FM transmitters to be switched off as early as 2022 and 2023

The changeover of radio stations from FM to digital broadcasting via DAB+ will already take place in 2022 and 2023. Originally, the end of FM stations was planned for the end of 2024 at the latest.

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The radio industry has now already agreed on an earlier switch-off of FM transmitters, according to the newsletter published on Monday by the Federal Office of Communications Bakom. Accordingly, the SRG will switch off its FM transmitters in August 2022, the private radio stations will follow in January 2023 at the latest. Urps. Bakom intends to cancel the FM radio licences on the agreed dates.

In recent years the Federal Council has created the legal basis for the switchover from analogue FM technology to DAB+. In addition, it is granting radio broadcasters substantial financial support for DAB+ broadcasting during the transition phase until FM switch-off.

According to a survey conducted by GfK Switzerland in spring 2020, digital radio usage has increased by 22 percentage points since autumn 2015, as Bakom continues to write. Radio listeners thus received 71 out of 100 radio minutes per day via digital means, 39 percent via DAB+ and 32 percent via internet and cable TV.

At the same time, FM usage had fallen by 22 percentage points to 29 percent. Only 13 percent of the Swiss population still listened exclusively to analogue FM radio in June 2020. Today, practically all new cars are also equipped with a DAB+ device as standard. (SDA)

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