One public broadcasting boss is skeptical regarding DAB+
The commercial sector wants government funding to go DAB+
At the yearly Radio Day in Stockholm a recurrent event is the discussion between the managing directors of the four biggest radio broadcasters; the two public service companies Sveriges Radio (SR) and the Educational Broadcaster UR and the two commercial broadcasters; MTG radio and SBS Discovery.
Impatience and frustration over the slow political process regarding the formal introduction of DAB radio was observed. A government co-ordinator will report on the process not until November next year.
SR boss Cilla Benkö said that if Europa has united behind a technology, why should we choose another? But she did not mention that it is not "Europa" behind DAB+ it is rather the EBU - the organization for public service broadcasters - and not any official institution in the European Union. EBU has also recommended DRM+ as an alternative to DAB+.
2022 is a tentative year for a switch-over from FM . However, the government has stated that development of digital radio in Sweden must be market driven and by consumer demand i.e. no government funding.
At the Radio Day seminar there were no representation of small-scale broadcasting; the 130 community radio FM stations and the approx. 100 on-line independent radio stations.