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Government to continue with Labour's digital switchover plan

Change to FM to digital audio broadcasts will stay on schedule for 2015.

The UK government is likely to announce today that it will continue with the former Labour administration's schedule to switch the current FM broadcasts to the digital audio broadcasting (DAB) signal by 2015.

Reports say culture minister Ed Vaizey will announce in a speech on Thursday that the government will stick to the switchover timescale originally laid out in last year's Digital Britain report, although it was not included in the Digital Economy Act.

Vaizey is to address a gathering at the Intellect Digital Home Conference. He is expected to say that the change will not occur until it is ensured that at least half of all radio listening is via digital sources. However, he is not likely to set a specific date, although 2015 appears to be an achievable target date.

The minister is set to publish a Digital Radio Action Plan to encourage listeners to make the switch.