The UK-based Digital Working Group wants the government to switch off analogue radio by 2020 – and ideally as early as 2012 – in order to get more Brits listening to DAB digital stations. The suggestion was made in an interim report by the group, which includes representatives from the BBC, Ofcom and commercial radio stations. Despite heavy promotion of DAB in the last year or two, only 17.8% of radio listening is digital in the UK at the moment. However, with a corresponding shift from analogue to digital TV, it remains to be seen if the government has the stomach to tell consumers they’ll have to replace all their radios too.

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