Trouble on the airwaves

Perhaps David Cox should have included radio in his article "Watch us wreck your telly" (27 September). In its rush to shut down FM radio and promote digital audio broadcasting (DAB), the government has allowed many second-rate broadcasters, with low technical standards, to get on the air. Some believe that the minimum standard for DAB should be 192kb/s. Yet national stations, including BBC Radios 1, 2 and 4, broadcast at 128kb/s, and many others in mono at less than 100kb/s - a broadcast signal little better than AM transmission. So much for better sound quality with digital radio.

Laurence Lewis
London N3

This article first appeared in the 04 October 2004 issue of the New Statesman, Muslim is not a dirty word