lapland the last FM stations will be shut down on the 13th of December.

Norway is the first country to have concrete plans for an FM shutdown. In Switzerland, there are plans as well, sometime between 2019 and 2024.

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