Digital radio in the United Kingdom

  1. BBC 6 Music Ratings Up Again

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. modern rock and alternative station BBC 6 Music has continued to grow its audience despite a tough few months for those working on the network. It is now hitting a weekly audience of 1.19 million listeners. The digital station was under threa ...

  2. U.K. Govt May Delay Digital Switchover

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s coalition government has today (July 8) signaled its support for digital radio and the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) system. As Billboard.biz reported yesterday (July 7), culture minister Ed Vaizey is still aiming for digital sw ...

  3. U.K. Govt Set To Confirm Digital Switchover

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is reportedly preparing to confirm plans to switch off the analog radio network. The previous Labour government had a target date of 2015, which looked increasingly hard to achieve given the slow take up of DAB (Digital Audio B ...

  4. Australian Radio To Launch Podcasts Over Airwaves

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commercial Radio Australia has struck a strategic partnership with Beijing Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting to develop and promote a technology that will allow podcasts to be sent via the DAB+ broadcast band. Dubbed "Push Radio," Jolon h ...

  5. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  6. U.K. Committee Criticizes Digital Radio Switchover

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An influential Lords committee has hit out at the British government's plans to switch the majority of U.K. radio stations from an analog signal to digital transmission within a five-year time frame. Published this week, the House of Lords Co ...

  7. Australia Embraces Digital Radio

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australians are tuning in to digital radio at a surprising rate, new data suggests. According to the inaugural Digital Radio Industry Report, published today by trade association Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), 449,000 Australians are listening ...

  8. BBC 'To Axe 6 Music'

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC is reportedly planning to axe modern rock digital radio station 6 Music as part of the corporation's strategic review of digital services. The Times reports on its front page that BBC director-general Mark Thompson will close BBC 6 Mu ...

  9. Ratings Setback For U.K. Digital Radio Switchover

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The outlook for digital switchover for U.K. radio in 2015 has taken a blow with the latest audience research figures. Digital Radio U.K., the trade body established by the publicly funded BBC, digital network owner Arqiva and the commercial radio ...

  10. U.K. Watchdog Recommends Liberalizing Media Ownership

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's communications regulator recommended relaxing rules on ownership of local media to help commercial providers of regional news struggling to survive a slump in advertising. If approved by the government, the new rules recommended by ...

  11. Commercial Radio Backs U.K. Digital Upgrade

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. commercial radio sector has reacted positively to a government plan to upgrade the country to digital by 2015. The proposal was contained in the Digital Britain report, which has given the industry a government endorsement of the DAB plat ...

  12. BBC, Commercial Sector Partner On DAB Radio Campaign

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BBC is to join forces with the commercial radio sector in an unprecedented move to boost DAB digital radio in the U.K. in the run-up to Christmas. The promotional campaign for DAB radio services and sets has been devised by BBC Future, Media a ...

  13. Channel 4 Abandons U.K. Radio Plans

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. TV broadcaster Channel 4 says it will not be proceeding with the planned launch of three digital radio stations due to a slump in ad revenues. The move is the company's latest response to a 5% downturn in its TV advertising revenues. It ...

  14. U.K. Digital Radio Group Urges 'Migration'

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG) has called for a long-term plan to move all radio services to digital. The DRWG was established by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport last November to look into the future of digital radio. Represent ...

  15. Brian May Goes Radio Ga Ga For Planet Rock

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT According to the lyrics to one of the more memorable songs in his canon, Queen's Brian May is a "champion." Now the famous guitarist is championing the cause of troubled British digital radio station Planet Rock. In a posting on the ...

  16. U.K.'s DCMS Prepares For A Digital Radio Future

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport has established a taskforce to assist in the nationwide transition from analog to digital radio. The Digital Radio Working Group will comprise key stakeholders including Ofcom, Brit ...