Media release: Digital Radio broadcasts will begin in Australia from January 2009, despite erroneous media reports suggesting this exciting new form of media will be delayed. Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner, has confirmed that digital radio broadcasts will begin in major capital cities as planned.

“Unfortunately, a wire story confused comments made by the federal Communications Minister when he was discussing funding arrangements for the transition scheme in support of digital TV,” Ms Warner said.

“This wire story was then carried by several newspapers, without clarification.

“In actual fact, it’s all systems go for the January arrival of digital radio – with listeners set to enjoy a whole new multi-media experience.”