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Norway makes radio history

Thursday 15 December, 2016
11th January 2017 is a historic day for the medium of radio.

Norway becomes the first country in the world to move towards fully digital radio transmissions. As a result of this, the national FM network will be switched off. 

The FM networks will be switched off region by region, starting in Nordland 11th January. The event will take place in Bodø and the final switch-off will be done at 11.11 pm CET. 

The heads of NRK radio and commercial radio will be in Bodø to represent the Norwegian radio industry. Also, head of BBC radio, Helen Boaden, and head of radio at EBU, Graham Dixon, will attend. 

An international seminar for European broadcasters will be held the day before the historic move to FM switch-off and an international press-conference will be broadcast on at 2 pm CET. 

The final program will be published nearer to the event.

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Mike Terry
16 December 2016 - 3:56am
Its true the National FM network will be switched off, however according to World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) page 307 "Almost all local FM stations have been granted an extension until 2022." I thought there were concerns in Norway about the DAB coverage of the country - time will tell. Sweden and Finland are not keen on converting to DAB.
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