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New DAB+ trial launches in Bulgaria24.03.2020 - Bulgaria
A new DAB+ trial has gone on air in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. Launched on 20 March 2020, the trial is operated by Digital Audio Bulgaria.
DAB+ radio increasingly important in times of pandemic23.03.2020 - Germany
DAB+ combines classic broadcasting with digital diversity, and seeing as it does not need internet to function, digital radio releases radio frees up internet bandwidth that is urgently needed in times of crisis. More importantly, news and information programs are broadcast both nationwide as well as regionally in the federal states.
Swedish Radio extends DAB+ offering in Sweden21.03.2020 - Sweden
The public broadcaster has launched P3 on DAB+ in Stockholm, as well as Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrbotten. In addition, Swedish Radio has also launched its largest station, P4, regionally in Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrbotten. Swedish Radio is allowed to broadcast nine digital channels in Stockholm and Norrbotten and 10 in Gothenburg and Malmö.
David Witherow, past president of WorldDAB, dies aged 8220.03.2020 - United Kingdom
A senior executive at the BBC, David Witherow CBE, was the first president of WorldDAB from 1995 to 1997. He was in charge of the start-up of the BBC’s DAB services in 1995 and in recognition, he received the WorldDAB Award for Outstanding Service (Per Erik Selemark Award) in 2000. Much loved by all who worked with him, one said "he was the gentlest of men, tolerant, understanding, wise, with a warm sense of humour”.
Radio is more important than ever says Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner18.03.2020 - Commercial Radio Australia WorldDAB Member - Australia
Commercial Radio Australia’s CEO, Joan Warner, says the role of radio during the coronavirus outbreak is more important than ever, highlighting that all 260 commercial radio stations around Australia – including 220 in regional areas - have contingency plans and procedures in place to work with emergency and essential services organisations to ensure accurate and timely broadcasts as required.
New dates announced for Radiodays Europe18.03.2020 - Portugal
Radiodays Europe has announced new dates for the Lisbon 2020 conference, which will now be held on 13-15 December 2020. The event is postponed until late in the year because of Coronavirus COVID-19. All tickets purchased for Radiodays Europe 2020 in March are valid for the new dates in December. The location for the conference remains the same, the Centro de Congresses de Lisbon (CCL) in Portugal.
New WorldDAB reports indicates stabilised listening figures in Norway18.03.2020 - - Norway
WorldDAB's updated report reveals how the switchover has impacted Norway’s radio listening figures. Amongst a number of key findings, the report indicates stabilised listening levels around 62 – 64% daily and 86-88% weekly reach, while a total of 650,000 DAB+ radios were sold in Norway in 2019, 210,000 of those in cars.
Digital Radio Germany adds new features for consumers and industry professionals18.03.2020 - Germany
Germany's digital radio organisation has added new features enabling consumers to access an FQA on Germany's new digital radio law, as well as making DAB+ advertising information and promotional material available to equipment manufacturer and retailers - including corporate design packages, training material and social media guidelines.
Sangean launches new waterproof, mobile DAB+ radio17.03.2020 - Germany
The Sangean Aquatic 205 is a waterproof DAB+ station designed to keep dust out of the receiver. Users can add up to eight favourite stations (4 DAB+ / 4 FM) and the receiver also includes Bluetooth.
Local radio stations launch on DAB+ in Norway's Sandefjord17.03.2020 - Norway
Kontakt Radio and Misjonsradioen (Mission Radio), two popular radio stations in Sandefjord - a city located in the region of Vestfold, Eastern Norway - are now available to listeners on DAB+.