Digital Switchover for Denmark in 2019
The Danish government’s new media policy for the period 2012–2014 has defined 2019 as the year for the country’s digital switchover. This providing that at least half of all radio listening in the country is digital by 2018.
Uffe Elbæk, the Danish Culture minister stated that this move is a normal progression. “The world is digital and therefore it is a natural continuation of previous efforts and policy decisions in the area that we now will speed up the digitization of radio, just as we did with the TV a few years ago,” he said.
“We do this by continuing to expand the digital radio network, and not least by establishing, albeit with conditions, a date for the switch-off of FM. By setting a date, we are sending a clear signal to both the industry and the Danish radio listeners about where we are going.”
According to reports, the national single-frequency DAB block used by the public service broadcaster DR multiplex will be exchanged in 2013 for two DAB regional frequency blocks now occupied by a single commercial multiplex.
These changes will increase the total budget of DR to allow its nine regional FM only stations to migrate to DAB, and allow the commercial multiplex to develop further. A reported 11 million Danish Kroner have been allocated for a public information campaign about digital radio.
All Danish DAB transmissions will also transition from the original DAB standard to the DAB+ standard.