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Thailand's NBTC makes radio plan and chooses DAB+ as the main technology

06.06.2024 - Top story - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand

The NBTC Office held a meeting to listen to public opinions on three draft NBTC announcements related to DAB+ digital broadcasting. The NBTC has made the draft announcements to support the licensing of digital radio services. Air Chief Marshal Thanaphan Raicharoen, NBTC committee member, said that the draft announcement has principles for the cost-effective use of radio frequencies. Thailand has been broadcasting radio for more than 94 years, and until now analogue frequencies have always been used. Due to the high usage and limited resources, the NBTC has now chosen DAB+ technology on the 174-230 MHz frequency band to provide the digital radio service, providing good sound quality, resistance to interference, and supporting voice and data. The draft announcement consists of important parts: basic principles of planning, essential points, and summary of operational guidelines.

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These 28 radio stations will launch on DAB+ via an aerial on 21 June

03.06.2024 - Top story - Austria Austria

Easy to receive via an aerial, digital noise-free and with additional information on the radio display: DAB+ digital radio offers added value and is now becoming even more diverse in Austria. The Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) is issuing licences to 28 radio stations to go ‘on air’ digitally on DAB+ on 21 June 2024. The new offering represents a diverse mix of completely new as well as established FM programmes, which will expand their reach digitally terrestrially. This brings the total DAB+ offering in Austria to 58 radio stations. "The new nationwide programme bouquet with 14 DAB+ radio stations will be technically available to 79% of the Austrian population via antenna from 21 June," explains Michael Ogris, Chairman of KommAustria. "Together with the first national DAB+ radio service with 84% population coverage launched in 2019, 30 radio programmes will then be broadcast digitally terrestrially at national level," says Ogris.

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Capital’s Taylor takeover on DAB+

03.06.2024 - Top story - United Kingdom United Kingdom

Capital, the UK’s No 1 hit music station, has launched a pop-up radio station, dedicated to Taylor Swift. Capital (Taylor’s Version) is being launched to celebrate the highly anticipated UK leg of Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour. It’s the first time in the UK that a national DAB radio station has been dedicated to a single artist. Capital are giving Swifties, one of the largest fan bases, the chance to listen to their favourite artist all-day, every-day with the ‘UK’s No 1 Swift Music Station’, Capital (Taylor’s Version). The station will be bringing listeners all the latest on Taylor Swift as she tours across the UK and hearing from fans attending pre and post shows. Capital (Taylor’s Version) is available across the UK on DAB digital radio, and on Global Player, the official Capital app, on your smart speaker (“play Capital Taylor’s Version”), iOS or Android device.

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CRA launches full DAB+ network from Zizkov
13.06.2024 - Ceske Radiokomunikace a.s. WorldDAB Member - Czechia Czechia
The first final DAB network for commercial radio was launched on 12 June from the Prague-Zizkov transmitter. The R15 regional network was built following a licensing auction. The signal of this network, which broadcasts 14 radio stations, will cover more than 1.5 million inhabitants of Prague and Central Bohemia. While until the end of May it was possible to tune in to the CRA DAB+ multiplex from the Žižkov transmitter on channel 7A, it is now broadcasting on channel 6B, which was auctioned by the Czech Digital Group (a subsidiary of CRA) as Regional Network 15 in a frequency auction organised by the Czech Telecommunications Office.

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Atlantic 252 name to return as DAB digital radio station
12.06.2024 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
A new radio station using the name Atlantic 252 is set to launch on DAB. The station has a modern version of the original Atlantic 252 logo and will commence broadcasting at 8am on June 24th, 2024. Whilst the people behind the revival want to remain anonymous, the station voice-over will be Jim Merkel, who was the voice behind the original station. Atlantic 252 won’t be on 252 LW, but in certain areas of the North West on DAB, including Stockport, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Oldham with plans to expand across the UK and Ireland as the year rolls on.

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Cumbria.Digital announce plans to apply for small-scale DAB
12.06.2024 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cumbria.Digital has announced plans to apply for the small-scale DAB multiplex licence covering Carlisle and Penrith. The company plans to reserve capacity for six community stations, surpassing Ofcom’s minimum requirement of four, to better serve the diverse communities in Carlisle, Penrith, and the surrounding rural areas. “We are looking to provide a platform that gives communities and organizations a voice, opening up the power of radio to all and bringing greater choice to listeners in the area,” said a spokesperson for Cumbria.Digital. “We will support the existing community stations in Carlisle and Penrith, ensuring they have capacity on the multiplex if they wish alongside supporting new stations.”

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New DAB+ programmes in Austria: 80s90s Megamix tests
12.06.2024 - Austria Austria
80er90er Megamix is a new special-interest channel from Antenne Vorarlberg, which will be broadcast on the regional DAB+ multiplex for Austria's westernmost province from 21 June. The station has already started test operations via the Internet and the live stream can already be found on aggregators such as TuneIn and Airable. According to the notice of approval for 80s90s Megamix, a 24-hour daily programme is planned that is aimed at the target group of over 30-year-olds in Vorarlberg. The music programme in AC format will mainly (but apparently not exclusively) include hits from the 80s and 90s.

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Youngest ever radio station manager runs Fun Kids spin-off on DAB
12.06.2024 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fun Kids has launched a new spin-off pop-up service and hired 10-year-old Martha Sheehan to run it. Martha is managing Fun Kids Space Station, which launched on the morning of June 8, 2024, during a special sleepover event held by Fun Kids at the National Space Centre in Leicester. It will air on DAB Digital Radio in Leicester and the Fun Kids app for the next month and focuses on space and space exploration, aimed at kids between 6 and 12 years old. Fun Kids Content Controller James Lloyd said: “We like to put young people in the driving seat. They have the most creative ideas. So when we thought about launching a space radio station just for kids, we needed someone who knew what our audience wanted to hear, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the job Martha has done.”

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AIMC puts DAB on the audience map for the first time
10.06.2024 - Spain Spain
2.6% of Internet users acknowledge tuning in to Digital Terrestrial Radio. This is a milestone in the history of radio audiences in Spain, although the figure is more testimonial than representative. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), in its DAB/DAB+ standards, is included for the first time in a study carried out by the AIMC. It was in the 2024 Q-Panel, exactly a quarter of a century after the approval in our country of the National Technical Plan for Digital Terrestrial Sound Broadcasting, which developed this new technology. This reality has nothing to do with the one experienced twenty-five years ago: right now there are around 3,200,000 DAB/DAB+ receivers on wheels, circulating on Spanish roads. RNE has switched on its DAB+ broadcasts in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Murcia, Santiago de Compostela, Pamplona and will soon do so in other Spanish cities, until it reaches 50% of the country's population coverage by 2024.

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Cridland: Capital - Taylor's Version
10.06.2024 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
In the UK, national CHR station Capital has launched an additional channel, Capital (Taylor’s Version). It’s available on broadcast radio (DAB), and online via the Global Player. It ties in with Taylor’s tour of the UK (Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London) which are going on over the next few weeks. I tuned in and listened for a few hours (thanks to having a daughter squarely in the target group); she was thrilled that there was an entire radio station dedicated to Taylor Swift, and enjoyed listening in the car. Excellently programmed, it encapsulates what every young girl loves about Taylor Swift; and once more shows the power of a flexible transmission platform like DAB, which can ably cope with pop-up, temporary stations like this. It also means that Capital will own Taylor Swift’s fans this summer: a perfect piece of marketing for the station, and an on-ramp for new listeners. Most impressive.

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Test broadcasts started for Friuli Venezia Giulia DAB
07.06.2024 - Italy Italy
The consortium company Friuli Venezia Giulia DAB, a local DAB+ network operator that is part of the Aeranti-Corallo association system, has started experimenting with DAB+ broadcasting from the facility located in Col Gaiardin, in the province of Pordenone, on Block 9B. With this activation, a further installation is added to the many already activated by the consortium companies that are part of the Aeranti-Corallo association system. Friuli Venezia Giulia DAB is currently owned by the following local radio stations: Radio Spazio 103; Radio Punto Zero 3 Venezie; Radio Company; Stereo Radio; Radio 80; Radio Padova; Easy Rock; Radio Wow 1; Radio Gelosa; Radio Birikina; Vibra Fm; Radio Marilù; Radio Piterpan; Radio Bellla & Monella; Radio Sorrriso.

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SWR improves DAB+ coverage in the upper Ahr valley
07.06.2024 - Germany Germany
In June 2024, SWR will put a new location in the upper Ahr valley near Kesseling into operation, significantly improving digital radio reception at home and on the move. Südwestrundfunk (SWR) is further expanding its transmitter network for DAB+ digital radio reception in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Oberes Ahrtal/Kesseling site will go into operation on 11 June 2024, improving DAB+ coverage along the L85 between Ahrbrück and Staffel and the L90 between Kesseling and Weidenbach in frequency block (channel) 11A.

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Radio thrives with DAB+ as broadcast backbone
05.06.2024 - WorldDAB News
WorldDAB President, Jacqueline Bierhorst writes: "At the end of last year, I was honored and delighted to be elected as the new president of WorldDAB, the global industry forum for DAB+ digital radio. I’m succeeding Patrick Hannon whose leadership, enthusiasm and vision helped shape WorldDAB’s course for the past 10 years. Under his guidance, we’ve witnessed the exponential growth of DAB+ globally. Listeners love to listen to their favorite radio station via DAB+. Compared to FM, listeners have more choice and digital sound quality, and reception is usually better than before. Experience and research show that listeners use radio via DAB+ as they used to do via FM. In countries where DAB+ is well established, we see a significant decline in FM usage and increasing use of the various digital reception methods, with DAB+ as the heart of the broadcasting ecosystem."

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