In Italy, twenty four local broadcasters have come together to form two joint-venture companies which will seek licences to operate DAB ensembles in an area including Florence, Pistoia, Prato, Arezzo and Siena. Tuscany DAB comprises the broadcasters Lady Purple Radio-Radio, Radio Bruno, Radio Effe, Radio Etruria, Lady Radio, Radio Margherita, Radio Four, Radio Six Six Sieve radio, Radio Studio Delta, Radio Voice of Hope Florence, RDF 102E7. The second company, Digital Radio Toscana, comprises Antenna Radio Esse, Controradio, Novaradio Radio 3 Network, Radio Alleluia, FM radio in Pistoia, Florence Radio, Radio Dating Valdichiana, Radio Pink Radio Siena, Siena Radio 2, Radio Toscana. Similar consortia are expected to be formed in the coming weeks in the province of L'Aquila and in Sardinia.
In Belgium, the operator of the Block 11A ensemble
that the network will be extended during 2016 and 2017. In Spring 2016, transmitters will be brought into service at Genk (for Limburg) Egem (for East and West Flanders) and at Schoten (for Antwerp). Further transmitters will be added to extend coverage of the ensembles across the whole of Flanders.
In Hong Kong, the government has, at the broadcaster's request (see October 5th), terminated the DAB licences held by Phoenix U Radio Ltd. On the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong, the services 22URadio and 26URadio have ceased.
The UK regulator has approved the addition of Christmas pop-up services to the local ensembles Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales. According to the Multiplex Variation Requests, the services should operate from November 27th to December 27th.
The French regulator, the CSA, has published its report
into this summer's consultation on the further roll-out of DAB. The consultation proposed advertising future ensembles this year, a selection process in Spring 2016 and transmissions beginning before the end of 2016.
In Slovenia, the regulator has readvertised
the provision of a T-DAB+ network. The previous advertisement was halted in October when the single offer received was judged not to meet the requirements of the tender dossier and was therefore excluded from the process. The new closing date is December 14th at 11:00.
The Swiss multiplex operator SMC has announced
that the new regional ensemble for Oberwallis will (although the announcement uses the past tense) enter service on December 1st on Block 11C.
Radio Caroline has popped up on Trial Norwich.
Update: Test transmissions on Block 10B are being reported from North Sussex ahead of the extension of Sussex Coast to the rest of the county and the migration of existing transmitters from Block 11B. The site under test is reported to be Truleigh Hill.
The Swiss broadcaster rro has announced
its intention to broadcast three services on DAB+ when the regional ensemble for Oberwallis begins transmissions in December. In addition to the main programme "rro", "rro müsig pur" and "rro swiss melody" will be broadcast. The ensemble is expected to operate on Block 11C.
On the local ensemble Somerset, the service Triple Hits has been relabelled 100% Dragon Hits.
Plymouth snapshot updated.
On N. Ireland, the service Q has been relabelled Q Radio.
A new service is reported to have popped up on Trial London. NuSound Radio is reported to be broadcasting at 128 kbit/s.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. The UK station Panjab Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The service BABELSBG RADIO is reported to have ceased since the last snapshot was taken.
Following Monday's test transmission, BBC WORLD SERVICE is reported to have reappeared on the Block 11A Belgian ensemble Norkring DAB+.
In the Czech Republic, a new service is reported to be broadcasting on the ensemble RTI cz DAB. The ČRo Retro service is subtitled "The Story of Science".
The UK regulator has extended the licence for the combined franchise for Plymouth and Cornwall, held by South West Digital Radio Ltd. Two distinct ensembles, Cornwall and Plymouth operate in the licence area. The new licence runs until October 31st 2024.
The UK regulator has authorised the addition of NJoy Radio Cornwall to the local ensemble Cornwall.
In Italy, DAB+ coverage has been extended to Valle d'Aosta with the bringing into service of a Block 12C transmitter that brings the ensemble Club DAB Italia to an area of the lower valley extending from Pont Saint Martin to Chatillon.
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the ensemble MTVNL. Team FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The bitrate of GrootNieuwsRadio has dropped to 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
A new service has popped up on Trial Brighton. The new subchannel for Resonance is running at 192 kbit/s, but when observed did not contain any MPEG audio. Snapshot updated.
On Coventry, the service Free Radio-Cov has been relabelled Free Radio. Snapshot updated.
Berks & N Hants and Kent snapshots updated.
Bournemouth snapshot updated. Cessation of Fire Radio.
Now you see it, now you don't. BBC WORLD SERVICE is reported to have disappeared from the Block 11A ensemble Norkring DAB+.
A new service has popped up on the Danish ensembles DAB2 OE, DAB2 N and DAB2 S. NOVA - Seebach is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s.
The local ensemble Sussex Coast is to migrate from Block 11B to Block 10B at the beginning of December 2015.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands regional ensemble DAB+ Zuid. Nine additional services compared with the previous snapshot.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands regional ensemble DAB+ Zuidwest. Nine additional services compared with the previous snapshot.
BBC WORLD SERVICE is now available by DAB+ in Belgium. The service has popped up on the Block 11A ensemble Norkring DAB+. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of Trial London added.
On the Italian ensemble EuroDAB Italia, the services RTL 102.5 Talk and RTL l'italiana have ceased. Snapshot updated.
Trial Birmingham snapshot updated.
On Birmingham, the service Free Radio-Bham has been relabelled Free Radio. Snapshot updated.
On Wolv'ton & Shrop, the service Free Radio-BC has been relabelled Free Radio. Snapshot updated.
On Liverpool, the service Citytalk has been relabelled Radio City Talk. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the Netherlands regional ensemble DAB+ Oost updated.
On the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, the DAB+ service Omroep West is running at the lower bitrate of 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On the Netherlands national commercial ensemble DAB+, the service JUIZE! has been relabelled 538NONSTOP. Snapshot updated.
On the Spanish national ensemble FU-E, the service RockFM has been relabelled MegaStar, having already broadcast the replacement service for a couple of days.
On Trial London, the services Rinse FM and Solar Radio are reported now to be carrying audio.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 11D. Herzogstand and Reit im Winkl improve and extend coverage of the ensemble BR Bayern in the Bayerischen Voralpen.
On the Spanish national ensemble FU-E, the service labelled RockFM is reported to have begun broadcasting audio from Megastar FM.
In Germany, the website radioWOCHE reports
that the demand for capacity on the local ensembles Muenchen
exceeds supply. One slot is available on each ensemble. Four applications were received for München and two for Nürnberg, meaning that the regulator for Bayern, the BLM, will conduct a selection process. For the local ensemble Ingolstadt
, three applications were received, matching the number of slots on offer.
Reception of the minimux Trial London is being reported from both north and south of the Thames. A new service is reported to have popped up today. Rinse FM is reported to be silent currently.
In Slovenia, the regulator has suspended
the tendering process for the provision of a T-DAB+ network. By the closing date, one offer had been received. This was judged not to meet the requirements of the tender dossier and was therefore excluded from the process.
In Germany, the operator of the national ensemble, Media Broadcast, has announced
that new transmitters will be brought into service at the beginning of November. Aalen, Hardberg, Kulpenberg, Lübeck-Stockelsdorf and Trier Petrisberg will broadcast DR Deutschland
on Block 5C from November 2nd. At the same time, existing transmitters at Braunschweig Drachenberg and Freiburg Vogtsburg will have their transmission powers increased. Braunschweig Broitzem will have its transmission power reduced. The announcement also details further transmitters to be added to the network before the end of the year.
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble MDR SACHSEN.
In the Czech Republic, all services on the ensemble TELEKO DAB are now being broadcast at the lower bitrate of 48 kbit/s, with the exception of CRo SPORT, which is now broadcast at the lower bitrate of 32 kbit/s.
In Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post reports
that the digital radio broadcaster DBC is to lay off 60 of its 200 staff in an effort to contain costs. DBC operates seven audio services on the SAR's Block 11C ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong
. According to the report, the seven services will remain but four of them will run without presenters.
In Germany, the Block 10D transmitter at Herzogstand has had its power increased from 500w to 1kW ERP. The increase improves reception of the ensemble Bayern in the region.
In France, the website lalettre.pro reports
that the Block 9A Paris ensemble RNT associative
, which broadcasts the city's community stations, is to have its transmitted power increased following improvements to the antenna and transmitter. The article speaks of 4kW. The multiplex uses the same open source technology as the UK's minimux trials and the minimuxes already in service in Switzerland.
In Sweden, the Svenska Dagbladet reports
that the government has decided not to proceed with a switchover from FM broadcasting to DAB+. Among the concerns expressed to the newspaper by the Culture Minister were the number of analogue receivers that would be rendered obsolete by the transition, the effect on Sweden's defence and disaster contingencies, and a difference of opinions on the necessity and desirability of a switchover not just between the commercial broadcasters and the public-service but also among the commercial broadcasters themselves. The Swedish government will observe Norway's switchover, in particular the defence and security aspects.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Hessen has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 7B. Hardberg improves coverage of hr Radio in the Rheinebene and in the Region Bergstraße as well as along the Autobahns A5/A67 and A6. The new site also serves a large part of the Odenwald.
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble DAB+ West. RADIONL2 NH-ZH is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
Trial Portsmouth snapshot updated.
The local ensemble West Wiltshire is to migrate from Block 12D to 10D overnight Thursday 22nd October 2015 to Friday 23rd October.
The BBC has recently brought into service new transmitters on Block 12B. Ballycastle Forest extends coverage of BBC National DAB in Northern Ireland. Candlesby Chalk Pit Lane improves coverage in Skegness, Ingoldmells and surrounding areas of Lincolnshire. Lincoln Clayton Road improves coverage in the City of Lincoln.
The UK regulator Ofcom recently extended the licence for the local ensemble Cambridge, held by Now Digital, for eight years to September 27th 2024.
Snapshot of the Belgium ensemble VRT DAB updated. VRT DAB+ Test running with Secondary Component VRT SLS DAB+Test compared with previous snapshot.
Snapshot of the Netherlands national ensemble NPO updated.
In Germany, the website radioWOCHE reports
that the public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk plans to build a separate multiplex for Oberfranken. According to the website, the transmitter Ochsenkopf is expected to enter service on Block 10B in December.
Now Digital's coverage map
for South East Devon
has been updated with a September iteration that includes new transmitters at Brixham and Kingswear (Dartmouth). The new sites have not yet been confirmed as being in service.
BBC World Service is to be broadcast in Belgium using DAB+. The operator of the Block 11A ensemble for Vlaanderen and Brussels, Norkring DAB+
, has announced
that the service will be added to the existing seven services in November.
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10B. Bolehill improves coverage of Derbyshire
in an area including Matlock and Wirksworth. An updated coverage map
is already available on the Now Digital website.
New transmitters have been brought into service in Leicester on Blocks 11B, 11D and 12B. Leicester Cardinal improves coverage in the city of Leicestershire
, D1 National
and BBC National DAB
. An updated coverage map
is already available on the Now Digital website.
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Mynydd Machen improves coverage of South East Wales in an area including Pontymister, Crosskeys, Abercarn, Machen and Caerphilly.
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of Vale Radio.
In Italy, a new Block 12C transmitter has been brought into service at Milano Corso Sempione, replacing old equipment at Via Turati. The change should improve indoor coverage of Club DAB Italia in the city.
In the Netherlands, there have been bitrate increases across the DAB+ services on the Block 12C ensemble NPO, typically from 64 kbit/s to either 96 kbit/s or 128 kbit/s. The changes make use of capacity that was previously lying vacant.
In Germany, Radio mauma.fm has ended its distribution by DAB+ on the ensembles Berlin/BRBG 7B and Hamburg K11C.
On the Netherlands regional ensembles DAB+ Noordwest and DAB+ West, RTV NH is reported to have been relabelled NH Radio.
On Trial Portsmouth, RedTrain Express has begun broadcasting audio at 64 kbit/s in Mono. Snapshot updated.
In Ireland, a temporary service has popped up on the Block 12A ensemble DAB Ireland Mux2
(Walk in my Shoes Radio
) is broadcasting (in "original-flavour" DAB) in connection with Mental Health Awareness Week.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11B. Rostock-Toitenwinkel brings the ensemble NDR MV to a population of about 600,000 in the Rostock conurbation and in the surrounding region from Kühlungsborn to Graal-Müritz towards the south as far as Schwaan. The existing transmission of NDR MV in Schwerin uses Block 12B.
On London 2, the service BBC London has been relabelled BBC Radio London.
Lincolnshire and Trial Manchester snapshots updated.
In Hong Kong, The Standard
reports that one of the service providers on the SAR's ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong
, Phoenix U Radio, wishes to return its licence to the government and cease its digital broadcasts. Pheonix operate the services 22URadio
. The Standard reports that the government is to its policy on digital sound broadcasting and will not issue any new licenses in the meantime, citing operational difficulties faced by existing operators.
Vale Radio is reported to have popped up on North Yorkshire.
In Poland, a temporary service is reported to be broadcasting on the Polish Radio ensembles. Radio Chopin, broadcast in connection with five-yearly International Chopin Piano Competition. The service includes archive recordings and features devoted to the composer. The service is broadcasting at 128 kbit/s in DAB+.
Big City Radio has popped up on Trial Birmingham, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.
On Trial Manchester, the service Niocast DAB has been relabelled New SUNSET Radio.
On the Dutch regional ensemble DAB+ Zuid, the service 8FM has been relabelled Radio 8FM No-Bra. Snapshot updated.
On the Dutch Block 11C ensemble MTVNL, the DMB services NED1 and NED3 are running at lower Protection Levels. Snapshot updated.
Christmas starts early in the Netherlands. On the Block 11C ensemble DAB+, Sky Radio Hits has been relabelled Sky Radio Xmas.
A new service has popped up on the Dutch ensemble MTVNL. Omroep West is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
On Trial Portsmouth, Info Channel has been relabelled RedTrain Express. The subchannel currently contains no MPEG audio. Meanwhile, the placeholder Retune, which had the former SId of Express FM, has now ceased.
EscapeToCornwall is reported to have popped up on Cornwall.
The UK regulator has authorised the addition of Pop Up Radio to Bournemouth, Derbyshire, Herts Beds Bucks, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, South East Devon and South Hampshire.
The media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen has announced
the results of a Call for Expressions of Interest in capacity on future Land-wide, regional or local ensembles. 16 potential service provicers responded, with a clear majority expressing interest in capacity on a Land-wide ensemble. There was much less interest in regional or local coverage. The regulator believes it would make sense to proceed to advertisement for a Land-wide multiplex.
The new ensemble Lincolnshire has entered into official service today.
On Trial Manchester, the looped announcement subchannel Niocast DAB has dropped to mono at 96 kbit/s.
Gold has migrated from London 2 to London 1 as planned, running at 128 kbit/s in its new home. On London 2, LBC London News is running at the higher bitrate of 64 kbit/s. The Arrow is now in Joint Stereo at 128 kbit/s.
On Norwich, The Beach has ceased as expected.
Snapshot added of the minimux Trial Aldershot. The ensemble is currently transmitted from Woking and does not cover Aldershot.
In Germany, three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Eichstätt, Pfronten and Treuchtlingen extend and improve coverage of BR Bayern.
Snapshots added of the minimuxes Bristol Trial and Trial Birmingham.
Birmingham, Bristol, Somerset and South East Wales snapshots updated.
The new Block 12A ensemble Muxco Lincs has been relabelled Lincolnshire.
Three new services have popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Chris Country is broadcasting in mono at 80 kbit/s. JACK Portsmouth and JACK 2 Portsmth are broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 112 kbit/s each.
On Trial Portsmouth, Gaydio is now broadcasting audio in 80 kbit/s mono.
The minimux for Aldershot is reported to have popped up on Block 8A.
The media regulator in Bavaria has advertised
capacity on local ensembles. In Ingolstadt
, capacity equivalent to three audio services at 72 kbit/s each is on offer. In Muenchen
, capacity for a service at 96 kbit/s is available. In Nuernberg
, capacity for a service at 80 kbit/s is being offered. Closing date is October 19th 2015.
In Germany, Funkhaus Europa has begun a service Refugee Radio
in Arabic and English for migrants and available from various ARD outlets, including DAB+.
On Tyne & Wear, Metro Radio 2 and Metro Radio 3 have been relabelled Metro 2 Radio and Metro 3 Radio respectively.
Gaydio has popped up on Trial Portsmouth. The service currently contains no MPEG audio.
Update: The online service thejazzuk has announced via its Twitter account its launch "in October 2015" on Trial Portsmouth, subject to regulatory approval. The operator of the minimux has announced that the service will be known as RedTrain Express.
The UK regulator has authorised the removal of The Beach from Norwich at 23:59 on September 28th.
Gold is to migrate from London 2 to London 1. The released capacity will be used to increase the bitrates of LBC London News and The Arrow. The Multiplex Variation Request for Gold's addition to London 1 shows a higher bitrate than is currently the case.
In Switzerland, the new minimux for Lausanne is reported to have popped up on Block 8C. DIG F03-Lausanne is currently broadcasting eight audio services, three of which are silent. These initial tests are liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and reconfigurations.
The operator of the forthcoming minimux trial in Glasgow has announced
it expects "to start testing with an exciting line up of radio stations on September 29th 2015".
Cambridge, Essex, Leicestershire, Norwich and Peterborough snapshots updated.
Snapshots of the minimuxes Trial Cambridge and Trial Norwich added.
Snapshot of Muxco Lincs added. Note the unusual Ensemble Label. The ensemble is currently under test.
UK TII table updated. Changes in Norfolk.
In Germany, the commercial broadcaster Klassik Radio has switched off
22 of its lower power FM frequencies, leaving only the high power transmitters in the main conurbations, resulting in significant cost savings. The broadcaster plans to rely more heavily on its nationwide broadcast as KLASSIK RADIO
on the national ensemble DR Deutschland
and on audio streaming from its web portal.
In Norway, the local ensembles are currently operating as trials that are scheduled to end in December 2016. The regulators are preparing to grant licences in the 37 local allotments
, which will run from January 2017 to December 2031. Where competing applications are received for an area, the winner will be decided by auction. Licences for uncontested areas will be awarded directly without proceeding to auction. The process is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2016.
Snapshot updated of the Block 9D Dutch regional ensemble DAB+ Noordwest.
London Greek Radio is reported to have reappeared on Trial Birmingham.
The first test transmissions have been reported from the forthcoming local ensemble for Lincolnshire, Muxco Lincs, on Block 12A.
Nottinghamshire and Stoke & Stafford snapshots updated.
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the Block 7A regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. Radio Onyx is reported to be broadcasting its Italian-language programme in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D in Südtirol (Alto Adige). Lüsen extends coverage of RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB in the municipality of the same name.
On Trial Birmingham, Big City Radio and L Greek Radio are reported to have ceased.
On Trial Portsmouth, the service ANGELxtra is now running at 64 kbit/s at half-rate sampling.
Gold Manchester has popped up on Manchester, replacing XFM Manchester, which ceased 24 hours earlier. Snapshot updated.
Ayr snapshot updated.
In the Netherlands, the regulator has awarded
the remaining capacity on the regional ensembles. If all the broadcasters take up their allocated capacity, all the regional ensembles, with the exception of DAB+ Zuidwest
, will be completely full.
In Italy, the transmitter Monte Faito broadcasting DAB+ RAI to Naples is reported to have migrated from Block 12D to 12B. In its place, CR DAB+ is reported to have popped up on Block 12D from Napoli Camaldoli-Eremo.
On Ayr, Berks & N Hants, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Essex, Kent and Sussex Coast, the service XFM is reported to have been replaced by Gold. These changes are also expected on Cambridge, Cornwall, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Devon and Swindon.
On Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, the service XFM has been replaced by Chill.
On London 1, the service XFM has ceased, with no replacement.
A new service has popped up on D1 National. Radio X is broadcasting in mono at 80 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On Central Scotland, the service XFM has been replaced by Gold. Snapshot updated.
In France, three additional services are reported on TDF Lyon, compared with the previous snapshot. Evasion and Sequence FM are broadcasting in DAB+. The third DAB+ service is labelled simply , and when observed was silent. The receiver reported bitrates of 87 kbit/s on all three.
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D in Südtirol (Alto Adige). Rosskopf extends coverage of RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB in Jaufen- and Pflerschertal and at Brenner .
The operator of the Glasgow minimux has announced
that the remaining capacity, auctioned last month, will be taken by LIKE Radio, subject to Ofcom approval.
On Swansea SW Wales, the service Wave Summer has ceased. On Stoke & Stafford, the service Signal Summer has ceased. It is likely that Pulse Summer has ceased on Bradfrd&Huddersf also.
The operator of Trial Portsmouth
has issued a Call for Expressions of Interest
from prospective broadcasters wishing carriage on the minimux. There is currently sufficient unused capacity for three additional services.
The first transmissions have been reported from the forthcoming London minimux on Block 9A. Four audio services are currently being broadcast, each at 128 kbit/s.
The local ensemble Norwich has migrated from Block 11B to 10B.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5B. Rotterdam-Waalhaven improves coverage of the ensemble MTVNL in South Holland.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the removal of XFM from Ayr, Berks & N Hants, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cornwall, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, London 1, Manchester, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Devon, Sussex Coast and Swindon. On Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, where Gold is already broadcast, XFM will be replace by Chill. In the capital, Gold is already broadcast on London 2. Elsewhere, the service will be replaced by Gold. The Variation Request specifies September 14th as the date of implementation. At the same time, Radio X is approved to be added to D1 National.
Correction: The minimux Trial Birmingham is reported to have popped up on Block 9A with ten audio services on board - seven at 128 kbit/s each and three in mono at 80 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on London 3. Ahomka Radio UK is broadcasting in 48kHz mono at 64 kbit/s.
DAB Ireland Mux1 and DAB Ireland Mux2 snapshots updated.
In Norway, the new local ensemble for Bergen has popped up on Block 11D from four transmitter sites with seven audio services on board.
In Norway, the service P8 Pop has migrated from local ensembles to the national ensemble, Norge Riks, where it is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. On those local ensembles that carried it, the SId used by P8 Pop has been taken over by P9 Retro, broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. On Norge Riks, the service NRK KLASSISK has switched from "original-flavour" DAB to DAB+ and is now running at 96 kbit/s. Only two "original-flavour" services remain - P4 LydenAvNorge and -RADIO NORGE-.
Seven audio services are reported to be broadcasting on Trial Norwich - four at 128 kbit/s and three at 192 kbit/s.
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. All subchannels on this ensemble now carry MPEG audio.
The UK services Capital, Heart and Smooth have implemented service following on their networks. Car radios equipped with service following will follow the same station on DAB and FM as they move around the country. Suitable receivers may be recognised in the UK by the Digital Tick Mark. Receivers authorised to use the Tick Mark have service following capability.
The BBC has brought four new transmitters into service on Block 12B, extending coverage of BBC National DAB
|Coppid Beech||Wokingham, Bracknell and surrounding areas
|Ramsey||Ramsey on the Isle of Man
This month's Radio Updates from Ofcom lists the Digital Sound Programme (‘DSP’) licences issued to services planning to broadcast on the trial minimuxes (here listed by area):
|Aldershot||Peter Moore||Radio Caroline
|Birmingham||Ambur Community Radio Limited||Ambur Radio
|Birmingham City Students’ Union||Scratch Radio
|Quidem Midlands Limited||Oak FM / Touch FM
|Starpoint Radio Limited||Starpoint Radio
|Switch Radio||Switch Radio
|Brighton & Hove||Festival Productions Limited||totallyradio
|London Musicians Collective Limited||Resonance/Resonance Extra
|Bristol||Bradley Stoke Radio Limited||Bradley Stoke Radio
|Somer Valley Community Radio Limited||Somer Valley FM
|Ujima Radio CIC||Ujima Radio
|UWE Students’ Union||Hub Radio
|Cambridge||Cambridge 105 FM Radio Ltd||Cambridge 105
|Cambridge Radio Limited||Star Radio
|Devaweb Limited||Chris Country
|Glasgow||Pulse Community Radio Limited||Pulse FM
|Radio Saltire SCIO||Radio Saltire
|London||Crackers Radio Limited||Crackers Radio
|London Musicians Collective Limited||Resonance/Resonance Extra
|London Greek Radio Limited||London Greek Radio International
|NuSound Radio Limited||NuSound
|Rinse FM||Rinse FM
|Solar Broadcasting Limited||Solar Radio
|Devaweb Limited||Chris Country
|Niocom Associates Limited||Manchester Business Radio
|North West Media Limited||Unity Radio
|Oldham FM Limited||Revolution 96.2
|Steve Penk Wind Up Media||The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel
|Norwich||99.9 Radio Norwich Limited||Radio Norwich 99.9
|Festival Productions Limited||totallyradio
|Future Digital Norfolk Limited||Future Plus
|Solar Broadcasting Limited||Solar Radio
|The NR5 Project||Future Radio
|Portsmouth||Express FM Limited||Express FM
|Mango Vibe Limited||Mango Vibe
|Martin Kirby||The Flash
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Eys improves coverage of NPO in South Limburg.
In the Netherlands, the commercial FM frequencies, originally planned to be auctioned for ten years in 2017, will now be extended by five years to 2022. They will be coupled with DAB+ distribution, effectively ending analogue-only licences for FM. The extended licences are expected to be the last.
In Australia, DAB "trials" in Darwin and Canberra, which began in 2010, have been extended by a further 12 months.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble DAB+.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL. GrootNieuwsRadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Löbau extends coverage of DR Deutschland in the Oberlausitz.
In the Netherlands, the last remaining service of the NPO to be broadcast on AM, NPO Radio 5, has ceased.
On South East Wales, Bridge FM has replaced Nation Hits!.
In the Netherlands, the new regional ensemble for North Holland, South Holland and Utrecht, DAB+ West, has popped up on Block 8A. Snapshot added. On the other regional ensembles, many new services have popped up, completing the regional DAB+ roll-out.
On the Netherlands Block 11C ensemble DAB+, the service SLAM!FM has been relabelled SLAM!. Efteling Radio has been relabelled Efteling Kids. Q-music and Q-music non-stop have been relabelled Qmusic and Qmusic non-stop respectively.
Trial Manchester snapshot updated.
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12B. Whalley extends and improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Lancashire.
The latest release of the Ofcom Tech Params sheet shows additional services on the forthcoming Birmingham minimux to those already known: Ambur Radio, Black Country CR, LGR, Starpoint Soul.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Roosendaal improves coverage of NPO in North Brabant.
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. This is expected to become outdated very quickly as the launch configuration is completed.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Emmen improves coverage of NPO in Drenthe.
Pirate Oldies is reported to have popped up on Cornwall and Plymouth.
Snapshot updated of the Block 10D German ensemble Bayern.
The local ensemble Norwich is to migrate from Block 11B to 10B overnight, September 8th/9th. At the same time, coverage is to be improved in North Walsham and along the A149, in Dereham and the A47, as well as parts of Swaffham and Watton.
UK TII table updated with changes at Winter Hill.
The first test transmissions have been reported from the Bristol minimux.
Trial Manchester snapshot updated with a couple of pre-launch relabellings.
On N. Ireland, Citybeat has been relabelled Q, following a recent change to the originating programme.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Wieringerwerf improves coverage of NPO in North Holland by the IJsselmeer.
On the Block 10D ensemble Bayern, the services KULTRADIO, ROCK ANTENNE, Radio Galaxy, Bayern 1 Franken, Bayern 1 Main, Bayern 2 Nord and B5 plus are now broadcasting at the higher protection level of EEP-2A. Absolut HOT has increased its protection level to EEP-3A.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the three Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH, SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 O-CH. SMC Roadshow is reported to be running at 72 kbit/s.
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble EuroDAB Italia updated. Services have recently been relabelled as follows:
RTL Classic --> RTL Best
RTL 102.5 Cool --> RTL Lounge
RTL 102.5 Rock --> RTL Rock
Snapshot of Trial Manchester added. Apart from the information barker NIOCast Digital, none of the other services yet carries MPEG audio.
The Minimux Trial Manchester has begun testing on Block 10B.
In the Netherlands, the transmission provider KPN Broadcast Services has begun Phase 3 of the DAB build-out with four new sites being brought into service on Block 12C in the next few weeks. The build-out will continue over the coming months, with a further 18 sites to be added, considerably improving coverage of the ensemble NPO.
On Trial Portsmouth, The Flash has been relabelled Flash.
Bidding has closed for the 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo slot being offered on the forthcoming minimux trial in Glasgow. According to information published
on the operator's website, the highest bid received was placed by a party bidding for the first time and seven minutes after the auction had ended. The last bid to be received on time was recorded just three minutes before the deadline. The identity of the winning bid has not yet been announced. The minimux is expected to begin broadcasting "by September 1st 2015".
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Bridge FM to South East Wales, replacing Nation Hits!.
On the minimux Trial Portsmouth, the service ANGELxtra is now broadcasting in mono, but remains at 128 kbit/s. Most of the Oldies Music played on the service is mono anyway. Snapshot updated.
In Slovenia, a tendering process is underway for the operation of a national ensemble that will broadcast on Block 10D. The advertisement expects a minimum of seven transmitter sites and for the multiplex to include an EPG. Today is the closing date for alterations or additions to the advertisment. September 4th is the closing date for the submission of offers. These will be opened by the regulator on September 21st. A decision is expected to be reached on October 23rd.
In Germany, the media regulator for Nordrhein-Westfalen has issued a Call for Expressions of Interest
for potential service providers and platform operators in broadcasting in DAB+. The current transmissions on Block 11D are operating on the basis of a trial which is due to end on December 31st 2015. Block 9D has been co-ordinated for a Land-wide ensemble. Resources for regional and local ensembles exist, but detailed planning for these would only take place if sufficient interest existed. Deadline for submissions to the regulator
is September 24th, 2015.
Trial Portsmouth has resumed transmissions on Block 7D.
UK TII table updated. Changes in Dorset and Devon.
London snapshots updated.
Swindon snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, Heart Wiltshire has been relabelled Heart Swindon.
Berks & N Hants snapshot updated. Cessation of the packet data service INRIX Test.
Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated.
The UK regulator has awarded the new local licence for Suffolk to MuxCo. The ensemble will operate on Block 10C. 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. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Suffolk.
On Trial Brighton, the fact that Smile Sussex has the same SId on both the minimux and on Sussex Coast means that the higher quality version cannot be accessed by normal means on some receivers (for example, the Pure Highway). The receiver stores the mono Sussex Coast version in the stations list. The only way to access the stereo version appears to be to tune to one of the other services on the minimux and THEN retune to Smile Sussex.
The holders of the licence for the Glasgow minimux, Scrimshaws/Avanchi, have announced their intention to launch by September 1st 2015. Six services have already been signed up and the operator is holding an auction for one remaining slot, equivalent to 128 kbit/s. The auction closes at 23:59 on August 17th.
Trial Portsmouth will be off the air for several days. It is expected that transmissions may resume at the end of the week, though there may be occasional transmissions while commissioning is completed.
The international NGO WorldDMB has announced that it is to revert to its original name, WorldDAB, to ensure that their name "reflects the primary mission of the organisation, which is to promote the adoption of DAB / DAB+ digital radio around the world."
Two new services have popped up on Surrey-NSussex. JACK Surrey and JACK 2 Surrey are running in mono at 80 kbit/s each.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11A. Pfaffenhofen Wolfsberg improves coverage of the local ensemble Ingolstadt with 10kW from the new site.
South Hampshire snapshot updated.
The Birmingham FM service Big City Radio has announced that it will be broadcast on the city's forthcoming trial minimux in addition to the five services already announced.
The Portsmouth minimux trial has popped up on Block 7D. Snapshot added.
In the Czech Republic, the Czech Radio ensemble has popped up in Prague on Block 12C with fourteen DAB+ audio services on board. Snapshot added.
On the Italian ensemble DAB+ RAI, the services Rai Radio1+, Rai Radio2+, Rai Radio3+, Rai radiofd4+, Rai radiofd5+, RAI WR6+, RAI WR7+, RAI WR8+, GRPR+ and Rai isoradio+ are reported to have been relabelled Rai Radio1, Rai Radio2, Rai Radio3, Rai Radio 4Light, RaiRadio5Classic, Rai Radio 6 Teca, Rai Radio 7 Live, Rai Radio 8Opera, Rai GrParlamento and Rai Isoradio respectively.
WorldDMB reports a trial ensemble is on air in the Latvian capital Riga, broadcasting two DAB+ audio services.
The UK regulator Ofcom has extended the licence for the local ensemble Berks & N Hants, held by Now Digital, for eight years to July 30th 2024.
In Switzerland, the holder of the minimux licences, Digris, has issued a revised timeline
for future ensembles. The next minimux to be brought into service is now expected to be Lausanne in November 2015. Here, capacity is expected to be over-subscribed and a selection process
will take place. A questionnaire for prospective applicants has been published, which should be returned to Digris by October 11th.
Snapshot added of the minimux Trial Brighton. The service Smile Sussex uses the same SId as the low bitrate mono version on Sussex Coast. It will depend on the Search & Store strategies of each receiver whether one version or the other or both are stored in the receiver's memory.
Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated. Addition of Premier Gospel and Heart Surrey since the previous snapshot.
In Italy, the spectrum regulator AGCOM has continued the process of planning DAB coverage across the country and assigned frequencies
in another three areas: central Tuscany, the province of L'Aquila and southeast Sardinia.
On Bristol and South Hampshire, the service Sam FM has ceased.
Paris listings updated. All services there are now using DAB+. The last service to switch from DMB-Radio is reported to have been LCF.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Cessation of Radio Paigham.
The first of the UK's ten minimuxes has popped up in Brighton. During the nine-month trial, six services are expected to be broadcast. Brighton was the site of the first test of the low-cost solution in 2012.
In the Netherlands, spare capacity on the regional ensembles is to be offered to broadcasters from August 14th. More than 30 licences are available, distributed as follows:-
DAB+ Noordwest (Block 9D): 10 slots
DAB+ Oost (Block 6B): 1 slot
DAB+ Zuid (Block 7A): 9 slots
DAB+ Zuidwest (Block 9D): 14 slots
There is no spare capacity on the forthcoming Block 8A ensemble for Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Not all of the services already holding capacity are yet broadcasting. The remainder are due to come on air on September 1st.
Poland listings re-written. Snapshots added of the Polskie Radio ensembles in Kraków, Opole and Wrocław.
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble Østfold.
Oslo/Akershus snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the national ensemble Norge Riks updated.
The website media.info reports
that the UK music royalty licensing organisation, the PPL, plans to collect additonal fees from all
radio stations that participate in the forthcoming nine-month minimux trials. According to the report, the additional fee (GBP 500 + VAT) would be greater than they pay, monthly, as a result of their existing, permanent FM licences. Media.info reported this development on July 21st. So far, no broadcaster has announced their withdrawl from the forthcoming technical trials. In Denmark, however, the imposition of substantial additional fees led directly to most of the guest broadcasters withdrawing from the pilot minimux Nivaa DAB
. The broadcasters argue that in many cases, the new DAB transmissions will replicate existing analogue coverage and as such do not represent additional exploitation.
Snapshots updated of the German ensembles Bayern and BR Bayern.
In Germany, the media regulator for Bayern has awarded capacity on the Block 10D ensemble Bayern to Radio PN Eins until 31.10.2019. The service PN EINS DANCE is currently broadcast on the local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt.
Snapshots added of the three ensembles broadcasting in Nice.
Snapshot updated of the Block 8A ensemble MCR Monaco.
Snapshot of the Italian national ensemble Club DAB Italia updated. Additional services. Some existing services running at lower protection levels and/or bitrates. Data services have ceased.
Snapshot of the Italian national ensemble EuroDAB Italia updated. Addition of RTL Talk. Most protection levels have been reduced since the previous snapshot. RTL ItalianStyle has been relabelled RTL l'italiana.
Snapshot of the Italian national ensemble DAB+ RAI updated. Addition of RAI WR6+, RAI WR7+ and RAI WR8+.
Snapshot of the regional ensemble DABMEDIA for Alto Adige (Südtirol) updated. Since the previous snapshot, services have switched to DAB+. Additional services are being broadcast.
Snapshot of the Block 12B regional RAI ensemble MUX DAB+ TAA for Trentino/Alto Adige updated. Some services are running at higher bitrates compared with the previous snapshot.
Snapshot of the Block 12D Italian ensemble DAB+ TAA DIG for Trentino/Alto Adige updated. Since the previous snapshot was taken, the service Radio Pace has been relabelled Radio Mater.
Snapshots updated of the Blocks 10B and 10D Italian ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB. Many changes since the previous snapshots, including Ensemble Labels, Service Labels, SIds, bitrates, protection levels and audio modes.
Snapshot of the Block 9C ensemble Augsburg updated. Addition of COOLRADIO 1 and Radio Ilmwelle.
Snapshot of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble DRS BW updated. Addition of BuergerMedien-BW. The service time-shares capacity on a daily rotation with HORADS 88,6 (Stuttgart), Freies Radio Wiesental (Wiesental) and Freies Radio Wüste Welle (Tübingen).
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Radio Yorkshire.
In Switzerland, a new data service is reported to have popped up on the Block 7A regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. TESTUnibasel_SMC is reported to be broadcasting an MOT Slideshow at 8 kbit/s.
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8B, extending coverage of the regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR.
In Italy, the transmitter at Castaldia in Friuli now broadcasts the ensemble DAB+ RAI on Block 12D instead of Block 12A. This ends a long-standing frequency clash with EuroDAB Italia and will result in a substantial improvement in the coverage of both ensembles.
The BBC has brought into service further transmitters on Block 12B in England and Wales. Haverfordwest and Swingate match the recent Digital 1 extensions. Turnpike Hill extends coverage of BBC National DAB in and around Hythe, Kent. Skinningrove improves coverage in Skinningrove, Loftus, Brotton and surrounding areas of Teesside. Wisbech improves coverage in Wisbech and surrounding areas. Holywell Brynford Hill extends coverage in Flintshire. Llandyfriog extends coverage to Newcastle Emlyn, Llandyfriog and surrounding areas on the Carmarthenshire border. Downham Market extends coverage to Downham Market, Norfolk, and surrounding areas.
Three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D in England and Wales. Haverfordwest improves coverage of D1 National in Pembrokeshire. Swingate, near Dover, extends and improves coverage close to the Kent coast. Warren Heath was brought into service in June, improving coverage in the Ipswich area.
A new service has popped up on Surrey-NSussex. Heart Surrey is reported to be running at 112 kbit/s.
On D1 National, the service TeamRock has ceased.
The UK regional ensemble Yorkshire has ceased as planned. Of the original six regional ensembles launched between 2001 and 2003, only Central Scotland remains. There are no plans to close this ensemble.
Snapshot added of the new regional ensemble in the Netherlands, DAB+ Noordwest.
A new service has popped up on London 2. Mi-Soul, at 64 kbit/s in mono, is broadcasting a barker ahead of the official launch tomorrow. French Radio Ldn has ceased.
Snapshot of the Swedish national ensemble SR RIKS DAB updated. Since the previous snapshot was taken, the service formerly SR Minnen (E20F) has been relabelled P2 K sommar.
Danish snapshots updated. Snapshot added of the new regional ensemble DAB2 OE.
The Danish regulator has awarded licences for twelve local ensembles
that will provide a third layer of coverage across the country. The licences are for eight years and begin on July 1st. The licence holders are obligated to be on air within 6 months of the start of the licences - i.e. by the end of 2015. Danish listings updated with details.
Snapshot added of the new German ensemble Hamburg K11C.
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.
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