OFCOM si è occupato anche della questione della qualità della radio digitale, rivedendo i criteri minimi di bitrate richiesti per le trasmissioni DAB. Ecco i provvedimenti nel riassunto del Guardian. Tra le varie misure le stazioni in FM dovranno trasmettere almeno 10 ore quotidiane di contenuti prodotti localmente (i broadcaster commerciali avevano chiesto di abbassare la soglia minima intorno alle 3 ore ma le loro proposte non sono state accolte).
Bid to cut local radio content is rejected
Thursday February 7 2008
Ofcom today rejected calls for commercial radio stations to be able to slash their local programming, and announced new rules to preserve sound quality on digital audio broadcasting – DAB – radio. The new guidelines were published today as part of the media regulator’s long-running Future of Radio review. As expected, FM local radio stations will be required to broadcast at least 10 hours of locally made programmes each weekday, including breakfast.
This is substantially more than that requested by commercial radio groups who had asked for the minimum to be as little as three hours a day.
The regulator has also moved to address concerns about sound quality on DAB radio.
Ofcom concluded that DAB stereo and mono broadcasting should be regulated to preserve sound quality for listeners, and said stations wishing to switch from stereo to mono must now get approval from the regulator.