Will internet kill the digital radio star?

Summary:Next month digital radio will be rolled out in most Australian capital cities. But is it too little, too late? Is the real future for radio moving online?

Next month digital radio will be rolled out in most Australian capital cities. With a DAB+ digital radio receiver you will be able to listen to crystal clear radio, with additional program associated data. There will also be a few extra channels.

Last night DMG launched dance station NovaNation and chill-out channel Koffee. Earlier in the year Austereo launched its Radar channel, playing new and unsigned artists. All these channels are currently streaming online.

But is digital radio too little too late? Is the real future for radio moving online? Could we soon be driving around listening to internet radio in our cars? Does the internet provide greater opportunity for choice and listener involvement? And what can we learn from the UK experience, where digital radio has been around for a while?

In this 40-minute episode of Twisted Wire you'll hear from:

Read more about digital radio here. Will digital radio take off? Add your views in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Government : AU

About

Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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