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DAB+ commercial radio audience surges 30%

16.03.2023 - Top story - Commercial Radio & Audio WorldDAB Member - Australia Australia

The Australian commercial DAB+ station audience grew over 30% in 2022 from 1.88 million to 2.45 million, according to GfK data released by industry body Commercial Radio & Audio. Commercial DAB+ radio stations took out the top seven spots of the 10 most listened to DAB+ stations over the year. CRA chief executive officer Ford Ennals said the strong result shows that more people are discovering the large variety of radio stations now available on DAB+ and online as well. “With DAB+ radio, people can widen their audio listening experience. Whether you are sports tragic, a lover of ‘80s or ‘90s hits or a dance music fan, there’s a commercial DAB+ radio station, or stations, that are for you,” Mr Ennals said. “The growing number of commercial DAB+ stations also enable advertisers to better target demographics in areas with DAB+ radio coverage,” he added.

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Arcom launches work on a white paper on the future of radio in France

15.03.2023 - Top story - France France

Last January, Arcom's president, Roch-Olivier Maistre, announced the Authority was preparing a white paper on the future of radio. Arcom's board of directors today determined the main themes of this study, which the regulator intends to complete within a year. The white paper will provide the broadest possible overview of the radio sector in France. It will also cover the major challenge of the transition from FM to DAB+ (digital terrestrial radio) broadcasting throughout the country, both in metropolitan France and the French overseas territories.

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Registration open for WorldDAB Automotive 2023

08.03.2023 - Top story - WorldDAB News - France France

Registration is now open for WorldDAB Automotive 2023 in Paris on June 15. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. CET at Maison de la Radio, Radio France, 116 avenue du Président Kennedy. It is also online. The event will allow attendees to discover the latest initiatives broadcasters and auto manufacturers are working on to enhance the radio listener’s experience in the car. Leading car brands and radio broadcasters will share their vision of the opportunities and challenges presented by connected cars and why DAB+ remains essential for radio’s future.

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Digital radio gains ground in France with DAB+ and Radioplayer France
20.03.2023 - Radioplayer WorldDAB Member - France France
DAB+ continues to roll out progressively in France and in the regions. Today, 45% of French people are able to receive digital terrestrial radio, compared to 40% in October 2021. This increase will continue in 2023 with the arrival of transmitters in new cities such as Montpellier, Béziers, Narbonne, Nîmes Alès, Perpignan, Prades, Reims, Épernay, Vitry-le-François, Châlons-en-Champagne, Charleville-Mézières and Troyes! It is important that the 39.3 million French listeners have access to a simpler and more qualitative radio listening experience.

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Radio Energic wants to target young listeners on DAB+, takes inspiration from abroad
20.03.2023 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
The Czech radio airwaves will be expanded by a new station Radio Energic within a few months, most likely in the first half of this year. It will be based in Mladá Boleslav, but it will not focus only on the Central Bohemian region. According to its managing director Tomáš Veselý, the monthly operation of the radio will cost several hundred thousand Czech crowns. The Energy radio group reaches almost 2.5 million listeners in the German market, with DAB+ also helping significantly. "In terms of listenership, we want to reach at least tens of thousands of listeners in the future. Of course, we know that this is a target that can be met within a few years. It will also depend on the availability of our coverage," the head of Radio Energic explained.

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Polish Radio for Ukraine continues its work for the Ukrainian community
17.03.2023 - Poland Poland
17 March marks one year since the Polish Radio launched a special broadcast in the Ukrainian language. Polish Radio for Ukraine is an information, journalistic and music station, which was one of the first in Poland to start broadcasting special information services aimed at the incoming Ukrainian community. The Polish Radio for Ukraine project continues to gradually expand its programming and provides reliable and objective information to refugees from Ukraine. Polskie Radio for Ukraine is available in digital technology on DAB+, and via the Polskie Radio online player and mobile apps.

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Commercial radio audiences soar in Australian GFK Survey 1
17.03.2023 - Commercial Radio & Audio WorldDAB Member - Australia Australia
A boom in commercial radio listeners at breakfast and drive time has led to a 6.7% year on year increase in the number of Australians listening to commercial radio across the five major metropolitan markets, according to the latest GfK radio ratings. Eighty-two percent of Australians aged 10+ listened to commercial radio each week during the survey period, with the number of listeners increasing in all age groups year on year. “We are seeing the biggest increase in listeners among young audiences 18-24. This is partly driven by the +52% increase year on year in listeners to the wide range of innovative commercial DAB+ stations,” Mr Ennals said. Commercial DAB+ stations again performed strongly with over 2.8 million weekly listeners, up 36% from 2.07 million a year ago.

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Radio Classique expands on DAB+
17.03.2023 - France France
As the digital transition of radio accelerates and mobile audio consumption becomes an increasingly important part of French people's lives, Radio Classique is responding to this transformation in usage with a project to develop its DAB+ network throughout 2023 and the launch of a new mobile application from 21 March. For Radio Classique, which has five times fewer terrestrial transmitters than its main competitors, DAB+ is an opportunity to increase its coverage and offer continuity of listening on the move.

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Veneto DAB begins broadcasts
16.03.2023 - Italy Italy
16 March saw the start of DAB+ broadcasts by the Veneto DAB consortium, a local DAB+ network operator belonging to the Aeranti-Corallo association system. The association hopes that MIMIT will initiate the procedures for the allocation of all Dab+ frequencies in each technical area under the PNAF (frequency plan) as soon as possible. Veneto DAB operates on frequency 8B with a transmitter site located in Terranegra (Padua). Elena Porta, sole director of Veneto DAB, expressed the hope that "the entire local digital radio system will be up and running as soon as possible."

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Radio Rock: a campaign in Lombardy to promote DAB+
16.03.2023 - Italy Italy
Radio Rock, like many other broadcasters, is investing in DAB+ to expand its catchment area. The Rome-based broadcaster, however, is probably one of the first to launch a specific campaign on digital radio. And so these days, Radio Rock is present - also - in the printed press, reminding the potential Lombard audience of its almost regional coverage. Like others, it can be heard in digital quality in the provinces of Milan, Monza, Lodi, Pavia, Brescia, Bergamo and Cremona.

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90’s stations lead DAB+ nationally in Australia: Survey 1
16.03.2023 - Commercial Radio & Audio WorldDAB Member - Australia Australia
The 90’s group of stations from KIIS, 97.3, Mix and 96FM once again have the numbers in the DAB+ results for Survey 1. With 338,000 listeners nationally, they lead Coles Radio (325,000) and the 80’s group (WSFM,GOLD,97.3 KIIS,Mix,96FM) with 323,000. RnB Fridays was reasonably stable with 312,000, just in front of OLDSKOOL HITS 90’s with 304,000.

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Frisk Radio expands to Middlesbrough and Redcar on DAB+
15.03.2023 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Frisk Radio in the north east of England is launching on the small-scale DAB multiplex serving Middlesbrough and Redcar. The station launched two years ago and joined new local multiplexes in Tynemouth and Newcastle as they launched. Commenting on the expansion, Frisk Radio’s director, Stuart Landreth said: “Having grown up with legendary night clubs like Tall Trees, Liquid and Millennium, we know that there are a generation of clubbers across Teesside who are passionate about their dance music – and we’re here to cater to that in an untapped radio market.” Frisk Radio claims a monthly audience of 22,500 listeners in Newcastle and across Tyneside.

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Community radio goes digital on Australia's Gold Coast
15.03.2023 - Australia Australia
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) has officially launched DAB+ for community radio stations on the Gold Coast. Three stations, 4CRB, Juice, and Radio Metro, are now available to audiences via free-to-air DAB+ digital radio across the Gold Coast following a testing period that commenced in September 2022. This makes these three stations the first community radio stations to broadcast via DAB+ outside of Australia’s capital cities. CEO of the CBAA, Jon Bisset, says, “While digital broadcasting may have only just begun for the Gold Coast, the CBAA continues to work with community broadcasters around Australia to ensure the continued quality of their service. We are also striving to bring DAB+ to more stations and to expand the reach of digital community radio into other non-metro locations.”

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