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January 10th, 2014
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On the local ensemble Nuernberg, the service DasNeueCharivari is running with a new SId.
Central Scotland snapshot updated.
In Australia, the public-service broadcaster ABC has announced that its service ABC Dig Music is now under the management of the broadcaster's "triple j" service and will likely be relaunched next year with a new name.
The media regulator in Baden-Württemberg, the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK), has advertised capacity on the Block 11B Land-wide ensemble. Currently, coverage is confined to the main conurbations, bu the LfK is seeking to build-out coverage successively to the remainder of the Land. 162 CUs of capacity are being offered to private-sector broadcasters, equivalent to 3 DAB+ audio services using 54 CU each. Closing date for applications with the LFK is 12:00 on January 31st 2014.
On the regional ensemble Yorkshire, the services Choice and The Wireless have ceased. Gold is running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s and is now in Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot added of the new local ensemble Gloucestershire.
Snapshot of South East Wales updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, Nation Radio has a new SId. The original SId is still being broadcast and has been relabelled Please Re-tune but now points to the same audio stream as Nation Hits!.
DAB+ transmissions are taking place in Indonesia. Snapshot added of a Block 12D ensemble DAB+, on air in Jakarta.
In Rome, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Guadagnolo is a 2kW site broadcasting Club DAB Italia. It replaces Monte Mario, which has ceased.
Snapshot updated of the Block 11B ensemble in Kuala Lumpur, RTM DAB+.
On D1 National, the service Smooth Radio 70s has ceased.
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney snapshots updated.
The new local ensemble Gloucestershire has launched on Block 10C and is broadcasting four audio services.
A new Band III transmitter has been brought into service in the Czech Republic. Velemín - Milešovka serves the Usti region on Block 10A, transmitting the ensemble TELEO DAB in parallel with the existing frequency, Block LG.
The BBC has announced further extensions to its national DAB network. Between now and Christmas 2015, 162 additional transmitters will be brought into service, bringing coverage of BBC National DAB to greater than 97%. The first site in this latest phase of build-out is expected to be Bastingstoke, some time before Christmas 2013.
In the Netherlands, the Block 12C ensemble Publieke Omroep has been relabelled NPO and has switched to using DAB+. According to reception reports from the Netherlands, all digital radio services in the country now use DAB+. At the same time, the Block 12C ensemble has reverted to using its former EId 8001.
In Germany, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has awarded capacity on local ensembles to the following services:-
Augsburg: Coolradio1; MEGA 80’s; pure fm – bayerns dance radio; Radio Paloma
Ingolstadt: MEGA 80’s; pure fm – bayerns dance radio; PN1; Radio Paloma
München: Radio München (Mo. – Sa. 19:00 – 10:00 Uhr); St. Michaelsbund (Mo. – Sa. 10:00 – 19:00 Uhr, So. 00:00 – 24:00 Uhr); pure fm – bayerns dance radio; MEGA Radio
Nürnberg: MEGA Radio
The new licences run until April 2015.
In Norway, a new ensemble has popped up on Block 13B in Oslo and Akershus. Oslo/Akershus is reported to be broadcasting 9 audio services in DAB+.
On the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks, NRK Jazz has switched to DAB+. On the regional ensembles, NRK Gull has been replaced by NRK P1+ which carries regional variations at certain times of the day. NRK Båtvær; has been relabelled NRK Vær and has switched to DAB+, running at 16 kbit/s. The service carries regional variations and has regional suffixes to its labels.
A new service has popped up on D1 National. Capital XTRA is broadcasting at 112 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Smooth Radio UK and Smooth Radio 70s currently point to the same audio stream. Traffic Master and What's On now share a packet data subchannel. Snapshot updated.
On London 1, Smooth Radio has replaced Choice. Snapshot updated.
Canberra snapshot updated.
On the Block 11C ensemble in the Netherlands, DAB+, the discrete packet data service VCR has ceased. The service 5 3 8 has sprouted a secondary component - a packet data subchannel running at 24 kbit/s. Sky Lovesongs has been relabelled Sky Radio Xmas. There have been bitrate changes to some other services.
Adelaide and Perth snapshots updated.
In Italy, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12C. Poggio Firenze extends coverage of Club DAB Italia to Firenze, Valdichiana, Prato, Pistoia and parts of Chianti. Verona extends and improves coverage in the city of Verona.
The pilot ensemble operating in Dublin DAB Ireland Mux2 is expected to be extended to Cork this month with the bringing into service of a Block 12A transmitter to cover the city.
A new ensemble has popped up on Block 12D in Trentino, Italy. DAB TAA DIG is broadcasting 10 audio services in DAB+.
MuxCo has announced that test transmissions have begun from the forthcoming local ensemble for Gloucestershire.
DAB Ireland Mux1 and DAB Ireland Mux2 snapshots updated.
In Denmark, the Culture Agency has announced that the national ensembles will switch to DAB+ on December 1st 2014. The services on DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 will be swapped. The resulting MUX 1 will be advertised for sale to the private sector. Unused capacity on the resulting MUX 1 will not be advertised until the details of the privatisation have been agreed. The announcement mentions that the FM networks may be switched off in 2019 if more than 50% of radio listening is digital by mid-2018.
The Italian national public-service broadcaster RAI has switched to using DAB+ throughout the country. RAI brought a DAB+ ensemble into service in Rome at the beginning of the month, and now its existing network in the rest of the country has switched to broadcasting the DAB+ services.
A new service has popped up on Central Scotland. Test is running at 80 kbit/s in mono and is reported to be broadcasting an announcement that it is Eklipse Sports Radio.
Ayr and N. Ireland snapshots updated.
The regional ensemble North West has ceased. Two regional multiplexes remain. Yorkshire will close next year. Central Scotland is planned to continue and a new service EKlipse Sport Radio is scheduled to appear later this or early next month.
On North West, the services Choice, Gold, Heart and LBC have been broadcasting looped messages announcing their imminent cessation.
The service Sunrise Radio has returned to London 1 following an absence of a week or so.
On North West, the services REAL RADIO and SMOOTH Radio have ceased. Snapshot updated.
The services Capital, Real Radio and Smooth Radio have popped up on Manchester. XFM Manchester has dropped to 112 kbit/s. Gold -Manchester has ceased. Snapshot updated.
The services Capital, Real Radio and Smooth Radio have popped up on Liverpool. Snapshot updated.
The services Capital, Real Radio and Smooth Radio have popped up on Lancashire. XFM has ceased. Snapshot updated.
On Swansea SW Wales, the two Please Retune placeholders are reported to have ceased.
MuxCo, the operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Surrey has announced that it is "on track" for a launch in December 2013. MuxCo expects to launch from Crystal Palace, Guildford and Reigate and to add Leatherhead and Hungry Hill later.
In France, the regulator CSA has extended the licence for the experimental DAB+ transmissions operated by GRAM in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire until December 31st 2013.
DAB+ test transmissions are reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble in Ireland, DAB Ireland Mux1.
Contrary to previous reports, the new RAI transmission in Rome on Block 12B is not the same multiplex as that broadcast in other parts of Italy, but is broadcasting in DAB+. Snapshot added. Snapshot of the Block 13F ensemble in Rome also updated. The services on CR DAB+ are running at higher bitrates compared with the previous Snapshot.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved a request by MuxCo, the operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Herefordshire & Worcestershire, to use Block 12A rather than the frequency originally assigned. Block 12A was vacated by the former regional ensemble for the West Midlands at the end of August.
On Manchester, Gold -Manchester is reported to be broadcasting a looped message announcing the cessation of the service.
Snapshot added of the new local ensemble Mid & West Wales.
UK TII table updated.
On NE Wales W Chesh, the temporary service Gaydio has ceased.
On the German Block 12D ensemble Bayern, Schlagerparadies has been relabelled SCHLAGERPARADIES.
On London 1, the Service Sunrise Radio has ceased.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has extended the licences for the pilot DAB+ transmissions in Canberra and Darwin for a further 12 months.
A new Service has popped up on Ayr. Real Radio XS is broadcasting at 128 bit/s, Joint Stereo.
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, Absolut Radio has been relabelled Absolut relax.
On the German Block 12D ensemble Bayern, Absolut relax has been relabelled Absolut HOT.
In Poland, the ensemble EMITEL has popped up on Block 10A in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region, broadcasting with 3kW from SLR Toruń / ul. Moniuszki.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern. Schlagerparadies is transmitting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted an 8-year extension for the Bradford & Huddersfield local DAB licence to UTV-Bauer Digital (B&H) Limited. This contrasts with a 12-year licence renewal handed out last month to NOW Digital Ltd for the Bournemouth local DAB multiplex
There have been some bitrate adjustments on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. BNR Nieuwsradio drops from 80 kbit/s to 64, while Arrow C R increases from 48 to 64. Sublime rises from 72 to 80 kbit/s. The packet data service VCR drops from 16 to 8.
On the Swiss Block 12C ensemble SRG SSR D01, the English-language service WRS+ has ceased following its sale by the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR.
A new service has popped up on the Block 7D ensemble in Berlin, DR Berlin rbb K7. ARD IFA-RADIO is transmitting at 96 kbit/s and coincides with the annual Funkausstellung.
The regional ensemble in northern Switzerland SMC D03 N-CH has migrated from Block 9A to 7A.
In the Czech Republic, the ensemble TELEKO DAB has popped up on Block 11A, broadcasting from Praha Strahov with 200w. The ensemble is currently broadcast in parallel on Block LA.
On the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+, the Service Arrow has been relabelled Arrow C R.
In Italy, the RAI transmitter serving Bologna from Barbiano is reported to have migrated from Block 12A to 12B. This move should eliminate previous interference with EuroDAB on 12A.
The Italian public-service broadcaster RAI has announced that from tomorrow, September 3rd, it will transmit its own national multiplex in Rome on Block 12B from a transmitter at Monte Mario. Previously, RAI has shared with Club DAB Italia a joint ensemble operating on Block 12C. That frequency will transmit the same ClubDAB mux broadcast in northern Italy.
The Block 11C Netherlands ensemble for private-sector broadcasters, DAB+, has entered into official service today. 18 audio services are being broadcast, plus a packet data service with an MOT Slideshow. Snapshot updated.
Two new Services have popped up on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. Q-music non-stop and Arrow are running at 48 kbit/s each.
On the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B, the Service RMNSchlagerhölle has been relabelled SCHLAGERPARADIES.
Two new Services have popped up on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. Sky Lovesongs is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. Sublime You is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The service Radio 10 Gold has been relabelled Efteling Radio. There have been bitrate changes to other services. The ensemble's official launch takes place on September 1st.
In Switzerland, the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has sold the English-language service WRS. As a consequence, WRS+ will cease on September 3rd on all SRG/SSR ensembles except SRG SSR F01 in the French-speaking region.
In Germany, Mediabroadcast has announced that a new 4kW Block 5C transmitter will be brought into service on September 1st. Minden will improve mobile coverage of the national ensemble DR Deutschland along the Autobahn A2 as well as reception in the region generally.
In Germany, the Service SCHLAGERHÖLLE on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN has been relabelled SCHLAGERPARADIES.
MuxCo, the operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Mid & West Wales has announced the the ensemble will launch at 00:01 on Friday August 30th with seven services.
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. JUIZE! is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The services Radio 10 and BG Radio have switched to a higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s.
Three regional ensembles remain in the UK following the overnight cessation of West Midlands. The North West ensemble will cease on September 24th, and the Yorkshire ensemble is scheduled to close next year. Central Scotland, operated by Switch Digital (Sccotland), is unaffected by the closure of MXR's ensembles.
France has adopted DAB+. The Order adding DAB+ to the standards approved for digital radio has been published in the Official Journal.
Coventry, Kent, Sussex Coast and Wolv'ton & Shrop Snapshots updated.
Panjab Radio has popped up on Coventry, and Wolv'ton & Shrop, ahead of the cessation of the regional ensemble West Midlands.
On West Midlands, the Service LBC is reported to be broadcasting a looped announcement about its impending closure ahead of the ensemble's cessation on August 27th.
A new service has popped up on the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB. Radio Odsherred is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in DAB+ and is broadcasting the same audio as its FM transmissions on 107,0 MHz (Vig) and 107,9 MHz (Nykøbing).
A new service has popped up on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. BG Radio is broadcasting at 40 kbit/s in DAB+ and is reported currently to be carrying audio from a Bulgarian radio station of the same name.
Swissmediacast has announced that the the regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH will migrate from Block 9A to 7A during the first week of September.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that the Voice of Russia is to cease broadcasting on shortwave owing to cuts in the service's budget. The station, formerly Radio Moscow, began broadcasting in 1929 using shortwave and mediumwave to target other countries. Three mediumwave transmitters are also used by Voice of Russia and these are expected to continue. Following the closure, Voice of Russia will mainly use FM and DAB outlets in other countries.
West Wiltshire Snapshot updated.
JACK 2 has launched on Oxfordshire, running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Technically, the Service existed previously as Pants, which pointed to the same stream as JACKfm Oxford. Now that service has been relabelled and points to its own audio stream. Snapshot updated.
In the Czech Republic, the public-service broadcaster Český rozhlas has launched a service commemorating the events in Czechoslovakia during 1968 - from the Prague Spring through to the Soviet invasion of the country. Rádio Retro 1968 is being broadcast on DAB.
Capital, Heart and Smooth Radio have popped up on Wolv'ton & Shrop, ahead of the forthcoming closure of the regional ensemble West Midlands. XFM has ceased. Snapshot updated.
Capital, Heart, Kerrang!, Panjab Radio and Smooth Radio have popped up on Birmingham, ahead of the forthcoming closure of the regional ensemble West Midlands. Free Radio-Bham has dropped to 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo, while Free 80s-Bham has dropped to mono at 80 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
A new service has popped up on Berks & N Hants. Reading 107 is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in mono.
On the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, the Service MEGARADIO BAYERN has ceased, completing its migration to the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Muenchen and Nuernberg.
Bristol, South East Wales and Swansea SW Wales Snapshots updated.
The Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung reports that a test ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting in Vienna this year. The pilot, of one to two years duration, would cover the entire city with twelve DAB+ services. While neighbouring countries have been broadcasting DAB or DAB+ for several years, Austria has remained an analogue island in central Europe, with staunch opposition to digital radio from both the public and private sectors.
MEGARADIO has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Muenchen and Nuernberg. MEGARADIO BAYERN is still running on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern but is expected to cease shortly.
The operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Herefordshire & Worcestershire, MuxCo, has formally applied to Ofcom to transmit on Block 12A instead of the allocated frequency Block 10B. Block 12A is to be vacated by the regional ensemble West Midlands when it ceases on August 27th. Ofcom has launched a consultation which closes on September 10th 2013.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a twelve year licence renewal for the Bournemouth local DAB multiplex to NOW Digital Ltd. The new licence will run until July 31st 2026.
A third ensemble has popped up in Malta. Digi B 3 is broadcasting from two sites, Gharghur and Iklin, on Block 12A.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the results of the experimental low-power transmissions conducted on Block 10C in Brighton between September 2012 and January 2013. The ensemble Btn EXperimental demonstrated the viability of software-defined multiplexers as a low cost platform for community and local stations.
Teesside, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire Snapshots updated.
On the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ in the Netherlands, the new service -A7- has been relabelled Radio 10 and is now broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The service was launched officially today at 10:00 CET.
Muxco's website now speaks of test transmissions beginning in "September 2013" from the new ensemble for Gloucestershire. Other dates are Mid & West Wales - August 2013 (tests); Herefordshire & Worcestershire - September 2013 (tests); Surrey - December 2013 (tests).
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble in the Netherlands. -A7- is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. A7 is the official designation of a national FM licence that was awarded to 100% NL a few weeks ago. The service is broadcasting an audioloop announcing that the service will launch officially at 10:00 CET on August 2nd. The service is expected to be relabelled at that time or shortly before.
Leeds United Football Club has announced that its radio station, Yorkshire Radio, will close down at 18:00 today. The service has been broadcasting for 7 years and was carried on the regional ensemble Yorkshire.
The local ensemble South East Wales has migrated from Block 11C to the Block 12C frequency just vacated by Severn Estuary.
Real Radio has popped up on the local ensemble Swansea SW Wales.
The regional ensembles North East and Severn Estuary have ceased.
In Italy, two new services have popped up on EuroDAB Italia - Test and Test 2.
Gaydio has popped up on NE Wales W Chesh, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. Snapshot updated.
The regional ensembles North East and Severn Estuary are due to cease today. Both began broadcasting in July 2001 and retire following exactly 12 years of official service. The frequency of Severn Estuary will be taken over by the expanded local ensemble South East Wales tomorrow.
On Severn Estuary, the services LBC and LBC are reported to be broadcasting barkers announcing their closure. The ensemble is due to cease on Monday.
On South East Wales, the service Choice is reported to be broadcasting a barker announcing its imminent closure.
On the national ensemble in Denmark, DR DAB1, the packet data service DR EPG has ceased.
On North East, the services Heart and LBC are reported to be broadcasting barkers announcing their closure. The ensemble is due to cease on Monday.
Ofcom has approved NOW Digital's request to extend the area covered by the ensemble South East Wales and to change its frequency to Block 12C once it has been vacated by the regional ensemble Severn Estuary.
D1 National has been launched in Northern Ireland, using transmitters at Divis, Carnmoney Hill, Derry/Londonderry, Brougher Mountain, Strabane and Limavady and operating on Block 11D as in Engand and Wales. (The ensemble is transmitted on Block 12A in Scotland).
UCB has announced that it will cease broadcasting in Yorkshire on June 30th 2014, "due to circumstances outside of our control". MXR had previously announced that this ensemble would cease in 2015.
Digital Radio UK has announced that D1 National transmitters in Northern Ireland will be brought into service on Friday July 26th.
On the local ensemble Bristol, the service Choice has ceased. The service had been running a barker announcing the imminent cessation of the service.
Update: On N. Ireland, two versions of the services Classic FM, talkSPORT and UCB are currently running. The changes are in preparation for the extension of D1 National to Northern Ireland. The versions with the existing SIds continue as before. These match the D1 SIds and are expected to disappear either prior to or immediately following the extension of D1 to Northern Ireland. The recently-appeared versions, paradoxically, have "OLD" added to their labels. These are expected to continue for a short period following D1's extension to Northern Ireland to provide an overlap, after which they will cease. Both SIds of each service make use of the same audio stream. A further reconfiguration has been announced for September.
Off-Topic: BBC News reports that a firmware update downloaded to Sony DVD recorders on Friday has caused the devices to stop receiving or recording Freeview. Sony is reported to be "doing everything possible to solve the problem." Wohnort adds: If the affected devices are no longer able to receive Freeview, a remedy may involve rather more than just another download.
On the local ensemble Bristol, the service Choice is running a barker announcing the imminent cessation of the service. The service Capital has popped up, running at 128 kbit/s.
Capital has popped up on the local ensembles Teesside and Tyne & Wear, running at 112 kbit/s. The service is still present on the soon to close regional ensemble North East.
In north east England, the services REAL RADIO and SMOOTH Radio have migrated from the soon to close regional ensemble North East to the local ensembles Teesside and Tyne & Wear. In their new locations, the services are running at 112 kbit/s.
The first test transmissions for the forthcoming local ensemble for Gloucestershire have been reported from the area on Block 10C, with six services labelled 3G Service 1, etc.
On Edinburgh and Glasgow, the services Capital and Heart are reported to have returned to 112 kbit/s, having briefly run at 128 kbit/s.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Central Scotland Snapshots updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken in Glasgow and since the services were first reported in Edinburgh, Capital and Heart have switched to the higher bitrate of 128 kbit/s each.
MuxCo has announced that the new local ensemble for Surrey is expected to launch in December 2013.
MuxCo, the operator of NE Wales W Chesh, has announced that Gaydio will be added to the ensemble for six weeks beginning July 29th to coincide with Liverpool Pride on August 3rd..
Off-Topic: The UK regulator Ofcom has awarded a licence to operate DVB-T2 multiplexes in the 550 to 606 MHz range to Arqiva, the sole applicant. The BBC has announced its intention to launch five new HD versions of its services by early 2014. BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD will be available free-to-air. The BBC will present to its governing body, the BBC Trust, a technical proposal for the introduction of English Regional versions of BBC One HD and versions of BBC Two HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The BBC Trust has already approved the five new HD services announced today.
Off-Topic: Hong Kong has adopted a voluntary labelling scheme for digital television receivers. To qualify for the Label, the receiver must conform to the National Standard of the Peoples Republic of China (GB20600-2006), incorporated into the Hong Kong specification (HKCA 1108). The scheme is intended to assure consumers that a receiver bearing the Label will receive all standard and high definition services transmitted in Hong Kong. Participation in the labelling scheme requires registration. The Hong Kong regulator has announced that it will make random inspections of retailers and will refer infringements to the authorities under the Trade Description Ordinance.
In the Czech Republic, the East Bohemia transmitter at Trutnov - Černá has migrated from L-band (Block LH) to Band III (Block 5D). The change should improve reception of TELEKO DAB, especially indoors and in the valleys.
In Germany, the new holder of Bundesliga radio commentary rights sport1.fm has announced that its commentaries will be broadcast nationwide from August 9th on DAB+ over the airwaves of the service ENERGY. sport1.fm's service will include sport news reports broadcast on ENERGY, beginning July 19th.
Muxco has posted progress updates for Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester and Mid & West Wales on its website.
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB, the service CRo Jazz is currently being broadcast at the high bitrate of 120 kbit/s in DAB+.
A new service is reported to have popped up on EuroDAB Italia. RTL Guardia Cost is broadcasting shipping weather forecasts and music. This development is nicely timed following concern in Germany last month that a closure of the country's medium and longwave transmitters would deprive seafarers of shipping forecasts and they would need to turn elsewhere (Navtex, SMS, etc.) for weather reports.
The Netherlands ensemble MTVNL is reported to have reappeared, with three DMB television services and one audio service. The ensemble had been off the air since February.
On the Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB, the Service Test Radioscape has ceased. Two new test services are running in DAB+, test Premiere + and Test Vivacite +.
London 2 and overnight London 3 Snapshots updated.
On London 2, Voice of Russia is reported to be running at the higher bitrate of 112 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the national commercial ensemble DAB+. Sublime is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. The latest addition means that all of the current national FM commercial broadcasters are now transmitting in DAB+. A new, ninth FM licence was awarded yesterday to Ad Venture BV, owners of 100% NL. A condition of the licence is that the forthcoming service must be broadcast on DAB+ also.
Off-Topic: BBC News reports that the BBC is to suspend television production in 3D "indefinitely", citing a "lack of public appetite". Since it began a trial in 2011, the BBC has broadcast Wimbledon (on air currently), the Olympic Games and Strictly Come Dancing in 3D and a Doctor Who anniversary special to be transmitted in November. The American broadcaster ESPN has already announced that its own 3D channel will close by the end of the year.
Digital One, the operator of the UK national commercial ensemble, has invited expressions of interest from prospective operators of a national Jazz, Soul and Blues Music service. It is being reported that Jazz FM had decided not to renew (for the time being at any rate) its contract for carriage on D1 National. A replacement service must conform to the licence description agreed with the UK regulator. Digital One has set a closing date of October 1st and a launch by January 1st 2014.
On Central Scotland, the Services Heart, Capital, Gold, Kerrang! and XFM have ceased. A new Service 103.1 Central FM has popped up, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.
In Germany, the new service Sport1.fm has begun broadcasting. Despite the name, the service is available only as an App for Android or iOS, or as an internet audio stream. The service provider, Constantin Medien AG, has no DAB+ capacity but is reported to be seeking to negotiate a solution. Sport1.fm secured the rights to live Bunesliga coverage over the national DAB+ service 90elf.
A test service is currently running on Club DAB Italia. Kc1Test is transmitting at 48 kbit/s in DAB+.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the addition of Real Radio to the local ensemble Swansea SW Wales. Also approved is a reduction of Protection Level from UEP 2 to UEP 3 of Forth One and FORTH 2 on the local ensemble Edinburgh.
Three new Services have popped up on the new Netherlands national ensemble DAB+. Classic FM, Radio Veronica and Sky Radio are each broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. Radio Maria is currently broadcasting at the increased bitrate of 56 kbit/s.
On the ensemble Teesside, the Service XFM has ceased.
Feeling rather like the period between a US presidential election and the inauguration, German football radio is in transition. While the previous holder of live Bundesliga rights, 90elf, bids farewell on its internet site, its successor, sport1.fm, is waiting in the wings.
On the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B, the Service radio B2 is reported to have ceased.
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, 90elf Fußball has been relabelled 90elf. The station lost the rights to live Bundesliga commentaries at the end of the last season.
The radio service UCB has announced that changes to the way the service is broadcast in Northern Ireland will be made in mid-July, which will probably require listeners there to perform a rescan of their receivers. The service is currently broadcast on the local ensemble, but D1 National is soon to be extended to cover the province. According to UCB, a further rescan may be necessary in mid-September.
In West Yorkshire, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12D. Emley Moor (5kW) extends coverage of the local ensemble Leeds south of the M62 and increases its household coverage of its area from 53% to 96%. UK TII table updated.
A new DAB+ Service has popped up on Berlin/BRBG 7B. ERF Pop complements the service ERF Plus that is already broadcast on the national ensemble DR Deutschland.
In Germany, Media Broadcast has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 5C. Wendelstein, in the Bavarian Alps, is the highest peak in the area and the transmission mast can be seen for miles. Gelnhausen in Hessen extends coverage of DR Deutschland in the Main-Kinzig-Kreis, approximately 40km east of Frankfurt.
DAB Ireland Mux2 Snapshot updated. Six radio services are being broadcast, each presented in both DAB+ and "original-flavour" DAB versions.
Two new Service have popped up on the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. Megaradio and Deluxe Music are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
A new Service has popped up on the national Norwegian ensemble Norge Riks. RADIO ROCK is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. NRK's test service, NRK DAB+ (test) has ceased. NRK Sport and P5 Hits are reported to have switched to DAB+.
The digital switchover onshore has become a topic at sea. The German nautical magazine YACHT, responding to reports that the German public-service broadcasters will end their medium- and long-wave transmissions next year, writes that the shipping forecasts will no longer be available to those at sea, who will then have to rely on other means - Navtex, SMS, etc for weather reports.
In Switzerland, a complete DAB+ ecosystem is taking shape, comprising national broadcasters, regional services, and now local, community stations. The regulator BAKOM has authorised what it terms "digital islands" - stand-alone Band III ensembles in the main conurbations, intended as a DAB+ platform for the smaller, non-commercial broadcasters, and realised by means of open source software-defined multiplexers developed by OpenDigitalRadio.org. Digris AG is licenced as the multiplex operator and intends to begin DAB+ transmissions this year in Zürich and Genève. Digris will broadcast the "Openbroadcast" platform that has previously been transmitted as one of the services on the Block 7D ensemble. One of the shareholders of Digris is the association "Limus", uniting the non-commercial radio and internet radio membership of UNIKOM and ASROC. The Swiss newspaper TagesWoche reports that around 70 service providers from across Switzerland have registered their interest in participation. Digris is authorised to use up to 25% of mux capacity for data. The BAKOM announcement of the new concession also confirms the timetable for the expansion of DAB+ in Switzerland. The Nordschweiz regional ensemble will be extended to cover Zentralschweiz in the summer and Basel by the end of the year. Further regional ensembles will follow next year, one for the Bern region and the other for Ostschweiz. In the second half of 2013, a second-layer ensemble will be brought into service in French-speaking Suisse Romande.
Kerrang! has popped up on Edinburgh and Glasgow. The service continues on Central Scotland but is expected to be removed at the end of the month.
On Edinburgh, the Service LBC has ceased. Capital and Heart have popped up, each running at 112 kbit/s.
Anticipated start date for test transmissions from the new Gloucestershire ensemble is now "late July".
NOW Digital, operator of the local ensemble for Cardiff and Newport, has applied to the regulator to extend its coverage area to include the Heads of the South Wales Valleys area, including the towns of Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny. Under the original plans of the Radio Authority, the Heads of the South Wales Valleys would have been a separate licence area. NOW Digital has also applied for a change of frequency, in order to make use of Block 12C, which is scheduled to be vacated by the regional MXR ensemble on July 29th. NOW Digital proposes a migration date of July 30th and says that Real Radio, Heart and Nation Radio, currently broadcast on MXR, would be carried on the new, extended local mux. The four transmitters currently in use for Block 12C at Aberdare, Abergavenny, Ebbw Vale and Mendip would broadcast the migrated Cardiff mux. The 4kW Block 12C MXR transmitter at Wenvoe would replace the existing 0.5kW Block 11C Cardiff transmitter at Wenallt Lane. The change would be in line with the Radio Industry DAB Memorandum of Understanding and Ofcom’s revised DAB frequency plan for the UK. Ofcom has launched a public consultation on the proposals, with a deadline of July 19th for responses. A copy of NOW Digital's application is included in the consultation document.
In Sweden, the Minister of Culture, writing in the newspaper Dagens nyheter, has announced that a switch-off date is to be set for analogue radio. The country will migrate to DAB+. The process is expected to take nine years. The cost of parallel transmission on analogue and digital interim would be supported by the government.An industry co-ordinator is to be appointed by the government to assure a transition by 2022.
In France, the regulator, the CSA, has renewed the authorisation for Radio Galère to conduct Band III test transmissions in Marseille using DAB+. The new authorisation runs until August 31st
Vietnam is to test DAB+ in a trial that is expected to take place at the end of July.
The story so far… the Radio Authority awarded local DAB licences for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Perth, Inverness, Northern Ireland and Ayr to SCORE Digital, part of Scottish Radio Holdings. The licences passed through the hands of EMAP and were subsequently taken over by Bauer, with the exception of Ayr, which was sold to Arqiva. Score Digital itself was wound up, the web domains released, and the company no longer exists. Someone in a quiet, leafy road in Long Ditton, Surrey has taken up the scoredigital.co.uk domain and would have us believe that their main business is to maintain "the licences required to broadcast across DAB radio. Every region in Britain has been split up and each subsequent section requires a licence to broadcast. As holders of 90% of Great Britain’s licences, it is up to us to make sure that the licences stay renewed." 90%? The Competition Commission must have been taking a nap. The website is full of other fascinating "facts". Did you know, for example, that the north of Scotland has more DAB licences than the south of Scotland? Amazing.
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+. Radio Maria is broadcasting at 48 kbit/s in DAB+.
The Irish website "Hot Press" reports that Amazing Radio has popped up on DAB and DAB+ in Dublin. Although not mentioned in the report, this is probably on the Block 12A ensemble DAB Ireland Mux2.
Coventry, London 1, London 2 and London 3 (daytime) Snapshots updated.
On South Hampshire, the Service JACK fm has been relabelled JACK fm Hants. Snapshot updated.
In the Czech Republic, the transmitter power at Milešovce has been increased to 2 kW, improving coverage of the Block LG ensemble TELEKO DAB in large parts of the Ústí region extending to the north-west Central Bohemia and Prague. The operator's website has an updated coverage map available for download.
Snapshot of NE Wales W Chesh updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken in April, 107.6 Juice FM has been relabelled Juice Liverpool
Snapshot of the Block 6A Malta ensemble Digi B Network updated. Snapshot added of the Block 6C ensemble Digi B 2. Since the last Snapshot was taken in 2010, there has been a general increase in bitrates, with services now being spread across two ensembles rather than the previous one. The operator is running a handful of test services at much higher bitrates, 128 - 160 kbit/s DAB+, and has included the designation "HD" in those Service Labels.
Central Scotland Snapshot taken but is unchanged from the previous one dated May. Two versions of Capital and Heart currently exist in the western half of the Central Belt. Both versions of each service have the same SId, but the newer versions on Glasgow are running at 112 kbit/s, compared with 128 kbit/s on Central Scotland. It will depend on the tuning strategies of each receiver as to which service is stored and presented on selection.
Edinburgh Snapshot updated. The SId of SMOOTH RADIO has changed since the last Snapshot and the service is now broadcasting at 112 kbit/s. The service LBC is still present and is broadcasting normal programmes.
Glasgow Snapshot updated. The SId of SMOOTH RADIO has changed since the last Snapshot and the service is now broadcasting at 112 kbit/s.
The UK government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the results of a six-week trial in the city of Bath, which aimed to assess the impact of households switching to digital radio.
A new Service has popped up on the national Danish ensemble DR DAB2. Folkemøde is broadcasting at 96 kbit/s and will broadcast until June 16th to coincide with the large, primarily political event of the same name, held every year on the island Bornholm.
The final reports published on the ERT website appear to have been compiled in great haste to meet the midnight closure deadline. Its report of the support expressed by the EBU has been illustrated with a screengrab from the European Board of Urology.
The Greek government has ordered the immediate closure of the national public-service broadcaster ERT "to save money". The manner and precipitate nature of the move, unprecedented in Europe, has given rise to concern across the continent. A BBC News report of the closure quotes an engineer at the broadcaster's multimedia department, named in the report at Yannis, as saying "The government announced that channels will shut down at midnight - after that the screens will go black. According to the government, from tonight I will be unemployed. It is a complete shock. In four hours' time I will not have a job." According to Agence France Presse, a government spokesman said "ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now." Affected are three domestic TV networks, four national radio services, plus regional radio services and the external service, Voice of Greece. The EBU, representing other European broadcasters, has expressed "profound dismay", called upon the Greek government to reverse the decision and offered its "advice, assistance and expertise".
The regulator in Slovenia, the APEK, has announced its intention to convert the existing Block 12B ensemble to DAB+ and to put the operation out to tender as a mixed public/private multiplex with nationwide coverage. In the event of a successful launch and a full multiplex, the agency could proceed to advertise a second ensemble. The APEK has launched a public consultation on its proposals, the deadline for which is July 3rd.
Birmingham and Oxfordshire Snapshots updated.
South Hampshire Snapshot updated.
On London 2, the Service Punjabi Radio has ceased.
On Bradfrd&Huddersf, the Service KISMAT RADIO has ceased. Snapshot updated.
A new service has popped up on Essex. Radio Essex is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF.
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, the services used by 90elf to broadcast live match commentaries, 90elf Livespiel1, 90elf Livespiel2, 90elf Livespiel3, 90elf Livespiel4 and 90elf Livespiel5 have ceased. 90elf lost the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga games live at the end of the season and will close. The basic service 90elf Fußball continues on the ensemble while the owners Regiocast explore alternative services. A can of worms appears to have been opened by the rights loss, as the new rights owners, Sport 1, would surely have liked to broadcast on DAB but have no capacity. Regiocast have capacity but no rights and yet would, one imagines, be reluctant to relinquish that capacity. Watch this space!
The operator of the Block 7D ensemble in Switzerland, Swissmediacast, has brought a new transmitter into service at Sirnach, extending coverage of SMC_D02 to Will SG, Sirnach, Wängi, Münchwilen and Bichelsee. The transmitter is considered to be under test until July 1st, when it will enter into official service.
South Korea, "home" of T-DMB, is to trial DAB+ this year. World DMB reports that the regulator, the Korean Communications Commission has approved pilot transmissions by the public-service broadcaster KBS sometime between July and December, although a precise starting date has yet to be announced.
In the Netherlands, the public-service broadcaster NPO, which had previously planned nationwide coverage by 2015, has announced that it will accelerate build-out and increase the number of transmitters from 10 to 24 to achieve nationwide coverage by the end of this year.
Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Sheffield Snapshots updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed for twelve years the Southend and Chelmsford local DAB licence (Essex) held by NOW Digital Ltd.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved:
The migration of Real XS Glasgow from Glasgow to Central Scotland, replacing the existing version.
The migration of Capital from Central Scotland to Glasgow.
The migration of Heart from Central Scotland to Glasgow.
The removal of XFM from Central Scotland.
The removal of Gold - Scotland from Central Scotland.
The removal of LBC from Glasgow.
The removal of Sunrise Radio from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The reduction of Trax FM's bitrate on Sheffield 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo to 80 kbit/s Mono.
Leeds and Yorkshire Snapshots updated.
On Yorkshire, the service Gold South Yorks has been relabelled Gold.
On Leeds, the services Gold and Ridings FM have ceased.
Southend Radio and Chelmsford Radio have announced that a "Radio Essex" will begin broadcasting on Essex from June 6th.
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB, ČRo Jazz and ČRo Plus are running as separate, full-time services rather than time-sharing a subchannel as previously. There have been downward adjustments to the bitrates of the other services and ČRo Vltava has ceased.
On the national Danish ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR Rama / Ultra has been relabelled DR Ramasj./Ultra.
Snapshot added of the new Netherlands ensemble DAB+.
STAR*SAT RADIO is reported to have popped up in Berlin on Block 7B using DAB+.
A new DAB service has been announced for Central Scotland. EKlipse Sports Radio intends to begin broadcasting in July. The new service's website is counting down to 08:00 on July 22nd.
DRM+ test transmissions are taking place in Norway using Band II. A multiplex of three audio services and one data service is broadcasting on 94 MHz in Trondheim. The same multiplex is planned to be broadcast in Oslo on 98.7 MHz. The transmissions are intended to assist receiver manufacturers test DRM+ reception under real conditions.
On Glasgow, LBC is broadcasting a barker announcing the imminent cessation of the service.
In the Netherlands, the first test transmissions from the forthcoming national commercial ensemble DAB+ have been observed on Block 11C.
Inverness Snapshot updated.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has authorised test transmissions in Nice using DRM+. Transmissions on 60 MHz by Agora FM are authorised between May 15th and August 15th.
Aberdeen and Tayside Snapshots updated.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS has brought a new transmitter into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Auen extends coverage of the ensembles RAI-RASDAB 10B and RASDAB10D into the Sarntal, including Sarnthein and Alsfeld.
On London 3, the Service IBC Asia has ceased.
On the four NDR ensembles in northern Germany, the service NDR Info now has a different SId in each of the Länder, rather than the same SId in all four. The public-service broadcaster for Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has announced that the service's regionalised weather reports will now be available on DAB+.
Glasgow Snapshot updated.
Regiocast Digital, the operator of the German football service 90elf, has announced that the service will close at the end of the 2012/13 season. The broadcaster lost the commentary rights to the 1st and 2nd division games in the Bundesliga, undermining the economic basis of the service. Regiocast has nevertheless reaffirmed its commitment to the DAB+ platform and is studying other ways of using its capacity on the national ensemble to provide attractive content.
Amazing Radio has popped up on London 2 at 64 kbit/s.
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, the Service Interviewkanalen is celebrating Denmark's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest by broadcasting a 1 hour interview with the ESC winner Emmelie de Forest, looped throughout the day. This content is available solely on DAB+.
A new data service has popped up on DR Deutschland. TPEG_MM is running at 16 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On the German ensemble Bayern, the Service on3-radio has been relabelled PULS.
K12 S-ANHALT, Augsburg, Muenchen, Muenchen IRT and Nuernberg Snapshots updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the removal of Black Cat Radio from the Peterborough ensemble.
The regulator in Hong Kong, the Communications Authority, has extended the deadline by which the DAB licencees, Digital Broadcasting Corporation Hong Kong Limited, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited and Phoenix U Radio Limited, should have launched an EPG on the territory's ensemble. The broadcasters had requested an indefinite postponement, but the Authority did not consider the application justifiable. Given the low number of EPG-capable receivers available, the Authority has instead set a new deadline of September 21st 2014.
The UK regulator Ofcom has awarded a 12-year renewal to the licence-holder of the Ayr ensemble, Arqiva Ltd.
Ayr Snapshot updated.
The public-service broadcaster in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, MDR, has begun regular DAB+ test transmissions in surround sound. Each Monday evening, MDR Klassik will broadcast concerts by the MDR Symphony Orchestra or the MDR Radio Orchestra, or from other regional orchestras and artists in 5.1. The broadcasts are a co-operation between MDR and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS in Erlangen.
Snapshot added of the Block 12A ensemble MUX DAB+ TAA. The ensemble is transmitting in Trentino with DAB+ versions of services from the national public-service broadcaster RAI. Elsewhere in northern Italy, RAI's services are currently broadcast in "original-flavour" DAB.
Club DAB Italia, Trentino DAB1, DABMEDIA, RAI-RASDAB 10B and RASDAB10D Snapshots updated.
Three new service have popped up on the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB - CRo Radiožurnál, CRo Plzeň and Gama Rádio.
A new service has popped up on the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB. While most other services on the ensemble are using DAB+, CRo RETRO is (appropriately?) using "original-flavour" DAB.
Snapshot of the Polish ensemble EMITEL updated.
Snapshots of the German ensembles Berlin/BRBG 7B and DR Berlin rbb K7 updated.
Bradfrd&Huddersf, Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, North East, Stoke & Stafford, Teesside and Tyne & Wear Snapshots updated.
Kiss is reported to have ceased on many local ensembles, including Aberdeen, Bradfrd&Huddersf, Kent, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, South Hampshire, Sussex Coast, Swansea SW Wales, Teesside and Tyne & Wear.
In Germany, the media regulator in Rheinland-Pfalz, the LMK, has proposed DRM+ as the system to be used for digital radio at the local and community level. According to the LMK's Albrecht Bähr, the system characteristics of DAB+ and a shortage of frequencies make it unsuitable for local broadcasting. (Wohnort: Local DAB+ pilots are already on air in Norway and Denmark. In Denmark, the pilot ensemble is virtually full.) LMK Director Renate Pepper says that in June 2013, the regulator will seek expressions of interest in a Land-wide DAB+ network to be on air by the end of 2014. Thereafter, the LMK will be able to evaluate the prospects for local broadcasters to serve their areas using DRM+. (Wohnort: There are currently no consumer DRM+ receivers.)
In Poland, the ensemble EMITEL is reported to have popped up on Block 12B in Szczecin. Six DAB+ services are reported on air - Polish Radio Jedynki, Dwójki and Trójki, RDC, Radio Kielce and Radio Szczecin.
In Germany, a new Service has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble S-ANHALT. SCHLAGERHÖLLE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
A new Service has popped up on D1 National. Team Rock is broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s. Absolute R 80s and Planet Rock have dropped to Mono at 64 and 80 kbit/s respectively. Classic FM is now broadcasting at the lower bitrate of 128 kbit/s. There is currently more unused capacity on D1 National than was released by the bitrate change of Classic FM.
In Nordrhein-Westfalen, a new Service has popped up on the Block 11D ensemble Radio fuer NRW. RADIO IMPALA is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Freienfeld (Campo di Trens) in Südtirol (Alto Adige) extends coverage of Club DAB Italia as far as the Brenner Pass.
The number of separate regional ensembles that will cover German-speaking Switzerland appears to have been reduced from seven to five. From the latest newsletter of the multiplex operator Swiss MediaCast, the previous regions of Nordschweiz, Zentralschweiz and Basel appear to have been merged into a single region - Nordschweiz. Part of this new region is already covered on Block 9A by SMC D03 N-CH. The other regions, Bern-Fribourg, Ostschweiz, Wallis and Graubünden remain as they were. According to the newsletter, the enlarged Nordschweiz, Bern-Fribourg and Ostschweiz should be completed by the end of 2014, with the remaining two regions to follow thereafter. The same newsletter reports that most regional versions of SRF1 will be broadcast on more than one of the regional ensembles:
Region Nordschweiz: SRF1 versions Aargau-Solothurn, Basel, Zentralschweiz, Zürich-Schaffhausen and Ostschweiz
Region Ostschweiz: SRF1 versions Ostschweiz and Zürich-Schaffhausen
Region Bern-Fribourg: SRF 1 versions Bern-Freiburg-Wallis and Aargau-Solothurn
Severn Estuary and West Midlands Snapshots updated.
Digital One has announced that it intends to bring the new Northern Ireland transmitters into service at Divis, Carnmoney Hill, Derry/Londonderry, Brougher Mountain, Strabane and Limavady in the "late summer".
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has announced that the SIds of some services are changing and advised listeners to perform Auto Scans on their receivers.
In Germany, the Pernod-Ricard-Konzerns, owner of the alcohol brand Absolut Vodka, has begun legal proceedings against Absolut Digital GmbH & Co. KG, operator of the station Absolut Radio, with the aim of preventing the latter from using the word "Absolut". The distillers claim the use of the word leads to confusion between the brands and to possible infringement of protection against minors. The broadcaster says it will defend itself and accuses the distillers of seeking to take ownership of the German language. Were the legal action to succeed, says the broadcaster, other adjectives such as "super", "hyper" or "outstanding" would be at risk of being hijacked by branding monopolies. The broadcaster has launched a petition to the German parliament.
In Italy, the three test services on Club DAB Italia, Program 01 etc, are reported to have ceased.
On South East Wales, the Services Absolute C Rock and Absolute Rad 60s have ceased. The broadcaster has announced that the services will also cease today on Ayr, Coventry, South East Devon and West Wiltshire.
In Belgium, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble RTBF DAB. Test DAB+ craxx is reported to be broadcasting at 48 kbit/s using DAB+.
In Italy, three new services with placeholder labels, Program 01 etc, are reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia.
Swansea SW Wales Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, heat radio has dropped to 80 kbit/s, Mono.
Berks & N Hants, Bristol, Cornwall, South East Devon and South East Wales Snapshots updated.
107.6 Juice FM is now broadcasting on NE Wales W Chesh.
In Germany, the regulator in Thüringen, the Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt (TLM), has advertised capacity on an ensemble that the TLM intends will be operated as an MFN.
Thüringen-Ost: Block 10C
Thüringen-Mitte: Block 9C
Thüringen-Nord: Block 6A
Thüringen-Süd: Block 5B
The TLM says it does not intend to offer capacity separately on the individual frequencies.
Of these, Block 9C is already in service - from Weimar Ettersberg (5kW) and, since April 1st, from Inselsberg (5 kW). Closing date for applications is May 1st 2013.
In France, the regulator, the CSA, has published details of the multiplex operators selected by broadcasters to operate 14 out of the 19 proposed new ensembles for Paris, Nice and Marseilles. In the case of the remaining five, the broadcasters had failed to reach agreement on a multiplex operator. The CSA has also announced that it will send to Parliament details of the proposal to add DAB+ to the official French standards.
MuxCo, the operator of NE Wales W Chesh has announced that Juice FM will be added to the ensemble on April 15th. The Liverpool transmitter at St John's Beacon is expected to be activated on April 17th and the mutliplex will enter official service with events at Wrexham FC and at Juice in Liverpool on April 19th. Until then, the ensemble remains on test with interruptions, periods of reduced power and other effects possible.
Czech multiplex operators České Radiokomunikace, RTI cz and TELEKO have, together with broadcasters Český rozhlas, Gama media (GAMA Radio), Lagardere Active ČR (Radio Frekvence 1), LONDA spol. (Radio Impuls), RADIO PROGLAS and SeeJay Radio, formed a DAB Forum to support and promote the industry's aims, including a firm legislative basis for digital roll-out and the allocation of spectrum in Band III. Currently around half of the population is covered by DAB, but the signals are transmitted in L-band which has inferior propagation characteristics compared with Band III.
The Czech multiplex operator Teleko has announced that on its ensemble TELEKO DAB, Radio Vaticana and the Italian services RTL 102.5, RTL Classic, RTL Groove and RTL ItalianStyle will be interrupted between April 14th and April 18th while satellite receiving equipment is replaced.
A new service has popped up on the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB. Radio FLR is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. At certain times (weekday nights), the programmes of Radio FLR are also broadcast on the existing service 10FM/Country/FLR, which mirrors the time-shared FM frequency 98.2 MHz. Considering it is "just" a pilot transmission, this ensemble in Nordsjælland has filled up nicely, with twelve services being broadcast.
Off-Topic: The director-general of the German broadcaster SWR and the mayor of Stuttgart meet today for the first direct talks about the closure of Stuttgart's famous television tower. A team of experts from the firm Halfkann-Kirchner has been engaged to recommend works necessary to permit a reopening of the tower to the public, which was ordered closed by the city at the end of March, citing concerns about fire safety. The sudden closure by the city's Green mayor has been criticised by the CDU, FDP and SPD parties in the city, and the tower's operator, SWR Media Services, is to consider possible legal action against the city and has challenged the legal basis of the closure. According to a report in the newspaper the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the operator says it is questionable whether the mayor could simply order the tower closed.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved a new service for the national commercial ensemble D1 National. Team Rock will be a rock music station which promises less than 50% of its music during the daytime will "come from songs that have entered the UK Top 50 singles chart or can be reasonably termed as Classic Rock". The latest licensing update from Ofcom reveals that the services Absolute R 80s and Planet Rock will shortly reduce to Mono streams.
In its latest monthly licensing update, the UK regulator Ofcom quotes April 15th as an on-air date for Juice FM on NE Wales W Chesh. This has not yet been confirmed by the multiplex operator MuxCo, who have stated that Juice FM will launch when the transmitter at St John's Beacon in Liverpool is brought into service.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted Digital One permission to extend its ensemble D1 National into Northern Ireland. In its application, Digital One proposed to use six transmitters, at Divis, Carnmoney Hill, Londonderry, Brougher Mountain, Strabane and Limavady. It is expected that these transmitters will go on air within six months.
On the Block 11D Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble Radio fuer NRW, the Service Domradio has switched to using DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster SWR has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 8D. Freiburg Schönberg extends coverage of SWR BW in south-west Baden-Württemberg as far as Basel and neighbouring areas of France along the Rhein valley. Outdoor coverage could possibly include the French city of Mulhouse.
Swiss Mediacast brings a new Block 7D transmitter into service on April 9th. Zürichberg improves coverage of the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02 in and around Zürich.
In Belgium, a fourth DAB+ test service has popped up on the Block 12B ensemble RTBF DAB. Test Premiere + is running at 64 kbit/s. The other three DAB+ services have dropped their bitrates from 80 kbit/s to match.
In Italy, the new transmissions from Paganella on Block 12A appear to be a completely new ensemble, broadcasting national services of the public-service broadcaster RAI in DAB+ and including regional variations for Trentino and Alto Adige. The existing national mux DAB RAI continues elsewhere using "original-flavour" DAB.
Updated listing of the pilot local ensemble in Norway, LokalDAB.no:Oslo. Six audio services are currently being broadcast - five in DAB+ and one in "original-flavour" DAB. A data sub-channel provides an MOT slideshow for Nova Digital, Nova Extra and Oslo Bass.
In Germany, the 1.5 km Petueltunnel in München has been equipped for DAB reception. The national ensemble on Block 5C, the two Bavarian ensembles on Blocks 11D and 12D as well as the local ensemble for München on Block 11C are all broadcast. This is the third tunnel in the city to be equipped. The Brudermühl-Tunnel and the Richard-Strauss-Tunnel were equipped in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The Altstadtring-Tunnel is expected to be next in line for continuous DAB reception.
In Italy, the public-service broadcaster RAI has brought a new transmitter at Paganella into service on Block 12A, serving Trentino.
London 3 Snapshots corrected.
UK TII tables updated. Addition of Northamptonshire local TXs.
The operator of Germany's national ensemble, Media Broadcast, has brought three transmitters into service in Bayern, Sachsen and Thüringen. Würzburg/Frankenwarte, Chemnitz/Geyer and Inselsberg are broadcasting DR Deutschland on Block 5C.
The public-service broadcaster for Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, has brought three new transmitters into service. The ensemble SACHSEN is now broadcasting in Chemnitz on Block 8D from Chemnitz/Geyer. In Leipzig the same multiplex is broadcast on Block 6C, in Dresden on Block 9C. A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 9C. Löbau is operating in an SFN with Dresden-Wachwitz. The ensemble THUERINGEN is now broadcast on Block 9C from an additional site, Großer Inselsberg.
The French website BFM Business reports that the commercial broadcaster NRJ is to contest the CSA's allocation of frequencies and capacity for digital radio. The regulator distributed frequencies and capacity last autumn to a large number of regional and independent broadcasters, despite the non-participation of the national public-service broadcaster and the vehement opposition of the largest commercial broadcasters. Now, one of the non-participants is reported to have challenged the CSA's decision as "illegal" and "precipitate" and claimed there was insufficient consultation beforehand. Given the consultations conducted by the CSA in 2005, 2006 and 2009, the CSA will likely reject the challenge, leading to further legal action.
The regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) has advertised capacity on the four local ensembles. In München and Nürnberg, 54 CUs (one service) are on offer on each ensemble, in Augsburg 360 CUs (six services), while in Ingolstadt 420 CUs (seven services) are available. Closing for applications to the BLM is April 25th 2013.
Off-Topic: Stuttgart's television tower, the Stuttgarter Fernsehturm, the world's first concrete TV tower and a symbol of the city as well as a prototype for later towers built elsewhere, has been closed to the public following safety concerns. The tower was brought into service in 1956 and houses observation decks and a cafe. The sudden closure, ordered by the city on the grounds of fire safety, has been described by the broadcaster SWR as incomprehensible. The head of SWR Media Services, Siegfried Dannwolf, says the tower was renovated two years ago under constant monitoring by the city's fire department. The tower is definitely not a death-trap, he is reported as saying, referring to an utterance by the city's mayor, Fritz Kuhn. Technical discussions between the city and the broadcaster are expected to take place next week.
The service NME Radio, which had been broadcasting an announcement loop since the station closed on March 25th, is reported to have ceased. The service had been transmitted on Berks & N Hants, Bristol, Cambridge, Essex, Norwich, Peterborough, South East Devon and South East Wales.
The multiplex operator Club DAB Italia has brought a new transmitter into service at Plose, extending coverage of the Block 12C ensemble to Brixen/Bressanone. Another site serving Meran was brought into service at the beginning of March.
The service BBC Northampton has popped up on HBB & Northants. The multiplex has been launched in Northamptonshire and is now being broadcast there on Block 10C.
The service NME Radio is reported to have stopped broadcasting. The digital-only service was broadcast on Berks & N Hants, Bristol, Cambridge, Essex, Norwich, Peterborough, South East Devon and South East Wales.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the responses to its consultation on Digital One's proposal to extend coverage of the national commercial multiplex to Northern Ireland. All of the respondents supported the proposition. One response urged Digital One to consider more transmitters than proposed. Given the responses, and the fact that Ofcom has already indicated it is minded to grant the request, the extension appears certain to go ahead. Digital One proposed to bring their transmitters into service within six months of Ofcom approval.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the transmitters Grödnerjoch und St. Leonhard have switched from Blocks 12A and 12D to 10B and 10D, completing the migration process. The anomaly in Mals, with a transmitter on Block 12C to avoid a clash with the Block 12D ensemble in neighbouring Graubünden, is no longer necessary and Mals has been taken out of service.
Service relabellings on NE Wales W Chesh:
Service 1 > Nation Radio
Service 3 > BBC Radio Wales
Service 4 > BBC Radio Cymru
Service 6 > Real Radio Wales
Service 5 unchanged.
The first tests from Block 10C transmitters that will carry HBB & Northants in Northamptonshire have been reported. These transmissions are likely to be intermittent and to be at reduced power for periods and may take place from individual sites in turn.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the transmitter Lajen is the latest to have migrated from Blocks 12A and 12D to Blocks 10B and 10D. The site serves the Grödnertal from Waidbruck as far as St. Peter.
The French media website Radio Actu reports that the broadcasters allocated capacity on Multiplex 1 in Paris have failed to reach agreement on the choice of multiplex operator. The website reports that the regulator will have to launch a new advertisement. The broadcasters on Multiplex 2, on the other hand, are reported to have reached a majority agreement on multiplex operator, and the other broadcasters are reported to have accepted this decision. Radio Actu reports that out of the 19 French multiplexes seeking to choose a multiplex operator, only 5 have failed.
Commercial Radio Australia has launched what it calls a "Regional Awareness Campaign" to support digital radio's expansion into regional areas and to seek a policy commitment from government. The campaign urges listeners to register support by signing an online petition and writing to their MP.
On the Spanish ensemble FU-E, the Service VOCENTO is reported to be carrying the audio of Rock FM, but the label is reported to remain unchanged.
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the Service PUNTO RADIO (shown as ABC Audio on some receivers) is reported to be carrying the audio of Cadena 100, but the label is reported to remain unchanged.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the transmitter Mut is the latest to have migrated from Blocks 12A and 12D to Blocks 10B and 10D. The site serves Bruggrafenamt and the lower Vinschagu.
A new Block 11D transmitter has recently been brought into service in South Wales. Eglwysilan extends and improves coverage of D1 National in the Pontypridd area.
The regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien, has authorised the migration of MEGARADIO BAYERN from the Land-wide Block 12D ensemble Bayern to the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Muenchen and Nuernberg.
On NE Wales W Chesh, Dee on DAB is reported to have replaced Dee 106.3. There may be a new SId as well (tbc).
On NE Wales W Chesh, Service 2 is reported to have been relabelled Dee 106.3.
North West Snapshot updated. Replacement of DAB Guide by EPG+Slideshow (different SId) running at the higher bitrate of 24 kbit/s.
NE Wales W Chesh Snapshot updated.
Bradfrd&Huddersf Snapshot updated. The service Masti has ceased.
Test transmissions of the the new ensemble for NE Wales & West Cheshire, NE Wales W Chesh, have popped up on Block 10D. Six different barker channels are currently being broadcast, labelled Service 1, etc. Being tests, the transmissions are liable to configuration changes, interruptions and periods of reduced power. Snapshot added.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the transmitter at Penegal has migrated from Blocks 12A and 12D to Blocks 10B and 10D. The site serves Bozen (Bolzano), Überetsch, Unterland, Ritten, Schlerngebiet and Nonstal.
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the first five transmitter sites are reported to have migrated from Blocks 12A and 12D to Blocks 10B and 10D: Freienfeld, Kronplatz, Plose, St. Konstantin and Obervinschgau.
In Switzerland, the regulator has issued a call for expressions of interest in operating DAB/DAB+ ensembles at the language-regional, regional or local level. BAKOM says it wishes to establish whether there is a need for further frequencies for digital radio. It is particularly interested in receiving applications from non-commercial broadcasters seeking to broadcast in DAB with restricted service areas, which, as BAKOM points out, is now possible thanks to "new technologies and software solutions". This formulation is interesting as it nods towards the software-based local ensembles being operated in Denmark and Norway. It is not inconceivable that someone may already have expressed an interest in just such an operation, and BAKOM could now be issuing a general call in order to establish a level playing field.
Stoke & Stafford listing corrected.
The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports that the regulator in Austria has published its programme for the next two years but forsees no digital radio licences being issued during that period, unless a potential multiplex operator were able to lease three-quarters of the capacity on an ensemble and demonstrate a viable financial model. The public-service broadcaster ORF and the major private sector broadcasters have shown themselves to be very sceptical about DAB. The transmission provider ORS, however, has proposed a pilot transmission but this has not yet come to fruition.
Test transmissions from the new MuxCo ensemble for NE Wales & West Cheshire are expected to begin midweek.
Use it or lose it, Canadian broadcasters were told. At the end of last year, the Canadian spectrum regulator rescinded the DAB Allotment Plan for the band 1452-1492 MHz (L-band). The regulator had been lobbied for spectrum in L-band by the aeronautical industry, but Industry Canada has decided not to provide a blanket allocation. Instead, the sub-band 1452-1476 has been designated for Aeronautical Mobile Telemetry, but only within a 320 km radius of Downsview (Toronto) and Mirabel (Montreal) Airports. The regulator's designation of the band as a broadcast band will remain and "future use of this band by the broadcasting service will be given full consideration when the policy for the band is revisited".
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB. SeeJay Radio is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
Snapshots of the Irish ensembles DAB Ireland Mux1, DAB Ireland Mux2 and TOTAL-DAB updated.
In France, radio stations awarded capacity on forthcoming ensembles have formed a joint venture company that will assume the responsibility of operating the multiplexes and will be the title holder of the licences from the regulator to transmit them. RadioCoop is an initiative of SNRL, GRAM, Radio Orient, Radio Néo, Fréquences Mistral and of François Jacquin who will be responsible for administration.
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, the Service DR Ramasjang has been relabelled DR Rama / Ultra, coinciding with the launch of a new children's television service, DR Ultra.
Norwegian Snapshots Norge Riks and Agder/Rogaland updated.
In Italy, the public-service multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has announced that its Band III ensembles will migrate in the coming weeks from their present Blocks 12A and 12D to Blocks 10B and 10D respectively. Simultaneously, the L-band services currently transmitted only in Bolzano will migrate to the Band III ensembles where they will be broadcast in DAB+. Block 12D has been allocated to a new ensemble in neighbouring Trento.
The first DAB/DAB+ transmissions have taken place in Thailand, as part of a three-day technology workshop and demonstration in Bangkok jointly organised by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, and the International Telecommunication Union.
The UK multiplex operator MuxCo has announced that its ensemble for Gloucestershire should begin testing in June 2013. The frequency for Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been replanned by Ofcom and that ensemble will now operate on Block 12A when it is vacated by MXR. MuxCo will take over MXR's transmitter at Bromsgrove. Test transmissions are expected to begin in September.
Liverpool Snapshot updated. Removal of XFM.
Two new services have popped up on the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks. Klem FM is reported to be broadcasting at 56 kbit/s in DAB+. RADIO 1 is reported to be running in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The existing service NRJ NORGE has switched to using DAB+ at 56 kbit/s.
In Norway, the public-service broadcaster is conducting DAB+ tests on its national Block 12D ensemble Norge Riks. NRK DAB+ (test) is reported to be broadcasting at 80 kbit/s. Previous DAB+ transmissions in Norway have been confined to a low-power ensemble in Oslo, LokalDAB.no:Oslo.
Media websites in the Netherlands are reporting that the nationwide commercial radio multiplex will launch on September 1st 2013. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C using DAB+ and the first test transmissions are expected from June. An expansion of the public-service ensemble on Block 12C is expected to coincide with the commercial launch.
In Italy, Aeranti-Corallo, which has previously operated pilot ensembles in Bologna and Venezia, has announced that a new ensemble is planned in Trento. The ensemble will be operated by Digiloc s.c.a.r.l., a joint venture between Aeranti and Digital Broadcasting Trentino Alto Adige s.c.a.r.l., comprising a number of broadcasters. According to the announcement, the ensemble will operate on Block 12D, which is also in use by RAS in neighbouring Alto Adige (Südtirol).
In the Czech Republic, the public-service broadcaster Český Rozhlas has expanded its offering on digital radio. Three services that were previously available only online are now available on the ensemble TELEKO DAB. ČRo Rádio Junior, ČRo Jazz und ČRo Plus are broadcasting in DAB+. The latter two appear to be time-sharing a sub-channel. These additional services and an increase in the bitrates of the RTL services implies a reduction in the protection level of some of the existing services.
The Voice of Russia is reported to have popped up on the Block 9A Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH, broadcasting in English in DAB+.
The UK government has published minimum specifications for DAB/DAB+ receivers, both domestic and in-vehicle, which should be capable of receiving DAB and [Wohnort's emphasis] DAB+ Digital Radio broadcasts in the frequency range 174 to 240 MHz. The government intends to introduce a tick mark to be used by manufacturers to indicate receivers that comply with the minimum spec.
The Belgian transmission provider Norkring België NV has issued a call for expressions of interest in capacity on a possible commercial DAB+ ensemble covering the Flemish-speaking region of Belgium. A 15-year licence to operate an ensemble was granted by the regulator in 2010. Now, Norkring says that the launch of the ensemble will depend on the amount of capacity leased. Closing date is March 15th 2013.
It is reported from the Netherlands that the ensemble MTVNL is currently off the air. It is not known whether this is a permanent cessation.
On the UK ensemble D1 National, Jazz FM has switched to using half-rate sampling.
In Denmark, a new Service has popped up on the pilot local ensemble NivaaDAB. Ishockeykanalen is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.
In Berlin/Brandenburg, a new Service is reported to have popped up on Block 7B. Jack FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
A new Service has popped up in Sydney. Star Observer is a gay and lesbian service on air until March 3rd, to coincide with the 35th annual Mardi Gras.
In Australia, a new Service Smoothfm is reported to have popped up on ensembles in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
On the Australian ensembles DAB+ Adelaide and DAB Perth, the service NovaNation is reported to have ceased.
In Germany, one of the services broadcasting on the national ensemble, Absolut Radio, has published a list of new transmitters expected to be brought into operation during 2013.
A new Band III ensemble has popped up in the Czech Republic, a significant new development in a country that until now has used L-band. Pribram is broadcasting on Block 11A. The operator Teleko is authorised to use 1 kW but the transmission is currently 150 W. The mux carries the same services as the existing L-band broadcasts.
The new Block 10D ensemble for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, HBB & Northants, has been officially launched. Four stereo services and two mono services are being broadcast. Snapshot added. The Block 10C ensemble to cover Northants is expected to follow next month.
The operator of the national commercial ensemble in the UK, Digital One, has applied to the regulator for an extension of its licence area to include Northern Ireland. The multiplex is currently licensed to cover only Great Britain. Under Digital One's proposals, transmitters at Divis, Carnmoney Hill, Londonderry, Brougher Mountain, Strabane and Limavady would operate on Block 11D, the same frequency as England and Wales. Ofcom has launched a public consultation on the proposal, with a closing date of March 14th 2013.
On Berlin/BRBG 7B, the Service pure fm dance is reported to have fallen silent.
The regulator in Switzerland, BAKOM, has awarded the licence to operate the forthcoming second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region to Romandie Médias SA. The new ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting on Block 10B in the late summer with 18 radio services, two of which will be Rete Tre und SRF 4 News (in Italian and German repectively) from the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR. Romandie Médias SA is a joint venture between private-sector broadcasters in the region, the broadcaster SRG/SSR and the transmission provider Swisscom Broadcast AG. The BAKOM website has a conceptual map of the eventual coverage area of the new ensemble.
The community radio station in Milton Keynes, MKFM, has announced that it will be broadcasting on the new Herts, Beds & Bucks ensemble HBB & Northants. Test transmissions will begin when the new ensemble is officially launched on the 14th, with MKFM beginning its own full local service at the end of April. MKFM is currently limited to broadcasting just two months each year on FM, but has applied to the regulator for a full-time licence.
The NOW Digital website has added coverage maps for the new ensembles in Herts, Beds & Bucks and Northants.
HBB & Northants Snapshot added.
Coventry and Wolv'ton & Shrop Snapshots updated. Free 80s-Cov and Free 80s-BC are now broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in mono.
Kent Snapshot updated.
Kiss has ceased on Bristol, Coventry and Wolv'ton & Shrop.
On Wolv'ton & Shrop and Coventry, the Services Punjabi Radio and Sunrise Radio have ceased.
In Italy, the German-language service for children, KiRaKa, has popped up on the Südtirol ensemble RAIRASDAB12A, RAIRASDAB12A replacing RADIOJOJO.
In the Czech Republic, Teleko has brought a new transmitter into service on Block LG. Milesovka brings TELEKO DAB to the Ústí region of northern Bohemia. A coverage map is available for download.
The latest edition of the Swiss transmitters directory includes a separate listing of the road tunnels equipped with DAB repeaters.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has announced that each service awarded capacity on an ensemble should have at its disposal 104 "millièmes". According to the capacity each service considers itself to require, it shall be possible for service providers to trade capacity with other service providers on the same ensemble. The text of this CSA decision refers only to the transmission standard T-DMB.
BBC Three Counties Radio, the local radio station for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, has announced on Twitter that it will launch on DAB on February 14th.
The new Block 10D ensemble HBB & Northants is currently broadcasting five services labelled D Love Radio 1 thro' D Love Radio 5, replacing Pop Up Radio. All five services are reported to be broadcasting the same audio.
London 2 and London 3 Snapshots updated.
The first signals from the new ensemble for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire are reported to have popped up on Block 10D. Initial reports suggest that just one service (appropriately) Pop Up Radio is being broadcast on an ensemble currently labelled HBB & Northants.
Snapshot added of the pilot ensemble Btn EXperimental.
Sussex Coast Snapshot updated.
The Bangkok Post reports that the regulator in Thailand, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, plans to begin digital radio trials later this year. A digital radio workshop is planned for March. No system is identified in the report, although it contains a quote identifying Australia as "a good example for Thailand".
In Stockholm, the pilot ensemble Teracom Test has migrated from Block 12D to 12C. 12D is currently the subject of tendering process for commercial licences.
On the national Swedish ensemble SR RIKS DAB, the sub-channel used by P4 Bjallerklang over Christmas is now broadcasting P4 Melodifest, a service devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest that will continue until the May 18th Final in Malmö.
In Hong Kong, programmes have resumed from the Digital Broadcasting Corporation after a hiatus that resulted in the station going off air and ended with the 40 percent stake owned by founder and broadcaster "Taipan" Albert Cheng King-hon along with Morris Ho Kwok-fai and Ronald Arculli going to fellow shareholder Wong Cho-bau. The Hong Kong regulator, the Communications Authority, which has already fined DBC HKD 200,000 for going off air, has warned of "more serious sanctions" if it should happen again.
Snapshots added of the Blocks 12B and 12C ensembles Gibraltar 1 and Gibraltar 2.
A new service has popped up on the Block 10B pilot ensemble in the Australian capital. Canberra 100 is the territory’s Centenary Station and is a collaboration between MIX 106.3 and 104.7, Canberra FM Radio. The service will be on the air until after the official Centenary weekend celebrations conclude on March 12th.
In Australia, a new service, X Digital, has popped up on the Block 9B ensemble DAB Perth.
In the Czech Republic, RTI CZ has brought two new L-band transmitters into service. Klínovec on Block LJ serves Karlovy Vary, while another is operating on Block LD in České Budějovice. One service is being broadcast, Radio Proglas at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.
The website Arcinfo reports that the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region of Switzerland will launch "before the end of summer". The ensemble will be operated by a new company Romandie Médias, a joint venture between the private-sector broadcasters RJB, RTN, RFJ, GRRIF, One FM, Lausanne FM, Rhône FM, Radio Chablais, Radio Fribourg, Yes FM and Rouge FM, the transmission provider Swisscom Broadcast and the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR.
Birmingham, Bournemouth and South Hampshire Snapshots updated.
Snapshot added of the new ensemble Oxfordshire.
On Severn Estuary, the Service Nation 80s has been relabelled Nation Hits!.
The patents relating to the "original" DAB family of standards expired on January 18th in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The patents belonged to a number of different manufacturers and were managed as a "pool" by Philips. The patents expired at different times in different markets. In Australia, Denmark, The Netherlands and a few other countries, the patents had already expired in August 2012. The removal of the costs of these licences should lead to lower prices. There remains a patent in force that applies to DAB+. This has long been the justification cited by some manufacturers for removing DAB+ from products marketed in territories such as the UK where DAB+ was not broadcast. Required for HE-AACv2 and paid to VIA Licensing, only one licence is required per receiver, and therefore an internet-capable receiver that can play HE-AACv2 streams from the internet requires no additional licence for DAB+. A manufacturer producing receivers that can play HE-AACv2 from the internet but nevertheless removes DAB+ from radio reception must have other reasons for doing so. A manufacturer that produces a DAB+ receiver that is not backwards-compatible now does so unnecessarily, if indeed the rationale for doing so was valid in the first place.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has published details of the composition of each of the multiplexes in Paris, Marseille and Nice. The plans speak of 7 ensembles in Paris, 6 in Marseille and 6 in Nice upon which 67 services in Paris, 54 in Marseille and 54 in Nice have been awarded capacity. The CSA has given the service providers until March 15th 2013 to notify the CSA of the companies appointed to operate their respective ensembles. Despite the high number of services awarded capacity, the public-service broadcaster Radio France and the major commercial broadcasters are not participating in these multiplexes.
In Hong Kong, the seven services of DBC have reappeared on the Block 11C ensemble and are currently broadcasting continuous music. The Communications Authority has confirmed an application from the company to resume transmissions. The shareholders have ended legal proceedings in the High Court and DBC is effectively under new ownership without its founder, "Taipan" Albert Cheng King-hon. DBC expects to resume normal programmes on January 28th. Cheng will not be hosting any programmes as he is now involved with an internet station D100 which has received positive feedback from listeners. More...
The German radio website UKWTV reports that a new ensemble has popped up in Warsaw. The transmissions by Info–TV-Operator on behalf of public-service broadcaster Polskie Radio are reported to be on Block 12D from two transmitter sites with ERPs of 10kW and 4kW respectively. The existing Block 7B transmissions by EMITEL (2kW) continue.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the trial Block 12A ensemble in Ireland. Love Radio is reported to be broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo, and at 48 kbit/s in DAB+.
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, Radio 10FM has been relabelled 10FM/Country/FLR. The FM frequency 98.2 MHz that the sub-channel mirrors is now time shared between Radio 10FM and three new FM license holders: Global FM, Halsnæs Country Radio and Radio FLR. Radio FLR is reported to be planning to take a DAB+ channel fulltime in the near future.
On D1 National, the placeholder service Retune to Smooth that was previously Smooth RadioXMAS has ceased.
A second transmission operator is now on air in the Czech Republic. RTI CZ has brought a transmitter into service on Block LM. Vysílač Plzeň is transmitting 2kW ERP in Plzen and currently has one service on board. Rádio Proglas is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshot added of the Block 8A Monaco ensemble MCR. The DAB+ services reported previously have ceased. Just two services are being broadcast currently, both using DMB Radio.
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, Radio Halsnaes has been relabelled Halsnaes/Stina. The sub-channel is now time-shared between Radio Halsnæs and two new license holders, Halsnæs Retro and Radio Stina, who since January 7th have shared the FM frequency 105,3 MHz.
On D1 National, Smooth RadioXMAS has been relabelled Retune to Smooth, effectively taking down D1's Christmas decorations. In Rome, meanwhile, Vatican Radio's Christmas services, RV Natale and RV Natale + are still churning out the carols well after Twelfth Night. Is the Pope not superstitious?
Radio Gold has popped up in DAB+ on the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B.
On London 3 and Sussex Coast, Gaydar Radio has been replaced by Gaydio. On Sussex Coast, the switch is reported to have been accompanied by an increased bitrate to 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.
Snapshot of the Vatican ensemble DMB Vaticano updated. A curious reception situation exists currently in Rome. Block 7B delivers a good signal in the city centre, but a weaker, parallel transmission of the multiplex appears to exist on Block 12D. The higher frequency is strong enough to be detected and stored by a conventional portable receiver, but is usually too weak for any audio to be reproduced. A Microspot RA-318 was used to observe the behaviour of a "normal radio" in the presence of the two signals. If the reception conditions were manipulated to prevent the radio detecting 12D during its "search and store" operation, it would produce audio reliably from the 7B transmission and could switch correctly between the services. In normal use, however, without any special precautions, the receiver would store the unusable 12D versions in preference to the reliable 7B services. Thus, while Vatican Radio's 7B transmission delivers a good signal to the city centre, it is effectively being "jammed" by the signal on 12D. The origin of the 12D signal is not currently known.
Snapshots of the Rome ensembles ClubDAB - RaiWay and CR DAB+ updated.
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble Club DAB Italia updated.
Snapshot of the new Block 10A Italian ensemble Trentino DAB1 added.
Snapshot of the Südtirol (Alto Adige) ensemble RAIRASDAB12A updated.
Bayern, BR Bayern, Muenchen and Muenchen IRT Snapshots updated.
Two DAB+ services are reported to be being transmitted alongside other "original-flavour" DAB services on the new Block 10C ensemble in Brighton, Btn EXperimental. DAB+ was tested briefly on the Stoke & Stafford ensemble several years ago, otherwise, these are believed to be the UK's first transmissions.
On the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, the service RT1 IN THE MIX has ceased.
In the Czech Republic, Teleko has brought a new transmitter into service on Block LL. Liberec - Proseč brings the ensemble TELEKO DAB to an area including Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou.
A new ensemble is reported to be transmitting on the Sussex Coast on Block 10C. Btn EXperimental is reported to be broadcasting five audio services in "original-flavour" DAB.
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