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July 10th
The public-service broadcaster for northern Germany, NDR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 9B. Dannenberg extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble for Lüneburg, NDR NDS LG, in an area that includes Neuhaus, Hitzacker, Dannenberg, Lüchow, Wustrow, Clenze, Rosche, Suhlendorf, Wieren and Uelzen.

July 10th
The public-service broadcaster for northern Germany, NDR, has announced that its ensemble for Hamburg, NDR HH, will switch from Block 7A to Block 10A on July 16th 2020. The German website satellifax reports that the commercial ensemble, currently labelled Hamburg K11C, will switch from Block 11C to 10D on the same date. It will presumably then be relabelled.

July 10th
Snapshot updated of the Block 8D ensemble in Nice, now labelled NICE 6. Addition of PHARE FM and PopUPradio since the previous observation.

July 10th
Snapshot updated of the Block 9D ensemble in Nice, formerly labelled RNT NICE 5 but since relabelled RNT Nice 4. Removal of LCF and Nice Radio since the previous observation.

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT Nice 3, now labelled #RNT Nice 3. Migration of Sud Radio to RNT Nice 1. Addition of France Maghreb 2, #MISTRAL FM, RADIO MARIAFR and SWIGG since the previous observation. What will broadcasters do when finally every Ensemble and Service Label in the world begins with a #?

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT Nice 1. The services CHANTE FRANCE and Sud Radio have popped up since the previous observation, each running at 88 kbit/s in DAB+. Some of the existing services have been relabelled.

July 9th
Snapshot updated of the Monaco ensemble MCR2. The service BZD RADIO appears to have ceased since the previous observation. The service MISTRAL has been relabelled FREQUENCEMISTRAL.

July 8th
Snapshots added of the new German regional ensembles for Braunschweig and Hannover, NDR NDS BS and NDR NDS HAN.

July 7th
A new packet data service has popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. NPO_Data is running at 8 kbit/s. Minor service relabelling. Snapshot updated.

July 7th
The Scottish audio equipment manufacturer Revo has been taken over by the German company Telestar-Digital. Revo began production in Lanark in 2004 with distinctive DAB and later DAB+ receivers. Telestar had been acting as Revo's distributor in Germany since 2016.

July 7th
The UK regulator has granted requests to postpone the launch of three forthcoming local ensembles. Ofcom recognised the exceptional circumstances of the current COVID-19 emergency and noted that the original proposed launch dates were not key factors in the decisions to award the licences. The Channel Islands must now launch by October 2021 (originally October 2020), Morecambe Bay and North and West Cumbria must both launch by December 2021 (originally December 2020). All three licence holders hope to launch sooner than the revised backstop dates.

July 7th
Snapshot added of the new German regional ensemble for Osnabrück NDR NDS OS.

July 6th
In Germany, additional regional versions of WDR 2 have popped up on Radio fuer NRW. Eight versions are now broadcast, from Aachen, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Köln, Münster, Rhein-Ruhr, Siegen and Wuppertal. The service VERA has ceased. Snapshot updated.