Snapshot added of the new German ensemble Bremen K7D.
In Switzerland, the minimux operator Digris has published revised launch dates for its remaining areas:
Neuchâtel-Yverdon - July 2018
St. Gallen - December 2018
Oberwallis - December 2018
Rheintal - March 2019
Fribourg - May 2019
Glarus - May 2019
On SDL National, the service Sunrise National has been relabelled Sunrise Radio UK.
Snapshot updated of the German local ensemble Muenchen. Cessation of the packet data service TPEG-SAFARI.
In the Netherlands, the service KBC, formerly broadcast on the regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL has popped up on at least some of the instances of the MFN MTVNL.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL. CYBER GOLD is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The service that was formerly time-shared between KBC and Radio Seagull appears to have ceased.
In Germany, the division of the former Nby/Opf network into two separate ensembles, Niederbayern and Oberpfalz, has taken place. Snapshots added.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. Cyber Gold is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32kbit/s. The service Eagle 70s has ceased. The existing service Eagle 80s has switched from DAB+ to "original-flavour" DAB and is now running at 112 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the Netherlands regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL. Relabelling of the three regional variations of RADIONL.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 9C. Hühnerberg (7.1 kW) improves coverage of the local ensemble Augsburg between Donauwörth and Nördlingen.
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 10A. Untersberg and Wasserburg improve coverage of the regional ensemble Obb/Schw.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11D. Wasserburg improves coverage of the ensemble Bayern.
On the Croatian ensemble OIV DEMO, the service Soundset Trsat has been relabelled Laganini. Snapshot updated.
In Germany, the new ensemble for private-sector broadcasters in Bremen has popped up on Block 7D. Bremen K7D is reported to have five DAB+ audio services on board.
On London 2 the service Thames Radio has been relabelled Nation Radio.
In Slovenia, a new transmitter is reported to have been brought into service on Block 10D. Malič Laško extends coverage of the national ensemble MULTIPLEX R1.
Snapshot of the Swedish pilot ensemble TERACOM Test updated. A new service has popped up since the previous snapshot was taken. Star FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s. Other services on the ensemble have had their bitrates adjusted.
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble CRDAB Piemonte updated. Since the previous snapshot was taken, the service Radio Informa has been relabelled Hot Block Radio.
Snapshot of the national Italian ensemble DAB+ RAI updated. Addition of Rai Radio1 Sport and Rai Radio2 Indie. The packet data services EPG and TPEG were not running when this snapshot was taken.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 10A. Reit im Winkl improves coverage of the regional ensemble Obb/Schw.
In Italy, transmissions in Napoli on Block 12D have ceased. The ensemble CR DAB Campania is understood to be in the process of migrating to Block 10D.
In Italy, two new transmitters has been brought into service on Block 12A. Selvapiana (BS) improves coverage of EuroDAB Italia in the province of Brescia near the Lago di Garda. Albosaggia (SO) improves coverage in the area of Sondrio and Valtellina.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Grossetto improves coverage of * DAB Italia * on the coast of Toscana, across the plain of the Ombrone river.
In France, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Finance have launched a consultation
on a government proposal to delete DMB-R (aka DMB-A) from the national specification, leaving DAB+ as the sole system authorised for use in France. In practice, DMB-R has already be abandoned by the broadcasting industry. A test ensemble in Rambouillet operated by the automobile manufacturer Continental includes in its line-up the last remaining instances of DMB-R in France. Closing date for responses to the consultation is July 13th.
In Germany, the regulator for Bremen has announced
that the commercial ensemble will launch on June 27th. ENERGY Bremen, Nordseewelle, Radio B2, radio ffn and RADIO ROLAND are expected to be broadcast on Block 7D.
In France, the regulator has launched a consultation
prior to advertising national multiplexes. According to documentation
published to accompany the consultation, two layers of coverage are foreseen, comprising 22 and 17 allotments respectively. The closing date for responses is July 10th.
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been activated on Block 9D. Zuerich Escher Wyss should be considered to be under test at the moment but once in full service will improve reception of the minimux DIG D04 - ZH in the city centre.
In Poland, a temporary service has popped up on the Polskie Radio ensembles. Radio Literatura is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s and coincides with the 18th Festival of Theatre of TVP (Polish Television) & Theatre of Polish Radio "Two Theatres" in Sopot which takes place from 25th June to 8th July. Snapshot updated.
In Italy, two new transmitters have recently been brought into service on Block 12C. Saint-Vincent in Valle D'Aosta improves coverage of * DAB Italia * between Fenis and Arnad. Carini serves the coast of Sicily from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo.
In Italy, a new service, Rai Radio2 Indie, is reported to have popped up on DAB+ RAI.
In Poland, the website wirtualnemedia reports
some interesting attitudes to DAB+ among commercial broadcasters in the country. The remarks come against a backdrop of the National Broadcasting Council preparing to advertise as many as 34 local multiplexes in the second half of this year. Each ensemble would be able to accomodate up to 12 stations. The article uses the word "deadly" to describe costs associated with switching to digital. Andrzej Matuszyński, president of the Eurozet group, believes that "digitization of the radio can be very harmful for this medium in Poland". He continues, "Today we are talking more about digital multiplexes and radioplayer solutions (BBC technology solution - note). It is a platform that integrates all broadcasters and under the control of those participants of a given market. Such commercial solutions have been in existence for a few years and almost every major broadcaster has a tool that integrates its station in one place." The article quotes Maciej Brzozowski, director of public relations at Bauer Media: "in our opinion, DAB+ technology has no future. We have repeated this many times"
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has brought a new transmitter into service at Pfronten, improving coverage of the Block 10A ensemble Obb/Schw.
In France, the regulator has licensed
Rmux to broadcast on Block 8D. The operator previously used Block 7B to broadcast the ensemble RNT Nice 6
, but this ceased in 2017 and three of its services migrated to RNT Nice 3
In France, the first test transmissions from one of the future ensembles for Strasbourg have been reported on Block 6C, with thirteen audio services on board. No date has yet been announced for the official start of service.
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN, the service TOPradio has returned to its previous bitrate.
In France, new ensembles have been launched in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The first to enter service cover Lille. Further local ensembles are expected to enter service officially in Calais and Dunkerque by the end of this month, and in Lens-Douai and Valenciennes by "the end of the summer".
The public-service broadcaster in the French-speaking region of Belgium, RTBF, has reduced the number of hours transmitted by medium-wave sites. Wavre (621 kHz, transmitting La Première and Houdeng en Hainaut (1125 kHz, transmitting VivaCité) now broadcast from 06:00 to 20:00 (previously 05:00 to 24:00).
In Denmark, the annual temporary service service Folkemøde has ceased, following the end of the political event on Bornholm. The existing service 24syv has returned to its normal bitrate.
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN, the service TOPradio is now running at the lower bitrate of 72 kbit/s.
On the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the service Upload Radio has ceased.
In Italy, a new service, Rai Radio1 Sport, has popped up on the ensemble DAB+ RAI, coinciding with the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
DAB+ transmissions have begun in Ukraine. A pilot ensemble operated by Концерн РРТ (BRT Concern) is reported to be on air in Kiev, with seven services on board.
On the Swiss minimuxes DIG D04 - AG, formerly DIG D04 - AARAU and DIG D04 - BS, the service Radio Smash has been relabelled MultiKulti Radio.
In Denmark, the annual temporary service service Folkemøde has popped up as usual on the regional ensembles, coinciding with the political event on Bornholm and running at 24 kbit/s in mono DAB+. The existing service 24syv is running at a lower bitrate to accomodate the newcomer.
A new service has popped up on Trial Norwich. 45 Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Since the last snapshot was taken, Jazz FM Norwich has switched to DAB+. There are now 20 services on this city's minimux, only two of which remain in "original-flavour" DAB.
On Trial Manchester, the service Flame Christian is reported to have ceased.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Hessen has announced
that new high-power antennas have entered service at Rimberg and Habichtswald, improving coverage of the Block 7B ensemble hr Radio
in Nordhessen. A new transmitter at Gießen-Dünsberg is to be brought into service in the second-half of 2018 which will improve coverage in Mittelhessen.
In Germany, the media regulator in Hessen has granted
Radio/Tele FFH Gruppe permission to broadcast "FFH-Rock" and "planet radio – black beats" via DAB+.
In Germany, one of the services on the ensemble DR HESSEN
, has announced
that four additional transmitters will be brought into service on July 1st, extending coverage to Nord-, Mittel- and Osthessen.
On the German ensemble hr Radio in Hessen, hr4 is now running as three regional services. The existing instance has been relabelled hr4 Sued, while hr4 Mitte and hr4 NORD have popped up as new services.
In Switzerland, the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced
that TPEG will enter official service in 2019. Test transmissions have been taking for some time on the SRG/SSR ensembles, but these are liable to interruptions until the test phase is complete.
In Italy, new transmitters on Blocks 10B, 10C and 10D have been brought into service at Ratschings, improving coverage of the two RAS ensembles and DABMEDIA in the Ratschingstal.
In the Czech Republic, the Director General of the public-service broadcaster, Český Rozhlas, has announced plans to extend coverage of the broadcaster's ensemble this year and next. A main transmitter at Jihlavě would extend coverage to Vysočinu, with additional smaller sites ensuring unbroken coverage along the D1 motorway. In 2019, the intention is to provide coverage along the D7 and D11 motorways.
In Germany, a court in Leipzig has upheld a complaint by an unsuccessful candidate for the second national multiplex that the process violated the principle of equal opportunities for applicants. The immediate effect of the ruling is that the ensemble, which was licensed in November 2017, cannot go on air as planned until the dispute has been resolved.
On the German ensemble DR HESSEN, the service interviewRadio is reported to have ceased.
In France, the regulator has launched no fewer than thirteen consultations on proposals to introduce DAB+ services in Annecy, Avignon, Bayonne, Besançon, Dijon, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Orléans, Pau, Poitiers, Saint-Etienne, Toulon and Tours. Twenty eight ensembles are under discussion. The closing date is June 27th 2018.
Snapshot added of the Danish regional ensemble for Midt Nordjylland, Viborg-Skive.
Two new services have popped up on Trial Norwich since the last snapshot. Zack FM and Panda Radio are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 and 48 kbit/s respectively. The service Antenna Radio has ceased.
On the local ensemble Liverpool. The Hits has been relabelled Hits Radio.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Lancashire. Hits Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s. The service The Hits has ceased.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Manchester. Absolute C Rock is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s. Key 103 has been relabelled Hits Radio Manc. Key 2 has been relabelled Key Radio. The service The Hits has ceased.
Snapshot updated of the Danish national ensemble, DK DAB1.
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble for Vest-Agder, Agder Lokalradio.
Snapshot added of the Block 12D ensemble operating in the Stockholm area and now labelled Bauer Media.
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. Addition of Delite Radio, Matryoshka Radio, Asian Star and LGreekR. Cessation of Antenna Radio, Blast!, Starpoint Soul, YOUR Radio and Radio Telstar. Since the previous snapshot, Timeless Radio has switched to DAB+.
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