On London 3, the service Kismat Radio, silent since the beginning of February, is reported to have ceased.
Ofcom has published a consultation
on proposed changes to its Digital Radio Technical Code and accompanying Guidance Notes.
The proposals would allow for the use of DAB+ on the future "D2" second national commercial multiplex, though this would not be mandatory. The use of DAB+ would initially be limited to 30% of the available capacity.
Ofcom believes competition between services and with other media provides effective self-regulation in matters of sound quality and therefore proposes to remove the minimum bitrate requirement. According to the consultation document, "there is no evidence to suggest dissatisfaction from consumers with the technical quality of content from platforms that are not subject to explicit technical quality standards requirements". Ofcom extrapolates this to mean that there is no need for minimum standards on DAB either.
Ofcom proposes that all DAB/DAB+ broadcasts should use UEP3 or EEP3 as appropriate. Broadcasters may use greater error protection if they wish, but any subsequent reduction in error protection may be subject to consultation. Under Ofcom's proposals, broadcasters would not be permitted to reduce
error protection to UEP 4 or 5, but doesn't mention whether services already using those protection levels would be permitted to continue doing so.
Ofcom proposes to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding that was agreed with broadcasters relating to the introduction of new transmitters. The MoU was designed to ensure that new transmissions did not cause interference to neighbouring ensembles using the same frequency, nor punch unacceptable holes in the coverage of other ensembles in the same area. As the roll-out of DAB continues, more sites will be required and Ofcom proposes a more streamlined approach to the approvals process, details of which are included in an Annex
Ofcom proposes to advertise the second national commercial multiplex in the second quarter of 2014.
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service RealXS Glasgow has been relabelled XFM.
Ayr snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service Real Radio XS has been relabelled XFM.
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM, silent since Tuesday, has now ceased.
Club DAB Italia and EuroDAB Italia snapshots updated.
A new service has popped up on EuroDAB Italia. Radio Orbital is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
Two new services have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. RMALB.IA and * RDS + * are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each. The service Radio Maria is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 48 kbit/s and at the lower Protection Level EEP 3-A.
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM has fallen silent.
In Germany, a new 174m transmitter mast is to be built on the Hühnerberg in Bavaria. The existing mast dates from 1965, is not capable of supporting additional antennas for digital radio and will be demolished tomorrow. Construction of the replacement mast is expected to be completed in September. In the meantime, UKW/FM and TV transmissions will continue from a temporary antenna mounted on a crane. The site will broadcast DAB/DAB+ for the first time, but because of the reduced height of the crane, coverage will improve once the new, taller mast is brought into service.
A new service is reported to have popped up on Oxfordshire. BFBS BRIZENORTON is reported to be running at 80 kbit/s.
A new ensemble has popped up in Prague on Block 10D. Four services are being broadcast in DAB+.
On the second-layer ensemble in Switzerland, SMC_D02, the service SWISSMNTHOLIDAY+ has ceased.
On South East Devon, Gold - Sth Devon has been relabelled Smooth SouthWest.
On London 2, Jazz FM London has been relabelled Jazz FM.
On Sussex Coast, Gold - Sussex has been relabelled Smooth Sussex with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Plymouth, Gold - Plymouth has been relabelled Smooth Plymouth with a PTy of Easy Listening.
The BBC is reported
to have announced that it will conduct a DAB+ trial later this year.
On Essex, Gold - Essex has been relabelled Smooth Essex with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Kent, Gold - Kent has been relabelled Smooth Kent with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Norwich, Gold - Norwich has been relabelled Smooth Norfolk with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On South East Wales, Gold - Sth Wales has been relabelled Smooth S Wales with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Bristol, Gold - Bristol has been relabelled Smooth Bristol with a PTy of Easy Listening.
In Germany, a new 10 kW transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Ulm-Kuhberg extends coverage of DR Deutschland in and around the city of Ulm, including the important B30 route in the direction of Bodensee and the Autobahn A8 between München and Stuttgart.
On HBB & Northants, Gold 4 Counties has been relabelled Smooth 4Counties with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Berks & N Hants, Gold Berks/Hants has been relabelled Smooth BrksHants with a PTy of Easy Listening.
A new service has popped up on Aberdeen. Original 106 is running at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshots updated of the Netherlands ensembles NPO and DAB+.
Tayside snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Protection Level of BBC RNanGaidheal has dropped from UEP2 to UEP3.
Edinburgh snapshot corrected.
Denmark's switch from DAB to DAB+, expected in December, is to be postponed
. The existing ensembles will continue in "original-flavour" DAB until after a study of market penetration of DAB+ receivers in late 2015. The ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 had been expected to swap frequencies at the same time and will also be postponed. Instead of being advertised to commercial broadcasters, vacant capacity on DR DAB2 will be used from early 2015 by DR P4 in DAB+.
A third, regional layer
is to be advertised to commercial broadcasters and will use DAB+. The successful broadcasters will decide whether they operate the mux themselves or appoint a multiplex operator.
The UK multiplex operators MuxCo
and UTV DAB
have invited expressions of interest in making use of capacity for up to 28 days during Ramadan. The ensembles in question are Aberdeen, Bradford & Huddersfield, Central Scotland (covering both Glasgow and Edinburgh), Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Mid & West Wales, Stoke on Trent, Surrey (including south London), Swansea and North East Wales & West Cheshire (including Liverpool).
In Switzerland, the first tests of the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region have been observed in western Switzerland. RMS F02 has been observed on Block 10B with two DAB+ services, RMS Test-1 and RMS Test-2.
HBB & Northants snapshot updated.
In the Netherlands, a call for tenders
has been issued for the operation of a regional ensemble to serve southwest Netherlands, including Goes, Roosendaal, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. The ensemble will operate on Block 9D. Expected to broadcast on the ensemble are Omroep Brabant, Omroep Zeeland, Radio Rijnmond, Puur NL and Radio 8FM.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. NPO 3FM Alternat is running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+.
A new service has popped up on HBB & Northants. BOB HomeCounties is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.
Yorkshire snapshot updated.
Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough snapshots updated.
Radio Orient is reported to have popped up on the pilot ensemble in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, GRAM.
A new service has popped up on Yorkshire. Radio Yorkshire is running at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.
On Berks & N Hants, the service Reading 107 has been relabelled JACK fm Berks.
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has extended
and expanded the advertisement of capacity on the Land-wide ensemble. Initially, enough capacity for three services was offered. Now, sufficient capacity has become available to allow nine or ten services. The LFK has extended the advertisement to March 28th. Applications already received retain their validity, however applicants have the option to revise their applications should they wish.
On Sussex Coast, the service Gaydio has dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s.
In Germany, the magazine Meinungsbarometer Digitaler Rundfunk reports that the BBC wishes to broadcast its external service in German cities in DAB+ and is in discussion with the regional media regulators.
In Germany, the multiplex operator in Hessen has announced
the bringing into service of a new transmitter on Block 11C. Mainz-Kastel extends and improves coverage of DR HESSEN
in Wiesbaden, the Rheingau and the surrounding areas.
The BBC has brought three new Block 12B transmitters into service at Hutton, Icomb Hill and Leamington Spa.
In Switzerland, Radio SUNSHINE + appears to be in the process of migrating from the Block 7D ensemble SMC_D02 that covers the whole of German-speaking Switzerland to the Block 7A ensemble SMC D03 N-CH that covers only the northern region. The service has popped up on 7A and is currently running in parallel on both ensembles.
On BBC National DAB, the packet data service BBC Travel has ceased.
On Lancashire, the service Rock has been relabelled Rock FM.
In Italy, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. * RDS HD * is described in its DLS as a test for an events channel.
In Germany, egoFM has popped up on the local ensembles for Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg. The service * Magic Star * has ceased.
In Switzerland, the local ensembles for Geneva and Zürich are scheduled to start on May 1st, according to
Off-topic: In Germany, the city of Stuttgart and the public-service broadcaster SWR have reached agreement on the future of the famous TV Tower. The cost of works to the tower, closed since March 2013 for fire safety reasons, is to be shared between the city and the broadcaster and are expected to allow the tower to reopen to the public in mid-2015.
In Germany, the media regulator in Bavaria has awarded capacity on the local ensembles in Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg to egoFM. The service is expected to pop up shortly.
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the service RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to have been relabelled MELODÍA FM.
London 1 snapshot updated.
On London 1, the service Retune (formerly LBC 97.3) has ceased.
On London 1, LBC 97.3 has been relabelled Retune and is likely to cease soon.
The Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" reports
that the long-awaited DAB+ tests in Vienna may be postponed yet again. According to the report, the public-service broadcaster ORF has suggested that the trial, most recently scheduled for the summer, may now begin in September, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the start of radio broadcasting in the country.
On London 1, Sunrise Radio is reported to be silent. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.
LBC has popped up on D1 National, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF - technically a relabelling of the existing service Birdsong. Snapshot updated.
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to have reverted to using its original EId (8001).[cf: January 28th]
February 6th (update)
On London 1, audio is reported to have returned to Sunrise Radio after a period of silence. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.
In Germany, media websites such as Radioszene are reporting
that nine applications have been received for the three programme slots advertised on the Block 11B ensemble for Baden-Württemberg:-
Die neue Welle
VHR Radio (MySchlager)
Die neue 107.7
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences of the South Hampshire and the Swindon and West Wiltshire local ensembles, both held by Now Digital. The new licences expire January 30th, 2023.
The Czech multiplex operator RTIcz has brought a new transmitter into Service on Block 10A. Plzen Bory is broadcasting in parallel with the existing transmission on Block LM.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 11C local ensemble Muenchen. MKR-Kirchenradio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In Switzerland, BlueSky Radio+ is reported to have ceased on SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 N-CH.
London 2 Snapshot updated.
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, the service 90elf has ceased. A new packet data service has popped up. ECODyNIS Test is running at 8 kbit/s.
In Germany, SCHLAGERPARADIES has popped up on the Block 5C national ensemble DR Deutschland, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s and ceased on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern.
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator TELEKO has announced that the Prague station Radio 1 begins broadcasting in DAB+ from February 1st.
London 3 Snapshot updated. Following the most recent changes, Fun Kids is running 24/7. There has been a general rise in Protection Levels, with only two services still running at UEP 4.
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator RTIcz has announced a change to its L-band and Band III Ensemble IDs.
In the UK, LBC has announced
that it will be available nationally on DAB from February 11th.
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. NRK P13 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to be using a new EId (8099).
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. P6 Rock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
London 3 is now a completely mono ensemble. Gaydio has dropped to 80 kbit/s. Kismat Radio is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.
On the Spanish ensemble FU-E, the Service VOCENTO, broadcasting Rock FM, has been relabelled Rockfm. On MF-II, the Service PUNTO RADIO (or ABC Audio, depending on whether you receiver displays the Component Label or the Service Label) has been relabelled Cadena100.
On London 3, the service The Arrow - Rock is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have completed its migration from London 2 to London 3. On London 3, the services Colourful, Desi Radio and Rainbow Radio have also ceased.
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have popped up on London 2 and is expected to cease on London 3 shortly.
Eklipse Sports Radio has announced
that it will launch in Central Scotland in February.
The BBC has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12B. Penicuik improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town and the surrounding areas.
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the Service labelled RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to be broadcasting the audio of Melodia FM instead of the previous Onda Melodia.
In Baden-Württemberg, a new Service has popped up SWR BW. SWR - CMT Radio is broadcasting from the CMT travel fair in Stuttgart until January 18th.
Essex Snapshot updated.
Snapshots of the Swedish ensembles SR RIKS DAB and Teracom Test updated.
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, Radio FLR has ended 24-hour broadcasting and its separate service has ceased. The station continues to share with other broadcasters the FM frequency 98.2 MHz, the output of which is broadcast in parallel on the DAB service 10FM/Country/FLR.
Snapshot added of the new Block 6B Warsaw ensemble Polskie Radio.
Snapshot of the Block 11D Budapest ensemble Mux A updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted permission for the service KERRANG! to be removed from Aberdeen.
N. Ireland snapshot updated.
On D1 National, the service Jazz FM has been relabelled Birdsong. Snapshot updated.
In Germany, the regulator in Bayern, the BLM, has advertised
capacity on the local ensembles in Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg. On offer are 60 CU for a youth-oriented service. Closing date for applications is January 13th 2014.
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has announced
that its transmitter building programme will continue next year with 10 new sites planned.
The UK government is to provide new funding to the regulator Ofcom to build on the work of the recent Brighton low-power pilot. The transmissions used software-based coding and multiplexing solutions to operate an ensemble in the town and are seen as a potential enabling route for smaller radio stations to go digital. Similar solutions have been trialled successfully in Norway and Denmark and have already been licensed to go on air in Switzerland next year. The government's announcement is contained in a little-reported paragraph of the minister's speech on December 16th.
In the Netherlands, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Hoogersmilde extends coverage of NPO in and around Drenthe.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Monte Cosce extends coverage of Club DAB Italia to the north of Rome.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, MDR, has announced
that three new sites will be brought into service next month, one in each Land. Schöneck (Sachsen), Gera (Thüringen) und Schneidlingen (Sachsen-Anhalt) will bring indoor coverage in the region to 66% of the population and outdoor coverage to 83%.
Snapshot of Wolv'ton & Shrop updated. Addition of Radio XL.
Snapshots added of the new local ensembles Hereford-Worcs and Surrey-NSussex.
The Czech multiplex operator RTI cz has announced that it has been allocated Block 10A to broadcast in the Pilsen area and will make a further announcement when transmissions are due to begin.
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Farthinghoe improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Banbury, Brackley and the surrounding areas. Northampton improves coverage in Northampton and surrounding areas. The two new sites follow on from Basingstoke, which was brought into service a couple of weeks ago.
The UK government has announced that a second national commercial ensemble will be advertised "early next year". The BBC will continue to build out its national ensemble to cover 97.3% of the UK population by the end of 2015. Arqiva will extend the coverage of the national commercial ensemble to match Classic FM's analogue coverage by the end of 2016. The BBC, commercial radio and government will jointly fund the extension of local DAB coverage to "near commercial FM equivalence" by the end of 2016. The government has declined to set a switch-off date for FM radio, stating that digital listenership needs to be 50% or greater and that DAB coverage should match FM reception for the stations that will need to switch.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has announced
that June 20th 2014 is to be the launch date for the regular service of digital radio in Marseille, Nice and Paris.
In Italy, Die Antenne has popped up on the Block 13A ensemble DABMEDIA in Südtirol (Alto Adige).
Snapshots added of the new Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 O-CH. Snapshots of SRG SSR D01, SRG SSR F01 and SRG SSR R01 updated.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH updated.
On the Block 11B ensemble Humberside, the services Gold and Lincs FM 102.2 have ceased.
Jazz FM London has popped up on London 2, running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. Snapshot updated.
In Switzerland, the new regional ensemble for Bern, Freiburg and Solothurn has popped up on Block 8B. These are test transmissions and may be subject to interruptions and periods of reduced power. Official service date is January 1st.
In Switzerland, the new regional ensemble for Ostschweiz has popped up on Block 9D. These are test transmissions and may be subject to interruptions and periods of reduced power. Official service date is January 1st.
Test transmissions for the forthcoming local ensemble have popped up on Block 10C in Surrey.
Snapshots updated of the German ensembles Bayern and BR Bayern.
Snapshots updated of the German local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Nuernberg and the test ensemble in Erlangen LIKE_IIS.
Snapshots of the German ensembles Berlin/BRBG 7B, DR Berlin rbb K7, SACHSEN, S-ANHALT, THUERINGEN and K12 THUERINGEN updated.
Snapshots of the Italian national ensembles Club DAB Italia, DAB+ RAI and EuroDAB Italia updated.
Snapshot of the Norwegian regional ensemble Hedmark/Oppland updated.
Snapshot added of the new Block 12D Trentino ensemble DAB+ TAA DIG.
Snapshot of the Trentino ensemble MUX DAB+ TAA updated. Since the last snapshot was taken in May 2013, the ensemble has migrated from Block 12A to 12B.
Snapshots updated of the Norwegian regional ensembles Oslo/Akers/Østfo and Østafjells.
Snapshot added of the new Norwegian regional commercial ensemble, Oslo/Akershus. Snapshot of the Block 8C DMB ensemble MiniTV1 updated.
MuxCo, the operator of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire local ensemble, has announced that it is planning to launch the multiplex officially on December 6th.
In Oslo, the Block 11C DMB ensemble MiniTV2 has ceased. The Block 8C ensemble MiniTV1 is still broadcasting.
In Germany, three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Landshut, Hochberg/Traunstein and Ulm extend and improve coverage of the ensemble BR Bayern.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a 12-year extension for the Dundee & Perth local DAB licence to Bauer Digital Radio Limited. The new licence expires on October 8th 2026.
The regulator in France, the CSA, has issued authorisations for fourteen ensembles in France. These are licensed as a normal public service, as opposed to all the test transmissions and pilots that have taken place previously. There are 6 authorisations for Paris, 4 in Marseilles and 4 in Nice.
Test transmissions are reported to have begun from the forthcoming local DAB ensemble for Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11A. Kirchweiler-Schartenberg extends coverage of DRS RP in the Vulkaneifel region of Rheinland-Pfalz.
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