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Germany Considers Banning Sale of FM-Only Receivers

If adopted, the Culture Committee's recommendation would make the change effective in 2019

MUNICH � FM-only radio receivers could be taken off the shelves entirely in Germany after 2019, if the Culture Committee of the Federal Council�s recommendation is taken into effect. Der Spiegel reported that the Culture Center wants the sales of pure FM radios to be stopped after 2019 to increase the uptake of DAB/DAB+ radios.

This amendment to the Telecommunications Act was introduced in August, says Radioszene, and recommends that manufacturers should be required to only build radios that also support DAB+. The amendment is not subject to approval in parliament and can be regarded as only a recommendation.

ARD Chairman Karola Willie wants to take it a step further by making the recommendation official regulation, as well as calling for the installation of multi-standard chips in new radio devices that will allow them to receive DAB+ and IP radio in cars.

� Radio World�