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DAB+ population coverage in Belgium to reach 97% in September
13.02.2019 - Belgium - Belgium
As part of World Radio Day, CEO of maRadio.be Francis Goffin unveiled the first figures on the deployment of digital radio in Belgium. 95% of the Belgian population is currently covered by DAB+, and it is expected that by September 2019, 97% of the population will be covered.
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The Psychology of Sound - Pure publishes research highlighting the connection listeners have with radio
WorldDAB Members News - 13.02.2019 - Pure - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The research, based on a survey of 1000 respondents, indicates that half of the people in Britain view their favourite radio presenters as family or friends, while 80% of people listen to the radio alone. What's more, the research highlights that radio remains popular with younger listeners, with half of young adults aged 16-34 listening to radio content to enhance their experience of a TV programme.
From Pure:

WorldDAB publishes updated guidelines for in-car digital radio user experience
13.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
WorldDAB has published an updated version of its User Experience (UX) Design Guidelines for automotive manufacturers and broadcasters on how to deliver the best possible digital radio user experience in the car. The new set of guidelines, which is available to download from the WorldDAB website, were developed to help broadcasters and automotive OEMs better understand what consumers want from their radio and how best to deliver it.
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European Broadcasting Union publishes 2019 Digital Radio report
WorldDAB Members News - 12.02.2019 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Switzerland - Switzerland
This is the fourth edition of the yearly report that the Media Intelligence Service of the EBU publishes to support the efforts of the EBU, its members and part of the radio industry to transition from analogue to terrestrial to digital terrestrial radio.
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VQ launches new receiver to celebrate World Radio Day
WorldDAB Members News - 12.02.2019 - VQ - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The fruit of a partnership between VQ and Laura Ashley, the Hepburn Mk II is vintage styled but embraces modern technology with digital radio built-in.
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DAB+ steals the headlines at European Radio Show
12.02.2019 - France - France
The 20% DAB+ population coverage threshold announced in France at the end of 2018 ensured DAB+ featured at the top of the agenda at the 2019 European Radio Show in Paris.
From Actu Onda:

All new cars in Europe soon to be equipped with DAB+
11.02.2019 - Italy - Italy
The European Code of Electronic Communications entered into force on 20 December 2018, meaning EU Member States have two years have to incorporate the code into their national legislation. Italy is the first country to have applied the European directive in advance - as of 1 June 2019, wholesalers, retailers and automotive brands will be required to sell receivers with at least one digital interface to receive digital broadcasts, while all domestic and automotive receivers sold after 1 January 2020 will be required to include digital audio capabilities.
From Digital Radio:

UNESCO airs on DAB+ to mark World Radio Day
11.02.2019 - France - France
UNESCO is paying tribute to radio on Wednesday 13 February, with the 8th edition of World Radio Day. UNESCO is organising an event, open to the public, at its headquarters in Paris and will air on DAB+ and online from a temporary radio station.
From Radio World:

DAB+ to launch in Rouen in September
11.02.2019 - France - France
DAB+ continues to develop across France and is set to launch in the north-western city of Rouen and surrounding areas in September 2019. A total of 18 radio stations expected to go on air in the region.
From Tendance Ouest:

Commercial radio ad revenue in 2018 tops £700m for the first time
07.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Commercial radio took a record total of £713.3 million in ad revenue in 2018, breaking the previous 2017 record of £679.2 million and marking a 5.1% increase year-on-year. What's more, commercial radio also posted audiences of 35.6 million listeners (up from 35.5 year on year), as well as its highest share of listening since 2001 (46.5%) according to Rajar.
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