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Digital radio sales take a dip

At the same time, quarterly figures from Rajar show that despite consecutive quarterly growth in previous years, digital radio's total share of listening hours was broadly flat when comparing the second quarter of 2013 with the same period this year.

However, for the full year to June 2014 digital listening (including DAB, digital TV and online) accounted for a 36.3% share of all radio listening hours. That's an increase of 2.4% on the previous 12-month period.

According to Ofcom, almost half of UK adults (48.5%) say they own a DAB radio, and more than half of new cars (54.8%) are now fitted with DAB as standard.

Getting digital radios into cars has been one of the Government's key criteria before making a decision on the final date for digital radio switchover.

But that date could still be a long way off, with some industry analysts predicting it might not be before 2020.

The Government has said that it will only consider a decision on when analogue radio will be switched off when 50% of all radio listening is via digital platforms, when national DAB coverage is comparable to FM and local DAB reaches 90% of the population and all major roads.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.