Around a quarter of all radio listening is now to digital, so a future transition to digital radio continues to gain impetus. However, the Government's policy is not to switch off FM. We believe that FM will continue to provide a platform for local and community radio for the foreseeable future.
It would not be in anyone's interest to force stations on to DAB or to 'switch off FM at a time when it would leave any local stations without an appropriate broadcast platform. The assurance we can give, therefore, is that FM will continue for as long as it is needed and viable.
With reference to the effect on poorer households, digital radios are portable, easy to use and affordable, with the cheapest models available for about £25 and manufacturers are committed to developing even more affordable DAB sets.