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Update History

April 7th
In Croatia, two new transmitters have been brought into service. Psunj on Block 8C and Ugljan Mala Glava on Block 10C extend coverage of the ensemble OIV DEMO - the former in Nova Gradiška and the surrounding area, the latter in Zadar and the surrounding area.

April 7th
Snapshot of the German ensemble Bremen K7D updated. Addition of Rad.Weser.TV BHV.

April 7th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Undervelier improves coverage of SRG SSR F01 in Undervelier and the surrounding area in canton Jura.

April 7th
The UK regulator has published its responses to a recent consultation on the licensing of future small-scale DAB ensembles and has announced the advertising arrangements for forthcoming licences. They will be advertised in batches, the first of which will be for 25 licences across the UK, including five areas where trials are currently underway. The second batch will be for licences in northwest England and northeast Wales. Further batches will follow. In response to submissions received, the use of DAB+ will no longer be mandated and the choice between "original-flavour" DAB and DAB+ will be left to the market. Because of the current COVID-19 emergency, however, no date has yet been set for the first batch.

April 6th
On London 3, the "original-flavour" DAB service Sout Al Khaleej has switched to the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s. The service LoveSPORT London has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 6th
On the Swedish SR ensembles, the service SR P7 Sisuradio has been relabelled SR Finska. The new ensemble SR MALMÖHUS has begun to alternate between daytime and nightime configurations, in the same manner as the formerly nationwide ensemble, now broadcast only in Stockholm, SR DAB. The packet data service broadcast on the Stockholm ensemble continues to be labelled TPEG Riks, although it is not broadcast on SR MALMÖHUS.

April 5th
In France, the Block 8D ensemble in Marseille, formerly labelled RNT Marseille 6 is reported to have been relabelled RNT Marseille 5 recently. Its EId, formerly F006, is reported to have changed to F005. Problem: The existing Block 8C ensemble SDN was already using F005, and according to reception reports from the city still does. Two different ensembles in the same city with the same EId? Zut!

April 5th
In France, the regulator has set a new closing date for applications for remaining capacity on the forthcoming national ensembles. The CSA had already postponed the original closing date in view of the current COVID-19 emergency. The new electronic procedure involves notifying the CSA by July 6th of their intention to submit applications. The regulator will then acknowledge receipt and send the candidate(s) the electronic procedure for filing the application, which must be completed by July 10th.

April 5th
Paris snapshots updated. Multiple changes since the previous observations.

April 4th
In Slovenia, the first test transmissions of the forthcoming ensemble for the Ljubljana area have been reported on Block 7D: Slovenia DAB+ R3. Its test service Slo testR3 is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 192 kbit/s.

April 4th
Snapshot of the French ensemble RNT Paris 5 updated. Addition of AMI La Radio. Its SId has changed since the new service first appeared.

April 3rd
In the Netherlands, the regulator has published details of the first broadcasters to have been allocated capacity on forthcoming local ensembles. The process is ongoing and further awards are expected soon. The first tests of the new ensembles have already been reported. An ensemble St. Combi Media was reported on air on Block 8B in Heiloo with six services on board.

April 3rd
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. Release is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 2nd
In France, a new service has popped up on RNT Marseille 5, the service TOP FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s..

April 2nd
On the UK local ensemble Sussex, the service BBC Sussex has been relabelled BBC Radio Sussex.

April 2nd
Berlin/BRBG 7B snapshot updated. Addition of Radio Arabica. Other changes since previous snapshot.

April 2nd
The configuration of Trial Portsmouth is now dynamic. Overnight, the services 60s and Flash point to the same audio stream. During the day, they have their own discrete streams.

April 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on Berlin/BRBG 7B. The Berliner Morgenpost reports that Radio Arabica is the city's first Arabic radio station.

April 1st
In Germany, new transmitters have been brought into service at Wertheim. From this site in Baden-Württemberg, the public-service broadcaster SWR extends and improves coverage of SWR BW N (Block 9D) in an area that includes Main- and Taubertal, Wertheim, Kreuzwertheim, Reicholzheim, Dertingen and Nassig. At the same time, the public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble Unterfranken (Block 10A) and the Land ensemble Bayern (Block 11D) in an area including Hasloch, Kreuzwertheim and Triefenstein, while also providing fortuitous overspill into Baden-Württemberg.
[This item has been updated to add the Block 11D ensemble]

April 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the local ensemble Ingolstadt. HOAMATWELLE is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

April 1st
On the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service BBC Surrey has been relabelled BBC Radio Surrey.

April 1st
In France, a new service has popped up on RNT Paris 5. AMI La Radio is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

April 1st
In Denmark, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble DK DAB1. Radio Loud is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Voice of Islam is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. The service Tameside Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
On Trial Portsmouth, the service CelticMusicRadio has ceased. The existing DAB+ service 60s is now running at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Birdsong is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. YOUR Radio has been relabelled Retune to Nation and now points to the same stream as Nation Radio, which is running at 160 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The packet data service muxcast.com is now running at 128 kbit/s. The services News Radio UK, Sunrise Radio and United DJs have ceased. Snapshot updated.

March 31st
In Germany, the small-scale pilot in Kiel has begun transmissions using Block 5A. Two services are reported to be on board currently, with others to follow later.

March 31st
In Slovenia, the closing date for the advertisement of four programme slots on the forthcoming ensemble for Ljubljana, originally set as April 8th, has been postponed until April 22nd because of the current emergency. Prospective applicants are requested to monitor the regulator's website in case further changes are made.

March 31st
Two new transmitters have been brought into service in the Czech Republic. Plzeň on Block 6D and Ostrava - Hošťálkovice on Block 7D bring the ensemble CRa DAB+ to those cities, with the same lineup of commercial services as in Prague.

March 30th
In Germany, the public-service broadcasters Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Radio Berlin Brandenburg have appointed Media Broadcast to provide them with transmission services for their DAB+ multiplexes. The corresponding contracts are valid for four years with an option for an additional two years. Media Broadcast will assume its responsibilities on April 1st, 2020.

March 28th
On the Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH and SMC D03 BE-FR, the service VIRGIN HITS has been relabelled VIRGIN RADIO. The same is probably true also on SMC D03 N-CH, but has not yet been confirmed.

March 27th
In Bulgaria, test transmissions have resumed on Block 12B. The ensemble, now labelled BULGARIA, is reported to have sixteen audio services on board.

March 27th
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Schleswig-Holstein ensemble NDR SH. R.SH is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

March 27th
In Denmark, a new packet data service has popped up on NivaaDAB. Covid-19 slides carries information about the current emergency. Those services on the ensemble that did not already have their own slideshow now point to the slideshow as a Secondary Component. Snapshot updated.

March 27th
In Sweden, the previously national ensemble SR DAB has been regionalised. The Block 12B transmission in Malmö is now labelled SR MALMÖHUS and includes the regional service SR P4 Malmöhus, broadcasting in DAB+ at 184 kbit/s. The packet data service TPEG Riks is absent from the new ensemble. Snapshot added. It remains to be seen whether the service SR P7 Sisuradio will continue to alternate in a time-shared subchannel with the nationwide service SR P4. As of this morning, the Block 12C instance in Stockholm continues to be labelled SR DAB. It already included the regional service SR P4 Stockholm.

March 26th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Little Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 26th
On the regional ensemble Central Scotland, Pure Radio is using the tag line "your isolation station".

March 26th
Snapshot added of the Block 6C Swedish ensemble in Göteborg, NENT GROUP.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, is broadcasting information about the Corona-Virus emergency in nine languages via its service WDRcosmo. Turkish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Arabic "and the languages of south-eastern Europe" are broadcast Mondays to Fridays, while Spanish, Kurdish and Greek are broadcast at the weekends.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has reduced the bitrates of the online versions of its services to reduce the payload on the internet and facilitate essential services. The broadcaster's over-the air offerings, whether by DAB+, DVB-T, DVB-T2 or DVB-S, continue as before. Other online services such as YouTube and Netflix have also reduced their bitrates.

March 24th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has combined the services Bayern 2 Nord, broadcast on Oberfranken, Mittelfranken, Unterfranken and Obb/Schw, Bayern 2 Sued, broadcast on Bayern, and B5 aktuell, broadcast on Bayern, into a single service for the duration of the present emergency. The individual audio streams remain but now carry the same audio.

March 24th
In Germany, the migration of the regional ensemble Oberpfalz from Block 12D to 6C has been paused midway because of the present emergency and the ensemble is currently operating as an MFN. Altenstadt an der Waldnaab has already switched and the new sites Amberg (Stadt) and Kelheim have entered service. However, the remaining sites will remain on Block 12D for the time being.

March 24th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble Bremen K7D. Addition of krix.FM.

March 23rd
In Slovenia, RTV SLO, who were awarded the operation of the second- and third-layer ensembles at the beginning of the year, has announced that the networks are under construction and announced starting dates of August 8th 2020 for the second layer and April 17th 2020 for the third. The regulator has advertised four programme slots on the third-layer ensemble for Ljubljana. Closing date is April 8th.

March 22nd
In Sweden, the national ensemble SR DAB now broadcasts the service SR P3. The bitrates of existing services SR P3 Din Gata, SR Knattekanalen and SR P4 Stockholm have dropped to 96, 96 and 184 kbit/s respectively. Snapshots updated.

March 22nd
In France, the regulator has issued authorisations to the operators of the reorganised ensembles in Paris, Marseille and Nice. In effect, the operator on each block remains the same.
CityBlockCurrent LabelOperator
ParisBlock 6ARNT Paris 2Rmux
ParisBlock 9ARNT AssociativeLa Coopérative de Radiodiffusion
ParisBlock 9BRNT Paris 5Rmux
ParisBlock 11ARNT Paris 6Radiomux
MarseilleBlock 8ARNT Marseille 2Radiomux
MarseilleBlock 7ARNT Marseille 3Rmux
MarseilleBlock 8CSDNSDN
MarseilleBlock 8DRNT Marseille 6Rmux
NiceBlock 11ARNT Nice 1Radiomux
NiceBlock 11CRNT Nice 3Rmux
NiceBlock 8DRNT NICE 6Rmux
[This item has been updated to add subsequent information about Paris Block 11A.]

March 22nd
HealthInfoRadio has popped up on Trial Manchester, broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. All the Trial ensembles now broadcast this information service apart from Bristol.

March 21st
In Austria, the information channel on CityMUX Wien II has been relabelled EWF COVID19 DT and continues to broadcast information about the current outbreak in German. Four other channels have popped up. EWF COVID19 EN has information in English, EWF COVID19 TR Turkish and EWF COVID19 RO Romanian. EWF COV BS SR HR is broadcasting announcements in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.
[This item has been edited to correct the languages being broadcast.]

March 21st
In France, the regulator has announced that in view of the current COVID-19 emergency, the closing date for applications for remaining capacity on the forthcoming national ensembles has been postponed indefinitely. A new closing date will be fixed when circumstances permit.

March 20th
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Radio Africana is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

March 18th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the packet data service V-Traffic has ceased.

March 18th
On the local ensemble Lincolnshire, the service ATLANTIS has ceased.

March 18th
In France, a new service has popped up on the Block 8C Marseille ensemble SDN. Freq Mistral is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

March 18th
In France, the regulator has published a long list of broadcasters seeking capacity advertised in July 2019, whose applications have been deemed admissible. The list does not specify the area(s) in which each applicant has sought capacity, but in many cases, the area can be inferred from the identity of the applicant. Both regional and local ensembles were advertised, along with vacant capacity on existing ensembles.

March 18th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service ATLANTIS has ceased.

March 17th
HealthInfoRadio is reported to have popped up on Trial London, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

March 17th
In Germany, krix.FM has popped up on Bremen K7D, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

March 17th
HealthInfoRadio has popped up on Trial Cambridge, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

March 16th
On Trial Birmingham, auraltime is has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio and is now running at 24 kbit/s.

March 16th
On Trial Aldershot, auraltime is has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

March 16th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought a new transmitter into service in southwest Schleswig-Holstein. Brunsbüttel extends coverage of NDR SH to an area bounded by Friedrichskoog, Itzehoe und Glückstadt.

March 16th
On Trial Norwich, auraltime is reported to have been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

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