(N.B. a un certo punto del paragrafo del parere ufficiale della BBC che riporto qui viene citata la sigla TSA. Significa Total Survey Area e si riferisce ai bacini potenziali di ascolto nel Regno Unito.)
The BBC appreciates that Ofcom is keen to free up the analogue spectrum currently used for FM and AM radio services so that it could be used by other technologies. We recognise that Ofcom could use the process of re-licensing to encourage that; however, we feel that further work and debate is required in order to determine the possibility of a complete analogue switch-off within the medium term. As Ofcom has identified, the FM technology is an efficient and effective use of the VHF Band II spectrum delivering significant social, public and private value to listeners and broadcasters. The radio industry has invested heavily in FM and it is a good platform for cost effectively achieving good availability of services for static, portable and mobile reception and near universal coverage of TSAs. Ofcom needs to consider the role that FM could and should play in the UK radio ecology of the future, given the adoption and development of digital radio and audio technologies. The BBC whole-heartedly supports the further development of the digital radio market in the UK as we believe that this will enable the radio industry to compete in the digital future. However, the industry needs clarity on how that will be encouraged and how it could be achieved. We feel that Ofcom should consult on the possible benefits that additional coding technologies might offer and how new digital broadcast technologies could play a role - alongside DAB - in the development of a strong digital radio market. We support the further development of DRM as a means of providing digital services for audiences across the UK, and we consider that it could be an alternative use of the MW spectrum. But we need to understand more about how DRM works and would welcome a consultation on what role DRM should play in the future of digital radio in the UK.