Norway switches off FM radio, but this station is defying government order

In a world first, Norway has switched off its FM radio service — but not everyone is celebrating the move to digital.

The country completed its switch on Wednesday when digital audio broadcasting (DAB) was turned on in some remote regions. Now, listeners will have to use that format to hear national radio broadcasts.

Officials say the move to digital will save money. In 2015, As It Happens spoke with Ole Torvmark, the head of Digital Radio Norway. He was confident people would embrace the switch, and said it would allow for more radio stations.


But broadcaster Svein Larsen isn’t convinced. Despite government orders, he has continued to broadcast on FM in Oslo. Larsen is the CEO of Radio Metro and the chairman of the Norwegian Local Radio Association.

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