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Broadcasting: Analogue Radios

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any decision to end analogue radio broadcasting will be contingent upon manufacturers being able to convert existing radios affordably. [HL4429]

The recently published Digital Britain report set out our vision for the delivery of a digital radio upgrade programme by the end of 2015, when we would expect all services carried on the national and local DAB multiplexes to cease broadcasting on analogue. In order to help achieve this, we have urged manufacturers to pursue opportunities to develop devices which convert analogue sets affordably, but this is not a pre-requisite. We also welcome manufacturers' commitment to producing sub £20 DAB sets within the next two years.