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Wednesday, 12th March 2003
DAB manufacturers told: "You need to boost production"

Tessa Jowell has told manufacturers of DAB digital tuners that they should look to increase both innovation in, and production of, DAB digital radios.

Speaking at a meeting of the Social Market Foundation think-tank, Jowell stressed the need to capitalise on the recent surge of DAB digital radio sales of Christmas 2003, when many stores reported difficulty in obtaining stock due to demand and customers snapped up the new technology as soon as it hit the shelves.

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Jowell said: "The Christmas sales success means the debate has shifted. The market is moving, and it’s important that we keep the momentum going. The number of manufacturers manufacturing and marketing sets has doubled in recent months but we still need more choice, lower prices and a faster-growing programme range.”

Ahead of a Goverment review on the progress of DAB digital radio this summer, Jowell added: "We need to take stock, measure performance and decide what else needs to be done to promote take-up.”

David Mansfield, Chief Executive of Capital Radio Group added: “The biggest catalyst will be getting a Japanese manufacturer on board. To do that, we need Government help.”

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