North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of Capital, Radio Yorkshire and Smooth Radio.
Humberside snapshot updated. Addition of Capital, Gold and Smooth Radio.
Leeds snapshot updated. Addition of Capital, Heart Yorkshire and Smooth Radio.
Sheffield snapshot updated. Addition of Capital, Heart Yorkshire and Smooth Radio.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Capital, Heart Yorkshire and Pulse Summer. Heart Yorkshire is broadcasting in Mono at 80 kbit/s.
Capital, Smooth Radio and Radio Yorkshire are reported to have popped up on the local ensemble North Yorkshire.
Ofcom has received one application for the Suffolk local ensemble. If successful, MuxCo plan to test in Sept. 2016 and launch in October from three transmitters at Mendlesham, Puttocks Hill and Warren Heath with five audio services on board. The ensemble will operate on Block 10C. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Suffolk.
The BBC has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12B. Glossop extends coverage of BBC National DAB in and around the town.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted permission for the services Capital, Heart and Radio Yorkshire to be added to the local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf and for the services Capital, Radio Yorkshire and Smooth Radio to be added to the local ensemble North Yorkshire. These services are currently broadcast on the regional ensemble Yorkshire, which is due to cease at the end of June.
Bournemouth snapshot updated.
Berks & N Hants snapshot updated. Addition of TPEG service INRIX Test, running at 16 kbit/s.
In Italy, the multiplex operator RAS has brought transmitters at Paganella into official public service. The 21 RAS audio services thus have uninterrupted coverage from the Brenner Pass to Rovereto.
Hereford-Worcs and Stoke & Stafford snapshots updated.
In Italy, a new service has popped up on the Block 10D ensemble in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS2-DAB. RAS BR Heimat is broadcasting at 72 kbit/s in DAB+.
In Switzerland, the electorate has voted for a revision of the radio and TV legislation in a referendum. One of the key provisions of the new law is the transition from analogue to digital radio broadcasting, whereby radio broadcasting will be primarily in DAB+ from 2020, with the last analogue FM transmitter being decommissioned in 2024.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter is reported to have been brought into service on Block 6B. Zwolle Marlanden extends coverage of the new regional ensemble DAB+ Oost.
Pulse Summer, Signal Summer and The Wave Summer have popped up on the ensembles Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales.
In the Czech Republic, the new service DAB plus TOP40 is also being broadcast on the TELEKO DAB ensemble.
Snapshot added of the Block 11D pilot ensemble in Vienna, DAB WIEN.
Muxco has announced it plans to launch the Lincolnshire local ensemble in September.
UK regulator Ofcom has awarded ten trial minimux licences. The offer was oversubscribed with 51 applications.
In Denmark, the service 24syv is still broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB Joint Stereo despite using the low bitrate of 96 kbit/s at the present time.
In France, the regulator (CSA) has launched another consultation
on the subject of digital radio. As well as being a precursor to the advertisement of further local ensembles, the latest consultation also discusses scenarios for the creation of two national multiplexes. Responses to the CSA are invited by July 17th 2015.
In the Czech Republic, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble RTI cz DAB. DAB Plus Top 40 is thus available in Prague, Pilsen, Karlovy Vary and South Bohemian Region.
In Denmark, a temporary service has popped up on the DR ensembles to coincide with the annual political event on Bornholm. Folkemødet is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s until June 14th. 24syv is running at the lower bitrate of 96 kbit/s during this period.
In Switzerland, the official DAB coverage page
has been updated to show an additional transmitter at Ziegelbrücke broadcasting the Block 7A ensemble SMC D03 N-CH
The Czech government has approved a strategy
for the management of radio spectrum. The Czech multiplex operator Teleko has published a commentary
on the new strategy which, while broadly approving its contents, is critical of the government's view that a migration from L-band to Band III should be voluntary and not be a matter for the strategy.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of summer pop-up services to the local ensembles Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales. Pulse Summer, Signal Summer and The Wave Summer will run from June 15th to September 6th.
Snapshot of the new Block 11A Belgian ensemble updated. Since the previous snapshot, the ensemble has been relabelled Norkring DAB+.
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the MA HSH, has awarded capacity on the forthcoming commercial ensemble for Hamburg to the service pure fm. According to the MA HSH announcement, the ensemble will launch on June 17th 2015. Test transmissions are likely before then.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the transfer of the licence of the local ensemble Ayr from Arqiva to Now Digital.
The BBC has recently brought new transmitters into service on Block 12B, broadcasting the ensemble BBC National DAB
- Port St Mary (Isle of Man)
- Warren Heath (Ipswich and surrounding areas)
- Brandon (Brandon and The Brecks)
- Campbeltown (Campbeltown and surrounding areas of the Kintyre peninsula)
- Weardale (the Weardale Valley, including the A689)
- Grantham Newgate Lane (Grantham and surrounding areas of Lincolnshire)
- Hartshill Quarry (Nuneaton, Warwickshire)
- Pye Green (Rugeley and Cannock, Staffordshire)
- St Catherine’s Hill (Bournemouth, Poole and Ringwood)
- Newton (Hexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield, Prudhoe and surrounding areas of Northumberland)
- North Walsham (North Walsham, Norfolk)
In Germany, a temporary service has popped up on the Block 11A ensemble SWR RP, the Block 9D ensemble SWR BW N and the Block 8D ensemble SWR BW S. SWR Rock am Ring at 72 kbit/s on Block 11A and on Blocks 8D/9D at 96 kbit/s are being broadcast in connection with the rock festival at Mendig.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted permission for the services Capital, Smooth and Gold to be added to the local ensemble Humberside. Permission has been granted for Capital, Heart and Smooth to be added to Leeds and Sheffield. These services are currently broadcast on the regional ensemble Yorkshire, which is due to cease at the end of June.
On Surrey-NSussex, the temporary service Radio Brooklands has ceased as planned.
On Essex, the service KISS Essex has ceased.
In Austria, the pilot transmissions in Vienna have officially begun with 15 services being broadcast in DAB+ on Block 11D.
In Germany, the operator of the national ensemble, Media Broadcast, has announced
an expansion of its transmitter network. At a number of existing sites, the transmitted power will be increased, and 19 new sites added by the end of this year. A further 17 sites will be added in the first half of 2016 and 13 more in the second half. By the end of 2016, the network will comprise 110 transmitters, bringing projected mobile coverage of DR Deutschland
to 95.8% of the population (82.2% indoor).
Correction: On Hereford-Worcs, the service Free Radio 80s is reported to have dropped to 96 kbit/s.
In Belgium, the new Block 11A ensemble for the Flemish-speaking region, Vlaanderen, has entered service with an official launch at the European Automotive Event in Brussels.
In Austria, the first transmissions in preparation for the forthcoming pilot in Vienna have been reported on Block 11D.
BBC R2Eurovision has popped up again this year on BBC National DAB. While this temporary service is on the air, the Secondary Components Daily Service and Parliament are not being broadcast. Snapshot updated.
N. Ireland snapshot updated.
In Germany, the media regulator in Sachsen-Anhalt has awarded capacity on the Block 11C ensemble S-ANHALT to "1A Deutsche Hits" and "89.0 RTL In The Mix". The licence lasts for 10 years. The two services are expected to appear by July at the latest.
A new service has popped up on N. Ireland. BBC Radio Foyle is broadcasting at 128 kbit/s.
Snapshot added of the new Netherlands local ensemble DAB+ Oost.
Snapshot added of the new Netherlands local ensemble DAB+ Zuid.
In Belgium, test transmissions have begun from the new second-layer ensemble for Vlaanderen, Norkring DAB+11A. Snapshot added.
In Germany, the migration of the ensemble Bayern from Block 12D to 10D has been completed with the switching of Oschsenkopf today. The frequency change is a pre-condition for an increase in power from the 26 transmitters to improve coverage.
The internet music station Mi-Soul is to broadcast on DAB in London from June 27th.
A temporary service is broadcasting on the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. Brooklands Radio is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF until May 31st.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Hereford-Worcs. Free Radio 80s is running at 112 kbit/s.
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences of three local ensembles. Stoke-on-Trent (UTV Digital Ltd.), Kent (Now Digital (Southern) Ltd.) and Nottingham (Now Digital (East Midlands) Ltd.) will now expire on April 29th 2024.
Details of the latest BBC National DAB transmitters have been added to Ofcom's Tech Parameters spreadsheet:- Llandyfriog, Gartly Moor, Skinningrove, Rheola, Tullich, Haydon Bridge and Girvan. UK TII page updated.
On the German ensemble Muenchen, the service Gong Mobil DAB has ceased.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 8D and 9D ensembles
SWR BW S and
SWR BW N. SWRMaimarktradio is a special event service broadcasting at 96 kbit/s in DAB+ until May 5th.
In the Netherlands, the first intermittent tests have been spotted for the forthcoming Block 7A regional ensemble DAB+ Zuidoost.
Snapshot of the Belgian Block 12A ensemble VRT DAB updated.
Snapshots added of the new Danish regional ensembles DAB2 N and DAB2 S.
On the Belgian Block 12A ensemble VRT DAB, the service VRT DAB+ Test is reported to be running at the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s.
The UK regulator's offer of experimental minimuxes is oversubscribed, with 51 qualifying applicants
chasing up to 10 licences. The successful operators will be expected to go on air within 12 weeks of the licences being awarded and broadcast for up to nine months.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. Radio mauma.fm is reported to be broadcasting at 72 kbit/s in DAB+.
N. Ireland snapshot updated. Addition of Downtown Country.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the removal of TeamRock from D1 National in July. Digital One intends that a replacement service should launch in September.
Norway has confirmed that the major radio stations will switch off FM progressively by region during 2017, beginning in January in the south of the country and ending in December in the north.
South Hampshire snapshot updated. The service JACK fm has been relabelled Sam FM.
A new service has popped up on N. Ireland. Downtown Country is broadcasting test transmissions prior to launching on Wednesday.
South Korea snapshots updated.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Asian Sound.
The BBC has brought new transmitters into service on Block 12B, broadcasting the ensemble BBC National DAB
- Heyshaw (Pateley Bridge and surrounding areas of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire)
- Tullich (Ballater, Aberdeenshire)
- Rheola (Vale of Neath)
- Gartly Moor (Huntly, Aberdeenshire)
- Daffy Green (Dereham and surrounding areas of Norfolk)
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the removal of heat radio and KISSTORY from the local ensemble Norwich.
In Belgium, a DAB+ test service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12A ensemble VRT DAB. VRT DAB+ Test is reported to be broadcasting at 32 kbit/s.
Three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12D. Daventry, Ilmington and Shilton DAB extend and improve coverage of the local ensemble Coventry. The BBC recently brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B in Coventry city centre, improving reception of BBC National DAB.
A new service has popped up on Surrey-NSussex. Premier Gospel is understood to be broadcasting at 80 kbit/s, Mono.
On NE Wales W Chesh, the service Heart N Wales has ceased. Snapshot updated.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11D. Ingolstadt improves coverage of BR Bayern in the city and surrounding areas.
Asian Sound is reported to have popped up on Bradfrd&Huddersf, running at 64 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on Peterborough. Connect FM is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF.
In Denmark, the regulator has again postponed
the process of distributing licences for the regional "3rd-layer" multiplexes. Earlier this year, the process was paused briefly while a potential clash of frequencies with previously-awarded licences for hospital telemetry was investigated. The new delay comes at the request of the Minister of Culture to await the outcome of a political review of the roadmap for digital radio. At issue are licences for 13 transmission areas, with up to 16 services on each ensemble. Where the number of applicants exceeded 16, a beauty contest was to have been held. The postponement is the second setback for digital radio in Denmark in less than a week. In a separate development, a number of stations withdrew from the pilot local ensemble in Nordsjælland because of a huge increase in music royalties they were being forced to pay as a result of broadcasting on the ensemble.
The UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the licence for the second national commercial multiplex to Sound Digital, a consortium of Bauer, Arqiva and UTV. The following services, some of which are currently transmitted on existing local or national ensembles, are expected to be broadcast on the new multiplex:
- Virgin Radio - rock and pop music
- talkRADIO - news and current affairs
- talkSPORT 2 - live sport and sports talk
- talkBUSINESS - business and finance programmes
- Sunrise Radio - Asian music and speech programmes
- UCB Inspirational - Christian music
- Premier Christian Radio - Christian music and speech
- Jazz FM - jazz music
- British Muslim Radio - Asian music and speech, with elements of Islamic content
- Absolute 80s - 80s music
- Magic Mellow - relaxing and melodic music
- Planet Rock - classic rock music
- Heat Radio - pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment
- Kisstory - ‘old skool’ dance tunes and anthems
In its application, Sound Digital proposed to broadcast at least one service using DAB+. Sound Digital proposes to begin broadcasting within 12 months of the licence being awarded, using a network of 45 transmitters which it estimates will provide coverage for 73% - 75% of UK households and 63% - 65% of UK major UK roads.
Herts Beds Bucks and Northamptonshire snapshots updated. Cessation of Engineering channel.
The BBC has recently brought into service transmitters at North Walsham and Girvan, extending coverage of BBC National DAB in NE Norfolk and Ayrshire respectively.
Twelve radio stations in central Italy have formed a consortium to operate a regional ensemble and has already appointed Telit Srl to undertake the design and management of the transmitters.
Umbria DAB membership:
- Radio Onda Libera (Radio Onda Libera Srl)
- Radio Valtiberina (Errevuti Srl)
- Radio Tiferno1 (Radio Tiferno Uno Sas di Assunta Trducci & C.)
- Radio Gubbio (Radio Gubbio SPA)
- Radio Gente Umbra (Fondazione San Domenico da Foligno)
- Umbria Radio (Radio Augusta Perusia Soc.Coop)
- Radio Tna (Radio TNA Soc. Coop.r.l)
- Radio Orte (Tele Radio Orte Associazione Culturale)
- Dimensione Suono Roma (Finradio SRL)
- Extreme Sound (Extreme Sound Project Srl)
- Radio Italia5 (Gruppo Cinque Srl)
- Radio Linea (Radio Linea di Adami Marco e Mariani Remo Snc)
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved following a consultation requests to modify the licence areas of 39 local ensembles and the transmission frequency of 8. The changes are in accordance with the Local DAB Expansion Plan and are designed to improve DAB coverage to match that of FM and to align the licence areas more closely with their analogue equivalents. The frequency changes are expected to be implemented during 2015. Details of the changes are included in the consulatation document
On the local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB
, seven audio services have ceased:
- Global FM
- Radio Odsherred
- US Radio
The service 10FM/Country/FLR
has been relabelled Radio 10FM
as it is no longer operating as a shared channel.
According to reports from Denmark, the stations that have withdrawn from the pilot have done so because of a huge increase this year in the music royalties that stations broadcasting in DAB+ must pay.
On Somerset, the service Triple Hits is now broadcasting at the lower bitrate of 112 kbits/s.
In Norway, a new local ensemble for Trondheim has popped up on Block 11A, carrying six audio services in DAB+.
In Switzerland, the population will vote on a new Radio and Television law
in a referendum to be held on June 14th. One of the key provisions of the new law is the transition from analogue to digital radio broadcasting, whereby radio broadcasting will be primarily in DAB+ from 2020, with the last analogue FM transmitter being decommissioned in 2024.
New services have popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG F03 - GENEVE. IP music and TRAXX.FM are broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s each. RADIO CITE and TROPIC have ceased.
A new service has popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG F03 - GENEVE. IP music is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. RADIO CITE has ceased.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the German local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt. Radio Ilmwelle is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.
On the German local ensemble Nuernberg, the service Vil Radio has ceased.
On Somerset, the service Triple Hits is now broadcasting in Joint Stereo at the higher bitrate of 128 kbits/s.
In the Czech Republic, a temporary service, Radio RETRO, has popped up on TELEKO DAB, broadcasting programmes linked to the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Snapshot updated.
In Belgium, a new regional ensemble is expected
to begin broadcasting before the end of May. Serving the Brussels region (including parts of Vlaams Brabant, Oost Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Waals Brabant and Henegouwen) from transmitters at Sint Pieters Leeuw and on the RAC building in Brussels, the ensemble will operate on Block 11A. At least seven radio stations are expected to be broadcast in DAB+ - Radio Club, Family Radio, Radio FG, Radio Maria, Radio City, Top Radio and Radio VBRO.
Snapshot added of the new Block 9D regional ensemble in the south west Netherlands, DAB+ Zuidwest.
Snapshot added of the Block 12A ensemble in Stuttgart, LfK-Test.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster SWR has brought a new transmitter at Lahr into service on Block 8D. The offical coverage prediction mapping
already shows the new transmitter site and the extent of the coverage of the ensemble SWR BW S
along both sides of the Rhine valley, including the French cities of Strasbourg and Colmar.
The UK regulator Ofcom has advertised a new local licence to cover Suffolk. The ensemble will operate on Block 10C. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Suffolk. The advertisement states that Ofcom will consider any proposals (along with the reasoning) from applicants for services to be delivered using DAB+. The closing date for applications is June 11th. Ofcom hopes to award the licence "as soon as practicable thereafter".
Czech snapshots updated. On the ensemble CRa DAB+, all services have switched from Protection Level 4 to 3 since the previous snapshot.
In Austria, the newspaper Der Standard reports
that the DAB+ pilot transmissions in Vienna should begin on April 15th.
In the Netherlands, the first tests for the forthcoming regional ensemble for Zeeland, DAB+ Zuidwest, have been reported on Block 9D.
In Denmark, the process of advertising the regional layer of multiplexes has resumed. The regulator had put the process on hold after becoming aware that a number of licences had already been issued using the frequencies proposed for the new ensembles. The advertisment has been reissued with the deadlines adjusted to allow for the delay.
On BBC National DAB, the temorary service BBC R2Country has now ceased.
In Germany, an ensemble is reported to have popped up in Stuttgart on Block 12A. LfK-Test is reported to be broadcasting five audio services (four DAB+, one "original-flavour" DAB) at a variety of Protection Levels. ("LfK" signifies the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg.)
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Monte Barro extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in Lecco. A new transmitter at Monte Mario was recently added to the network to serve Rome.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a new service, Downtown Country, to be added to N. Ireland. The published Variation Request Form shows April 13th as the implementation date.
Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated.
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the experimental broadcasts in Lyon by France Multiplex and TDF until September 30th 2015.
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the site used in Paris by Radio Coop and Rmux until September 30th 2015.
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the pilot Block 9A ensemble GRAM in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire until June 30th 2015.
In Denmark, the second-layer coverage for South Jutland on Block 8B is reported to be labelled DAB2 S
and carry five regional variations of DR P4, each at 88 kbit/s in DAB+:-
- DR P4 Esbjerg
- DR P4 Mid-Vest
- DR P4 Oestjylland
- DR P4 Syd
- DR P4 Trekanten
Details of the Block 13B ensemble are not yet known.
Wikipedia holds a map
of the DR P4 regions.
In the Netherlands, MTVNL has popped up on Block 5A. This frequency is licensed for Friesland. The signal is reported to be coming from Tjerkgaast. Similarly, MTVNL is also reported on air on Block 11B with signals emanating from Markelo.
In Denmark, the second-layer coverage on Blocks 8B, 11C and 13B, previously labelled DR DAB2
, has been regionalised and now carried DAB+ services. On Block 11C, the ensemble is now DAB2 OE
) and broadcasts five regional variations of DR P4, each at 88 kbit/s in DAB+:-
- DR P4 Bornholm
- DR P4 Fyn
- DR P4 Koebenhavn
- DR P4 Sjaelland
- DR P4 Syd
Details of the Blocks 8B and 13B ensembles are not yet known.
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR Ramasj./Ultra has ceased. DR Nyheder has migrated here from DR DAB2. The ensemble is also broadcasting an EPG again.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Connect FM to the local ensemble Peterborough.
In the Czech Republic, Radio Samson has popped up on RTI cz DAB in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
BBC R2Country has popped up on BBC National DAB, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The service will broadcast between midday and midnight from March 5th to March 8th. Snapshot updated. Currently, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting in Joint Stereo despite its 192 kbit/s bitrate.
In the Czech Republic, a new service has popped up on TELEKO DAB. Radio SAMSON is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
On the Netherlands Block 12C ensemble NPO, the service NPO Nieuws 24 has been relabelled NPO Radio 1Extra. A new service has popped up. NPO Test is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshots added of the newly-separated local ensembles Herts Beds Bucks and Northamptonshire. On the latter, local variants HEART Northants and SMOOTH Northants are now running.
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Coburg extends coverage of BR Bayern in Oberfranken. Pfarrkirchen extends coverage in Niederbayern.
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service Trash Can Radio has been relabelled Radio Nirvana, but still broadcasts programmes from Trash Can Radio between 7pm and 7am.
The UK regulator has published its invitation
to apply for trial minimux licences. Ten licences will be issued. Applicants may only apply for one licence. No fee is required in order to apply. Local authorities, political bodies, religious bodies, publicly-funded bodies, bodies exerting undue influence and broadcasting bodies (specifically the BBC and S4C) are prohibited from applying. Key components in the multiplexing and transmission hardware will be provided by Ofcom, as described in the Invitation. The closing date is April 7th 2015.
In the Netherlands, the website Radio.nl reports
that the regional ensemble for the southwest of the country will begin transmissions next month. The ensemble will operate on Block 9D.
Central Scotland snapshot updated.
Bradfrd&Huddersf, Humberside, Leeds, North Yorkshire, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear snapshots updated.
On the Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH and SMC D03 BE-FR, the placeholders LandLiebe (alt) have ceased.
In Germany, the Block 12D ensemble Bayern is to migrate to Block 10D, beginning with Augsburg/Hotelturm on February 24th. The process is expected to be completed with the migration of Ochsenkopf in the Fichtelgebirge, scheduled for May 12th.
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN. MEGA Radio SNA is reported to be broadcast in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.
The promised Engineering channel has popped up on HBB & Northants. According to the message loop, the two areas will split on February 20th.
Panjab Radio has reappeared on Bradfrd&Huddersf.
Snapshots updated of the local ensembles Aberdeen, Inverness and Tayside.
UK broadcaster Global plans a new service to broadcast on DAB. Heart Extra is to launch later this year, subject to regulatory approval.
A temporary service, Radio 2 Country, is to run as a pop-up from 12:00 to midnight on BBC National DAB for four days in March. The BBC plans further pop-ups later in the year, subject to regulatory approval.
Service Linking is now live across seven local ensembles in southern England, involving 11 services including Capital, Heart and XFM.
The UK regulator Ofcom is to advertise minimux trials in 10 areas - more than originally announced.
In the Czech Republic, the public-service broadcaster Český rozhlas intends to broadcast its own ensemble from this year. Currently, its services are carried on ensembles operated by private-sector multiplex operators. The first pilot transmissions on Block 12C are expected to begin in Prague. Český rozhlas aims to extend the ensemble to Brno, Ostrava and Plzeň by 2017.
, the service Redstone FM
has ceased. Snapshot updated. This latest change sets a new record for Wohnort snapshot obsolescence, taking place less than one hour after the previous snapshot. According to MuxCo
, the service is "taking a short break from the Surrey multiplex as it prepares for its re-launch."
A new service has popped up on North Yorkshire. YORKSHIRE COAST is reported to be broadcasting test transmissions at 128 kbit/s.
N. Ireland snapshot updated. Addition of Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY.
Swindon and West Wiltshire snapshots updated. Cessation of KISS.
Somerset snapshot updated.
Swansea SW Wales snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY.
Wolv'ton & Shrop snapshot updated. Increase of bitrate of Capital to 128 kbit/s.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the applications
for the forthcoming second national commercial ensemble.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt. Radio Ilmwelle is reported to be broadcasting test transmissions at 96 kbit/s in DAB+, with official service due to begin in the middle of February.
In Germany, COOLRADIO 1 and PN EINS have popped up on the local ensemble Augsburg in DAB+. The services were already broadcast on the ensemble Ingolstadt.
MuxCo has announced that Yorkshire Coast Radio will be added to the North Yorkshire local ensemble in February.
The receiver manufacturer Pure has published a support page
(in German) on its website for consumers who wish to establish whether their Pure receiver will receive DAB+ or not. The move coincides with the ending of "original-flavour" DAB broadcasts in Bavaria in favour of the newer DAB+ standard.
The UK regulator Ofcom has received two applications to operate the second national commercial ensemble:-
A joint application from Babcock’s Media Services business and Orion Media, a commercial radio group. Listen2Digital proposes to broadcast 18 national DAB services.
A consortium of Arqiva, a transmission company, and commercial radio broadcasters Bauer and UTV Media GB. Sound Digital proposes to broadcast 15 national DAB services.
Ofcom hopes to award the licence "by summer 2015" and the new ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting in 2016.
On the new MDR ensemble in Sachsen-Anhalt, the regional service from the MDR Studio in Stendal is now being broadcast alongside the existing variations. MDR S-ANHALT SDL is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in DAB+.
In Germany, the services of the public-service broadcaster MDR in Sachsen-Anhalt have migrated from a mixed public-service/private ensemble on Blocks 11C/12C to an MDR-operated ensemble on Block 6B. Eight transmitter sites from the original network (Freiberg, Oschatz, Wittenberg, Brocken, Kulpenberg, Jena, Sieglitzberg, Suhl) are transmitting the new ensemble at a higher power than previously. Two sites (Saalfeld/Remda and Weißenfells/Pettstädt) have been rebuilt. Five sites (Naumburg, Zeitz, Chemnitz-Totenstein, Zwickau, Ilmenau-Kickelhahn) have been taken out of service. The new transmitter network configuration means, however, that MDR is able to achieve better coverage at a higher power but using fewer sites. According to the announcement
from MDR, the private-sector services continue as before on Blocks 11C and 12C.
In Germany, the last remaining services to use "original-flavour" DAB on the Bavarian ensembles Bayern and BR Bayern have switched to using DAB+. The service Bayern 1 Franken, Bayern 1 Main and B5 plus have migrated from the Block 11D ensemble to Block 12D. The service Bayern 2 Nord has popped up on Block 12D. PULS has migrated from Block 12D to Block 11D. Also on Block 11D, the service Bayern 2 has been relabelled Bayern 2 Sued. A new service has popped up. BR Heimat is broadcasting at 128 kbit/s in DAB+.
In Belgium, the transmission provider Norkring België has announced
that DAB+ transmissions should begin this spring in Brussels, as the first step towards extending coverage throughout Flanders. Services are expected to be provided by Top Radio, VBRO Radio, Radio Maria, Radio FG, Radiostad and Family Radio and will supplement the existing offering in "original-flavour" DAB (currently) from the public-service broadcaster VRT.
The UK regulator has launched a consultation
on a large number of frequency changes and alterations to the licensed areas of local ensembles. The changes proposed form part of the Local DAB Expansion plan, which has been agreed between government, multiplex operators and the BBC and which is designed to improve the coverage of local multiplex services around the UK. Frequency changes have been requested that would affect eight local ensembles, as outlined in the Plan. Multiplex operators have also requested that Ofcom uses its powers to change the defined licence areas of thirty nine, in accordance with the Plan. The consultation document details the proposed changes and includes maps of the existing and proposed new licence areas. A footnote to the document reveals that Ofcom proposes to advertise a new local ensemble for Suffolk "shortly". Cumbria is mentioned only as an area without any local DAB service. There are no proposals to provide local DAB in Cumbria either in the Framework Agreement or in the consultation. Ofcom proposes to grant the requested changes but has invited "interested stakeholders" to contribute to the consultation by 3pm on February 25th 2015.
London 1 snapshot updated.
Coventry snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the bitrate of Capital has increased to 128 kbit/s. Heart has been relabelled Heart West Mids.
Birmingham snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and Absolute Rad 90s. Cessation of The Hits and Kerrang!.
Snapshots of the Spanish ensembles FU-E, MF1 and MF2 updated.
In Denmark, the regulator has suspended
the process of advertising a layer of regional multiplexes after becoming aware that a number of licences had already been issued using the frequencies proposed for the new ensembles. In particular, licences had been issued to hospitals for telemetry leading to the possibility of interference when the new DAB services started. The regulator has begun an investigation, which it expects to complete within one to two weeks.
Glasgow snapshot updated. Addition of Clyde 3. Cessation of The Hits.
Edinburgh snapshot updated. Addition of Forth 3. Cessation of The Hits.
In France, the regulator has published its report
on the future evolution of digital radio. It identifies priority areas for licensing such as Nantes and Lyon, where trials have already been conducted successfully, border areas such as Lille and Strasbourg where FM frequencies are scarce and areas with limited analogue offerings.
On the local ensembles Swindon and West Wiltshire, the service KISS is expected to cease overnight on January 30th/31st. In the meantime, the service has been relabelled Kiss - retune.
The website Digitalradio Österreich has published a map
showing the predicted coverage of the test transmissions in Vienna, expected to begin in April.
Malta snapshots updated and previous snapshots corrected. In as much as an Ensemble is its EId, then the ensemble that was on Block 6C Digi B 2 when the last snapshots were taken has migrated to Block 12A and a new ensemble Digi B 3 is transmitting on Block 6C. The regulator in Malta renewed Digi B Network's licences last year, with the exception of the L-band frequency. The new expiry date is 22nd March 2022.
The Malaysian regulator, the MCMC, has invited
tenders to provide consultancy services on digital sound broadcasting and development for the future. The tender document requires payment of a fee of RM 300, and the closing date is February 2nd 2015.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR, covering Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen, has shut down its medium-wave transmitters. Flensburg (702kHz), Hamburg-Moorfleet (972 kHz), Hannover (828 kHz) and Lingen (792 kHz) ceased transmissions on January 13th. Elsewhere in Germany, SWR, MDR, HR, RBB and Radio Bremen have already ended their medium-wave broadcasts.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the separation of the areas covered by the ensemble HBB & Northants. The current ensemble will continue as Herts Beds Bucks and will be transmitted on Block 10D only. A new ensemble, expected to be labelled Northamptonshire, will be transmitted on Block 10C. On each ensemble, the BBC service for the other area will be removed. On Northamptonshire, Heart Northants and Smooth Northants will replace the current 4 Counties versions, whose SIds will continue to be broadcast for an interim period with "Please Retune" labels. A temporary audio service Engineer is expected to be broadcast on both ensembles and carry a looped announcement describing the changes.
A new service has popped up on Sheffield. Hallam 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.
A new service has popped up on Leeds. Aire 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.
A new service has popped up on Tayside. Tay 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.
A new service has popped up on Teesside. TFM 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.
A new service has popped up on Tyne & Wear. Metro Radio 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio.
A new service has popped up on Lancashire. Rock FM 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. Snapshot updated.
A new service has popped up on Liverpool. Radio City 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. Snapshot updated.
A new service has popped up on Manchester. Key 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. KEY103Manchester has been relabelled Key 103. Snapshot updated.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster MDR has announced
that its transmitters will switch to Block 6B on January 28th. Halle/Petersberg, Kapaunberg and Schneidlingen currently operate on Block 11C. Brocken, Kulpenberg (S-A) and Wittenberg will switch from Block 12C. As in Sachsen and Thueringen, the resulting network is likely to have a new EId and Ensemble Label.
Snapshots of the German ensemble NDR HH and NDR MV updated.
Snapshot of the German ensemble S-ANHALT updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the data service MDR BWS has ceased.
Snapshot of the German ensemble MDR THUERINGEN updated. Technically, it could be considered to be a new ensemble, since it has a new EId and a new label, compared with the transmissions on Block 7B. Since the move to Block 8B, the data service MDR BWS has ceased.
Snapshot of the German ensemble MDR SACHSEN updated. Technically, it could be considered to be a new ensemble, since it has a new EId and a new label, compared with the transmissions on Blocks 6C/8D/9C. Since the move to Block 9A, the data service MDR BWS has ceased and the audio service MDRSACHSEN EXTRA is running at the higher bitrate of 88 kbit/s.
Czech snapshots updated.
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the service Radio ALFA is reported to have switched from DMB-Radio to DAB+.
In Switzerland, on-air dates for the next minimuxes have slipped again, with June 2015 being quoted for Aarau, Bern, Lugano and Oberwallis.
In Poland, the public-service broadcaster is planning new services to launch on DAB+ during 2015. Polskie Radio Dla Seniorów aimed at senior citizens and Polskie Radio Edukacyjne, a popular science radio for young people. Radio Mercury will broadcast documentaries, sports, journalism, music, entertainment and culture. The regional services Radio Gdańsk, Radio Kielce and Radio Kraków are expected to appear on DAB+ during the year.
Snapshots of the German ensembles Berlin/BRBG 7B and DR Berlin rbb 7D updated.
Snapshot of the Swiss ensemble SMC D02 corrected.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated. Addition of an MOT service TEST_SOHARD_SMC running as packet data at 8 kbit/s. Addition of a DAB+ audio service TEST32 running at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshot added of the North Baden-Württemberg ensemble SWR BW N. Snapshots updated of the ensembles SWR BW S and DRS BW.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH updated. Addition of a TPEG service TEST_V-Traffic running as packet data at 16 kbit/s.
Sussex Coast snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.
On the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB, the service SeeJay Radio has ceased.
The UK government has published a Framework Agreement
between the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the BBC, Commercial local DAB multiplex operators, Arqiva and Ofcom on the expansion of the local DAB network 2015-16. The programme of work to build out the local DAB network is scheduled to begin in March 2015 and, when completed, will extend local DAB coverage from around 72% of homes at present to circa 90% of UK households by late 2016.
Among the measures outlines in the Agreement, a new local ensemble for Suffolk on Block 10C is planned and the following frequency changes are expected elsewhere:-
- Humberside from Block 11B to 10D
- Liverpool from Block 11B to 10C
- Manchester from Block 11C to 12C
- Norwich from Block 11B to 10B
- Plymouth from Block 12A to 12D
- Sussex Coast expanded to cover the whole county and migrating from Block 11B to 10B
- West Wiltshire from Block 12D to 10D
On London 1 the service MAGIC has been relabelled Magic London.
HBB & Northants snapshot updated.
On D1 National, the service Magic has been relabelled Magic UK. Snapshot updated.
Edinburgh and Glasgow snapshots updated. Addition of KISSTORY and Absolute C Rock.
London snapshots updated.
Essex snapshot updated.
Cambridge snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.
Norwich snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.
Peterborough snapshot updated.
Leicestershire snapshot updated. Addition of Smooth Radio at 80 kbit/s.
Nottinghamshire snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio. The service Smooth Radio has dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Cessation of Pulse Xmas.
KISSTORY has popped up on Sheffield. The service Sth York's Magic has been relabelled Hallam 2. The services Absolute C Rock and Absolute Rad 60s have ceased. Snapshot updated.
KISSTORY has popped up on Leeds. The service Magic 828WYorks has been relabelled Aire 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.
KISSTORY has popped up on Humberside. The service Magic has been relabelled Viking 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.
KISSTORY has popped up on Liverpool. Magic Liverpool has been relabelled Radio City 2. Absolute Rad 60s and Absolute C Rock have ceased. Snapshot updated.
On Tyne & Wear, the service METRO, which was briefly Metro Radio 2 earlier today, is back to METRO. The service MAGIC has been relabelled Metro Radio 2.
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, DR Ramasj./Ultra is broadcasting a looped announcement announcing the closure of the service.
On London 2, LBC News 1152 has been relabelled LBC London News.
On London 3, Absolute Rad 60s has ceased.
KISSTORY has popped up on Teesside. Magic Teesside has been relabelled TFM 2. Absolute 60s has ceased.
KISSTORY has popped up on Tyne & Wear. METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio 2. Absolute 60s has ceased. The service MAGIC remains.
On Tyne & Wear, METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio 2. The service MAGIC remains.
Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY are reported to have popped up on Inverness.
KISSTORY is reported to have popped up on Birmingham. The Hits is reported to have ceased.
On Edinburgh, FORTH 2 is reported to have been relabelled Forth 2.
Absolute Radio has popped up on London 1, broadcasting at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. KISS and MAGIC are broadcasting at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s each. The Hits has ceased.
A new service has popped up on D1 National. Magic is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in Mono. Absolute Radio has dropped from 112 kbit/s Joint Stereo to 80 kbit/s Mono. Absolute R 80s is running at the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s. Absolute Rad 90s has ceased. These latest changes mean that only two of the fourteen audio services on the UK's national commercial multiplex broadcast in Stereo. Snapshot updated.
On Manchester, the service MAGIC Manchester has been relabelled Key 2. Snapshot updated.
KISSTORY has popped up on Lancashire. The service Magic has been relabelled Rock FM 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.
Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY are reported to have popped up at 64 kbit/s each on N. Ireland.
heat radio is reported to have popped up at 80 kbit/s on Cambridge, Kent, Norwich, Nottinghamshire and Sussex Coast.
KISSTORY is reported to have popped up at 64 kbit/s on Cambridge, Kent, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Stoke & Stafford, Sussex Coast and Swansea SW Wales.
NE Wales W Chesh and Stoke & Stafford snapshots updated.
In Poland, new ensembles have popped up in four cities:-
- Gdańsk/Chwaszczyno - Block 10D
- Kielce/Targowa - Block 11C
- Kraków/Chorągwica - Block 12D
- Poznań/Śrem & Poznań/Piątkowo - Block 12A SFN
The ensembles broadcast the national services of Polish Radio - Jedynka, Dwójka, Trójka and Czwórka – and Polskie Radio 24, Radio Rytm, the External Service and the regional service PR.
DAB+ transmissions have appeared in Spain. On the national ensemble MF2, a parallel service of Radio Maria has appeared in DAB+ alongside an existing version in "original-flavour" DAB. The DAB+ version is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s.
On the German Block 11D ensemble Radio fuer NRW, the service RADIO IMPALA has ceased.
On the German Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN, the service Radio Impala is reported to have ceased.
On the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the DAB+ test transmissions have ended. The service Fun Kids+ has ceased.
On the local ensembles Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales respectively, the services Pulse Xmas, Signal Xmas and Wave Xmas have ceased.
Stories prior to this date are now stored on the DAB Archives pages.