Thursday, 17 December 2020

The Final Countdown -The Future of DAB Radio Is Over

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Public Access Nordic has for some decades observed developments in the field of broadcasting in Sweden, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world. Particular attention has been paid to the attempts to introduce DAB as a digital platform for terrestrial radio. However, DAB replacing FM radio is something that radio listeners never asked for. Dissatisfaction with the FM has ever been reported.  Today, FM radio is merely challenged by digital radio via the Internet. Despite this, the DAB system stakeholders continue conducting extensive lobbying in Europe. In some countries, the lobby has managed to lure the pants of politicians. They managed to close national FM in Norway, but not in Sweden.


The editors predict that lobbying will continue for a long time to come as this is the only chance for DAB to survive. Otherwise, market forces would quickly kill the DAB system. The editors have noted that the DAB stakeholders have never responded to criticism of the shortcomings in the system.

Read our overview of the situation for DAB with facts, analysis and conclusions. Views and comments, including anyone not sharing our views and conclusions are welcome. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020

FM Radio Mandatory for New Cars in Finland

DAB broadcasting is not on the agenda

The Finnish parliament has approved the reform of the Electronic Communications Services Act and related laws. The amendment to the Vehicle Act secures the possibility for Finns to listen to domestic FM radio channels in the car also in the future.


The position of FM radio in new cars in Finland will receive a new kind of security with the change in the law. Article 25 of the revised Vehicle Act, which will enter into force already on December 21, stipulates that the radio receivers of new cars sold in Finland must be able to receive FM radio.