Norway to Shut Down FM Radio in 2017 - Radio Intelligence

Norway to Shut Down FM Radio in 2017

Norway will become the first country to end broadcasting on FM, the Norwegian culture minister Thorhild Widvey announced on Thursday.
The national channels of public broadcaster NRK and commercial radio groups P4 (owned by MTG) and SBS Discovery Radio will switch off their FM networks in 2017. Small local radio stations will have the choice to continue on FM for a few more years.
In 2011, the Norwegian parliament approved a plan for digital radio. All of the criteria that were set then for a shutdown of FM have now been met.
There are already 22 national radio stations using the two national DAB networks, with capacity enough for 20 more.

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