COPENHAGEN — There’s more talk in the government of Denmark about the possible “sunsetting” of the VHF FM band in that country.
Now, the Danish Ministry of Culture is trying to accelerate the pace of the transition.
A strategy paper from the Ministry presented at the beginning of April outlines two scenarios: VHF FMs should be switched off two years after it has been determined that the 50% listening threshold has been exceeded (it is currently at 36%). And, even if the threshold is not reached by 2021, the country should off VHF and go to DAB + anyway.
The trouble is that there’s not enough political support for such a move, according to radiowoche.de. The ruling liberal-conservative three-party coalition does not have its own majority in parliament and needs cooperation from other parties; it have to put forward its proposed plans in the media sector up for discussion and then convince either the right-wing conservative People's Party or the Social Democrats and get their votes. Representatives of the People's Party have already announced their rejection of a premature VHF exit in the Danish media.
A survey conducted for the Danish news agency Ritzau revealed that 70% of respondents are opposed to the sunsetting of premature VHF FM by 2021.
Also not very enthusiastic about the new government plans are a number of newspaper publishers operating various regional and local stations, according to the same article.