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CRA Releases New DAB+ Listening Numbers

Twenty vehicle manufacturers in Australia now include digital radio

Three million people now listen to DAB+ digital radio weekly in Australia’s five regional capitals, according to GfK survey 7 figures released by Commercial Radio Australia.

Where DAB+ is available, over 23 percent of people are listening on a DAB+ digital radio device, the release said.

The survey shows sales of DAB+ devices have reached more than 1.7 million, and with the addition of the vehicles sold with DAB+, the total number of DAB+ devices in the market now stands at 1.9 million. Twenty vehicle manufacturers in Australia are now including digital radio (up from the 16 reported in August) and more than 125,000 vehicles with DAB+ have been sold.

“Reaching 3 million listeners on DAB+ is an outstanding result and listeners will continue to grow particularly when DAB+ is available throughout other regions in Australia,” said Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner.

The industry has suggested that the federal government should establish a Digital Radio Industry Planning Committee that would work on a timetable for phased rollout of services.