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Radio Orient on DAB+ in Mans
Radio Orient has added a new coverage area, ensuring continuity of reception of its programmes in new major towns and on several major roads. Radio Orient programmes are now also available in Le Mans on DAB+ since 19 January. This new launch brings the number of areas operated by Radio Orient to 37 on DAB+ and 11 on FM. Radio Orient is one of the largest DAB+ networks in France today.
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Digital radio to expand with new Borski Mikulas transmitter
Towercom is planning to increase its digital radio coverage with a new transmitter. The company expects DAB+ coverage to increase to around 70 per cent of the population this year.
"During the first half of 2023 we plan to launch the transmitter in Borski Mikulas," a Towercom representative told Živé.sk.
The network mainly broadcasts RTVS stations or the Rádio Rock circuit. With digital radio, the frequency band is used more efficiently and the cost of disseminating one programme service is also reduced compared to FM broadcasting.
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LifeGate Radio debuts on DAB, "with lower energy consumption and emissions"
LifeGate Radio adopts DAB+ technology. The radio station that focuses on sustainability issues, can be listened to via DAB+ in eight regions and 28 Italian cities and areas, as well as the French Riviera.
"For LifeGate Radio, the adoption of DAB+ technology represents a fundamental, necessary and natural step in the path of growth in the name of sustainability issues, as well as a competitive advantage because it allows us to be present in new cities and regions without switching from FM, with lower energy consumption and emissions, while maintaining a high sound and music quality," says Enea Roveda, CEO of LifeGate.
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Juice Radio joins DAB multiplex in North Wales and West Cheshire
- United Kingdom
New dance music station Juice Radio is to extend its DAB coverage by joining the North Wales & West Cheshire DAB multiplex.
The service launched in December across Blackpool and Leeds on small-scale multiplexes.
Juice Radio is a new Dance & R&B format broadcasting from Preston in Lancashire playing a mix of “today’s dance music and yesterday’s biggest throwbacks”.
Ste Owens, Station Manager for Juice, says: “With the small-scale multiplexes opening for new starter radio stations, an idea we had worked on for years finally has a chance to grow into a great station for the North West."
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The law change that unblocks DAB+ may be delayed
- Czech Republic
Under the Broadcasting Act, only two broadcasting licences can be held by one private radio operator. The amendment to the Act was intended to change this restriction from the analogue broadcasting era and open the way for future DAB+ networks to be filled. "The timing of the adoption of the necessary amendments to the Broadcasting Act depends on the manner in which the draft is submitted to the Chamber of Deputies. The specific procedure is currently under negotiation and in about a month we could provide information on further developments in this matter," Jana Malíková, spokesperson for the Culture Ministry, told Televizníweb.cz.
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Radio station ZUN on DAB+ multiplex Teleko with RadioDNS support
- Czech Republic
Teleko Příbram has included a hybrid RadioDNS function on its DAB+ multiplex, which combines traditional and internet reception. The company highlighted the news with a practical demonstration on Facebook.
"Radio ZUN from the TELEKO DAB multiplex now supports RadioDNS functionality, which among other things enables DAB ⇔ WEBstreaming," the operator informed in a short post, which is accompanied by a practical demonstration in the form of a video. In it, interested parties can see the listening of the ZUN station and its transition between DAB+ digital radio broadcasting and Internet distribution. The function is implemented as an additional service for drivers.
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Launch of DAB+ digital radio in Sarthe and Eure-et-Loir
From 19 January, TDF is starting to broadcast thirteen radio stations in DAB+ digital quality from its broadcasting sites in La Flèche (Sarthe) and Ceton (Orne): Alouette, Chante France, Clazz, Crooner Radio, Forever, France Bleu Maine, Radio FG, Radio Nova, Radio Orient, RCF Sarthe, Sud Radio, TSF Jazz and Vibration. These sites cover the population of Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir), La Flèche and La Ferté-Bernard (Sarthe) as well as the A11 motorway for motorists equipped with DAB+ receivers. "I am delighted with the arrival of DAB+ on the extended Le Mans allotment, which is broadcast from the TDF sites in La Flèche and Ceton. TDF has had a strong local presence in the region for many years," said Karim El Naggar, Managing Director of TDF's Audiovisual BU.
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WorldDAB to host seminar on DAB+ signal distribution
WorldDAB’s spectrum and network implementation committee is hosting a seminar on signal distribution on March 9 in Geneva and online.
There are many ways to transport the signal from the multiplex to the transmitter and different strategies to achieve reliability and redundancy. Each network operator tackles signal distribution differently. This seminar will look at the various methods used in several advanced DAB markets and should be particularly interesting to broadcasters, regulators, policymakers and professional equipment manufacturers.
The March 9 seminar is from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. CET (8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. GMT) at the Genève meeting room at the EBU, Grand Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland and virtually on Zoom.
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RCF Hauts-de-France organises special day in Amiens
To celebrate the start of its DAB+ broadcasting in Amiens, French Christian radio station RCF Hauts-de-France is relocating its studios to the Maison Saint Jean-Baptiste, in the heart of the city, on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a radio day, open to the public between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Thanks to the opening of new DAB+ transmitters at the beginning of December, RCF Hauts-de-France now covers a population base of nearly 3 million inhabitants in the Hauts-de-France region. The inhabitants of the Somme and Saint-Quentin can now listen to a new regional radio station that broadcasts a programme covering political, economic, cultural, associative and religious news.
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Local DAB+ pilot projects to be extended for 3 years
The general chamber of the Vlaamse Regulator voor de Media (VRM), the independent regulator of the Flemish audiovisual media, decided on 9 January 2023 to extend the local DAB+ pilot projects for a period of 3 years. Also, under certain conditions, a limited number of relay stations will also be allowed.
On 1 February 2022, a local DAB+ pilot project started in each of the 5 Flemish provinces for a period of 1 year. 59 local radio broadcasters participated in these pilot projects, which is half of the Flemish local radio sector.
The first year of local DAB+ broadcasting provided useful insights into how DAB+ broadcasting is realised in a semi-provincial transmission area, what coverage is achieved for it and how cooperation takes place within the pilot projects.
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