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Archives 2020   

August 21st
Snapshot added of the Block 6D Danish regional ensemble Vestjyll.

August 21st
Snapshot updated of the Block 8C Danish regional ensemble Nord Vestjylland. The EId has changed since the previous snapshot.

August 21st
Snapshot updated of the Block 7C Swedish ensemble for Malmö, NENT GROUP. Addition of the packet data service SPI since the previous snapshot.

August 21st
In Germany, the ensembles in Bremen are to change frequency during the night August 25th/26th. Radio Bremen has announced that its ensemble will switch from Block 7B to Block 6D. The ensemble for private-sector broadcasters will switch from Block 7D to 6A at the same time.

August 21st
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian national ensemble Riks. The service RADIO NORGE has moved to the higher bitrate 72 kbit/s since the previous snapshot. The service BIG HIPHOP & RNB is running at the lower bitrate of 48 kbit/s.

August 21st
Snapshot updated of the Block 6C Swedish ensemble for Göteborg, NENT GROUP. Addition of the packet data service SPI since the previous snapshot.

August 21st
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble MUX3-NJYN. Addition of mix 7 and Radio Vinyl since the previous snapshot. Removal of BM Radioklassisk and BM myRock. This Band III ensemble is still using Transmission Mode II.

August 21st
A new service is reported to have popped up on the UK local ensemble Essex. Street Sounds is reported to be broadcasting in mono "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s.

August 20th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations granted to the service LCF to use capacity on RNT Nice 4 (formerly RNT NICE 5) and RNT Paris 5 following the service's cessation on both ensembles.

August 20th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for Rheinland-Pfalz has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11A. Zweibrücken improves coverage of SWR RP in Zweibrücken itself, plus an area in Südwestpfalz that includes Hornbach, Contwig and Oberauerbach.

August 20th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the services BNL, FAMILY RADIO and ROXX and their respective associated packet data Secondary Components have ceased.

August 19th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL. TUKKER FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

August 19th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service YESTERDAYLAND has ceased.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL updated. The service Radio Continu 2 has switched to the higher bitrate of 128 kbit/s. The service previously broadcast as COASTLINE on this ensemble has migrated to the local ensembles 8C RegioNoordkop and 7B Regio Alkmaar.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Netherlands regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL updated. Eleven of the seventeen audio services have switched to Protection Level EEP-3B since the previous observation. The service Omroep West has switched to the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL updated. Team FM, TUKKER FM and Radio Continu 3 added since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the French ensemble LILLE Etendu updated. Skyrock relabelled SKYROCK since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1 updated. VBRO RADIO relabelled BNL since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble BXL-BW 2 updated. Addition of RTBF spot since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble NAM-LUX 2 updated. Addition of RTBF spot since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the French ensemble RNT Paris 5 updated. Addition of HopeRadio since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot added of the French ensemble Rouen Local 1.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble HAINAUT 1 updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

August 16th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 updated. Addition of Joe Best Of BE since the previous observation. EVERGREEN relabelled YESTERDAYLAND.

August 16th
In Slovenia, the operator of the forthcoming Layer 2 ensembles for East and West Slovenia respectively has announced that the launch has been postponed until October 15th 2020 as a side effect of COVID-19. The original launch date was to have been August 8th.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Aalsmeer and Amstelveen, DAB Lokaal 35. Six DAB+ audio services are being broadcast. This ensemble uses the same EId as Stedendriehoekn, which coincidentally (?) also transmits on Block 5A.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble RANDSTAD-ZW. Twelve DAB+ audio services are being broadcast, two of which appeared not to have audio streams when observed. The EId used by this ensemble is not TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands ensemble.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Delft, DAB Lokaal 50. Eight DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Den Haag, DAB Lokaal 5C. Six DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble NUNSPEET. Three DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble Flevoland. Three DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble 7B Regio Alkmaar. Five DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble 8B RegioMiddenNH. Seven DAB+ audio services are being broadcast, one of which appeared not to have an audio stream when the observations were made.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Kampen and Zwolle, DE NIEUW HANZE. Seven DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 15th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Noordoostpolder & Urk DAB+ NU. Five DAB+ audio services are being broadcast, one of which did not have an audio stream when the observation was made.

August 13th
In Slovakia, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Towercom ensemble. Radio Maria is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

August 13th
Snapshot of the Danish ensemble Viborg-Skive updated. The service VibeFM has been relabelled Radio ABC since the previous observation. The services Classic fm and Radio SOLO Skive are running with greater Protection.

August 12th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble for Apeldoorn, Brummen, Deventer, Voorst & Zutphen, Stedendriehoekn. Four DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 12th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble 8B Wageningen. Nine DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 12th
Snapshot of the German ensemble Radio fuer NRW updated. Cessation of Domradio since the previous observation.

August 12th
Snapshot of the local ensemble North Yorkshire updated. The services Stray FM and YORKSHIRE COAST have each dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s since the previous observation.

August 12th
Snapshot of the French ensemble LILLE Local 2 updated. The service G. LILLE INFO was relabelled BFM GRAND LILLE since the previous observation.

August 12th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble Brabant N.O.. Four DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 12th
In France, the regulator has authorised Région Mux to operate the forthcoming local ensembles in Avignon and Dijon. The ensembles will broadcast on Blocks 5C and 11B respectively and are expected to launch in July 2021.

August 11th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble Almere DAB. Nine DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 11th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble covering Haarlem and Zandvoort, DAB Lokaal 34. Five DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 11th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble in Den Helder, 8C RegioNoordkop. Five DAB+ audio services are being broadcast.

August 11th
The public-service broadcaster for northern Germany, NDR, has announced that the NDR NDS OL transmitter at Schiffdorf will switch from Block 12A to Block 8D on August 25th, joining Cuxhaven-Altenwalde in an SFN. Schiffdorf covers Bremerhaven and Schiffdorf plus an area including Nordenham, Langen, Loxstedt and Bokel. The other three transmitters still using Block 12A - Aurich-Popens, Steinkimmen and Wilhelmshaven - are expected to switch later this year.

August 11th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble in Eindhoven, DAB+ 4 Brainport. Six audio services are being broadcast, one of which uses "original-flavour" DAB.

August 10th
Trial Norwich snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

August 8th
In France, the regulator has authorised Opemux RNT to operate the forthcoming Block 11B ensemble for Nice, following the appointment of Opemux as their designated operator by the broadcasters allocated capacity on the ensemble. Transmissions are expected to begin next year with Africa Radio, Dici Radio, Generations, Hello Riviera, Paname, Radio Orient, Radio Relax, Radio Vallée and Trace Radio on board.

August 8th
In Slovakia, two new services have popped up on the ensemble Towercom. Radio_FM1 and Radio_FM2 are broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s and 64 kbit/s respectively. The bitrates of most of the existing services have been reduced.

August 7th
Trial Cambridge snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

August 6th
The German website InfoSat reports that Luxembourg will begin DAB+ test transmissions in "September/October" using two sites - Hosingen und Dudelange.

August 6th
Trial Birmingham snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation, including L Greek Radio switching to DAB+.

August 5th
Berks & N Hants snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

August 5th
Suffolk snapshot updated. Cessation of Chris Country, Suffolk First and ATLANTIS since the previous observation.

August 5th
Trial Aldershot snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

August 4th
The shareholders of the Munich-based Institut für Rundfunktechnik have announced that despite intensive efforts, no viable model could found for the continuation of the Institut.

A joint venture between the public-service broadcasters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the IRT has over 60 years' experience in research and development of broadcasting technology. Its achievements include the Autofahrer-Rundfunk-Informationssystem (ARI), which signalled traffic information broadcasts on FM services, and Zweikanalton, whereby a second FM subcarrier was added to the analogue television signal to broadcast the Difference channel of a stereo signal in addition to the existing FM subcarrier's Sum channel. The IRT was heavily involved in the development and introduction of DAB, DVB, HDTV, Musicam (aka MPEG I Layer II), and was involved in the radio frequency planning conference RRC 06 - Europe's frequency plan for digital broadcasting. The IRT recently operated ensembles in Munich, testing concepts such as 5.1 sound via DAB+ and the small-scale DAB model.

The Süddeutscher Zeitung comments that this is a warning sign. If the broadcasters are no longer able to support such an Institut, it shows the scale of the financial pressures facing public-service broadcasting. The newspaper predicts that this is just the beginning. The days of trimming round the edges have long since gone. Now it's the substance and everything is on the table.

August 4th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Monte Generoso extends and improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR I01 in an area including Muggio, Stabio, Melide, Malcantone.

August 4th
On Trial Manchester, the DAB+ service RootznRockerz has dropped from 48 to 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

August 3rd
A new service has popped up on Trial Portsmouth. BFBS Beats is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The existing service BFBS Portsmouth has dropped to 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

August 2nd
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Opemux to operate the forthcoming Block 8C local ensemble for Toulouse. The operator is authorised to use 5kW from Toulouse. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

August 2nd
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Opemux to operate the forthcoming Block 6B ensemble for Toulouse, known officially as "Toulouse étendu". The operator is authorised to use 10kW from Toulouse and 5kW from Montauban. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

August 2nd
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Opemux to operate the forthcoming Block 8B local ensemble for Bordeaux. The operator is authorised to use 4kW from Bouliac. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

August 2nd
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Opemux to operate the forthcoming Block 8C ensemble for Bordeaux, known officially as "Bordeaux étendu". The operator is authorised to use 6kW from Bouliac and 4kW from Guérin. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

August 2nd
Trial Bristol snapshot updated. Multiple changes since previous observation.

August 2nd
In Slovenia, the regulator is currently conducting a tender process open to existing FM broadcasters for capacity on the regional ensemble for Ljubljana, Slovenia DAB+ R3. The regulator has announced that once this is completed, a further tender process will be conducted for new services. To this end, the regulator is now inviting expressions of interest by August 31st 2020. The responses will not be published, but will inform the regulator as to the type of services that should be broadcast.

August 2nd
On the Slovenian ensemble Slovenia DAB+ R1, the service A-Radio has been relabelled Odprti Radio.

August 2nd
Snapshot of the UK local ensembles Swindon and West Wiltshire updated. Smooth Country replaced Gold since the previous Swindon snapshot. Other services relabelled. The relabelling of the BBC service BBC Wilts (Swin) means that in areas where both this and the West Wiltshire ensemble are receivable, it is no longer possible to distinguish by label between the two instances of BBC Radio Wilts. Both instances will be listed by receivers by virtue of their different SIDs. This may or may not be important.

August 1st
In the Netherlands, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 8A. Den Haag and Hilversum extend and improve coverage of the regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL. The existing transmitters at Amsterdam, Lopik and Rotterdam have had their powers increased.

August 1st
In the Czech Republic, the Olomouc transmitter broadcasting the ensemble TELEKO DAB2 has switched from Block 12B to 10B. The new frequency allows better coverage to the east, south and west in view of the better radiation pattern that was able to be co-ordinated.

August 1st
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB2, the service PIGY RADIO has ceased.

August 1st
On the Netherlands national ensemble NPO, the packet data service NPO-EPG has ceased.

August 1st
On the UK local ensemble Suffolk, the service Chris Country is reported to have ceased.

August 1st
In France, the November 5th 2020 launch date for ensembles in Bordeaux, Arcachon and Toulouse has been published in the Journal Officiel.

August 1st
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to La Coopérative de Radiodiffusion to operate the forthcoming Block 7A local ensemble in Bordeaux. The operator is authorised to use 10kW from Lormont. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

August 1st
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Cmux to operate the forthcoming Block 11C local ensemble in Arcachon. The operator is authorised to use 4kW from La Teste-de-Buch. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

July 31st
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for the service OKLM Radio to broadcast on the ensembles RNT Paris 3, Marseille Block 5B (not yet on air) and #RNT Nice 3, in view of the broadcaster's liquidation.

July 31st
In France, the regulator has updated with technical details the authorisation delivered to Coméquip to operate the forthcoming Block 7C local ensemble in Toulouse. The operator is authorised to use 6kW from a transmission tower at Rue Assalit in Toulouse. The ensemble is expected to launch on November 5th 2020.

July 30th
In Germany, Schlager RadioB2 is reported to have popped up on the small-scale trial Lübeck K9D.

July 29th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Swansea SW Wales updated with BBC R Cymru 2 present.

July 29th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Somerset updated. Addition of Like Radio since the previous observation.

July 28th
In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has launched a consultation on plans to auction a second national ensemble (designated Layer 7) for private-sector broadcasters. Block 9C is expected to be used, except in Limburg South, where either 5A, 7B or 8C) may be used temporarily, pending completion of international co-ordination for Block 9C. Twelve programme slots are envisaged, each running at 96 kbit/s in DAB+. To ensure diversity, prospective broadcasters will be limited to bidding for a maximum of four slots each. The Ministry plans to release the capacity this year, permitting a 2021 launch. The consultation closes on September 17th 2020.

July 27th
A new service has popped up on the Australian ensemble DAB Melbourne 1. Little Fox is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. There is an additional service NICHE RADIO that was not previously listed.

July 27th
On the Australian ensemble DAB Melbourne 2, the services Fox Buddha, Fox Dance, Fox Easy, Fox Oldskool and Fox Urban have been relabelled HIT Buddha, HIT Dance, HIT Easy, HIT Oldskool and HIT Urban.

July 27th
On the Australian ensemble DAB+ Sydney 1, the services 2Day Buddha, 2Day Easy, 2Day Oldskool and 2Day Urban have been relabelled HIT Buddha, HIT Easy, HIT Oldskool and HIT Urban. There is an additional service HIT Dance not previously listed.

July 27th
On the Australian ensemble DAB+ Brisbane 2, the services hit105, Hit Buddha, Hit Easy, Hit Oldskool and Hit Urban have been relabelled B105, B105 Buddha, B105 Easy, B105 Oldskool and B105 Urban. There is an additional service B105 Dance not previously listed.

July 27th
A new service has popped up on the Australian ensemble DAB Perth. MMM 90s is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

July 27th
Heat Radio has popped up on the UK local ensemble Inverness, broadcasting in "original-flavour" Mono LSF DAB at 64 kbit/s. Absolute Rad 00s has ceased.

July 27th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Bournemouth. Serenade Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" Mono LSF DAB at 56 kbit/s.

July 27th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Somerset. Like Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" Mono DAB at 80 kbit/s.

July 26th
On the Tunisian ensemble ONT, the service SHEMS FM is reported to have been relabelled OXYGENE.

July 26th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Hereford-Worcs updated. Removal of ATLAS RADIO since the previous observation.

July 26th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Swansea SW Wales updated. Addition of Absolute C Rock, Country Hits, Hits Radio, Magic Chilled and Magic Soul since the previous observation. Cessation of Total Access and Wave 80s

July 26th
Snapshot of the UK local ensembles Gloucestershire and Somerset updated. Addition of The Breeze since the previous observations.

July 26th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Cornwall updated. Removal of Pirate 80s since the previous observation.

July 26th
On the UK local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the service TEST has been relabelled LIVERPOOL LIVE. Snapshot updated.

July 24th
In France, the local ensemble Rouen Local 2 has re-entered service, one month to the day after being taken out of service. The ensemble Rouen Local 1, which hosted the displaced services in the interim, has returned to its previous configuration.

July 24th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh. TEST is using DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

July 24th
A new service has popped up on Trial London. The subchannel for Riverside Radio is running at 32 kbit/s, initially without an audio stream but now with one. Snapshot updated. [This report has been updated to add snapshot]

July 23rd
In Germany, the media regulator has extended for a further ten years the licences for RADIO AWN, RADIO GALAXY LA and RADIO TRAUSNITZ to broadcast on the regional ensemble Niederbayern.

July 23rd
In Germany, the media regulator has extended for a further ten years the licences for RADIO 8 and GALAXY MITTELFRA to broadcast on the regional ensemble Mittelfranken.

July 23rd
In Germany, the media regulator has awarded for ten years capacity for two additional services on the regional ensemble Allgäu to Radio 7 and Radio Schwaben. The regulator extended the licences of the existing services RSA Radio LI, RSA Radio OA, RSA Radio OAL and Galaxy Allgäu for a further five years.

July 23rd
In Germany, capacity for two services was advertised on the Block 7B ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. Six applications were received and the regulator in Berlin/Brandenburg will now conduct a selection process:
  • Freies BürgerRadio Slubfurt
  • Radio Paradiso
  • Fußball FanRadio Berlin
  • nice mix
  • pure fm
  • ENERGY
Should Radio Paradiso be selected, this would give rise to vacant capacity on the Block 12D ensemble where that service is currently broadcast.

July 23rd
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into operation on Block 7D. Kelheim extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble Niederbayern. Further transmitters are planned for later this year both in Niederbayern and other Bavarian regions.

July 23rd
On the UK local ensemble Cornwall, the service Pirate 80s is reported to have ceased.

July 22nd
Snapshot of the Polish ensemble DABCAST Wroclaw updated. Addition of Radio B PODROZ since the previous snapshot.

July 22nd
Snapshot of the local ensemble Tayside updated. Addition of Magic Musicals since the previous observations.

July 22nd
Snapshots of the local ensembles Teesside and Tyne & Wear updated. Addition of Magic Musicals since the previous observations.

July 22nd
A new service is reported to have popped up on the UK local ensemble Bournemouth. Hot Radio is reported to be broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 56 kbit/s, Mono LSF.

July 21st
In the Netherlands, a revision to the licence of multiplex operator MTVNL has been published in the Staatscourant. MTVNL currently broadcasts on a number of different frequencies (5A Friesland, 5B Zuid-Holland & Zeeland, 5D Flevoland, 7C Groningen-Drenthe, 8C Limburg Zuid, 9C Brabant-Limburg Noord, 11A Noord-Holland, 11B Overijssel and 12B Gelderland-Utrecht) with some broadcasting their own multiplex, and others broadcasting a common multiplex. MTVNL will be able to broadcast virtually nationwide on Block 7D. The change will be made gradually, with the final transmitters switching by September 1st, 2022. The timing of each region is dependent upon other changes taking place in neighbouring countries. The regulator is to seek international coordination for the use of Block 7D in Zeeland. In the meantime, when this area switches from Block 5B it will move to an interim allocation of Block 9A.

July 21st
On Trial London, Asian Star Radio has been relabelled ASIAN STAR RADIO.

July 20th
On the Czech ensemble formerly labelled RTI cz DAB but since relabelled RTI cz DAB1, the service PROGLAS has been relabelled Radio PROGLAS. The service DAB PLUS TOP40 has been relabelled DAB plus Top40. The addition of the numeral to the Ensemble Label hints at further future changes.

July 20th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Semione Pizzo Matro extends and improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR I01 in an area including Leventina, Riviera, Val di Blenio and Biasca.

July 20th
Five new services are reported to have popped up on the UK local ensemble Swansea SW Wales. Abs C Rock, Country Hits, Hits Radio, Magic Chilled and Magic Soul are each running in Mono at 80 kbit/s. The existing services Wave 80s and Total Access have ceased.

July 20th
Five new services have popped up on the UK local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf. Abs C Rock, Country Hits, Hits Radio, Magic Chilled and Magic Soul are each running in Mono at 80 kbit/s. The existing services Pulse 80s and Total Access have ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 20th
Six new services have popped up on the UK local ensemble Stoke & Stafford. Abs C Rock, Country Hits, Hits Radio, Magic Chilled, Magic Musicals and Magic Soul are each running in Mono at 80 kbit/s. The existing services Signal 80s and Total Access have ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 20th
On the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service Eagle 80s has ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 19th
In Sweden, a new ensemble has popped up in Stockholm on Block 12A. BAUER MEDIA has seven audio services on board, each broadcasting in DAB+ at 128 kbit/s.

July 18th
In the Netherlands, two of the new local ensembles appear to be using the same EId, despite having different content and different Ensemble Labels. Stedendriehoek in Apeldoorn and DAB Lokaal 35 in Amsterdam both appear to have the EId 8037. Coincidentally (or not!), both ensembles are operating on Block 5A. The local ensemble RANDSTAD-ZW on Block 8B in Zoetermeer appears to use the EId 2712, which is not TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands ensemble.

July 16th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. The Max is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 112 kbit/s. The existing service Nation Radio has dropped to 112 kbit/s at Protection Level 2. The packet data service muxcast.com has dropped to 80 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 16th
A new service has popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Hot Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The existing service Test Channel has dropped to 64 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 16th
In Sweden, a new data service has popped up on the Block 12D Stockholm ensemble NENT GROUP. SPI is running in packet data mode at 32 kbit/s.

July 16th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL, the service Radio Continu 2 has taken over the SId formerly used by Radio Continu 3. The latter has now ceased.

July 16th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL the service Radio Continu 1 now has the SId formerly used by Radio Continu 3. The latter now has a new SId.

July 16th
In Germany, the Hamburg ensemble NDR HH has switched from Block 7A to 10A. Hamburg K11C has switched from 11C to 10D and has been relabelled Hamburg K10D.

July 15th
In Germany, the media regulator in Thüringen has awarded the entire capacity on a forthcoming private-sector ensemble to DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING GmbH, who will operate the multplex as a platform for eight years..

July 15th
In France, a new service, Lérins Radio, has popped up on the Block 8D ensemble NICE 6.

July 15th
In Turkey, an additional service, +World, has popped up on the ensemble TRT DAB+ since the previous observations.

July 15th
In France, a local ensemble for Haguenau was advertised and its services selected in 2016. An operator was appointed in 2018. The ensemble never entered operation, however. The regulator subsequently readvertised vacant capacity, and the services selected have now been announced. With 13 services now authorised to broadcast, compared with the original four, it seems more likely that this ensemble may soon finally be launched.

July 15th
In France, the regulator has announced the services that have been awarded capacity on forthcoming ensembles for Amiens, one local and one "étendu", as well as services awarded vacant capacity on existing local ensembles in Calais, Dunkerque, Lens-Douai, Lille and Valenciennes. The services awarded capacity on forthcoming ensembles for Rennes, Angers and Brest were announced at the beginning of the month.

July 13th
On the UK local ensemble Suffolk, the service Suffolk First has ceased.

July 13th
On the French ensemble Lille-Local, the service .BIENVENUE has ceased.

July 13th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensembles Gloucestershire and Somerset. The Breeze is reported to be broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s Mono on both. [story updated to add Somerset]

July 13th
On the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service Encore Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 11th
Snapshots added of the new German regional ensembles for Flensburg, Heide and Kiel, NDR SH FL, NDR SH HEI and NDR SH KI.

July 10th
The public-service broadcaster for northern Germany, NDR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 9B. Dannenberg extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble for Lüneburg, NDR NDS LG, in an area that includes Neuhaus, Hitzacker, Dannenberg, Lüchow, Wustrow, Clenze, Rosche, Suhlendorf, Wieren and Uelzen.

July 10th
The public-service broadcaster for northern Germany, NDR, has announced that its ensemble for Hamburg, NDR HH, will switch from Block 7A to Block 10A on July 16th 2020. The German website satellifax reports that the commercial ensemble, currently labelled Hamburg K11C, will switch from Block 11C to 10D on the same date. It will presumably then be relabelled.

July 10th
Snapshot updated of the Block 8D ensemble in Nice, now labelled NICE 6. Addition of PHARE FM and PopUPradio since the previous observation.

July 10th
Snapshot updated of the Block 9D ensemble in Nice, formerly labelled RNT NICE 5 but since relabelled RNT Nice 4. Removal of LCF and Nice Radio since the previous observation.

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT Nice 3, now labelled #RNT Nice 3. Migration of Sud Radio to RNT Nice 1. Addition of France Maghreb 2, #MISTRAL FM, RADIO MARIAFR and SWIGG since the previous observation. What will broadcasters do when finally every Ensemble and Service Label in the world begins with a #?

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT Nice 1. The services CHANTE FRANCE and Sud Radio have popped up since the previous observation, each running at 88 kbit/s in DAB+. Some of the existing services have been relabelled.

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the Monaco ensemble MCR2. The service BZD RADIO appears to have ceased since the previous observation. The service MISTRAL has been relabelled FREQUENCEMISTRAL.

July 8th
Snapshots added of the new German regional ensembles for Braunschweig and Hannover, NDR NDS BS and NDR NDS HAN.

July 7th
A new packet data service has popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. NPO_Data is running at 8 kbit/s. Minor service relabelling. Snapshot updated.

July 7th
The Scottish audio equipment manufacturer Revo has been taken over by the German company Telestar-Digital. Revo began production in Lanark in 2004 with distinctive DAB and later DAB+ receivers. Telestar had been acting as Revo's distributor in Germany since 2016.

July 7th
The UK regulator has granted requests to postpone the launch of three forthcoming local ensembles. Ofcom recognised the exceptional circumstances of the current COVID-19 emergency and noted that the original proposed launch dates were not key factors in the decisions to award the licences. The Channel Islands must now launch by October 2021 (originally October 2020), Morecambe Bay and North and West Cumbria must both launch by December 2021 (originally December 2020). All three licence holders hope to launch sooner than the revised backstop dates.

July 7th
Snapshot added of the new German regional ensemble for Osnabrück NDR NDS OS.

July 6th
In Germany, additional regional versions of WDR 2 have popped up on Radio fuer NRW. Eight versions are now broadcast, from Aachen, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Köln, Münster, Rhein-Ruhr, Siegen and Wuppertal. The service VERA has ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 5th
In Italy, the "label measles" has spread to the Torino ensemble RADIODIG TO CN. The service RADIO BRUNO has been relabelled * RADIO BRUNO * since the previous observation.

July 5th
Snapshots updated of the Italian regional ensemble CRDAB Piemonte. Addition of Cusano Campus since the previous observations, broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Those services that used Protection Level EEP 2-B previously have switched to EEP 3-A.

July 5th
Snapshots updated of the Italian national ensembles. Addition of packet data service SPI and lower Protection Level of Kc3Test on * DAB Italia * since the previous observations. Minor label and PTy changes on #EuroDab Italia.

July 4th
In Poland, two new services have popped up on the Block 8D ensemble in Andrychów. Radio Bielska and Radio 7 are broadcasting in DAB+ at 144 and 128 kbit/s respectively.

July 3rd
Snapshot added of the new regional ensemble in Niedersachsen, NDR NDS OL, serving Oldenburg and region on Blocks 12A and 8D.

July 3rd
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8B. Koeniz Ulmizberg improves reception of the regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR in Bern.

July 3rd
On Trial London, the service Ramadan LDN has ceased.

July 3rd
Snapshot added of Norwegian Block 7A local ensemble for Haugaland, Lokal Radio. The same ensemble is broadcast here as in Sunndhordaland on Block 11C.

July 2nd
Snapshots added of the new regional ensembles in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NDR MV HRO, NDR MV NB and NDR MV PW.

July 2nd
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Awaaz FM Radio is reported to have ceased.

July 2nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Oxygen Radio UK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 2nd
A new service has popped up on the German local ensemble Ingolstadt. OLDIE WELLE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 2nd
A new service has popped up on the German ensemble Oberpfalz. BAYERN 1 Main is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s. The Protection Levels of the other instance have dropped to accomodate the newcomer. Snapshot updated.

July 2nd
A new service has popped up on the German ensemble Voralpen. BAYERNWELLE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 1st
On London 3, the services Rathergood Radio and IBC Tamil have ceased. Snapshot updated.

July 1st
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Tayside. Magic Musicals is broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s. The service Kerrang! has dropped from 80 kbit/s Mono to 64 kbit/s Mono LSF.

July 1st
On the UK local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the service ZEST has been relabelled ZEST Liverpool.

June 30th
In France, CAPSAO has popped up on RNT Marseille 3. HOPE RADIO has popped up on the Marseille ensemble SDN. HopeRadio has popped up on RNT Paris 5.

June 30th
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. Multiple changes since previous snapshot.

June 30th
A new service has popped up on the German ensemble Allgäu. RSA Radio LI is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The services Allgäuer Melodie and Griaß di Allgäu have ceased. Snapshot updated.

June 30th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has announced that the ensembles NDR NDS, NDR MV and NDR SH, serving Niedersachsen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein respectively, are to be sub-divided into smaller, regional ensembles. Each Land currently operates as an MFN, but from July 1st each frequency will carry its own multiplex, so that each region always receive its own opt-out. A receiver scan will be necessary in order to capture the new configurations.

June 30th
Snapshot of the German local ensemble Ingolstadt updated. Addition of HOAMATWELLE since the previous snapshot. The Protection Levels of RADIO IN, GalaxyIngolstadt and RT1 ND-SOB have been increased.

June 30th
DAB+ Austria snapshot updated. EPG and Mein Kinderradio added since the previous snapshot.

June 30th
On the UK ensemble SDL National, the DAB+ service talkRADIO + has been relabelled talkRADIO following the removal of the "original-flavour" DAB instance of this service.

June 29th
On the Danish ensemble NivaaDAB, the packet data service EPG-test has been relabelled NivaaEPG.

June 28th
In Germany, new transmitters have been brought into service at Kronach on Blocks 10B and 11D, improving coverage of the ensembles Oberfranken and Bayern in an area including Kronach and Lichtenfels.

June 28th
News Radio UK has popped up on Trial Cambridge.

June 28th
While we were away, News Radio UK replaced HealthInfoRadio on Trial Norwich.

June 27th
In France, the Block 10C local ensemble Rouen Local 2 appears to have ceased. Its services are all now accomodated on Block 9C, still labelled Rouen Local 1 even though it's now the only one. All eighteen services have switched to the reduced Protection Level of EEP 4-A.

June 27th
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble for Grenland, Lokale kanaler.
Snapshot of the local ensemble Vestfold updated.
Snapshot of the local ensemble Agder updated. The same ensemble is broadcast in Aust- and Vest-Agder.
Snapshot added of the local ensemble for Sunndhordaland, Lokal Radio. One "original-flavour" DAB service, Radio 102, is being broadcast currently.

June 27th
While we were away, the service talkRADIO on the UK ensemble SDL National was relabelled Times Radio.

June 27th
While we were away, the public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, increased the power of the transmitter at Teutoburger Wald from 1kW to 10kW, improving reception of the Block 11D ensemble Radio fuer NRW in an area including Lippe und Paderborn.

June 27th
While we were away, Asian Star Radio replaced HealthInfoRadio on Trial London.

June 27th
While we were away, the new Netherlands local ensemble for Leiden, Leiderdorp, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten, Wassenaar & Zoeterwoude (let's call it "Local Mux 45"!) popped up on Block 11B.

June 27th
While we were away, Phare FM popped up on the Block 8D French ensemble RNT NICE 6.

June 27th
While we were away, test transmissions popped up on Block 10D in the Nordrhein-Westfalischen part of the Eifel. According to Digitalradio Eifel, no services will be broadcast. The current transmissions are intended purely as technical tests.

June 27th
While we were away, the service DAB Info running on the "2" regional ensembles in Belgium were relabelled Talents.

June 27th
While we were away, the media regulator for Berlin-Brandenburg advertised vacant capacity sufficient for two services on the Block 7B ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. The closing date for applications is July 17th, 2020. In the event that the capacity is awarded to services currently broadcasting on Berlin/BRBG K12D, the advertisement will then be expanded to include the released Block 12D capacity.

June 27th
While we were away, Algeria permanently removed from service its final analogue television transmissions in Band III. The Algerian Press Service reports the Minister of Communication as saying that the closure "will allow the deployment of digital terrestrial radio and, therefore, to support future authorised radio channels".

June 27th
While we were away, the government in the autonomous region of the Balearic Islands announced that it will proceed to advertise "vacant" capacity on regional and local ensembles in Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza & Formentura. Details have been published in the Official Bulletin. The announcement appears to assume that regional capacity awarded in a 2011 contest is still valid. In fact, a Royal Decree shortly afterwards restricted the coverage in Spain and the roll-out ground to a halt. A similar advertisement of regional and local capacity to the one just announced took place in Navarra earlier this year.

June 27th
While we were away, the service 88.3 CENTREFORCE popped up in mid-June on the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the media regulator in Sachsen announced that it will advertise a local ensemble for Chemnitz in mid-July. It had originally been intended to licence the proposed ensemble as a trial, but for legal reasons and in view of the level of interest already expressed, the licence will be for regular service.

June 27th
While we were away, a new Block 9D transmitter was brought into service in Germany. Stuttgart-Funkhaus improves coverage of the regional ensemble SWR BW N in the area of the city shielded from Stuttgart-Degerloch by the Gablenberg and Frauenkopf.

June 27th
While we were away, a new Block 12B transmitter was brought into service in Germany. Grevesmühlen-Hamberge extends and improves coverage of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ensemble NDR MV in the north-west, including Lüdersdorf, Selmsdorf, Bad Kleinen and Gadebusch. Further transmitters are planned throughout the NDR area (Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) in the second half of 2020. In addition, the existing four networks will be regionalised, allowing the regional variations of NDR-1 to be broadcast all the time in their respective areas. Currently, the regional variations are broadcast according to a schedule.

June 27th
While we were away, a new 25kW transmitter was brought into service in Germany on Block 9C at the beginning of June. Welden extends and improves coverage of the local ensemble Augsburg in the western part of Nordschwaben, particularly Gundelfingen, Lauingen, Dillingen and Wertingen. Further sites are planned.

June 27th
While we were away, the SId of the service Absolute Rad 00s on London 1 changed in mid-June.

June 27th
While we were away, it was announced in France that the new ensembles for Toulouse, Bordeaux and Arcachan (comprising 2 ensembles "étendus" and 5 local ensembles) will launch on November 5th 2020.

June 27th
While we were away, the service Donau 3 FM popped up on the German regional ensemble Allgäu on May 29th. The service is already broadcast on the Baden-Württemberg ensemble DRS BW.

June 27th
While we were away, the service talkRADIO began parallel transmissions in DAB and DAB+ on the UK ensemble SDL National on June 9th. talkRADIO + is running in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s in Stereo. At the same time, the service talkSPORT 2 switched to broadcasting only in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The existing MonoLSF instance talkRADIO continued until June 26th.

June 27th
While we were away, a new 25kW transmitter was brought into service in Germany on Block 9C at the beginning of June. Welden extends and improves coverage of the local ensemble Augsburg in the western part of Nordschwaben, particularly Gundelfingen, Lauingen, Dillingen and Wertingen. Further sites are planned.

June 27th
While we were away, the Netherlands website radio-tv-nederland reported on June 6th that a second transmitter in the allotment area 20 (Bergen, Castricum, Heerhugowaard, Heiloo, Langedijk & Uitgeest) was brought into service at Alkmaar zuid. The new transmission is technically different to that from the original site at Heiloo and so the two transmitters are effectively jamming one another. The website reports that normal reception is no longer possible over the entire allotment area.

June 27th
While we were away, the service 60s popped up on Trial Aldershot, running in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the service EVERGREEN on the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 was relabelled YESTERDAYLAND at the beginning of June..

June 27th
While we were away, the transfer of the German regional ensemble Oberpfalz from Block 12D to 6C, begun in March, was completed at the beginning of June with the switching of the final transmitter Hoher Bogen.

June 27th
While we were away, Passion Radio popped up on Trial Cambridge at the beginning of June.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service, Sequence FM, popped up on the Block 9D ensemble in Nice, formerly RNT NICE MUX 5, but now reported to be labelled RNT Nice 4.

June 27th
While we were away, the Swiss Rumantsch-language service RR-SRG+ was relabelled Radio RTR+ at the beginning of June on the ensembles SRG-SSR D01, SRG-SSR F01, SRG-SSR I01 and SRG-SSR R01.

June 27th
While we were away, two new transmitters were brought into service in Austria at the end of May. Mugel (10kW on Block 5D) in Steiermark and Hirschenstein (5.5kW on Block 8A) in Burgenland extend coverage of the national ensemble DAB+ Austria in the areas surrounding Bruck an der Mur and Rechnitz respectively. The use of Block 5D for Mugel appears to be an exception to the plan for Block 8A to cover Steiermark. The commissioning of the new sites means that Phase 3 of the national roll-out appears to be ahead of schedule, despite COVID-19.

June 27th
While we were away, the UK regulator announced twenty-five small-scale DAB areas that will be advertised in the first round:
Alnwick & MorpethIsles of Scilly
BasingstokeKings Lynn
Bradford Leeds
Cambridge Newcastle & Gateshead
Cardiff North Birmingham
Clevedon Norwich
Derry/LondonderrySalisbury
Dudley & StourbridgeSheffield & Rotherham
East Bristol, Mangotsfield & Keynsham   South Birmingham
EdinburghTynemouth & South Shields
ExeterWelsh Valleys
GlasgowWinchester
Inverclyde
In four of these areas, trial ensembles are already operating. Ofcom expects to advertise these licences on September 1st 2020.

June 27th
While we were away, the UK regulator authorised the removal of IBC Tamil and Rathergood Radio from London 3 and the addition of 88.3 CENTREFORCE to NE Wales W Chesh. The latter service is already broadcast on London 2. The other changes authorised have already taken place and been reported here.

June 27th
While we were away, the infection of Service Labels with asterisks, hashes and other sorting gimmicks spread from Italy to southern France, with the relabelling of MISTRAL FM as #MISTRAL FM on RNT Marseille 3.

June 27th
While we were away, the service HealthInfoRadio ceased on Trial Aldershot and Trial Cambridge at the turn of the month of May into June. On Trial Portsmouth the service was relabelled Test Channel and increased to 80 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the service Radio City Talk ceased on the local ensemble Liverpool at the end of May.

June 27th
While we were away, the service Cyber Rock ceased on the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex at the end of May.

June 27th
While we were away, a new Block 8B transmitter was brought into service in Austria. The Pfänder is broadcasting the German ensemble Allgäu, extending the ensemble in the Bodensee region, in the Allgäu und in the Region Donau-Iller. Fortuitous overspill from this site benefits the Swiss coast of the Bodensee and the Austrian city of Bregenz. Not-so-fortuitous overspill is reported from the reception area to be limiting coverage of the Swiss ensemble DIG D04 - CS along the Rheintal, previously well served from Vilters.

June 27th
While we were away, a consultation was launched in the Netherlands into a new national digital frequency plan. The closing date for responses is July 9th 2020. The plan is the work of a taskforce created in 2017 to devise a more efficient use of frequency spectrum. The plan proposes to create two new national layers, layers 3 and 7. Layer 3 is intended for MTV NL, whose frequencies are currently organised as nine regional allotments. Block 7D is proposed for the reorganised layer, apart from Zeeland, which would use Block 9A. The new national Layer 7 would be a Single Frequency Network on Block 9C to be allocated by auction. Co-ordination with neighbouring countries of the proposed allotments is in progress.

June 27th
While we were away, the various language streams of COVID-19 information on the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II, were replaced by a single service, EWF COVID19 INT - technically a relabelling of the former service EWF COVID19 EN. A new service, Radio RU popped up, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, EURADIO popped up on the French ensemble SDN in Marseille, broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the power of the Block 11D transmitter at Wuppertal was increased from 0.37 to 1 kW, improving reception of Radio fuer NRW in an area including Remscheid and Solingen as well as Wuppertal itself.

June 27th
While we were away, Canberra's community stations were reported to have popped up on the commercial ensemble: 1RPH, 1WAY, 2XX, and CMS Digital at 48 kbit/s, and Artsound at 64 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, a new packet data service SPI popped up on the Italian national ensemble * DAB Italia * with a slideshow. The audio service Kc3Test dropped from EEP 2-A to EEP 3-A. [this item has been corrected following publication]

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the French ensemble RNT Paris 2. Maxximum is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the DAB+ instances of RTÉ services on DAB Ireland Mux1 - RTE Radio 1 + and RTE 2FM + - were reported to have ceased, leaving just the "original-flavour" services. The public-service broadcaster has previously announced that its digital radio transmissions will cease. A prospective private-sector operator, dB Digital Broadcasting, is seeking to operate a multiplex to cover Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. It announced in February that its Call for Expressions of Interest had been oversubscribed.

June 27th
While we were away, the NDR NDS transmitter at Visselhövede switched from Block 6A to 9B in May 2020, joining the SFN with Bispingen, Lüneburg-Steinhöhe, Rosengarten and Stade. The change affects reception in the area Walsrode-Soltau-Scheeßel.

June 27th
While we were away, the service Rete Tre+ on the Swiss ensemble RMS F02 changed its SId. The service RADIO MARIA F was relabelled RADIO MARIA SR.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the French ensemble RNT Paris 6. Sanef 107.7 IDF is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the operator of national ensemble in Germany brought into service the 138th, 139th and 140th transmitters in the DR Deutschland network, at Chemnitz-Reichenhain in the sächsigen Schweiz, Neustadt in Sachsen and Bad Belzig in Brandenburg.

June 27th
While we were away, a new ensemble was reported to have popped up in southern Italy. DAB Media Test, receivable in Lecce, was reported to have thirty audio services on board. This currently stands at twenty-five.

June 27th
While we were away, Antenne Nds. popped up on the German ensemble Hamburg K11C.

June 27th
While we were away, a special-event service in connection with the anniversary of VE Day popped up on London 1. Absolute Rad 40s broadcast in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The service has since been relabelled Absolute Rad 00s. Absolute Radio dropped to 80 kbit/s Mono during that period.

June 27th
While we were away, the regulator in France announced the services selected to broadcast on the ensemble for Ardennes, Marne & Aube, known officially as "Reims étendu" and its associated local ensembles for Reims and Troyes; the ensemble for Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse & Vosges, known officially as "Nancy étendu" and its associated local ensemble for Nancy and the ensemble for Moselle, known officially as "Metz étendu" and its associated local ensemble for Metz. Details added to the France listings.

June 27th
While we were away, the regulator in France allocated vacant capacity on the existing local ensemble COLMAR DAB+ to Radio Dreyeckland. Vacant capacity on a local ensemble for Haguenau was awarded to Phare FM Haguenau, Planète, Azur FM 67, Fréquence Verte, Top Music, Radio Liberté, Chante France, OKLM Radio and Skyrock Klassiks. Capacity had already been allocated in November 2016 to Cerise FM, Magnum La Radio, DKL Dreyeckland and Studio 1, but the ensemble never launched. With all the programme slots now allocated, it appears likely that this ensemble may finally appear on air.

June 27th
While we were away, a new Block 10B transmitter was brought into service in western Switzerland. Broadcaster RTN reports that La Brévine extends coverage of RMS F02 to the surrounding area in canton Neuchâtel.

June 27th
While we were away, the German public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk announced that the transmitter Hohe Linie broadcasting the regional ensemble Oberpfalz would switch from Block 12D to 6C on May 5th, postponed from March 31st because of the COVID-19 emergency. The remaining transmitters in the SFN will switch as follows:
Dillberg - 11.05.2020
Amberg Hirschau - 14.05.2020
Ochsenkopf - 19.05.2020
Hoher Bogen - 03.06.2020

June 27th
Snapshots updated of the Paris ensembles, using data supplied to Wohnort while we were away.

June 27th
Snapshots added of the German trial ensemble Kiel K5A, using data supplied to Wohnort while we were away.

June 27th
While we were away, the regulator in France allocated priority access to the Radio France services France Bleu Picardie, France Bleu Loire Océan, France Bleu Breizh Izel, France Bleu Normandie, France Bleu Pays d’Auvergne, France Bleu Maine, France Bleu Limousin, France Bleu Lorraine Nord, France Bleu Hérault, France Bleu Sud Lorraine, France Bleu Gard Lozère, France Bleu Roussillon, France Bleu Champagne and France Bleu Armorique on the ensembles étendus in their areas.

June 27th
While we were away, the regulator in France allocated vacant capacity on the existing local ensemble Bourg-en-Bresse to FC Radio. Vacant capacity on the existing local ensemble Bourgoin-Jallieu was awarded to CapSao, Phare FM Lyon Dauphiné and Hot Radio. Vacant capacity on the existing local ensemble Macon-Cluny was awarded to CapSao, Sol FM, Chérie FM Villefranche-Mâcon, Nostalgie Mâcon and Antinéa Radio.

June 27th
While we were away, a new transmitter was brought into service in Switzerland on Block 10D. Vouvry Chavalon extends coverage of the Digris ensemble for the French-speaking area of canton Valais, DIG F03 - BVS, to the eastern shores of Lac Leman.

June 27th
While we were away, the Swiss ensemble for Biel and Solothurn, DIG D04 - BISO, migrated from Block 10A to 10D, ending a collision between this ensemble and DIG D04 - BE to the south and DIG F03 - NY to the southwest, with consequent improvement in reception conditions for all three.

June 27th
While we were away, new transmitters were brought into service in Switzerland on Block 12A. La Chaux-de-Fonds extends and improves coverage of SRG SSR F01 in an area that includes Chaux-de-Fonds, Saint-Imier, La Ferrière, Les Bois, Sonvilier and Renan. Champéry improves coverage around the town in canton Valais. Fontanezier improves reception in an area including Yvonand, Grandson and Yverdon-les-Bains in canton Vaud and Cugy in canton Fribourg.

June 27th
While we were away, France Maghreb 2 popped up briefly on RNT Marseille 3, broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. It ceased again a couple of weeks later but then returned on May 28th. A new service MISTRAL MARS, subsequently relabelled MISTRAL FM, popped up on May 28th. RADIO ONE, popped up on June 2nd.

June 27th
While we were away, the public-service broadcaster Radio France's international service RFI popped up on RNT Marseille 5, broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on Trial London. Ramadan LDN is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. Joe Best Of BE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, the services 45 Radio and Delite Radio ceased on Trial Portsmouth.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service RTBF spot was added to the #2 regional ensembles in Belgium.

June 27th
While we were away, the ERP of the Block 10C transmitter at Nürnberg Fernmeldeturm was increased from 5 to 10 kW, improving indoor reception of the local ensemble Nuernberg in Nürnberg and Erlangen.

June 27th
While we were away, the clash between two ensembles in Marseille that were using the same EId was resolved with RNT Marseille 5 changing its EId back to what it had been when the ensemble was labelled RNT Marseille 6. (cf April 5th report)

June 27th
While we were away, the use of L-band in the Czech Republic ended, but then reappeared! What appeared to be the last remaining transmitter site when it ceased, Brno - Barvičova, switched to Block 8A in Band III, operating at 0.2kW. At the end of May, a transmission popped up in Prague from Žižkov on Block LI. The ensemble was reported to have just one service on board - Pigy Radio.

June 27th
While we were away, the DAB information services .BIENVENUE reappeared on the French ensembles CALAIS, DUNKERQUE, Lille-Local and BLAD.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the French ensemble RNT Paris 5. TT NODE PARIS (meaning "Pi Node Paris") is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. The representation of π in the Service Label means that alphabetically-sorted lists will place the service under T rather than P.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the French ensemble RNT Paris 3. BONHEUR is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the UK national ensemble D1 National. Smooth Chill is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. At the same time, the existing DAB+ service LBC News dropped from 32 to 24 kbit/s.

June 27th
While we were away, a new service popped up on the French ensemble RNT Marseille 2. TRACE Marseille is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 27th
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April 7th
In Croatia, two new transmitters have been brought into service. Psunj on Block 8C and Ugljan Mala Glava on Block 10C extend coverage of the ensemble OIV DEMO - the former in Nova Gradiška and the surrounding area, the latter in Zadar and the surrounding area.

April 7th
Snapshot of the German ensemble Bremen K7D updated. Addition of Rad.Weser.TV BHV.

April 7th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Undervelier improves coverage of SRG SSR F01 in Undervelier and the surrounding area in canton Jura.

April 7th
The UK regulator has published its responses to a recent consultation on the licensing of future small-scale DAB ensembles and has announced the advertising arrangements for forthcoming licences. They will be advertised in batches, the first of which will be for 25 licences across the UK, including five areas where trials are currently underway. The second batch will be for licences in northwest England and northeast Wales. Further batches will follow. In response to submissions received, the use of DAB+ will no longer be mandated and the choice between "original-flavour" DAB and DAB+ will be left to the market. Because of the current COVID-19 emergency, however, no date has yet been set for the first batch.

April 6th
On London 3, the "original-flavour" DAB service Sout Al Khaleej has switched to the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s. The service LoveSPORT London has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 6th
On the Swedish SR ensembles, the service SR P7 Sisuradio has been relabelled SR Finska. The new ensemble SR MALMÖHUS has begun to alternate between daytime and nightime configurations, in the same manner as the formerly nationwide ensemble, now broadcast only in Stockholm, SR DAB. The packet data service broadcast on the Stockholm ensemble continues to be labelled TPEG Riks, although it is not broadcast on SR MALMÖHUS.

April 5th
In France, the Block 8D ensemble in Marseille, formerly labelled RNT Marseille 6 is reported to have been relabelled RNT Marseille 5 recently. Its EId, formerly F006, is reported to have changed to F005. Problem: The existing Block 8C ensemble SDN was already using F005, and according to reception reports from the city still does. Two different ensembles in the same city with the same EId? Zut!

April 5th
In France, the regulator has set a new closing date for applications for remaining capacity on the forthcoming national ensembles. The CSA had already postponed the original closing date in view of the current COVID-19 emergency. The new electronic procedure involves notifying the CSA by July 6th of their intention to submit applications. The regulator will then acknowledge receipt and send the candidate(s) the electronic procedure for filing the application, which must be completed by July 10th.

April 5th
Paris snapshots updated. Multiple changes since the previous observations.

April 4th
In Slovenia, the first test transmissions of the forthcoming ensemble for the Ljubljana area have been reported on Block 7D: Slovenia DAB+ R3. Its test service Slo testR3 is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 192 kbit/s.

April 4th
Snapshot of the French ensemble RNT Paris 5 updated. Addition of AMI La Radio. Its SId has changed since the new service first appeared.

April 3rd
In the Netherlands, the regulator has published details of the first broadcasters to have been allocated capacity on forthcoming local ensembles. The process is ongoing and further awards are expected soon. The first tests of the new ensembles have already been reported. An ensemble St. Combi Media was reported on air on Block 8B in Heiloo with six services on board.

April 3rd
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. Release is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 2nd
In France, a new service has popped up on RNT Marseille 5, the service TOP FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s..

April 2nd
On the UK local ensemble Sussex, the service BBC Sussex has been relabelled BBC Radio Sussex.

April 2nd
Berlin/BRBG 7B snapshot updated. Addition of Radio Arabica. Other changes since previous snapshot.

April 2nd
The configuration of Trial Portsmouth is now dynamic. Overnight, the services 60s and Flash point to the same audio stream. During the day, they have their own discrete streams.

April 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on Berlin/BRBG 7B. The Berliner Morgenpost reports that Radio Arabica is the city's first Arabic radio station.

April 1st
In Germany, new transmitters have been brought into service at Wertheim. From this site in Baden-Württemberg, the public-service broadcaster SWR extends and improves coverage of SWR BW N (Block 9D) in an area that includes Main- and Taubertal, Wertheim, Kreuzwertheim, Reicholzheim, Dertingen and Nassig. At the same time, the public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble Unterfranken (Block 10A) and the Land ensemble Bayern (Block 11D) in an area including Hasloch, Kreuzwertheim and Triefenstein, while also providing fortuitous overspill into Baden-Württemberg.
[This item has been updated to add the Block 11D ensemble]

April 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the local ensemble Ingolstadt. HOAMATWELLE is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

April 1st
On the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service BBC Surrey has been relabelled BBC Radio Surrey.

April 1st
In France, a new service has popped up on RNT Paris 5. AMI La Radio is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

April 1st
In Denmark, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble DK DAB1. Radio Loud is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Voice of Islam is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. The service Tameside Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
On Trial Portsmouth, the service CelticMusicRadio has ceased. The existing DAB+ service 60s is now running at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Birdsong is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. YOUR Radio has been relabelled Retune to Nation and now points to the same stream as Nation Radio, which is running at 160 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The packet data service muxcast.com is now running at 128 kbit/s. The services News Radio UK, Sunrise Radio and United DJs have ceased. Snapshot updated.

March 31st
In Germany, the small-scale pilot in Kiel has begun transmissions using Block 5A. Two services are reported to be on board currently, with others to follow later.

March 31st
In Slovenia, the closing date for the advertisement of four programme slots on the forthcoming ensemble for Ljubljana, originally set as April 8th, has been postponed until April 22nd because of the current emergency. Prospective applicants are requested to monitor the regulator's website in case further changes are made.

March 31st
Two new transmitters have been brought into service in the Czech Republic. Plzeň on Block 6D and Ostrava - Hošťálkovice on Block 7D bring the ensemble CRa DAB+ to those cities, with the same lineup of commercial services as in Prague.

March 30th
In Germany, the public-service broadcasters Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Radio Berlin Brandenburg have appointed Media Broadcast to provide them with transmission services for their DAB+ multiplexes. The corresponding contracts are valid for four years with an option for an additional two years. Media Broadcast will assume its responsibilities on April 1st, 2020.

March 28th
On the Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH and SMC D03 BE-FR, the service VIRGIN HITS has been relabelled VIRGIN RADIO. The same is probably true also on SMC D03 N-CH, but has not yet been confirmed.

March 27th
In Bulgaria, test transmissions have resumed on Block 12B. The ensemble, now labelled BULGARIA, is reported to have sixteen audio services on board.

March 27th
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Schleswig-Holstein ensemble NDR SH. R.SH is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

March 27th
In Denmark, a new packet data service has popped up on NivaaDAB. Covid-19 slides carries information about the current emergency. Those services on the ensemble that did not already have their own slideshow now point to the slideshow as a Secondary Component. Snapshot updated.

March 27th
In Sweden, the previously national ensemble SR DAB has been regionalised. The Block 12B transmission in Malmö is now labelled SR MALMÖHUS and includes the regional service SR P4 Malmöhus, broadcasting in DAB+ at 184 kbit/s. The packet data service TPEG Riks is absent from the new ensemble. Snapshot added. It remains to be seen whether the service SR P7 Sisuradio will continue to alternate in a time-shared subchannel with the nationwide service SR P4. As of this morning, the Block 12C instance in Stockholm continues to be labelled SR DAB. It already included the regional service SR P4 Stockholm.

March 26th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Little Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 26th
On the regional ensemble Central Scotland, Pure Radio is using the tag line "your isolation station".

March 26th
Snapshot added of the Block 6C Swedish ensemble in Göteborg, NENT GROUP.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, is broadcasting information about the Corona-Virus emergency in nine languages via its service WDRcosmo. Turkish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Arabic "and the languages of south-eastern Europe" are broadcast Mondays to Fridays, while Spanish, Kurdish and Greek are broadcast at the weekends.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has reduced the bitrates of the online versions of its services to reduce the payload on the internet and facilitate essential services. The broadcaster's over-the air offerings, whether by DAB+, DVB-T, DVB-T2 or DVB-S, continue as before. Other online services such as YouTube and Netflix have also reduced their bitrates.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has combined the services Bayern 2 Nord, broadcast on Oberfranken, Mittelfranken, Unterfranken and Obb/Schw, Bayern 2 Sued, broadcast on Bayern, and B5 aktuell, broadcast on Bayern, into a single service for the duration of the present emergency. The individual audio streams remain but now carry the same audio.

March 24th
In Germany, the migration of the regional ensemble Oberpfalz from Block 12D to 6C has been paused midway because of the present emergency and the ensemble is currently operating as an MFN. Altenstadt an der Waldnaab has already switched and the new sites Amberg (Stadt) and Kelheim have entered service. However, the remaining sites will remain on Block 12D for the time being.

March 24th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble Bremen K7D. Addition of krix.FM.

March 23rd
In Slovenia, RTV SLO, who were awarded the operation of the second- and third-layer ensembles at the beginning of the year, has announced that the networks are under construction and announced starting dates of August 8th 2020 for the second layer and April 17th 2020 for the third. The regulator has advertised four programme slots on the third-layer ensemble for Ljubljana. Closing date is April 8th.

March 22nd
In Sweden, the national ensemble SR DAB now broadcasts the service SR P3. The bitrates of existing services SR P3 Din Gata, SR Knattekanalen and SR P4 Stockholm have dropped to 96, 96 and 184 kbit/s respectively. Snapshots updated.

March 22nd
In France, the regulator has issued authorisations to the operators of the reorganised ensembles in Paris, Marseille and Nice. In effect, the operator on each block remains the same.
CityBlockCurrent LabelOperator
ParisBlock 6ARNT Paris 2Rmux
ParisBlock 9ARNT AssociativeLa Coopérative de Radiodiffusion
ParisBlock 9BRNT Paris 5Rmux
ParisBlock 11ARNT Paris 6Radiomux
MarseilleBlock 8ARNT Marseille 2Radiomux
MarseilleBlock 7ARNT Marseille 3Rmux
MarseilleBlock 8CSDNSDN
MarseilleBlock 8DRNT Marseille 6Rmux
NiceBlock 11ARNT Nice 1Radiomux
NiceBlock 11CRNT Nice 3Rmux
NiceBlock 8DRNT NICE 6Rmux
[This item has been updated to add subsequent information about Paris Block 11A.]

March 22nd
HealthInfoRadio has popped up on Trial Manchester, broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. All the Trial ensembles now broadcast this information service apart from Bristol.

March 21st
In Austria, the information channel on CityMUX Wien II has been relabelled EWF COVID19 DT and continues to broadcast information about the current outbreak in German. Four other channels have popped up. EWF COVID19 EN has information in English, EWF COVID19 TR Turkish and EWF COVID19 RO Romanian. EWF COV BS SR HR is broadcasting announcements in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.
[This item has been edited to correct the languages being broadcast.]

March 21st
In France, the regulator has announced that in view of the current COVID-19 emergency, the closing date for applications for remaining capacity on the forthcoming national ensembles has been postponed indefinitely. A new closing date will be fixed when circumstances permit.

March 20th
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Radio Africana is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

March 18th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the packet data service V-Traffic has ceased.

March 18th
On the local ensemble Lincolnshire, the service ATLANTIS has ceased.

March 18th
In France, a new service has popped up on the Block 8C Marseille ensemble SDN. Freq Mistral is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

March 18th
In France, the regulator has published a long list of broadcasters seeking capacity advertised in July 2019, whose applications have been deemed admissible. The list does not specify the area(s) in which each applicant has sought capacity, but in many cases, the area can be inferred from the identity of the applicant. Both regional and local ensembles were advertised, along with vacant capacity on existing ensembles.

March 18th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service ATLANTIS has ceased.

March 17th
HealthInfoRadio is reported to have popped up on Trial London, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

March 17th
In Germany, krix.FM has popped up on Bremen K7D, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

March 17th
HealthInfoRadio has popped up on Trial Cambridge, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

March 16th
On Trial Birmingham, auraltime is has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio and is now running at 24 kbit/s.

March 16th
On Trial Aldershot, auraltime is has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

March 16th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought a new transmitter into service in southwest Schleswig-Holstein. Brunsbüttel extends coverage of NDR SH to an area bounded by Friedrichskoog, Itzehoe und Glückstadt.

March 16th
On Trial Norwich, auraltime is reported to have been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

March 15th
On Trial Brighton, Auraltime is reported to have been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

March 15th
A number of ensembles are using capacity to provide information about the current COVID-19 emergency. In the UK, services have popped up on Trial Glasgow and Trial Portsmouth with announcement loops to the effect that updated information will shortly appear on these channels. In Austria, the EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality) channel on CityMUX Wien II consists of a looped announcement with updated information and a list of emergency helplines.

March 15th
On Trial Portsmouth, auraltime has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio and is broadcasting at the increased bitrate of 32 kbit/s. Skylab Radio has dropped from 48 to 40 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 15th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. HealthInfoRadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 15th
Ayr, Edinburgh, Glasgow, N. Ireland, Central Scotland and Trial Glasgow snapshots updated.

March 13th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Pizzo Castello extends coverage of SRG SSR I01 to an area including Maggia, Gordevio and Aurigeno.

March 13th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bayern has advertised two programme slots on the Block 8B ensemble Allgäu. Two existing services are to relinquish their capacity and it is this that is being offered. The coverage area of the ensemble is to be expanded from mid-2020 with the addition of a transmitter on the Pfänder, in Austrian territory. The resulting very interesting coverage area will therefore have an international character, including as it will the Austrian city Bregenz, and the areas of Baden-Württemberg and Bayern to the north of the Bodensee as well as parts of Switzerland along the southern shore. The licence will be renamed from "Allgäu 8B" to "Allgäu-Donau Iller 8B". How that will look in an Ensemble Label remains to be seen. The coverage area will be expanded still further in mid-2024 with the addition of a transmitter in Ulm. The closing date for the advertisement is April 17th 2020.

March 12th
In the Netherlands, the regulator has begun the process by which capacity on 22 local allotments will be distributed. Until April 7th, each applicant may apply for only one slot per allotment. After that date, applicants will be able to apply for one or more of any slots remaining on each allotment. Capacity is to be divided between commercial and non-commercial broadcasters on the basis of six slots each per allotment. Either sector will be able to apply for any capacity remaining after September 11th 2020. The licences issued will be valid until August 31st, 2022. A map is available for download, showing the allotments being advertised.

March 12th
Snapshot updated of the Danish ensemble NivaaDAB. The channel time-shared by Jazzkanalen and Radio Humleborg is currently running with greater protection.

March 12th
Snapshot of the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh updated. Addition of Radio Wirral.

March 12th
On the UK ensemble D1 National, Capital UK has switched to DAB+ and is now running at 40 kbit/s. The services Heart extra and Smooth Extra have been relabelled Heart UK and Smooth UK respectively and are now running at 40 kbit/s each. Snapshot updated. Of the twenty audio services broadcast on this ensemble, twelve now use DAB+.

March 11th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh. Radio Wirral is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

March 10th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL, the service Maximum has been relabelled Qmusic Non-stop. An existing service with that name is currently broadcast on the national ensemble DAB+.

March 10th
On Trial Cambridge, the service Atlantis has ceased.

March 10th
In Germany, a proposed ensemble for commercial broadcasters in Saarland has received a setback. The planning for the new ensemble, awarded to Divicon Media Holding, assumed a Block 11C allocation using, among others, an existing antenna at Saarbrücken Schoksberg. The operator's application to the federal spectrum regulator (BNetzA) has resulted in a response that Block 11C was unlikely to receive international co-ordination from that site with the power level that was intended. The much reduced power level likely to be authorised would, according to the Land's media regulator (LMS), not be sufficient even to cover the city of Saarbrücken. The regulator and the Saarland State Chancellery are to approach the BNetzA to seek a solution that allows a Land-wide ensemble to operate. The LMS considers it unacceptable that the Saarland should be disadvantaged for frequency resources, compared with other areas, because of its proximity to the frontier.

March 10th
In France, the regulator has revoked authorisations issued in 2018 relating to a local ensemble for Tarare which never began broadcasting. Today's announcement concerns the operator Region Mux and three services - Radio Val de Reins, Radio Scoop and Radio Orient.

March 7th
In Serbia, the commercial broadcaster HIT FM has announced that it is "Coming soon to the new digital national radio network!".

March 7th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Leeds updated. Addition of Magic Musicals since the previous observation.

March 7th
In Croatia, a new transmitter has been brought into service at Srđ, extending coverage of OIV DEMO to Dubrovnik. Two further sites are expected to be added during this month.

March 7th
In France, the regulator has authorised Cmux to operate the forthcoming local ensemble for Arcachon. The ensemble will use Block 11C.

March 6th
The local radio station Radio Wirral has announced that it will launch on DAB (sic) on March 12th at 6pm.

March 6th
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL. Maximum is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 6th
In Spain, a group AMSC, associated with a radio service Gran Vía Radio, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its efforts. Among its aims is the establishment of DAB+ in Catalonia and Madrid. The group has already announced its intention to begin transmissions in those areas "soon". The service is already broadcast on Block 9C in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

March 6th
In Austria, the regulator has authorised for ten years a service Radio RU to broadcast on CityMUX Wien II, predominantly in Russian, German and English.

March 6th
In Germany, the regional ensemble Oberpfalz is to migrate from Block 12D to Block 6C. Existing sites will switch between March 17th and April 4th and two new transmitters will be brought into service during that time.
Altenstadt an der Waldnaab17.03.2020Migration
Kelheim19.03.2020New Transmitter
Amberg (Stadt)19.03.2020New Transmitter
Amberg Hirschau24.03.2020Migration
Dillberg26.03.2020Migration
Hohe Linie31.03.2020Migration
Hoher Bogen31.03.2020Migration
Ochsenkopf07.04.2020Migration

March 5th
In Switzerland, Radio Inside is reported to have popped up on the Block 5D digris ensemble for Aarau-Olten.

March 5th
In Switzerland, diis Radio is reported to have popped up on the Block 9D digris ensemble for Oberwallis.

March 5th
A new service has popped up on the Czech ensemble CRa DAB+. Classic Praha is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 5th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL. Team FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 5th
On the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02, the service RADIO INSIDE+ has been replaced by RADIO MELODY+.

March 4th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster rbb has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 10B. Belzig (10 kW) improves reception of rbb BRB/BLN K10B in Potsdam-Mittelmark.

March 4th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service NOSTALGIE has been relabelled NOSTALGIE VL.

March 3rd
Snapshot updated of the Italian regional ensemble RADIODIG TO CN. Three new services have popped up since the previous snapshot: R. BIRIKINA DAB, RADIO BRUNO and R VIVA TORINO. All services are now running at 72 kbit/s, compared with 96 kbit/s in January.

March 2nd
Snapshot of the local ensemble Oxfordshire updated.

March 2nd
On the regional ensemble Central Scotland, the service Sunoh Radio is reported to have ceased.

March 2nd
In Poland, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 10B Szczawnica ensemble, RDN MUX. Trendy Radio replaces Radio eM Kielce.

March 2nd
In Germany, a new service has popped up on Bremen K7D. Rad. Weser.TV HB is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s, as are now all the other services on the ensemble.

March 2nd
On the local ensemble Plymouth, Radio Plymouth has reappeared after around a decade's absence.

March 2nd
On the UK ensemble SDL National, the service ForcesRadio BFBS has been relabelled BFBS UK. Snapshot updated.

March 2nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Cambridge. Radio Caroline is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

March 1st
On Trial Glasgow, the service Gaydio has switched to DAB+ and is now broadcasting at 48 kbit/s. Two "original-flavour" DAB services remain on this ensemble. Snapshot updated.

March 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the local ensemble in Sachsen, DAB+ Freiberg. Krix.FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.

February 28th
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the Block 6B regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL. TUKKER FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The existing instance of Radio Continu 1 has been relabelled Radio Continu 3. A new instance of Radio Continu 1 has popped up. Both services are running at 64 kbit/s.

February 28th
In Austria, a packet data service EPG ORS has popped up on the national ensemble DAB+ Austria.

February 26th
In France, AFRICA RADIO, KISS FM and RADIO MARIAFR have popped up on RNT Marseille 3 (Block 7A). Phare FM and RADIO PITCHOUN are now broadcasting on RNT Marseille 5 (Block 8D). Some services have been relabelled on RNT Marseille 2 (Block 8A).

February 26th
In France, Chante France is reported to have popped up on RNT Nice 1 (Block 11A).

February 26th
In France, the planned massive expansion and reorganisation of services in Paris appears to have begun, with changes to three ensembles. LOVELY and RADIO MARIAFR have popped up on RNT Paris 3 (Block 6D). MBS has migrated to RNT Paris 3 from RNT Paris 6 (Block 11A). CAUSE COMMUNE has appeared on RNT Associative (Block 9A). RADIO PITCHOUN is now broadcasting on RNT Paris 5 (Block 9B).

February 26th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, has brought a new 10 kW transmitter into service on Block 11D. Eggegebirge extends and improves coverage of Radio fuer NRW in an area that includes Höxter, Marsberg and Paderborn.

February 25th
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble Sunnmøre.

February 24th
New transmitters have recently been brought into service in Switzerland as follows:
SRG SSR F01 (Block 12A): Troistorrents Morgins; Delémont/Delsberg; Les Hauts-Geneveys, Route de la République; Bourrignon Les Ordons; Soyhières
SMC_D02 (Block 7D: Willisau Ankenloch
SMC D03 N-CH (Block &A): Willisau Ankenloch

February 24th
On the local ensemble Coventry, the service BBC Cov & Warks has been relabelled BBC CWR. Snapshot updated.

February 23rd
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in south-west Germany, SWR, has announced that the twice yearly Sun Outage may affect its digital radio transmissions between 12:43 and 12:50 CET from February 28th until March 3rd. According to the announcement, the following sites may be affected: Alf-Bullay (Block 11A), Diez an der Lahn (11A), Bitburg-Stahl (11A), Hillschied (11A), Memmingen (8A), Weingarten (8A), Schramberg (8D), Baiersbronn (8D), Lahr (8D), Bad Urach (8D), Sigmaringen (8D), Villingen-Schwenningen (8D), Murgtal (9D) and Buchen (9D)

February 23rd
In the Netherlands, the Ministry for Economic Affairs has announced the application procedure for 22 forthcoming temporary local allotments. Each ensemble will have space for twelve audio services and licences will run until August 31st 2022. During the first four weeks of the contest, each broadcaster may apply for only one slot per multiplex. This is to ensure that all broadcasters in an area have an equal chance of being granted capacity. After the first four weeks, broadcasters may apply to use any remaining capacity for additional services. A map showing the areas to be advertised is included in the revised frequency plan for the local allotments.

February 23rd
In France, the regulator has announced that Topaz Radio will be replaced by the following services on forthcoming ensembles as follows:
  • Annemasse = Radio Pitchoun
  • Chambéry = Sequence FM
  • La Rochelle = AMI
  • Orléans = Alouette
  • Poitiers = AMI
Formal authorisations have not yet been issued for these ensembles.

February 23rd
In Spain, the regional news website Valencia Plaza has continued its reporting of the licensing situation in the country. Prospective digital radio operators have sought assistance from the courts in the face of "administrative silence" in an effort to compel the regional governments to conduct public tenders.

Regional frequency planning for DAB took place in 1999 and local planning in 2001. The governments argue that the allotments have expired as they were allocated more than ten years ago. The prospective operators counter that the frequency allocations were affirmed in the revised national frequency plan (which, incidentally, abandoned L-band for the use of DAB) that was published last year and is still in force.

The Valencia Plaza has summarised the current state of the various legal processes in each region:

Asturias: Final decision in favour of the prospective operators. The government has yet to call a contest.
Galicia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Basque Country: Government refused to conduct a contest. Court ruled in favour of the government. Case now with the Supreme Court.
Navarra: Court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. The government has advertised the capacity.
Aragon: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Catalonia: Capacity was advertised and awarded years ago. Prospective operators have sought to have the abandonded licenses readvertised.
Castilla y León: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Castilla-La Mancha: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Valencia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Murcia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
La Rioja: Regional court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. The government has appealed to the Supreme Court.
Andalusia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Extremadura: The government is considering the request. No contest has yet been called.
Balearic Islands: Capacity was advertised and awarded years ago. Prospective operators have sought to have the abandonded licenses readvertised.
Canary Islands: The government refused to call a contest. The regional court ruled in favour of the operators. The government has appealed to the Supreme Court.
Cantabria: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Madrid: The regional court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. It is understood that the government has time to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Valencia Plaza article has further information and background.

It is worth noting that some small-scale commercial ensembles are currently operating in areas where no contests have been called. For example, one group has announced that it is operating an ensemble in Tenerife and that it plans to launch ensembles in Madrid and Barcelona "soon".

February 21st
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service N R J has been relabelled N R J VL.

February 21st
On the Paris ensemble towerCast, the annual temporary service Salon Radio has ceased.

February 20th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought two new transmitters into service in Niedersachsen. Cuxhaven-Altenwalde on Block 8D extends and improves coverage of NDR NDS in a region including Dorum, Nordholz, Otterndorf and Bad Bederkesaand. Rosengarten on Block 9B serves an area that includes Stelle, Hanstedt, Schneverdingen, Heeslingen and Neu Wulmstorf.

February 20th
In Spain, the regional news website Valencia Plaza reports that the government in the autonomous province may be obliged by a court decision to advertise capacity for digital radio broadcasting. The situation is similar to one in Navarra, where capacity was advertised last month, and to another in Asturias, although the government there has not yet opened a public tender.

February 20th
A packet data service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. muxcast.com is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 17th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service formerly labelled Birdsong has been relabelled Teseuteu and is now running at 40 kbit/s. The service formerly labelled Birdsong +1 has been relabelled Birdsong. The existing service Atmosphere.Radio is now at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 17th
On the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02, the service LUNA+ has been relabelled SCHLAGER RADIO.

February 16th
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble Oestjyll. Addition of Radio Vinyl since the previous snapshot.

February 16th
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble Viborg-Skive. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

February 16th
On the Belgian regional ensembles, Chérie FM is now simply Chérie.

February 16th
In France, the regulator has issued authorisations to multiplex operator Opémux RNT for the ensembles Bordeaux étendu, Bordeaux Local 2, Toulouse étendu and Toulouse Local 2.

February 14th
In Spain, a group AMSC has announced that ensembles will begin operation in Madrid and Barcelona "soon".

February 13th
In France, the regulator has published authorisations for the operators of local ensembles in Bordeaux and Toulouse:
Bordeaux Local No. 1: Block 7A: La Coopérative de Radiodiffusion
Toulouse Local No. 1: Block 7C: Coméquip

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Marseille multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
Radio Star: RNT Marseille 3 ---> "Marseille étendu"
Sud Radio: RNT Marseille 3 ---> "Marseille étendu"

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Nice multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
Nice Radio: RNT NICE MUX 5 ---> RNT Nice 1
Sud Radio: RNT Nice 3 ---> RNT Nice 1
RCF Nice Azur: RNT NICE MUX 5 ---> RNT Nice 3

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Paris multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
CHANTE FRANCE: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
EVASION: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
VOLTAGE: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
GENERATIONS: RNT Paris 6 ---> "Paris étendu"
MBS: RNT Paris 6 ---> RNT PARIS 3

February 13th
On the German ensemble MDR THUERINGEN, services have been relabelled as follows:
MDR THÜR ERFURT ---> MDR THÜR Mitte-W
MDR THÜR GERA ---> MDR THÜR Ost
MDR THÜR HEILIGN ---> MDR THÜR Nord
MDR THÜR SUHL ---> MDR THÜR SÜd

February 13th
In France, the regulator has issued the first set of authorisations for forthcoming ensembles covering Toulon - three services so far on Block 9A and six on Block 11C. Further authorisations are expected.

February 13th
In France, the regulator has advertised still-vacant capacity on the forthcoming national ensemble M1. 66 CU are on offer, corresponding to a service running at 88 kbit/s at EEP-3A. Closing date for applications is March 25th 2020.

February 11th
On the local ensemble Hereford-Worcs, the service ATLAS RADIO has ceased.

February 11th
A new service has popped up on the ensembles Surrey-NSussex and Trial London. Podcast Radio is broadcasting on both in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshots updated.

February 9th
In the Czech Republic, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 9C. Klínovec is broadcasting the ensemble RTI cz DAB for the Karlovy Vary region and replaces the L-Band transmitter at that site. According to published data, the country has just one L-Band site still in operation. Barvičová is transmitting TELEKO DAB1 for Brno on Block LE, but probably not for much longer.

February 5th
In Poland, the new service Radiu Bezpieczna Podróż is reported to be broadcasting in Gdansk and Warsaw, in addition to the previously-reported Wroklaw.

February 5th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service Town 102 Ipswich is reported to have been relabelled Town 102.

February 4th
In Austria, the service Mein Kinderradio is reported to have migrated from the Vienna ensemble CityMUX Wien II to the national ensemble DAB+ Austria. The service has a different SId and is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.

February 4th
On the Polish ensemble DABCAST Wroklaw, the service Radio RAM is reported to have been replaced by Radiu Bezpieczna Podróż, broadcasting at 112 kbit/s in DAB+.

February 4th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisation granted to Neo to broadcast on LYON 6 as a result of its failure to make use of the capacity awarded.

February 3rd
In Ireland, there is a FreeDAB ensemble operating in Sligo. There are reported to be eleven services on board, although some are currently silent.

February 3rd
On the French ensemble LILLE Local 2, the service G. LILLE INFO has been relabelled BFM GRAND LILLE.

February 3rd
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, the service MKFM has switched from Mono LSF to Joint Stereo and is now running at 112 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 3rd
On the Danish ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ, the service RADIO TEST LW has ceased after only a few days. Snapshot updated.

02.02.2020
On the Swiss ensemble DIG I02, the service JazzAscona has been relabelled FineJazz Gumbo. Snapshot updated.

02.02.2020
A new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Berks & N Hants. 210 - 80s & 90s is reported to be broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 56 kbit/s.

February 1st
The service Hits Radio, carried on many local ensembles in the UK, has been relabelled HITS RADIO UK, with the exception of London 2, where it has been relabelled HITS RADIO LDN.

February 1st
On Trial Norwich, Cossoro Radio replaces TEST01 that popped up a few days ago.

February 1st
In Italy, a new service has popped up on RadioDigiToscana. R.ZAINET is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

February 1st
In France, the authorisations to operate the forthcoming national ensembles have been published in the Journal Officiel. The ensembles are expected to launch in November.

February 1st
In Germany, an out of court settlement has been agreed between the media regulator for Sachsen (the SLM) and Digital Audio Broadcasting Plattform GmbH (DABP). The SLM was the designated regulator responsible for advertising and awarding the second national multiplex. DABP was the unsuccessful applicant. Antenne Deutschland, who were awarded the licence, was formed by a merger of two other applicants, Absolut Radio Digital and Media Broadcast. The merger took place after the closing date of the competition and one of DABP's objections was that the licence had been awarded to an applicant that did not exist at the time of the competition. The Leipzig Administrative Court partially upheld DABP's complaint. The SLM appealed to the Federal Administrative court in September last year. The out of court settlement clears the way for a second national ensemble with up to 16 services.

February 1st
On the Australian ensemble DAB Perth, the service Macquarie Sports has been relabelled Magic Perth.

January 31st
A new service has popped up on Trial London since the last snapshot. CDNX is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The existing service RINSE FM is reported to have dropped from Protection Level EEP-2A to EEP-3A. Zone 1 is reported to have ceased.

January 31st
Edinburgh and Glasgow snapshots updated. Addition of Magic Musicals.

January 31st
Malta snapshots updated.

January 31st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Sachsen ensemble DAB+ Freiberg. RADIO OSTROCK is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

January 30th
In the Czech Republic, the two Teleko ensembles DAB1 and DAB2 are reported to have been relabelled TELEKO DAB1 and TELEKO DAB2 respectively.

January 30th
A new service has popped up on the Danish regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ. RADIO TEST LW is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

January 29th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster WDR has increased the power of its transmitter at Oelde, improving reception of Radio fuer NRW in an area including Gütersloh, Soest and Warendorf.

January 29th
In the Republic of Ireland, a "FreeDAB" ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 5A in Waterford. According to a reception report from the area, the line-up of stations being broadcast appears to include a "Jazz FM". According to posts in Irish radio forums, a FreeDAB transmission popped up in Sligo several days ago.

January 29th
In Croatia, the public-service broadcaster HRT has popped up on the ensemble OIV Croatia DAB+ with three services - HRT-HR1, HRT-HR2 and HRT-HR3. All services on the ensemble, including the newcomers, are broadcasting DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

January 29th
Snapshot of the Danish regional ensemble DAB2 N updated following the cessation of DR P7 Mix.

January 29th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the service RAJE has been relabelled Mouvement UP.

January 28th
Magic Musicals is reported to have popped up on the local ensembles Edinburgh, Glasgow and Tyne & Wear.

January 28th
Absolute Rad 80s and Absolute Rad 90s are reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Inverness. According to reports, both are running in Mono at 80 kbit/s.

January 28th
In Germany, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Schleswig-Holstein. Lübeck K9D is reported to be carrying four DAB+ audio services currently. This is part of a trial of the small-scale DAB model. Another ensemble is expected on-air in Kiel in March.

January 27th
In Switzerland, a new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble for Basel, DIG D04 - BS. Lifestyle 74 is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

January 27th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Teesside. Magic Musicals is broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s. The existing service BBC Tees has been relabelled BBC Radio Tees.

January 26th
On Trial Norwich, TEST01 is reported to have replaced Crackers Radio.

January 26th
On #EuroDab Italia, the service #RTL 102.5 rewind is reported to have been relabelled #RTL 102.5 napulè.

January 26th
Snapshot of the Danish regional ensemble DAB2 S updated following the cessation of DR P7 Mix.

January 26th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble Hamburg K11C. The service ffn Hamburg has been relabelled ffn since the previous observation. TIDE.radio is now running at 64 kbit/s with Protection Level EEP 2-B.

January 26th
In France, the Radios Associatives Numériques reports that the two national ensembles should launch in November 2020. New authorisations for the Paris, Marseille and Nice ensembles are expected to be issued by the end of February 2020.

January 26th
Snapshot updated of the Italian ensemble for Naples, Digitale Nap Cas. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Rome ensemble CR DAB+. Addition of COMPANY and M100 since the previous observation. All services now run at 72 kbit/s.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble for the French-speaking part of canton Valais, DIG F03 - BVS. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble for Lausanne and canton Vaud, DIG F03 - VD. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble for Rheinland-Pfalz, SWR RP. Addition of Rockland Radio since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 O-CH. Addition of Radio-Munot+ since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the German local ensemble Nuernberg. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshots updated of the German regional ensembles Mittelfranken and Unterfranken. Both egoFM and ROCK ANTENNE are now running at 72 kbit/s.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Belgian regional ensemble NAM-LUX 1. Addition of 1RCF Belgique and Sud Radio BE since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshot updated of the Belgian regional ensemble LIEGE 2. Addition of Jam. since the previous observation.

January 24th
Snapshots updated of the Netherlands regional ensembles 6B Oost-Noord NL and 7A Zuid NL following the addition of Arrow C R to both and the removal of the 8FM services from the latter.

January 23rd
Snapshot updated of the French local ensemble CALAIS, relabelled since the previous observation.

January 23rd
Snapshot updated of the local ensemble Cambridge. Addition of Dubai Now and Radio Maria Eng since the previous observation.

January 23rd
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble for Geneva, DIG F03 - GE. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

January 23rd
Snapshot updated of the French local ensemble RNT Marseille 2. One service label no longer contains a typo as transmitted and addition of SWIGG since the previous observation.

January 23rd
Snapshot updated of the French local ensemble LYON 6, relabelled and with the addition of SOL FM since the previous snapshot.

January 22nd
Snapshots updated of the small-scale DAB trials in Wrocław - DABCAST Wroclaw and LokalDAB. Multiple changes on both ensembles since the previous snapshots.

January 22nd
Snapshots updated of the French ensembles Nantes5D and NANTES LOCAL. Re-ordering of CUs on both.

January 22nd
Snapshot of the local ensemble Hereford-Worcs updated.

January 22nd
Snapshot added of the French regional ensemble Rouen-Etendu.

January 22nd
Snapshots added of the French local ensembles Le Havre Local 1 and Rouen Local 2.

January 22nd
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensembles 6B Oost-Noord NL and 7A Zuid NL. On both ensembles, Arrow C R is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. On 6B Oost-Noord NL, the existing service Grunn FM has dropped from 64 to 48 kbit/s.

January 21st
Snapshot added of the Tunisian ensemble ONT.

January 21st
Snapshots added of the French local ensembles Bourg-en-Bresse, Bourgoin-Jallieu and Macon-Cluny.

January 20th
In Germany, the media regulator for Sachsen has awarded capacity on the local ensembles for Leipzig and Freiberg. In Leipzig, 60 CU is awarded to "Radio Leipzig". In Freiberg, 60 CU is awarded to "Krix.fm - Radio für dich". Both licences last for ten years.

January 20th
In Switzerland, the website of the multiplex operator Digris now lists its network in Ticino (Tessin) as broadcasting two separate ensembles - one for Sopraceneri and another for Sottoceneri. According to reports from the reception area, only a single ensemble is currently being transmitted (EDIT: same EId), but the separate listings on the website suggest a change may be imminent. The website also announces additional transmitters to be brought into service during 2020 that will extend coverage of the Sopraceneri area as far north as Airolo, at the southern end of the Gotthard tunnel:
  • Grono Gambader - March 2020
  • Locarno Cardada - April 2020
  • Gionico Catto - June 2020
  • Airolo del Buco - June 2020

January 19th
In Australia, a new service has popped up on DAB+ HOBART. 7HO River is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s and with EEP-2A Protection. The existing services 7HOFM, 7HO Classic Hits and Kix Country are also running now at the higher protection level and at 48 kbit/s each. Snapshot updated.

January 19th
Snapshot updated of the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB, following the removal of the Český Rozhlas services.

January 19th
In Italy, a new service DOT RADIO has popped up on the ensemble RADIODIG UMBRIA.

January 19th
In Italy, a new service Cusano Campus has popped up on the ensemble C.R. DAB UMBRIA.

January 19th
In Italy, a new service RADIO ITALIACINA has popped up on the ensemble CR DAB TOSCANA.

January 19th
In Italy, a new service RLB RADIOATTIVA has popped up on the Calabria ensemble _ADN ITALIA DAB.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on the Croatian ensemble OIV Croatia DAB+. Domaći radio NG is broadcasting in DAB+ at 112 kbit/s.

January 19th
On the French ensemble for Lens-Douai, BLAD, the service J A Z Z Radio is reported to be running with a new SId.

January 18th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the service LCF has ceased.

January 16th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Glasgow. Coroso Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. Passion Radio is running at 32 kbit/s. The existing service Paisley is now running at 24 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

January 16th
Snapshots updated of the Free-DAB ensembles in Ireland. Since the previous snapshots, the ensembles in Cork and Dublin have been relabelled and have changed their EIds. The Dublin ensemble is now reported to be operating on Block 5A. Multiple other changes. A new ensemble has popped up in the North East of the country, around County Louth. Free-DAB N & E is reported to have eighteen services on board.

January 16th
A new service has popped up on the Block 9D ensemble towerCast. Salon Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 128 kbit/s.

January 15th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service Joe Christmas has ceased.

January 15th
In the Czech Republic, the former TELEKO DAB network has been split. There are now two ensembles in operation. DAB2 operates in Prague and Olomouc, while DAB1 is broadcast elsewhere. The Český Rozhlas services previously broadcast by Teleko have ceased and are now to be found only on CRo DAB+. Two new CRo services have popped up on both ensembles. CRo-SEVER and Cro-H.KRALOVE are running in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s each. PIGY RADIO is now broadcast only on DAB2 and also at 96 kbit/s but with less protection. Snapshots updated.

January 15th
In the Czech Republic, the Block 12C network in Bohemia and the Block 12D network in Moravia, which previously carried the same Český Rozhlas multiplex, have been split, and now the public-service broadcaster operates a separate ensemble in each region. Unfortunately, although the two ensembles now differ in content from each other, BOTH ensembles appear to be labelled CRo DAB+ and using the same EId. Snapshots updated. The instances of the broadcaster's services that had been broadcast on the Teleko and RTI ensembles have ceased.

January 14th
In some cultures, it is considered unlucky to leave your Christmas decorations up beyond twelfth night. On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service Joe Christmas is still running as of today's date.

January 14th
On the local ensemble Derbyshire, the service Smooth East Mids is running with a new SId.

January 14th
In France, the regulator has announced two temporary services to broadcast in Paris in connection with the Salon de la Radio event. Radio du Salon de la Radio is authorised to broadcast on Block 6C. ConnectOnAir is authorised to broadcast on Block 9D (towerCast).

January 13th
London 2 snapshot updated. Virgin Groove bitrate increased to 64 kbit/s.

January 12th
In Germany, the regular pop-up service SWR Messeradio has appeared on the SWR ensembles in Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg.

January 12th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL. Radio Continu 2 is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The existing service COASTLINE has ceased.

January 12th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service in Südtirol (Alto Adige). Hühnerspiel on Block 10B is broadcasting the ensemble RAS1-DAB and its combination of services from Italy, Switzerland and Germany. With its very high elevation and fortuitous outlook, the Hühnerspiel was an important FM site in the 1980s, before the liberalisation of broadcasting in Germany and Austria. In those days, Italian-based commercial broadcasters were able to reach listeners in Austria and parts of southern Bayern, where at the time only public-sector broadcasts were available. According to reception reports from the region, the Hühnerspiel is providing excellent DAB+ coverage in Innsbruck, including the centre of the city, its Bahnhof and also surrounding areas. It is also possible that the ensemble may be receivable in favourable locations in southern Bayern. With transmissions from Austria's own national multiplex having begun in December, this new site in Italy more than doubles the number of services available in Innsbruck.

January 12th
London 2 snapshot updated. Multiple changes since previous snapshot.

January 12th
Northamptonshire snapshot updated. Gold Northampton replaced Smooth Northants and Radio Up replaced Connect FM since last year's snapshot.

January 12th
Coventry snapshot updated. Addition of Smooth Country since last year's snapshot.

January 10th
On the Danish regional ensemble DAB2 OE, the service DR P7 Mix has ceased. The existing service DR P5 has been relabelled DR P5 København. The previous instance of DR P5 København has ceased. Many of the remaining services are now running at higher bitrates. Snapshot updated. It is likely that similar changes have happened on the other two regional ensembles.

January 9th
In the Republic of Ireland, the multiplex operator dbdb has invited expressions of interest from prospective service providers for capacity on a forthcoming commercial multiplex in the Republic that will cover Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Capacity will exist for up to 10 services, each of which will be carried in both DAB and DAB+. The country's public-service broadcaster RTÉ has announced that it will withdraw from DAB. The operator seeks expressions of interest by February 14th 2020.

January 9th
In the Czech Republic, two new transmitters have been brought into service. Karlovy Vary, on Block 5A, and Javornik, on Block 7A, extend coverage of RTI cz DAB.

January 9th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL, the service Continu Noord is reported to have been relabelled Radio Continu 1. On the regional ensemble 7A Zuid NL, Continu Zuid is reported to have been relabelled Radio Continu 3. On the regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL, Continu West is reported to have been relabelled Radio Continu 3. All three instances appear to have the same SId.

January 8th
In Spain, the regional government in Navarra has advertised capacity on a future ensemble for the region, designated FU-Nav. The ensemble will use Block 11D. Applications will be evaluated by means of a scoring system, which is described in the advertisement. "Original-flavour" DAB is still the approved system in Spain and therefore the advertisement is for six programme slots. Simultaneously, the government has advertised a total of 72 licences across 12 ensembles, each of which will have local coverage. Scoring systems will be applied to each of these offers. The deadline for applications to both offers is two months from today's date.
FU-NAVNavarraBlock 11D
CL01NAPamplonaBlock 10A
CL02NAPamplonaBlock 11C
CL03NATudelaBlock 10D
CL04NAEstellaBlock 9B
CL05NAAlsasuaBlock 8B
CL06NABaztanBlock 11A
CL07NALesakaBlock 9A
CL08NALarraunBlock 9D
CL09NAIsabaBlock 10B
CL10NATafallaBlock 9A
CL11NABloodyBlock 8D
CL12NAOrbaitzetaBlock 9B

January 7th
In Denmark, the regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ is reported to have reverted to Transmission Mode I, following several days using Transmission Mode II. Snapshot updated.

January 7th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service Joe 70's has been relabelled Joe 60's & 70's. Snapshot updated.

January 7th
In Germany, the media regulator for Thüringen has received seven applications for capacity on a forthcoming ensemble for private-sector broadcasters. Four applications were received for capacity for services, from
  • KRIX.fm UG
  • B&R KLASSIK-UNION GmbH
  • radio B2 GmbH
  • egoFM RADIO NEXT GENERATION GmbH & Co. KG
Three applications were received for a platform operation
  • DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING GmbH
  • Media Broadcast GmbH
  • Digital Radio Thüringen GbR
The regulator expects to reach a decision in the first half of this year, assuming the spectrum regulator is able to provide clarity on available frequencies.

January 6th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble Innlandet. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

January 6th
A new service, Spitalradio LuZ, is reported to have popped up on the Swiss ensemble for Luzern, Zug und Nidwalden, DIG D04 - ZS. The existing service RaBe is reported to have ceased.

January 6th
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB, the services of public-service broadcaster Český Rozhlas are now being broadcast at 48 kbit/s, Protection Level EEP-3A. The private-sector services on the ensemble are now carried at 80 kbit/s, EEP-1A. Snapshot updated. The Český Rozhlas services are expected to cease in a couple of weeks.

January 6th
In the Czech Republic, the RTI cz DAB transmissions in Prague have migrated from Block LD to Block 5A.

January 6th
On the local ensemble Essex, the service Radio Essex has switched to the higher bitrate of 128 kbit/s and Joint Stereo.

January 5th
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Radio Dead is deceased since the previous snapshot.

January 5th
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Post-Christmas config.

January 5th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Oslo & Akershus, Lokalradio. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

January 5th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble LokalØstfold. This ensemble now carries just three services.

January 5th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian national ensemble Riks. The service RADIO1 has been relabelled P24-7 KOS since the previous snapshot. P8 Pop has been relabelled P8 Pop 80s & 90s. The ensemble now carries two EPGs. Two services have dropped from 64 kbit/s to 56, releasing the capacity for the second EPG.

January 5th
Snapshot updated of the German local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt. Multiple changes on both since the previous snapshots were taken.

January 5th
Snapshot updated of the German local ensemble Allgäu. Since the previous snapshot was taken, RT1 SÜDSCHWABEN has been relabelled RT1 MEMMINGEN. Addition of RADIO SCHWABEN and RSA Radio OAL.

January 4th
Snapshot updated of the Block 10D ensemble in Piemonte, CRDAB Piemonte. Addition of COMPANY. Cessation of Hot Block Radio, which has migrated to the Block 12D ensemble.

January 4th
In Italy, the Block 12D ensemble in Piemonte, R DIGILOG TO CU has been relabelled RADIODIG TO CN and has a new EId since the previous snapshot. Snapshot updated. Addition of Hot Block Radio. Cessation of RadioSavonaSound.

January 3rd
In the Netherlands, the last remaining instance of 8FM - 8FM Den Bosch - has ceased on the regional ensemble 7A Zuid NL.

January 3rd
In Italy, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 10C in Campania. MediaDab is reported to have seven services on board currently, labelled MediaDab Test 01, etc.

January 3rd
In Italy, two additional services have popped up on the Block 13F ensemble in Rome, CR DAB+. M100 and COMPANY are broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

January 3rd
N. Ireland snapshot updated.

January 3rd
Snapshot updated of the local ensemble Ayr. Addition of Virgin Groove. Cessation of talkSPORT Scot.

January 3rd
In Slovenia, three new licences - two regional and one local - appear to have been awarded to RTV Slovenia, which already holds the nationwide licence. The areas covered are, respectively, West Slovenia, East Slovenia and Ljubljana. No announcement appears to have been made so far, but the ten year licences are already recorded on the regulator's website.

January 3rd
On the Croatian pilot ensemble OIV DEMO, which has been relabelled OIV Croatia DAB+, the service City Radio is reported to have ceased. Another service Radio Banovina was reported to have ceased in early December.

January 3rd
On the Danish national ensemble DK DAB1, the service _Radio Klassisk has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 2nd
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated.

January 2nd
Snapshot updated of the regional ensemble Central Scotland. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

January 2nd
In Norway, three of the NRK regional ensembles have been relabelled, reflecting a controversial reorganisation of local government that came into effect on January 1st:
NRK Reg1 OsAkØs --> NRK Reg1 OsloVik
NRK Reg2 BuTeVe --> NRK Reg2 VeTeVik
NRK Reg4 HoSoFj --> NRK Reg4 Vest
The naming convention of the EPG, TPEG and "Trafikk" services has changed and now follows the pattern NRK TRAFIKK x, NRK EPG Reg x and NRK TPEG Reg x (or NRK TPEG Regx), where x is the Region number. NRK SÁMI RADIO has been relabelled NRK SÁPMI. The regional snapshots have been updated.

January 2nd
On the Italian national ensemble DAB+ RAI, the service Rai R Classica has been relabelled Rai R3 Classica. Snapshot updated.

January 2nd
In Germany, a new service has popped up on rbb Berlin K7D. WDR 5 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The existing services WDR2 and MDR JUMP have ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 1st
On the Danish ensemble NivaaDAB, the service PartyZone has ceased. The existing service Retro Millennium is running with greater Protection. Snapshot updated.

January 1st
On the local ensemble Cornwall, the service Pirate Xmas has ceased. The existing services Pirate FM and Pirate 80s have returned to 128 and 112 kbit/s respectively.

January 1st 2020
Snapshot updated of the Australian ensemble DAB+ HOBART. The service OLDSKOOL HITS has been relabelled Hit Oldskool. Bitrate changes (upwards!) for 7HOFM, Kix Country and 7HO Classic Hits.




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