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Radio. Why go digital?

Comment 8th July 2010

There seems little advantage if any, for the public in scrapping FM radio frequencies. They work countrywide and are a tried and tested broadcasting format.Digital may be alright in urban areas but coverage in rural areas and remote parts of the country are likely to suffer in a similar way to the broadband coverage.

Every car radio would either have to be changed or converted to digital and according to reports reception is likely to vary considerably across the country.

The whole point of change is to improve. So what is the point of changing in this case from something that works well to something that is more likely to be worse and  be a positive disadvantage to millions of listeners.

There may be business opportunities but the UK is unlikely to see much in the manufacture of digital radios as it is well known that most electronics are made in the far east.

Think again and leave FM alone.

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There seems little advantage if any, for the public in scrapping FM radio frequencies. They work countrywide and are a tried and tested broadcasting format.Digital may be alright in urban areas but coverage in rural areas and remote parts of the country are likely to suffer in a similar way to the broadband coverage.

Every car radio would either have to be changed or converted to digital and according to reports reception is likely to vary considerably across the country.

The whole point of change is to improve. So what is the point of changing in this case from something that works well to something that is more likely to be worse and  be a positive disadvantage to millions of listeners.

There may be business opportunities but the UK is unlikely to see much in the manufacture of digital radios as it is well known that most electronics are made in the far east.

Think again and leave FM alone.

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