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Minister for Digital and Culture speech: The Radio Festival 2016
27.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock gave his first public speech on radio at yesterday’s Radio Festival and reinforced that he would continue the existing policies on the sector’s priorities of deregulation and digital radio . The longest section of Matt’s speech was devoted to the importance of digital radio and the progress made on listening , cars and coverage as well as the successful small-scale DAB trials
From Gov.uk:

Nationwide digital radio to come to Hesse
27.09.2016 - Germany - Germany
The Assembly of the Hesse State Institution for Private Broadcasting and New Media (LPR Hessen) has granted approval of the programme "Antenna Mainz" via DAB+ in the Hesse area. Radio Broadcasting Live Mainz GmbH will be responsible for the roll out of DAB+ in the area.
From Info Digital:

Mitsubishi Outlander pricing and specs
27.09.2016 - Australia - Australia
Across the range changes include the company’s new 7.0-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio infotainment system – which incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility – along with DAB+ digital radio, a new centre console, a 12V socket in the cargo area, and a new shark fin antenna on the roof.
From Car Advice:

Radio deregulation plans tipped for end of the year, promises minister for digital Matt Hancock
27.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Hancock revealed that he plans to introduce legislation at the “earliest opportunity” for the licensing and regulation of small-scale DAB multiplex services. It follows the successful outcome of Ofcom’s Local DAB trial. “I have asked my officials to look at options for introducing legislation at the earliest practical opportunity to create a light touch licensing and regulatory framework which would be more appropriate for these types of services,” he added.
From The Drum:

Radio deregulation plans coming this year, says culture minister
27.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Matt Hancock MP announced the plans at the Radio Festival, the radio industry’s annual conference, held in the British Library in London. The minister also announced he is looking at introducing legislation for the regulation of small-scale DAB multiplex services, following a trial by Ofcom. Services on DAB are free from any rules on providing local content. Ofcom was asked to consider how to create a level playing field for analogue and digital audio broadcasting radio services.
From Campaign:

Norway - Four months until digital switchover
WorldDAB Members News - 26.09.2016 - Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) - Norway - Norway
Marius Lille Lien, Director of Public Radio at NRK, explores the upcoming digital switchover in Norway, the new programmes planned for DAB+ and the challenges of a FM shutdown.
From SRG SSR:

New Holden Astra pricing revealed
26.09.2016 - Australia - Australia
The Astra will come well equipped with the R, priced from $21,990 getting 17-inch alloys, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and a reversing camera as standard.
From Drive.com:

News Corp completes acquisition of Wireless Group
26.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Wireless Group stations including talkSPORT, Virgin Radio, Pulse and Signal Radio are now officially owned by News Corp after the sale was approved. News Corp says there are significant opportunities to grow reach in the world of sport and entertainment, share talent and cross-promote brands with the new stations, but will run the company on a standalone basis.
From Radio Today:

Small-scale DAB hailed a success by Ofcom
26.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Ofcom has concluded that the small-scale DAB trial has successfully achieved all three of its aims.The regulator says the trials could pave the way for hundreds of local digital radio stations, reporting that the technology worked well, and the stations co-ordinated effectively with the multiplex licensees.
From Radio Today:

Now is the time for DAB slideshow
26.09.2016 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Anything that you can turn into a JPEG, PNG or APNG (Animated PNG) can be broadcast over DAB/DAB+ and accurately triggered to appear in time with the audio. The Slideshow feature is one of digital radio’s many strengths but until recently the cost of color screens has restricted it to high-end receivers rather than the mass market.
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