Run a digital and FM service side by side as now.If radio stations can do this at the moment then they can do it in the future. There are probably too many stations anyway . Who gets the time to listen to it all along with TV , computer activity and games, going to work, sleeping and generally LIVING.?
We should all be grateful for scientific and technical progress , otherwise we should still be using crystal sets and winding up horned gramaphones. However the abolition of the FM radio services is a step too far. Purely on a personal level, this household owns 3 vehicles with analogue radios.On top of that there are some 29 radios in this house, from mini personal/ headphone jobs , stereo tuners , radio /cassette/C.D players/ TVs , , a radio telephone, 2 Freeplay and 4 other wind ups to a deliciously expensive Bose number and a several of small transistor radios of various types. If the Government makes compulsory the dumping of these radios, or even the seemingly worthy recycling for the 3rd World, the financial outlay for us here will be enormous.We have 1 digital radio only and it is rarely used.
Having reserched this, it seems that digital radios consume more electricity / battery power than standard ones, although there are energy saving models available. Most people , post 2015, will to SOME extent be sourcing cheap radios , probably made in China or the Far East .Can the economy of these models be guaranteed? I suspect that electricity/ battery consumption will rise.Not environmentally friendly. Why encourage the use of economy light bulbs only to have the effect counteracted by electricity guzzling radios?There is also the problem of poor reception in many areas.
The Conservative Party , now Government , is in favour of personal choice for the individual and encouragement of each and every one of us , to be self sufficient and non State reliant. It also wishes to leave behind the "nanny state" and interference of Socialism that we have to tolerate every few years when Labour are in power. DO NOT now decide that "Nanny knows best " and that each and every one of us be COMPELLED to dump millions of functioning radios for no particular reason, other than a commercial one.