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Broadcasting: Analogue Radios

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of analogue radios in use (a) in private homes, (b) in cars, (c) in vans, and (d) elsewhere. [HL4428]

The information is not available in the form requested. However, Ofcom's research in September 2008 showed that about 45.9 million analogue radio devices were in use at least once a week:

Device

Used at least once a week (millions)

Personal music player with radio

9.1

Mobile phones with a radio

5.3

Clock radios/alarm clocks

8.8

Radio sets/portable radio sets

8.4

Hi-fis/music systems with radio

14.3

In addition Ofcom's research showed that there were about 22.5 million cars with an analogue radio.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how any decision to end analogue radio broadcasting will affect private broadcasters. [HL4430]

The Digital Upgrade Plan contained in the Digital Britain report proposes that on a determined date all services carried on the national and local DAB multiplexes will cease broadcasting on analogue. At the same time small local commercial stations and community stations will occupy the vacated FM spectrum. Commercial broadcasters have been fully engaged in these plans.