Three BBC local radio stations in England have begun transmitting a looped announcement on medium wave in place of their usual programes. BBC Radio Lancashire (Oxcliffe 1557 kHz only), BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex will broadcast the loop until December 1st, when the transmitters will be switched off until December 5th. The BBC is conducting a trial (of impact to coverage and of listener reaction) with a view to making savings by switching off AM permanently. Three other stations, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Radio Devon (Torbay 1485 kHz only) will begin a similar trial beginning with a looped announcement from November 24th and the transmitters switched off from December 8th to 12th.
In the Czech Republic, the regulator has licenced FM Records s.r.o to operate a nationwide digital radio service "DAB Plus Top 40" for 8 years..
Pulse Xmas, Signal Xmas and Wave Xmas have popped up on Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales respectively.
In France, the regulator has authorised Médiamobile to broadcast a pilot traffic service on DAB in Paris. Information about which ensemble will be used was not included in the announcement
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Smooth Radio to the local ensembles Derbyshire and Leicestershire, broadcasting in mono. The service is also authorised to drop from stereo to mono on Nottinghamshire.
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has advertised capacity on the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW. On offer are 54 CU. Closing date for applications is November 14th.
A new service has popped up on London 3. Share Radio is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in mono.
"The geese are getting fat!" The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the addition of temporary festive services to be broadcast between November 17th and December 28th as follows: Pulse Xmas on Bradfrd&Huddersf; Signal Xmas on Stoke & Stafford and Wave Xmas on Swansea SW Wales.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Ciociaria extends coverage of Club DAB Italia along the A1 autostrada between Rome and Naples.
In Germany, the regulator in Hamburg and Schlewig-Holstein has awarded the entire capacity of an ensemble to Media Broadcast GmbH. The frequency on which the new ensemble will operate is not specified in the announcement
. Media Broadcast will operate the multiplex for ten years, and a number of services have been awarded ten-year licences to broadcast in DAB+ by the regulator:-
- Radio VHR
- Radio Paradiso
- Mega Radio
- Elbe 1
Two other broadcasters already have such licences and are expected to be carried on the new ensemble.
- Hamburger Lokalradio
- Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK)
The ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting in the first quarter of 2015.
A new service, Trash Can Radio, is reported to have popped up on Surrey-NSussex.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Como extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in the city and around the lake.
The UK regulator Ofcom proposes to licence up to three pilot small-scale DAB ensembles to further test the development of low-cost transmission methods following on from the Brighton tests in 2013. Ofcom has opened up the subject to a public consultation
. The trials are expected to use Block 11A, already cleared for the second national commercial multiplex, prior to the national multiplex being launched. Each transmitter should use an ERP of no more than 100w and it will be for applicants to specify the areas they intend to serve, which should be no more than 40% of the area served by any existing local ensemble for that area. Services on the multiplex will be required to broadcast in "original-flavour" DAB, not DAB+. The pilot ensembles are expected to broadcast for nine months, beginning "Spring/Summer of 2015", and within 12 weeks of a licence award. The closing date for the consultation is December 10th. Ofcom proposes to publish a statement "in early 2015."
In Denmark, there have been bitrate increases on the pilot local ensemble NivaaDAB. All seven services that were running at 80 kbit/s are now running at 88 kbit/s.
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has announced that five new transmitters will be brought into service on October 30th. Burgsinn, Passau, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm, Untersberg and Jenner (Berchtesgadener Land) are calculated to bring outdoor coverage of the Block 11D ensemble BR Bayern to 92.9% of the population and indoor coverage to 72.3%.
On the Block 9B ensemble DAB+ Adelaide, the service SAFM has been relabelled hit107.
In France, the regulator has extended
the authorisation for the experimental ensemble on Block 9A in Nantes, GRAM
, but only until the end of 2014.
Muxco, the operator of the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, has announced that two new transmitters will be brought into service on Block 10C on November 1st at Stoke D’Abernon and Hungry Hill.
A new transmitter has recently been brought into service on Block 11D at Holcombe Down near Teignmouth, extending coverage of D1 National. Three other sites are planned to be brought into service before the end of the year and a further five are expected in 2015.
The BBC has published details of eleven new transmitters brought into service recently on Block 12B, at Beer, Sidmouth, Alton, Llanidloes, Ventnor, Bampton, Winterborne Stickland, Findon, Thornhill, Langholm and Skriaig.
On the local ensemble Teesside, the service Heart North East is reported to be running with a new SId.
On the local ensembles Teesside and Tyne & Wear, the service Smooth Radio is reported to be running with a new SId.
Snapshot of the Block 12D German regional ensemble Bayern updated.
The BBC has announced three new transmitters in Scotland on Block 12B. Kirkconnel extends coverage of BBC National DAB to Kirkconnel and Sanquhar for the first time, and extends road coverage along the A76. Melvaig improves coverage in Ross-shire and the isles. Port Ellen extends coverage to the island of Islay.
On the Danish ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR MAMA has ceased after programmes ended a couple of weeks ago. DR P8 JAZZ is running at the increased bitrate of 160 kbit/s.
Sunrise Radio has popped up on HBB & Northants, Kent and Surrey-NSussex, running at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshot updated of the German experimental ensemble in Erlangen, LIKE_IIS.
Snapshot updated of the German local ensembles Augsburg and Nuernberg.
Snapshot updated of the German local ensemble Ingolstadt. At the time the Snapshot was taken, the service COOLRADIO 1 was running at Protection Level 1.
Snapshot updated of the Swiss local ensemble DIG F03 - GENEVE.
Snapshots updated of the German ensembles Muenchen and Muenchen IRT.
Snapshots updated of the Irish ensembles DAB Ireland Mux1 and DAB Ireland Mux2. Since the last snapshots were taken, the EIds of both ensembles have changed.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated.
Snapshot updated of the German regional ensemble THUERINGEN.
Snapshot added of the new local ensemble in Zürich, DIG D04 - ZURICH.
In France, the regulator has published details
of the modifications made to the L-band frequency assignments awarded to SAS Onde Numérique in 2013.
In Germany, the Bavarian regulator has awarded capacity on the local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt to the service Radio Ilmwelle.
In Germany, the Bavarian regulator has awarded capacity on the local ensemble Augsburg to the service Radio PN Eins. The service is already transmitted on the local ensemble Ingolstadt as PN EINS.
On South Hampshire, JACK fm Hants has been relabelled JACK fm.
In Hong Kong, a new service has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong. 13 M Life D is broadcasting at 56 kbit/s using DAB+.
Snapshots of the German ensembles NDR NDS, S-ANHALT, K12 S-ANHALT, SACHSEN and K12 SACHSEN updated.
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB
, the services Radio Vaticana
, RTL Classic
, RTL Groove
and RTL ItalianStyle
to have ceased.
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 7A. Grellingen improves coverage of the regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH in the Basel conurbation. Swiss Mediacast has announced that the next transmitters will be brought into service during 2015 as follows:-
Nordschweiz - Frick
Bern/Fribourg - Chasseral, Fribourg
Ostschweiz - St. Gallen, Herisau
Snapshots of the German ensembles DRS RP, hr Radio, DR HESSEN and Radio fuer NRW updated.
On West Wiltshire, XFM is reported to have been replaced by Capital.
Snapshot of the German ensemble DR Saarland updated.
On London 3, the services Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 have been relabelled LYCA DIL SE 1035 and LYCA RADIO 1458 respectively.
Snapshots of the Swiss ensembles SMC_D02 and SMC D03 N-CH updated.
In Russia earlier this year, the regulator authorised
DAB+ test transmissions to be conducted in Band III.
The UK regulator Ofcom has put back until January 29th 2015 the closing date for applications for the second national commercial multiplex. Ofcom now says it hopes to award a licence "as soon as practicable thereafter". The original closing date was October 30th 2014.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into operation on Block 12C. Genova extends coverage of Club DAB Italia into Liguria.
In Norway, a new local ensemble has popped up in Østfold on Block 8B, broadcasting ten audio services in DAB+.
In Stockholm, the national ensemble SR RIKS DAB
has migrated from Block 12B to Block 12C. The commercial ensemble Teracom Test
has migrated from Block 12C to Block 12A. According to
the Teracom website, SR RIKS DAB
continues to be broadcast on Block 12B in Göteborg and Malmö.
Cornwall and South East Devon snapshots updated.
In Sweden, the media regulator has awarded
national DAB licences to 21 programme services operated by six broadcasters. The awards relate to two layers of coverage, subdivisable into 34 regions. The licence conditions stipulate that coverage should reach 35% of the population by July 1st 2016, 50% by July 1st 2017 and 70% by July 1st 2018. The regulator also awarded four regional licences.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the multiplex operator and transmission provider RAS has announced that the ensemble DABMEDIA will migrate on October 15th from Block 13A to Block 10C and will be available more or less throughout the province.
It's Christmas already in the Netherlands! Sky Radio Xmas has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+.
In Poland, Polskie Radio has advertised contracts for the provision of the broadcaster's services in DAB+. On offer are Koszalin 12D, Olsztyn 10C, Zielona Góra 12C, Białystok 5B, Lublin 10B, Rzeszów 11A
In the Czech Republic, the service Radio BEAT has popped up on the ensembles TELEKO DAB and RTI cz DAB.
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR MAMA has been closed. The audio stream carries a looped announcement about the service's closure.
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