The EBU’s Media Intelligence Service has published the first edition of a yearly report on Digital Radio, in support of the EBU’s Digital Radio Initiative.
The Digital Radio report highlights the main achievements of the past year for digital radio, pointing out both its strengths and areas that require action. It also includes a specific study on the role of public service media in the roll-out process, as well as some prospects for the year ahead.
As a whole, it offers a progress report of the roll-out of digital terrestrial radio in European markets and, when relevant, other digital platforms, helping EBU Members and other stakeholders to plan their digital radio strategies and supporting their advocacy initiatives.
The study is all the more timely as exciting new developments are taking place in the Digital Radio market. These include the launch of digital radio in three new countries in Europe in the past year, with a fourth in the pipeline, as well as the announcement of FM switch-off in Norway in 2017.
“The report is an example of the EBU’s continuous support for Digital Radio, not only towards its Members, but to the radio industry as a whole," said senior analyst, David Fernández Quijada.
"As highlighted through some of the case studies in the report, collaboration among stakeholders is crucial to keeping radio a modern medium.”
The publication of this market report builds upon the experience of the Digital Radio Toolkit, which examined the key success factors for radio digitization, and coincides with the EBU Digital Radio Summit, being held in Geneva today as part of Digital Radio Week.