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Nationwide warning day in Germany: information via DAB+

01.12.2022 - Top story - Germany Germany

A nationwide warning day will take place in Germany on 8 December 2022. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the participating authorities and emergency services will activate various warning devices such as radio and television, digital city display boards or warning apps. The main objective is to inform the people in Germany about the different warning means in dangerous situations. Bavaria is working on the implementation of a new warning system using the digital terrestrial radio standard DAB+. Due to its robust infrastructure, the terrestrial broadcasting system offers a reliable technology to safely warn and immediately inform the population even in the event of a disaster. Using EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality), the current radio programme can be interrupted in the event of an emergency alert and the radio equipment can be switched to a warning and information channel.

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What about the radio button in the car?

29.11.2022 - Top story - Germany Germany

Are audio systems and voice assistants in car user interfaces within the meaning of the State Media Treaty? This question is the subject of a legal opinion commissioned by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. On 23 November, the expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz entitled "Rechtliche Einordnung von Audiosystemen und Sprachassistenten mit dem Fokus Auto" (Legal classification of audio systems and voice assistants with a focus on cars) was published and can now be downloaded from the Authority's website. The conclusion of the expert opinion is that integrated audio systems represent a user interface for linear radio reception in the car. The same applies to the manufacturers' own voice assistants which are responsible for the navigation of the audio system. Thus, car manufacturers fall under the Treaty and must in future comply with the regulations for linear radio reception in the integrated audio system. "The result of the expert opinion is essentially: What looks like a user interface and is operated like a user interface is a user interface. This is good news for radio, for journalism and for users," said Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, commenting on the results of the expert opinion.

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“Economics, environment and emergencies” lead the way for DAB+ development

29.11.2022 - Top story - WorldDAB News

Three E’s — economics, environment and emergencies — will drive the case for DAB+ adoption, said WorldDAB President, Patrick Hannon, opening the organisation’s annual Summit in London on Thursday. “DAB+ offers lower costs of distribution than FM, coupled with lower energy requirements, and greater resilience in emergencies, especially out of home,” said Hannon. “It’s essential to protect the core benefits of broadcast radio - it’s free to air, universal and reliable in emergencies. DAB+ is key to securing this,” he added.

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New Brandenkopf and Alpirsbach transmitters for Baden-Württemberg DAB+ mux
02.12.2022 - Germany Germany
On 1 December, two DAB+ channel 11B transmitters in Brandenkopf and Alpirsbach were put into operation by digital radio operator On Air Support for the state-wide, private DAB+ multiplex in Baden-Württemberg. Large parts of the central Black Forest will now be covered. "We are pleased that the 16 radio stations we broadcast can now finally be received digitally in the entire Kinzig valley, from Freudenstadt to Offenburg," ON AIR support said.

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Regionalradio BW: Small scale trial extended until end of June 2023
02.12.2022 - Germany Germany
The small scale DAB trial between Heilbronn and Stuttgart can continue. As founder Dana Diezemann from the consortium "Regionalradio BW" told SateliFax, the trial on channel 12B was approved on 1 December for an extension until 30 June 2023. Furthermore, a second location for the ensemble at the Güglingen telecommunications tower is to go on the air before the end of December. Regionalradio BW wants to offer smaller private radio stations or non-commercial radio projects a cheaper alternative in digital radio DAB+ in the medium term.

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Free Radio Ink Webinar: DTS AutoStage
01.12.2022 - Xperi Corporation WorldDAB Member
The Radio Ink webinar is set for 12PM Eastern Monday, December 5th. Xperi will unveil new benefits to broadcasters with their DTS AutoStage global hybrid radio solution that now gives access to radio analytics and audience insights. The webinar will be hosted by Radio Ink Editor Ed Ryan. Joining Ed on will beXperi’s Joe D’Angelo, SVP of Global Radio and Broadcast Audio and Westwood One Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard.

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Radio renaissance in Croatia: 'Digital radio would bring 85 percent energy savings'
01.12.2022 - Agency for Electronic Media of Croatia WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
Experts explain the new possibilities for Croatian broadcasters and listeners brought by broadcasting through a digital platform that was put into commercial operation a year ago. At the end of last year, the test transmission of the DAB + platform was completed in Croatia, which operates as a medium that, due to its nature, still has a strong role in the public, offering a number of new possibilities. We talked about the possibilities of DAB+ for broadcasters and listeners, digital signal coverage of our country and how DAB+ fits into the green European agenda, with Damir Bučević, member of the Council of the Agency for Electronic Media, Danijelo Vidaković, head of the RF spectrum management department of HAKOM and Bruno Cigrovski, head of the Department for Radio Networks, Transmitters and Communications.

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České Radiokomunikace (ČRa) to bid for digital commercial radio multiplex
01.12.2022 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
České Radiokomunikace (CRa) is likely to apply for a licence for DAB+ digital radio broadcasting. It will depend on the specific conditions of the upcoming tender to be announced by the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) next year said Miloš Mastník, director general of Czech Radio. Radiokomunikace is currently already distributing radio signals for the public Czech Radio in DAB+. This network currently covers around 95 percent of the domestic population. The commercial multiplex will accommodate up to 15 radio stations. Commercial radios are currently broadcasting on analogue FM frequencies. "We see great potential in DAB+. For one thing, since last year it has been compulsory to fit DAB tuners in all new cars, and there is a market where around 250,000 radios are sold every year. Digital broadcasting is also about twelve times less energy-intensive compared to FM," said Mastník.

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iHeart brings back Elf Radio on DAB+ to spread Christmas cheer
01.12.2022 - Australia Australia
iHeart is spreading the festive spirit with its original and award-winning digital Christmas station, Elf Radio, just in time for the holiday season. Elf Radio is on air now on the free iHeart app and via DAB+ in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Listeners can tune into the North Pole’s #1 Hit Music Station to countdown the days to Christmas to listen to Christmas favourites from the likes of Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Sia, Jimmy Barnes, Jon Bon Jovi and more. Elf Radio was first launched in 2009, and since then, has become a fan favourite for all of those Christmas lovers. This year as a special addition, children from across the nation can record their own wish list for Santa as well as messages for family & friends, using the Talkback Mic on the free iHeart app.

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KL1 Radio launches new service KL XTRA with Christmas music
01.12.2022 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
KL1 Radio, the digital local radio station for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk has announced a brand extension. KL XTRA will offer a pop-up radio service to local organisations and event companies who can use its online and DAB service to own a temporary radio station for a week or a month depending on how much time they need. Programme controller Richard Dix commented “We have had a huge response to KL1 Radio following our recent DAB launch and we feel that launching KL XTRA will ad to our commitment to the local community and economy. We would love to hear from anyone planning an event in West Norfolk for 2023 and beyond and work with them to maximise their exposure with their own pop-up radio station.”

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National commercial radio licence auction consultation launched
01.12.2022 - Netherlands Netherlands
Minister Micky Adriaansens (Economic Affairs and Climate) is launching the consultation for the auction of the nine licences for national commercial radio stations. The government will auction these licences, which link analogue radio (FM) to digital radio (DAB+), in 2023. Two of these nine nationwide licences are for a commercial news station and for a station playing mainly Dutch-language music. A legal entity can acquire up to three through the auction. The licences are for 12 years (2023-2035).

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SUN Junior is back on DAB+ in Nantes
01.12.2022 - France France
SUN's youth radio is now available on DAB+ in the Nantes metropolitan area until 1 January. This media created for and by young people takes advantage of the end of year period to gather 5-11 year olds and their families around a festive programme, directly from their radio.

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Paneda supports Estonian DAB trial
30.11.2022 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Estonia Estonia
Johan Ericsson, Sales Manager at Paneda says: “We are happy to see our neighbouring countries showing an increasing interest for DAB, and we are happy to support Levira in this project by providing multiplexer and audio encoders as well as education, training and support with the overall goal to make this DAB trial a success.”

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