Digital radio in Europe 2017

| 17 februari 2017

The EBU’s Media Intelligence Service has published its second yearly report on digital radio, which gives an update on the market status of digital terrestrial radio in Europe.

The Digital Radio 2017 report offers insight into the roll-out of digital terrestrial radio in the European markets, and includes other digital platforms, when relevant.

This report also highlights developments over the past year in digital radio, especially in the areas of content and offer, technology, switchover processes, policy and regulation, consumer electronics, and so on. It also includes a study on radio consumption.

In the overview of digital radio roll-out, the countries are categorised as digital leaders, digital embracers, digital newbies, and wait-and-see.

Of the Nordic countries, Norway and Denmark are classified as digital leaders, together with Switzerland and the UK. Norway, which started to close down FM broadcast in January 2017, will go fully digital before the end of the year. Meanwhile, in Denmark the Ministry of Culture’s digital roadmap states that a possible date for switching off the FM network will only be discussed once 50 % of radio listening is digital.

During 2015, the Swedish government said no to a digital radio switchover proposal, consequently Sweden is referred to as part of the wait-and-see-group, which includes ten other countries. (Finland and Iceland, which currently have no plans to close down their FM networks, are not included in the report.)

The report is open to the public and available for download here (PDF)

Other reports by the EBU Media Intelligence Unit are available here


About the EBU: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is an alliance of public service media. It has 73 member organizations in 56 countries that run over 780 TV and 1,040 radio services. The digital radio report series is published to support the EBU’s Digital Radio initiative. Read more