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Digital radio - the radio industry plans the phase-out of FM broadcasting

By 2024 all radio programme services are to be broadcast only digitally in Switzerland, mainly on DAB+ platforms. This is the goal of the radio industry, which will cease analogue FM broadcasting of its programme services by 2024 at the latest. On 1 December 2014, representatives of the SRG and the private radio stations presented a corresponding roadmap to Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard.

The transition from analogue to digital radio broadcasting is to take place in two phases: by the end of 2019 all FM stations are also to broadcast digitally on a DAB+ platform. From 2020 onwards, the radio stations want to cease FM broadcasting gradually and in a coordinated manner. The process is expected to be completed by 2024.

In the meantime, the rapid expansion of digital broadcasting continues in Switzerland: On 30 August 2014, Digris AG commenced operation of the first DAB+ island in German-speaking Switzerland and is broadcasting 14 radio stations in Zurich. It is now therefore possible to receive 47 radio stations digitally in Zurich. Digris AG commenced operation of a first DAB island in Geneva on 1 June 2014. Further DAB+ islands are planned. Digris AG holds a radio licence for the operation of DAB+ islands in the large Swiss conurbations. These are designed in particular for the low-cost digital broadcasting of small, non-commercial FM and internet stations.

Since 16 April 2014 a DAB+ network for commercial private radio stations has been operational in French-speaking Switzerland: Romandie Médias SA is broadcasting eleven commercial FM stations, two new digital radio stations and the SRG's Rete TRE and SRF4 News. Over 90% of all FM stations licensed in western Switzerland can therefore be received via DAB+.

Romandie Médias SA is a joint operating company of all the FM stations in western Switzerland broadcasting on DAB+, the SRG and Swisscom Broadcast AG. SwissMediaCast AG (SMC) is a similarly organised company in German-speaking Switzerland. Since October 2009, SMC has been operating a regional-language DAB+ platform with 18 radio stations, including eight commercial FM stations, three SRG stations and seven commercial stations which can be received only via DAB+ and cable networks. Since December 2012, SMC has also been constructing several regional DAB+ platforms. Those currently in operation are Zürich-Northern Switzerland, Bern-Freiburg und Eastern Switzerland, on which seven other FM stations are broadcast in addition to the SRG's regional journals. Further regional platforms are at the planning stage.

Since 30 August 2014, approximately 70% of all licensed FM stations can also be received digitally in parts of German-speaking Switzerland. All SRG stations are broadcast digitally.

Private FM radio stations on DAB+ platforms

German-speaking Switzerland

Station

Coverage area

Radio 1

 

Radio 105

Zurich

Radio 24

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio 32

Bern-Freiburg

Radio 3fach

 

Radio Argovia

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio Basilisk

Northern Switzerland

Radio BeO

 

Radio Bern 1

Bern-Freiburg

Radio Canal 3 D

 

Radio Central

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio Energy Basel

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio Energy Bern

Bern-Freiburg

Radio Energy Zürich

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio FM 1

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio Freiburg D

Bern-Freiburg

Radio Grischa

 

Radio Kanal K

Zurich

Radio LoRa

Zurich

Radio Munot

 

Radio Neo 1

 

Radio Pilatus

German-speaking Switzerland

Radio RaBe

 

Radio RaSa

 

Radio Rottu Oberwallis

 

Radio Stadtfilter

Zurich

Radio Sunshine

Northern Switzerland

Radio Top

German-speaking Switzerland

toxic.fm

Zurich

Radio X

Zurich

Radio Zürisee

Northern Switzerland

Western Switzerland

Station
Coverage area
BNJ FM RTN
French-speaking Switzerland
BNJ FM RJB
French-speaking Switzerland
BNJ FM RFJ
French-speaking Switzerland
 
French-speaking Switzerland
Geneva
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland
French-speaking Switzerland

Ticino

StationCoverage area

Radio Fiume Ticino

 

Radio R3iii

 

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Last updated on: 01.12.2014

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