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EBU Releases Digital Radio Report 2017

Annual report offers an overview of digital radio rollout across Europe

GENEVA — The European Broadcasting Union’s Media Intelligence Service’s Digital Radio Report 2017 emphasizes the importance of teamwork in the implementation of digital radio.

The organization’s annual update on digital radio advances in Europe suggests that stakeholders working together is the best indicator for success when making the move to digital radio.

MIS points directly to Norway as an example of this; the country recently became the first European country to begin switching off its FM signal. On the flip side, the report shows that progress toward digital radio has slowed in markets like the Czech Republic and Poland where stakeholders have not been able to reach a consensus on the specifics of a digital radio rollout.

The 2017 report highlights which European countries are leading the way in the transition to digital radio, which are embracing it, countries that recently launched digital radios services and those currently without a market for digital radio. The study offers detailed outlines of the plans for each country in the four categories.

In addition, the report points to major developments for digital radio in Europe in areas such as technology, policy and regulation, public communications, consumer electronics and the car industry.

Over the next few issues, Radio World International will publish excerpts from the MIS report, broken down into four categories: “Leaders,” “Embracers,” “Newbies” and “Wait-and-See.”

In part one of our four-part series we take a look at the countries in the “Leaders” category. The full Digital Radio Report is available at