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DAB, the future of radio? The development of digital radio in four European countries

Lax, SE, Ala-Fossi, M, Jauert, P and Shaw, H (2008) DAB, the future of radio? The development of digital radio in four European countries. Media, Culture & Society, 30 (2). 151 - 166 . ISSN 0163-4437

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In common with most media and consumer technologies, radio is migrating from analogue to digital operation. Europe was the first region of the world to develop a digital replacement for traditional analogue broadcast radio. The Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) project began in 1987 and the first domestic DAB broadcasts began in 1995. However, DAB has made less progress than originally anticipated: some countries are at a relatively advanced level of development while others have not begun significant DAB services. This paper examines the development of the DAB service in four European countries, illustrating the variability in modes of development. The different digital policies adopted by each country is a key factor in these developments and we show how the existing state of analogue radio and the limitations of the technical system have shaped these policies.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008, Sage Publications. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Media, Culture & Society. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Digital, Europe, technology, policy, Broadcasting
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Institute of Communication Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 00:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443707086858
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/0163443707086858
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43902

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