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Ofcom sets out plan for small-scale DAB radio
07.04.2020
Ofcom will advertise licences for small-scale DAB in batches, starting with 25 local areas. Five of those areas will be where a trial is already operating – Cambridge, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol and Norwich. In the second batch, applications will be invited for the north west of England and north east Wales. Under the timescale plans announced today, it will take Ofcom over four years to advertise and award all the multiplexes currently planned.

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Ofcom sets out licensing plans for small-scale DAB
07.04.2020 - Digital Radio UK WorldDAB Member - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ofcom has today published a statement setting out how they will licence small-scale DAB following the consideration of responses to their small-scale licencing consultation. Ofcom will keep the uptake of small-scale radio multiplex licences under review and will then consider whether to advertise additional local radio multiplexes, where there is demand. For all small-scale multiplex licences advertised, a 40% limit on population of a local multiplex that can be covered by an overlapping small-scale multiplex or by multiplexes with the same licensee, will be applied.

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DAB+ stations in Nantes launch new programs on Covid-19
07.04.2020 - France France
A number of DAB+ radio stations in the region of Nantes, western France, have launched new programs on DAB+ aimed at informing the local community on the latest developments related to Covid-19.

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Kath Brown leaves Commercial Radio Australia
07.04.2020 - Commercial Radio Australia WorldDAB Member - Australia Australia
Kathryn Sabel Brown (Kath Brown) has left Commercial Radio Australia after a spell of 25 years with the industry body. Kath, who became an early advocate for DAB digital radio as it allowed broadcasters to offer niche audio formats and additional text and graphics, told Radio Info she is “proud to have made a significant contribution to the launch and adoption of DAB+ digital radio in Australia.”

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WorldDAB member focus - Paneda
07.04.2020 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Norway Norway
In this series of interviews with WorldDAB members, Lars-Peder Lundgren from Paneda explains what markets and solutions are supported by Paneda, as well as highlighting some of the projects recently carried out by the company.

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First Kathrein DAB+ receivers to be available in May
06.04.2020 - Germany Germany
The German manufacturer will release its first three DAB+ radio models next month. The DAB+ 1 Mini will cost approximately 140 euros, while pricing for the DAB+ Tower, and DAB+ 100 Highline has yet to be determined.

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Sonoro's Maestro and Meisterstuck receivers awarded for outstanding design
03.04.2020 - Germany Germany
Sonoro's Maestro and Meisterstuck receivers have been recognised by the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 for their outstanding design. The Red Dot Award: Product Design offers designers and manufacturers from all over the world a platform for evaluating their products.

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Deutschlandfunk broadcasts Covid-19 news
03.04.2020 - Germany Germany
Deutschlandfunk has joined other broadcasters in producing special broadcast related to Covid-19 news, on its Dlf DokDeb (Deutschlandfunk documents and debates) station. The station is available nationwide on DAB+.

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Ami launches on DAB+ in Paris
03.04.2020 - France France
Since 1 April 2020, Ami - the French radio station that reports on new developments in the field of technology - is broadcasting on DAB+ in and around Paris. The popular radio station will also be launching on DAB+ in La Rochelle and Poitiers in the near future.

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Frontier Smart Technologies adds Covid-19 services
02.04.2020 - Frontier Smart Technologies WorldDAB Member - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Frontier Smart Technologies is working with the radio industry to launch new services related to the COVID-19 crisis. Frontier based digital radios will automatically show any new DAB stations without the user needing to perform a new scan.

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