There will not be an end to FM listening "this year". There isn't even a proposal for the end of FM listening even if at some point in the future the BBC and larger commercial radio operators give a notice period of at least two years that their terrestrial broadcasting will be DAB/DAB+ only. Nor has Norway ended FM listening, the smaller and conmmunity stations can continue to use it.
"During the last three months of 2016 170 new local and national digital stations were launched, bringing the total number in the UK to 339."
Radio Today November 29 quoting Ofcom
"There are currently 339 radio stations broadcasting on DAB in the UK, up by 56 stations in the last 12 months."
A more balanced view from them of digital radio progress with other statistics from the same report.
The reason radio listening is at record levels as opposed to 10 years ago is that the population has gone up. The percentage reach has shown a small decline and the average number of hours listened each week has gone down.
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