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August 31st
In Switzerland, the new local ensemble for Zürich has popped up on Block 9A. DIG D04 ZURICH is broadcasting 14 audio services in DAB+ at a bitrate of 80 kbit/s each.

August 31st
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated.

August 31st
In France, the first of the new ensembles for Nice has popped up on Block 7B, broadcasting nine services at 96 kbit/s.

August 12th
Snapshots added of the Paris ensembles. On RNT Paris 7, Radio Monaco and RADIO TER are running with new SIds, removing a clash with services on RNT Paris 5.

August 12th
The association of French private-sector broadcasters SIRTI reports that the Nice ensembles are expected on air at the end of August.

August 12th
In Italy, the website of the public-service multiplex operator and transmission provider in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, contains details of three new transmitter sites. The intoduction into service has not yet been announced, so the new sites are presumed to be either under test, or imminent.
  • Kardaun/Cardano (East of Bozen) would serve the Autostrada A22 (near Karneid/Cornedo all'Isarco)
  • St. Pankratz/S. Pancrazio (South of Meran/Merano) to serve Ultental/Val d'Ultimo
  • St. Martin am Kofel/S. Martino di Laces (West of Meran/Merano) to serve Vinschgau/Val Venosta

August 12th
When is a launch not a launch? In France, "La radio numérique terrestre (RNT)" was launched on June 20th 2014. On July 24th, the regulator, the CSA proudly reported the launch in three important conurbations - Paris, Marseille and Nice. In the real world, however, there are still no digital radio signals in Nice, save those from neighbouring Monaco, which come romping in on Block 8A. MCR Monaco snapshot updated.

August 8th
The operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Somerset, MuxCo, has proposed a change of frequency from the current assigned frequency Block 10D to Block 10B. Ofcom has launched a public consultation on the proposed change but is minded to approve the request, given that the change is in line with proposed revisions to the local DAB frequency plan, and that it is likely to reduce the levels of interference between local DAB multiplexes on the same frequencies and thus improve local DAB coverage overall. MuxCo proposes to launch, subject to approval, in September from Mendip, Taunton and Hutton.

August 5th
Ofcom has granted an eight-year extension for the ensemble Inverness to Bauer Digital Radio Limited. The new licence expires August 21st 2023.

August 5th
Snapshot of the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB updated.

August 1st
In Germany, the multiplex operator Bayern Digital Radio GmbH has reduced the number of transmitters operating on Block 12D. By increasing the performance of 16 selected sites, however, coverage remains virtually constant (88% outdoor, 54% indoor).

July 31st
In Italy, the spectrum regulator is to proceed with planning for new regional areas for DAB+, including Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta. It is possible that the Ministry may release frequencies by the end of the year.

July 30th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf. Radio Paigham is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF.

July 24th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien, has awarded capacity on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern to Kultradio.fm, currently broadcast as an internet radio service. The licence will expire October 31st 2019.

July 23rd
The new local ensemble Derbyshire has been launched and is transmitting from Quarndon on Block 10B. Five audio services are being broadcast. Snapshot added.

July 22nd
In France, some SId clashes have been reported on the new ensembles in Paris. Frequence India on RNT Paris 5 and RADIO TER on RNT Paris 7 are both reported to be transmitting the SId FED7, while PIMG RADIO on RNT Paris 5 and Radio Monaco on RNT Paris 7 are both using FEE4.

July 20th
In Italy, the multiplex operators Club DAB Italia and EuroDAB have announced their collaboration in Südtirol (Alto Adige) in sharing infrastructure to streamline operations and reduce the environmental impact of their transmission systems.

July 19th
On the local ensembles Bournemouth and South Hampshire, the service Fire Hit Radio has been relabelled Fire Radio.

July 19th
The UK transmission provider Arqiva has announced the formation of a consortium including broadcasters UTV and Bauer that will apply to operate the second national commercial ensemble. The consortium has invited expressions of interest in capacity on the ensemble from other prospective service providers.

July 15th
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has announced that from 2018, the youth-orientated service PULS will be broadcast on the FM frequencies currently used for BR-Klassik. As a consequence, the classical music service will be available exlusively in digital form. The intention is that by 2018, the DAB+ coverage in Bavaria will match BR-Klassik's coverage on FM.

July 14th
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Block12A. Mut, Kronplatz and Plose extend coverage of EuroDAB Italia to Meran/Merano, Pustertal/val Pusteria and Brixen/Bressanone respectively.

July 14th
BBC Radio Derby has announced that it will begin broadcasting in DAB on the new local ensemble for Derbyshire on July 23rd. Transmissions will be from Quarndon initially, with Stanton Moor and Lichfield expected to be added towards the end of the year.

July 12th
Norway snapshots updated.

July 11th
In Germany, the service pure fm has popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B.

July 11th (update)
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. The new site (possibly Colle Vedetta), improves coverage of Club DAB Italia in the north of the city of Brescia, including Nave, Bovezzo, Concesio and Gussago.

July 11th
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Block12A. Lajen/Laion and Campo di Trens/Freienfeld extend coverage of EuroDAB Italia to parts of the A22 Brennerautobahn/autostrada del Brennero.

June 11th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Innichen/San Candido extends coverage of RAI-RASDAB 10B and RASDAB10D in the Oberpustertal/Alta Val Pusteria, Sexten/Sesto and towards the border to Osttirol (Austria).

June 11th
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the service SRDT SOLO MUSICA has been relabelled RADIO MARIA.

July 9th
The UK digital radio industry is conducting trials of Service Following on a number of important routes. Service Following is part of the minimum specification for vehicle manufacturers and vehicle aftermarket receivers. The trial involves the ensembles London 1, London 2, Berks & N Hants, Bristol, HBB & Northants, Swindon and West Wiltshire. Various scenarios are being tested.
  • On the M1, the ensemble HBB & Northants is effectively an MFN, broadcast on Block 10D in the Herts, Beds & Bucks area and Block 10C in Northamptonshire. The two ensembles are co-timed and synchronised. According to whether the receiver is a single tuner device or dual tuner, Service Following allows seamless switching between the frequencies to take place.
  • Along the M4, the service XFM is available from four different ensembles. The programme audio is identical and on each ensemble the service has the same SId. On each ensemble under test, the EIds and frequencies of alternative ensembles carrying XFM is transmitted. A receiver can determine when the signal falls before a set threshold and use this data to retune to the same service on an alternative ensemble.
  • Along the M4, the service Heart is available from five ensembles. At certain times of the day, regional variations are broadcast. Along this route, six regional versions are available and each has its own SId. When the regional versions are broadcasting the same programme audio, a receiver can retune automatically to the best available alternative as it passes through the different coverage areas. For situations when regional variations are being broadcast, service linking information is broadcast on each ensemble so that the behaviour of the receiver and the preferred choice of the alternative signal is under the control of the broadcaster rather than taking place automatically.
  • The FM and DAB versions of BBC London sometimes broadcast different audio. Service Following can be used to guide the behaviour of a receiver when passing through the Dartford Tunnel and using either the FM or DAB signal as an alternative to the other.
  • Along the M4, the service Heart can be received on FM from various transmitters. At certain times of the day, regional variations are broadcast and during this time the FM PI codes change from the national value to regional PI codes. Service Following guides the behaviour of a receiver in switching between FM and DAB signals according to whether the national programme is being broadcast, or regional variations.
The Service Following trial is scheduled to run until December 31st 2014.

July 8th
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble covering Haugaland, including Stavanger - LOKALDAB (17).

July 7th
Changes are being made to the UK TII numbering scheme to accomodate new areas and improve flexibility. For example, the site Quarndon, previously 41/06 (hex), now has the value 20/04 (hex). Both the existing BBC National DAB transmitter at this site and the forthcoming Derbyshire local transmitter will transmit these values.

July 7th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters shows Leatherhead Stoke d'Abernon in operation on Block 10C, broadcasting Surrey-NSussex.

July 7th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveals a number of new Block 12B transmitters that have not yet been announced by the BBC - Leek, Darwen, Stocksbridge, Maesteg, Whitworth and Haslemere UHF. UK TII table updated.

July 5th
SwissMediaCast has announced that the services LandLiebe Radio and PILATUS+ will migrate from their respective regional ensembles onto the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02 in September.

July 4th
Snapshots of the new Marseille ensembles added. Three of the four licensed ensembles are known to be on air. All of the services are using DAB+, including one that is using DMB-R in Paris.

July 4th
In Germany, a low-power test transmission is taking place in Kaiserslautern. The ensemble on Block 12A is generated using the open source ODR-mmbtools, an offshoot of the crc-mmbtools, and is reported to consist of a mix of DAB and DAB+ services.

July 3rd
In Germany, the media reglator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) has advertised capacity on a future ensemble for the city of Hamburg. The advertisement seeks applications from prospective service providers and multiplex operator. The frequency to be used by the ensemble is not mentioned in the text. Licences awarded would be for ten years in the first instance. Closing date for applications is September 5th 2014.

July 2nd
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the Block 8B ensemble for Bern-Freiburg, SMC D03 BE-FR. Radio 32 is broadcasting in DAB+.

July 2nd
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the Block 7A ensemble for Nordschweiz, SMC D03 N-CH. Radio Basilisk is one of the country's original licensed commercial radio stations and its appearance in DAB+ means it is now available not only in the northwest around Basel, but throughout northern Switzerland.

July 1st
In Germany, the service radio B2 has reappeared on the Block 7B ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B following an absence of about a year.

July 1st
The operator of the regional ensembles in German-speaking Switzerland, SwissMediaCast, has brought three new transmitters into operation. Sissach on Block 7A extends coverage of the ensemble for Nordschweiz, SMC D03 N-CH into canton Baselland. Olten-Dulliken allows for contiguous coverage of the Nordschweiz and the Bern-Freiburg (SMC D03 BE-FR, Block 8B) ensembles around Olten-Oftringen including the important motorway junction Wiggertal. Solothurn improves coverage of the Bern-Freiburg ensemble along the A1 towards Bern and along the A5.

July 1st
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the updates and amendments it intends to make to the Technical Code for digital radio in the light of its consultation earlier this year. DAB+ is now approved for use in the UK and up to 30% of the available capacity on the forthcoming second national commercial ensemble may be used for DAB+ services. This limit will be reviewed in 2018. Should operators of existing ensembles wish to use DAB+, any proposals will be considered by Ofcom on a case by case basis. Minimum bitrates for services are to be abolished, with Ofcom arguing that "there is no evidence to suggest dissatisfaction with the technical quality of platforms that are not subject to explicit technical quality standards requirements." Among other changes to be made, Ofcom will revise the approvals process for new transmitters. The revised Code will include requirements on DAB multiplexes that make use of traffic announcement/traffic programme (TA/TP) travel flags.

July 1st
The UK regulator Ofcom has advertised the second national commercial DAB multiplex. The ensemble will operate on Block 11A and is intended to cover the whole of the UK, plus the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, subject to international co-ordination. Block 11A is allocated (although not currently in use) for ensembles in Normandy and on the Belgian coast. This will impact upon the coverage achievable in East Anglia, in Kent and along the southern coast of the UK. There is currently no allotment for the Channel Islands. Up to 30% of the available capacity may be used for DAB+ services. Other coding standards may be used for podcasts, but not for services delivered in real time. The closing date for applications is October 30th 2014 and Ofcom expects to make a licence award in early 2015.

June 30th
In Italy, three additional DAB+ services have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble in Trentino, MUX DAB+ TAA. Rai Webradio6+, Rai Webradio7+ and Rai Webradio8+ are reported to be running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.

June 29th (update)
Of the services to have launched in Paris, three (on different ensembles) are known to be broadcasting in DMB Radio. The others are using DAB+.

June 26th
London snapshots updated.

June 27th
The BBC has recently brought ten new transmitters into service on Block 12B, extending coverage of BBC National DAB as follows:
  • Ladder Hill extends coverage to Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge
  • Hazler Hill extends coverage in and around Church Stretton, including the A49
  • Machynlleth brings coverage to Machynlleth
  • Dolgellau brings coverage to the town of Dolgellau
  • Whitworth brings coverage to the Whitworth Valley and surrounding area
  • Slapton brings coverage to South Hams
  • Clyro brings coverage to Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding villages
  • Todmorden extends coverage to the town and surrounding areas
  • Nine Barrow Down extends coverage in and around Swanage, and improves coverage in Poole and Bournemouth
  • Sudbury improves coverage across Suffolk and extends coverage in the town of Sudbury

June 24th
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria, Bayerischer Rundfunk, has announced that it has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11D. Oberammergau extends coverage in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and improves coverage in Weilheim-Schongau. The site is considered to be under test currently, entering official public service on July 1st. At the same time, the power of the existing Block 12D transmitter has been increased.

June 24th
Gaydio has announced that it will broadcast on Central Scotland from Monday 14th July to Sunday 31st August 2014.

June 24th
In London, The Arrow - Rock has migrated from London 3 to London 2 as The Arrow. At the same time, XFM has migrated from London 2 to London 1, where it is running at 128 kbit/s. LBC News 1152 has migrated from London 1 to London 2.

June 23rd
The UK multiplex operator MuxCo has announced that it has signed transmission contracts for the Somerset, North Yorkshire and North Wales local ensembles. The company's current estimate is of an on-air date of "towards the end of the Summer" for the Somerset ensemble and "towards the end of 2014" for North Yorkshire and North Wales. Lincolnshire is scheduled to launch in 2015. MuxCo has invited expressions of interest from prospective broadcasters interested in carriage on the forthcoming multplexes.

June 21st
On London 3, the service The Arrow - Rock is announcing that a rescan will be necessary on June 24th.

June 20th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Monte Serra extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in the provinces of Lucca, Pisa and Livornia; in the Versilia and on the Tuscany coast as far as San Vincenzo.

June 20th
A new service has popped up on the Block 7B ensemble in Berlin. Babelsberg Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 20th
In France, June 20th is the official launch day for digital radio, with six ensembles on air in Paris and four each in Marseilles and Nice.

June 19th
On the Danish local ensemble NivaaDAB, the service Humleborg,R.Nord has been relabelled Humleborg/Jazzk., following the relaunch of Radio Nord as Jazzkanalen.

June 18th
In France, the forthcoming Block 6A ensemble for Paris is reported to be testing ahead of the official launch of DAB+ on June 20th.

June 17th
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the responses to its consultation on the use of DAB+ and on its Technical Code for digital radio. Reaction to the proposal to allow DAB+ to be used on a future second national commercial multiplex (D2) is overwhelmingly positive. The BBC queries the need to limit the capacity used for DAB+ to 30% of the total, while Arqiva seeks clarification of whether this limit includes the 30% limit on data carriage or whether the DAB+ limit is in addition to the data. Global Radio argues that preference should not be given to D2 applicants proposing to carry more DAB+ services than other applicants.

June 16th
A new service has popped up on NE Wales W Chesh. Wirral Radio is broadcasting in mono at 64 kbit/s.

June 13th
In the Czech Republik, L-band transmissions have reappeared in České Budějovice. The Block LD 2kW transmissions are reported to originate from Kluk, also the site of Block 5D 1kW transmissions.

June 11th
In Denmark, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble DR DAB 2. Bornholm is a temporary service to coincide with the "Folkemødet" event and will broadcast until Saturday at 64 kbit/s in Mono.

June 6th
On London 1, the service Sunrise Radio has ceased after months of silence. Ofcom revoked the service's licence last month.

June 3rd
talkSPORT Scotland is reported to have popped up on Central Scotland, Aberdeen and Ayr.

June 3rd
A new service has popped up on London 2. talkSPORT London is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s at half-rate sampling.

May 30th
In Australia, FBi Radio has announced a new service to be broadcast in DAB+. FBi Click is expected to launch on June 25th, broadcasting dance and electronic music 24/7 and replacing the current simulcast of FBi 94.5.

May 30th
In Switzerland, the working group Digitale Migration, comprising representatives from the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR and the private radio associations Verbandes Schweizer Privatradios (VSP), Radios Régionales Romandes (RRR) and the Union der nichtkommerziellen Radios (UNIKOM) has proposed 2024 as the date by which DAB+ transmission should have superseded FM.

May 29th
London 1 and London 2 snapshots updated.

May 29th
Birmingham, Bournemouth, Coventry, Kent and Sussex Coast snapshots updated.

May 29th
In Denmark, the pilot local ensemble NivaaDAB operated by Kanal Plus has been granted a new licence to May 31st 2015.

May 29th
On London 2, the Service GOLD has been relabelled Gold.

May 27th
It is being reported in the French media that the broadcaster NRJ has appealed to the Council of State to annul the decisions of the CSA in 2013 authorising digital radio to be launched on June 20th 2014. According to the reports, the Council of State has on Monday of this week sought further information from NRJ, giving the broadcaster one month to respond, meaning that the deadline is after the official launch date. If there is no intervention in the meantime, if the Council of State were then to agree to annul the CSA decisions, that would mean cancelling the launch after it had already taken place.

May 27th
The BBC has published details of transmitters brought into service recently on Block 12B. Bala, Deiniolen, Calver Peak, Betws-y-Coed, Wrexham-Rhos and Birch Vale are broadcasting the ensemble BBC National DAB.

May 26th
A new Band III transmitter has been brought into service in the Czech Republic. České Budějovice - Kluk is broadcasting the multiplex RTI cz DAB with six audio services on Block 5D.

May 21st
London 2 snapshot updated. Wohnort has always liked the fact that the Voice of Russia SID is CCCF. As close as you can get to CCCP!

May 21st
Teesside and Tyne & Wear snapshots updated.

May 20th
Nottinghamshire snapshot updated.

May 20th
On London 2, all services broadcasting at 64 kbit/s are reported to be using half rate sampling.

May 20th
On London 2, the service BBC Radio London is reported to have been relabelled BBC London.

May 20th
On London 1, the service Heart is reported to have been relabelled Heart London.

May 19th
In Germany, PURE FM has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Muenchen. In München, the service is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.

May 18th
In France, RTS FM has announced that it will not be using its allotted capacity on ensembles in Marseille (Block 8D) and Nice (Block 7B). The regulator, the CSA, has accordingly revoked its DAB license.

May 17th
On London 2, the service Gold - London is reported to have been relabelled GOLD. Spectrum Radio has been relabelled Spectrum.

May 17th
On Ayr, the service heat radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

May 17th
On Central Scotland, the service REAL RADIO has been relabelled Heart Scotland and is running at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. Heart Scotland is also currently broadcast on Edinburgh and Glasgow.

May 17th
Edinburgh and Glasgow snapshots updated.

May 17th
Snapshot of the Netherlands national ensemble NPO updated. Most services on the ensemble have sprouted accompanying MOT Slideshows, each one of which is running in its own packet data subchannel.

May 16th
In France, the regulator, the CSA, has modified the frequency of one of the local ensembles to broadcast in Nice. RMux, which was to have broadcast on Block 10A, will now use Block 7B. In Marseille, ADN has been authorised to conduct DAB+ test transmissions on Block 5C until June 19th. The CSA has already announced that June 20th 2014 is to be the launch date for the regular service of digital radio in Marseille, Nice and Paris.

May 16th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR. Radio 32 is broadcasting in DAB+

May 16th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. Radio Basilisk is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

May 14th
On Edinburgh, the service Forth One has been relabelled Forth 1.

May 14th
Snapshot added of test transmissions from the new Swiss local ensemble DIG F03 - GENEVE.

May 14th
Snapshot added of the new Swiss ensemble RMS F02.

May 14th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated.

May 14th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 O-CH updated. The service PILATUS+ now has the same SId as on other ensembles.

May 14th
The first transmissions from the new local ensemble for Derbyshire have been reported on Block 10B.

May 13th
Club DAB Italia snapshot updated. Addition of R.Capital Music. Reduction of bitrate and Protection Level and change of Service Label of the existing service R.Capital. Reduction of bitrate and Protection Level of * RDS *.

May 13th
Snapshots of the Swiss ensembles SRG SSR D01, SMC_D02 and SMC D03 N-CH updated.

May 13th
Although not yet listed on Ofcom's website as an approved change, Switch Digital's application for Central Scotland and Aberdeen states that the Scottish version of talkSPORT is also intended to be broadcast on Ayr.

May 13th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new Oxfordshire transmitter has entered service on Block 10B at Boar's Hill.

May 13th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new Coventry transmitter has entered service on Block 12D at Daventry.

May 13th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new BBC National DAB transmitter has entered service on Block 12B at Aberdare. This has not yet been announced on the BBC's own DAB transmitter pages.

May 12th
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a Scottish version of Talksport to appear on Central Scotland and Aberdeen.

May 12th
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a London version of Talksport to appear on London 2.

May 12th
Snapshot of the Swiss ensemble SRG SSR I01 updated.

May 12th
Snapshot of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble SWR BW updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the Protection Levels of SWR2, SWR3, SWR4 BW and DASDING have been reduced to UEP 3. The Protection Level of SWR4 EPG has been reduced to EEP-3A

May 10th
London 3 snapshot updated. Like all the other services on this ensemble, the newcomers Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 are broadcasting in mono.

May 8th
The Luxembourg transmission provider BCE is to conduct test transmissions on Block 7C from Dudelange on May 15th between 08:00 and 17:00.

May 8th
Two new services have popped up London 3. Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 are broadcasting at 64 kbit/s each and broadcast the same programme as the respective AM frequencies.

May 8th
On the Norwegian regional ensembles, the service that runs as NRK SUPER during the day and as NRK Folkemusikk at night has switched to using DAB+.

May 8th
Tunisia listing updated. 12 services are reported being broadcast on Block 12C in Tunis.

May 8th
In France, the service RAJE is reported to have popped up on the Block 9A ensemble GRAM, broadcasting in Nantes.

May 8th
Monaco listing updated. 8 services are reported being broadcast in DAB+ on Block 8B.

May 8th
Seven new DAB+ services have recently popped up on the Norwegian local ensemble Oslo/Akershus. NorgesHitRadio#1 has been relabelled Love Music and Radio+ Country has ceased.

May 8th
In Norway, a new local ensemble has recently popped up on the west coast, broadcasting eight services in DAB+. The Block 11B ensemble is transmitted from three sites - Steinsfjell (Haugesund), Lifjell (Stavanger) and Kattnakken (Stord).

May 8th
A new service has recently popped up on the Norwegian national ensemble, Norge Riks. NRK P13 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. NRK Klassisk has migrated to Norge Riks from the regional ensembles. The services NRK Nyheter and NRK Sami have migrated from the national ensemble to the regional ensembles.

May 7th
On Liverpool, the service Capital is running with a changed SId.

May 7th
The BBC's pop-up service for Eurovision has appeared on BBC National DAB. BBC R2Eurovision is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. The bitrates of other services have been adjusted and the packet data service BBC Guide has been removed to accomodate the newcomer. Snapshot updated.

May 6th
On Yorkshire, the service Heart has ceased. REAL RADIO been relabelled Heart Yorkshire. Real Radio XS has ceased. A new service has popped up. Smooth Radio is running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.

May 6th
On Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester, Real Radio has been relabelled Heart North West.

May 6th
The new Sport service on Central Scotland has finally launched. Test has been relabelled Eklipse Scotland.

May 6th
On NE Wales W Chesh, Real Radio Wales has been relabelled Heart N Wales.

April 29th
In Baden-Württemberg, the media regulator has selected the nine out of ten applicants who will be allocated capacity on the Land-wide ensemble.
  • baden.fm – Freiburg (Funkhaus Freiburg GmbH & Co. KG )
  • Die Neue Welle – Karlsruhe (Radio Karlsruhe GmbH & Co. KG),
  • Die Neue 107.7 – Stuttgart (Radio L12 GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Donau 3 FM – Ulm (M.O.R.E. Lokalfunk Baden-Württemberg GmbH & Co KG)
  • Hitradio Ohr – Offenburg (Private Rundfunkgesellschaft Ortenau KG)
  • Radio Regenbogen (Radio Regenbogen Hörfunk in Baden GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Radio Ton Digital (DAB Radio GmbH & Co. KG i.G.)
  • Radio VHR (Alfred Krandick)
  • Radio 7 Digital (Radio 7 Hörfunk GmbH + Co. KG)
The services are expected on air by December 1st 2014.

April 26th
In Rheinland-Pfalz, the regional variations of SWR 4 are now being broadcasting on the Block 11A ensemble DRS RP. Each service, for Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Mainz and Trier respectively is broadcasting at 96 kbit/s in DAB+.

April 19th
In the Netherlands, about half of the services on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ have been given new SIds, matching the PI codes of those services on FM.

April 19th
A new service has popped up on Club DAB Italia. R.Capital Music is broadcasting in DAB+.

April 18th
In Switzerland, the first test transmissions for the forthcoming local ensembles have been reported in Geneva. DIG F03 GENEVE has has been reported broadcasting test services in DAB+. Official launch is expected in May followed by Zürich. Before then, the transmissions may be subject to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.

April 16th
On Oxfordshire, the service BFBS BRIZENORTON has been relabelled BFBS BrizeNorton.

April 16th
In Switzerland, the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region has entered service on Block 10B after several weeks of tests. 15 services are being broadcast in DAB+, of which two are from the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR.

April 16th
Aberdeen snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the Protection Levels of Northsound 1 and Northsound 2 have been reduced to UEP 3.

April 16th
A new service has popped up on the Danish ensemble DR DAB 2. myROCK is running at 96 kbit/s in Mono. The services NOVA fm, Pop FM, radio100 and The Voice are running at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s.

April 13th
On Aberdeen, the service Original 106 that popped up last month has ceased.

April 11th
On London 3, the service Kismat Radio, silent since the beginning of February, is reported to have ceased.

April 11th
Ofcom has published a consultation on proposed changes to its Digital Radio Technical Code and accompanying Guidance Notes.
The proposals would allow for the use of DAB+ on the future "D2" second national commercial multiplex, though this would not be mandatory. The use of DAB+ would initially be limited to 30% of the available capacity.
Ofcom believes competition between services and with other media provides effective self-regulation in matters of sound quality and therefore proposes to remove the minimum bitrate requirement. According to the consultation document, "there is no evidence to suggest dissatisfaction from consumers with the technical quality of content from platforms that are not subject to explicit technical quality standards requirements". Ofcom extrapolates this to mean that there is no need for minimum standards on DAB either.
Ofcom proposes that all DAB/DAB+ broadcasts should use UEP3 or EEP3 as appropriate. Broadcasters may use greater error protection if they wish, but any subsequent reduction in error protection may be subject to consultation. Under Ofcom's proposals, broadcasters would not be permitted to reduce error protection to UEP 4 or 5, but doesn't mention whether services already using those protection levels would be permitted to continue doing so.
Ofcom proposes to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding that was agreed with broadcasters relating to the introduction of new transmitters. The MoU was designed to ensure that new transmissions did not cause interference to neighbouring ensembles using the same frequency, nor punch unacceptable holes in the coverage of other ensembles in the same area. As the roll-out of DAB continues, more sites will be required and Ofcom proposes a more streamlined approach to the approvals process, details of which are included in an Annex.
Ofcom proposes to advertise the second national commercial multiplex in the second quarter of 2014.

April 9th
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service RealXS Glasgow has been relabelled XFM.

April 9th
Ayr snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service Real Radio XS has been relabelled XFM.

April 3rd
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM, silent since Tuesday, has now ceased.

April 2nd
Club DAB Italia and EuroDAB Italia snapshots updated.

April 2nd
A new service has popped up on EuroDAB Italia. Radio Orbital is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

April 2nd
Two new services have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. RMALB.IA and * RDS + * are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each. The service Radio Maria is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 48 kbit/s and at the lower Protection Level EEP 3-A.

April 1st
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM has fallen silent.

March 31st
In Germany, a new 174m transmitter mast is to be built on the Hühnerberg in Bavaria. The existing mast dates from 1965, is not capable of supporting additional antennas for digital radio and will be demolished tomorrow. Construction of the replacement mast is expected to be completed in September. In the meantime, UKW/FM and TV transmissions will continue from a temporary antenna mounted on a crane. The site will broadcast DAB/DAB+ for the first time, but because of the reduced height of the crane, coverage will improve once the new, taller mast is brought into service.

March 31st
A new service is reported to have popped up on Oxfordshire. BFBS BRIZENORTON is reported to be running at 80 kbit/s.

March 29th
A new ensemble has popped up in Prague on Block 10D. Four services are being broadcast in DAB+.

March 28th
On the second-layer ensemble in Switzerland, SMC_D02, the service SWISSMNTHOLIDAY+ has ceased.

March 27th
On South East Devon, Gold - Sth Devon has been relabelled Smooth SouthWest.

March 26th
On London 2, Jazz FM London has been relabelled Jazz FM.

March 25th
On Sussex Coast, Gold - Sussex has been relabelled Smooth Sussex with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 25th
On Plymouth, Gold - Plymouth has been relabelled Smooth Plymouth with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
The BBC is reported to have announced that it will conduct a DAB+ trial later this year.

March 24th
On Essex, Gold - Essex has been relabelled Smooth Essex with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
On Kent, Gold - Kent has been relabelled Smooth Kent with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
On Norwich, Gold - Norwich has been relabelled Smooth Norfolk with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
On South East Wales, Gold - Sth Wales has been relabelled Smooth S Wales with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
On Bristol, Gold - Bristol has been relabelled Smooth Bristol with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
In Germany, a new 10 kW transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Ulm-Kuhberg extends coverage of DR Deutschland in and around the city of Ulm, including the important B30 route in the direction of Bodensee and the Autobahn A8 between München and Stuttgart.

March 24th
On HBB & Northants, Gold 4 Counties has been relabelled Smooth 4Counties with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 24th
On Berks & N Hants, Gold Berks/Hants has been relabelled Smooth BrksHants with a PTy of Easy Listening.

March 19th
A new service has popped up on Aberdeen. Original 106 is running at 64 kbit/s.

March 19th
Snapshots updated of the Netherlands ensembles NPO and DAB+.

March 19th
Tayside snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Protection Level of BBC RNanGaidheal has dropped from UEP2 to UEP3.

March 19th
Edinburgh snapshot corrected.

March 18th
Denmark's switch from DAB to DAB+, expected in December, is to be postponed. The existing ensembles will continue in "original-flavour" DAB until after a study of market penetration of DAB+ receivers in late 2015. The ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 had been expected to swap frequencies at the same time and will also be postponed. Instead of being advertised to commercial broadcasters, vacant capacity on DR DAB2 will be used from early 2015 by DR P4 in DAB+. A third, regional layer is to be advertised to commercial broadcasters and will use DAB+. The successful broadcasters will decide whether they operate the mux themselves or appoint a multiplex operator.

March 17th
The UK multiplex operators MuxCo and UTV DAB have invited expressions of interest in making use of capacity for up to 28 days during Ramadan. The ensembles in question are Aberdeen, Bradford & Huddersfield, Central Scotland (covering both Glasgow and Edinburgh), Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Mid & West Wales, Stoke on Trent, Surrey (including south London), Swansea and North East Wales & West Cheshire (including Liverpool).

March 13th
In Switzerland, the first tests of the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region have been observed in western Switzerland. RMS F02 has been observed on Block 10B with two DAB+ services, RMS Test-1 and RMS Test-2.

March 13th
HBB & Northants snapshot updated.

March 11th
In the Netherlands, a call for tenders has been issued for the operation of a regional ensemble to serve southwest Netherlands, including Goes, Roosendaal, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. The ensemble will operate on Block 9D. Expected to broadcast on the ensemble are Omroep Brabant, Omroep Zeeland, Radio Rijnmond, Puur NL and Radio 8FM.

March 10th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. NPO 3FM Alternat is running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+.

March 10th
A new service has popped up on HBB & Northants. BOB HomeCounties is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

March 10th
Yorkshire snapshot updated.

March 10th
Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough snapshots updated.

March 6th
Radio Orient is reported to have popped up on the pilot ensemble in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, GRAM.

March 5th
A new service has popped up on Yorkshire. Radio Yorkshire is running at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

March 2nd
On Berks & N Hants, the service Reading 107 has been relabelled JACK fm Berks.

March 2nd
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has extended and expanded the advertisement of capacity on the Land-wide ensemble. Initially, enough capacity for three services was offered. Now, sufficient capacity has become available to allow nine or ten services. The LFK has extended the advertisement to March 28th. Applications already received retain their validity, however applicants have the option to revise their applications should they wish.

March 1st
On Sussex Coast, the service Gaydio has dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s.

March 1st
In Germany, the magazine Meinungsbarometer Digitaler Rundfunk reports that the BBC wishes to broadcast its external service in German cities in DAB+ and is in discussion with the regional media regulators.

March 1st
In Germany, the multiplex operator in Hessen has announced the bringing into service of a new transmitter on Block 11C. Mainz-Kastel extends and improves coverage of DR HESSEN in Wiesbaden, the Rheingau and the surrounding areas.

February 28th
The BBC has brought three new Block 12B transmitters into service at Hutton, Icomb Hill and Leamington Spa.

February 25th
In Switzerland, Radio SUNSHINE + appears to be in the process of migrating from the Block 7D ensemble SMC_D02 that covers the whole of German-speaking Switzerland to the Block 7A ensemble SMC D03 N-CH that covers only the northern region. The service has popped up on 7A and is currently running in parallel on both ensembles.

February 24th
On BBC National DAB, the packet data service BBC Travel has ceased.

February 24th
On Lancashire, the service Rock has been relabelled Rock FM.

February 23rd
In Italy, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. * RDS HD * is described in its DLS as a test for an events channel.

February 22nd
In Germany, egoFM has popped up on the local ensembles for Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg. The service * Magic Star * has ceased.

February 20th
In Switzerland, the local ensembles for Geneva and Zürich are scheduled to start on May 1st, according to Unikom Radios.

February 20th
Off-topic: In Germany, the city of Stuttgart and the public-service broadcaster SWR have reached agreement on the future of the famous TV Tower. The cost of works to the tower, closed since March 2013 for fire safety reasons, is to be shared between the city and the broadcaster and are expected to allow the tower to reopen to the public in mid-2015.

February 20th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bavaria has awarded capacity on the local ensembles in Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg to egoFM. The service is expected to pop up shortly.

February 17th
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the service RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to have been relabelled MELODÍA FM.

February 15th
London 1 snapshot updated.

February 14th
On London 1, the service Retune (formerly LBC 97.3) has ceased.

February 12th
On London 1, LBC 97.3 has been relabelled Retune and is likely to cease soon.

February 11th
The Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" reports that the long-awaited DAB+ tests in Vienna may be postponed yet again. According to the report, the public-service broadcaster ORF has suggested that the trial, most recently scheduled for the summer, may now begin in September, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the start of radio broadcasting in the country.

February 11th
On London 1, Sunrise Radio is reported to be silent. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.

February 11th
LBC has popped up on D1 National, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF - technically a relabelling of the existing service Birdsong. Snapshot updated.

February 6th
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to have reverted to using its original EId (8001).[cf: January 28th]

February 6th (update)
On London 1, audio is reported to have returned to Sunrise Radio after a period of silence. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.

February 5th
In Germany, media websites such as Radioszene are reporting that nine applications have been received for the three programme slots advertised on the Block 11B ensemble for Baden-Württemberg:-
Donau 3FM
Radio Regenbogen
Antenne 1
Radio 7
Die neue Welle
Hitradio Ohr
VHR Radio (MySchlager)
Die neue 107.7
Radio TON

February 4th
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences of the South Hampshire and the Swindon and West Wiltshire local ensembles, both held by Now Digital. The new licences expire January 30th, 2023.

February 4th
The Czech multiplex operator RTIcz has brought a new transmitter into Service on Block 10A. Plzen Bory is broadcasting in parallel with the existing transmission on Block LM.

February 4th
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 11C local ensemble Muenchen. MKR-Kirchenradio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

February 3rd
In Switzerland, BlueSky Radio+ is reported to have ceased on SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 N-CH.

February 1st
London 2 Snapshot updated.

February 1st
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, the service 90elf has ceased. A new packet data service has popped up. ECODyNIS Test is running at 8 kbit/s.

February 1st
In Germany, SCHLAGERPARADIES has popped up on the Block 5C national ensemble DR Deutschland, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s and ceased on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern.

January 31st
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator TELEKO has announced that the Prague station Radio 1 begins broadcasting in DAB+ from February 1st.

January 31st
London 3 Snapshot updated. Following the most recent changes, Fun Kids is running 24/7. There has been a general rise in Protection Levels, with only two services still running at UEP 4.

January 30th
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator RTIcz has announced a change to its L-band and Band III Ensemble IDs.

January 30th
In the UK, LBC has announced that it will be available nationally on DAB from February 11th.

January 28th
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. NRK P13 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.

January 28th
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to be using a new EId (8099).

January 26th
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. P6 Rock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

January 25th
London 3 is now a completely mono ensemble. Gaydio has dropped to 80 kbit/s. Kismat Radio is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.

January 25th
On the Spanish ensemble FU-E, the Service VOCENTO, broadcasting Rock FM, has been relabelled Rockfm. On MF-II, the Service PUNTO RADIO (or ABC Audio, depending on whether you receiver displays the Component Label or the Service Label) has been relabelled Cadena100.

January 25th
On London 3, the service The Arrow - Rock is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.

January 25th
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have completed its migration from London 2 to London 3. On London 3, the services Colourful, Desi Radio and Rainbow Radio have also ceased.

January 23rd
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have popped up on London 2 and is expected to cease on London 3 shortly.

January 18th
Eklipse Sports Radio has announced that it will launch in Central Scotland in February.

January 14th
The BBC has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12B. Penicuik improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town and the surrounding areas.

January 13th
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the Service labelled RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to be broadcasting the audio of Melodia FM instead of the previous Onda Melodia.

January 11th
In Baden-Württemberg, a new Service has popped up SWR BW. SWR - CMT Radio is broadcasting from the CMT travel fair in Stuttgart until January 18th.

January 10th
Essex Snapshot updated.

January 10th
Snapshots of the Swedish ensembles SR RIKS DAB and Teracom Test updated.

January 10th
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, Radio FLR has ended 24-hour broadcasting and its separate service has ceased. The station continues to share with other broadcasters the FM frequency 98.2 MHz, the output of which is broadcast in parallel on the DAB service 10FM/Country/FLR.

January 8th
Snapshot added of the new Block 6B Warsaw ensemble Polskie Radio.

January 7th
Snapshot of the Block 11D Budapest ensemble Mux A updated.

January 7th
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted permission for the service KERRANG! to be removed from Aberdeen.

January 1st
N. Ireland snapshot updated.

January 1st
On D1 National, the service Jazz FM has been relabelled Birdsong. Snapshot updated.




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