The Digital Britain report was published yesterday, coming up with a series of proposals to help Britons into the digital era.
The one which surprised me, though I haven’t yet heard any fuss about it, is the proposal to turn off both AM and FM radio signals by 2015, freeing up the bandwidth for other purposes. Here’s why I think this is a Bad Thing.
- There are millions of domestic radio receivers that will suddenly become obsolete, creating huge amount of waste.
- ‘Trannies’ (no sniggering at the back!) are cheap, reliable, and use little energy to run. These are all virtues in an age when we’re supposed to be reducing our carbon footprints.
- What will happen to the time signal? The delay that’s inherrent to the DAB format makes it useless for accurately setting a watch.
- Then there’s the format. Only a few years in, DAB is already obsolete and is likely to be replaced by DAB+. That’s a bit if you’re an ‘early adopter’ and have an expensive DAB-only receiver. That’ll be as useless as your FM wireless. (Do I sound bitter?)
- No RDS - so no automatic traffic updates on your car radio