Ofcom Publishes Digital Radio Report 2013

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Ofcom Publishes Digital Radio Report 2013

Sep 26, 2013 11:00 AM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB

London - Sep 25, 2013 - The U.K.'s Ofcom has published its Digital Radio Report for 2013. Some of the more salient results reported:

� 94.4 percent of homes in the U.K. are covered by the BBC's national DAB multiplexes.
� 89.5 percent of homes are covered by national commercial DAB multiplexes.
� 71.7 percent of homes are covered by local DAB multiplexes.
� In the 12 months to the end of June 2013, 33.9 percent of all listening hours were to digital radio, across DAB, digital TV and the Internet or apps. This represents a 4.4 percent increase year over year.
� 64.9 percent of the digital listening hours were done with DAB radios.
� The share of digital listening accounted for by online and apps grew by 1.6 percentage points to 14.9 percent, while the proportion accounted for by digital TV fell slightly (down by 0.6 percentage points) to 15 percent year over year.
� 33.4 percent of all radio sets sold in the 12 months ending in June 2013 included a DAB tuner, up from 28.7 percent in the previous year.
� However, 5.6 million radio sets were sold over the 12 months ending in June 2013, a 14.3 percent decrease year over year.
� Sales of DAB sets remained steady (1.9 million in 2012 and 2013) while sales of analog sets fell by one million units year over year to 3.7 million.
� The proportion of people that claimed to have a DAB digital radio set at home was 45.7 percent at the end of June 2013, an increase of 4 percentage points year over year.

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