NORWAY - First Country to Shut Down FM Radio

Arno Froese

As scheduled, the country’s most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway’s public and commercial radio.

The transition, which began on January 11th, allows for better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than FM radio, according to authorities.

The move has however been met with some criticism linked to technical incidents and claims that there is not sufficient DAB coverage across the country.

According to a study cited by local media, the share of Norwegians who listen to the radio on a daily basis has dropped by 10 percent in one year, and public broadcaster NRK has lost 21 percent of its audience.

Other countries like Switzerland, Britain and Denmark are due to follow suit in the coming years., 13 December 2017

Arno's commentary

The name of the game is digital; it’s accurate and, as the article indicates, cheap. Since money is an important ingredient in any configuration of economy or governmental regulations, the clear winner will be digital. This again means more communication, more accuracy, and more importantly: more time spent connected digitally. There is a warning for believers, as this leaves less time for communication with God the Creator.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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