No more analogue radio listening

Brilliant to see that the North West of England (and also London) has more people listening to digital radio than analogue radio.

Now we need a changeover date to switch off the pointless analogue transmitters around the country that are haemorrhaging listeners and are, these days, completely environmentally unfriendly.

There are far too many old radio anoraks standing in the way of progress. If we relinquished all the wasteful analogue transmitters and halted their pointless burning away on single frequencies that nobody but a few radio anoraks bother to listen to, we could have far greater choice with many more stations reaching many more people. And instead of having to limit their quality in order to all squeeze into what space is currently available, there would be plenty of space for plenty of high quality radio stations.

It’s good to see that London has joined the lead that the North West originally made in turning its back on analogue broadcasting. Now the rest of the country will rapidly follow until analogue radio is no more. Horay!


  1. Analogue radio broadcasts are alive and well,FM has never been so popular,AM is now not so popular,but the number of places I hear both on playing music and speech leads me to the conclusion the switch off is far away,DAB is a flawed system,with poor sound quality and poor coverage,battery life in portables is shocking and on the move is unreliable.


    1. Actually, FM is losing its popularity as listening via digital radio (DAB) continues to become the main platform in parts of the country, such as London and across the North West.

      There is a lot of hate speak about DAB, and it is probably relevant to the early days. However, here in the North West the DAB radio in the car never has any problems across Merseyside and over to Manchester. The sound quality is perfectly adequate for the different programme styles, and the seller is the extended choice that DAB brings compared to analogue. The extended choice is why people love it.

      Around Liverpool I rarely find a radio listening to an analogue platform, and quite often find people are listening to stations that aren’t available on analogue platforms. Extended choice is what digital radio provides and what people want, innit.


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