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U.K. broadcast radio considers the future
25.03.2024 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Change is in the air for broadcast radio in the United Kingdom, with a slew of potential developments in the offing and likely to impact its future delivery, both in terms of licensing and regarding technical implementations. In what would be the first significant development in its portfolio of national services since as far back as 2002, the BBC is proposing introducing various new DAB services, using DAB+ at scale for the first time. Commenting on the plans, Lorna Clarke, director of BBC Music, stated that the corporation wants to provide more choices as listening habits change. “Our extensions for Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3 will allow listeners to deep dive into more pop and classical genres and periods of music they love the most.” Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, the U.K. Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport is considering responses to its consultation on analog community radio licensing. This consultation follows the 2022 Digital Radio and Audio Review, which concluded that analog broadcasting should continue at least until 2030.

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ACMA lays out draft plan for future of Australian airwaves
25.03.2024 - Australia Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today laid out its draft plan for the management of Australia’s spectrum. The plan states: "We continue with a significant program of radio planning and allocation activities, informed and prioritised by our radio broadcast planning priorities, outlined in our Future delivery of radio report. These include AM to FM conversions and improving the coverage of existing services. We are also supporting trials of new broadcasting technology – in 2023, we licensed multiple trials of small-scale DAB+ technology." It also notes as a priority: "making digital radio channel plans for regional DAB+ if a commercial licensee or national broadcaster has committed to a rollout." ACMA authority member and spectrum lead Adam Suckling said the ACMA was now calling on stakeholders to give their thoughts on the draft plan to help shape the future of Australia’s digital communications over the next five years.

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Polsat's test MUX may continue until March 2025
25.03.2024 - Poland Poland
BCAST, which belongs to the Polsat Plus Group, is allowed to broadcast an experimental DAB+ multiplex in Katowice for another year. The decision in this case was issued by the Office of Electronic Communications. The decision allowing BCAST sp. z o.o. to test DAB+ in Katowice was issued on 12 March 2024 and is valid for one year. The DABCAST multiplex of the Polsat Plus Group-linked BCAST in Katowice is broadcast on channel 10B. It includes: Muzyczne Radio from Jelenia Góra, Radio Niepokalanów, Radio Jasna Góra, Radio Bezpieczna Podróż, Radio Muzo.FM and Radio Maryja. The multiplex transmitter was placed on the Altus skyscraper in Katowice.

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Fête de la Radio 2024 announced - 6 and 7 June
22.03.2024 - France France
The Fête de la Radio organising committee is delighted to announce the 2024 edition of this iconic event, to be held on 6 and 7 June. This national celebration of radio aims to honour and recognise the intrinsic value of the medium in all its forms: FM, DAB+, web radio, internet, podcasts, and much more. The aim of the Fête de la Radio is twofold: to celebrate the resilience and innovation of radio through the ages, and to encourage reflection on its future in our digital society. By highlighting the values of radio, such as localness, accessibility and diversity, we want to strengthen the links between radio stations and their listeners, while exploring new ways of enriching and to enrich and extend the radio experience in the digital age.

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“Radio.Content.Car” and more: Radiodays Europe 2024
22.03.2024 - WorldDAB News
“The audio landscape is more creative, diverse and alive than ever,” said Bayerischer Rundfunk’s Katja Wildermuth in the opening session of Radiodays Europe 2024, held in Munich, Germany. The event reflected this diversity in its theme of “Shaping the Changing Audio Landscape”. In a session called “Radio.Content.Car” Jacqueline Bierhorst, President of WorldDAB - called for collaboration between public and private broadcasters, and between the radio industry and the automotive sector. She highlighted the critical importance of broadcasters providing metadata to ensure the best possible dashboard experience, such as display of station logos and artist information. “We’re on the barricades to keep radio prominent in the car,” she said. “If we don’t look good, they will take somebody else who does.”

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The whole of Croatia can listen to Bravo! KIDS from today
22.03.2024 - Croatia Croatia
In less than a year of its existence, from today the first children's radio - Bravo! KIDS - can be listened to throughout Croatia thanks to DAB+ technology. Bravo! KIDS radio, just like a true friend, accompanies children at every step of their growing up and helps create a positive image of kindergarten. In order to digitise kindergartens and strengthen new technologies, they will give DAB+ devices to kindergartens all over Croatia. This is a big day for children because their DJ, who plays the most beautiful songs, educational, fun, the ones that were loved by parents and even grandparents when they were little, has moved to cars and DAB+ devices.

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ENERGY Stuttgart to be broadcast via DAB+ throughout Baden-Württemberg from April
21.03.2024 - Germany Germany
The Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK) has allocated ENERGY Stuttgart a slot in the state-wide DAB+ multiplex on channel 11B from 1 April. Matthias Spang, Managing Director of ENERGY Region Stuttgart: "We are very pleased with the LFK's decision. It allows us to expand our reach, reach even more young listeners in Germany's most beautiful federal state and secure our competitiveness. Every third household in Baden-Württemberg already has at least one DAB+ device in their home or car, and the trend is rising". "Our digitalisation strategy has thus reached another milestone. We can now offer all of ENERGY's local, state-wide and national programmes via DAB+," adds Olaf Hopp, Managing Director of ENERGY Deutschland. "We will continue to listen to radio via all three distribution channels FM, DAB+ and IP for some time to come, but DAB+ is steadily gaining ground and is the radio transmission channel of the future."

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DAB+ in NRW: egoFM successor confirmed
21.03.2024 - Germany Germany
For many weeks, there has been speculation in the radio landscape as to who will be the successor to egoFM in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to information from radioWOCHE, the successor will be the pop programme Radio Paloma. In response to an enquiry from radioWOCHE, the NRW Media Authority stated that it had been notified of the change. The other stations in the multiplex were also informed that Radio Paloma will succeed egoFM in April. In addition, another programme change was announced this week in the state-wide multiplex on channel 9D. STAR FM will replace FEMOTION Radio from 1 April.

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Polish government preparing to check radios in cars
21.03.2024 - Poland Poland
From 1 April 2023, all newly manufactured cars had to be equipped with DAB+ tuners. The Ministry of Digitalisation is working on a law that will enable checks to be carried out. If such a car is found not to have the correct radio, hefty fines will be rained down. The obligation to fit DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting Plus) tuners in cars has been in force for a year, but so far no checks have been carried out. The obligation to install receivers with DAB+ tuners stems from a decree of the Minister of Digitalisation of 14 February 2020. The requirements apply to consumer equipment for the reception of digital radio transmissions. In theory, this obligation already came into force on 1 January 2021, but it did not have to be fully implemented until 1 April 2023.

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Date set for the closure of BBC Radio 4 medium wave
21.03.2024 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) WorldDAB Member - United Kingdom United Kingdom
BBC Radio 4 will turn off its medium wave frequencies and end its separate schedule for long wave by 15 April 2024. Daily Service and the extended edition of Yesterday in Parliament will be available on BBC Radio 4 Extra on DAB, Digital TV and BBC Sounds from 1 April. Upon its return, Test Match Special will continue uninterrupted on Radio 5 Sports Extra on DAB, Digital TV and BBC Sounds. The Shipping Forecast will continue to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 twice a day (weekdays) and three times a day (weekends). This will be available on all platforms: FM, DAB, BBC Sounds, Digital TV. This means there will no longer be a separate schedule for Radio 4 LW and the BBC is encouraging listeners to transition to alternative platforms from April 1st. Finally, Radio 4 will no longer be available on medium wave – meaning the end to nine transmitters on 15 April.

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