When is digital switchover happening?

There is a proposal for all UK national and most regional/local radio stations to transition from analogue (FM/AM) to digital radio. Some smaller local stations and community stations will continue to broadcast via analogue on FM.

However, there is no definite date yet set for when this will happen. In 2010, Government set criteria for reviewing next steps and considering a timetable for a possible digital radio switchover. Those criteria –  national DAB coverage matching that of current national FM coverage; local DAB coverage reaching 90% of the population and all major roads; and 50% of all radio listening being digital – have been met and in May 2019,  Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, announced that there will be a review of digital radio in the UK to develop a shared vision for a vibrant and sustainable future for listening on digital platforms. The review will conclude by the middle of 2020. [Updated June 2019].