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The Landesmedienanstalt in Nordrhein-Westfalen has advertised 116 CU capacity on the Block 12D ensemble transmitted throughout the Land. Capacity has been advertised on four L-band ensembles to cover, respectively, Köln/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen and Dortmund/Bochum. The offer closes 12:00 on March 3rd, 2004.
The Landesmedienanstalt in Nordrhein-Westfalen has advertised capacity for DRM broadcasts on two mediumwave ("MF/MW/OM") frequencies to carry commercial radio programmes with Land-wide coverage: 855 kHz from Nordkirchen and 702 kHz from Jülich. The offer closes 12:00 on March 3rd, 2004.
In Berlin, the Block LA ensemble is now relaying the UK ensemble Digital1 Network in place of BBC National DAB.
December 26th (2)
On the Italian Block 9D ensemble, Euro Dab Italia, the Service oneOone has ceased. The Service Radio MonteCarlo has been relabelled RMC DAB. The Service Radio 105 has been relabelled 105 DAB. New Services have popped up:- Test DLS (512B),Hit Channel SAT (5317) and Top Digitalk Gold (5299) . All the Services on the ensemble are being broadcast at the reduced bitrate of 160 kbit/s.
The medium-wave DRM transmissions on 531 kHz, "531 digital" will end on December 31st. The frequency is to be awarded next year by the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt.
On Capital Hants, the Service Channel 9 now carries programming 24/7. From 12:00 to 06:00 Mon-Thu and 12:00 Fri to 06:00 Mon, the Service carries programmes from Capital Disney.
In a move reminiscent of the programme of DTT power increases which is still ongoing in the UK, Digital One has announced that the power of some of its DAB transmitters has been increased and that more power increases are scheduled. Alsagers Bank, Bilsdale, Caldbeck, Emley Moor and Wenvoe, all on Block 11D, have had their powers boosted already. Daventry, Holme Moss, Mendip, Moel-y-Parc, Pontop Pike, Oxford, Sutton Coldfield, Turner's Hill, Waltham and Winter Hill will follow in the next 12 months, as will the Block 12A transmitters at Craigkelly and Kirk o'Shotts.
The Band III trials in Sydney were officially launched today. The ensemble is using Block 9A and is broadcast from the Willoughby Tower. The participating stations - 11 of Sydney's broadcasters, including the ABC and SBS - have formed a joint company, Digital Radio Broadcasting Australia Pty Ltd (DRBA), to own and operate the multiplex.
The German newspaper Ostfriesische Nachrichten reports that the NDR transmitter site at Aurich has been damaged in a storm. Principal casualty is the recently-mounted DAB antenna. Mehr auf deutsch...
A new Service has popped up on TWG-EMAP W.YORKS. YaaRRadio (C4C4) is running at 80 kbit/s, Mono. Snapshot updated.
Score N.IRELAND Snapshot updated. The Service Cool Hits was observed running at Protection Level 2.
The DRM specification is to change in what will probably be the final revision before chips enter mass production. The upgrade is timed for 01:00 UTC on December 15th and is mainly related to the audio coding part of the standard. The new standard is not backwards-compatable. A transition period of about one week is envisaged while transmitters are upgraded. A new software release is already available for users of the DRM Software Radio. Further details in the Forums of the DRM Software Radio site.
On Capital Hants, the SId of OCEAN FM has changed to C986.
Digital One has added two new transmitters to its networks in England and Scotland. Manningtree extends the Block 11D SFN in the Ipswich and Colchester area. Kirkton Mailer improves the Block 12A SFN coverage of Perth.
The World DAB Forum reports that three ensembles should be on the air in South Korea by the end of 2004. South Korea will use Eureka 147 in its DMB variant to permit video and data streaming.
The Broadcast Australia ensemble has popped up on Block 9A in Melbourne. The trials are scheduled to last eighteen months. Content will be provided by the ABC, SBS, Sport 927, Triple R, World Audio and Digital One. These are Australia's first DAB broadcasts in Band III. L-band transmissions are already underway in Sydney and Commercial Radio's Band III trials in Sydney are due to begin this month. Two other frequencies are available for DAB in Melbourne, and the ABA has invited applications to run trials on either or both of these Blocks.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Caradon Hill extends coverage of the Block 12B SFN to Liskeard, Looe, North Plymouth and Tavistock.
EMAP Teesside and EMAP T&W Snapshots updated. Addition of The Hits.
Switch Aberdeen Snapshot updated. Addition of KISS.
Score DUNDEE Snapshot updated. The Services Tay FM and Tay AM were seen running at Protection Level 2.
The Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien has received five applications for capacity on the Band III ensemble in Sachsen. Capacity for two services is available.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Plympton extends coverage to Plymouth and the surrounding area.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Midhurst extends coverage to West Sussex, Alton, Haslemere, Petersfield & surrounding areas.
Germany TII table updated. The L-band transmitters in Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg are to radiate TII, though not yet all sites have been configured. There are still believed to be no numbering conflicts within Germany.
The Government of Catalonia has awarded capacity on an assortment of ensembles to be broadcast at regional and local level. Catalonia listings rewritten. More...
Japan listings updated.
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has defended its decision to permit Broadcast Australia to conduct digital radio trials in Melbourne and rejected Commercial Radio Australia's criticisms as "misrepresentation". According to the ABA, three Melbourne frequencies are available for DAB and Commercial Radio Australia has been invited to apply to run trials on one or both of the remaining blocks. More...
CE Birmingham, EMAP C Lancs, EMAP Humberside, EMAP Leeds, EMAP Liverpool, EMAP South Yorks, NOW Coventry, NOW Peterborough, NOW Wolverhamptn and TWG-EMAP W.YORKS Snapshots updated.
NOW Leicester Snapshot updated. The Service Galaxy has a new SId (C3AA).
Italy listings updated. The RAI ensemble is broadcast on one of four frequencies, according to area.
NOW Digital has recently brought into service two new transmitters. St. Catherine's Hill extends coverage of NOWBournemouth. West Runton has been added to the NOWNorwich SFN.
Digital One has added two new transmitters to its networks in England and Scotland. Hemel Hempstead extends the Block 11D SFN in in North London and Hertfordshire. Mounteagle brings the Block 12A SFN to Inverness and the coastal area from Tain to Burghead.
On the Spanish ensemble FU-E, the Service GRUPO CORREO has been relabelled VOCENTO.
SRG-SSR, the public-service broadcaster, has announced plans to extend DAB in Switzerland. While slow, the extensions have at least been timetabled and include:-
NTL broadcast has announced it has been awarded contracts to supply and manage the transmitters and distribution for the Sussex Coast (Capital Digital) and Swansea (TWG-EMAP) local ensembles.
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters as part of the National DAB Expansion programme. Poole improves coverage in the surrounding area. Hastings extends coverage in East Susses, including Battle, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Herstmonceux and Pevensey. Seventeen new DAB transmitters have been commissioned this year, with more to follow.
November 25th (2)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has received applications from OK Radio Group Ltd. to run an ensemble in Victoria, British Columbia. Under OK's proposals, the ensemble would operate on Block L12 (1,472.000 MHz) with an ERP of 2kW. The ensemble would simulcast the existing analogue services CKKQ-FM and CJZN-FM. The Commission will consider the applications at a public meeting in Gatineau, Quebec on January 12th providing that the Department of Industry has advised that the proposal is technically acceptable.
The World DAB Forum reports that four commercial services have popped up on the Block 13A ensemble in Vilnius. Radiocentras, RC2, Russkoje Radio Baltija and Europos Hitų radijas join the two services of the public-service broadcaster Lithuanian Radio, LR1 and LR2, already on the ensemble.
In France, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel has published its responses to a public consultation on the future development of digital radio in the country. The responses are available, in French, for download...
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Tacolneston extends coverage to Norfolk, including Attleborough, Aylsham, Diss, Dereham, Long Stratton, Norwich, Watton and Wymondham.
The Hits has popped up on EMAP Teesside running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The Hits has also appeared on EMAP Humberside and has most likely appeared on EMAP T&W as well.
November 22nd (2)
On MXR North East, MXR North West, MXR West & Wales, MXR WestMidlands and MXR Yorkshire, jazz fm has been relabelled JAZZFM.
Panjab Radio is reported to have popped up on TWG-EMAP W.YORKS running at 64 kbit/s.
The Hits has popped up on EMAP Leeds running at 128 kbit/s.
Commercial Radio Australia has announced that the Band III DAB test transmissions in Sydney will begin on December 17th. The trials, in which the ABC, SBS and commercial stations are co-operating, are due to last eighteen months. The ensemble will run on Block 9A.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has authorised an additional digital radio service in Toronto. CHKT (Fairchild Radio Group Ltd.) will broadcast on Block L2 from the CN Tower. Three other services have already been authorised to broadcast on this ensemble but transmissions have not yet begun. CHKT will be a simulcast of the existing analogue service apart from two hours each weekday evening from 22:00 to midnight when non-simulcast news and talk shows in Chinese languages will be broadcast. No on-air date has been announced, but the Commission expects the service to be operational within not more than 24 months.
Windsor snapshot updated. New EId (C000).
Montreal snapshots updated.
Snapshots added of the ensembles in Ottawa and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Toronto Snapshots updated. On CH___8 the Service KISS 92 (C055) has been relabelled 92.5JACK.
The Hits has popped up on EMAP Liverpool.
The L-band ensemble DAB Karlsruhe is reported to have been relabelled Regio KARLSRUHE.
The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt has allocated capacity on the Block 12B ensemble DABTHUERINGEN to two commercial broadcasters. Digital Radio Rockland and Countrystar will join the public-service broadcasters MDR and DeutschlandRadio and commercial broadcaster Radio Top40 already transmitting on the ensemble.
Digital Radio Nord has brought into service two new transmitters. Osnabrück und Göttingen extend coverage in Niedersachsen of the Block 12A ensemble DRN Nieders..
New Services have popped up on EMAP South Yorks and EMAP C Lancs. The Hits is running on both ensembles at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.
The Hamburgischer Anstalt für neue Medien has allocated capacity on the Block 12C ensemble DRN HAMBURG to two commercial broadcasters. "Non Stop Rock and Pop" (alster radio GmbH & Co. KG) and "Radio Digital 1" (Radio Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG) will join the public-service broadcasters NDR and DeutschlandRadio already transmitting on the ensemble.
A new data Service has popped up on the Band III ensemble Bayern. TPEG Test (E0D91008) is running at 64 kbit/s.
On the Belgian ensemble VRT DAB, the Service test iii has been relabelled Donna hitbits. The Service test +++ has been relabelled nieuws+.
November 8th (2)
Two new Services have popped up on the Belgian ensemble VRT DAB.
test +++ is running at 48 kbit/s, Mono. test iii is running at 128 kbit/s, Stereo (sic). The Service Donna has been relabelled Radio Donna. All Services are now running at Protection Level 4. Snapshot updated.
On DRg London, the Service Mean Country (CAC9) has been relabelled Easy Radio. It continues to run at 80 kbit/s, MonoLSF.
A new Service has popped up on Switch Aberdeen. KISS is running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. SMASH HITS! is reduced to 96 kbit/s, Mono.
On Switch Scotland, the Service SMASH HITS! is reduced to 96 kbit/s, Mono. The Service THE HITS is increased to 96 kbit/s, Mono. Snapshot updated.
The BBC has added brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Whitehawk Hill extends coverage to Brighton and Worthing.
Spain national ensemble listings updated. On FU-E, the Service EFF4, which was labelled M80 DIGITAL has ceased. The Service EFF3, which was labelled 11B PROG 5 has been relabelled M80 DIGITAL. A new Service has appeared since the last Snapshot was taken. GRUPO CORREO is running at 160 kbit/s. On MF1, the Service MCP (E2E00003) was not seen in recent observaitons and is assumed to have ceased.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the dual franchise of Plymouth and Cornwall to South West Digital Radio Ltd., a joint venture between Now Digital (GWR Group) and UKRD Group Ltd. Two distinct ensembles will operate in the franchise area. In Plymouth, an ensemble will run on Block 12A (223.936 MHz), with capacity reserved for BBC Radio Devon. In Cornwall, Block 11B (218.640 MHz) will be used with capacity reserved for BBC Radio Cornwall. South West Digital Radio proposes to begin broadcasting by October 2004. Because two distinct ensembles will be broadcast, this site will list the two parts of the dual franchise separately. This is the final franchise to be awarded in this phase of digital radio development and the last digital franchise to be awarded by the Radio Authority. Responsibility for commercial broadcasting in the UK and the future development of commercial digital radio passes to the new regulatory body Ofcom at the end of the year.
Score Digital has added a new transmitter to the Dundee & Perth SFN. Faire Mhor serves the town of Pitlochry and the A9 corridor north of Perth to around Killiecrankie. Listing updated.
Evening Snapshot of DRg London updated.
On the London L-band ensemble ntl:Experimental, the Service Capital 1 has been relabelled Capital FM. The Service Capital 2 has been relabelled Capital Gold.
November 4th (2)
On the Belgian ensemble VRT DAB, the bitrate of the Service 927 live has been increased to 128 kbit/s, Mono. It is reported that the Protection Level has been lowered to PL4. The bitrates of the Services DABklassiek and Klara have been reduced to 160 kbit/s.
On ScoreGLASGOW, the Service QFM has been relabelled Q96.
A new Service has popped up on DRg London. Panjab Radio is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF, Protection Level 4. BREEZE has reverted to running at PL 4. Only The Storm-London is running at PL3. Daytime Snapshot updated.
The European Radiocommunications Office reports that Belgium is investigating possible upgrades to the transmitter networks to improve indoor reception.
The L-band ensemble Regio STUTTGART has switched to Mode IV. According to Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator, the object of these test transmissions is to investigate whether there is any increase to the effective coverage area using this alternative mode. The tradeoff is an increased possibility of signal dropouts for high speed mobile reception.
Turkey listing updated.
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator in Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg, has brought into service another transmitter. Idar-Oberstein Hillschied broadcasts the Block 12A ensemble Rheinland-Pfalz. Germany TII table updated.
A new Service has popped up on Switch London. KERRANG! is running at 96 kbit/s, Mono. THE HITS is now running at 96 kbit/s, Mono. Snapshot updated.
Grundig Opus portable radio added to Receivers page. In the UK, Dixons is currently offering this receiver at a web-only price of £89.99, compared with the in-store price of £149.99.
CE Birmingham and MXR WestMidlands listings corrected.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Angus extends coverage to the Dundee area.
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has authorised Broadcast Australia to conduct DAB test transmissions in Melbourne. The ensemble will use Block 9A and is authorised for eighteen months. The decision is controversial in Australia because Broadcast Australia is a transmission provider and the allocation of Spectrum to a "tower operator" has been strongly criticised by Commercial Radio Australia, a broadcaster. Commercial Radio has accused the ABA of "freezing out" the broadcasters from the Melbourne trials. Commercial Radio is currently preparing to conduct trials, also on Block 9A, in Sydney. The ABA for its part has published a policy for dealing with future competing bids. It also says it is prepared to consider future trials using any of the digital radio systems, DAB, DRM, IBOC or ISDB-T.
Czech Radio is reported to have begun daytime DRM test transmissions on 774 kHz from Hradec Králové.
Bayern Digital Radio has added a new transmitter to the Block 12D SFN Bayern at Miltenberg to serve the town and the surrounding area. The power of the transmitter Burgsinn has been increased.
On DAB ORF-WIEN, the bitrate of the Service FM4 * DAB is reported to have been increased to 192 kbit/s.
On EMAP Leeds, the bitrates of the Services Magic 828WYorks, Ridings FM, X F M and 96.3 Radio Aire are reported to have been reduced to 128 kbit/s.
On EMAP South Yorks, the bitrates of the Services Sth York's Magic, SY's No.1 - Hallam and Trax FM are reported to have been reduced to 128 kbit/s.
The Storm is reported to have popped up on NOW Leicester.
Century is reported to have popped up on CE Birmingham.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Blunsdon extends coverage to the Swindon area.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has authorised the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to operate a Secondary Component as part of its service R-C Premiere on the Block L4 ensemble in Montréal, CBC Radio-Canada. Both Components will make use of the existing capacity. The Secondary Component will broadcast a loop of news, weather and traffic drawn from material already broadcast on the Primary. The CRTC's authorisation is on an experimental basis for a period of twelve months.
Bayern Digital Radio has increased the power of the Olympiaturm transmitter in München, broadcasting the Block LG ensemble Muenchen. This is the key transmitter in the SFN for coverage of the city itself.
A new Service has popped up on Switch Scotland. THE HITS, CCCC, is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono.
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Churchdown Hill extends coverage to the Cheltenham & Gloucester areas.
Istanbul is to receive DAB. Harris Corporation has announced an order for transmission equipment from the public-service broadcaster Turkish Radio Television Corporation (TRT). A 100w transmitter will be installed in the city. Currently, the TRT is transmitting a test ensemble in Ankara.
October 19th (2)
The second RAS ensemble has popped up in Südtirol (Alto Adige). The Block 12D ensemble, RAS-Test, is currently testing from Penegal and will be followed in November by Plose. Eventually the coverage on 12D will match that of the existing Block 12A SFN, RAI-RAS.
The latest issue of the Radio Authority's Technical Parameters, just released, reveals that the Services labelled SBN have been relabelled NOW Access on the following ensembles not already reported here:- NOW Peterborough, NOW Bristol, NOW Coventry and NOW Norwich.
UK TII table updated. Addition of St. Catherine's Hill, NOWBournemouth.
42 radio stations in 12 American States and the District of Columbia are to receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to assist in the purchase of equipment necessary to broadcast a digital signal. A further sum has been set aside for a second round of funding which will be allocated later in the autumn. The stations will use the IBOC system developed by iBiquity. More, including a list of stations to be upgraded...
On NOWBournemouth, SBN is confirmed to have been relabelled NOW Access.
On NOW Wolverhamptn, SBN is confirmed to have been relabelled NOW Access.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has granted Standard Radio Inc. an extension to the time limit to implement digital radio services in Montréal and Laval. This is the second time Standard Radio has requested an extension. The Commission originally granted permission in August 2001 for the services CJAD and CJFM-FM to be broadcast on Block L2. It was proposed that two transmission sites would be used, at Montréal (Place Ville-Marie) and at Laval.
Two data services have been seen running on the Block 7C ensemble in Singapore. MEDIACORP SR and SOCRAT ES are both running at 128 kbit/s using Multimedia Object Transfer (MOT) protocol.
Following the end of the Internationale Funkaustellung in Berlin, during which the British multiplexes BBC National DAB and Digital1 Network were broadcast on alternate days, BBC National DAB continues to be broadcast on a daily basis on Block LA in the German capital.
NOW S&C Snapshot updated.
On NOW S&C, the Service SBN (C5CA) has been relabelled NOW Access.
On NOWWiltshire, the Service SBN (CCC4) has ceased. A new Service, NOW Access (C6CE) has popped up.
On NOWSwindon, the Service SBN (CCC4) has ceased. A new Service, NOW Access (C5CE) has popped up.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Cambridge to NOW Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of GWR Group plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Now Digital proposes to begin broadcasting by September 2004 from one site initially, at Madingley.
iBiquity has announced that to date, some 280 radio stations in the United States have licensed its IBOC digital radio system. About 55 are broadcasting a digital signal already.
A new transmitter at Passau has been added to the Block 12D Single Frequency Network for the ensemble Bayern. Germany TII Table updated.
NOW Ex & Tor Snapshot updated.
On NOW Ex & Tor, the Service SBN (CACB) has been relabelled NOW Access.
Sweden's public service broadcaster, Sveriges Radio, has launched seven new services on SR RIKS DAB. Some of the services time-share capacity on the Block 12B ensemble and a number have been broadcasting test transmissions for some time:-
SR Sverige - a multi-cultural service for all Swedes, irrespective of their origins, to be expanded into a full-time service next year.
SR X - pop, rock and soul
SR Klassiskt - popular classical music
SR C - a new arts and culture service
SR P1 Plus - a channel designed to complement the existing service SR P1 will start next year
P3 Star - a teenage channel
SR P7 Sisuradio - a service for the Finnish-speaking minority in Sweden
Transmission Schemes: Mon-Thur; Friday; Weekend
SR RIKS DAB is available to about 35% of the Swedish population, in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Luleå.
Swedish broadcaster, Sveriges Radio, the association of private broadcasters, RU, and the transmission provider, Teracom, have presented a joint plan for the future development of DAB to the Swedish Parliament's Digital Radio Committee. The plan proposes two alternatives, under both of which national DAB coverage would be expanded to 88% of households by January 2005. Under the first alternative, Regional DAB would be re-launched and expanded to 75% of households. Under the second alternative, Regional DAB development would be slower and reach 75% of households by January 2008. 99% coverage, both national and regional, is targeted for 2020.
VT Merlin Communications has opened the UK's first high-power medium wave DRM transmitter. Operating on 1296 kHz at VT Merlin's site at Orfordness, the new transmitter will broadcast BBC World Service to north-western Europe. 70 kW of DRM power and 200 kW of AM power are combined in a beam directed towards the Netherlands.
Kenwood USA and iBiquity have announced the first domestic tuner equipped for reception of iBiquity's IBOC digital radio system. The first units of the KTC-HR100 tuners, already delivered, are destined for radio stations for in-house listening and promotional use. Retail availability is expected in January. iBiquity's proprietary IBOC system, trademarked "HD Radio", is designed for use in the existing AM and FM bands and is already being broadcast by several radio stations in the United States, the only country to adopt the system.
Two Australian companies have submitted rival applications to run DAB test transmissions in Melbourne. Broadcast Australia, a transmission provider, and Commercial Radio Australia, a broadcaster, seek Band III spectrum to conduct tests next year. Commercial Radio's CEO Joan Warner says her company objects to a transmission provider being awarded spectrum and then charging broadcasters for access. Broadcast Australia, which owns and operates transmission facilities across the country, says it wishes to evaluate any commercial or technical issues and opportunities that may afford BA's entrance into digital radio.
Two documents have been made available on the Australian Broadcasting Authority's website, coinciding with the Digital Radio Study Group Consultative Forum, taking place in Sydney:-
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Heathfield extends coverage to East Sussex.
Spain listings corrected.
The Band III ensemble DAB Rheinland-Pfalz has been relabelled Rheinland-Pfalz.
Revision of Spanish listings, which now have their own page.
Portable DAB radios from Sangean added to Receivers page.
DRM receiver from Mayah Communications GmbH added to Receivers page.
The German broadcasting regulatory bodies are to seek additional capacity to enable the transmission of a nationwide ensemble in Band III. The Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten, the association of the various bodies which are responsible for broadcasting policy in their respective Länder, is also to seek an increase in radiated powers at the transmitters already operating in order to improve indoor reception. Mehr auf Deutsch...
The development of digital terrestrial television and radio is one of ten Franco-German investment projects agreed by French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder at their summit in Berlin last week.
On the Nordrhein-Westfalen Band III ensemble, NRW K12, the bitrate of the Service EinsLive has been increased to 192 kbit/s. The bitrate of the Service WDR 3 has been reduced to 192 kbit/s.
The online edition of the American industry newspaper Radio World is reporting that the National Radio Systems Committee and its DAB subcommittee have "agreed to resume the standards-setting process" for digital radio. This process was halted earlier in the year amid concerns about the audio quality of the PAC codec version for MF (MW) broadcasting. Ibiquity, developers of the proprietary IBOC system proposed for the United States, have responded with a new codec, HDC.
In the Netherlands, the Nozema test ensemble on Block 11D has ceased. There are currently no DAB transmissions in the country.
The BBC has brought into service two additional transmitters as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Idle extends coverage in the Leeds and Bradford areas. The Sunley Building in the centre of Manchester improves coverage in the city centre in particular and in Greater Manchester generally.
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the combined Plymouth and Cornwall franchise, from South West Digital Radio Ltd., a consortium of Now Digital Ltd (GWR) and UKRD Group Ltd. In Plymouth, an ensemble will operate on Block 12A (223.936 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Devon. In Cornwall, Block 11B (218.640 MHz) will be used, with capacity reserved for BBC Radio Cornwall. South West Digital Radio proposes to commence its service by October 2004, using three transmitters, at Plympton, Redruth and Caradon Hill. The Authority hopes to announce a decision in November.
Proving that DXing is still possible in the digital age, current tropospheric conditions are providing some interesting out-of-area and long-distance DAB reception in southern England this evening.
Polskie Radio is reported to have resumed DAB test transmissions in Warsaw using Block 10B. The four national services PR Jedynka, PR Dwójka, PR Trójka and PR Radio Bis, as well as the regional service Radio dla Ciebie are being transmitted.
Microsoft, Capital Radio, NTL Broadcast and RadioScape are to cooperate in conducting test transmissions of 5.1 surround sound for six months beginning October. The tests will use DAB's Internet Protocol Datagram Tunneling to deliver Windows Media 9 audio streams and will be broadcast on NTL's experimental L-band ensemble in London. Audio content will be provided by Capital Radio. More...
Elementary DRM Receivers page added. It should be noted that the only DRM receivers available currently for purchase are PC-based.
The BBC has brought into service an additional transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Naish Hill extends coverage in the Chippenham area.
The BBC has brought into service an additional transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Naish Hill extends coverage in the Chippenham area.
In Schleswig-Holstein, the Unabhängige Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und neue Medien (ULR) has received five applications to run audio services using free capacity on the Block 12D ensemble. Capacity for two audio services is available. Three applicants are the companies behind the existing radio services Delta Radio, Radio Nora and Radio Schleswig-Holstein (RSH). The other two applicants, Radio Paradiso and Truckradio Countrystar, have existing services elsewhere but would be newcomers to the Schleswig-Holstein market.
Receivers page updated.
The BBC has brought into service an additional transmitter as part of its National DAB Expansion programme. Manningtree extends coverage in the Ipswich area and Suffolk.
Sony Europe has joined the commercial arms of both the World DAB Forum and DRM and is preparing to bring new products to market. Sony has been a member of both organisations for some time and plans now to participate in the promotion and expansion of DAB in Europe. Currently the only Sony DAB receiver available in the UK is the ST-D777ES hifi tuner, the XT-100DAB in-car unit having been discontinued. Sony is preparing to bring high-quality portable receivers to the European market early in 2004. More...
The Capital Digital ensemble covering South Hampshire has been relabelled Capital Hants. The bitrate of the EPG service DAB Guide has been increased to 16 kbit/s.
A new Service has popped up on the Block LG local ensemble in Frankfurt (Main). IAA Auto Radio is running at 192 kbit/s and will broadcast for the duration of the Internationale Automobil Austellung.
June Snapshot of DAB Baden-Wuert. added.
July Snapshots of the Swedish ensemble SR RIKS DAB added.
On the local L-band ensemble Regio STUTTGART, the Service NECKAR ALB RADIO has ceased.
UK TII table updated. Addition of Rowridge.
Denmark TII table added.
In Sachsen, the Services Hit-Antenne, PROJECT and oldie.fm have ceased on the Band III ensemble, Sachsen K 12A. A new Service, 89.0 RTL, has popped up.
In Thüringen, the Service ANT.THUERINGEN has ceased on the Band III ensemble, DABTHUERINGEN.
In Sachsen-Anhalt, the Service PROJECT has ceased on the Band III and L-band ensembles, Sachsen-Anhalt and LSA-L-Band. A new Service, 89.0 RTL, has popped up on both ensembles.
A new Service is to be launched on the Danish national DAB ensemble. DR Litteratur will begin September 7th. The Demokrati Kanal will resume transmissions when parliament reconvenes on October 6th. The MOT data service Boogie Web (9003) is reported to have been relabelled Teletext running at 16 kbit/s. DR Boogie SKUM is reduced to 160 kbit/s. DR Nyheder is reduced to 64 kbit/s. DR Plus is reduced to 80 kbit/s and is now running Mono. DR Rock is reduced to 160 kbit/s.
In Berlin, an ensemble was observed during IFA broadcasting DMB on Block 12B.
Receivers page updated.
New Snapshot updated of DRg London in its "SBN" configuration.
New Snapshot updated of DRg London in its "AbracaDABra" configuration. The Arrow has returned to Protection Level 4.
The Atlas Digital Radio has just been updated with revised sections for Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz. The Atlas is an indispensable download about DAB in Germany and is divided into sections so that only the newest parts need be downloaded.
An editorial in the online edition of the US industry newspaper, Radio World, compares the stalled development of digital radio in the US with the state of progress elsewhere. More...
The World DAB Forum and the DRM Consortium have agreed to collaborate on the future development of their systems. The two organisations, which have many members in common, announced their co-operation at a press conference at the Internationale Funkaustellung in Berlin. By working together, the two bodies intend to foster the conditions which will favour the introduction of a future generation of receivers which will be able to receive broadcasts using either system. DAB and DRM are complementary technologies. DAB was engineered for VHF and UHF using Band III and L-band. DRM is designed to be used in the existing broadcast bands up to 30 MHz. Test transmissions using DRM are already underway in the low-, medium- and high-frequency (long-, medium- and short-wave) bands.
DRM, the sister system to DAB and complementary to it, intended for reception on the low, medium and high frequency bands, is being broadcast to Berlin to coincide with the Internationale Funkaustellung being held in the city:-
177 kHz DeutschlandRadio Berlin transmitting from Oranienburg in the system's simulcast mode which allows either analogue or digital reception.
603 kHz, T-systems is transmitting from Oranienburg programmes from Voice of Russia in simulcast mode.
693 kHz, T-systems is broadcasting DRM test transmissions.
729 kHz Deutschlandfunk transmitted from Putbus.
855 kHz DeutschlandRadio Berlin transmitted from Berlin-Britz.
1485 kHz, Kaufradio is being transmitted as a Single Frequency Network from three sites, Schäferberg, Frohnau and Rüdersdorf.
25740 kHz DeutschlandRadio Berlin from Berlin-Britz.
Elsewhere, DRM test transmissions are taking place daily, conducted by both international and domestic broadcasters. These broadcasts are targeted variously at Europe, North America and Australia. Further details on the DRM web site.
Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. reports that Radioshack Canada is to sell the Perstel DR101 personal DAB receiver for Can$ 99.99 (about US$ 71, 65 Euros or UK£ 47). This model offers DAB and FM reception, but readers outside Canada should note that the model being sold is probably L-band only.
A new Data Service has popped up on BAND III HESSEN. AS Content is running at 64 kbit/s.
In the latest step of its National DAB Expansion programme, the BBC has brought into service a new transmitter at Rowridge.
In the latest step of its National DAB Expansion programme, the BBC has brought into service a new transmitter at Bath. UK TII table updated.
The Services RadioDeLuxe and RadioJojo have popped up on BERLIN BRBG LE. The Service RadioJojo is aimed at children.
Snapshot of Score Inverness added. UK TII table updated.
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Cambridge local digital franchise, from Now Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of GWR Group plc.. The ensemble will run on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Now Digital proposes to commence its service by September 2004 from one site initially, at Madingley. The Authority hope to announce a decision in the autumn.
In the latest step of its National DAB Expansion programme, the BBC has brought into service a new transmitter at Salisbury. UK TII table updated.
New Snapshot added of DRg London in its "SBN" configuration. The Arrow has joined BREEZE and The Storm-London in being raised to Protection Level 3.
August 22nd (2)
A number of additional services are to be broadcast in Berlin on DAB in connection with this year's International Funkaustellung. On the existing Block LI will be a selection of DAB services from Belgium, Sweden, Italy and Denmark. Block LE, which had ceased earlier this year, has popped up again and will broadcast Joy FM, Kaufradio, MDR Klassik, Mallorca, das Inselradio, Jojo, das Kinderradio, Digital Radio Live, Nova, der Clubsender and RadioDeLuxe. Data services from Bayern and the TOP-News data service of MDR will also be carried on this ensemble. The existing Block 12D will carry a special radio service for the Funkaustellung, "Das IFA-Radio 2003", plus Antenne Brandenburg, RBB RadioEins, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Deutschlandfunk, BBRadio Landeswelle and a data service Pretio. A new ensemble will be brought into service for the event on Block LA and will carry the Digital1 and BBC national multiplexes on alternate days. With the existing Block 8C ensemble already broadcasting, a total of five ensembles will be available in the German capital. In addition, an FM transmitter on 104.1 MHz will carry a promotional service, "100% DAB". More...
A new Service has popped up on BERLIN BRBG LE. NOVA RADIO plays mainly House, Trance, Techno, Drum'n'Bass and Chill Out.
The new ensemble for Inverness has popped up on Block 11B. Three Services are to be broadcast full-time - BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and MFR. A fourth Service is to be shared between MFR AM and 3C, Cool Country. UK TII table updated.
The BBC has brought into service the first two transmitters of its National DAB Expansion programme at Dover and Bromsgrove. It is planned that the coverage of the BBC SFN (Block 12B) should rise to 85% of the UK population by mid 2004. UK TII table updated.
A new Service has popped up on BERLIN BRBG LE. Kaufradio is a shopping channel.
Classic Gold is reported to have popped up on NOW Leicester.
New Snapshot added of the London L-band ensemble, ntl:Experimental.
New Snapshot added of DRg London in its "AbracaDABra" configuration. The Storm-London and BREEZE are now running at Protection Level 3.
NOW Coventry listing updated. Kix Coventry's new SId is C59A.
NOWSwindon listing corrected. Swindon FM was seen running at 80 kbit/s, Mono LSF.
Two data services are reported to have popped up on the Danish ensemble, DR DAB - Boogie Web, running at 8 kbit/s, and DR Digital at 16 kbit/s.
The DAB network operator in Bayern, Bayern Digital Radio, would prefer to transmit its future local ensembles in Band III. The German DAB site, pro-dab.de, quoting a BDR e-mail, reports that for the remaining regions of Bayern still to receive their own local ensembles, the L-band frequencies already allocated at Wiesbaden and Maastricht are not well-suited to the local terrain. BDR believes that frequencies are available at Band III to provide the local coverage required, but that frequency coordination will be required at national and international level. The most immediate result of the new BDR strategy, if confirmed, will be that once the Regensburg ensemble, due this year, is brought into service, a significant delay is likely before the next regions can be commissioned.
On the Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB Radio, the Service BRF has been relabelled BRF 1.
The Times newspaper reports that London Underground is in talks with NTL about installing a digital radio network on the Tube which would broadcast a range of audio programmes and data services to passengers with personal radios. Capital Radio is reported to have expressed an interest in the venture.
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In Australia, Willoughby City Council has granted planning permission for a new antenna on Willoughby Tower. This was the final procedural hurdle to the establishment of Band III digital radio trials in Sydney. The installation is expected to be completed this month with equipment installation and testing to follow. The trial should begin by the end of the year. Block 9A has been allocated for the trials, in close proximity to existing analogue television transmissions. The ability of the DAB transmissions to co-exist in this environment will be a key area of study. Australian broadcasters are seeking spectrum for trials in other metropolital centres and regional areas and have already applied to the Australian Broadcasting Authority for allocations.
The online edition of the American industry newspaper Radio World reports that Ibiquity has unveiled a revised codec for use with its IBOC system. Called HDC, the codec was developed jointly with Coding Technologies, developer of the aacPlus codec. RW Online quotes the chairman of the NRSC DAB Subcommittee as praising the improved performance of the new codec and saying the NRSC will consider resuming work on the new system . The standard setting process for IBOC digital radio had been suspended by the NRSC several months ago, citing concerns about the audio quality of the system.
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On the Belgian ensemble RTBF DAB Radio, the Services Prg FM 1 and Radio Trafic have ceased.
L-band travels too! The current intense tropospheric ducting taking place in Northern Europe is giving rise to some spectacular reception. The Block L2 Parisian ensemble TDF BLOC 1 has been received in the Netherlands.
On NOW Coventry, the SId of Kix Coventry has changed. Details awaited.
On VRT DAB in Belgium, the Secondary Component of Radio 1, Radio 1S, has ceased. The bitrate of 927 live has increased to 112 kbit/s, Mono.
The new Band III ensemble for Schleswig-Holstein has popped up on Block 12D. Digital Radio Nord has brought its transmitter at Kiel into service, carrying three Services of the regional public-service broadcaster NDR (NDR 1 Welle Nord, NDR 2 and NDR Info) and the two national services of public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio (Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio). Capacity on the ensemble is reserved for two commercial radio services, to be allocated by the Unabhängigen Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und neue Medien. A Traffic Message Channel is also being broadcast. Schleswig-Holstein is the last of the major German Länder to receive its own digital radio broadcasts. There remains only Bremen now, although the Hansastadt and Bremerhaven will be able to receive overspill from Niedersachsen.
The current unusual weather conditions have been accompanied by exotic reception, with the ensembles Switch Aberdeen and EMAP Humberside being received in the Netherlands.
The local ensemble for Würzburg has popped up on Block LH (1464.944 MHz), broadcasting the services Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio.
Corrections to the SIds of UBC Digital in the MXR North West, MXR West & Wales and MXR WestMidlands listings.
Ottawa listing updated. The Block L18 ensemble is broadcast from two sites, CBC Building, Lanark Avenue and Camp Fortune, Québec.
On the Block 12A ensemble DAB Rheinl.Pfalz, the Service Radio RPRZwei has ceased.
A new Service has popped up on the L-band ensemble in Frankfurt (Main). Radio Fortuna is running at 160 kbit/s.
Snapshots of the Finnish ensembles SUOMI 1 FINLAND 1 and UUSIMAA NYLAND added.
In addition to the two Audio Services being broadcast on the Block 11D ensemble in the Netherlands, 11D, a Data Service, DSC is also running. These transmissions are reported to be low power, receivable only in the region of the Lopik transmitter.
A Traffic Message Channel, WDR-TMC, is reported to have popped up on the Band III ensemble in Nordrhein-Westfalen, NRW K12.
A test ensemble has popped up again in the Netherlands. Transmissions have been seen on Block 11D with the Ensemble Label 11D. Two services were being transmitted, Jukebox und Unplugged.
Future local ensembles Regensburg and Würzburg added to Bavarian listings.
Halifax, Nova Scotia listing updated.
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) has allocated capacity on the Nürnberg L-band ensemble to Radio Deluxe (Villa Media GmbH). The capacity became available at the end of 2002 with the cessation of the Service Franken-Funk.
The test ensembles in Stockholm, Teracom Testnät and TravelVision, on Blocks 12A and LH respectively, have not been seen recently and are assumed to have ceased.
A new Service, Pulpit on DAB, is running on the Block 13F ensemble, Sentech 1, in Johannesburg/Pretoria. SIds added to listing.
Hessen Digital Radio has brought into service four new transmitters to its Block 12C SFN - at Alsfeld, Bad Hersfeld, Marburg and Schlüchtern.
Hessen listing updated. SIds added.
Snapshot added of the Block 10D test transmissions in Estonia, Test Ensemble.
The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt (TLM) has received two applications for the two remaining slots on the Band III ensemble DABTHUERINGEN. VMG Mediengruppe in Sachsen-Anhalt (Radio SAW) has applied to broadcast its service "ROCKLAND". From Bayern, Radio Starlet has applied to broadcast its service "Radio COUNTRYSTAR".
On the L-band ensemble Regio STUTTGART, the Service RADIO BB DELUXE has ceased.
It is reported that all the Wavefinders being offered by Digital One have already gone.....
Digital One is offering a limited number of free Wavefinder DAB receivers. More...
The Band III trials in Sydney are currently slated to begin October, subject to local authority planning permission. Initially, the same multiplex will be transmitted on both L-band and Band III. Block 9A is a drop-through allocation between existing analogue television transmissions and a prime area of study will be the coexistance of the TV and DAB signals in such close proximity - a world first. Eight audio services are expected to be broadcast - DMG Nova, Macquarie 2GB, Macquarie 2CH, SuperNetwork2SM, Sthn Cross Broadcast 2UE, two SBS services and a service from public-service broadcaster ABC.
Digital One has deferred plans to commission DAB transmitters at Great Ormes Head and Arfon because of International Clearance issues. UK TII table updated.
The latest newsletter of the World DAB Forum reports that 25% of the capacity on the national Danish DAB multiplex is to be handed over to commercial radio. Sky Radio and Talpa, recently awarded FM licences, are expected to take over the capacity from Danmarks Radio late in 2004.
Digital One has announced a further extension to its transmitter network in Great Britain. Five new sites will be commissioned this year and five in 2004. The new sites are Ashford, Hemel Hempstead, Faversham, Chartham, Thanet, Kirkton Mailer, Stoke Holy Cross, Ilmington and Danbury. Still to be commissioned are the previously-announced sites Manningtree and Mounteagle. An additional transmitter site at Meldrum has yet to be confirmed. UK TII table updated.
The BBC Scotland Annual Review, published today, announces that new DAB transmitters are to be commissioned at Rosemarkie, Meldrum, Durris, Angus, Kirkton Mailer, Darvel and Sandale. None of the other editions of the BBC Annual Report/Review appear to mention the DAB expansion programme. UK TII table updated.
Switch Scotland has added two transmitters to its SFN on Block 11D. Darvel and Earls Hill extend coverage in the Kilmarnock and Stirling areas respectively. UK TII table updated.
MXR Yorkshire transmitters added to UK TII table.
On BAND III HESSEN, the Data Services HDR Daten and TOPNEWS have had their bitrates increased to 96 kbit/s. A Traffic Message Channel, TMC, has popped up, also at 96 kbit/s.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Reading and Basingstoke to Now Digital, a subsidiary of GWR Group plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Berkshire. Now Digital proposes to commence its service by June 2004 from four transmitters: Hannington, Bracknell, Hemdean and Basingstoke.
On NOW S&C, the Service Saga has been relabelled Saga Radio.
NOW Bristol Snapshot updated. Since the last observations, the Service Saga has been relabelled Saga Radio.
Most recent NOWSwindon Snapshot corrected. (EId)
UK TII table updated.
UK TII table updated.
CAPITAL DIGITAL (Cardiff) Snapshot updated. Since the last observations, the Service X F M has been reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s.
NOWSwindon Snapshot updated. Since the last observations, the Service Saga has been relabelled Saga Radio.
Two new data Services have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble in Hessen. HDR Daten is running at 32 kbit/s and TOPNEWS at 64 kbit/s.
UK TII table updated.
A second ensemble has been authorised for Alto Adige (Südtirol) in Italy. It will operate on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). The provincial government has authorised RAS to broadcast Ö1, Ö2, Ö3, FM4, Bayern 1, Bayern 3, Radio Rumantsch and a data channel. An ensemble, jointly run by RAS in cooperation with RAI, has been running on Block 12A since 1997. Currently, this ensemble broadcasts Bayern Mobil, Bayern 4, Bayern 5 Aktuell, RAI 1, RAI 2, RAI 3, RAI 4 (Sender Bozen) and a data channel.
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Digital Radio Südwest, the network operator in southwest Germany, has added another transmitter to its Block 12A SFN in Rheinland-Pfalz. Bornberg extends coverage in Kaiserslautern, along the A6 and parts of the Pfälzer Wald.
NOW Bristol entry corrected.
MXR Yorkshire Snapshot added.
Croatia listing updated.
UK TII table updated.
TWG-EMAP W.YORKS Snapshot updated.
DRg London evening Snapshot updated.
NOWNorwich Snapshot updated.
NOW Peterborough Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot, the Protection Level of Vibe has been raised to 2. All Services on this ensemble are running at Prot. Level 2 with the exception of BBC Radio Cambs which is at Prot. Level 3.
Germany TII table updated.
June 26th (2)
Test transmissions are reported to have begun in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CBC and the commercial broadcasters will share a single ensemble on Block L11. Three CBC services (Radio One, Radio Two, Première) will be broadcast along with CIOO-FM, Q104, Country101 and FM96.5. The Canadian digital radio website has coverage prediction maps for download.
A new ensemble has popped up in Nordrhein-Westfalen to coincide with the Medienforum taking place in Köln. The Block LI ensemble is carrying the service GeneRadio from 06:00 to 21:00.
Yorkshire listing corrected.
Yorkshire listing updated.
The forthcoming regional ensemble for Yorkshire has been seen on Block 12A. These are test transmissions and as such will be liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 ten has ceased. The Data Service test_123 (E1C00096) has been relabelled test_8k. The bitrate of Audio Service D1 Temp. has increased from 32 to 64 kbit/s. New daytime Snapshot added.
On NOWBournemouth the SId of BBC Solent changed recently from C932 to C632.
TWG-EMAP W.YORKS Snapshot updated. SMASH HITS! is on the ensemble, running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.
Score N.IRELAND Snapshot updated. Citybeat 96.7 has been relabelled Citybeat.
June 16th (2)
DRM, the "sister" system of DAB and designed for transmission at 150 kHz - 30 MHz, is officially launched today in Geneva, coinciding with the World Radiocommunication Conference of the ITU. Leading international and national broadcasters are participating in the launch with schedules of digital transmissions on medium and shortwave by BBC World Service, Radio France International, Christian Vision, Deutsche Welle, Kuwait Radio, Radio Canada International, Radio Nederland, Radio Norway, Radio Sweden, Vatican Radio, Voice of America, Voice of Russia and Wales Radio International. Radio France will be transmitting digitally to Geneva its domestic service France-Bleu on medium-wave from Mt. Salève on 1179 kHz. In Germany, medium-wave DRM broadcasts are already on-air in Sachsen-Anhalt and Berlin. It has been reported that the SRG service Option Musique will be transmitted digitally from Sottens on 1566 kHz.More...
Bulgaria L-Band table corrected.
The L-band frequency plan for Finland agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Finnish allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Bulgaria agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Bulgarian allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Ireland agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Irish allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Italy agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Italian allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
Brunei listings updated.
A new data service, HDR Daten, is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble in Hessen.
WOR in New York City is reported to have resumed transmitting the IBOC digital signals on 710 kHz following a period of analogue-only operation.
The L-band frequency plan for Spain agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Spanish allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Norway agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Norwegian allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Sweden agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to the listings showing the Swedish allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Belgium agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new table has been added to the listings showing the Belgian allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Austria agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to this site showing the Austrian allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
The L-band frequency plan for Switzerland agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to this site showing the Swiss allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
On CAPITAL DIGITAL (South Hants), the Service POWER FM has a new SId (C79D).
The L-band frequency plan for the United Kingdom agreed at Maastricht in 2002 has recently been published. A new page has been added to this site showing the UK allocations sorted alphabetically by area.
WOR in New York City is reported to have ceased transmitting the IBOC digital signals on 710 kHz and to have resumed full-bandwidth AM-only transmissions.
UK TII table updated.
Bayern Digital Radio has added a third transmitter to the L-band SFN in Nürnberg. Schwabach extends Mittelfranken coverage by about 30%, enlarging the reception area southwards to include the towns of Roth and Schwabach.
On NOW Wolverhamptn, the Service YoungAsianRadio has been relabelled YaaRRadio.
The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt is to advertise currently unused capacity on the Block 12B ensemble for a further two audio services. The capacity had become free following the decision of Antenne Thüringen und Landeswelle Thüringen to end the parallel digital distribution if their services.
The Service Century is reported to have popped up on CAPITAL DIGITAL (Cardiff & Newport). The Service X F M is reported to be reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s.
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the local digital franchise for Plymouth & Cornwall. It is likely that two distinct ensembles will result as two frequencies will be used to cover the combined franchise area and there are different reservations of capacity for BBC services. In Plymouth Block 12A (223.936 MHz) will be used. BBC Radio Devon has capacity reserved. Block 11B (218.640 MHz) will be used in Cornwall with capacity reserved for BBC Radio Cornwall. The closing date is Tuesday, 16 September 2003. The Authority expects to announce a decision "towards the end of this year".
The Service Smash Hits is reported to have popped up on NOW Peterborough.
The following changes are reported in Belgium. On RTBF DAB Radio, the Service BRF has been relabelled BRF 1. The Services Prg FM 1 and Radio Trafic have ceased. The bitrates of Services La Premiere, Radio 21 and Prg FM 21 are increased from 160 to 192 kbit/s. A new data Service has popped up. TPEG TEST is running at 8 kbit/s. On VRT DAB, the Services DABklassiek and Klara are reduced from 192 to 160 kbit/s. The Service 927 live has been seen running in Mono at the increased bitrate of 112 kbit/s (48kHz sampling). New data Services have popped up. EPG Test, BWS BOSCH and BWS VRT are running at 24 kbit/s.
The Landesanstanlt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg has allocated capacity on the L-band ensemble in Ulm to the classical music service Klassik Radio. The service is also to be broadcast on FM frequencies in Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Göppingen.
The Landesmedienanstalt in Sachsen has agreed to continue to underwrite the cost of DAB transmissions. This follows a lengthy period of uncertainty during which even the abandonment of transmissions in the Land was under consideration.
Germany TII table updated.
UK TII table updated.
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Reading & Basingstoke local digital franchise from Now Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of GWR plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). Now Digital propose to begin broadcasting in June 2004 from four transmitters: Hannington, Bracknell, Hemdean and Basingstoke. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Berkshire. The Authority hopes to announce a decision in the Summer.
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the local digital franchise for Cambridge. The ensemble will run on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Closing date is Tuesday, 26 August 2003. The Authority expects to award the licence in the autumn.
In Schleswig-Holstein, the Unabhängige Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und neue Medien (ULR) is to advertise capacity for two commercial radio services on the forthcoming Block 12D ensemble. The closing date for applications will be August 29th, 2003. Already allocated capacity on the ensemble are the public service broadcasters NDR and DeutschlandRadio with three and two audio services respectively.
The online version of the US broadcasting industry newspaper Radio World is reporting that the National Radio Systems Committee's DAB subgroup has suspended consideration of iBiquity's IBOC system amid concerns about the performance of the PAC codec on AM at the low bitrates which would be transmitted by IBOC. The site quotes several NRSC sources as saying they found the artifacts at a recent National Public Radio demonstration as "unacceptable". Full story at the RW Online site.
Digital1 Network Snapshots updated. Primetime Radio is currently running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. D1 Temp. and D1 ten are reduced to 32 kbit/s, Mono LSF.
DRS, the DAB network operator in south-west Germany, has added another transmitter to its Block 12A SFN in Rheinland-Pfalz. Kettrichhof extends coverage to nearby Pirmasens, Südwestpfalz and parts of Zweibrücken and Kaiserslautern.
In Freiburg, the service Radio FR1 has become Antenne Südbaden.
The Block 11C ensemble, Isle of Man 3G, has ceased.
On VOIX DU LYON (F204), two new audio services have popped up. Radio Amitie (F109) and Radio 74 (F833) are both running at 80 kbit/s, Protection Level 3. A packet data Service has popped up. Vdl Data is running at 72 kbit/s, Prot. Level 2A. The audio Service WRN 1 has ceased.
On VDL PARIS (F205), the SId of Amitie has changed to (F109). Two new Services have popped up. Only Rai (FE89) and Rock FM (F843) are both running at 128 kbit/s, Protection Level 3. A packet data Service has popped up. VDL data is running at 16 kbit/s, Prot. Level 2A.
DAB transmissions have been seen again in the Netherlands. A single Service, Nozema 1 was broadcast in Rotterdam on Block 11D to coincide with a Hifi Show.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Nottingham to Now Digital (East Midlands) Ltd. (Now Digital, Sabras Sound, Capital Radio, Chrysalis Radio). The ensemble will operate on Block 12C (227.360 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Nottingham. NDEM proposes to begin broadcasting by April 2004 using three transmitters, at Mapperley Ridge, Waltham and Mansfield (Fishpond Hill).
The Landesrundfunkzentrale Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has authorised Antenne Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to be carried on the Block 12B ensemble DRN MECKL VORPOM.
Sweden SR RIKS DAB Snapshot updated.
Nordrhein-Westfalen and Hessen Snapshots updated.
The ensemble BERLIN/BRBG LE has ceased. Its two Services 104.6 RTL and Energy 103.4 have relinquished their digital licences, leaving the ensemble empty. On BERLIN/BRBG LI, the Services 87,9 Rock FM, Hit-Radio, RockIT Radio and SpreeRadio 105,5 have ceased, following the decision of the broadcasters to relinquish their digital licences. BBRadio regional remains the sole audio service on the ensemble. On Berlin/BRBG 12, the Service 94,3 r.s.2 has ceased, having relinquished its digital licence.
On NOW Coventry, the Service YoungAsianRadio (C4C4) has been relabelled YaaRRadio.
Niedersachsen Snapshots updated.
Hamburg and Schwerin Snapshots added.
Berlin, Brandenburg, Thüringen, Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt Snapshots updated.
Bayern listings corrected - Secondary Components added to Block 12D and 11C entries.
Digital1 Network overnight Snapshot updated.
Rheinland-Pfalz Snapshots updated. The L-band ensemble has been relabelled since the last observations.
Snapshots of the Block 11C and 11D test ensembles in München updated.
On Digital1 Network, talkSPORT has been reduced to 64 kbit/s and is now running Mono LSF. Daytime Snapshot updated.
SMASH HITS! (C7CA) has popped up on NOWNorwich.
A new data service has popped up on CAPITAL DIGITAL (South Hants). Kings onAirRaDio (E1C000A0) is broadcasting a web site at 8 kbit/s, using Multimedia Object Transfer.
On Switch London, the Service Label of YAARR Radio has changed to YaaRRadio.
München L-band frequency corrected. Snapshots of Bayern, Augsburg and Muenchen updated.
Danish Snapshot updated.
Nottingham listing corrected.
Italy listings updated. Snapshot of the EuroDab Italia ensemble added. Snapshots of DAB RAI and RAI-RAS updated. The ensemble Club DAB Italia has not been seen in Milano recently.
Coverage Maps for Ottawa and Halifax have recently been added to the Canadian digital radio site. In Ottawa, test transmissions are underway prior to an official launch in the summer. Halifax transmissions are due later this year.
Baden-Württemberg listings updated, with new Snapshots of DAB Baden-Wuert., DAB FREIBURG, DAB Karlsruhe, DAB Mannheim, Regio STUTTGART and DAB Ulm.
On SmartRadio Info in Singapore, the bitrate of Bloomberg has dropped to 64 kbit/s.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has authorised a new Service to be broadcast on Block L2 in Toronto. Sur Sagar Radio Inc. will broadcast a service aimed at South Asian communities in Greater Toronto, broadcasting in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati, as well as English. This is the first authorisation by the CRTC of a digital radio service which will is not already extant on AM or FM. Sur Sagar currently operate a subsidiary channel broadcast on a sub-carrier of CIUT-FM. The CRTC stipulates the service must begin as soon as possible, and within 12 months. The Block L2 ensemble was not operational when observations were made in February.
Score DUNDEE Snapshot updated.
UK TII table updated.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Kent to Capital Radio Digital Ltd, a subsidiary of Capital Radio plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C 220.352 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Kent. Capital Radio Digital proposes to commence its service in April 2004 using five transmitters (at Bluebell Hill, Chartham, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells and Margate). Because of international frequency restrictions it will not be possible, currently, for the ensemble to cover the coastal area of the English Channel.
The BBC is to undertake a major expansion programme to its DAB transmitter network. 47 new transmitters will be brought into operation by Crown Castle, the BBC's DAB transmission provider, by the end of 2004. The sites to be equipped have not yet been announced but are probably likely to result in a transmitter network similar to Digital One's.
Snapshot of NOWNorwich added. Listing corrected, SBN was seen running Mono, not Mono LSF. The Service Passion was seen running at Protection Level 4.
Snapshot of NOW Peterborough updated, showing new Service Vibe running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The SId of 3C, Cool Country has changed since the last Snapshot to C7CD. Apart from BBC Radio Cambs, and Vibe, all the Services on this ensemble continue to run at Protection Level 2.
Snapshots of NOWSwindon and NOWWiltshire updated, showing changed EIds. The new Snapshot was taken at a time when Swindon FM is not running.
The Service Smash Hits has popped up on Score DUNDEE, running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.
On SmartRadio Info in Singapore, the bitrate of Bloomberg has increased to 96 kbit/s.
Isle of Man 3G Snapshot updated. The Groove bitrate increased to 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. NME Radio has ceased. Digizone bitrate increased to 256 kbit/s. No other data services were running when the Snapshot was taken.
Forthcoming Pure Digital PocketDAB1000 personal receiver added to Receivers page. This receiver will be Band III only.
NOWNorwich listings updated. Service Labels and SIds added.
Two new Services have popped up on Score Ayr. Smash Hits! (C7CA) and Storm (C7CB) are both running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.
The Norwich local ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 11B. These are test transmissions and as such are likely to interruption, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.
Finland listings updated.
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has advertised capacity on the Block LC ensemble in Nürnberg. 116 CU are to be made available, corresponding to a service at 160 kbit/s at Prot. Level 3. The closing date for applications is April 4th.
In Niedersachsen, the Service Klassik Radio is reported to have replaced Radio 21 on the Block 12A ensemble.
Singapore listings updated. The second ensemble on Block 7C is still being seen. Currently, six audio Services are being broadcast. These are still test transmissions. No announcement has yet been made about the future use of this Block.
The EId of NOWWiltshire has changed to C1A5.
On NOWSwindon, the SId of BBC Swindon has changed to CA32. The EId of the Ensemble has changed to C1A4.
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB operator in southwest Germany, has added another transmitter to the Block 12A SFN in Rheinland-Pfalz. Saarburg extends coverage from Trier down into parts of Saarland.
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Nottingham local digital franchise, from Now Digital (East Midlands) Ltd. (Now Digital, Sabras Sound, Capital Radio, Chrysalis Radio). The ensemble will operate on Block 12C (227.360 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Nottingham. NDEM proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services, subject to agreement of contracts, by April 2004, using three transmitters, at Mapperley Ridge, Waltham and Mansfield (Fishpond Hill). The Authority hopes to announce its decision about the award of this licence by the early Summer.
CAPITAL DIGITAL(Cardiff/Newport) Snapshot updated.
NOW Bristol Snapshot updated.
NOWWiltshire, NOW Swindon and CAPITAL DIGITAL (South Hants) Snapshots added.
A new Service has popped up on DRg London. Gaydar Radio is running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.
Switch London Snapshot updated.
On Switch London, the bitrate of Mean Country has been reduced to 80 kbit/s. The Service is now being transmitted Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.
Receivers page updated. Addition of Woodstock 53. This forthcoming car receiver from Blaunpunkt incorporates an mp3-recorder/player using MultiMedia Card.
Germany TII table updated.
UK TII table updated.
The speech-based service from SWR, Cont.Ra has popped up on the L-band ensembles in Rheinland-Pfalz, running at 64 kbit/s, mono. SWR 4 has been relabelled SWR 4 MZ and domradio has been relabelled Domradio.
On Switch Aberdeen, Waves has been relabelled Waves Radio.
Finland listings updated. Bitrates added.
Receivers page updated. Addition of new receivers from PURE (Videologic) and Perstel.
The SFB/ORB service FRITZ is set to appear on Berlin K8, using capacity relinquished by Hundert6.
On NOW Leicester, the Service Century 106 (C3AB) has been relabelled 106 Century FM.
DAB Stuttgart listing corrected.
General revision Canadian listings.
A new ensemble has popped up in Ottawa on Block L18 (1482.464 MHz). CBC Radio-Canada is broadcasting four services, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, R-C Premiere and R-C Culturelle. All are running at 224 kbit/s, Stereo, Prot. Level 3. The ensemble is currently being broadcast from a single transmitter. A second site is due to follow in a couple of weeks. This is the first of four ensembles for Ottawa which were authorised by the CRTC last November. An experimental ensemble has been operated in the city by the Communication Research Centre on Block L9, but this was not seen when observations were made on February 16th.
Toronto Snapshots updated. Between the 13th and 18th of February the configuration of the Block L3 ensemble changed completely, with new EId, new Ensemble Label, new SIds and changed Service Labels. The actual radio services carried on the ensemble remained unchanged however. Bitrates of the stereo services reduced from 224 to 192 kbit/s. Both states shown in the listings. On Block L4, the Service C02D has been relabelled JAZZ FM. On Block L9, new EId and SIds are now ETSI-compliant.
Switch London Snapshot updated.
Digital1 Network has added another transmitter to its network in Wales. Carmel extends coverage to Ammanford, Llandeilo, Gorslas and Pontarddulais and parts of Carmarthen, Llanelli and Swansea. Carmel is Digital One's 72nd transmitter.
UK TII table updated.
On NOW Coventry, Kix 96 (C968) has been relabelled Kix Coventry.
February 19th (2)
At its January meeting, the minutes of which have just been published, the UK Radio Authority authorised Score Digital to carry the Pop-format service SMASH HITS! on Score Ayr in place of a Soul service which had been specified for the license.
(Wohnort adds: SMASH HITS! is already broadcast on Switch Scotland, which includes most of the area served by Score Ayr.)
February 18th (2)
A new Service has popped up on Switch London. YAARR Radio is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono. The Service Spectrum Radio is reduced to 64 kbit/s.
The South Hampshire local ensemble, currently labelled CAPITAL DIGITAL, has popped up again on Block 11C and is now in official service. Listings updated.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has authorised the CBC to broadcast the output of CBUX-FM on its Block L5 ensemble in Vancouver in place of CBFX-FM from Montreal. Both FM stations carry the Radio Canada service la chaîne culturelle, but the result for listeners will be that the DAB feed in Vancouver will become a delayed version for the Pacific time zone with some local content and will match the service available on FM.
The DRRI web site reports that DAB transmissions are due to begin in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in March. Three CBC services, Radio One, Radio Two and Première chaîne, and four commercial services, CIOO-FM, Q104, Country101 and FM96.5 will be broadcast. The CBC's ensemble for Ottawa is understood to be imminent.
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the local digital franchise for Kent from Capital Radio Digital Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Radio plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capital Radio Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in April 2004, using five transmitters (at Bluebell Hill, Chartham, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells and Margate). Because of international frequency restrictions it will not be possible, currently, for the ensemble to cover the coastal area of the English Channel. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Kent. The Authority hopes to announce a decision in the Spring.
February 10th (4)
The DAB test transmissions in the Netherlands which have been operated by Nozema have ceased. The World DAB Forum reports meanwhile that the Dutch public-service broadcaster, NOS, has received a seven-year licence from the government and expects to begin broadcasting a full service covering 50% of the country in the autumn, extending eventually to 100%. A minimum of six audio services will be broadcast. The NOS ensemble will operate on Block 12C (227.360 MHz) just vacated by Nozema. Nozema has been allocated Block 11D (222.064 MHz) for experimental use and could resume broadcasting in the near future. The government is reported to be expecting to begin a licensing procedure for a commercial multiplex later this year.
UK catalogue and Internet retailer Innovations is offering the Psion Wavefinder receiver in its Spring 2003 catalogue for £79.99, excl. delivery.
NOWSwindon listing updated.
On NOW Bristol, the Data Service E1C00095 has been relabelled now.data.
Two new transmitters have been brought into service in Sachsen. In West Sachsen, Schöneck carries the ensemble Sachsen K12A on Block 12A. In Ost Sachsen, Oberlichtenau broadcasts same multiplex on Block 5C.
On DRg London, the Services Purple Radio and TAP have ceased. Snapshot updated.
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the local digital franchise for Reading & Basingstoke. The ensemble will run on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Berkshire. The closing date is Tuesday, 20 May 2003. The Authority expects to award the licence in the Summer.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Stoke-on-Trent to the sole applicant, TWG Emap Digital Ltd. (The Wireless Group plc 70.0%, Emap Digital Radio Ltd. 30.0%). The ensemble will run on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Stoke. TWG Emap Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in April 2004 from four transmitters - Alsagers Bank, Mow Cop, Crewe and Stafford.
General revision of Germany listings.
The local ensemble for South Hants has been observed on Block 11C. Three Services are running currently, CAPITAL GOLD, OCEAN FM and POWER FM. The ensemble itself is currently labelled CAPITAL DIGITAL. These are test transmissions and as such are liable to interruption, periods of reduced power, and other odd effects. UK listings updated.
Four new Services have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble in Hamburg. NDR 90,3, NDR 2, NDR Info and Traffic Channel join the two national Services already on-air, Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio. The new services from regional public-service broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk complete the public-service line-up on the ensemble. Private broadcasters have until March 17th to apply to the Hamburgischen Anstalt für neue Medien (HAM) for the remaining capacity which will be allocated to two commercial services.
The directors of the ARD broadcasting organisations meeting in Hamburg have called for a stocktaking of DAB. There is a difference of views about digital radio not only between the Länder, but also among the ARD members. Such a forum of public and private broadcasters as well as manufacturers and the governments of the Länder had recently been proposed by Rheinland-Pfalz Ministerpräsident Kurt Beck. "What we need now," said ARD Intendant Jobst Plog "is either a fresh push for DAB or the decision to pull out. It seems to me meaningful that everyone involved should consider future development in the light of the experience to date. Such a round table could bring clarity."
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator in Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg has announced the next transmitters to be commissioned in Rheinland-Pfalz. Kettrichhof and Bornberg should enter service on March 1st, with Saarburg following on March 15th. All three will transmit the Block 12A ensemble.
In Portugal, the DAB network is extending steadily with seven new mainland transmitters since the last update. The Services Rádio Comercial and Rádio Renascença - Canal 1 have ceased. In their place, the Services RDP África and RDP Internacional are being broadcast on a temporary basis. Also on the ensemble currently is a second version of Antena 2, being tested at the lower bitrate of 192 kbit/s. Portugal TII table updated.
The launch of the new local ensemble for South Hants has been delayed pending international frequency clearance.
January 31st (2)
On the Block 12A ensemble RAI-RAS in Südtirol, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Service BR mobil has popped up. The Service RAS Bayern 3 has ceased.
UK TII table updated. Addition of Blackpool Warbreck Water Tower (MXR North West) and High Wycombe (DRg London).
NOW Digital, the franchise-holder of the split local area Swindon & West Wilts. announced today that the launch of these ensembles has been delayed, pending International Clearance. In Swindon, Block 11C (220.352 MHz) will be used. In West Wiltshire and Bath, a separate ensemble will run on Block 12D (229.072MHz).
The forthcoming South Hants local ensemble has been seen radiating one Service, Capital Test, as part of its continuing test transmissions. The ensemble is currently labelled CAPITAL DIGITAL.
On the Cardiff local ensemble, CAPITAL DIGITAL, the Service MTV Dance has ceased.
Bayerischer Rundfunk has launched four new Services on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern. Das Modul is a new music service whose style varies every two hours from Chillout and "International Hits" in the morning, through to Dance, Dub, Alternative and Hiphop in the evening. The other three new services News, Business and Verkehr (travel), carry a rotating selection of items extracted from B5 aktuell. The Services Bayern 2 und Bayern 3 have ceased "on capacity grounds".
Poynting Antennas of South Africa manufacture a waterproof Yagi for L-band. This antenna is known to have been used succesfully in Frankfurt, for example, where good reception of a neighbouring ensemble was restored despite the presence of a strong, adjacent-channel signal from the local ensemble. Aerials page updated.
Two new transmitters have been brought into operation in Sachsen-Anhalt. Blankenburg and Siebigerode (Helbra) carry the ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt on Block 12C.
The Landesmedienanstalt in Sachsen-Anhalt has issued a statement regretting the consideration being given in neighbouring Sachsen to terminating financial support of DAB. Christian Schurig, manager of the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt and also on the board of directors of the association Digital Radio Mitteldeutschland (Thüringen, Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt), said that an exit by Sachsen from the digitisation of radio would on the one hand weaken the leading position that Mitteldeutschland had earned in the introduction of digital radio. On the other hand, the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and the other ARD members, who have considerable financial resources for the introduction of digital radio, would be strengthened in the long-term. That would lead to an inequality in the field of competition between private and public-service broadcasters because the private broadcasters cannot continue their involvement in digital radio under their own steam.
Mixed signals from Germany. Südwest Rundfunk, the public-service broadcaster for Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg, will continue to work with DAB. Speaking at the opening of the conference "Radio 2010" in Stuttgart, the Intendant of SWR, Peter Voß, said "The decision for DAB was and is correct." DAB offers the chance of maintaining the plurality of public-service programmes. Voß warned against relying on private operators to provide digital radio and booting out the public-service broadcasters. "We will not build the launching pad for others." Voß looked ahead to the Frequency Planning Conference in 2006 which will decide the use of Bands III, IV and V for at least the next 20 years. The competitive environment for sound broadcasting will be much changed. Meanwhile, the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the same day, under the headline "Death Certificate for Subsidy Corpse" declared that the DAB "patient" has been "in a coma for several years already". The newspaper quotes Victor Henle, Director of the Thüringen Landesmedienanstalt: "When one has striven for nearly ten years with a new technology, and nothing to show, one has to stop". According to the newspaper, the audit offices of Bayern and Thüringen are examining the expenditure on DAB. Rainer Conrad, head of the Bavarian audit office, says the ARD must see the light. The ARD must, according to Conrad, declare whether they continue to see DAB as the transmission format of the future or whether the project is to be abandoned. The deadline is April 30th, by which time the budget proposals of the ARD member broadcasters must have been submitted. Bavaria's Media Minister Erwin Huber says neither the broadcasters nor the Landesmedienanstalten should make the decision to end digital radio broadcasting. Such a decision belongs to the Ministerpresidents of the Länder. The Süddeutsche Zeitung returns to the patient analogy to wind up its report. By that stage, it concludes, all that would be necessary for the Ministerpresidents to do would be to issue the death certificate. (Wohnort adds: The recent polemic for and against DAB must be seen against the background of the new licence fee round. Negotiating positions are being clearly marked out and DAB, in view of its slow take-up, is viewed by many as a soft target.)
The latest issue of the UK Radio Authority's Transmission Parameters spreadsheet has been released today and reveals, among other things, that the NTL Experimental ensemble in London is now operating as a two-transmitter Single Frequency Network from sites at Croydon and Leicester Square. The new L-band transmissions are in Block LC (1456.384 MHz). The previous L-band tests in London (DRAFFT) were in Block LP.
UK TII table updated.
EMAP C Lancs Snapshot updated.
The South Hampshire local ensemble has popped up on Block 11C, broadcasting a dummy multiplex. These are test transmissions, and signal strengths and error rates seen now may not match those when the ensemble enters official service.
In contrast to the gloomy statements from Sachsen, the Landesmedienanstalt in Thüringen is to accelerate the transition from analogue to digital transmission. With the entering into force of the new media law on January 14th, the TLM will, with certain exceptions, assign frequencies only for digital transmission from January 1st, 2004. Services currently broadcast in analogue form will be granted primacy in the allocation of digital capacity.
EMAP Humberside, EMAP Liverpool, EMAP Leeds, and EMAP South Yorks Snapshots updated.
The Sächsische Landesmedienanstalt has cast doubt on the future of DAB in Sachsen. Kurt-Ulrich Mayer, President of the SLM's Medienrat, said on January 20th that because of additional responsibilities being placed on the SLM, the Landesmedienanstalt would not be able to support DAB to the same level as before. He called upon the broadcasters participating in the DAB project in Sachsen urgently to come to an agreement on the project's future. "Should there be no realistic future prospect," he added, "one must have the courage to admit that the digitisation of radio has failed for the time being." (Wohnort adds: DAB in Sachsen is confined to a mere six audio services, hardly an attractive package for prospective purchasers of receivers.)
January 19th (3)
On EMAP Humberside, EMAP Liverpool, EMAP C Lancs, EMAP Leeds, and EMAP South Yorks, the Services Real Radio have ceased. On EMAP Leeds the Service SMASH HITS! has popped up. On EMAP South Yorks and EMAP Humberside the Service SMASH HITS ! has popped up.
With the resumption of the Belgian soccer season, the Service 927 Live (631D) has re-appeared on VRT DAB, running at 112 kbit/s, Mono. The Secondary Component of Radio 1, Radio 1S, has ceased.
In Belgium, the data services on VRT DAB are reported to have ceased. The Service Radio 1 now has a Secondary Component, Radio 1S. This currently carries the same audio programme as Radio 1 but at a lower bitrate.
The new Block LG ensemble in Paris,VDL PARIS, is back on air after an interruption over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The transmission is still in its test phase and liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.
On NOW Ex & Tor, the SIds of Classic Gold and Gemini have changed to C8CB and CCCB respectively.
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the Sussex Coast local digital franchise to Capital Radio Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of Capital Radio plc.. The ensemble will run on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Southern Counties Radio. Capital Radio Digital proposes to commence its service in January 2004, using six transmitters (at Brighton, Burton Down, Hastings, Beddingham, Eastbourne and Findon).
New ensembles have popped up in Hamburg and Schwerin. In Hamburg, the ensemble is running on Block 12C (227.360 MHz). The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern transmissions are on Block 12B (225.648 MHz). On both, the Services Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio are being broadcast at the moment. Three Services from NDR will follow. Capacity is reserved for commercial services - one in Hamburg and two in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The closing date for applications in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is January 20th. In Hamburg, a decision is expected before the end of the month.
Switch Aberdeen Snapshot updated.
Digital Radio Nord, the DAB network operator in northern Germany, has brought two transmitters into service, at Rosengarten and Visselhövede. Between them, these mark an important extension to DAB coverage, bringing digital radio into Hamburg for the first time, and completing coverage of the Autobahn between Hamburg and Hannover. Hamburg's own ensemble will follow shortly, carrying the two services of DeutschlandRadio, three services from NDR and two commercial services to be allocated this month.
The Service Smash Hits has popped up on Switch Aberdeen, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo.
A new Service, Radio Salü Gold, has popped up on the Block LG ensemble in Saarland.
On CE London, the Services LBC (CBC1) and LBC News (C486) have ceased and been replaced by LBC 97.3 (C581) and LBC News 1152 (C5C2).
A new Service is reported to have popped up on the L-band ensemble in Ulm. DRS-TEST carries a "barker" (promotional loop) for DAB. The Services ANTENNE FILSTAL and RADIO DONAU 1 are reported to have ceased
NOW Ex & Tor Snapshot added.
NOWBournemouth Snapshot added.
MXR West & Wales Snapshot updated.
NOW Bristol Snapshot updated.
CAPITAL DIGITAL (Cardiff) Snapshot updated.
CE London Snapshot updated.
On Switch Aberdeen, the Service MinistryOfSound (C6C6) is reported to have ceased.
On MXR West & Wales, the Service Galaxy is reported to have been relabelled vibe 101.
On Switch London, the Services MinistryOfSound (C1C2) and WLON - The Mix (CEC1) have ceased and been replaced by THE HITS (CCCC) and Galaxy (C9CC). New Snapshot added. New SIds awaited.
On Switch Scotland, the Services MinistryOfSound (C6C6) and WSCO The Mix (C2C6) have ceased and been replaced by The Arrow (CBCC) and Galaxy (CACC). New Snapshot added. SId for BBC RNanGaidheal (C336) corrected.
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