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The future of DAB is TV

Channel 4 is taking a bold step by launching five new digital radio stations later this month, broadcasting nothing but the sound-track of television channels.

It is thought that digital radio listeners will be able to hear the audio of Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film 4 and Channel 4+1 anywhere they can take a DAB radio set. The move is temporary, until 4 Radio's speech stations are ready to launch later this year.

Former BBC Radio Five Live controller Bob Shennan is director of radio for Channel 4 and knows nothing about the proposed idea, which RadioToday.co.uk learnt about through a friend of a person who is thought to be close to the situation.

Leading radio and television expert Jock McDrive thinks it’s a wonderful idea: “It’s a wonderful idea, I think” he said.

“It will enable the few people who have a DAB radio set in their cars to enjoy old episodes of Friends whilst driving down the M1, and experience the joys of Paul O’Grady even before they return home from work in the evening.

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