Here is the latest RAJAR radio listening figures published this morning
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Well we've passed the UK.Gov target of starting the switch over once more than 50% of listening was via digital. Problem is the 50% number is for "All Digital", DAB (real radio sets) for listening in homes & automotive at 36.8% has some way to go in both users & area coverage.
With automotive in particular most new cars are now fitted with DAB but millions with FM only are still on the roads. The DAB coverage in my normal travel area is pretty good, but last week I was travelling around the Peaks & Pennines & DAB coverage was poor (patchy) in comparison.
Per the forum thread back in March, the BBC have suggested to keep FM radio for the foreseeable future. They are not suggesting to keep FM forever but are saying at the moment its too early & to look at it again in the future. I have not seen any news from Ofcom or Gov comment/feedback on that proposal.
Its good to see On Line (web Radio) has a healthy growth - IMO thats probably where the future for high SQ home listening is.