DAB MOU “Kicking Can Down the Road”

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9:01am 3rd July 2012

The much awaited Memorandum of Understanding just published by the Government has been branded a “total waste of time and energy” by UKRD’s Chief Executive Officer, William Rogers.

“This is tantamount to kicking the can down the road and does absolutely nothing to end the uncertainties around the local DAB situation,” he said.

“We have been waiting for this for months and months and all we get is a meaningless piece of paper devoid of any serious commitment to the necessary funding required or any sensible strategy to deliver certainty to this whole local DAB shambles.”

He angrily dismissed the Memorandum as a “complete waste of time” and said that “it is now clear that 2015 is as dead as a Dodo and 2017 looks less than likely.”

“We have been waiting for this for months and when it eventually gets produced it might as well be used to wrap fish and chips. Even the Government is not prepared to commit to the necessary funding for the local DAB roll out beyond 2017 at the very time when it would need to be delivered. This is a complete shambles and it makes it less likely that either operators or motor manufacturers will have any confidence at all that this is likely to proceed.”

“The DCMS has elevated the shambolic strategic planning of the local radio sector to an art form and it beggars belief that this has been published as a serious proposition. This is shambolic, ill-considered and utterly meaningless. More uncertainty, not less and even more proof, if we haven’t already had enough, that the Government is incapable of managing this process competently,” said Rogers.

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