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Central Radio to expand with launch of new small-scale DAB mux
24.10.2023 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Central Radio North West will expand to East Lancashire this November as the area’s small-scale DAB multiplex launches. The commercial station is already carried on the Blackpool and Preston multiplexes, and will add another potential 350,000 listeners in towns including Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Burnley and Colne. The East Lancashire small-scale DAB multiplex is owned by BBD Digital – and has three transmitter sites to cover the area. On awarding of the licence 18 months ago, 23 services had signed heads of agreement to broadcast on the multiplex.

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Rookwood Sound joins small-scale DAB in Cardiff
24.10.2023 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hospital radio service Rookwood Sound is evolving into a health and well-being service and joining DAB in Cardiff. Stephen Allen, Chief Executive of Rookwood Sound, said: “After launching on the internet and now on DAB+ we will be able to provide a service to most people across Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan and further afield. We can act as a link between loved ones receiving care wherever they are and DAB+ provides us with that platform, along with the launch of our App in the next few weeks, it is an exciting time for our volunteers and listeners old and new."

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Eight new transmitters for ČRo DAB+
24.10.2023 - Czechia Czechia
Czech Radio plans to launch eight new transmitters for its multiplex ČRo DAB+ before the end of this year. It is continuing to thicken the Czech Republic's only DAB+ network and improve indoor coverage. In cooperation with Czech Radio, the public broadcaster will put into operation three kilowatt transmitters in Hradec Králové, Domažlice and Valašské Klobouky, and another five 100-watt repeaters in Ústí nad Labem, Most, Želené Ruda, Svitavy and Krnov. Karel Zýka, the technical director of the Czech Radio, announced this at the Radiokomunikace 2023 conference in Pardubice last week.

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Czech auction of DAB+ frequencies launched
24.10.2023 - Czechia Czechia
On 23 October 2023, the Czech Telecommunications Office (ČTÚ) has started the auction part of the selection procedure, i.e. the electronic auction. The ČTÚ expects to award the allocations by the end of the year. The auction is organised using the combinatorial auction method and in four auction phases, in which the auction blocks will be allocated successively among the successful bidders. In the first phase, bids are invited for auction blocks suitable for nationwide networks, in the second phase for auction blocks for networks covering several regions and in the third phase for auction blocks allowing coverage of individual regions only.

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Radio Orient: 9 new DAB+ broadcast areas
23.10.2023 - France France
Radio Orient will complete its network in the coming months, following the decision by the regulatory authority to grant it 9 new broadcasting areas, including Évreux, Laval, Valence, Fréjus, Beauvais, Compiègne, Ploërmel, Saint-Brieuc and Vitré. The coverage of these sectors goes beyond the broadcasting areas announced, not only because DAB+ technology provides better coverage (and improved sound quality), but also because Radio Orient is licensed on an extended basis in most of these sectors, which provides wider coverage.

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Flemish digital frequency plan "ongoing"
23.10.2023 - Belgium Belgium
There is as yet no prospect of white smoke in the Flemish digital frequency plan (DAB+) dossier, according to Flemish media minister Benjamin Dalle's (CD&V) answer to a written question by Flemish MP Klaas Slootmans (VB). "Negotiations with neighbouring countries are ongoing. As stated earlier, neighbouring countries have amended DAB+ plans and mutually global agreements are being sought with most neighbouring countries. Another series of administrative-level meetings are planned this autumn with Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK."

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DAB+: Radio Vidovdan added to the Hesse South Mux
23.10.2023 - Germany Germany
Radio Vidovdan can now also be heard on the DAB+ mux Hessen Süd (channel 12C). The programme for migrants from the former Yugoslavia was previously broadcast in the muxes Hessen Nord (channel 6A) and Bad Kreuznach (channel 12A). Radio Vidovdan broadcasts regional information in Serbo-Croatian as well as music from Balkan countries.

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BLM Bavaria to decide on Audio Strategy 2025 in December
20.10.2023 - Bayerische Landeszentrale fur neue Medien (BLM) WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
The Media Council of the Bavarian regulatory authority for new media (BLM) wants to decide on the Audio Strategy 2025 in its meeting on 7 December 2023. The audio strategy is a model developed by the BLM which orients the upcoming migration from FM to DAB+ to milestones of market development and not to a fixed switchover date. Dr. Thorsten Schmiege, President of the BLM: "The figures presented in the audio strategy are clear. Too early or too late migration would lead to a loss of diversity - but timely migration means maintaining local radio diversity, especially in rural areas. That's why with the Audio Strategy 2025 we are relying on a solidarity model that takes large and small stations along. I am convinced that the industry must act together and focus on DAB+ in terms of distribution and financing."

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ČTÚ plans commercial DAB+ networks frequency auction from Monday
18.10.2023 - Czechia Czechia
The Czech Telecommunications Office is finalising preparations for the launch of the live auction phase, in which it plans to distribute up to two nationwide and 27 regional networks to operators. Jiří Duchač, director of the ČTÚ's spectrum management department, announced this at the Radiokomunikace 2023 industry conference on Tuesday. According to him, the long-awaited operation was delayed by a bug in the auction software. The live phase is currently scheduled to start on Monday 23 October for all participating operators with the appropriate financial guarantee. In total, the CTU plans to distribute up to two nationwide and 27 regional networks.

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Launch of Czech Radio's new DAB+ transmitters lies with Czech Radiocommunications
18.10.2023 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czechia Czechia
České Radiokomunikace is currently working intensively on the preparation of eight new transmitters, which should complete the network of the CRo DAB+ multiplex by the end of this year at the latest. The construction of the new sites may be complicated, for example, by adverse weather conditions. "I expect that it could be launched within a month, but the deadline is no later than the end of the year. Currently, the technical implementation of the new sites is underway," said Karel Zýka, director of the Czech Radio's Technical and Administration Department.

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