DAB uptake ‘disappointing’


BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons noted in an official strategy review that DAB’s adoption in the UK has been a disappointment and that Internet distribution of digital audio content is being considered by some as a potential successor to DAB.

The chairman’s comments were contained in the BBC Trust’s annual strategy review, and that DAB is not measuring up to competition in today’s mobile media environment. “DAB remains the principal method of digital listening, and its take-up is widely regarded as having been disappointing overall. This is attributed in part to the constraints it suffers in terms of mobility—for instance, its general nonavailability in cars,” Lyons said.

He, however, did not offer any real support for a switch up to broadband as a replacement for DAB, noting that Internet stream delivery suffers from “similar, if not worse mobility constraints.”


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