Ireland’s DAB digital radio broadcast ends – RadioToday


Today marks the end of digital DAB radio transmissions in Ireland as RTÉ deactivates its services on the platform.

The broadcaster originally announced in 2019 that it would also shut down stations using DAB as its main outlet, but turned back earlier this month.

RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, RTÉ Pulse and RTÉjr Radio now continue online only, offering hope that they may one day return to DAB.

RTÉ claims that its decision to stop DAB transmission was motivated by three main factors: the fact that DAB was the least used platform in Ireland; that RTÉ is the only Irish broadcaster on the DAB system, and cost avoidance.

A report commissioned by the broadcaster found that only 0.5% of adults in Ireland listen to radio via DAB while 77% of adults in Ireland listen to FM.

Commercial and pirate services using the platform, as well as some trials, have also come to an end in recent years without a word from the government regarding any plans to switch to digital broadcasting in Ireland.

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