Norway to Cease FM Radio

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Norway is to become the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio signal in 2017. The government has announced there are currently 22 national digital radio stations broadcasting and there is space on the digital platform for a further 20. However, there are only five national outlets broadcasting on FM, it added. NRK, Norway's public service broadcaster, will switch off its FM service before the commercial sector. UK analyst James Cridland told the BBC it will be a "nervous time" for the global radio industry when the first FM transmitter is switched off in Norway on January 11 2017. "I hope Norwegians have done enough to retain radio's audience and make sure that those that haven't made the switch will make that switch," he said. "I think while with television it is important for you to go out and buy a new set, radio listeners may think they'll just play their CD collection or listen to Spotify instead. "If it obliterates the radio audience it may mean we are even less keen to turn off FM and AM in the UK ." via BBC News.

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