Follow the advances in RDS technology - New: Because of COVID-19 the next annual meeting of the RDS Forum will only be in 2022

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At the end of 2020 it was decided by the Swiss Government to switch off FM by 2023, starting with the public radio networks of the SRG/SSR on 1 August 2022.

The aim is to transmit radio in the future only digitally. However, listeners are interested only in the content, irrespective of whether it is broadcast as analogue or digital and still the majority of devices in use are FM receivers.

Here you can download a presentation (PDF of 2.4 MB) that gives you some background information collected for the RDS Forum. It is shown that this switch-off date should better be delayed by another 10 years because there are still millions of cars on Swiss roads that cannot yet receive DAB+. The reasons for switching-off FM are not technical ones. They are only economical and concern mainly the public broadcaster obliged to make savings.

The RDS Forum document shows that the savings expected by the public broadcaster can be compensated in the interest of the public by a small increase of the annual license fee. There is some hope that later in 2021 the Swiss authorities will re-consider the decision taken and correct it in the interest of the public.