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Boost for local DAB as Bill receives Royal Assent
28.04.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The Private Members’ Small-Scale DAB Bill received Royal Assent to pass into law as an Act of Parliament yesterday (27 April 2017), thereby providing the means for a huge expansion of local and community stations on DAB, marking an historic day for UK radio.

KommAustria publishes digitization concept 2017
28.04.2017 - Austria - Austria
According to the "Digitization Concept 2017", KommAustria is deepening its frequency planning for the establishment and expansion of digital audio broadcasting on the basis of DAB+ and is preparing the field for further calls.

Joan Warner at Radio Asia: Radio's future is multi-platform
WorldDAB Members News - 26.04.2017 - Commercial Radio Australia - Thailand - Thailand - Australia - Australia
At RadioAsia 2017, Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia discussed the success of radio in Australia, focusing on innovative radio content creation, and commented: “Radio businesses need to continue moving forward while keeping their deep connections with their audiences,” she said, but warned that broadcasting needs to remain free to air and “not be controlled by gatekeepers such as internet providers... Radio’s future is multi-platform but the core business model for the foreseeable future is in free to air broadcasting.”
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Thai radio plans to move to digital broadcasting
WorldDAB Members News - 26.04.2017 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Thailand - Thailand
Speaking at the RadioAsia 2017 Conference in Thailand, the Chairman of the country's regulator NBTC, Colonel Sukonrat outlined some the problems currently being experienced by the Thai radio industry. "There are too many stations, especially the trial stations; there is frequency interference; and there are delays in technological development... Radio is a crucial means of communication in Thailand," he said, telling delegates there are 193 AM stations on air, 313 FM stations and 5418 FM trial stations.
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Digital radio Norway: NRK quit sending FM in four counties
26.04.2017 - Norway - Norway
Ole Jørgen Torvmark, CEO of Digitalradio Norway commented, "Today, it was historically quiet on NRK's FM broadcasts in the inland and mountain ranges. Now, digital radio is taking over. The listeners will find a larger radio offering on DAB or via apps, PC and TV".  

NRK discontinues FM broadcasts in 4 counties
26.04.2017 - Norway - Norway
From 11.11 on 26th April 2017 there was silence on NRK's ​​FM broadcasting frequencies in Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud and Telemark. Commuters and cabin owners in other counties may also notice that NRK has now stopped transmitting on FM.
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Fix Radio launched by world's richest plumber
26.04.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Fix Radio, the new London DAB station aimed at tradespeople, has been launched by Charlie Mullins, the world’s richest plumber. The station went on air at 7am on 26th April with breakfast show presenters Trev and Ben.
From Radio Today:

CSA report finds that 12% of French households have a DAB receiver
26.04.2017 - France - France
The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has published a report on television and radio equipment in French households. The results for radio are positive, as 99.2% of individuals have at least one medium to listen to the radio, with 12% of French households having a DAB receiver.
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Radio Dead taking DAB spot previously occupied by Forever FM
26.04.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Forever FM, launched just last week, has announced that it has been pulled after an objection to the use of the name “Forever FM”. Owner of the station, Steve Penk, confirmed that his other station Radio Dead will be taking the DAB spot previously occupied by Forever FM in Manchester.
From Radio Today:

Pure to present digital radios at MedPi 2017
WorldDAB Members News - 26.04.2017 - Pure - Monaco - Monaco
Pure has announced that it will be at MedPi, from 16th to 18th May 2017 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Pure will present the latest innovations in its ranges of digital DAB+ radios. WorldDAB will also be on the stand to share information and updates on DAB digital radio in France and across Europe.
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