DAB Archives by Wohnort
March 25th, 2013
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N. Ireland Snapshot updated.
On the Block 12A Belgian ensemble VRT DAB, the service Sporza is running at the reduced bitrate of 128 kbit/s.
On the UK ensemble D1 National, Absolute R 80s has returned to 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.
On the UK ensemble D1 National, Absolute R 80s has dropped to 64 kbit/s in Mono (48k). Snapshot updated.
On South Hampshire, Fire Radio has been relabelled Fire Hits Radio.
KISS has popped up on D1 National, broadcasting in mono at 80 kbit/s. The bitrate of Jazz FM has dropped to 64 kbit/s. Smooth RadioXMAS now points to the same audio stream as Smooth Radio UK. Snapshot updated. Currently, Kiss is still broadcasting on the same local ensembles as before.
A new service has popped up on the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB. Global FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. The new service will launch on FM in Frederiksværk tomorrow evening, where it will share 98.2 MHz with Radio 10FM. However the service will broadcast 24h in DAB+ and is on air already.
Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester and Stoke & Stafford Snapshots updated. On Manchester, Kerrang! is running at the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s.
In Italy, a new local ensemble is reported to have popped up in Trento. No further details are known, other than the area covered approximates to Mezzacorona through Trento to Rovereto.
Two new transmitters in Südtirol have been brought into service on Block 12C. Penegal and Paganella bring Club DAB Italia to Trento, Bolzano and the surrounding valleys.
UK TII table updated. Addition of Block 10B from Farthinghoe and Oxford.
RV Natale has popped up for Christmas on the Vatican's Block 7B ensemble in Rome, broadcasting in DAB+.
The new ensemble Oxfordshire has been officially launched. Five services are currently being transmitted at 128 kbit/s.
Following the rebranding of the services of the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, all "DRS.." services have been relabelled as "SRF..".
New services have popped up on Berlin/BRBG 7B. RMNSchlagerhölle and FG_DJ_Radio_BRLN are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
Snapshot of the new Block 7B ensemble Radio Bremen added.
UK TII table updated.
In France, the regulator, the CSA, has announced its choice of services to replace a number who withdrew their candidature subsequent to selection earlier in the year:-
Paris: Goom Hit (local), Ici et Maintenant (local)
Marseille: Emotion FM (intermediate), LCF La Chaîne en français (local), On’R (local)
Nice: Agora Côte d’Azur (extended), Goom Hit (intermediate) et Positive Radio (local)
Five candidates had their selection modified:-
Paris: Radio Notre-Dame (extended) et Ici et Maintenant (local)
Marseille: Ma Génération Radio (intermediate)
Nice: Kiss FM (extended), Radio Azur (intermediate)
(Area of coverage indicated in parentheses)
Gibraltar's two ensembles and their DAB+ services have been launched officially by the Chief Minister in a ceremony at the transmitter site Signal Hill in which a commemorative plaque was unveiled. Digital television was also launched and a switch-off date for analogue TV has been fixed for December 31st 2012. (Is this the shortest transition period anywhere?) No analogue switch-off date has been announced for radio. The Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation's website is very disappointing on the subject. The new transmissions merited only a short report on the news page. The broadcaster's coverage page makes no mention of DAB, while the Engineering page refers to DAB only as something that will happen in the future. The regulator's website is even less exciting.The most recent GRA document on the main Press Releases page, on any subject, is dated March 2nd 2009. The most timely information on the website is the fact that the GRA's offices will be closed for Christmas.
Two additional transmitters have been brought into service for the Block 11C ensemble Sheffield. Ofcom's Technical Parameters show Chesterfield to have been brought into service on November 21st. An on-air date for Ardsley is not yet listed, but a glance at Wohnort's observation on December 17th reveals most of the signal to have been coming from the new site. On that occasion, a good signal was being received on the M62 in the vicinity of Morley.
Oxford 1, Oxford 2, Oxford 3, Oxford 4 and Oxford 5 have popped up on the new local ensemble Oxfordshire.
Tayside Snapshot updated. heat radio now broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s, Protection Level 2.
In Hong Kong, the Communications Authority proposes to suspend the licence of DBC, whose services on the Block 11C multplex have ceased, in contravention of its licence obligations. The suspension of the licence would last for 30 days but DBC is allowed 28 days during which to make representations before the suspension would take effect. If DBC is able to resolve its financial problems, the Authority will consider whether an alternative sanction should be imposed in lieu of licence suspension. The power to revoke the licence altogether rests with the Chief Executive in Council. The Authority has already imposed a HKD 80,000 fine for an earlier cessation of broadcasting. Wohnort adds: As DBC is not currently broadcasting its services anyway, it could be argued that the licence suspension is a moot point. DBC appear, therefore, to have been granted 58 days during which to put their house in order.
Yorkshire Snapshot updated. Replacement of LBC by Gold South Yorks.
Ayr Snapshot updated. heat radio now broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s.
HD Radio is on the air in Canada. The digital signal has popped up in Hamilton, Ontario on the back of CING-FM's 95.3 MHz transmission.
Bradfrd&Huddersf Snapshot updated. heat radio now broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s.
On Glasgow, the packet data service SCORE Data has ceased. Snapshot updated. Addition of The Hits. heat radio now broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s.
In Hong Kong, the Block 11C ensemble has been relabelled DAB+ Hong Kong. The seven DBC services are reported to have ceased. 11 M FINANCE D is reported to be running at 96 kbit/s DAB+.
Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear Snapshots updated. Addition of The Hits and increase in bitrate of Kerrang!.
On the Bavarian ensemble BR Bayern, the service Bayern 2 has switched to using DAB+. Bayern 2 has migrated from the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, and is now being broadcast in DAB+. A DAB+ version of the classical music service *BR-Klassik has popped up broadcasting at 128 kbit/s. An "original-flavour" DAB version of the service remains on Block 12D. There has been extensive relabelling of the other services on BR Bayern.
Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester Snapshots updated. Addition of The Hits and increase in bitrate of Kerrang! on Lancashire and Liverpool. Sussex Coast Snapshot also updated.
The Austrian transmission provider ORS has brought a new antenna into service at the Pfänder. The site is probably unique (anyone?) in broadcasting five DAB ensembles from two different countries (Germany and Switzerland), neither of which is the country (Austria) on whose territory the mast stands. Four of the ensembles have just popped up and share the new antenna, while the Swiss ensemble SRG SSR D01 has used its own antenna for several years from the same site. The Pfänder makes a significant contribution to coverage around the Lake Constance (Bodensee) region, where Austrian transmissions are looking conspicuous by their absence.
Birmingham and Coventry Snapshots updated.
The Hits has popped up on Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear.
In Hong Kong, two new services have popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ by DBC. 11 M FINANCE D and 26 U RADIO MUSIC are broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. Metro had previously sought to delay the start of its service, citing "significant technical difficulties in respect of DAB network coverage and transmission quality which rendered them impossible to provide a satisfactory service". The Communications Authority rejected the request for a delay, observing that Metro had applied on the basis of a transmitter at Mount Gough. "The transmitter at Mount Gough had been completed and six other principal transmitters had also come into operation. This had exceeded the scale of the minimum transmission network as indicated in Metro's licence application." The new services are a welcome development in the territory, where DBC's own services have been broadcasting continuous music following a hiatus earlier in the year. The Authority has imposed a fine of HKD 80,000 on DBC for failing to meet the terms of its licence.
The media regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerischer Landeszentrale für neue Medien, has awarded capacity on the local ensemble Ingolstadt to Radio ND1. The licence runs until April 30th 2015.
The media regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerischer Landeszentrale für neue Medien, has awarded additional capacity available to ROCK ANTENNE, which will allow the service to be broadcast at a higher bitrate.
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has announced that on December 17th, the services BR-KLASSIK and B5 plus will migrate from the Block 12D ensemble Bayern to the broadcaster's own ensemble on Block 11D, BR Bayern. Simultaneously, the services will switch to using DAB+, as will the existing Block 11D service Bayern 2 Sued. An "original-flavour" DAB version of BR-KLASSIK will continue to be broadcast in parallel on Block 12D until March 31st 2013. The broadcaster recommends that listeners perform an Autoscan sometime after midday on the 17th.
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up in England on Block 10B. Oxfordshire is the UK's first new ensemble since Plymouth and Cornwall began transmitting in 2004. The new multiplex is under test and may be subject to interruptions and periods of reduced power prior to entering official public service in time for Christmas.
On the national German ensemble DR DEUTSCHLAND, the service RADIO BOB! is running with a new SId 15DD.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH added. SMC_D02 and SRG SSR R01. Snapshots updated.
Snapshot of the national Swedish ensemble SR RIKS DAB updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the packet data services SR EPG and SR Plus have ceased. Snapshot of the Stockholm pilot ensemble Teracom Test updated.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN. Radio Impala is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
Snapshot added of the Block 11D Budapest ensemble Mux A.
Two ensembles have popped up in Gibraltar on Blocks 12B and 12C. Four DAB+ services are currently being broadcast, two on each ensemble. The transmissions are considered to be tests until December 18th, when the official service begins. One DVB-T mux (Ch 56) and one DVB-T2 mux (Ch 30) have also popped up. Analogue TV is scheduled to be switched off in Gibraltar on December 31st 2012.
In the Netherlands, the operation of the national Block 12C ensemble Publieke Omroep became the responsibility of KPN on December 1st. This was accompanied by an increase in transmission powers generally and the activation of a new transmitter at Alkmaar. However, the 4kW transmitter at Mierlo appears to have been taken out of service, resulting in the city of Eindhoven being virtually unserved. Ironically, Eindhoven was the birthplace of the Dutch giant Philips, one of the largest electronics companies in the world, and the city is an important technological and industrial centre.
On the German Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN, the service Antenne 50plus is reported to have ceased.
The media regulator in Bavaria, the BLM, has advertised capacity for three DAB+ services on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern. The capacity will be released by the migration on 01.04.2013 of the services BR Klassik and B5 plus to Block 11D BR Bayern. The advertisement confirms that it is planned to migrate the Block 12D ensemble to Block 10D in the coming years. Closing date for applications with the BLM is January 15th 2013.
The new regional ensemble for northern Switzerland has popped up on Block 9A. Eight DAB+ services are on board, including three regional versions of the SRG/SSR service DRS 1.
It is reported from the Netherlands that a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C, improving reception of Publieke Omroep in Noord Holland.
It is reported in Germany that the public-service broadcaster Radio Bremen will activate its own ensemble next week.
The public-service broadcaster in Switzerland, SRG/SSR, has announced that the first of the new regional ensembles will be activated at 16:00 on November 30th. The ensemble for Northern Switzerland, including Zürich and Schaffhausen, will operate on Block 9A and be transmitted from Wasserfluh, Baden-Hörndli, Uetliberg und Winterthur.
A group to promote and support digital radio has been founded in Austria, comprising some established private-sector broadcasters and the industrial association FEEI with a membership of more than 300 consumer electronics companies, with the aim of establishing digital radio in the country and broadening the choice for listeners by offering sport, talk, news, classical music, jazz and children's programmes alongside existing services.
The media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Medienkommission der Landesanstalt für Medien (LfM) has awarded capacity on the Block 11D ensemble Radio fuer NRWto
Arqiva, who own the NOW Digital multiplexes, have announced launch dates for their forthcoming ensembles. Oxfordshire will launch in the week before Christmas. The ensembles for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire will launch in the first quarter of 2013. Derby will follow later in 2013.
The operator of the forthcoming ensemble for Chester, Wrexham and Liverpool, Muxco, has been posting regular updates on its website about the progress towards launch. Today's post includes photos of the equipment rack, including multiplexers, GPS clocks and routers. Muxco report that delays imposed by the provision of telecoms prevent them from defining a firm launch date, but say "we can't wait to bring the whole thing to life as soon as we can".
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12A. Montbovon improves reception of SRG SSR F01 in the Gruyère region including Montbovon in Haut-Intyamon and Enney in Bas-Intyamon. The new site is considered to be under test until January 1st 2013, during which times periods of reduced power or interruptions may be necessary.
Wohnort Special Report:
Adieu, backwards compatibility?
Until now, the safest purchase of a digital radio was one that received DAB+. Since the introduction of the newer format, Wohnort's advice has been "if you can buy a DAB+ receiver, do so". A DAB+ radio taken on holiday or business would be able to receive the local services (except in France where DMB-Radio was adopted). Thanks to backwards-compatibility, if you lived in or were visiting the UK, a DAB+ radio would work there also.
Certain manufacturers, notably Roberts Radio along with the many supermarket "own brand" labels, remove DAB+ reception from radios sold in the UK. Pure also do this on some models, though that proportion is decreasing. They all do this to avoid additional royalty payments and do so on the grounds that DAB+ is not transmitted in the UK, therefore you don't need it.
There is no British timetable for switching to DAB+ and brand-new, non-DAB+ receivers are going into listeners' homes every day. It would be a brave broadcaster who would choose to use DAB+ in the UK where so many receivers would produce only silence. Simultaneously, manufacturers justify the non-inclusion of DAB+ by pointing out that there are no DAB+ broadcasts. A classic vicious circle.
However, DAB+-capable Roberts and Pure receivers are on sale in Europe and Australia. Backwards-compatibility ensures that they would also receive the "original-flavour" DAB broadcasts in the UK.
Now, from Australia, comes a disturbing new development. Sangean have introduced a model that is not backwards-compatible. The DPR-65+ is a light, portable radio, ideal for cabin baggage. But the Australian version will not receive "original-flavour" DAB. This is the first such receiver to have come to Wohnort's attention. There are already comments on a product review website from a disgruntled listener who took his Australian radio to the UK, only to discover that it remained stony silent.
Sangean's Australian distributor, CANOHM, told Wohnort "Due to huge price pressures these days, to achieve key price points for this product we had to trim things that weren't needed. So as DAB is not broadcast in Australia it is a royalty we didn't have to pay. So we dropped DAB from the unit."
It is now theoretically possible that you could take a non-DAB+ radio to Australia, realise the problem and buy a DAB+ replacement while you there that then failed to work when you returned home.
But CANOHM also say that this is only true of the "Australian" version of that model. "... we also have stock of DAB/DAB+ units that we supply to those who need them. We just need to be advised to supply the 'Double DAB' version and everyone is happy."
Australian sales literature depicts the DPR-65+ carrying WorldDMB's DAB+ logo. The leaflet makes no mention of there being two versions and although it doesn't claim to receive DAB, neither does it caution that it doesn't.
One manufacturer doubted whether Sangean would be able to avoid the Philips royalty this way. "Unfortunately, for them, DAB+ still requires the DAB function so [...] the transport of the audio is still covered by the DAB patents." An industry source commented that the Philips patent expires soon anyway. Another manufacturer told Wohnort "... it actually means the radios don't meet the Eureka spec - a DAB+ radio has to also include DAB." Jonathan Burrage of Roberts Radio told Wohnort "Roberts products enter international markets with both DAB and DAB+ functionality. We will not change our position as it is imperative that [...] customers feel they are purchasing a product that is not only future proof but also supportive of old formats." Colin Crawford of Pure assured Wohnort "Certainly we won't do it at Pure."
If this doesn't turn out to be a bizarre isolated incident, it would no longer be sufficient to make sure your intended purchase will receive DAB+. You would have to ask whether a portable DAB+ receiver would also receive "original-flavour" DAB in countries such as the UK.
The "simple" task of buying a digital radio may just have become more complicated. Wohnort's list of in-store questions:-
Their website includes a list of certified receivers. Unfortunately, many of these have been produced in special "pan-European" versions for Italy and certain other countries and are not available in all markets, particularly the UK. Coffee in Milan, anyone?
Alternatively, look out for "pan-European" radios on Wohnort and digicomparison.com. These are radios that receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-Radio in both Band III and L-band. As you'd expect, such receivers are often slightly more expensive that the rest.
In Baden-Württemberg, a new antenna has been brought into service at Witthoh, permitting an increase in transmitted power of the Block 8D ensemble SWR BW. The work should improve reception in Singen, Konstanz and elsewhere in the Lake Constance (Bodensee) region.
A new service has popped up on the L-band ensembles in the Czech Republic. SeeJay Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
Listing updated of the Block 12B Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB with the current lineup of test DAB+ services.
The regulator in Denmark has issued a licence for the ensemble DR DAB2 to operate on Block 8B in the south of Jutland. Signals have already been received on Block 8B as far away as the Netherlands, indicating that a migration away from the previously licenced Block 13B may be underway. The website of the regulator shows Block 8A to be intended for the north of Jutland but also that no licence has yet been issued. This suggests DR DAB2 now operating on a three-frequency MFN instead of two. There appears currently to be no mention of any migration on the website of the public-service broadcaster Danmarks Radio.
The regulator in Slovenia has extended by another year the authorisation to transmit the ensemble RTV Slovenija on Block 12B. The new permit runs until November 12th 2013.
The DAB multiplex operator in the Czech Republic, Teleko, has advised listeners to perform a factory reset and retune following a recent reconfiguration related to the expansion of the network.
The Pfänder transmitter site in Austria plays an important role in three countries, being used to broadcast radio and television services for Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The antennae were replaced yesterday in an operation involving four helicopter flights over a period of two hours. The original Band III antennae were replaced with a wide-band antenna which will offer the same polar diagram for multiple DAB frequencies to be transmitted from the site, providing near-identical cross-border coverage in the area around Lake Constance (Bodensee). The UHF antennae were also replaced, permitting additional Austrian DVB-T channels for Mux C (Ch. 55) and for DVB-T2 alongside the existing transmissions (Ch.24 MUX A and Ch.21 MUX B) for Austria and those of Germany and Switzerland. The installation was featured in a report on the ORF bulletin Vorarlberg heute (segment "Antennentausch Pfänder"), which is available to view online for one week.
On D1 National, the service Test A is reported to have ceased. The service had been pointing to the same audio stream as Smooth RadioXMAS.
The UK government's Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, has announced that the government will make a decision about radio switchover next year.
In Switzerland, ERF Plus is reported to have popped up on the Block 7D ensemble SMC_D02.
Seven new services have popped up on the Block 10C local ensemble in Nürnberg. afk max, Hit Radio N1, Radio Charivari 98,6 Nürnberg, Radio F, Radio Gong 97,1 Nürnberg, Radio Z and STAR FM are broadcasting in DAB+
The service WDR 5 has popped up in DAB+ on the Block 11D ensemble in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Snapshots of the Swiss ensembles SRG SSR D01, SRG SSR F01, SRG SSR I01 and SMC_D02 updated.
Snapshots of the Italian ensembles Club DAB Italia, DAB RAI and EuroDAB Italia updated.
On the Block 12A regional ensemble Yorkshire, the Service LBC has been replaced by GOLD UK.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 11C local ensemble Muenchen. ENERGY MUENCHEN is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
On D1 National, the service formerly labelled Test B is now running as Smooth RadioXMAS. The service Test A is still broadcasting and continues to point to the same stream as Smooth RadioXMAS. Snapshot updated.
On SRG SSR F01 in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, the "original-flavour" DAB announcement loops about the migration to DAB+ have ceased.
egoFM is reported to have popped up on the Block 11B ensemble in Baden-Württemberg.
The Swiss Federal Council has given formal approval to the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR to broadcast regional versions of DRS 1 on the forthcoming regionalised layer. The first ensemble is due to begin transmissions in December. The Council has also granted permission to the cable network operators to reduce the number of "Must Carry" television services they carry in analogue form.
On SRG SSR D01 in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, the three "original-flavour" versions of CH-CLASSIC, CH-JAZZ and CH-POP that were carrying a looped announcement about the switch to DAB+ have ceased. The DAB+ versions are now running at 96, 72 and 72 kbit/s respectively.
The BBC is extending its medium-wave switch-off trial to two more local radio stations - Radio Essex and Radio Hereford & Worcester. Two stations whose AM transmitters have already been switched off, Radio Nottingham and Radio Kent, are to have their "trials" extended. In its announcement of the extension, the BBC cites "the low number of response in these areas" [sic].
In Germany, the children's programmes service KiRaKa has begun broadcasting on the Block 9A ensemble in Saarland.
On D1 National, the service Test A has a new SId.
Berlin/BRBG 7B Snapshot updated. Addition of Impala Berlin.
The Republic of Ireland's last remaining analogue television transmitters were switched off this morning, completing the national switch-over to digital. RTÉ reported this evening that around 100,000 viewers were thought to have not yet switched to digital although brisk sales of receivers were being reported in stores. The presence of analogue television broadcasts in Band III meant restrictions to DAB transmitter powers in Wales and Northern Ireland. At the time that the North Wales local licence was advertised, the Irish transmissions were cited as presenting a difficulty in implementing Block 10D over the western portions of the licence area. Subsequent events intervened, of course, meaning that the North Wales ensemble has to yet to go on air at all.
In Hong Kong, the seven services on the Block 11C ensemble formerly provided by DBC are currently broadcasting continuous music. The Hong Kong regulator has announced that it is investigating a possible breach of DBC's licence conditionsa and has invited the broadcaster to make representations.
On the NDR ensembles in northern Germany, the service NDR Musik Plus has been relabelled NDR Blue.
The Netherlands DMB ensemble MTVNL has been observed on an additional frequency, Block 8C, probably originating in Maastricht.
In Switzerland, all services except three on the Block 12A ensemble for the Italian-speaking region, SRG SSR I01, now broadcast only in DAB+. 56 kbit/s "original-flavour" versions of the main three services, RETE UNO, RETE DUE and RETE TRE will continue until 2015. (Wohnort adds: The frequencies page for Rete Uno shows the ensemble for Suisse Romande as operating on Block 12B, whereas it migrated to 12A in 2007.)
Off-topic: The UK's last remaining analogue television transmitters, Limavady, Brougher Mountain and Divis in Northern Ireland, will be switched off along with their relays on October 24th, completing the national switch-over to digital. An unfortunate casualty of the switch is the BBC's teletext service Ceefax, which ceases to be available at the same time, having been broadcast since 1974. Thirty-eight years of service! Its appearance was clunky, especially the graphics, but you could memorise a favourite page number and get there swiftly. Also ending is the practice of broadcasting "Pages from Ceefax" during the night, a rolling selection of pages transmitted in vision accompanied by music. The digital platforms have a text service of sorts, but it's no match for Ceefax. Adieu Ceefax. Wohnort salutes you.
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has brought four transmitters into service on Block 11D. Pfaffenberg, Kreuzberg Ochsenkopf and Grünten will extend and improve reception of BR Bayern in the areas Unterfranken, Oberfranken und Allgäu.
In Germany, the Bavarian regulator, the BLM, has awarded capacity on the local ensemble Ingolstadt to Radio Galaxy Ingolstadt. The service will broadcast in DAB+ and will begin transmissions at the same time as the "original-flavour" DAB services on the ensemble switch to DAB+, expected during the first half of 2013.
In Switzerland, all services except three on the Block 12C ensemble for the German-speaking region, SRG SSR D01, now broadcast only in DAB+. A 48 kbit/s half-sampling rate stream is shared by the former "original-flavour" DAB services CH-CLASSIC, CH-JAZZ and CH-POP with an announcement about the switch. The services that continue to be available also in "original-flavour" DAB are DRS 1, DRS 4 NEWS and DRS MUSIKWELLE. The instance of DRS 4 NEWS+ transmitted on the Block 7D ensemble SMC D02 has ceased.
It is reported in Germany that Radio Bremen is to begin broadcasting in DAB+, possibly as early as February next year. The news, yet to be confirmed officially, is significant because Radio Bremen, Germany's smallest regional public-service broadcaster, is the only one not already broadcasting in any kind of DAB, and because it would be happening despite severe financial pressures at the station.
Snapshot of the Czech L-band ensemble TELEKO DAB updated.
In Switzerland, all services except two on the Block 12A ensemble for the French-speaking region, SRG SSR F01, have switched to using DAB+. The change involves six services switching mode and the original-flavour version of CH-Classique ceasing following a period of being broadcast in both formats. The ensemble SRG SSR D01 for the German-speaking region will switch similarly on Wednesday 17th and the ensemble for the Italian-speaking region SRG SSR I01 will follow suit next week.
Peterborough snapshot updated. Relabelling of Heart.
Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of The Wireless, removal of UBC Digital.
The South China Morning Post reports that the seven DAB+ services produced in Hong Kong by the Digital Broadcasting Corporation have stopped broadcasting. The company had been looking for new investment. There have been comments locally that their programmes, critical of the mainland government, may not have helped their financial situation. Other services on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ by DBC are understood still to be on the air.
The Danish government has announced details of its future media priorities, including decisions about radio broadcasting. If more than 50% of radio listening is digital by mid-2018, then the government will consider shutting down FM by the end of 2019. It is possible that local non-commercial broadcasters may get exemption. Also under consideration is a possible swop of the roles of the DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 ensembles and a switch to DAB+ in 2013. Taken together, depending upon the outcome of a technical study, these changes would permit the public-service broadcaster DR to transmit all of its services, including regional offerings, on a single regionalised layer of coverage using Blocks 11C and 13B. The operation of the nationwide ensemble on Block 12C that would then be used by the commercial broadcasters may be offered to the private-sector.
The French regulator, the CSA, has authorised test transmissions in Band I using DRM+. Radio Agora Côte d’Azur is authorised to broadcast on 60 MHz in Nice from October 1st 2012 to March 31st 2013.
The Bavarian radio station Mega Radio has announced that it will launch in Berlin/Brandenburg [on the Block 7B ensemble] on October 25th.
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the licenses of the local ensembles Lancashire and N. Ireland, operated by Bauer Digital Radio Ltd. The new licences will expire in September 2025.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the dates on which licences of the regional ensembles operated by MXR will expire:-
Switchdigital have confirmed that their Central Scotland ensemble is unaffected by MXR's decision to close its regional ensembles in England and Wales. The Scottish licence was renewed in June 2012 and will come into effect in July 2013, running until July 2025.
In Belgium, Bel RTL has announced that it and Radio Contact are broadcasting test transmissions using DAB+ from October 1st to November 19th on the Block 12B ensemble serving the French-speaking community.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has published a list of the radio services selected to broadcast on ensembles for Paris, Marseilles and Nice - 68 in Paris, 54 in Marseille and 54 in Nice, and all without the participation of Radio France or the large commercial groups. The CSA expects to deliver the formal authorisations before the end of the year.
A new service has popped up on the L-band ensemble in the Czech Republic, TELEKO DAB. CRo 1+ is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The bitrate of the "original-flavour" DAB service CRo WAVE has been reduced to 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo, and the bitrate of the DAB+ service RTL 102.5+ has been reduced to 64 kbit/s.
The media regulator in Sweden has received applications for 26 licences for commercial radio services to be broadcast on national and regional ensembles. All of the major commercial radio groups applied for capacity - MTG radio, SBS Radio and NRJ. A financial and technical review of the applications will now take place, and the 8-year licences to be decided will commence on January 1st 2013.
On Sussex Coast, the service Juice Digital has been replaced by Smile Sussex, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono.
WorldDMB reports that Global Radio has reached agreement with Bauer Media for "the carriage of all their stations on their local multiplexes for the next 12 years". Bauer operates the ensembles Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear. According to the same report, Ofcom has "confirmed" that the spectrum to be vacated by regional multiplex operator MXR will be used in the planning of the buildout of local DAB coverage.
In Germany, the local variation of the service Bayern 1, B1 Muenchen, has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble Muenchen, broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
Snapshot of the Block 12D German ensemble Bayern updated.
A new DMB TV service has popped up on the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL. SBS6 is running at 320 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
South East Wales Snapshot updated.
Bristol Snapshot updated.
London 3 daytime Snapshot updated.
The UK radio website Radio Today reports that the operator of regional ensembles in England and Wales, MXR, has decided not to reapply for its licences when they come up for renewal. The regulator Ofcom has yet to announce whether it will readvertise the licences, or use the frequencies for some other purpose.
In Berlin/Brandenburg, the Block 7B service Radio Lux Berlin is reported to have become Radio iX.
In Germany, new coverage maps for Bayern show the transmitter site Pfänder being brought into service for the Block 11D and 12D ensembles during the 4th quarter of 2012. On Block 12D, Pfänder will replace Kinberg. The Pfänder is in Austrian territory and should lead to fortuitous overspill in the west of Austrian land Vorarlberg, particularly Bregenz, and in the north-east corner of Switzerland. On the Block 11D ensemble operated by the public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, additional transmitters are planned for the 4th quarter at Ochsenkopf, Grünten, Kreuzberg, Büttelberg and Bamberg.
On the pilot ensemble in Stockholm, Teracom Test, the service NRJ has been relabelled Lugna Favoriter.
A new Service has popped up on London 3. The Wireless is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s.
The public-service broadcaster in Switzerland SRG/SSR has announced that a new transmitter will be brought into service on Block 12C on September 28th. Wildberg Tössegg will improve reception of SRG SSR D01 in Turbenthal and Zell. The new site will be considered to be under test until November 1st.
The public-service broadcaster the Saarländischer Rundfunk has announced that the children's service KiRaKa, produced by fellow public-service broadcaster WDR, will be broadcast in Saarland on the Block 9A ensemble from the beginning of November. The service will include programmes produced by the Saarländischer Rundfunk.
The media regulator in Baden-Württemberg has awarded capacity on the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW to egoFM.
A new Service, ANTENNE BAYERN, has begun broadcasting on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, using the former SId of ANTENNE Top 40, which is now running with a new SId.
In Hanoi, two ensembles previously broadcasting on Blocks 9D and 10A have ceased. An ensemble on Block 10B, previously labelled VTV DMB2, is now labelled OTT ENSEMBLE and carries one DMB TV service, VCTV3.
A new service has popped up in Malta. KISS is broadcasting in DAB+.
The Swedish public service committee has delivered its report on the future regulation of broadcasting in Sweden to the Minister of Culture. About 40 of its 400 pages are devoted to digital radio. Among the committee's proposals:-
On Berlin/BRBG 7B, Radio D1 Berlin is reported to have become Radio Lux Berlin.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for the Land Sachsen-Anhalt, MDR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11C. Kapaunberg extends coverage of the ensemble S-ANHALT to Magdeburg.
Radio XL is reported to have popped up at 64 kbit/s in mono on the regional Block 12A ensemble West Midlands, completing its migration from local Block 11C ensemble Birmingham.
The French regulator, the CSA, has authorised the experimental DAB+/DMB-R transmissions in Nantes and Lyon to continue until December 31st 2012. The regulator has also authorised a temporary service on the Block 11B ensemble in Lyon. Radio Lumière, broadcast by the Institut Lumière pour le cinéma et l'audiovisuel, is licensed to broadcast until October 31st 2012..
In Germany, the NDR ensemble for Niedersachsen has popped up on Block 11B from Braunschweig Drachenberg. The broadcaster's coverage maps have been updated to show the additional coverage. Four frequencies are now being used to cover Niedersachsen, which will permit regional variations to be broadcast: Block 6A from Visselhövede, 6D from Hannover/Telemax, 11B from Braunschweig/Drachenberg and Block 12A from Steinkimmen.
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has announced that it will not reserve capacity on the ensembles currently being advertised in Paris, Marseille and Nice for the public service broadcasters Radio France and Radio France International, but does not exclude their future engagement in digital radio. According to the announcement, the government is seeking to relieve the broadcasters of the additional costs of parallel transmission (FM and DAB). The decision means the entire capacity being advertised should be available to the applicants. The government is concerned that while in Paris it is possible to receive 50 or so radio stations on FM, for one third of the French population, the choice is only around 10. The government hopes that digital radio will allow this imbalance to be corrected.
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has announced that it will shortly authorise the transmission standard DAB+. The government envisages that this will co-exist alongside the standard already authorised, T-DMB (DMB-R). The announcement reveals that the government still considers digital radio to be a matter for experimentation, in that its decision "will enrich the period of experimentation in offering two technical paths for digital radio with their particular costs and modes of operation". For the time being at least, a basic DAB+ radio will not suffice in France in order to receive all the services available. A device also supporting DMB-R will continue to be necessary.
In France, all DAB/DAB+/DMB-R transmissions have ceased in Paris and Marseille while the regulator, the CSA, considers the responses to the advertisement of capacity that took place in June. 178 applications were received, 3 more than for the previous advertisement. This increase was despite the fact that certain large commercial broadcasters withdrew their applications at the last minute. The CSA expects to reach a decision and award licences before the end of the year, ready for a start of broadcasting in the first quarter of 2013.
In Denmark, a trial of the new transmission standard DVB-T2 Lite is taking place in Copenhagen. One of the proposed uses of the standard is for digital radio but currently the transmission is reported to be carrying just a TV channel. The trial is taking place on Block 9D.
The operator of Germany's national ensemble, Media Broadcast, has brought five new transmitters into service on Block 5C at Magdeburg, Braunschweig Drachenberg, Koblenz, Sibbesse and Göttingen.
On the Block 12B Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB, Nostalgie+Test 1 and Nostalgie+Test 2 have replaced DAB+ Test C and DAB+ Test D, and are reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 and 128 kbit/s respectively.
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. Radio D1 Berlin is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
On the UK local ensembles Birmingham, Coventry and Wolv'ton & Shrop, the Gold services have become Free Radio 80s.
A new L-band transmitter has been brought into operation in the Czech Republic. Cerna hora brings TELEKO DAB on Block LH to central and eastern Bohemia, including Hostinné, Jilemnice, Svoboda nad Úpou, Trutnov and parts of Vrchlabí.
On the Australian ensemble DAB+ Darwin, each of the Protection Levels from 1 to 4 is being used by at least one service. Snapshot updated.
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, Absolut Radio is reported to have sprouted a Journaline service.
Snapshot of the UK regional ensemble West Midlands updated. The service Sanjhi Awaz has ceased.
On the UK local ensemble Birmingham, the service RADIO XL is reported to have ceased. It is expected to pop up on the regional ensemble West Midlands in due course.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster WDR has announced that the Block 12D ensemble in Nordrhein-Westfalen is to migrate to Block 11D on Wednesday August 29th.
In Switzerland, a new transmitter is to be brought into service on Block 7D on August 31st. Frick Frickberg will extend and improve reception of the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02 in an area including Frick, Stein Säckingen, Laufenburg, Bözen and Herznach. The new transmitter will be considered to be under test until entering official service on October 1st.
The BBC has switched off the programme feeds to the mediumwave transmitters of four local radio stations in England. The switch-off is a 5-week trial to gauge listener reaction and is a likely prelude to long-term reductions in medium and longwave transmission, announced in the BBC's cost-saving strategy "Delivering Quality First". The local radio stations affected by the trial are BBC Radio Kent (774kHz and 1602kHz), BBC Radio Lincolnshire (1368kHz), BBC Radio Merseyside (1485kHz) and BBC Radio Nottingham (1584kHz). References to the AM frequencies have been removed from the web pages of three of the stations, with only BBC Radio Merseyside still listing its 1485 kHz AM frequency alongside DAB and FM.
Snapshot added of the experimental ensemble in Erlangen, Germany, LIKE_IIS.
There will be no immediate start to DAB+ in Austria. A call for expressions of interest initiated by the regulator KommAustria in June narrowly failed to reach the required level of 12 qualified applicants. According to an announcement by KommAustria, a third of the applicants were unable to fulfill the financial and legal pre-conditions.
With the ending of the Olympic Games, the main network services on BBC National DAB have returned to 128 kbit/s. The packet data services have reappeared. Today's Snapshot shows the configuration when BBC R5LiveSportX is not running.
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Erlangen, Germany on Block 6A. LIKE_IIS is reported to be broadcasting one DAB+ service bit eXpress at 96 kbit/s.
In Germany, RADIO SALUE is reported to have popped up on the Saarland ensemble SRDR, broadcasting using DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
The Australian regulator, the ACMA, has extended by 12 months the licences for the DAB+ trials in Canberra and Darwin.
BBC News reports that in the UK, digital radio now accounts for one third of all radio listening.
On the local ensembles Bristol and South Hampshire, the service The Breeze has ceased.
On the local ensemble Manchester, the service ASR Networks has ceased. Snapshot updated.
On the Block 12D German regional ensemble Bayern, the service Radio Galaxy has switched to broadcasting in DAB+.
In Germany, the migration of DR HESSEN from Block 12C to 11C is underway.
On the test ensemble in south east Ireland, TOTAL-DAB, the services Sunshine 106.8 and talkSPORT have ceased. A number of the other services have new SIds.
The Berlin dance music station Pure FM has announced that it will resume broadcasting in DAB+ on October 1st. Pure FM broadcast in DAB+ last year, coinciding with the 2011 IFA.
In Germany, the public service broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk has announced that it will bring transmitters into service on August 1st at Habichtswald and Rimberg, bringing coverage of the Block 7B ensemble hr Radio to north and central Hessen respectively. The broadcaster has published a Coverage Prediction map for the enlarged transmission area.
The public service broadcaster in Switzerland has improved coverage of the Block 12A ensemble SRG SSR F01 in and around Lausanne with the bringing into service of a new transmitter at Lausanne Bellevaux and increase in the radiated power of the existing transmitter at Lausanne Renens. The changes should also improve reception in Prilly, Renens (VD) and Ecublens (VD).
The public service broadcaster in Bavaria has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11D. Ismaning extends and improves coverage of Bayern BR to the north-east of Munich, as well as reinforcing reception in the city itself. Seven further sites are to be brought into service this year, at Ochsenkopf, Pfaffenberg, Kreuzberg, Büttelberg, Bamberg, Grünten and Pfänder.
The temporary service Boat Radio is reported to have ceased on local ensembles in southern England.
An ensemble with three services is reported to be broadcasting in Monaco on Block 8A.
D1 National Snapshot updated. The services Test A and Test B point to the same subchannel.
A new service has popped up on the Block 12B ensemble BBC National DAB. BBC R5L Olympics is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The bitrates of the main stereo networks have dropped to 112 kbit/s, with the exception of BBC Radio 3, which, when observed, was running at 192 kbit/s. The data services have ceased. Snapshot updated.
The media regulator in Bayern has extended until October 31st 2019 the licence of the service Antenne Bayern to broadcast on the Land-wide ensemble Bayern. Antenne Bayern is expected to switch to using DAB+ by October 1st 2012 at the latest.
The media regulator in Bayern has extended until October 31st 2018 the licence of the service Radio Galaxy to broadcast on the Land-wide ensemble Bayern. Radio Galaxy is expected to switch to using DAB+ on August 1st 2012.
The media regulator in Bayern has awarded capacity to the local ensemble Muenchen toRadio Energy München, Radio Arabella, 95,5 Charivari Radio, Lora, Radio Feierwerk, Net.FM, Christliches Radio München und afk M94,5 München. Transmission should begin by November 30th at the latest. Some of the services on the ensemble will share capacity.
The media regulator in Bayern has awarded capacity to the local ensemble Nuernberg to Hit Radio N1, Radio F, Jazztime Nürnberg, Radio Gong Nürnberg, Radio Charivari, StarFM, Radio Z and afk max. Transmission should begin by October 31st at the latest. The licences for Energy Nürnberg und VilRadio have been extended.
Snapshots of the Baden-Württemberg ensembles DRS BW and SWR BW updated.
London 1 and London 2 Snapshots updated.
Following on from the news that the French regulator, the CSA, had received 178 applications for capacity on forthcoming ensembles in Paris, Marseille and Nice, the CSA has announced that 176 have been ruled admissable:-
RNT1-A-003. ― Association World Radio Paris (World Radio Paris)
RNT1-A-009. ― Association Radio Soleil (Radio Soleil)
RNT1-A-010. ― Association Radio Notre-Dame (Radio Notre-Dame)
RNT1-A-011. ― Association ANPHI (Vivre FM) (temps partagé)
RNT1-A-012. ― Association ANPHI (Vivre FM) (temps plein)
RNT1-A-013. ― Association Fréquence protestante (Fréquence protestante)
RNT1-A-014. ― Association Programme associatif radiophonique d'intérêt social (Fréquence Paris Plurielle)
RNT1-A-015. ― Association Radio Aligre (Aligre FM)
RNT1-A-016. ― Association Une radio étudiante à Paris (Radio Campus Paris) (temps plein)
RNT1-A-017. ― Association Une radio étudiante à Paris (Radio Campus Paris) (temps partagé)
RNT1-A-019. ― Association Fédération des associations berbères (NRB)
RNT1-A-020. ― Association Vive Paris Capitale (Merci Paris)
RNT1-A-021. ― Association Radio Espace (Espace FM)
RNT1-A-022. ― Association Les Antennes de la relève (Néo)
RNT1-A-023. ― Association Fréquence India (Fréquence India)
RNT1-A-024. ― Association Radio Enghien (IDFM)
RNT1-A-025. ― Association Le carré de Chine (Radio Mandarin d'Europe)
RNT1-A-040. ― Association Centre culturel Alma (Clin d'œil FM 106.1)
RNT1-A-045. ― Association Junior (Radio Junior)
RNT1-A-051. ― Association Agora FM (Agora FM)
RNT1-A-054. ― Association RCT Cap Sao (CapSao)
RNT1-A-070. ― Association Paroissiale de Carros (Fréquence K)
RNT1-A-079. ― Association Diffusion de tout moyen de communication (Radio libertaire)
RNT1-A-080. ― Association Radio Pays (Radio Pays)
RNT1-A-082. ― Association ADEJM Radio JM (Radio JM)
RNT1-A-084. ― Association Dialogue la radio des chrétiens de Marseille (Dialogue RCM)
RNT1-A-092. ― Association franco-arménienne de communication (AFAC) (AYP FM) (zone de Paris)
RNT1-A-094. ― Association Horizon 92 ― Diva FM (Diva FM)
RNT1-A-097. ― Association Radio Lina Marseille Méditerranée (Radio Lina)
RNT1-A-101. ― Association Arts Musiques et Cultures méditerranéennes (Radio Panorama)
RNT1-A-105. ― Association RCF Méditerranée (RCF Méditerranée)
RNT1-A-110. ― Association pour la promotion de l'information et de la communication (APIC) (77 FM)
RNT1-A-112. ― Association Galère (Radio Galère)
RNT1-A-115. ― Association Yvelines Radio (Yvelines Radio)
RNT1-A-119. ― Association Grimaldi FM (Grimaldi FM)
RNT1-A-120. ― Association Ici et Maintenant (Radio Ici et Maintenant)
RNT1-A-123. ― Association Son e Resson occitan (Radio Lenga d'Oc)
RNT1-A-125. ― Association des amis de la compagnie Richard Martin et du théâtre Axel Toursky (Radio Grenouille)
RNT1-A-129. ― Association pour le développement de la culture d'outre-mer et son expression artistique en métropole (ADCOMEAM) (Radio Culture Outre-Mer)
RNT1-A-139. ― Association Radio fréquence Mistral (Fréquence Mistral)
RNT1-A-144. ― Association Pays d'Aix Associations (Radio Provence Associations)
RNT1-A-145. ― Association 02 Ter (Radio Tèr)
RNT1-A-147. ― Association RCF Nice Côte d'Azur (RCF Nice Côte d'Azur)
RNT1-A-148. ― Association Rencontres citoyennes à Marseille (Féminin Pluriel)
RNT1-A-152. ― Association GARLABAN (Radio Garlaban)
RNT1-A-156. ― Ass. Communiquer par le numérique (Annonces et Chansons)
RNT1-A-157. ― Association RACIF (RACIF)
RNT1-A-158. ― Association des médiateurs d'Ile-de-France et leurs amis (Seine FM)
RNT1-A-163. ― Association RAJE Marseille (RAJE Marseille)
RNT1-A-166. ― Association Santé totale (Radio 74)
RNT1-A-167. ― Association Radio FRTV (Radio FRTV)
RNT1-A-169. ― Association Fréquence Sud (Fréquence Sud)
RNT1-A-170. ― Association MPlusM (Music Plus Movie) (Séquence FM)
RNT1-A-171. ― Association Prométhic (Radio Ethic)
RNT1-A-172. ― Association Radio Maria France (Radio Maria)
RNT1-A-173. ― Association RAJE Paris (RAJE Paris)
RNT1-A-174. ― Association RAJE Nice (RAJE Nice)
RNT1-A-175. ― Association Médias Forum 77 (Vallée FM 98.4)
RNT1-A-176. ― Association Radio Chalom Nitsan (Radio Chalom Nitsan)
RNT1-A-177. ― Association La Ciotat Evénementielle (La Ciotat fréquence Nautique)
RNT1-A-178. ― Association Radio Zinzine (Radio Zinzine)
RNT1-A-179. ― Association Radio Source de vie Lyon (Essentiel Radio)
RNT1-A-180. ― Association Radio espace Mercantour (Radio Oxygène)
RNT1-A-181. ― Association Roya Animation (Radio Vallée)
RNT1-A-182. ― Association Soleil FM (Soleil FM)
RNT1-A-183. ― Association franco-arménienne de communication (AFAC) (AYP FM) (zones de Marseille et Nice)
RNT1-A-184. ― Association rencontre amitié ― radio Gazelle (Radio Gazelle)
RNT1-A-185. ― Association Block Out Music (Block Out Radio)
RNT1-B-001. ― SARL KFM (Kiss FM)
RNT1-B-005. ― Association pour la communication juive (Radio J)
RNT1-B-006. ― Association fonds social juif Unifié (RCJ)
RNT1-B-007. ― Association pour le progrès et la diffusion des cultures juives (Judaïques FM)
RNT1-B-009. ― SAS Radio Trafic FM (Radio Vinci Autoroutes Sud)
RNT1-B-015. ― SA Sud Radio services (Sud Radio)
RNT1-B-016. ― SAS RTV Multicom (Voltage)
RNT1-B-018. ― SA Ado FM (Ado)
RNT1-B-019. ― SAS Radio latina (Radio latina)
RNT1-B-022. ― SARL Groupe France Maghreb communication (France Maghreb)
RNT1-B-023. ― SARL Euromedmultimedia E3M (Urban Hit)
RNT1-B-024. ― SAS Ouï FM (Ouï FM)
RNT1-B-025. ― SARL MVBS (Music Box)
RNT1-B-026. ― SAS Alfa Diffusion (Radio Alfa)
RNT1-B-027. ― EURL RNB Paris (Racines FM)
RNT1-B-028. ― Association Radioweb Banlieue Sud (Otoradio)
RNT1-B-030. ― SARL Radio Emotion (Emotion FM)
RNT1-B-031. ― SARL Nice Music (Nice Radio)
RNT1-B-036. ― Association Tropical Evénement (RCO Numérique)
RNT1-B-038. ― SARL Direct Line (Radio Golfe d'Amour)
RNT1-B-042. ― SARL Jazz développement (Jazz Radio 2)
RNT1-B-044. ― SAS SPRCM (Générations 88.2)
RNT1-B-046. ― SARL Lyon Media Sport (Hit et Sport)
RNT1-B-062. ― SAS Canal 9 (Chante France)
RNT1-B-064. ― SARL Eurocontact (Evasion)
RNT1-B-066. ― SARL Radio Monaco (Radio Monaco)
RNT1-B-068. ― SA Martigues Communication (Maritima)
RNT1-B-070. ― SAS Intercom 13 (Radio Star)
RNT1-B-073. ― SARL LVP (Radio Shalom)
RNT1-B-076. ― SARL Canal Sud Corsica (Alta Frequenza)
RNT1-B-077. ― SARL Midiradios (Mistral FM)
RNT1-B-084. ― SARL Tropique FM (Tropiques FM) (zone de Paris)
RNT1-B-086. ― SARL Cannes Radio Diffusion (Radio Azur)
RNT1-B-088. ― SARL. 7 FM (Fréquence 7)
RNT1-B-091. ― SARL RTS FM (RTS FM)
RNT1-B-093. ― SARL MAS Productions (Latitude FM)
RNT1-B-094. ― SARL Compagnie de radiodiffusion numérique de Provence (Radio des Isles)
RNT1-B-095. ― SARL Compagnie de radiodiffusion numérique de Paris (Radio des Isles)
RNT1-B-096. ― SARL Compagnie de radiodiffusion numérique de Côte d'Azur (Radio des Isles)
RNT1-B-100. ― SARL Alto (DICI Radio)
RNT1-B-101. ― SAS Est Communication (Top Music)
RNT1-B-103. ― Ass. Zéro Six (Zéro Six)
RNT1-B-104. ― SARL Tropique FM (Tropiques FM) (zone de Marseille)
RNT1-B-105. ― SAS FG Music Dévelopment (FG Chic)
RNT1-B-106. ― SARL EFMedias (EFM)
RNT1-C-034. ― SARL Quinto Avenio (Skyrock)
RNT1-C-035. ― SARL Media Leader (MFM Radio Méditerranée)
RNT1-C-038. ― SARL Jazz France 2 (Jazz Radio)
RNT1-D-001. ― SAS Eléphant (Radio Eléphant)
RNT1-D-002. ― SAS FG Concept (Radio FG)
RNT1-D-003. ― SAS Jenioos Media (R. 2O)
RNT1-D-004. ― SARL Paris Imparator Media Groupe (Paris Imparator FM)
RNT1-D-005. ― SARL Radio 105 France (Radio 105 France)
RNT1-D-006. ― SAS AW Radio (Ma Génération Radio)
RNT1-D-007. ― SAS Control Channel (Radio Public Santé)
RNT1-D-011. ― SAS Crooner international (Crooner fréquence numérique)
RNT1-D-012. ― SA La radio de la mer (La radio de la mer programme Ouï FM)
RNT1-D-013. ― SA Cofiroute (Mobilité)
RNT1-D-014. ― SAS Go On Media (Positive Radio)
RNT1-D-015. ― SAS Go On Media (Goom Hit)
RNT1-D-016. ― SAS Go On Media (Goom Radio)
RNT1-D-017. ― SAS RML (Latina FM)
RNT1-D-018. ― SARL Medi 1 France (Medi 1 France)
RNT1-D-019. ― SARL Intensité (Ado)
RNT1-D-022. ― SAS Radio Classique (Radio Classique)
RNT1-D-023. ― SAS Radio Classique (Intégrale Classique)
RNT1-D-024. ― SAS Radio Classique (Easy Classique)
RNT1-D-026. ― SARL TSF Jazz (TSF Jazz)
RNT1-D-027. ― SARL Radio Nova (Radio Nova)
RNT1-D-028. ― SARL BRTV (Antinea Radio)
RNT1-D-036. ― SAS Ouï FM (Ouï FM)
RNT1-D-042. ― SARL Promofestival (Coast to Coast Radio USA)
RNT1-D-043. ― SARL Music Box Country Rock (Music Box Country Radio)
RNT1-D-044. ― SAS Alfa Diffusion numérique (Radio Alfa France)
RNT1-D-048. ― SAS Aime C2 (Beur FM)
RNT1-D-049. ― SARL NORSUCOM (France Maghreb 2)
RNT1-D-050. ― Ass. Evangile et Evénementiels en France (EVE in France)
RNT1-D-051. ― SA Africa Media (Africa n° 1)
RNT1-D-053. ― SA Vortex (Skyrock)
RNT1-D-054. ― SARL Radio Monaco (Radio Monaco)
RNT1-D-055. ― SAS Links (Vitamine)
RNT1-D-056. ― SARL Turbo Musik (Turbo Musik)
RNT1-D-057. ― SAS TIQAP (Cinéradio)
RNT1-D-059. ― SARL Jazz France (Jazz Radio)
RNT1-D-060. ― SAS Regroupement des radios musulmanes de France ― Radio Orient (Radio Orient)
RNT1-D-061. ― Fondation Radio Espérance (Radio Espérance)
RNT1-D-062. ― SARL Générations 2 (Générations 2)
RNT1-D-063. ― SARL Canal Smile (Canal Smile)
RNT1-D-064. ― SA MFM Développement (MFM Radio)
RNT1-D-065. ― Association Comité de défense des auditeurs de radio Solidarité (Radio Courtoisie)
RNT1-D-066. ― SAS Positive Media Bureau (2RF Radio Russie France)
RNT1-D-067. ― SARL Futuvision Media France (LCF La Chine en français)
RNT1-D-068. ― SA Trace TV (Trace Radio)
RNT1-D-069. ― SAS Chandelle Productions (Sarbacane)
RNT1-D-070. ― EURL Paname (Paname)
RNT1-D-071. ― SARL Ouï FM Numérique (Ouï FM Collector)
RNT1-D-072. ― SARL RMF (Lounge Radio)
RNT1-D-073. ― SA Euronews (Euronews)
RNT1-D-074. ― SARL Chante France Développement (Chante France)
RNT1-D-075. ― Association UCB France (Phare FM)
RNT1-D-076. ― SARL Tropique FM (Tropiques FM) (zone de Marseille)
RNT1-D-077. ― SARL Tropique FM (Tropiques FM) (zone de Paris)
RNT1-D-078. ― SARL Forum Production (Meteo Life)
RNT1-D-079. ― SARL Générations RNT (Générations RNT)
RNT1-D-080. ― SAS Onde numérique (On'R, la radio de toute la famille)
RNT1-E-001. ― Association Comité de défense des auditeurs de radio Solidarité (Radio Courtoisie)
RNT1-E-002. ― SA Sud Radio Services (Sud Radio)
RNT1-E-008. ― EURL Sud Radio + (Sud Radio +)
Snapshots of the ensemble Bayern and the local ensembles Augsburg and Muenchen updated.
Snapshot of the Block 12C ensemble DR HESSEN updated.
Snapshot of the Block 11A Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble DRS RP updated.
The public-service broadcaster in Switzerland, SRG/SSR, has announced that the next phase of the conversion from DAB to DAB+ will take place in October. From October 15th, all services on the Block 12A ensemble in the French-speaking region, apart from La 1ère and Option Musique, will be available only in DAB+. From October 17th, all services on the Block 12C ensemble in the German-speaking region, apart from DRS 1, DRS Musikwelle and DRS 4 News will be broadcast only in DAB+. On October 22nd, all services on the Block 12A ensemble in the Italian-speaking region, apart from Rete Uno, Rete Due and Rete Tre, will switch to using only DAB+. The announcements, in French, German and Italian, do not specifically mention Graubünden, where an ensemble operates on Block 12D, but a German-language announcement on the Romansch version of the SRG/SSR website contains a German-language announcement that only DRS 1, DRS Musikwelle and DRS 4 News will be available in "original-flavour" DAB from October 17th.
On London 1, Sunrise Radio is now broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 128 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the Danish ensemble DR DAB2. radio100 is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. NOVA fm is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 128 kbit/s.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Nuernberg. Energy is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
The operator of the national German ensemble, Media Broadcast, has brought a new Block 5C transmitter into service at Freiburg. As a result of recent additions to the transmitter network in Baden-Württemberg, coverage is now virtually continuous up the Rhine valley as far as Switzerland and reception has already been reported in parts of Basel. Fortuitous overspill means German DAB+ transmissions can also be received in neighbouring parts of France, including Strasbourg.
A one-day pop-up service, Key 103D, has been running on the local ensemble Manchester, to mark the bringing into service of the Sutton Common transmitter.
Two new services have popped up on the Block 9C local ensemble Augsburg. HITRADIO RT1 and RADIO FANTASY are broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The Service Fantasy Aktuell is reported to have switched to DAB+ and be broadcasting at 72 kbit/s.
The UK Government, the BBC and commercial radio operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that forsees £21 million new investment in radio infrastructure. Under the agreement, local DAB coverage will be built out to match the FM equivalent over a period of five years. The Memorandum also commits the Government to a decision on radio switchover in 2013. According to the Communications Minister, the UK regulator Ofcom will form a joint planning group to produce the technical and implementation plans for radio switchover. According to one of the multiplex operators involved, Muxco, five new local ensembles should launch within 18 months, at Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcester and North East Wales and West Cheshire (Muxco) and in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire (Arqiva).
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble DR HESSEN. Antenne 50plus is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
A new ensemble has popped in Ireland on Block 12A. Three services are currently being broadcast - each one in both DAB and DAB+ versions. Further services are expected to be added shortly. These are classified as test transmissions with an expected initial duration of one year.
On London 2, the services THE HITS, KERRANG! and UCB Gospel are reported to have ceased.
In the UK, Global Radio has acquired GMG Radio from Guardian Media Group plc. GMG Radio operates Real Radio, made up of five regional stations based in Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, the North West and Wales, and Smooth Radio, which operates both nationally via DAB and through six FM stations operating in London, Glasgow, the North West, North East, the West and East Midlands. The takeover also means that MXR will be 88% owned by Global and 12% by Arqiva. The acquisition is subject to regulatory review, a likely consequence of which would be changes in areas such as Nottingham, where one group would control more than the permitted number of services.
The media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen, the LfM, has received six applications for DAB+ capacity on a forthcoming Block 11D ensemble:-
Boat Radio has been confirmed to be broadcasting on Sussex Coast.
The operator of the national German ensemble, Media Broadcast, has confirmed that Block 5C transmitters at Baden-Baden, Fulda, Gießen-Dünsberg and Pforzheim have been brought into service.
UK TII table updated.
Boat Radio, is reported to have popped up on South Hampshire.
The UK regulator Ofcom has re-awarded the Leeds multiplex to Bauer Digital Radio Ltd. The new expiry date is May 30th 2025.
Leicestershire Snapshot updated.
A new service, Boat Radio is reported to have popped up on Essex.
Birmingham Snapshot updated.
A new service, Boat Radio, is reported to have popped up on Kent.
On London 1, the service Real Radio XS has ceased.
London Snapshots updated.
Kerrang! has popped up on London 1, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. KERRANG! is continuing to transmit currently on London 2. The Hits has popped up on London 1, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. THE HITS is continuing to transmit currently on London 2, but the audio consists of a retuning announcement. heat radio on London 1 is now broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 80 kbit/s in Mono.
A new service has popped up on the Block 12C ensemble, DR HESSEN. planet radio is broadcasting at 72 kbit/s in DAB+.
On Leicestershire, the Service A Plus is reported to have been relabelled Sanskar Radio. On Birmingham, the Services Chill and Sunrise Radio are reported to have ceased.
The French regulator, the CSA, has announced that it received 178 applications for capacity on the multiplexes in Paris, Marseille and Nice. This is an increase of 3 over the number that responded to a similar offer of capacity in 2008 and is in spite of the decision by four large broadcasters to withdraw their applications at the last minute.
On London 3, the Service The Arrow - Rock is running at the reduced bitrate of 96 kbit/s and is now broadcasting in Mono.
The Dutch transmission provider KPN has been awarded the contract to build and operate the DAB(+) transmitter network for the public-service broadcaster NPO. The network will be rolled out in three phases, with the first phase replacing the existing network by December 2012. In the second phase, up to 14 additional sites will be added to achieve national coverage. In the third phase up to 24 extra sites will be added to achieve indoor coverage. The new contract runs until September 1st 2023. A switch from the current "original-flavour" DAB to DAB+ is likely during the life of the contract.
It is reported from Poland that the DAB multiplex launches coinciding with the Euros will not take place. The public service broadcaster is reported to be faced with a financial shortfall.
Four commercial broadcasters in France are reported to have withdrawn their applications for capacity on multiplexes in Paris, Nice and Marseille. According to reports, Lagardère, NextRadio TV, NRJ and RTL announced, in a joint statement through the Bureau de la Radio of which they are members, their intention to concentrate on radio over IP. A group of independent radio broadcasters, meanwhile, has announced that its members intend to apply for the capacity for 12 services that has been vacated by the Bureau de la Radio broadcasters and accuse them of seeking to prevent the modernisation of radio and any increase in the choice of services available to listeners. [Wohnort adds: If the independents follow through with their stated aim of taking up the relinquished capacity, the decision by the larger broadcasters could actually have the effect of broadening choice and thus making the DAB/DAB+/DMB-R platform more attractive to listeners, while simultaneously denying themselves access to it.]
The Swedish regulator has advertised capacity on two nationwide layers of DAB coverage. Each layer will consist of 34 SFNs, and the regulator is inviting applications from national broadcasters, whose services would operate in all 34 areas, from regional broadcasters who would operate in a number of areas, and from local operators, who would operate only in their area.
The operator of the Block 12A ensemble London 2, UTV DAB, has announced that a temporary music station will be transmitted from July 20th to August 12th. The International Radio Festival will broadcast a mix of Swiss and British music radio shows.
On the Block 12C ensemble Severn Estuary, Bay Radio has been replaced by Nation 80s, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono.
On the Block 12B ensemble K12 THUE, DRadio Dok/Deb and DRadio Wissen have switched to using DAB+. DEUTSCHLANDRADIO is reported to be running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s, still using "original-flavour" DAB.
On the German local ensemble Nuernberg, the Service Pirate Gong is reported to have switched to broadcasting in DAB+.
In London, the Service Chill is reported to have migrated from London 1 to London 3 and LBC News 1152 to have migrated in the opposite direction.
The Austrian regulator has published the promised call for expressions of interest in broadcasting in DAB+. Should sufficient expressions of interest be received, the regulator will begin the formal process of advertising capacity.
The operator of Hong Kong's Block 11C ensemble, DBC, has brought a new transmitter into service at Castle Peak, extending and improving coverage in the western parts of the territory, including the north of Lantau Island to the south, including Tung Chung, and Yuen Long to the north. The geography of the area makes it likely that the new site also puts a signal into Dachandao, Mawan and Chiwan in mainland China.
The operator of the national German ensemble, Media Broadcast, has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 5C, at Bielefeld and Osnabrück. Further new transmitters are expected this year, beginning with Baden-Baden, Fulda, Gießen-Dünsberg and Pforzheim next month.
The Austrian regulator has authorised test transmissions on Block 6A from the Pfänder, a site that would cover the three-country border area Austria/Germany/Switzerland. The licence is valid for 12 months, beginning from October 1st 2012.
In Germany, the regional media regulators have given "a green light" to a second national multiplex. In an interview with the magazine Meinungsbarometer, Dr. Gerd Bauer of the Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten (DLM) says that he believes an on-air date of the beginning of 2013 to be possible. The spectrum regulator, the BNetzA, must first allocate frequencies, but Dr Bauer believes that a second multiplex could be constructed using three frequencies to cover the entire country.
The Austrian reglator is to conduct a survey next month of broadcasters to establish the level of interest in broadcasting in DAB+. At present there are no multiplexes operating in the country. Should the survey reveal sufficient interest for a national multiplex, KommAustria will begin the formal process of advertising capacity.
Switzerland has already announced that no further FM frequencies will be licensed. Now, the regulator BAKOM is reported to be studying scenarios under which radio broadcasting could transfer entirely from FM to DAB+ in 2019. That is the date when the existing local and regional FM licences would otherwise have to be renewed.
The French regulator, the CSA, has published the timetable for forthcoming advertisements of capacity for digital radio in 20 French cities. The first will be for Strasbourg and Mulhouse, to be advertised next month. The complete list reads as follows:-
Snapshots of the Danish national ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 updated.
On D1 National, the Service Amazing Radio has been relabelled Test A. Snapshot updated.
The transmission provider Arqiva has announced it has been awarded a contract to design and build DVB-T and DAB multiplexes for Gibraltar. The DAB ensembles will operate on Blocks 12B and 12C and the new TV and radio networks are expected to be on-air by the end of the year, allowing Gibraltar to switch off analogue television by that time. There are currently no plans to switch off FM radio in Gibraltar.
On the Block 12D ensemble in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Radio fuer NRW, the Service WDR Event appears to have become a part-time service, ceasing overnight.
Snapshot added of the experimental Danish local ensemble NivaaDAB.
The media regulator in Bayern, the BLM, has awarded capacity on the Block 9C local ensemble Augsburg to hitradio.rt1 and Radio Fantasy. The services are authorised to broadcast in DAB+ until April 30th 2015.
The BBC has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 12B. Shaftesbury extends coverage of BBC National DAB in North Dorset. Knott Farm, near the Tebay Services, extends coverage to a significant length of the M6 motorway.
On D1 National, the Service Jazz FM National has been relabelled Jazz FM.
On the Block 11C ensemble Muenchen, the Service MagicStar DAB+ has been relabelled * MagicStar *.
Berlin Snapshots updated.
In Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, the Service MDR KLASSIK is now broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
Three services from commercial broadcasters have popped up on the Block 11B ensemble in Baden-Württemberg, DRS BW. bigFM WorldBeats, LiveRadio and Schwarzwaldradio are broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each.
A new ensemble has popped up on Block 6D in Lyon. VDL Lyon is broadcasting 13 audio services - 1 in DMB-R and 12 in DAB+. Snapshot added. The existing ensemble on Block 11B is also labelled VDL Lyon.
The UK regulator Ofcom's report to government on DAB Coverage Planning has been published.
The Swiss public-service broadcaster, SRG/SSR, has announced that a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. La Sagne extends coverage of SRG SSR F01 in and around La Sagne and Les Ponts-de-Martel. The new site should be considered to be under test for about one month, with interruptions and periods of reduced power possible.
The licence for Norway's second national ensemble has been awarded to Norkring, who already operate the first national ensemble. The outcome was determined by auction and the licence runs until 2031.
The media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen, the LfM, has advertised DAB+ capacity for private broadcasters on the regional ensemble once it has migrated to Block 11D. While other parts of Germany have switched to DAB+ and are operating a regular public service, Nordrhein-Westfalen is stuck in test mode and is advertising the capacity as a pilot to investigate the "conditions and possibilities along with the acceptance and effects of the introduction of DAB+". One third of the capacity on the ensemble is being advertised, with 54 CU per service provider. The pilot, on a mux to be shared with the public-service broadcaster, WDR, is to last until July 31st 2014 after which time, the LfM intends to allocate an ensemble for private broadcasters. Closing date is June 25th 2012.
Bristol, Cornwall, Leeds, South East Devon, Teesside and Tyne & Wear Snapshots updated.
The Swiss public-service broadcaster, SRG/SSR, has announced that a new transmitter will be brought into service on Block 12A on April 30th. Ins Schaltenrain will extend coverage of SRG SSR F01 in and around Ins Schaltenrain. The new site should be considered to be under test for about one month, with interruptions and periods of reduced power possible.
Muxco has announced that the local DAB ensemble for Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool will launch in November 2012. Muxco has signed a 12-year contract with VDL, who will provide transmission services. This is VDL's second signing in the UK following Switch London earlier this year. The ensemble will operate on Block 10D from Moel-y-Parc, Wrexham Rhos and St.John’s Beacon and will broadcast BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, 107.6 Juice FM, Nation Radio, Real Radio and Dee 106.3.
Swansea SW Wales and West Wiltshire Snapshots corrected and updated.
Severn Estuary Snapshot updated.
On Wolv'ton & Shrop, the Service Gold - Wolves has been relabelled Gold-Black C'try.
The Canadian media regulator, the CRTC, has renewed the licences of a clutch of DAB services, despite the fact that none of them are broadcasting. In fact, so far as Wohnort is aware, there is no longer any DAB at all in Canada. The CRTC has announced that it does not intend to renew the licences a further time when the latest extensions expire on August 31st 2012. The CRTC states that it will use this grace period to contact the licencees to ask them if there are any grounds for considering further renewals of these non-existant services. In effect, this appears to be one "last and final call" for broadcasters to use L-band spectrum, a resource for which Industry Canada is sure to be able to find takers.
Snapshot of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL updated.
In Germany, Digital Radio Südwest has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 11B. Heilbronn-Schweinsberg extends coverage of the ensemble DRS BW in the north of Baden-Würrtemberg.
On Bristol, The Breeze has a new SId. The original SId has been relabelled RescanforBreeze.
On South Hampshire, the Service The Breeze is reported to have been relabelled RescanforBreeze, while a new version (new SId) of The Breeze has popped up.
Off-Topic: Analogue television transmissions have ceased from Crystal Palace, the main transmitter site for London and arguably the most important in the country. The site began transmitting analogue television in 1956, when it took over from Alexandra Palace. It continues to be the main television site for London, but from today in digital form only. The areas of the UK still served by analogue television are the eastern half of the Meridian region (south east England), which will switch in May/June; Tyne Tees in north east England (September) and Northern Ireland (October). If all goes according to plan, the final UK analogue TV transmission should be on October 24th 2012.
London 1 Snapshot updated - Choice FM relabelled Choice.
The operator of Switzerland's second-layer ensemble, SMC-D02, has announced that a new transmitter will be brought into service at Zürichberg on April 30th. The new site will reinforce and improve reception in an area already served by Uetliberg and Bachtel. A further site is scheduled to be brought into service at Frick AG on August 31st.
Coventry Snapshot updated - mercia relabelled Free Radio; reduction of Absolute C Rock to 64 kbit/s Mono; addition of Absolute Rad 60s.
The public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, has announced that its plans for a national sport radio service, ARD Sportradio, have been abandoned. It had been planned to use the new service to carry the UEFA Euro 2012 games and would have been offered to the other regional public-service broadcasters for transmission on DAB+ ensembles around the country. The latest move follows criticism of the plans from the VPRT, a grouping of some of Germany's commercial broadcasters. "Business as Usual" in Deutschland.
Birmingham and Wolv'ton & Shrop Snapshots updated. brmb and beacon relabelled Free Radio-Bham and Free Radio respectively. West Midlands Snapshot updated.
In Germany, a new Block 5C transmitter is reported to have popped up at Braunschweig. The new site will be under test currently and may be liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.
On the local ensemble Muenchen, the service DELUXE RADIO has ceased.
The public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, has announced that its special-events service WDR Event, is to carry the UEFA Euro 2012 games and will be promoted as "Event. Das ARD Sportradio" and be offered to the other regional public-service broadcasters for transmission on DAB+ ensembles around the country. The VPRT, a grouping of some of Germany's commercial broadcasters, has called for the service to be banned. "Business as Usual" in Deutschland.
The French government has launched a consultation on the proposed adoption of DAB+ as one of the official technical standards for digital radio in France. The move is in response to a request from the regulator, the CSA, for DAB+ to be adopted alongside DMB-A (aka DMB-Radio or DMB-R). This would permit the broadcaster to choose the standard most suited to their requirements. Using DAB+ also permits more services to be transmitted on an ensemble and thus reduces the cost per service. The consultation closes May 20th 2012.
In Norway, the right to construct and operate until 2031 a network using the country's second-layer national frequency is to be determined by an online auction. The network will operate on Block 11A throughout the country, with the exception of East Finnmark, where Block 12A will be used. The auction is intended to be service and technology neutral, although the transmissions should be compliant with GE06 and the Media Authority has specified that the majority of the multiplex should be used for broadcasting. The auction will open on April 25th at 12:00 and end at 14:00 on April 26th. Only pre-registered bidders may participate. The highest bidder will win, and must pay the amount bid in its entirety.
The Swiss regulator, BAKOM, has issued the licence to operate the third, regional layer of DAB+ coverage in German-speaking Switzerland to SwissMediaCast (SMC). Seven regional ensembles will be brought into service to cover, Basel, Bern-Freiburg-Solothurn, Wallis, Zentralschweiz, Graubünden, Ostschweiz and Zürich-Aargau-Glarus-Schaffhausen. According to the announcement, work is expected to begin in November 2012, with a projected on-air date for the first ensemble (Zürich-Aargau-Glarus-Schaffhausen) not now expected until March 2013. Under the terms of the licence award, SMC is expected to bring two further ensembles into service each year, with the third-layer coverage to be complete by June 2016.
The Station Moved placeholder, that used the former SId of XFM, has ceased on Manchester. It is likely that similar instances may have ceased, or be about to cease, on other ensembles.
The German national ensemble's transmitter for Heilbronn is reported to have popped up on Block 5C.
The Service Absolut-relax is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble DR HESSEN, running at 72 kbit/s in DAB+.
The new Block 11D transmitter for Augsburg is reported to have popped up as planned.
The Netherlands ensemble MTVNL has popped up on Block 9C in Eindhoven. The transmitter is reported to be operating on low power currently.
The production of regionalised versions of SWR2 appears to have ceased. The same service is reportedly being transmitted on the DRS and SWR ensembles in Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz. On all three ensembles, the common service is reported to have the SId (D3A2). On FM as well as DAB, the services SWR2 BW and SWR2 RP have both become SWR2.
The Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève reports that the English-language service World Radio Switzerland, produced by public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR, is threatened with either closure or privatisation. The service, intended for reception within Switzerland, is broadcast on FM in Geneva and on DAB throughout the country. In a Statement, SRG/SSR says "The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation is currently reviewing all of its radio and television stations [...] Several possible scenarios are being considered and no decision has been made as to the future of WRS.”
In its latest newsletter, World DMB reports that in Poland, the national public broadcaster Polskie Radio and four regional public radio stations (Radio Wroclaw, Radio Gdansk, Radio Poznan and Radio dla Ciebie), are preparing the launch of a DAB+ public multiplex. The intention is to broadcast in the four cities where the Euro 2012 football matches will be played - Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan.
The commercial radio station in the Black Forest, Schwarzwaldradio, has announced that it will begin broadcasting on the Block 11B ensemble in Baden-Württemberg on May 6th 2012, making it receivable over a much wider area than its present FM coverage.
A new transmitter for the national German ensemble DR Deutschland is reported to have been brought into service in Ulm.
On the Block 10C local ensemble Nuernberg, the Service Vil Radio is reported to have switched to DAB+.
On South East Devon, Pop Up Radio has ceased, making room for The Voice.
The German broadcaster Absolut Radio has announced that its service Absolut Relax will begin broadcasting on DAB in Hessen on Friday April 6th at noon.
The public-service broadcaster in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, MDR, has announced that from May 7th 2012, its service MDR Klassik will switch from "original-flavour" DAB to DAB+. The website Radiowoche reports that in Autumn 2012, the transmitter Kapaunberg will be brought into service with an ERP of 10 kW, restoring DAB/DAB+ coverage to the north of Sachsen-Anhalt.
The ensemble formerly on Block 12D in Berlin has migrated to Block 7B. The services on the ensemble, now labelled Berlin/BRBG 7B, have switched to using DAB+.
An Irish company, DB Digital Broadcasting, has announced that it intends to begin a DAB/DAB+ Trial on June 1st. The ensemble, expected to operate on Block 12A, will cover three cities - Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The company's website already has coverage prediction maps.
The North Devon local station The Voice has announced that it will begin broadcasting on DAB from April 2nd. Wohnort understands that the ensemble South East Devon will continue to operate as a single multiplex across the whole of the county, albeit on two frequencies, with the consequence that The Voice will be available on DAB in the Exeter/Torbay region as well.
The oldies station Antenne 50plus has announced that it has been granted capacity on the forthcoming Block 11C DAB+ ensemble for the Rhein-Main area of Germany. Although the station reports that the decision was reached at the regulator's meeting on March 26th, the LPR Hessen's own press release from the meeting makes no reference to such a decision.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter on Block 12B. BT Tower improves reception of BBC National DAB in central London.
The operator of the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12, Media Broadcast, has announced that the ensemble will migrate to Block 7B on April 1st and will switch to using DAB+. Transmissions will come from Alexanderplatz with an ERP of 7kW. Listeners are being advised to perform a receiver rescan when the change has taken place. Media Broadcast states that it is in negotiations with other service providers and that additional services are expected "in the coming weeks".
The Swiss public-service broadcaster, SRG/SSR, has announced that a new transmitter will be brought into service on Block 7D on March 30th. Langnau i.E. will extend coverage of SMC_D02 in Langnau i.E., Zollbrück and Signau. The new site will be considered to be under test until May 1st.
The operator of Germany's national multiplex, Media Broadcast, has announced 18 new transmitter sites, to be added to its network during Summer 2012. The new sites should join together some of the "island" patches of coverage, linking the large conurbations and Autobahn routes. Media Broadcast extimates that the population coverage should rise from 38 million to 42.3 million.
Phase 1: Braunschweig Brotsem, Ulm, Heilbronn
Phase 2: Osnabrück, Bielefeld
Phase 3: Habichtswald, Gießen, Fulda, Rimberg, Baden-Baden, Pforzheim, Freiburg
Phase 4: Koblenz, Eifel, Sibesse, Göttingen
Phase 5: Magdeburg Kapaunberg, Braunschweig Drachenberg
A new transmitter is to be brought into service on the Block 11D ensemble in Bavaria. Augsburg Hotelturm is expected to enter service on April 5th.
South Korea listings revised. Snapshots of regional ensembles added.
In the Netherlands, the additional transmission of the radio service 3FM that is broadcast on the ensemble MTVNL, is reported to have begun using DAB+, running at 32 kbit/s. This is reported to be the first use of DAB+ in the Netherlands. The service continues to be broadcast in "original-flavour" DAB on the Block 12C ensemble Publieke Omroep.
The French business website Les Echos reports some movement on digital radio in France. The regulator, the CSA, expects that stations in Paris, Marseille and Nice, who were selected to broadcast on digital radio in spring 2009, should finally receive authorisation to begin broadcasting later this year. The CSA also aims to advertise, this year if possible, capacity in twenty cities. Les Echos reports that these developments come despite the opposition of the largest commercial radio groups (RTL, Europe 1, NRJ and NextradioTV), but have the support of the public-service broadcaster Radio France and the Sirti, whose members include independent commercial and community radio stations. The regulator also hopes that the standard DAB+ will be adopted by then, undermining one of the principal arguments of the largest broadcasters, the cost of using France's official standard, DMB-R.
Two additional services are reported to have popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12. SWRinfo and Radio Paradiso are reported to be broadcasting at 192 kbit/s using "original-flavour" DAB.
A second instance of the Service Classic 21 is reported to have popped up on the Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB. The new instance is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s using DAB+, in parallel with the existing transmission at 160 kbit/s in "original-flavour" DAB. Audio of Classic 21 has previously been used for DAB+ test services. Now the service is explicitly labelled as a DAB+ version of Classic 21.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted twelve-year extensions to the licences of the following local ensembles: Bristol, Coventry, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, South East Wales, Tyne & Wear and Wolv'ton & Shrop.
London 1, London 3 and Essex Snapshots updated.
A new Service has popped up on the regional ensemble Bayern. Absolut relax is running at 72 kbit/s using DAB+.
A large-scale "Retune" is understood to be imminent in the UK, affecting Capital, Heart, Choice, XFM, LBC and Kiss. Because of the size and scope of the operation, individual details will not be posted in the news page, but the ensemble listings will be updated with the latest information.
The media regulator in Bayern, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM), has awarded additional capacity to the Service Magic Star. The 60 CU now allocated, instead of the previous 54 CU, will allow the Service provider to broadcast additional data and enable an improved sound quality. The DAB+ Service is broadcast on the local ensembles Augsburg, Muenchen, Nuernberg and Ingolstadt.
The operator of Germany's national ensemble, Media Broadcast, has confirmed that the remaining Block 5A transmitters in the western parts of the country will migrate to Block 5C on March 2nd. Following the changes at Saarbrücken-Schoksberg, Heidelberg Königsstuhl, Mainz Kastel, Frankfurt and Feldberg/Taunus, the ensemble DR Deutschland will operate as a Single Frequency Network throughout the country.
[Wohnort: With the probable exception of Daun on Block 12A.]
Two additional Services are reported to have popped up on the local ensemble TDF_Marseille. Hot Mix and Lenga D'OC are reported to be broadcasting at 88 kbit/s using DAB+.
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced that two new transmitters are in the process of being brought into service on Block 7D. Braunwald will extend coverage of coverage of SMC_D02 in and around Linthal in canton Glarus. Reuenthal Ried will extend coverage to Koblenz (CH), Leibstadt and Döttingen, all in canton Aargau. The transmitters will be considered to be under test until the beginning of April.
The BBC has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12B. Trencreek improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around Newquay in Cornwall.
In the Netherlands, the ensemble MTVNL has popped up on Block 12B in Utrecht.
A new Service has popped up on the experimental local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB. Radio Halsnaes is broadcasting at 88 kbit/s in DAB+. In Hundested, Radio Halsnaes shares the FM frequency 104.5 MHz with Radio HLR, but using their own separate suchannels on NivaaDAB, both stations are able to broadcast 24h a day.
New services have popped up on the low-power ensemble EBU/UER, on air in Geneva for EBU Radio Week. Nashvillage, Lemixx and Uzic are broadcasting in DAB+.
The media regulator in Hessen has awarded capacity on the forthcoming ensemble for the Rhein-Main area to the service RadyoTürk. The service will use DAB+. The LPR Hessen expects the new ensemble to begin broadcasting early this year.
A new Service has popped up on the experimental local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB. Interviewkanalen broadcasts interviews with musicians, singers and other Danish celebs, 24 hours a day. It is a loop channel, and each interview is either 30 or 60 minutes long. When all the interviews have been broadcast, it starts over.
UK TII tables updated.
A low-power ensemble is on air in Geneva, coinciding with the EBU Radio Week. EBU/UER is currently broadcasting five services in DAB+ on Block 10A - Fréquence Banane, Open Broadcast, Maxxima, Backstage and Cat purr.
Snapshot of the Block 12A ensemble in Sachsen updated.
Test transmissions have been reported in North Devon on Block 10C, ahead of the official launch of the extension of the South East Devon ensemble to the north of the county.
The regulator in Saarland has advertised capacity on the Block 9A ensemble SRDR. Up to 216 CU are being made available by agreement between the regulator and the Land's public-service broadcaster, the Saarlandischer Rundfunk. Closing date for applications is February 24th 2012.
The Swiss regulator BAKOM has invited expressions of interest in capacity on a future third, regionalised layer of ensembles that together would cover the German-speaking region of the country. The regulator has released eight Band III allotments for the purpose of providing a platform to broadcasters not seeking to cover the entire German-speaking territory. It expected that the ensembles would operate as mixed public/private multiplexes with the public-service broadcaster using capacity to broadcast regional versions of its radio news. Further progress would depend on the level of interest. Closing date is the end of February 2012.
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced that three new transmitters are to be brought into service on Block 7D on January 31st. Engi GL will improve coverage of SMC_D02 in Elm, Schwanden and Glarus. Orvin will extend coverage into an area including Biel and Lüscherz. Höfen will serve an area including Thun, Spiez, Wattenwil and Beatenberg. The new sites will be considered to be under test during February, before entering official service on March 1st.
Two new services have popped up on the experimental local ensemble in the Danish town of Nivaa. RadioHLR and Radio 10FM are each broadcasting at 88 kbit/s using DAB+.
The Danish website Radionyt reports that the public-service broadcaster's service DR Nyheder., which was due to cease on DR DAB2 on January 31st has been granted an extension until private broadcasters take up the capacity. No deadline has been announced.
The regulator in Sachsen has awarded 60 CUs capacity on the "old" Block 12A ensemble to the service ERF Plus. The new nationwide DAB+ ensemble, on which ERF Plus is broadcast, currently has limited coverage in Sachsen, particularly in such cities as Chemnitz, and it is to fill those gaps in coverage that ERF Plus has sought the additional capacity on the "old" regional network.
The French regulator, the CSA, has advertised a national network of L-band frequencies. The CSA stipulates that if the network is to be used for a purely terrestrial service, then T-DMB should be used. However, where an applicant proposes a hybrid satellite/terrestrial service, then SDR or DVB-SH may be used in Band L, with DVB-SH being used in Band S. The CSA has published a map of the L-band allotments, which together cover the entire territory of mainland France and Corsica. Closing date for applications is February 27th 2012.
In addition to the changes reported yesterday, a new Service ANTENNE Info has popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern using DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.
A new Service has popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern. ANTENNE TOP40 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The existing Service Rock Antenne has switched to using DAB+ at 80 kbit/s and has been relabelled ROCKANTENNE.
A new Service has popped up on the Hong Kong ensemble DAB+ by DBC. 22URadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The service is testing currently, ahead of its official launch on January 18th.
As expected, Radio Augsburg is now broadcasting in DAB+ on the local ensemble Augsburg, running at 88 kbit/s.
D1 National Snapshot updated.
Ayr Snapshot updated.
Augsburg Snapshot updated. With uncanny timing, the new Snapshot is about to become out-of-date, when Radio Augsburg switches to DAB+ today.
A new Service has popped up on the Swiss second-layer ensemble SMC_D02. ENERGY BASEL+ is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in DAB+ and replaces the Service RADIO BASEL+, which has ceased.
On D1 National, the packet data service MILE(UK) ITIS has been relabelled INRIX UK TPEG.
Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt Snapshots updated.
In Baden-Württemberg, the Block 12B transmitters at Aalen and Bad Mergentheim have migrated to Block 9D and now broadcast the ensemble SWR BW. The transmitter at Raichberg has migrated from Block 12B to Block 8D, also broadcasting the ensemble SWR BW.
Berlin Snapshots updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom published an interim statement just before Christmas, summarising responses to its consultation on DAB coverage planning and updating on the further work being done. Some of that work was due to have been completed by the year end. The report reveals that the Consumer Expert Group, comprising such consumer representatives as RNIB, British Wireless for the Blind Fund, the Voice of the Listener and Viewer and Citizens’ Advice has agreed to extend its role to consider the Digital Radio Switchover through a revision to its Terms of Reference. The report states that "DAB+ has been mandated in receivers". It does so in the context of an assertion by the Consumer Expert Group that the consultation should contain "some statement regarding the assumptions currently being made about DAB+ services from a technical perspective and the expected impact on coverage." The document does not state when DAB+ was mandated, nor by whom, but also does not contradict or qualify the CEG's assertion. But the interim statement goes on to say that "the coverage planning we are currently undertaking would be equally applicable for DAB+ services." The statement reports that merging some multiplexes and frequency changes in addition to those already proposed in its consultation have been discussed with operators. However no operator (Ofcom states) has yet applied to merge any multiplex areas. Ofcom intends to make a final report to Government on DAB coverage planning in the first quarter of 2012.
Snapshots added of the NDR ensembles in northern Germany, NDR HH, NDR MV, NDR NDS and NDR SH.
Snapshot of the Block 9A Saarland ensemble SRDR added.
Snapshot of the Block 7B Hessen ensemble hr Radio added. Snapshot of the Block 12C Hessen ensemble DR HESSEN updated.
Snapshot of the Block 11A Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble DRS RP updated.
Snapshots added of the Block 8D ensemble SWR BW and the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW. The Block 8D network will be joined on January 12th by transmitters operating on Block 9D.
A new German ensemble has popped up on Block 9A in Saarland. SRDR is operated by the Land's public-service broadcaster, the Saarlandischer Rundfunk, beginning a process of migrating the broadcaster's services from Block 8B.
On the Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz ensembles, the service SWR cont.ra is reported to have been relabelled SWRinfo, ahead of its launch next week.
Three new services have popped up on the NDR ensembles in northern Germany. In Schleswig Holstein, the services NDR Traffic, NDR Info Spezial and NDR Musik Plus are running on NDR SH in DAB+ and have probably appeared on the other NDR ensembles also.
North East listing corrected.
The Service SWR 3 has popped up on the Block 7D ensemble DR Berlin rbb K7, running at 88 kbit/s in DAB+.
The public-service broadcaster in southwest Germany, SWR, has announced that on January 12th, the Block 12B transmitters at Aalen and Bad Megentheim will switch to Block 9D and the Block 12B transmitter at Raichberg will switch to Block 8D.
The public-service broadcaster in southwest Germany, SWR, has announced that its Service SWR cont.ra will become SWRinfo on January 9th.
On the local ensemble Cambridge, the Service Affinity Cambs has ceased.
The intermittent Toronto ensemble CHANNEL 4 has not been seen since the end of November and may have ceased permanently. The L-band transmissions were believed to be Canada's last remaining DAB ensemble.
The Peterborough Evening Telegraph reports that that a new Service, Black Cat Radio, is to begin broadcasting on Peterborough from January 2nd. According to the new station's website, the service is already broadcasting.
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