Digital radio gaining popularity in the Netherlands
December 2012, Netherlands (Telecompaper)
Around one million people in the Netherlands listen to the radio from their tablet, double the number reported for 2011, according to industry association RAB, based on data from Intomart GfK’s Trends in Digital Media. More people are expected to listen to the radio digitally in the coming years, not only from the PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet but also in the car. Public and commercial radio stations plan to rollout services next year, via DAB+.
National digital radio coverage grows in Germany
December 2012, Germany
The national network for digital radio will be supplemented in 2013 with new stations. According to interviews with Dr. Chris Weck (Deutschlandradio) and Thomas Wächter (Media Broadcast) in the magazine INFOSAT, six new transmitters will extend the distribution range in the channel 5 C in the upcoming year. The locations are as follow: Geislingen, Würzburg, Wendelstein, Chemnitz, Minden and Gelnhausen. (www.bayerndigitalradio.de)
Gibraltar turns on DAB Multiplexes
December 2012, Gibraltar
Gibraltar Chief Minister, the hon. Fabian Picardo MP, officially launched Gibraltar’s digital broadcasting network at midday on Dec. 18, 2012. He also unveiled a plaque at the Upper signal station on the top of the Rock where the transmitters and mast are located. The new network comprises of two DAB radio multiplexes, each capable of carrying four radio programs, along with two digital television multiplexes.
New club aims to establish digital radio in Austria
November 2012, Austria
The Association of Electrical and Electronic industry and well-known radio operators have set a common goal and wish to establish digital radio in Austria. Consumers will benefit in addition to the existing successful programs, especially through new thematic channels such as sports, talk, news, info, classical, jazz or children’s programs. (Digital Radio Club Austria)
Imagination Technologies’ boss Hossein Yassaie features in the New Year honours List
January 2013, United Kingdom
Sir Hossein Yassaie, the winner of the 2011 WorldDMB Award for outstanding services to Digital Radio is being knighted “for services to technology and innovation”. WorldDMB would like to congratulate Sir Yassaie for this honour
WorldDMB at Le Radio
February 2013, France
WorldDMB hosted a session during Le Radio 2013, Paris on Monday 11 February. speakers from the UK, Germany, Norway and Switzerland provided an overview of the current status of digital radio in the European market to French broadcasters. Presentations from the session are available on the WorldDMB website to members.
(WorldDMB Press Release)
Denmark: Digital radio switchover in 2019
The signing of a new media policy agreement by the Danish government for the period of 2012-2014 has seen a clear focus on DAB digital radio and its expansion with a proposed date for FM switchover in 2019.
October 2012, Denmark
(WorldDMB Press Release)
French CSA releases list of new DAB broadcasters for Paris, Marseille, Nice
October 2012, France
The CSA released its selection of broadcasters for the launch of DAB in Paris, Marseille, and nice. (www.radiomagonline.com)
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