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Seven new national DAB+ stations in Sweden
Malmö-based Mad Men Media was the big winner when the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority announced new additional licences for national and regional DAB+ in Sweden. Mad Men Media, which runs four FM stations in the southern region of Skåne, will have access to five of the seven new national licences from September 1.
”This is a way for us to secure access to the future of radio distribution. We applied for a national FM licence in 2018, when DAB was of marginal importance. Now DAB+ is a mature distribution platform and present in all new cars, and we feel it’s the perfect time to enter this market,” says Robert Persson, who is managing director and one of the three founders and owners of Mad Men Media.
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More speakers at Radiodays Asia 2023
Alongside WorldDAB Vice-President Jacqueline Bierhorst, and Nick Piggott from RadioDNS speaking on "DAB+ and the digital future for radio", more speakers have been added to this year’s Radiodays Asia, the leading radio and podcasting conference in the Asia-Pacific, to be held 5-6 September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Calls for DAB+ tenders published in eight more regions of Italy
The DAB call for tenders ("Procedure for the assignment of the rights to use frequencies for the terrestrial digital radio broadcasting service") for the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Campania and Sicily was published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale Serie Generale no. 202. Applications to take part in the procedure must be submitted within 60 days of the date of publication of the notice.
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KTO Radio launches this Monday
KTO is continuing its roll-out and entering a new phase in its history with the launch of its radio channel on 4 September in digital quality using DAB+ technology. This method of broadcasting, whose development is accelerating in France, is of better quality, easier to use and more environmentally friendly than FM broadcasting. The programme schedule includes original creations (the morning show), joint live broadcasts with television (prayer times, major events, some editorial programmes), reworked television archive programmes (re-editing, sound enhancement) and programmes from partners (radio or podcast).
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Radio Brocken & 89.0 RTL in the Altmark on DAB+ from the Dequede site
With the switch-on of the Dequede digital radio site, the Altmark will be able to hear the DAB+ stations from Funkhaus Halle. In addition to Radio Brocken, 89.0 RTL and 89.0 RTL In The Mix will also be heard in the north of Saxony-Anhalt on channel 11C from tomorrow. "We are pleased that we can now finally also supply the north of our state with digital radio. With the new coverage, we can now potentially reach as many as almost 2.7 million listeners in and around Saxony-Anhalt with the additional station structure," says Mike Bröhl, management spokesman at Funkhaus Halle.
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Switzerland listens to digital radio - now just 8% listening to FM only
- OFCOM Switzerland
Digital use of radio continues to increase in all regions, age groups and listening locations in Switzerland. Almost 70% of radio listened to in the car is now via digital channels. This was announced by the Digital Migration working group (DigiMig WG) at Swiss Radio Day on 31 August 2023. Of all radio minutes listened to in Switzerland, 81% are digital. Around half of these (41%) are listened to via DAB+ and the other half (40%) via the internet. In the first half of 2023, 245,600 new DAB+ devices were added in Switzerland, bringing the total stock including vehicles to approximately 6.7 million. 54 percent of all passenger cars in Switzerland are now equipped with DAB+.
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WorldDAB members at IBC2023: Pluxbox / metadata.radio
In the latest interview with WorldDAB members exhibiting at IBC2023, Caspar Adriani, CTO, metadata.radio, says they'll be showcasing their cloud solution to create metadata for DAB.
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WorldDAB members at IBC2023: GatesAir
In another of our interviews with WorldDAB members exhibiting at IBC2023, Ted Lantz, Vice President, Product Line Management for GatesAir says they will debut the second generation of GatesAir’s MultiD Series of DAB/DAB+ transmission systems at IBC.
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Absolut Radio AI to go live via DAB+
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is currently the hot topic in the tech world, in society and in companies. Media companies move between rejection and innovation. Antenne Deutschland took a courageous step very early on and launched a fully AI-moderated station and put it online. The success now calls for the next logical step. Absolut Radio is going into terrestrial broadcasting in the Braunschweig area via DAB+. "The somewhat unexpected great success of Absolut Radio AI has virtually forced us to take this step," says Mirko Drenger, CEO of Antenne Deutschland. "AI presenter kAI has generated an enormous number of fans in just a few weeks. The streaming numbers are increasing daily. Braunschweig is a start. The sustainable success of DAB+ in Germany means that there are few free capacities. Of course, we do not rule out national distribution in the future," Drenger continues.
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German-speaking Belgium gets green light for DAB+
The Belgian German-speaking Community’s Medienrat (Media Council) has given the go-ahead for private radio stations to enter the pilot project for the recently started DAB+ mux 8A operated by public broadcaster Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF). With no initiatives taken in Eastern Belgium, BRF decided to take the lead and set up a DAB+ network. The German-speaking Community — one of the three federal communities of Belgium — lies on the country’s eastern border with Germany.
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