Norway has become famous as the country which shut down FM in 2017, but this only applies to national radio channels. Local radiostations outside the big cities were allowed to continue broadcasting on FM until 2022.
Broadcasting on FM is very important to the many small and medium-sized radiostations that cannot afford to invest in DAB and even the stations that have done it reports that most listening is still taking place on FM.
Last week the Norwegian Parliament approved an extension on all existing licences for local radio, meaning that they can now use FM for broadcasting until 2027. Commercial local radio in the big cities Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger is still not allowed.
There are still som niche radiostations on FM in these cities but they are banned from syndicating their programs and has a maximum allowance of NOK 135 000 in advertising revenue pr. year.
National radiostations like NRK and P4 lost listeners when they shut down their FM transmitters and went digital only in 2017. The listenership is slowly getting better, but it is still lower than they were in 2016. On the other hand local radio that still broadcasts on FM have seen a very good rise in their listening numbers.
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