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100 years of commercial radio in Australia – with the best yet to come!
23.11.2023 - Commercial Radio & Audio WorldDAB Member - Australia Australia
On the 100th birthday of Australian commercial radio, industry body Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA) has paid tribute to all those in the industry, past and present, and the listeners, who together have ensured radio remains a much-loved, enduring part of the everyday Australian experience. Ford Ennals, CRA CEO, has congratulated the Australian radio industry on 100 years of laughs, connection, entertainment, music, news, and community. “100 years ago, listeners had to buy a set that was locked to a single station. A century on and you can listen to radio in your car, on your phone, on your digital radio or through your smart speaker. More than ever, commercial radio is part of the everyday Australian experience,” Mr Ennals said.

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BR launches DAB+ at Weigendorf site
23.11.2023 - Bayerischer Rundfunk WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Bayerischer Rundfunk will be broadcasting its radio programmes in DAB+ from the Weigendorf (Flurberg) transmitter site from 22 November 2023. The transmitter will improve digital radio reception, particularly in the municipalities of Etzelwang, Neukirchen (near Sulzbach-Rosenberg), Pommelsbrunn and Weigendorf as well as in the surrounding area. In addition to better sound quality, DAB+ offers a significantly greater variety of programmes than FM. The folk and brass music station BR Heimat, the pop radio station BR Schlager and the young BR programme PULS can also be heard in top audio quality via DAB+.

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Registration is open for ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2024
22.11.2023 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) WorldDAB Member
Step into the future of broadcasting at ABUDBS2024, where Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes the spotlight. This event is your window into the exciting realm of digital communication. ABUDBS2024 features conference sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and masterclasses led by global experts. Connect with professionals and AI enthusiasts, fostering idea exchange and collaborations that harness AI for a personalized, efficient, and engaging broadcasting experience. ABUDBS2024 offers a sneak peek into a future where AI transforms broadcasting into a more personal, efficient, and engaging medium. Don’t miss the ride!

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kronehit to add four new DAB+ stations in 2024
22.11.2023 - Top story - Austria Austria
Austria's largest private radio station is starting the new year with ambitious plans. The programme offering of kronehit is to be expanded by four radio stations (via DAB+) for new listener groups in 2024. For this important next stage, the successful kronehit team is now bringing additional expertise and experience into the management team with long-time Ö3 boss Georg Spatt as programme director. A recent amendment to the Private Radio Act allows kronehit to operate up to six additional radio stations. Philipp König - also Managing Director of kronehit - is very optimistic. "For the first time in our 20-year history, we can significantly increase our product diversity and offer the listener market a broader range of programmes. Together with the additional and extraordinary industry expertise of Georg Spatt, we will be ready to master the challenges of the future."

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Slovenia DAB+ expansion plans consultation
21.11.2023 - Slovenia Slovenia
The Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia is holding a public consultation on the future of digital radio (DAB+) in Slovenia on 12 December 2023. The Agency intends to launch calls for tenders for the award of digital rights in the new R4 and R5 networks, both covering the whole territory of the Republic of Slovenia, and calls for tenders for the award of national broadcasting rights. It also intends to launch a call for tenders for the award of rights in the R3 and R2 (West/East) areas, in accordance with the available capacity on both networks. In addition, the Agency also intends to promote the use of digital radio and to raise awareness among users and car dealers about the mandatory installation of receivers.

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Frontier supporting DAB+ Emergency Warning System
21.11.2023 - Top story - Frontier Smart Technologies WorldDAB Member - United Kingdom United Kingdom
In times of emergencies, authorities need to deliver a clear message quickly and reliably. In Germany and other European countries, DAB+ has been identified as a robust and reliable way to send out messages to people with DAB+ receivers. As a member of a WorldDAB taskforce, Frontier is participating in developing a new EWS (Emergency Warning System) specification that will broadcast emergency warning messages over DAB+. The standard is expected to be finalised in 2024 – with compatible radios on the market by the end of the year.

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ITU WRC-23 addresses future of space-, sea- and land-based radiocommunications
20.11.2023 - United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
​​​​​​​The World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) opened today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, bringing governments together for negotiations on the allocation of radio-frequency spectrum. The conference, organised every three to four years by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will review and update the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of spectrum and geostationary and non-geostationary satellite orbits. For the opening, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the World Radiocommunication Conference, “is a testament to the power of international cooperation in tackling global challenges." In the message delivered on his behalf, Guterres added, “Radio frequencies, whether on Earth or in space, form the backbone of advanced communications for all of humanity. From education to healthcare, from agriculture to climate monitoring, expanding radiocommunication services and bridging the digital divide is key to reducing inequalities and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals."

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Nova Network DAB+ brand extension audience now over 1m
20.11.2023 - Australia Australia
Nova Entertainment has again claimed the #1 spot nationally for its metro radio Nova network. The broadcaster has calculated it is the most listened to metro network with 4,000,900 listeners in GfK Survey 7, 2023. Nova Network group program director Brendan Taylor told Mediaweek the combined cume audience for the DAB+ brand extensions was now over 1m. “That includes the smoothfm DAB+ stations in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth that are all #1 DAB+ in their markets.” Smooth FM Brisbane is the most listened-to DAB+ station with 98,000 listeners.

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Stirling and Falkirk small-scale DAB multiplex launches
20.11.2023 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Central FM has switched on the small-scale DAB digital radio multiplex for Stirling and Falkirk. Two radio stations are currently on the platform, including Central FM itself. The only other service at the moment is hospital service Radio Royal but community radio station, Forth Valley Radio, is joining soon. Central FM plans to launch a series of spin-off stations in the year. Alan Edwards, Content Manager for Central FM said: "We are proud to be the Forth Valley’s Number 1 Commercial Radio station and are absolutely delighted to be launching our new multiplex. This is the ideal platform for us to provide a better quality service for our listeners."

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New ABU President’s vision for the union: Prof. Mehmet Zahid Sobaci at the helm
17.11.2023 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) WorldDAB Member
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), during the 60th General Assembly in Seoul elected Prof. Mehmet Zahid Sobacı, the Director-General of Türkiye’s TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation), as its President. This significant milestone coincides with the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye, marking a new era in international broadcasting leadership. “My election as the President of ABU is significant for Türkiye’s goal of becoming a leading country in all fields,” expressed Sobacı, underlining the synchronicity of his appointment with the 100th anniversary of the Republic. His leadership comes at a time when the ABU, the world’s largest broadcasting union, reaches approximately 3.5 billion viewers, encompassing 246 members from 65 countries.

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