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North Yorkshire MPs Join Campaign to Stop Forced DAB Switchover

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5:50pm 22nd November 2013

The campaign to stop Minster FM listeners being left with a bill of hundreds of pounds in a forced DAB radio switchover has been raised in parliament.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley if a debate could be held on the issue of forcing the public to switch on to DAB radio. Andrew Lansley has agreed to help Julian Sturdy get a response on the issue from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Selby MP Nigel Adams and York Central MP Hugh Bayley have also signed up to help ask the government not to force the public on to DAB radio.

Hugh Bayley spoke to Minster FM earlier:

Broadcasting regulator OFCOM, noted in 2012 that the average price of a portable DAB radio receiver has stalled at £50 to £60 in recent years, much higher than an equivalent analogue radio. Meanwhile, the cost of the average DAB car radio has increased in recent years to £117.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport found that the average price of a portable analogue radio in 2011 was £17, three times less than the average price of a DAB portable radio

Ofcom's latest estimate is that UK consumers own 101m to 120m radio receivers (excluding FM radio in mobile phones). It estimates that only 12% to 15% of these are presently DAB.

If consumers were required to replace all their existing analogue radios with new DAB radios, they would collectively have to spend at least £4bn.

You can find out more about what the DAB switchover means to you on the DAB Switchover website.


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