Digital Radio Switchover

Please can we abolish the deadline of 2015 for the switch off of analogue radio.  It is far too soon to consider it, especially in the current economic climate.  Most households have five or six portable or mains radios and the cost of changing them all would be forbidive for many.

Most cars are still being fitted with FM radios and those cars will last for up to 10 years.  If FM is switched off in 2015, thopse cars will not have any radio service and people will not get the traffic news.

DAB radios don't last long on batteries and have to be plugged into the mains the whole time.

Digital Britain claims that the radios will be refurbished and sent to Africa.  That is 150 million radios.  Will they all go to Africa?  No most will end up in landfill back here in the UK.

Please consider delaying the switchover for another 10 years, say 2025 and give people time to get used to DAB.

Why is this idea important?

Please can we abolish the deadline of 2015 for the switch off of analogue radio.  It is far too soon to consider it, especially in the current economic climate.  Most households have five or six portable or mains radios and the cost of changing them all would be forbidive for many.

Most cars are still being fitted with FM radios and those cars will last for up to 10 years.  If FM is switched off in 2015, thopse cars will not have any radio service and people will not get the traffic news.

DAB radios don't last long on batteries and have to be plugged into the mains the whole time.

Digital Britain claims that the radios will be refurbished and sent to Africa.  That is 150 million radios.  Will they all go to Africa?  No most will end up in landfill back here in the UK.

Please consider delaying the switchover for another 10 years, say 2025 and give people time to get used to DAB.