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'News: DAB Digital Radio In Portugal Switched Off' by Grant Goddard

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News story about the switch-off of the DAB digital radio system in Portugal, written by Grant Goddard in July 2011 for Grant Goddard: Radio Blog.

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'News: DAB Digital Radio In Portugal Switched Off' by Grant Goddard

  1. 1. NEWS: DAB DIGITAL RADIO IN PORTUGAL SWITCHED OFF by GRANT GODDARD www.grantgoddard.co.uk July 2011
  2. 2. On 1 June 2011, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal [RTP], the state broadcaster in Portugal, instructed Anacom, the national transmission provider, to switch off all DAB radio transmitters. RTP explained in a press statement that its decision was the outcome of budgetary constraints and the fact that no commercial broadcasters had agreed to broadcast on DAB. Additionally, it said that “high priced radio receivers had prevented many people acquiring them.” According to one Portuguese newspaper: “The DAB terrestrial digital radio system was launched in August 1998 by RTP and by Anacom, which manages the national transmission system. Despite having national coverage, which was decreed by law in July 1998 that permitted broadcasts by all radio stations interested in the platform, DAB never took off in Portugal. Until now, the platform has been limited to relays of existing FM broadcasts by state radio because no commercial radio station signed up. The implementation of DAB also struggled with the fact that there was insufficient supply in the Portuguese market of DAB radio receivers, according to sources consulted by this publication. Apparently, the DAB system was costing €250,000 per annum over more than a decade. The need for RTP to invest in replacing this transmitter network may have weighed heavily on the decision to suspend the service.” GMCS, the Portuguese media regulator, explained in April 2011: “RTP claims that, despite the significant investment totalling €6.3m to date, the reality is that few Portuguese used the [DAB] system, which leads us to conclude that the allocation of resources to this project does not meet the efficiency requirement and good practice required for public funds.” [thanks to Eivind Engberg and Wohnort] [First published by Grant Goddard: Radio Blog as 'Portugal: DAB Digital Radio Switched Off', 12 July 2011.] Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk News: DAB Digital Radio In Portugal Switched Off page 2 ©2011 Grant Goddard

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