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Archives 2009   

December 31st 2009
The public-service broadcaster in Hessen, the Hessischer Rundfunk, has announced that it will cease AM (594 kHz mediumwave) broadcasting tonight. The broadcaster is under severe budgetary pressures and has to save 64 million Euros by 2012.

December 28th 2009
The multiplex operator in Hessen, Hessen Digital Radio, has announced that seven of the Land's VHF transmitters are to be taken out of service. From January 2010, the Block 12C ensemble BAND III HESSEN will be broadcast from only two sites, Großer Feldberg/Taunus and Frankfurt am Main Fernmeldeturm. This arises from restructuring Hessen Digital Radio ahead of a planned relaunch of DAB in 2010. A revised coverage map is available for download based on the reduced network.

December 28th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12. oldiestar* is reported to be running at 192 kbit/s.

December 28th 2009
Bauer HUMBERSIDE Snapshot updated.

December 27th 2009
Phew, what a cliff-hanger! With only a few days to go before all DAB licences in Canada were due to expire, and in its penultimate Broadcasting Decision of 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has renewed until August 31st 2011 those DAB licences which are operational on December 31st 2009. The CRTC has given notice that those licensed DAB services which are still not operational on that date, or which have ceased broadcasting before that date, will lose their licences, including the services in Windsor, Ontario that ceased several years ago, but which the CRTC, until now, has continued to renew. The CRTC Decision spells out those services affected by this eleventh-hour use-it-or-lose-it deadline:-
Corus Radio Company:- CFOX-DR-1 Vancouver
Corus Premium Television Ltd.:- CKNW-DR-2 New Westminster; CFMI-DR-2 New Westminster; CFMJ-DR-2 Toronto; CILQ-DR-1 North York
CTV Limited:- CFTE-DR-2 Vancouver (formerly CFUN-DR-2); CHQM-DR-1 Vancouver; CIDR-DR-1 Windsor; CIMX-DR-1 Windsor; CKLW-DR-2 Windsor; CKWW-DR-2 Windsor
Trafalgar Broadcasting Limited:- CJMR-DR-2 Mississauga; CJYE-DR-2 Oakville
591991 B.C. Ltd.:- CJRC-DR-2 Gatineau

December 24th 2009
Listings of the Seoul Blocks 8A, 8B, 8C, 12A, 12B and 12C ensembles updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Block 8C ensemble 1-to-1 has been relabelled QBS.

December 24th 2009
UTV Bauer Stoke Snapshot updated.

December 22nd 2009
The Landesmedienanstalt in Baden-Württemberg has extended the licences of all Band II (VHF/FM/UKW) local and regional commercial radio stations until December 31st 2015. According to German telecommunications law, all FM transmissions in Band II should end by that date and the frequencies withdrawn. Whether this timetable will be adhered to, or delayed by one or more years remains unclear.

December 22nd 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR recently brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12A. Fribourg improves coverage of the ensemble for Suisse Romande, SRG SSR F01, in the town and the surrounding area. Poschiavo Selva extends coverage of the ensemble for Svizzera Italiana, SRG SSR I01, in the Poschiavo valley.

December 22nd 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test A has been relabelled NME Radio UK and is now running at the reduced bitrate of 96 kbit/s in Mono. Snapshot updated.

December 21st 2009
MXR North East, MXR North West and MXR Yorkshire Snapshots updated.

December 18th 2009
In Germany, the Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht der Landesmedienanstalten has approved the text of the forthcoming advertisement of capacity on the future nationwide ensemble. Because under the German constitution, broadcasting is a matter for the Länder, it is likely that the agreed text will be published separately by each individual Land in its own name sometime before January 22nd next year. It has already been agreed that one third of the ensemble's capacity will be allocated to the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio. The remaining two thirds will be offered by this advertisement to commercial broadcasters. The multiplex operator, selected in September 2009 by the Bundesnetzagentur, will be Media Broadcast GmbH. The agreed text does not mention DAB+ by name, referring instead to the DAB System Family. The agreed text specifies that Block 5A will be used in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, Rhein-Main/Südhessen and in the Bavarian region Schwaben. Block 5C will be used in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bremen, Niedersachsen, Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, Thüringen, Nord-/Osthessen the remainder of Bayern. In regions where these co-ordinated frequencies are not yet available for use, substitute frequencies will be allocated. It is expected that the advertisement will close at 12:00 CET on March 12th 2010.

December 18th 2009
On the MXR ensembles in the UK, the Service UCB UK has ceased. A new service has popped up. UCB Gospel is reported to be running at the same 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF.

December 18th 2009
On UTV Bauer Stoke, the Service UCB UK CHRISTIAN has ceased. A new service has popped up. UCBInspirational is reported to be running at the same 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF.

December 18th 2009
A new service has popped up on the Block 12B Swedish ensemble SR RIKS DAB. SR Bjällerklang is a special service for the festive season and will run until January 6th 2010.

December 18th 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 12C. Säntis improves coverage of SRG SSR D01 in eastern Switzerland, particularly in Appenzell and the Bodenseeregion. Steg ZH extends coverage into the upper Tösstal.

December 18th 2009
On, Switch London, the service UCB UK CHRISTIAN (C6CA) has ceased. A new service has popped up. UCBInspirational (CFD0) is reported to be running at 96 kbit/s in Mono.

December 18th 2009
On Digital1 Network, the service UCB UK CHRISTIAN is now running at half sample rate.

December 18th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Eglwysilan extends coverage of BBC National DAB along the Rhondda and Taff valleys, including Pontypridd. UK TII table updated.

December 17th 2009
Listings of the Blocks 13E and LA ensembles in Rome updated.

December 17th 2009
CE London, Switch London and DRg London Snapshots corrected and updated. On DRg London, the packet data service test.london.3 has been relabelled CabVision and appears to be using the same SId (E1C000B0) as the new packet data service CabvisionTestGL2 on Switch London.

December 17th 2009
In London, the Block LC ensemble ArqivaExperimntl has ceased.

December 16th 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12C. Binn improves coverage of SRG SSR D01 in the Binn valley, including the village of Binn itself.

December 16th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Keswick improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the North Lakes and extending coverage into the town of Keswick itself. UK TII table updated.

December 16th 2009
NOW Essex and NOW Sussex Coast Snapshots updated.

December 11th 2009
The media regulator in Bayern, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has extended until 31.12.2010 the licences of the digital radio services Radio Galaxy and Rock Antenne. Both are transmitted in the Block 12D ensemble Bayern.

December 11th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Truro improves coverage in the Cornish town, including Kenwyn, Threemilestone and Malpas.

December 11th (3)
A new Service has popped up on Arqiva Ayr and on the NOW Digital local ensembles. Radio Lapland is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

December 8th 2009
The Norwegian public-service broadcaster NRK has announced that a number of transmitter sites have recently been upgraded to increase radiated power levels, enlarging the areas covered and improving indoor reception for areas already served. Since the summer, transmitted powers have been increased at Langevåg (Møre and Romsdal), Reinsfjell (Møre and Romsdal), Kristiansand, Skien and Stord. NRK has announced that transmitters at Narvik and Greipstad (Agder) will be upgraded in 2010.

December 7th 2009
Two new transmitters have been added to the Block 11D SFN in England. Hungry Hill improves coverage of Digital1 Network to the area East of Aldershot in Surrey. Odiham extends coverage to Odiham and the surrounding parts of Hampshire. In a rare event, Digital1 have announced the closure of an existing transmitter site. The Uxbridge transmitter has been taken out of service at the request of the Ministry of Defence who are the landlord and who have requested that the site be cleared.

December 7th 2009
French media are reporting that the roll-out of digital radio in France has been postponed until next year, despite being symbolically "launched" last month. Some of the biggest commercial radio companies, including RTL, Europe 1, NRJ Group and NextRadioTV (who own RMC and BFM) have criticised what they call the high cost of migrating to digital. Alain Weill, of NextRadioTV is quoted by Agence France Presse as saying that the use of a system other than the one (T-DMB - aka DMB-Radio) selected by the government would reduce costs significantly. This development will be unwelcome news for receiver manufacturers such as Pure and Revo who are in the process of bringing to market versions of their receivers that will support DMB-Radio.

December 7th 2009
The World DMB Forum reports that Italy's regulator has adopted DAB+ for digital radio. According to the report, regulations will come into effect in January 2010 that will provide the regulatory framework for national and local services, frequency allocations and rules on simulcasting and new content.

December 6th 2009
In Denmark, the two commercial radio stations Radio Soft and Radio 100FM are reported to have ceased broadcasting on DAB in a dispute understood to be related to spectrum access fees. According to reports, both stations are prepared to return to the DAB platform if more favourable terms can be agreed.

December 5th 2009
SwissMediaCast have added a new transmitter to their Block 7D network in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Baden Hörndli extends and improves coverage of the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02 in Kanton Aargau. Currently, five transmitters are in service: Baden Hörndli, Bantiger, Grellingen, Sankt Chrischona and Uetliberg.

December 4th 2009
Off-Topic: High-definition TV test transmissions have begun from the Crystal Palace and Winter Hill transmitters. The broadcasts use MPEG-4 via DVB-T2 and new receivers will be required in order to view them. No receivers are currently available for purchase. Ofcom estimates these should go on sale early next year.

December 4th 2009
A new Service is reported to have popped up on NOW Berks&Hants, NOW Bristol, NOW Essex and NOW Swindon. dabbl radio is reported to be running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

December 4th 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12D. Lavin GR improves coverage of SRG SSR R01 in the Inn valley between Susch and Guarda, including Lavin itself. (Interesting Factoid: The Swiss Federal Statistical Office lists the third most widely-spoken language in this Graubünden village after Romansch and German to be Portuguese.)

December 4th 2009
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Dursley improves coverage of BBC National DAB in southern Gloucestershire, including the M5 and the town of Dursley itself. Monmouth extends coverage to the county town.

December 4th 2009
The Czech transmission provider Teleko has published on its website an interesting map (23 Mb) showing the extent to which signals from neighbouring Bayern now reach into the country. Recent power increases at Brotjacklriegel, Hoher Bogen and Ochsenkopf mean that the Block 12D ensemble Bayern is receivable (35 dBµV/m) over a large area of the Czech Republic, including Klatovy, Domažlice and Mariánské Lázně. The city of Plzeň (Pilsen) lies towards the outer edge of the overspill.

December 3rd 2009
On Switch London, the Service Spectrum Radio (CFC1) has been relabelled Sout Al Khaleej. A new Service (CCC0) has popped up, labelled Spectrum Radio and running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The packet data Secondary Component of Gold - London is reported to have ceased.

December 3rd 2009
An auction has been conducted in Australia for the excess capacity on the commercial ensembles in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Excess capacity is deemed to be that remaining after the incumbent analogue broadcasters in each licence area have received an allocation. Revenue raised from the auction will be invested by the joint venture companies operating the multiplexes to promote digital radio. In Brisbane, Austereo, DMG and Australian Radio Network (ARN) were awarded capacity sufficient for up to 20 new audio and/or data services. In Melbourne, Austereo, Sport 927 and ARN won capacity for up to 12 new audio and /or data services. In Sydney, Austereo, Supernetwork and ARN receive capacity for up to 12 new audio and/or data services. In Perth, Grant/Capital Broadcasters and Austereo have sufficient capacity for up to four new audio and/or data services. In Adelaide, Austereo has won capacity for up to four new audio and/or data services.

December 2nd 2009
NOW Leicester and NOW Nottingham Snapshots updated.

December 2nd 2009
Snapshot updated of the experimental L-band ensemble in London, ArqivaExperimntl. An additional data service was seen to be running compared with the previous Snapshot. Data Service E was running in packet mode at 8 kbit/s.

December 2nd 2009
The Irish public-service broadcaster RTÉ has announced the imminent expansion of its Block 12C Single Frequency Network. By Christmas, DAB Ireland Mux1 should be available in counties Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath in addition to the present coverage of Greater Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

December 2nd 2009
UK TII tables updated.

December 1st 2009
NOW Coventry Snapshot updated.

December 1st 2009
CE London, Switch London and DRg London (daytime) Snapshots updated. A new packet data service has appeared on Switch London since the last Snapshot was taken. CabvisionTestGL2 is running at 48 kbit/s. Further changes in the capital are understood to be imminent.

December 1st 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test 0 has been relabelled Panjab Radio UK. D1 Test B has been relabelled UCB UK Christian. Snapshot updated.

November 30th 2009
Bauer LEEDS, BauerSOUTH YORKS and MXR Yorkshire Snapshots updated.

November 26th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Crieff extends coverage of BBC National DAB in Perthshire, including the area around Strath Earn and Crieff itself.

November 24th 2009
The regulator in France, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), has published the results of its consultation on the method and timetable of a roll-out of digital radio in the country. The first observation to make is the number of parties recorded as having contributed to the consultation, a list of whom occupies 6 pages of Annex 3 to the document. The participants, as to be expected, express a strong preference to a deployment in Band III as opposed to L-band. The cost of covering an area in L-band is put at 2 to 5 times to cost of covering an area using Band III. The relative scarcity of receivers in the market that support L-band would also load a premium onto the consumer. While a number of groups proposed alternative uses for L-band, such as satellite radio, or temporary services, there is considerable opposition to any use of L-band for digital radio. The consultation offered a number of different planning models and the report contains a synthesis of the responses. It appears clear that there will be no single national ensemble covering the entire territory, as is the case in the UK and Sweden. Rather, national coverage will be achieved by a number of multiplexes (somewhere between the 36 allotments in the Geneva plan and the 50 or so proposed by the groups LAB and RTL) to permit local optouts. According to the timetable published in the consultation, capacity on such a national coverage could be advertised before the end of the year.

November 22nd 2009
The DAB network operator in Malta, Digi B Network, has announced a massive increase in the number of services to be broadcast, which will require additional ensembles to provide the capacity. In an article in The Sunday Times of Malta, and in an announcement on its own website, Digi B Network promises 40 new services. An opera channel is conducting test transmissions already and Radio France International and Deutsche Welle will be added to the line-up in the coming weeks. As last year, a special service broadcasting Christmas music is planned for the festive season. Two new services have already popped up. Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services Limited's two services Radio Malta and Magic are now broadcasting using DAB+ for the first time.

November 21st 2009
In Yorkshire, the Service XFM has migrated from the three local ensembles Bauer HUMBERSIDE, Bauer LEEDS and BauerSOUTH YORKS to the regional ensemble MXR Yorkshire. The service The Arrow - Rock has migrated in the opposite direction.

November 21st 2009
The Block 11B test ensemble in Stuttgart, SWR Test, is reported to have ceased.

November 20th 2009
The UK government has introduced a Digital Economy Bill which must now make its way through both Houses before becoming an Act of Parliament. The Bill includes provisions dealing with the online infringement of copyright, regional and local news on television Channels 3 and 5, public lending rights, digital infrastructure, internet domain names, mobile and wireless broadband, video games, digital radio and television Channel 4. In all, the Government believes that the "digital economy" contributes about 8% to the UK GDP. So far as DAB is concerned, the Bill would grant the UK regulator Ofcom the powers to make changes in local multiplex licences, by varying the frequencies on which they are transmitted, or by increasing or reducing the sizes of the licence areas, or by merging them with adjacent licence areas. Such proposals should come from licence holders and it would be then for Ofcom to put them out to consultation. More from the DMCS website...

November 19th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Block 12D test ensemble in Stockholm, Teracom Test. Studentradion is running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+ using AAC+SBR (HE-AACv1).

November 19th 2009
The UK regulator Ofcom has issued a Regulatory Statement on the Media Ownership Rules. In a Report to the Secretary of State, Ofcom recommends removal on the Media Ownership Rules for Local and National digital radio multiplexes. These rules currently limit the number of local multiplexes whose coverage overlaps that one body or person can own, and prohibit one body or person from owning more than one national multiplex. Ofcom argues that the rules do little to guarantee media plurality, since the plurality is determined by the ownership of the services that are transmitted on those multiplexes rather than the ownership of the multiplexes themselves.

November 19th 2009
Off-topic:The UK regulator Ofcom has published the Reference Parameters for Digital Terrestrial Television Transmissions in the United Kingdom. The document describes the technical characteristics of the digital television system used in the UK and defines minimum standards to ensure that receivers are able to demodulate and decode all services.

November 19th 2009
Off-topic:The BBC has published a timetable for the roll-out of high-definition television services on the terrestrial digital television network ("Freeview"). The signals will be receivable in the first instance in the northwest of England on a re-engineered Multplex B, and in London on a specially-commissioned "advance network" to enable HD services to be transmitted ahead of the scheduled digital-switchover date. The transmissions will use the new DVB-T2 standard, and the UK will be the first country to deploy the technology. New receivers will be required to receive the HD broadcasts and these are expected to become available early in 2010. The "advance network" will also be deployed in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Bradford and Birmingham. In other areas, the conversion to DVB-T2 and the introduction of HD services will proceed at the same time as digital switch-over.

November 19th 2009
Bauer GLASGOW and Bauer EDINBURGH Snapshots updated.

November 17th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Long Mountain extends coverage of BBC National DAB to Welshpool and the surrounding area.

November 16th 2009
On Bauer GLASGOW and Bauer EDINBURGH, the Service Chill has ceased. A new Service has popped up. On both ensembles, LBC 97.3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. In spite of the Service Label, in neither reception area is the service available on FM.

November 13th 2009
The DAB network operator in Bayern has increased the transmitted power levels at five transmitters. The increases at Wendelstein, Brotjacklriegel, Hoher Bogen, Gelbelsee and Pfaffenberg extend coverage of the Block 12D ensemble Bayern and improve indoor reception in the areas already served.

November 10th 2009
The BBC has brought into service three new transmitters on Block 12B. Morpeth extends coverage of BBC National DAB in Northumberland, including Ashington, Blyth, Bedlington and Morpeth. Fishguard extends coverage in Pembrokeshire. Mynydd Baedan improves coverage in Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea.

November 10th 2009
The regulator in the Czech Republic, the ČTÚ, has advertised a national ensemble to be determined by auction. Unlike the trend elsewhere in Europe away from L-band into Band III, the Czech network will use Block LC in L-band. The choice between DAB, DAB+ or DMB will be left to the operator. Applicants must undertake to cover 30% of the country within two years and the licence will run for ten years. The closing date for applications is December 10th 2009, with a result expected to be announced mid-February 2010.

November 8th 2009
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 7B in Warsaw. 12 services are reported to be broadcasting using DAB+.

November 8th 2009
Listing of the Block 5B Polish ensemble Wroclaw updated.

November 6th 2009
On NOW Bournemouth, NOW Cornwall, NOW Exeter&T'bay, NOW Kent, NOW Plymouth and NOW Sussex Coast, the Service retune 4 Galaxy (using Galaxy's original SId) has ceased.

November 5th 2009
In the setting of its priorities for 2010, the media regulator in Thüringen, the TLM, has announced that it will actively participate in a relaunch of digital radio using DAB+. Alongside the introduction of a national ensemble, the TLM intends to seek frequencies for a Land-wide multiplex and to advertise the capacity.

November 5th 2009
A group established in Austria to investigate the introduction of digital radio has reported its conclusions and recommended DAB/DAB+ as the most appropriate technology for national and regional coverage. For local coverage, the report recommends DRM+, but forsees that DRM+ would use Band III, rather than an already overcrowded Band II, in contrast to the Swiss announcement yesterday that it would permit additional digital signals using HD Radio or DRM+ to take place in the "FM band". The report accepts the necessity of a Europe-wide digital radio system and in response to the current hesitancy in both Germany and Austria, says that with roll-out proceeding in France, the UK, Switzerland and Scandinavia, neither country can afford to stay on the sidelines. The group identifies priorities - the establishment of the legal framework under which digital radio will operate, and the formation of a single Austrian industry body to co-ordinate the activities of the various sectors. Mehr auf deutsch...

November 4th 2009
The Swiss regulator BAKOM is to permit, from January 1st 2010, digital signals to be transmitted alongside existing analogue broadcasts in Band II - the "FM band". In its decision, BAKOM indicates it will permit the additional signals to use either the American HD Radio standard (aka IBOC) already piloted in Switzerland, or DRM+. BAKOM sees these technologies as suitable only for local or community services, with services at a regional or national level being better suited to transmission using DAB+.

November 2nd 2009
On the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02, the service ENERGY+ is reported to have been relabelled ENERGY ZUERICH+.

November 2nd 2009
At their annual meeting in Mainz, the heads of government of the German Länder have unanimously agreed to the proposed division of capacity on a proposed nationwide DAB multplex between the public-service and private broadcasters. (In Germany, broadcasting is a matter for the Länder). DeutschlandRadio will be allocated one third of the available capacity, with the other two thirds being at the disposal of the regional regulators, the Landesmedienanstalten, to distribute among private broadcasters. The Länder also agreed that the ARD Anstalten should be permitted to broadcast an additional service, exclusive to digital radio, on the Länder ensembles in DAB+.

November 1st 2009
On NOW Bristol, NOW Essex, NOW Berks&Hants and NOW Swindon, the service ourkindofmusic has ceased.

October 31st 2009
Forgotten but not gone - the depressing state of Toronto DAB
Canadian DAB is beginning to look like a run-down 20th century shopping precinct whose owners have decided they would like to redevelop, if only they could move the last remaining tenants. Maintenance stopped months ago. There are buckets everywhere to catch the drips. Even the graffiti artists have left, having run out of bare wall, or paint, or both. At first you felt sentimental about the place. It was where you hung out as you were growing up, and you were able to see it's potential, if only the owners and tenants would get their acts together. Now though, you are tired of picking your way through the decay and just wish the bulldozers would hurry up and get it over with.

Having set the dreary tone, here now is the latest exciting report about the state of Toronto DAB. On CHANNEL3, 680NEWS, CHFI, 1050CHUM and 104.5 are silent. Only EDGE 102 is broadcasting any audio. On CHANNEL 4, CFRB, THE FAN and JAZZ FM continue as before, but EZ Rock's signal is low-level and offset to the right. The service labelled MIX 99.9 has in fact been broadcasting as "Virgin Radio" for at least a year. CH___8 has long ceased. On CHANNEL 9, CJYE, CJMR, CIAO (appropriately!) and CFMX have fallen silent. The only service on the ensemble with any audio, CIRV, is now broadcasting on the right-hand channel only, but for any listeners with a mono radio that's actually an improvement because earlier they were broadcasting on both channels but out of phase. Only the public-service broadcaster CBC still shows any weary commitment, it's two English and two French-language services continuing as before on the Block L6 ensemble CBC DAB.

The end may not be far away. The CRTC has bulldozers standing by. Unless something changes between now and the end of the year, every DAB licence in Canada will expire in two months from tonight. Happy Halloween.

October 30th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Hemdean improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Reading and the surrounding area.

October 24th 2009
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the industry responses to its consultation on "the implications of Digital Britain for localness regulation". So far as DAB is concerned, the consultation sought views on its proposal to allow the regional multiplexes to be merged into a national multiplex, and whether to allow local multiplexes to merge to form single multiplexes covering larger areas. A regulatory statement is expected by November 13th. The consultation documents and industry responses are available to download from the Ofcom website.

October 23rd 2009
On the Swiss Block 7D ensemble, SMC_D02, the Service ENERGY+ is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 40 kbit/s but with increased Protection.

October 23rd 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test C has been relabelled D1 Test 0 and is running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s in Mono with half-rate sampling. A new Service has popped up. D1 Test 1 (C4C1) is running at 56 kbit/s in Mono with half-rate sampling. Snapshot updated.

October 21st 2009
The ensembles broadcasting in Paris are considered to have entered official public service with the launching of Radio Numérique Terrestre (RNT). Over 50 audio services using the DMB-A standard (aka DMB Radio) are already available in the French capital.

October 21st 2009
In London, the Services Gold - London and XFM have migrated from CE London to Switch London. The Services Galaxy and Heart have migrated from Switch London to CE London where they are reported to be running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s each. The Service Choice has migrated from CE London to DRg London. The Service Chill has migrated from DRg London to CE London and is reported to have dropped to 64 kbit/s and Mono.

October 20th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11D ensemble in Budapest. Juventus Radio, in common with the other 12 services, is being transmitted using DAB+.

October 20th 2009
Off-Topic: The BBC has confirmed that it will launch a high-definition terrestrial service on Freeview in November. Roll-out will begin in the North West region (of England) in November and be extended to London by the end of the year. Multiplex B is to be upgraded to operate DVB-T2, an extension of the original DVB-T specification that increases capacity on a multiplex by about 67%. According to the BBC announcement, this will be the world's first roll-out of the updated spec. The BBC and its transmission provider Arqiva have reached agreement to roll-out the HD service ahead of the planned digital switchover dates. To that end, new transmitters are to be brought into service for Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Leeds/Bradford during spring 2010.

October 19th 2009
The UK regulator Ofcom has published a Statement on its Spectrum Plan for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Statement is mainly concerned with Private Mobile Radio, Talkback and Telemetry as well as Wireless Microphones and Cameras. However, it does mention digital radio and states that "it may also be possible to make spectrum available for the provision of short-term digital services during the London 2012 Games." Ofcom plans to invite preliminary expressions of interest in short-term London 2012 Games-related broadcast radio services early in 2010. This will guide Ofcom thinking on making spectrum available. DAB or DMB ensembles were operated in connection with the Olympic Games in both Athens and Beijing.

October 18th 2009
Listings updated of the Block 12A ensemble SRG SSR I01 in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland.

October 16th 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test A is running at the increased bitrate of 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Fun Kids UK has been relabelled D1 Test B and is running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s. A new Service has popped up. D1 Test C (C4C0) is running at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Snapshot added.

October 16th 2009
On DRg London, the Service dabbl has been relabelled dabbl radio.

October 15th (2)
The second ensemble for German-speaking Switzerland has entered official service on Block 7D, with additional transmitters now forming a Single Frequency Network covering Basel, Bern and Zürich. At the same time, the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has begun its migration of services on the existing first layer ensembles from original-flavour DAB to DAB+. On SRG SSR D01 in German-speaking Switzerland, RETE UNO and RSR-1ERE have been replaced by DAB+ versions, RETE UNO+ and RSR-1ERE+. A new service has popped up using DAB+. WRS+ is an English-language service already broadcast in the rest of Switzerland but now available for the first time in the German-speaking region. On SRG SSR F01 in French-speaking Switzerland, DRS 1 and RETE UNO have been replaced by DAB+ versions, DRS 1+ and RETE UNO+. A new service has popped up using DAB+. DRS MUSIKWELLE+ is now available for the first time in Suisse Romande. On SRG SSR I01 in the Italian-speaking region, among other changes, DRS 1+ and RSR-1ERE+ are available digitally for the first time using DAB+ and the original-flavour DAB service OPTION MUSIQUE has ceased and been replaced by OPTION MUSIQUE+ using DAB+.

October 14th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11D ensemble in Budapest. Danubius Radio, in common with the other 11 services, is being transmitted using DAB+.

October 14th 2009
Germany TII tables updated. The Band III numbering scheme in Bayern has been extended to include the local ensembles, with each ensemble having its own Main ID. Where a site transmits both the Landesensemble and the Lokalensemble, two different TIIs are in use.

October 14th 2009
The migration of the local L-band ensembles in Bayern into Band III is complete. The last remaining ensemble in Ingolstadt, Testnetz on Block LD, has ceased.

October 9th 2009
The new 2nd-layer ensemble has popped up on Block 7D from the Uetliberg. SMC_D02 is broadcasting 11 audio services, all using DAB+. Further transmitters will be brought into service shortly. These are test transmissions and may be subject to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects. The official launch date for the new ensemble is October 15th.

October 9th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Mow Cop improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and to the north of Stoke on Trent, including Kidsgrove, Congleton and Biddulph.

October 7th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12 updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Services sunshine live and 90elf have ceased.

October 1st 2009
On DRg London, the part-time Service CTRL has been relabelled Dabbl.

October 1st 2009
On the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, BAYERN 4 Klassik has been relabelled BR-KLASSIK.

October 1st 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12C. Wildegg Chestenberg improves coverage of SRG SSR D01 in Aarau, including Brugg, Aarau, Lenzburg and Wohlen.

September 30th 2009
Off-Topic: September 30th was Retune Day in the UK. It appears also to have been "Adieu" to some early models of set-top box receiver. According to a BBC News report, it is thought that about 20,000 boxes will have stopped working. During the morning, changes were made to the allocation of some services across the terrestrial digital television multiplexes ("Freeview"). The biggest changes (in England) involved Channel 5 moving to the second BBC multiplex and BBC FOUR moving from the second to the first BBC multiplex. ITV3, ITV4 and ITV2+1 have also moved. The Logical Channel Numbers of some other services have changed. Digital set-top boxes and receivers need to be retuned as soon as possible to allow the new channel/service information to be stored. Captions have been appearing on Freeview channels, advising of the impending changes. Retune Day is one of a number of steps being taken as part of the UK's Digital Switch-over.

The TVRetune website lists four set-top boxes and two combined set-top box and VCRs that are expected to have ceased working today. Viewers with these models will need to replace their equipment:-
Bush IDVCR01 (VCR)
Daewoo DS608P
Daewoo SV900 (VCR)
Labgear DTT100
Portland DP100
Triax DVB2000T
Official and unofficial sources of information are available:-
September 29th (2)
In Bavaria, the process of migrating the local L-band ensembles into Band III is almost complete. A new ensemble has popped up on Block 9C in Augsburg. Augsburg (10BE) is broadcasting the services previously transmitted on Block LH (106E), which has now ceased. In Ingolstadt, the Block LD ensemble is reported still to be operational.

September 27th 2009
A research project funded by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has published its findings on the future of Digital Radio in the Republic. The report is not a statement of Irish policy, but rather a survey of opinions from key sectors of broadcasting - public, private and regulatory. There is a broad consensus that the DAB family of standards is still the most appropriate solution for Ireland, with strong support for DAB+, particularly from commercial broadcasters. The public-service broadcaster RTÉ disagreed that DAB+ would be the better choice. Notable in the report is the clear endorsement of DAB+ over "original-flavour" DAB from WorldDMB Forum President Quentin Howard, who calls for an early statement that Ireland will use DAB+ and thereby prevent Ireland drifting into the UK situation where the presence in the market of a significant number of "original-flavour" receivers would impede any early switch to DAB+. The full report is available for download from the BCI website.

September 26th 2009
On Switch London, the Service Spectrum Radio is reported to have been relabelled Sout-al-Khaleej.

September 24th 2009
On DRg London, the Service PremierChristian is reported to have been relabelled Premier London.

September 23rd 2009
Beware of "improvements"! The new official DAB website of Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR that replaces two previous informative sites is almost entirely devoid of useful content. The page on DAB radios for example could be paraphrased in two words... they exist.

September 23rd 2009
On NOW Sussex Coast, to give Galaxy a new SId, the existing Service Galaxy has been relabelled retune 4 Galaxy. A new Service has popped up, labelled Galaxy.

September 23rd 2009
Several new services have popped up on Teracom Test, the Block 12D pilot ensemble in Stockholm. Dansbandskanalen, Lugna Favoriter, NRJ, Radio Deejay, Radio Seven and Skärgårdsradion are all broadcasting using DAB+.

September 22nd 2009
Promising news about the prospect of digital radio in Hong Kong is contained in an announcement today about the future governance of public-service broadcaster RTHK. The broadcaster will be given extra funds to set up its own TV channels (RTHK currently uses airtime on the two commercial networks TVB and ATV) and to provide digital radio broadcasts. Nevertheless, the announcement was greeted with disappointment by the station's staff union, because of the government's rejection of a proposal that RTHK should become an independent public-service broadcaster. It will remain a government department with members of its Advisory Board appointed by Hong Kong's Chief Executive.

September 22nd 2009
On NOW Bournemouth, NOW Bristol, NOW Cambridge, NOW Exeter&T'bay and NOW Kent the Services Heart are reported to have been relabelled Heart Dorset, Heart Bristol, Heart Cambridge, Heart Devon and Heart Kent respectively.

September 22nd 2009
On NOW Sussex Coast, the Service Test Sussex is reported to have ceased.

September 21st 2009
The BBC has brought into service three new transmitters on Block 12B. Athelstaneford improves coverage of BBC National DAB in East Lothian. Eyemouth extends coverage in Berwickshire. Llandecwyn extends coverage in Gwynedd, including the Dwyryd estuary and Portmeirion. DAB has arrived in The Village!

September 18th 2009
In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) conducted a consultation during the summer on the deployment of digital radio, or RNT as it is to be known (Radio Numérique Terrestre). The CSA's report on the results of the consultation is expected to be published very soon. As part of the process, the CSA issued a new provisional timetable for the rollout of digital radio in areas other than Paris, Marseille and Nice. In those three cities, candidates for capacity were announced in May and services are expected to be launched at the end of this year. Depending on the outcome of the consultation, this provisional timetable may replace the earlier announced roll-out plans. The CSA's provisional timetable runs as follows (tbc):-

AreasPlanningAdvertPre-selLaunch
Caen, Basse-NormandieJune 09Dec 09Apr 10Dec 10
Rennes, Loire Atlantique,
Maine-et-Loire, la Vendée
June 09Dec 09Apr 10Dec 10
Nancy, Alsace-LorraineOct 09Apr 10Oct 10Sep 11
Rennes except Pay de LoireJan 10July10Jan 11Nov 11
BordeauxApr 10Nov 10Apr 11Feb 12
LyonJul 10Feb 11July 11Apr 12
LilleOct 10Apr 11Oct 11Sep 12
Marseille, Corsica
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Jan 11Jul 11Jan 12Nov 12
DijonApr 11Oct 11Mar 12Jan 13
ParisJul 11Feb 12July 12May 13
Toulouse, Midi-PyrénéesNov 11May 12Nov 12Sep 13
Nancy, Champagne-ArdenneFeb 12Sep 12Feb 13Dec 13
Caen, without Basse-NormandieMay 12Dec 12May 13Mar 14
Toulouse, Languedoc-RoussillonSep 12Mar 13Sep 13July 14
ClermontDec 12Jun 13Dec 13Oct 14
PoitiersMar 13Oct 13Mar 14Jan 15

September 18th 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test 1 (C7C1) has been relabelled PremierChristian and is running in Mono LSF at the increased bitrate of 64 kbit/s (No PTy). Snapshot updated.

September 13th 2009
The website of Digitaler Rundfunk, which covers Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen carries a note on its Sachsen-Anhalt page that during 2009/2010, the transmitter network will be brought up to GE06 power levels with some sites operating at up to 10kW ERP. No similar comment has so far been added to the pages for Sachsen or Thüringen.

September 12th 2009
Snapshots of the Paris ensembles towercast DMB 9A, towercast DMB 9B, VDL - DMB and TDF_DMB_11C updated. Snapshots of the Lyon ensembles TDF_DMB_7D and VDL ASF DMB updated.

September 11th 2009
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12D pilot ensemble in Stockholm Teracom Test. Radio Deejay is reported to be broadcasting using DAB+. Other services are expected to appear on the ensemble this autumn.

September 7th 2009
A new service is reported to have popped up on NOW Sussex Coast. Test Sussex is reported to be running in mono at 80 kbit/s at Protection Level UEP4.

September 5th 2009
Frontier Silicon has launched its latest receiver module at the Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin. The Venice 7 module is the first to conform fully to World DMB's Receiver Profile 1, and is the first to incorporate all three flavours of DAB - classic DAB, DAB+ and DMB Radio. The latter is important in Europe where France has chosen DMB Radio as its standard for digital radio and launches later this year. The new module has a footprint compatible with the Venice 5 and Venice 5.1, meaning that receiver manufacturers have a fast track to upgrade their products without any major redesign. A module incorporating iPod and iPhone support is also available in the form of the Jupiter 7 module, also Receiver Profile 1 compliant.

September 5th 2009
On the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12, the service 90elf is reported to be running as DMB.

September 4th 2009
DRM+ has become an official broadcasting standard with the publication by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute of its technical specification. Glamourously-named ETSI ES 201 980 V3.1.1, this is effectively a new release of the whole DRM spec with the additional mode permitting operation above 30 MHz up to 174 MHz.

September 3rd 2009
On the Australian DAB+ ensembles, the service Pink Radio is reported to have been replaced by Bird Radio, a continuous loop of bird song. Sound familiar? The new service from commercial radio is not going to be allowed to dominate the ratings, however. The public-service broadcaster's ABC Extra is also reported to be broadcasting bird song. Always remember - you have a choice!

September 3rd 2009
The operators of the Australian commercial broadcasters' DAB+ ensembles have invited expressions of interest to make use of spare capacity on ensembles in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The capacity on offer is as follows:-
  • Adelaide: Block 9B: 1/9 of the multiplex (= 128 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Brisbane 1: Block 9A: 3/9 of the multiplex (= 384 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Brisbane 2: Block 9B: 3/9 of the multiplex (= 384 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Melbourne 1: Block 9A: 2/9 of the multiplex (= 256 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Melbourne 2: Block 9B: 1/9 of the multiplex (= 128 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Perth: Block 9B: 1/9 of the multiplex (= 128 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Sydney 1: Block 9A: 2/9 of the multiplex (= 256 kbit/s at UEP3)
  • Sydney 2: Block 9B: 1/9 of the multiplex (= 128 kbit/s at UEP3)
Would-be service providers are being invited to indicate what fraction of the excess multiplex capacity they would require. Closing date is September28th.

September 3rd 2009
Two DAB+ services are reported to have popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12. Bayern Plus and sunshine live are both reported to be running at 96 kbit/s. Their appearance is probably connected with the Internationale Funk Ausstellung which opens tomorrow and runs until the 9th.

September 1st 2009
The Landesmedienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt (MSA) has advertised capacity on the Block 12C ensemble covering the Land. Each programme slot on offer comprises 70 Capacity Units suggesting the use of DAB+ is forseen. Applications should reach the MSA by midnight on September28th/29th.

August 31st 2009
Argentina has adopted the Japanese ISDB-T standard for digital television. The announcement reverses a 1999 decision to adopt the American ATSC system. This brings to 3 the number of South American nations (the others being Brasil and Peru) that have adopted the standard. Other countries are known to be considering ISDB-T and its adoption by the two major economies in the region may have a gravitational effect on other countries.

August 30th 2009
The Canadian media regulator, the CRTC, has announced an extension to the licences of the currently operational DAB services. Unlike previous extensions, however, this latest renewal is for four months only - until Dec 31st 2009. Included as usual in the decision are the services in Windsor which ceased quite some time ago. This is the third such extension to a non-existant ensemble. In announcing that the Windsor ensemble was being renewed on a previous occasion, the CRTC stated that the criteria for renewal was that the multiplex should have been in operation by August 31st 2007. In actual fact, the ensemble ceased over a year before that date, and a CBC source confirmed to Wohnort that the transmitter had been dismantled, adding "We have no clue when we will put it back on the air." The CRTC announcement states that its latest decision does not dispose of any "substantive issue" that may exist and that interested parties will be have an opportunity to comment "at the appropriate time". What the CRTC may have in mind is that a review of the existing "transitional" digital radio policy was being conducted by the spectrum regulator Industry Canada and has not yet reported. At any rate, given that the CRTC could have extended the licences for another full year but chose not to, we now have a deadline. Unless something happens between now and the end of the year, all the DAB licences in Canada will expire on Dec 31st.

Wohnort adds:
What went wrong in Canada? Why did not the public rush out to buy DAB receivers? There are now fewer DAB ensembles operating in the country than there were five years ago. This state of affairs is tragic considering that at one time, Eureka 147 DAB had been tested and demonstrated more extensively in Canada than anywhere else, even Europe. The answer lies in the proposition that was offered to the public - the fact that the purchase of a new receiver would bring no new services, only the same services, but digital. Stations were allowed to transmit some content unique to DAB, but the amount was severely regulated. Joe Public therefore was given little incentive to purchase, and with no usable signal to demonstrate inside the retail stores, there was no hope of bringing Mrs Public on board either. On the face of it, the Canadian transmissions appear to be half-hearted, suffering frequently from fundamental technical faults. In Vancouver, Wohnort observed transmissions taking place on the wrong frequency, while in Toronto some ensembles cease operation completely during hot weather.

Can the situation be turned around? The fundamentals have not changed. There is no time limit on the public's readiness to recognise a good product. If the public can be persuaded that a one-off hardware purchase will make available attractive content, people will buy. This can be seen clearly in those markets where unique and attractive content is accompanied by a robust and reliable signal. In the UK, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway, where both of those conditions have been fulfilled, receivers are selling and DAB listenership is growing. In Australia, success or failure of DAB+ will hinge on these twin conditions being met. In Germany, without a serious effort to provide content AND signal, any relaunch would be pointless. Canada is no exception. Change the offer, and the public attitude will change also. Attractive programming unique to DAB and a strong reliable signal. That's "all" that is required.
August 24th 2009
UTVBauerSwansea listing corrected.

August 24th 2009
NOW Cardiff&Npt Snapshot updated.

August 23rd 2009
NOW Wolverhamptn Snapshot updated.

August 23rd 2009
NOW Swindon and NOW W. Wiltshire listings corrected and Snapshots updated.

August 23rd 2009
MXR West & Wales listings corrected and Snapshot updated.

August 22nd 2009
NOW Berks&Hants listings corrected and Snapshot updated.

August 22nd 2009
A new data service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble in the French-speaking region of Belgium, RTBF DAB. MOT slides is a slideshow running at 64 kbit/s.

August 20th 2009
On BBC National DAB, the packet data component BBC Vision trial is currently running as a Secondary Component of BBC Radio 4.

August 20th 2009
On NOW Bristol, the data service now.data has ceased. A new data service has popped up. EPG Trial is running at 16 kbit/s in packet data mode. Snapshot updated. The service Heart is currently running with a packet data Secondary Component.

August 20th 2009
NOW Sussex Coast listings corrected and Snapshot updated.

August 20th 2009
DRg London Snapshots updated.

August 20th 2009
Snapshot of the L-band experimental London ensemble ArqivaExperimntl updated.

August 17th 2009
Quiz Question: In which European country does the national broadcaster's national multiplex not cover the capital city?

Quiz Answer: The "national" ensemble of the Italian public-service broadcaster RAI, DAB RAI, does not cover Rome. The capital city was instead covered by a Block 6A joint-venture ensemble, ClubDAB - RaiWay. This ensemble is reported to have ceased, however, on June 16th. New transmissions are expected on Block 13B.

August 16th 2009
On NOW Cardiff&Npt, Retune 4 RDragon has ceased.

August 15th 2009
A new edition of the DAB Registered Tables has been published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Wohnort naturally (??) rushed off to download a copy to see whether it was any clearer what kind of programme a "Varied" service was meant to be. Although displayed as a text string, the Programme Type (PTy) is actually transmitted as a number. The receiver produces a Programme Type label recalled from a table stored within it. Some receivers have labels stored in different languages, and once the language of the receiver has been set, the appropriate label is recalled from memory according to the PTy number being received. The Programme Types indicated on this site follow as much as possible the descriptions in the Registered Tables. Receivers differ in their implementations and how they display the PTy label. For example, some receivers display a PTy "MOR Music". This site uses the description "Easy Listening", which is to be found in the Registered Tables. Previous editions of the Tables defined PTy=09 as "Varied", which could mean anything, but suggested a character label of "Varied Speech". The latest edition of the Tables, ETSI TS 101 756 v1.4.1, retains the definition of PTy=09 as "Varied", but the suggested character display is now "Talk", which most definitely still means a Speech service. This site will continue to list PTy=09 Services as "Varied Speech", even though they may actually have a programme style that is mainly music.

August 15th 2009
On NOW Coventry and NOW Wolverhamptn, the Service Chill has ceased.

August 14th 2009
A DMB ensemble is reported to be broadcasting in Monaco. MCR on Block 6A is reported to be carrying a number of audio services using the DMB Radio (DMB-A) standard.

August 14th 2009
On EuroDAB Italia, the Service Radio Radio is reported have ceased. Some of the remaining services are reported to be running at higher bitrates:- Radio Radio DAB+ and Radio Vaticana+ at 56 kbit/s, RTL 102.5 at 160 kbit/s, RTL ITalianStyle and RTL102.5Classic+ at 64 kbit/s.

August 14th 2009
A new stream data Service has popped up on the Italian ensemble DAB RAI. BIFS TELEVIDEO is reported to be running at 160 kbit/s.

August 14th 2009
Corrections to the listings of the Swiss ensembles SRG SSR I01 and SRG SSR R01.

August 11th 2009
A new Service has popped up on DRg London. CTRL is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

August 8th 2009
The Service Galaxy is reported to have popped up on NOW Essex, NOW Kent and NOW Sussex Coast, replacing Chill.

August 7th 2009
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Llangollen improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Wrexham and in Denbighshire. Eston Nab improves coverage in Middlesborough, Stockton-on-Tees and in Redcar and Cleveland.

August 7th 2009
The Service Galaxy is reported to have popped up on NOW Berks&Hants, NOW Exeter&T'bay and NOW Swindon, replacing Chill.

August 6th 2009
The Service Galaxy is reported to have popped up on NOW Bournemouth, replacing Chill.

August 5th 2009
The German radio website radioWOCHE reports that the private Swiss broadcaster djradio has withdrawn from the forthcoming DAB+ second ensemble in the German-speaking region, citing "high" costs. djradio was awarded a licence when capacity on the new ensemble was advertised by the Swiss regulator BAKOM.

August 5th (2)
The Service Galaxy is reported to have popped up on NOW Cornwall and NOW Plymouth, replacing Chill.

August 5th 2009
As a further indication that, in spite the recent hiatus surrounding the relaunch of DAB in Germany, the train is still moving forward, applications have been invited formally to operate the future Landesweites Sachsen-Anhalt Ensemble on Block 11C following an expected migration from Block 12C. According to Sachsen-Anhalt media law (in Germany the regulation of the media is a matter for the Länder), terrestrial radio broadcasting should be digital by January 1st 2015. Applications for the use of the new frequency should be lodged with the national spectrum regulator, the BNetzA by September 9th 2009.

August 5th 2009
On NOW Cambridge, NOW Norwich and NOW Peterborough, the Service Chill has ceased and been replaced by Galaxy. The Service XFM has popped up on NOW Peterborough.

August 4th 2009
On NOW Bristol and NOW Cardiff&Npt, the Service Chill has ceased. The Service XFM has migrated from NOW Bristol and NOW Cardiff&Npt to MXR West & Wales. The Service Choice FM has migrated from MXR West & Wales to NOW Bristol and NOW Cardiff&Npt. A new Service has popped up on MXR West & Wales. Galaxy is running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo.

August 3rd 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Foel Fynyddau improves coverage of BBC National DAB around Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.

August 2nd 2009
A new ensemble has popped up in the Czech Republic. The transmissions on Block LG are a two-week test from Jáchymov - Klínovec that with 2.5 kW are expected to reach Ostrov and parts but not all of Karlovy Vary to the south west, and Žatec to the south east. A coverage map on the Teleko website shows the towns of Kadaň, Chomutov and Jirkov largely shielded by the terrain. Four services are being broadcast - two in original-flavour DAB and two in DAB+. L-band licences in the Czech Republic will be offered by auction this autumn.

July 30th 2009
The Swiss broadcaster Life Channel has announced that the first phase of the rollout of the second ensemble in the German-speaking region will begin in Basel, Bern and Zürich on 15th October (although the PDF to which the article on its website links then goes on to talk about 15th September!). The ensemble will operate on Block 7D. When the first phase of the roll-out is complete, transmitters at Uetliberg, Bachtel, Baden-Hörndli, St. Chrischona, Grellingen and Bantiger will form the Single Frequency Network.

July 30th 2009
The German radio station Nova Radio has announced that its service on the Block 12C ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt will cease tomorrow, citing as reason the latest delays to the German DAB relaunch project.

July 30th (2)
The UK radio station Chill has announced that its service will cease next week on NOW Berks&Hants, NOW Bristol, NOW Bournemouth, NOW Cambridge, NOW Cardiff&Npt, NOW Cornwall, NOW Essex, NOW Exeter&T'bay, NOW Kent, NOW Norwich, NOW Peterborough, NOW Plymouth, NOW Sussex Coast and NOW Swindon.

July 29th 2009
Despite the hiatus surrounding the relaunch of DAB in Germany, in Bavaria the process of migrating the local L-band ensembles into Band III continues. A new ensemble has popped up on Block 11A in Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt (10A3) is broadcasting the same services as the L-band ensemble, which has been relabelled Testnetz (106F).

July 27th 2009
In Sydney, all three DAB+ ensembles have switched to full power, but are still liable to occasional periods of reduced power while tests continue to ensure compatability with TV transmissions on neighbouring frequencies.

July 25th 2009
On BBC National DAB, the Service BBC AsianNetwork has sprouted a Secondary Component. BBC Vision trial is a packet data stream running at 8 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 24th 2009
A new ensemble has popped up in Paris. towerCast DMB 9B is being broadcast from Bagnolet. The ensemble on Block 9A (broadcast from Bagnolet and Porte Maillot) has been relabelled towerCast DMB 9A. The transmissions at Bagnolet are the first time in France that two ensembles on adjacent channels have been broadcast from the same site using the same antenna system. For the purposes of the test, both ensembles have some services in common but at least one other service unique to one channel or the other. Meanwhile, the ensemble on Block 11A, XP Pleyel, ceased at the time of the DRM+ tests last month.

July 17th 2009
In Germany, the organisation that distributes the proceeds from the Licence Fee among the regional and national public-service broadcasters, the KEF, has blocked the release of funds intended to finance the relaunch of digital radio. The KEF states that, in its view, substantial parts of the criteria necessary for a successful relaunch of digital radio have not been fulfilled. In particular, the KEF cites the decision of one of the associations for private broadcasters, the VPRT, not to participate in a relaunch using DAB+. The KEF views a successful relaunch without the majority of private broadcasters on board as "inconceivable" and says that the economic case for a relaunch has not been proven.

The national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio has reacted with "absolute incomprehension" to the KEF decision that has frustrated the ARD and DeutschlandRadio's plans for a relaunch using DAB+, describing it as a "black day for radio". The Director-General of DeutschlandRadio has called upon the body politic to take a clear position on digital radio and to find other ways and means of funding the project. The regional media regulators have also criticised the KEF decision, saying it has "rendered the relaunch of digital radio impossible for the forseeable future". Speaking on behalf of all the regional regulators, the Director of the Landesmedienanstalt Saarland said that it was questionable whether it was actually within the KEF's legal remit to make such policy and technology decisions. According to the Landesmedienanstalt, it is now for politicians and in particular the Bundesländer, to decide once and for all whether the digitalisation of radio broadcasting in Germany has now definitively failed. In such a debate, the role of the KEF would certainly need to be highlighted.

July 12th 2009
Snapshot added of the Block 12D Stockholm DAB+ ensemble Teracom Test.

July 11th 2009
Snapshot added of the Block 5B Polish test ensemble Wroclaw.

July 9th 2009
The DRM Consortium has announced that the first public demonstration of DRM+ will take place in Paris on July 16th. DRM+ is an extension of existing DRM technology that is designed to be used at higher frequencies (up to 174 MHz) than DRM. The broadcast will take place on 64.5 MHz in Band I and be transmitted from Tour Pleyel in the north of Paris. Stereo and 5.1 Surround will be demonstrated, accompanied by DRM Dynamic Labels, Journaline text information and SlideShow graphics images.

July 9th 2009
The Czech telecoms regulator, Český telekomunikační úřad (CTU), has announced its intention to auction L-band spectrum for digital radio in the autumn. 27 allotments will be on offer - 1 national, 13 regional and 13 local allotments - amounting to three layers of coverage in each of the district capital cities. Both L-band and Band III trials have been conducted in the Czech Republic and the public-service radio broadcaster expressed a preference for Band III, but this is handicapped by the presence of analogue television which is not due to cease completely until 2012. No mention is made of a particular technology or variant, only "digital radio", but the assumption must be that one or more of the DAB family will be used. There will be a restriction on no operator running more than one layer in any area. The process is expected to begin at the end of August, with the final results known by the end of December.

July 9th 2009
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Holyhead South Stack improves coverage of BBC National DAB on Anglesey and in North West Wales. Wharfedale improves coverage in and around the Yorkshire valley.


July 7th 2009
The German spectrum regulator, the BNetzA, has advertised for an operator for a nationwide DAB+ ensemble. It is expected that the multiplex would carry three services from the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio, with the remainder of the capacity being used for nationwide private-sector services. A Multi Frequency Network is planned for Germany, with coverage mainly divided between Blocks 5A (for the south and west) and 5C (for the north and east). Block 11C is planned for eastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

July 7th 2009
In Belgium, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), has published the responses to its consultation about digital broadcasting and its "strategic plan" for the transition to digital. The public-service broadcaster for the French-speaking community, RTBF, declares itself to be in favour of a transition to DAB+. The commercial broadcasters Nostalgie and NRJ favour DMB Radio and call for a switch-off date to be fixed for FM switch-off that would treat public- and private-sector broadcasters equally. Both DAB+ and DMB Radio, along with the original-flavour DAB, can exist simultaneously in an ensemble and there are examples of such multiplexes broadcasting already. Such a situation, of course, requires a receiver capable of decoding all three.

July 7th 2009
Details of the Block 10C Taiwan ensemble FM985 DAB TEST updated.

July 7th 2009
Snapshots of the local German L-band ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt updated.

July 7th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12A German local ensemble Nuernberg updated.

July 6th 2009
Snapshot of the Norwegian ensemble Oslo/Akers/Østfo updated.

July 6th 2009
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble EuroDAB Italia updated.

July 3rd 2009
On NOW Leicester the Service leicester sound has been relabelled LEICESTER SOUND.

July 3rd 2009
On NOW Nottingham the Service trent fm has been relabelled TRENT FM.

July 3rd 2009
On NOW Cardiff&Npt, to give Red Dragon FM a new SId, the existing Service red dragon has been relabelled Retune4 RDragon. A new Service has popped up, labelled RED DRAGON FM.

July 2nd 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12B ensemble DAB THUERINGEN updated.

July 2nd 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12A ensemble Sachsen K12A updated.

July 2nd 2009
A new ensemble has popped up in Stockholm on Block 12D. Teracom Test is transmitting six audio services using DAB+.

July 2nd 2009
A "little local difficulty" has erupted in Switzerland, where the Association of Swiss Private Radios (VSP) has decided that rather than support DAB+, it would prefer the proprietary system HD Radio to be used for digital radio. In response, the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR, which has already achieved near universal coverage and mapped out a clear migration path to DAB+, points out that in Europe, save a couple of isolated test transmissions, HD Radio is non-existant and that there are no HD Radio receivers in the stores. According to SRG/SSR figures, 100,000 DAB receivers have been sold in Switzerland this year, bringing the total in use to around 300,000. The Swiss regulator BAKOM has already awarded capacity on a second ensemble for the German-speaking region, some of which went to VSP members.

July 2nd 2009
Norkring België, a subsidiary of the Norwegian transmission provider, has been awarded the operation of a second DAB ensemble for the Flemish-speaking community in Belgium. The ensemble will operate on Block 11A and serve Vlaanderen (Flanders) and Brussels. The licence, awarded by the Flemish regulator VRM, lasts 15 years.

July 2nd 2009
The Norwegian classical music service NRK Klassisk has ceased transmissions on FM. The public-service broadcaster's service can now only be heard on DAB, DVB-T or on the internet.

July 1st 2009
Snapshots of the Swedish national ensemble SR RIKS DAB updated.

July 1st 2009
Snapshot of the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks updated.

July 1st 2009
In Australia, the DAB+ ensembles (one in each city) shared by the public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS are now on air in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The ABC has published coverage prediction maps which are available for download. For Melbourne, the coverage is described as "interim" pending the completion of works to move transmissions to a new tower. That work is scheduled to be completed by November.

June 30th 2009
Snapshots of the Danish national ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 updated.

June 29th 2009
The ABC/SBS DAB+ ensemble for Sydney is reported to be testing intermittently.

June 29th 2009
The UK national ensemble, Digital1 Network, is using spare capacity to conduct test transmissions until July 1st. The tests, timed to coincide with the Radio Festival, and transmitted during the daytime, consists of a mixed data and audio stream running at 192 kbit/s. Snapshot added of the tests.

June 29th 2009
The Block 9D ensemble in Südtirol (Alto Adige), DABMEDIA 9D, is to migrate on June 30th to Block 13A. The move follows difficult negotiations with the Italian Defence Ministry to clear Channel 13 for DAB. The ensemble will be the first of four to migrate. The three national consortia Club DAB, C.R. DAB and EuroDAB have been granted the use of Blocks 13A (outside Südtirol), 13B and 13C.

June 29th 2009
On NOW Essex, the Service essex fm is reported to have been relabelled Heart. On NOW Bournemouth, the Service 2CR is reported to have been relabelled Heart. On NOW W. Wiltshire, the Service Heart Wiltshire is reported to have been relabelled Heart. The Service Heart Bath remains labelled as such.

June 29th 2009
The French regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel, has published in the Journal Officiel a revised list of frequencies to be used in the first three areas to receive DMB Radio services. In Marseille, in place of Blocks 6C, 6D, 8D, 9A and 9B, mentioned at the time that applications from service providers were invited, the Journal Officiel lists Blocks 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D and 8A. In Nice, in place of Blocks 6D, 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D, the Journal Officiel lists 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D and 11B. In Paris, the only difference between the frequencies listed in the invitations and the frequencies now published in the Journal Officiel appears to be the removal of Block 11D.

June 28th 2009
On NOW S. Hampshire, the Service Ocean FM has been relabelled Heart. On NOW Sussex Coast, the Service southern fm has been relabelled Heart.

June 28th 2009
MXR North East Snapshot updated.

June 28th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12 updated.

June 28th 2009
Snapshot of the Norwegian ensemble Hedmark/Oppland updated.

June 27th 2009
The ABC/SBS DAB+ ensembles are reported to be testing (some of them intermittently) in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

June 27th (2)
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test B has been relabelled Fun Kids UK and is now running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The bitrate of D1 Test A has dropped to 48 kbit/s. A new Audio Service has popped up. D1 Test 1 is running at 48 kbit/s in Mono. A new Data Service has popped up. ITIS_MILE TPEG is running in packet mode at 16 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 26th 2009
On NOW Kent, the Service invicta has been relabelled Heart. Snapshot updated.

June 26th 2009
Those German commercial radio broadcasters who are members of the VPRT have decided at a meeting in Berlin not to support the planned relaunch of digital radio using DAB+ that was planned for end of this year/next year. They see the necessary conditions required for a successful introduction of DAB+ as not being fulfilled. Furthermore, without the assistance of public funds and regulatory pressure, they see little prospect any time in the next five to ten years. They recognise the value of the Band III spectrum that has been reserved for DAB, but call for radio broadcasting, Internet and multimedia services to be integrated into one network for inclusion in a [future] range of consumer devices. Mehr auf deutsch...

Meanwhile...

The other association to which German commercial radio broadcasters can belong (APR), the association of regional public-service broadcasters (ARD), the motoring organisation ADAC, the national public-service broadcaster (DeutschlandRadio), and the transmission provider Media Broadcast, along with both industry associations (VDA and ZVEI) had earlier issued a press release stating that they continue to work towards the digitalisation of terrestrial radio using DAB+. The release acknowledges economic hurdles, but states that they can be overcome with many partners taking an active role.

Wohnort adds:
Comment on some (German) websites has already reused phrases such as "carrying DAB finally to the grave", but the key words in the VPRT announcement may turn out to be "public funds". It has long been the attitude of commercial broadcasters (not just in Germany by the way) that the higher costs of parallel broadcasting on digital and analogue during the transition to a fully-digital era are too high to be borne by broadcasters alone.

Wohnort raises a quizzical eyebrow at the VPRT suggestion that manufacturers, having brought DAB+ receivers to market in readiness for a supposed German relaunch, should now be expected to go away and develop a further range of products. Meanwhile, in territories (UK, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland) where broadcasters have "merely" (!) introduced a range of new services with attractive content, or moved existing services onto DAB exclusively) the retail stores ARE already selling DAB and DAB+ receivers in large numbers.

One outcome, implicitly acknowledged by the VPRT phrase "regulatory pressure", is that the regulators proceed with the DAB+ roll-out without the VPRT membership, but with the public-service broadcasters and the APR members on board, and, when the VPRT's analogue licences expire, simply cancels them.

May ye be cursed to live in "interesting times"!

Sorry, I forgot I promised I wasn't going to report the German to-ing and fro-ing any more.


June 24th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 13A Norwegian ensemble Østafjells updated. This ensemble is dynamic and the configuration varies according to time of day.

June 24th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 8C ensemble Berlin K8C updated.

June 24th 2009
Snapshot of the tautologically-labelled Block 11A Leipzig ensemble Digitalradio added.

June 24th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12C ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt updated.

June 24th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 11B Stuttgart ensemble SWR Test updated.

June 23rd 2009
The L-band relay in Berlin of the British ensemble Digital1 Network is reported to have ceased.

June 23rd 2009
Intermittent tests of the forthcoming ABC/SBS ensemble on Block 9C have been reported in Adelaide.

June 23rd 2009
Radio Nederland reports that the country's commercial FM broadcasters such as Sky Radio, Radio 538 and BNR Nieuwsradio have been granted a six-year extension to their licences, which had been due to come up for renewal in 2011, providing they begin parallel transmission of their services using DAB. The decision was announced to the Dutch parliament by the Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Frank Heemskerk, who said that by September 2015 at least 80% of the population should be able to receive digital radio.

June 23rd 2009
Snapshot added of the Block 7B ensemble DMB Vaticano.

June 20th 2009
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Rumster Forest extends coverage of BBC National DAB to the north-eastern corner of Scotland.

June 20th 2009
OK, hands up all those who thought that after all the years of wrangling, a nationwide relaunch of digital radio using DAB+ was definitely going to take place in Germany, if not this year, then certainly by the end of next year, or well, possibly some time after that? The president of the association of commercial radio broadcasters (VPRT), Hans-Dieter Hillmoth, has now questioned the whole rationale for DAB+ in Germany, and called for radio broadcasting to remain in Band II using FM. His remarks have been condemned by the association of regional public-service broadcasters, the ARD, and by the national public-service broadcaster, DeutschlandRadio. One ray of hope is that Erwin Linnenbach of the commercial broadcaster Regiocast has voiced his support for DAB+. Wohnort has more or less tuned out of the whole to-ing and fro-ing of the German "debate", basically because it's too embarassing to watch. Suffice it to say that if any new DAB+ ensembles finally do make it onto the air, Wohnort will bring you snapshots.

June 18th 2009
Snapshot added of the Block 12C Norwegian ensemble, Trønd/Møre og Ro.

June 17th 2009
The Spanish government has amended the Royal Decree which specified the basis of the National Technical Plan for digital radio, with the aim of providing multiplex operators with "more flexibility" in the running of their networks. The obligation to provide a minimum coverage level is reduced from the current 50% to 20% of the population. Regrettably, "more flexibility" is likely to result in a number of DAB transmitters being decommisioned.

June 17th 2009
The UK government's White Paper on "Digital Britain" has been published and makes a number of proposals regarding digital radio:-
  • National radio services should become DAB-only within 6 years, effectively ending the era of national FM radio broadcasting.
  • BBC and commercial ensembles to increase their coverage areas to match existing FM coverage.
  • Local and regional ensembles to be replanned to provide "more efficient" digital coverage.
Among a number of additional measures to increase take-up, the government proposes the introduction of a more sophisticated system of traffic information on DAB.

June 17th 2009
DAB+ transmissions have begun in Sydney. The Blocks 9A and 9B transmissions are reported to have begun on June 15th, replacing the existing experimental transmissions on those channels. Commercial Radio Australia has issued a guidance note on how to purge the defunct test transmission services from receiver memories now that the DAB+ transmissions have begun. Public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS have announced their own DAB+ transmissions will begin in July. The new ensembles in Sydney are running on reduced power currently and are liable to interruptions during the initial testing phase. The Commercial Radio press announcement of the Sydney switch-on also revealed that the testing phase of the Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth ensembles has ended and that the transmitters serving those cities are now running at full power.

June 16th 2009
A second DAB+ service has popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt. DAB+ Test is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s and broadcasting the audio of Radio Brocken.

June 15th 2009
Snapshot added of the world's northernmost ensemble, Nord/Troms/Finnm in Norway.

June 14th 2009
Snapshots added of the Oslo DMB ensembles MiniTV1 and MiniTV2.

June 14th 2009
The switch-on date for the new DAB+ transmissions in Sydney has slipped to June 16th.

June 14th 2009
The various Heart services around the NOW network are in the process of having their Labels de-localised. On NOW Bristol, Heart Bristol has been relabelled Heart. On MXR West & Wales, Heart has been relabelled Heart UK.

June 10th 2009
The public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new DAB transmitter in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Zollhaus extends coverage of the Block 12C ensemble SRG SSR D01 in the Senseoberland, including Plaffeien, Zollhaus and Schwarzsee. The transmitter is under test at the moment and may be subject to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

June 10th 2009
The switch-on date for the new DAB+ transmissions in Sydney has slipped to June 12th. Commercial Radio Australia has announced that the existing DAB transmissions from Willoughby Tower will cease this week. When the new transmissions begin from Artarmon Tower, they will be on low power and subject to interruptions during the initial test phase.

June 10th (3)
Canada may be testing DMB. Two data services are reported to have popped up on the Block L18 ensemble in Ottawa CBC Radio-Canada and on the Block L6 ensemble in Toronto CBC DAB. Because both reports arise from observations made (separately) on Perstel portable DAB receivers, no details other than the Service Labels - Ottawa: DMB CBLT and DMB RDI; Toronto: CBLT and RDI - are available at the moment. The bitrates of the Audio Services on both ensembles have been reduced to make room for the newcomers. CBC Radio One and R.C Premiere are running at 96 kbit/s in Mono. CBC Radio Two and Espace Musique are running at 160 kbit/s. In Ottawa, CBC Radio Two and Espace Musique are transmitting PTy=07. The value appears to have been chosen from Table 12 of the Registered Tables where PTy=07=Culture, whereas the Perstel receiver is displaying the value for North America from Table 13 where PTy=07=Adult Hits.

June 8th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Membury improves coverage of BBC National DAB in West Berkshire, Swindon and East Wiltshire.

June 7th 2009
On BBC National DAB, the Service BBC Radio 6Music has sprouted a Secondary Component. R6Mus Slideshow is running as packet data at 8 kbit/s at Protection Level 2. Only one Slideshow has ever been observed on the ensemble at a time.

June 6th 2009
Details of the Norwegian ensemble Agder/Rogaland updated.

June 5th 2009
The ABC has announced that its DAB+ transmissions will be "on-air on digital in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 1 July 2009".

June 5th 2009
Commercial Radio Australia has announced that the switch-on of the DAB+ transmitter in Sydney has been postponed to June 10th, citing "weather". The new signals will come from the Artarmon site. The existing DAB transmissions emanate from Willoughby Tower and will cease when Artarmon is brought into service.

June 4th 2009
PTy values added to Adelaide listing.

June 4th 2009
Details of the Blocks 9A, 11B and 11C ensembles in Paris updated.

June 4th 2009
UK TII table updated.

June 2nd 2009
Bauer EDINBURGH listing updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the SId of 96.3 Rock Radio has changed to C886, matching the SId of the Service on Bauer GLASGOW.

June 2nd 2009
Snapshots added of the two DAB+ ensembles in Brisbane.

June 2nd 2009
DMB trials are underway in Egypt and Malaysia. In Egypt, a Block 6C ensemble is broadcasting one TV service, one DMB Radio service and one original-flavour DAB service. In Malaysia, a Block 6B ensemble is broadcasting one TV service, one DMB Radio service and one original-flavour DAB service.

June 2nd 2009
Information added about the Block 10A DMB ensemble BSTV operating in Ghana.

June 1st 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN in Northern Ireland. Armagh improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town itself and the surrounding areas of County Armagh.

June 1st 2009
On Switch London, the Service ZEE RADIO is reported to have ceased.

June 1st 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service Birdsong has been relabelled Amazing Radio and is running at the reduced bitrate of 128 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

May 29th 2009
UTV DAB, operators of the Switchdigital ensembles, have invited applications to use capacity on Switch London for full- or part-time services.

May 28th (2)
On the Block 12D Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble NRW K12, the Service WDR2 Klassik (D396) has been relabelled KIRAKA and now has the PTy Children's Progs. The bitrate is unchanged at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The Service domradio is running at the reduced bitrate of 96 kbit/s in Mono.

May 28th 2009
On UTV Bauer Stoke, the Service Focal Radio has ceased.

May 28th 2009
Commercial Radio Australia has announced that the switch-on of the DAB+ transmitter in Sydney has been postponed to June 4th, citing bad weather. The new signals will come from the Artarmon site. The existing DAB transmissions emanate from Willoughby Tower and will cease when Artarmon is brought into service.

May 27th 2009
MXR North West and MXR Yorkshire Snapshots updated.

May 27th 2009
NOW Leicester and NOW Nottingham Snapshots updated.

May 27th 2009
The French regulator, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), has announced the results of the preselection process for Paris, Marseille and Nice. The three cities will be the first to receive the new DMB Radio transmissions - in Paris where some capacity is already available, and in Marseille and Nice following the cessation of Canal+ analogue television in those areas on November 25th 2009. The CSA will launch a consultation in mid-June on the allocation and distribution of the Band III frequencies, the results of which should be published in July. At the end of July, the CSA will publish a timetable for the advertising of future licence areas, including the advertisement of capacity in two regions in December 2009. The results of that process should be known by the end of the first quarter 2010 in time for a launch following the total cessation throughout France of Canal+ analogue television in Band III by December 2010.

Paris
Association Radio Soleil - (Radio Soleil)
Association Radio Notre-Dame - (Radio Notre-Dame)
Association ANPHI - (Vivre FM) (temps partagé)
Association Fréquence Protestante - (Fréquence Protestante)
Association Programme Associatif Radiophonique d'Intérêt Social - (Fréquence Paris Plurielle)
Association Radio Aligre dit Aligre FM - (Aligre FM)
Association Une Radio étudiante à Paris - (Radio Campus Paris) (temps partagé)
Association Les Antennes de la Relève - (Néo)
Association Le Carré de Chine - (Radio Mandarin d'Europe)
Association diffusion de tout moyen de communication - (Radio Libertaire)
Association Radio Pays - (Radio Pays) Association AFAC - (AYP FM)
Association Ici & Maintenant - (Ici & Maintenant)
Association pour la Communication Juive - (Radio J)
Association Fonds Social Juif Unifié - (RCJ)
Association pour le Progrès et la Diffusion des Cultures Juives - (Judaïque FM)
SAS RTV Multicom - (Voltage)
SA Ado FM - (Ado)
SAS Ouï FM - (Ouï FM)
SA Alfa Diffusion - (Radio Alfa)
SAS Société parisienne de Radiodiffusion Culturelle et Musicale - (Générations 88.2)
SAS Canal 9 - (Chante France)
SARL LVP - (Radio Shalom)
SARL Tropiques FM - (Tropiques FM)
SAS FG Concept - (Radio FG)
SAS Jenioos Media - (R2O - Air 2 Eau)
SA SERC - (Fun Radio)
SA SODERA - (RTL2)
SAS Crooner International - (Crooner Fréquence Numérique)
SAS Société Régie Musique Latine - (Latina FM)
SAS Radio Classique - (Radio Classique)
SARL Espaces TSF - (TSF Jazz)
SARL Radio Nova - (Radio Nova)
SARL BRTV - (Antinea Radio)
SAS Rire et Chansons - (Rire et Chansons)
SAS Chérie FM - (Chérie FM)
SAS Radio Nostalgie - (Nostalgie)
SAS NRJ - (NRJ)
SAS Europe 1 Sport - (Europe 1 Sport)
SAS Europe 2 Entreprises - (Virgin Radio)
SAS RFM Entreprises - (RFM)
SA Business FM - (BFM)
SAS Aime C2 - (Beur FM)
SARL Norsucom - (France Maghreb 2)
SA Africa Média - (Africa n°1)
SA Vortex - (Skyrock)
SARL Jazz France - (Jazz Radio)
SAS Regroupement des Radios Musulmanes de France - Radio Orient - (Radio Orient)
SA LV & CO - (MFM)
Association Comité de Défense des Auditeurs de Radio Solidarité (CDARS) - (Radio Courtoisie)
SAS Prefas 1 - (LCI Radio)
SA CLT-UFA - (RTL)
SNC La Radio du Sport et de l'Information - (RTL L'équipe)
SAM Lagardère Active Broadcast - (Europe 1)
SAM Radio Monte-Carlo - (RMC)

Marseille
Association Radio Soleil - (Radio Soleil)
Association ADEJM Radio JM - (Radio JM)
Association Dialogue la radio des Chrétiens de Marseille Dialogue RCM - (Dialogue RCM)
Association Horizon 92 - Diva FM - (Diva FM)
Association Radio Lina Marseille Méditerranée - (Radio Lina)
Association Galère - (Radio Galère)
Association des Amis de la Compagnie Richard Martin et du Théâtre Axel
Toursky - (Radio Grenouille)
Association A.D.C.O.M.E.A.M - Association pour le Développement de la
Culture d'Outre mer et son Expression Artistique en métropole - (Radio Culture Outre Mer)
Association RAJE Marseille - (RAJE Marseille)
SA Sud Radio Services - (Sud Radio)
SAS Intercom 13 - (Radio Star)
SARL Canal Star - (Fun Radio Provence)
SARL FM Graffiti - (RTL2 Marseille)
SAS Chérie FM réseau - (Chérie FM Marseille)
SAS Radio Nostalgie Réseau - (Nostalgie Marseille)
SAS NRJ Réseau - (NRJ Marseille)
SA Europe 2 PACA - (Virgin Radio Provence)
SARL RFM Grand Sud - (RFM Provence)
SARL Quinto Avenio - (Skyrock Sud)
SARL Média Leader - (MFM Méditerranée)
SAS FG Concept - (Radio FG)
SAS Jenioos Media - (R2O - Air 2 Eau)
SAS Société Régie Musique Latine - (Latina FM)
SAS Radio Classique - (Radio Classique)
SARL Espaces TSF - (TSF Jazz)
SARL Radio Nova - (Radio Nova)
SARL BRTV - (Antinea Radio)
SAS Rire et Chansons - (Rire et Chansons)
SARL Ouï FM Numérique - (Ouï FM)
SAS Europe 1 Sport - (Europe 1 Sport)
SA Business FM - (BFM)
SAS Aime C2 - (Beur FM)
SARL Norsucom - (France Maghreb 2)

Nice
Association Radio Campus Côte-d'Azur - (Radio Campus Côte-d'Azur)
Association Centre Culturel Alma - (Clin d'OEil FM 106.1)
Association Agora FM - (Agora FM)
Association Paroissiale de Carros - (Fréquence K)
Association Grimaldi FM - (Grimaldi FM)
Association RCF Nice Côte d'Azur - (RCF Nice Côte d'Azur)
SARL KFM - (Kiss FM)
SA Sud Radio Services - (Sud Radio)
SARL Radio Emotion FM - (Radio Emotion FM)
SARL Nice Music - (Nice Radio)
SAS Intercom 13 - (Radio Star)
SARL Canal Sud Corsica - (Alta Frequenza)
SARL Cannes Radio Diffusion - (Radio Azur)
SARL FM Graffiti - (RTL2 Côte d'Azur)
SAS Chérie FM réseau - (Chérie FM Côte d'Azur)
SAS Radio Nostalgie Réseau - (Nostalgie Nice)
SAS NRJ Réseau - (NRJ Nice)
SA Europe 2 PACA - (Virgin Radio Côte D'Azur)
SAS FG Concept - (Radio FG)
SAS Jenioos Media - (R2O - Air 2 Eau)
SA SERC - (Fun Radio)
SAS Société Régie Musique Latine - (Latina FM)
SAS Radio Classique - (Radio Classique)
SARL Espaces TSF - (TSF Jazz)
SARL Radio Nova - (Radio Nova)
SAS Rire et Chansons - (Rire et Chansons)
SARL Ouï FM Numérique - (Ouï FM)
SAS Europe 1 Sport - (Europe 1 Sport)
SAS RFM Entreprises - (RFM)
SA Business FM - (BFM)
SA Vortex - (Skyrock)
SAS Links - (Vitamine)
SARL Jazz France - (Jazz Radio)
SAS Regroupement des Radios Musulmanes de France - Radio Orient - (Radio Orient)
SA LV & CO - (MFM)
SAS Prefas 1 - (LCI Radio)
SA CLT-UFA - (RTL)
SNC La Radio du Sport et de l'Information - (RTL L'équipe)
SAM Lagardère Active Broadcast - (Europe 1)
SAM Radio Monte-Carlo - (RMC)

May 26th 2009
The BBC has published a report on the results of a year-long test of DRM in Devon using a mediumwave frequency. The report identifies problems with reception of DRM during the hours of darkness and suggests that "significant re-planning and re-engineering" of the transmission network might be necessary if DRM were to be used for domestic broadcasting in the future. BBC Report

May 22nd 2009
The government of Panama has adopted the proprietary system IBOC, owned by Ibiquity Corporation of the United States, as the country's official digital radio standard, in preference to DAB (Eureka 147) or DRM. For television broadcasting, Panama has adopted DVB-T. Decree

May 22nd 2009
DRg London Snapshots updated.

May 21st 2009
CE London Snapshot updated.

May 21st 2009
Intermittent DAB+ test transmissions have been reported in Brisbane during the week. The scheduled switch-on date is Monday 25th followed by a period of approximately two weeks further testing during which periods of reduced power and interruptions are possible.

May 18th 2009
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Poland. The transmissions in Wrocław on Block 5B by network operator TP Emitel are a collaberation with public-service radio and the National Institute of Telecommunications. The ensemble will be used to test DAB+ and DMB services. The trial is expected to last six months.

May 17th 2009
Details of the form of the official public launch in August of Australian digital radio have been announed. Commercial Radio Australia's 42 member stations, along with public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS will all broadcast their breakfast-time programmes from outdoor venues in the five state capitals - in Sydney at Martin Place and in Melbourne in Federation Square. Australia's first DAB+ ensembles are being brought into service now with those of the public-service broadcasters following next month and July. A cautious approach is being taken to the commissioning of the new services because they share frequency spectrum with television. Once the possibility of interference to the existing services has been eliminated, the present reduced-power tests will switch to full-time full power.

May 17th 2009
The new Block 9B ensemble for Adelaide is reported to be on air with 11 audio services. The transmissions are regarded as tests and for the first couple of weeks may be liable to periods of reduced power, particularly at night, while "potential sources of interference are assessed." The new DAB+ transmissions are co-existing in Band III spectrum with television services. The ABC/SBS ensemble is not expected until June/July. A full public launch of digital radio is now expected in August.

May 16th 2009
Intermittent DAB+ test transmissions have been reported in Adelaide during the week. The scheduled switch-on date is Monday 18th followed by a period of approximately two weeks further testing during which periods of reduced power and interruptions are possible.

May 15th 2009
Two DMB ensembles have entered service in the Oslo region. The multiplexes, on Blocks 8C and 11C, are operated by NMTV, a consortium of the Norwegian broadcasters NRK, TV2 and MTG. A number of TV services for reception on small-screen mobile devices is being transmitted. NRK's services will be free to air, while TV 2 and MTG plan to use Conditional Access to provide for paid access to some or all of their services. DMB handheld receivers are reported to be on sale already and these will also receive existing DAB services. According to a WorldDMB press release, the licences of the DMB services run until July 2011 and "may be lengthened if the initial period proves a success." [Wohnort's italics]

    Wohnort adds:
You'd need to be pretty enthusiastic about DMB to shell out on new hardware for a mobile TV service that was only licensed to broadcast for two years and two months. Not even Wohnort could feel able to justify that kind of outlay. Of course, we can rely on the stores' sales people to make the inherent risk perfectly clear before we purchase, can't we? The limited lifespan with a renewal conditional upon take-up may be down to good old business and regulatory caution, but we should not be surprised if the Norwegian consumer proves to be just as cautious.
   

May 14th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Aldeburgh improves coverage of BBC National DAB on the Suffolk coast, including the towns of Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston and Aldeburgh itself.

May 13th 2009
The Canadian regulator, the CRTC, has announced an extension to the licences of public-service broadcaster CBC's DAB services to August 31st 2010. Included in the decision, however, are services in Windsor which ceased quite some time ago. This is the third such extension to services on a non-existant ensemble. In announcing that the Windsor ensemble was being renewed two years ago, the CRTC stated that the criteria for renewal was that the multiplex should have been in operation by August 31st 2007. In actual fact, the ensemble ceased over a year before that date.
Montréal CBF-DR-1 (CBF-FM)
CBFX-DR-1 (CBFX-FM)
CBME-DR-1 (CBME-FM)
CBM-DR-1 (CBM-FM)
Ottawa CBOF-DR-1 (CBOF-FM)
CBO-DR-1 (CBO-FM)
CBOQ-DR-1 (CBOQ-FM)
CBOX-DR-1 (CBOX-FM)
Toronto CBLA-DR-1 (CBLA-FM)
CBL-DR-1 (CBL-FM)
CJBC-DR-1 (CJBC)
CJBC-DR-2 (CJBC-FM)
Vancouver CBU-DR-2 (CBU)
CBUF-DR-1 (CBUF-FM)
CBU-DR-1 (CBU-FM)
CBUX-DR-1 (CBUX-FM)
Windsor CBE-DR-2 (CBE)
CBE-DR-1 (CBE-FM)
May 13th 2009
In London, the Service LBC News 1152 has migrated from CE London to DRg London where it is running at the same bitrate as before. The Service Choice FM has migrated from DRg London to CE London where it is now running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s. A new Service has popped up on DRg London. NME Radio is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

May 13th 2009
On CE London the bitrates of Services Gold - London and XFM have dropped from 128 to 112 kbit/s. The bitrate of CAPITAL has dropped from 160 to 128 kbit/s.

May 13th 2009
On MXR North East, MXR North West, MXR MXR West & Wales and MXR Yorkshire the bitrate of Service Choice FM has dropped from 128 to 112 kbit/s.

May 13th 2009
Off-topic: The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has announced that the licences for three national Digital Terrestrial Television multiplexes has been awarded in principle to One Vision. The original winner of the licences, Boxer DTT Ltd., withdrew several weeks ago, citing the current economic climate and the difficulty in reaching agreement with RTÉ Networks for the provision of the transmission services as the reasons for pulling out. The definitive signing of contracts is still dependent upon successful negotiations between the BCI and One Vision, whose transmission provider is Arqiva.

May 11th 2009
DAB+ transmissions have begun in Melbourne. 18 audio services are being broadcast using DAB+ on two ensembles. The timetable for the commencement of DAB+ in other capital cities is as follows:- Adelaide 18th May, Brisbane 25th May and Sydney 30th May.

May 9th 2009
Radioscape, the UK manufacturer of receiver modules, broadcasting and broadcast monitoring systems has been placed in administration. The future of the business now rests with the administrators, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

May 8th 2009
DAB+ transmissions have begun in Perth, Western Australia. Commercial Radio Australia has announced a timetable for the commencement of DAB+ in other capital cities:- Melbourne 11th May, Adelaide 18th May, Brisbane 25th May and Sydney 30th May. Technically, the Perth transmissions are regarded as tests and for the first couple of weeks may be liable to periods of reduced power, particularly at night, while "potential sources of interference are assessed." The new DAB+ transmissions are co-existing in Band III spectrum with television services.

May 6th 2009
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has announced transmitter work in preparation for digital radio that will cause service interruptions in the Greater Melbourne area until the end of June. The work, involving interruptions and periods of reduced power during antenna and equipment installation, will affect analogue television and FM radio from the Mt Dandenong site.

May 6th 2009
The Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien (SLM) has announced that two new services have popped up on the Block 11A pilot ensemble in Leipzig. 90elf and Rockland+, both commercial radio services, join services from public-service broadcaster MDR on an ensemble and, according to the SLM announcement anyway, can both "be received on DAB+ and DMB-capable receivers."

May 1st 2009
Australia's new DAB+ transmissions are expected to be activated first in Perth. Mix 94.5, 92.9, Nova 93.7, 6PR, 96 fm, 6ix, Radar, Pink Radio and Novanation should begin broadcasting on Monday, May 4th. The ensemble is expected to occupy Block 9B. DAB+ will be rolled out in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney during the course of May. Public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS are not expected to begin transmissions on Block 9C until July, with ABC citing a delay in the release of funding as the reason for the delay.

May 1st 2009
A new ensemble has popped up in Leipzig on Block 11A, broadcasting three audio services - one in original-flavour DAB and two using DAB+. These are test transmission and are expected to last until the end of the year.

May 1st 2009
Ofcom has granted permission for two services, one on CE London, the other on DRg London, to exchange places. LBC News 1152 will migrate to DRg London and Choice FM will end up on CE London. The move will consolidate unused capacity onto one ensemble sufficient for an additional service, NME Radio, expected to be launched in the near future.

April 30th 2009
NOW Bristol and UTVBauerSwansea Snapshots updated.

April 29th 2009
NOW Berks&Hants, NOW S. Hampshire, NOW Sussex Coast, NOW Swindon and NOW W. Wiltshire Snapshots updated.

April 29th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12C ensemble MXR West & Wales updated.

April 29th 2009
Snapshot of the current config on the London Block LC ensemble ArqivaExperimntl updated. Being an experimental transmission, these configs tend to be short-lived.

April 28th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Truleigh Hill improves coverage of BBC National DAB on the Sussex coast, including the towns of Worthing, Lancing and Hove.

April 28th 2009
A new transmitter has been added to the Block 11D SFN in England and Wales, Digital1 Network. Taunton improves coverage in south west Somerset, including the important M5 route.

April 24th 2009
Indonesia has made the DAB/DAB+/DMB family the official national standard for digital radio, according to a report from WorldDMB. A number of test transmissions has already taken place in the country, and a DMB service provided by DMB Nusantra is expected to be launched later this year.

April 23rd 2009
In Belgium, the media regulator for the French-speaking region, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) has launched a public consultation on the migration to digital forms of broadcasting, including digital radio. Belgium has spectrum resources for three layers of DAB coverage. The first layer on Block 12B, covering the entire region is already in use by the public-service broadcaster RTBF using original-flavour DAB. A second layer for the entire region on Block 11B will become available following the cessation of analogue television "La Deux" from Léglise. A third layer, based on the provinces, is not available until the cessation of analogue television on Channel 5 from Wavre and the Channel 11 service from Léglise. The third layer is also restricted by the use of Channel 5 for Canal+ in the north of France (Lille-Bouvigny). The CSA has put out to consultation a proposal that the Channel 11 television service at Léglise should migrate as soon as possible to an available UHF frequency on Channel 60 to permit the early introduction of a second layer of DAB coverage, or whether the second layer should wait until 2012 when the third layer would become available and then both layers could be launched simultaneously. The choice of coding standard for the second and third layers is also included in the consultation - whether respondents would prefer original-flavour DAB, or one of the newer variants T-DMB (DMB-A) or DAB+. The consultation also asks what regulatory or financial measures could secure the entry of the independent sector into digital radio. The period of consultation closes May 31st.

April 23rd 2009
Off-topic:- The successful applicant for the Irish DTT licences has withdrawn its bid for the three multiplexes on offer. Last summer, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland considered three competing applications and announced Boxer DTT Ltd. to be the winner. Boxer cited the current economic climate and the difficulty in reaching agreement with RTÉ Networks for the provision of the transmission services as the reasons for pulling out. The BCI is to determine whether second-placed bidder One Vision (with Arqiva as its transmission provider) is interested in picking up the licences.

April 22nd 2009
Details added for the Block 12C Norwegian regional ensemble Trøndelag/Møre og Romsdal.

April 22nd 2009
A review of the regulation of local content on commercial radio has been published by the UK government. The review, by former GMG Radio chief executive John Myers, makes a number of recommendations, including:- A change in emphasis from measuring the "localness" of a station by the location of its facilities to the content of its output. Regional multiplexes should be permitted to merge to form a quasi-national multiplex (subject to frequency availability) subject to a commitment to cover the whole of the UK by 2015. Local multiplexes that cover 700,000 or fewer adults and are contiguous or overlap with similar multiplexes should be permitted to merge to form larger licence areas. Extension of all multiplex licences to 2030 to aid long-term investment. Radio-specific and cross-media ownership rules to be removed so that competition law would become the single legal constraint. The report proposes that BBC audio, for example in the form of "actuality" and interviews, should be made available to commercial broadcasters.

    Wohnort adds:
The proposal to permit the merger of regional multiplexes and consolidate local licences into larger areas has popped up so many times now that it must be considered a safe bet that this will happen. The proposal that BBC-recorded audio should be made available to commercial broadcasters may not be so unattractive to the BBC as might appear at first glance. Such a process would undermine the most frequently-used argument against the Licence Fee that a particular viewer or listener "doesn't watch or listen to the BBC". Under the report's proposal, the Licence Fee could be considered to be paying for BBC content delivered by any means, including commercial broadcasting.
   

April 16th 2009
On Digital1 Network, the Service D1 Test C (C3C0) has been relabelled BFBS Radio and is now running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.

April 9th 2009
The UK regulator Ofcom has published its response to the government's Digital Britain report. Among it's recommendations, Ofcom proposes allowing the regional multiplexes to be merged and expanded to form, in effect, a second national commercial multiplex run on a regional basis. Ofcom had already proposed that some local multiplexes be permitted to merge to cover larger, more viable areas.

April 9th 2009
India's National Frequency Allocation Plan contains provision for DAB. According to footnotes in the Plan, DAB may be considered in Band III inititally in the four metro cities and "further introduction of DAB could be considered on a case by case basis".

April 9th 2009
The UK transmission provider Arqiva has purchased Global Radio's 63% share of Digital One, the UK national commercial multiplex operator. Arqiva already already had a 37% stake in Digital One and so now owns the multiplex outright. With the deal, Arqiva also becomes owner of NOW Digital, one of the UK's local multiplex operators.

    Wohnort adds: With Arqiva already owning 100% of UK transmission provision (including the BBC's requirements) and now becoming 100% owner of the national multiplex together with a large number of local and regional multiplexes, Arqiva becomes THE dominant force in UK DAB. It would not be surprising if the deal came under some form of regulatory scrutiny. Bauer and Muxco are likely to be concerned that their own transmission provider is now also a competitor in multiplex operation.    

April 9th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Block 11D DAB+ ensemble in Budapest. radiocafé joins nine other audio services already running on the pilot multiplex, comprising now four services from Hungarian public-service broadcaster Magyar Rádió, three Hungarian commercial services and three services from Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR. The test transmissions are expected to last until the end of April.

April 9th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Blocks 12D/11C ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12. The service is reported to be running at 128 kbit/s. However, Sunshine Live's tenure is expected to last only until June 30th.

April 6th 2009
In Israel, it's reported that a tendering process for the operation of the country's DAB multiplexes has failed to find a single bidder. Among the obstacles to finding an operator was a prohibition in the terms of the tender on the participation of existing communications operators. The Israeli government is expected to re-run the process in due course with certain modifications.

April 6th 2009
On Switch Scotland, the Service Real has been relabelled REAL RADIO. Snapshot updated.

April 6th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. West Runton improves coverage of BBC National DAB on the north Norfolk coast, including the towns of Sheringham and Cromer.

April 4th 2009
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) has extended the licences of Radio Charivari Rosenheim and Radio Galaxy Rosenheim for a period of four years. Both services will be able to have their licences extended by a further four years if they are broadcast on DAB.

April 4th 2009
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) has extended the licence of Cool Radio to broadcast on the local ensemble for Ingolstadt. The extended licence will now expire on 30th April 2011. Cool Radio will be able to have the licence extended by a further four years if they begin to use DAB+ by May 1st 2011.

April 4th 2009
The number of audio services on Budapest's Block 11D ensemble increased to nine last month with the addition of Gazdasági Rádió.

April 4th 2009
A number of BBC local radio stations have revised their estimates as to when they expect to become available on DAB. According to the BBC Radio Derby website this week, "it now seems unlikely that we will be on DAB before 2010". This date is probably to be interpreted as the earliest likely date when the Derbyshire ensemble itself will begin broadcasting. The BBC Radio Gloucester website, updated earlier this year estimates "The new Gloucestershire "multiplex" will be on air by early 2010." According to the BBC Radio York website, the North Yorkshire ensemble's operator Muxco "currently aim to launch the service in December 2009."

April 3rd 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Beecroft Hill improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around Leeds.

April 1st 2009
An additional service is being broadcast on the test ensemble in Auckland and Wellington, Kordia DAB Pilot . Easy Mix is running at 64 kbit/s in Joint Stereo using DAB+.

March 31st 2009
The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board has made an offer to buy the Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (MCG) of Australia which has been accepted by the MCG board. Among MCG's assets are a 48% stake in the sole UK transmission (including DAB) provider Arqiva and 100% of Broadcast Australia, one of the country's leading DAB transmission providers.

March 31st 2009
On NOW Sussex Coast, the Service BBC SCR has been relabelled BBC Sussex.

March 31st 2009
On MXR North East, the Service Century NE has been relabelled REAL RADIO.

March 31st 2009
On MXR West & Wales, the Service REAL has been relabelled REAL RADIO.

March 31st 2009
On MXR North West, the Service Century NW has been relabelled REAL RADIO. Snapshot updated.

March 27th 2009
Off-topic: Bulgaria has announced contests for the construction and operation of two digital television networks and has invited expressions of interest by April 3rd 2009. The winners, according to the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), should start broadcasting according to the following timetable:-
  • by December 2009: Burgas, Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia and Stara Zagora
  • by June 2010: Blagoevgrad, Kardjali, Pleven, Smolian and Shumen
  • by June 2011: coverage to reach 75% in Burgas, Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia and Stara Zagora
  • by December 2011: coverage to reach 75% in Blagoevgrad, Kardjali, Pleven, Smolian and Shumen
  • by December 2012: coverage to reach 95% in all areas served.

March 27th 2009
The Czech Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting has licensed two new services to be broadcast using DAB. Radio Proglas is a christian radio station based in Prague. Dance Radio is an Internet station also based in the Czech capital. Eight services of the public-service broadcaster Český Rozhlas that are already being transmitted on Block 10A are now licensed officially:- ČRo 1, ČRo 2, ČRo 3, ČRo REGION, ČRo Wave, ČRo Česko, ČRo Leonardo and ČRo D-dur.

March 26th 2009
The German Länder have agreed on a formal application to the spectrum regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, for capacity to run a nationwide DAB+ ensemble. In fact much of the frequency planning work has already been done, to the extent that most of the frequencies that will be used for the DAB+ relaunch are already known, but this latest development is just one more regulatory step towards that goal. The Länder have agreed that the capacity on the nationwide ensemble will be divided one third for public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio and two thirds for national commercial broadcasters. In another significant development, the Länder have agreed that each of the regional ARD public-service broadcasters will be permitted to launch a service in its area to be transmitted exclusively on DAB+, and that further applications will be made with the Bundesnetzagentur for spectrum to run Land-wide ensembles and regional ensembles within the Länder.

March 24th 2009
On NOW Leicester, the Service Gold - Leicester is reported to be running at the higher bitrate of 128 kbit/s and in Joint Stereo.

March 24th 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced more details of its planned migration to DAB+. On the First Layer ensemble in the German-speaking region, SRG SSR D01, at the end of this year/early next year, the existing Services RSR-1ERE and RETE UNO should switch to DAB+. The Service WRS, already available in the other Swiss regions, will be added to the ensemble using DAB+. In 2013, the other services should switch to DAB+. Three of those services - DRS 1, DRS 4 NEWS and DRS MUSIKWELLE - will be simulcast in original-flavour DAB (but in mono) until 2015, when the migration will be complete. Similar timetables will be followed in the French-speaking and the Italian-speaking regions respectively. SRG/SSR has already been able to investigate some of the issues of simulcasting, thanks to the overlap between the service area of SRG SSR D01 and the DAB+ ensemble in Graubünden, SRG SSR R01. The broadcaster investigated broadcasting the DAB and DAB+ versions as primary and secondary components of the same Service. SRG/SSR is satisfied that this approach will not work and that for the Services to be simulcast in both DAB and DAB+ versions, each version must have its own SId. The broadcaster is also clear that the version should be indicated in the Service Label.

March 24th 2009
On NOW Nottingham, the Service Gold - Notts is reported to be running at the higher bitrate of 128 kbit/s and in Joint Stereo.

March 24th 2009
On NOW Berks&Hants, 2ten digital has been relabelled Heart Berks&Hnts. On NOW Bristol, gwr bristol has been relabelled Heart Bristol. On NOW Cornwall and NOW Plymouth, plymouth sound has been relabelled Heart Plymouth. On NOW Exeter&T'bay, gemini has been relabelled Heart Sth Devon. On NOW Swindon, gwr swindon has been relabelled Heart Wiltshire. On NOW W.Wiltshire, gwr wiltshire has been relabelled Heart Wiltshire and gwr bath has been relabelled Heart Bath.

March 24th 2009
On NOW Leicester, NOW Nottingham and NOW W.Wiltshire, the Service Chill has ceased.

March 20th 2009
A new transmitter has been added to the Block 12A Single Frequency Network in Scotland. Braid Hills improves coverage of Digital1 Network in and around Edinburgh.

March 20th 2009
A new Service has popped up on the Blocks 11C and 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12. The football service 90elf is running in original-flavour DAB. In Sachsen, the service will use DAB+ on an experimental Block 11A ensemble.

March 18th 2009
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced that the first DAB+ service on one of the established First Layer ensembles (ie outwith Graubünden) will be DRS 1, which is expected to be added to the ensemble in Svizzera Italiana in 2010. Furthermore, SRG/SSR has announced that it will gradually convert the existing services on all First Layer ensembles to DAB+, a process it expects to complete by the end of 2015.

March 18th 2009
On BBC National DAB, the Service BBC Radio 5live has been relabelled BBC Radio 5 Live.

March 16th 2009
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) is now referring to August as the official public launch date for DAB+. Transmissions will begin in May in five capital cities but will run as test transmissions until the public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS are on the air. The ABC has already announced that it will not begin broadcasting until July, citing funding delays. Meanwhile CRA has received expressions of interest in participating in a regional trial of DAB+, with Hobart or Townsville as the likely location.

March 16th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Braid Hills improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Edinburgh.

March 15th 2009
Russia is to adopt DRM for digital radio broadcasting in the medium and high-frequency (medium and short-wave) bands. The decision, reported by the DRM Consortium to have been taken in January, follows test transmissions using the system. More in Russian on the Ministry of Communications and Information website...

March 15th 2009
The public-service broadcaster All India Radio has begun regular DRM transmissions from a 250 kW shortwave site near New Delhi. The DRM Consortium reports that 4 shortwave transmitters are being converted for DRM and that 42 new medium wave, 36 existing medium wave and 5 new short wave transmitters are also planned to be brought into service.

March 15th 2009
Various sources report that the service Deutschlandfunk (DLF) is currently being broadcast in the unusual mode Dual Mono. This condition, which has happened before to DLF, is reported to exist in the Landesensembles of Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Schleswig-Holstein. It's probable that the service on other ensembles may be similarly affected.

March 15th 2009
And now it's time for another report on the latest exciting developments in Canadian digital radio. In Toronto, the Block L8 ensemble CH___8 has not been seen for several weeks and is assumed to have ceased. On the Block L3 ensemble CHANNEL3, the Services 680NEWS and CHFI are silent. The Services 1050CHUM and 104.5 CHUM-FM are broadcasting the same audio, but with the left and right channels on one Service reported to be swapped with respect to the channels on the other. The audio on both services is that of the FM station CHUM-FM. On the Block L4 ensemble CHANNEL 4, the Service EZ-ROCK has a permanent heavy offset to the right. On the Block L9 ensemble CHANNEL 9, the Services CJYE and CJMR are silent. The Services CIRV and CFMX are broadcasting out-of-phase audio, while the Service CIAO is broadcasting in Stereo, but with only the left-hand channel modulated.

    Wohnort adds: Bad as it sounds, things could actually be worse. If anyone in Canada were listening to DAB, and could hear what was being transmitted, that really WOULD be embarassing!    


March 13th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Great Yarmouth improves coverage of BBC National DAB on the East Anglia coast, including the town of Great Yarmouth itself.

March 6th 2009
NOW Essex Snapshot updated.

March 6th 2009
DRg London Snapshots updated.

March 6th 2009
The Indonesian government expects the country's broadcasting system to be fully digital by 2016. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, quoting the Antara news agency, reports that the Ministry of Information and Communication plans to switch off analogue broadcasting by 2016 at the latest.

March 6th 2009
NOW Peterborough Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service hereward fm has been relabelled Heart P'borough. The Service passion has been relabelled PASSIONftPLANET.

March 6th 2009
NOW Cambridge Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service Q103 has been relabelled Heart Cambridge.

March 6th 2009
NOW Norwich Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service radio broadland has been relabelled Heart Norfolk.

March 5th 2009
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has postponed the start of its DAB+ transmissions. The public service broadcaster's digital radio service was scheduled to be launched on May 1st, but will now begin in July. The ABC blames a delay in the confirmation of funding for the necessary equipment and infrastructure. There has been no similar announcement from Commercial Radio Australia, so the assumption must be that they will still launch as planned on May 1st.

March 5th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Wye (aka Ashford) improves coverage of BBC National DAB in central Kent, including the town of Ashford.

March 5th 2009
The London experimental ensemble has been observed on Block LC, this time transmitting from the Croydon site alone. ArqivaExperimntl is currently carrying four audio services in original-flavour DAB. Snapshot updated.

March 3rd 2009
The Service Focal Radio is reported to have reappeared on UTV Bauer Stoke following an absence of several weeks.

March 2nd 2009
The transmitted powers used for Switch London have been increased at three sites:- at Crystal Palace the total ERP rises from 2.1 kW to 2.85 kW; at Arkley from 0.1 kW to 0.25 kW; at Otford from 0.175 kW to 0.2 kW

March 2nd 2009
A new Service has popped up on DRg London. Colourful is running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The Service FUN radio kids has been relabelled Fun Kids.

February 27th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Clifton improves coverage of BBC National DAB in South Yorkshire, especially around the important M1, M18 and A1(M) intersections.

February 24th 2009
The latest lists from the Bundesnetzagentur, which form the German equivalent of Ofcom's TX Parameters, reveal that transmitter sites Burgsinn, Eichstätt, Grünten, Hof, Hühnerberg, Kinberg and Mittelneufnach have been co-ordinated for use on a future second ensemble for Bavaria, to operate on Block 11D.

February 24th 2009
MediaWeek reports that 4 Digital Group, the holder of the second national commercial DAB licence, formally handed the licence back to Ofcom on January 30th. Ofcom has yet to make an announcement about the future use of the capacity on the failed multiplex.

February 24th 2009
The Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien (SLM) has awarded capacity on an experimental ensemble for the Leipzig region to the sole private-sector applicant, REGIOCAST DIGITAL GmbH. The ensemble will run on Block 11A (216.928 MHz) and will use DAB+. The public-service broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk will use most of the remaining capacity. Regiocast will provide 24-hour, audio-based multimedia service "90elf - Deutschlands erstes Fußballradio" The trials are scheduled to end December 31st 2009, although an extension is possible. The stated purpose of the trials is to study the formation and operation of a DAB+ multiplex prior to the proposed relaunch of digital radio in Germany.

February 24th 2009
A report on the status of digital broadcasting in Austria has been laid before the Austrian parliament. The country has long had a "wait and see" attitude, attributed to lack of interest from broadcasters and uncertainty about the choice of transmission standard. The report states that while no final decision on that choice has yet been reached, there currently exists in Europe a broad concensus that DAB+ is the most probable system, with DRM+ mentioned as the most likely alternative. Among the factors cited by broadcasters as affecting their attitude to digital radio is the high cost of parallel transmission during a transition period.

February 23rd 2009
In common with the changes that have taken place in the other Länder, on BAND III HESSEN, the bitrates of Deutschlandfunk and DKULTUR have dropped from 192 kbit/s each to 64 kbit/s Mono and 128 kbit/s respectively.

February 22nd 2009
In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel has authorised the Syndicat national des radios libres (SNRL) to conduct DRM+ test transmissions in Band I for a period of four months.

February 20th 2009
On BBC National DAB, the Service BBC Radio 3 has sprouted a Secondary Component. R3 Slideshow is packet data running at 8 kbit/s.

February 20th 2009
On Switch Scotland, the Service talk107 on 107FM (C782) has ceased. The Service The Arrow - Rock (CBCC) has been relabelled Gold - Scotland. The Service Retune 4 Galaxy (C9CC), which used to point to the same stream as Galaxy, has ceased.

February 20th 2009
A new ensemble has popped up in Hungary. Eight audio services are being broadcast on Block 11D using DAB+. Five services originate in Hungary (MR1, MR2, MR3, Sláger Rádiő and Magyar Katolikus Rádiő) while, interestingly, three are services of the Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR (Swiss Jazz, Swiss Classic and Swiss Pop).

February 20th 2009
In Catalunya, the Block 11D ensemble CATALUNYA RADIO is reported to have ceased late last year.

February 20th 2009
The transmitted powers used for Switch London have been increased at two sites. At Alexandra Palace the total ERP rises from 0.1 kW to 1 kW and at Guildford from 1 kW to 1.65 kW.

February 18th 2009
On the Blocks 12D and 11C ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12, the bitrates of Deutschlandfunk and DKULTUR are reported to have dropped from 192 kbit/s for each service to 64 kbit/s Mono for Deutschlandfunk and 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo for DKULTUR.

February 18th 2009
On the Block 11C ensemble Muenchen, the bitrates of Deutschlandfunk and DKULTUR have dropped from 192 kbit/s for each service to 64 kbit/s Mono for Deutschlandfunk and 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo for DKULTUR. The same changes are reported to have taken place on the other local ensembles in Bayern also.

February 18th (2)
On Bauer INVERNESS, the Service Moray Firth is reported to have been relabelled MFR TWO.

February 17th (2)
On the Block 12D ensemble Bayern, the FIC data service E0D11008 (formerly TMC-BDR) has been relabelled MILEurope and now rides as packet data in the same MSC subchannel as the other data services. The new Service has the same SId as the old Service.

February 16th 2009
In Austria, the Digital Radio Working Group held its first meeting at the beginning of the month. The Group will work to issue a first report in the autumn with recommendations for a successful introduction of digital radio. Both public-service and private sector broadcasters are represented in the working group which also includes representatives from Germany and Switzerland.

February 14th 2009
In Serbia, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society has announced that the country will switch from analogue to digital radio and television broadcasting by 2015. The Ministry of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Culture and Media, the Broadcasting Agency and the Republican Agency for Telecommunications are working on a common strategy.

February 14th 2009
The Dutch regulator Agentschap Telecom has awarded two nationwide licences for DMB operators. A Band III licence had two applicants, of which one withdrew, leaving Mobiele Televisie Nederland as the sole candidate. An L-band licence received one application, from Call Max BV.

February 14th 2009
Switch London Snapshot updated.

February 12th 2009
On DRg London, NOW Bristol and NOW Essex, passion has been relabelled PASSIONftPLANET.

February 12th 2009
NOW Essex Snapshot corrected.

February 12th 2009
Off-topic: Ofcom has announced that DVB-T2 test transmissions will begin this month from the Crystal Palace transmitter. The pilot, using UHF channel 31 will facilitate laboratory tests, field trials and in-home measurements using prototype DVB-T2 receivers. DVB-T2 is new version of the DVB-T specification which increases the data capacity on a multiplex. Used in conjunction with MPEG4 compression, it will enable high-definition services to be broadcast on terrestrial television. Multplex B is to be cleared and upgraded to the new spec and it is expected that the first publicly available broadcasts will begin in the Granada region late 2009 or early 2010. The Crystal Palace tests are due to last most of this year.

February 12th 2009
Information added for the South Korean city of Busan.

February 12th 2009
A new data service has popped up on the South Korean ensemble 1to1 since the last Snapshot was taken. CBS Data is running as packet data at 128 kbit/s.

February 12th 2009
A new data service has popped up on the South Korean ensemble U-KBS since the last Snapshot was taken. KBS TPEG is running as packet data at 64 kbit/s. The DMB service KBS STAR is running at the reduced bitrate of 496 kbit/s and the audio service KBS MUSIC is running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s.

February 11th 2009
On UTV Bauer Stoke, the Service Focal Radio has ceased.

February 11th 2009
Snapshot of Italian MFN DAB RAI updated.

February 11th 2009
Snapshot of Italian ensemble Club DAB Italia updated.

February 10th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Toot Hill improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton and the surrounding area, including the important M27, M271 and M3 corridors.

February 10th 2009
Bauer N.IRELAND Snapshot updated. Despite its low bitrate, the Service talkSPORT was observed to be running at the full-rate sampling frequency.

February 8th 2009
Off-topic: This afternoon in Berlin, one of Europe's tallest structures, a relic of the cold war, was demolished. The 358m guyed mast at Frohnau (just 10m shorter than the Fernsehturm at Alexanderplatz) provided vital telecommunications links between West Berlin and West Germany from 1979 but became redundant with the demise of the German Democratic Republic. The floor of the equipment room at the top of the mast was the highest floor in the European Union. Microwave dishes on the tower worked across GDR territory to a similar tower in the west at Gartow in Niedersachsen. The heights of the two towers meant that, despite the curvature of the earth, they had direct line-of-sight contact. Previously, over-the-horizon scatter had been used between a shorter, free-standing tower at Frohnau and a similar tower at Clenze in the west.
Hintergrund auf deutsch...

February 6th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Whitby extends coverage of BBC National DAB to the town of Whitby itself and the surrounding area on the North Yorkshire coast.

February 5th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 9D Italian ensemble EuroDAB Italia updated.

February 5th 2009
MXR WestMidlands Snapshot updated.

February 4th 2009
Off-topic: The United States is to postpone analogue switch-off by four months. The House voted 264-158 today to postpone the date by which all high-power television broadcasting was to be digital. The DTV Delay Act was passed by the Senate last week and now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature. Analogue switch-off, originally due to take place in just twelve days time, will now happen June 12th. There had been growing concern that American viewers, particularly among the poor and minorities and those in rural areas, were unprepared for the switch-off. The American regulator, the FCC, has welcomed the decision.

February 4th 2009
NOW Essex Snapshot updated.

January 31st 2009
Snapshot of the Block 8C Italian ensemble C.R. DAB updated.

January 30th 2009
The BBC has added two new transmitters to its Block 12B SFN. Thanet improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the towns of Margate and Ramsgate in the east of Kent. Crockerton improves coverage in West Wiltshire.

January 29th 2009
In Switzerland, the Block 12D ensemble in Graubünden has entered official public service following a period during which it was still considered to be under test. Similarly, those sites on other ensembles whose radiated powers had been increased to GE06 levels are now also in full service. The transmitter map on the SRG/SSR DAB website looks impressive these days, with a dense network of sites between them covering four ensembles throughout the country. As the map reveals, eight further sites are to be equipped shortly:-
  • Suisse Romande (Block 12A):- Fribourg, Champex and Arbaz Ayent Pas de Maimbré
  • Deutschschweiz (Block 12C):- Binn, Chestenberg, Solegg
  • Svizzera Italiana (Block 12A):- Poschiavo
  • Graubünden (Block 12D):- Davos Ischalp
January 29th 2009
The UK government has published an interim report "Digital Britain", part of which forms its response to the Digital Radio Working Group's recommendations of last year. The report accepts most of the DRWG's proposals:-
  • The BBC should continue to build out its DAB network across the UK.
  • Future DAB coverage should be comparable to present FM coverage, including local multiplexes, where the government recognises that at the moment coverage "varies considerably".
  • Accepts the DRWG's recommendation of the criteria for a switch-over date, that over 50% of radio listening via all digital platforms, national DAB coverage comparable to FM, 90% of the population served by a local multiplex. The government will work with industry to that end and also seek to identify ways that switch-over could be brought forward.
  • Legislate at an early date to address "some of the underlying structural problems of the DAB multiplex system". The DRWG had recommended that Ofcom should be given the power to merge or reconfigure local multiplexes, with the agreement of licence-holders, in areas where there is over-capacity to create larger and more sustainable structures.
The government does not specifically address the DRWG's recommendation for AM radio, that all services on AM should be transferred to either DAB or FM and the AM frequencies reassigned to other uses.
The government explicitly rejects a DRWG proposal that Ofcom should have the power to extend multiplex and analogue licences beyond their current terms but says it will keep the proposal under review and will work with Ofcom to "explore further... which of the recommended incentives and investments it would be appropriate to pursue." The government will work with World DMB to implement its European 'Digital Radio Receivers Profiles', which will effectively create a single market for digital radio in the European Union.
The final version of the government's Digital Britain report will be published in the summer.

January 28th 2009
In Saarland, the L-band ensemble DRSaar 2 has ceased.

January 26th 2009
On the ensemble SRG SSR F01 in Suisse Romande, the French-speaking region of Switzerland, the Service CH-CLASSIC (42F2) has ceased. A new Service has popped up. CH-Classique (43F4) is presented entirely in French, unlike the previous bilingual service, presented in French and German. On the ensemble SRG SSR D01 in the German-speaking region, the service CH-CLASSIC (42F2) continues, but is now moderated entirely in German.

January 25th 2009
The UK regulator Ofcom is to put licensing in place to allow retailers to install DAB repeaters in stores and thus allow DAB receivers to be demonstrated. Many such stores are located in steel-framed buildings and often on the ground floor or at basement level. In a year-long trial, repeaters were installed in branches of Currys Superstores and John Lewis. According to reports, some stores experienced 30% more sales because customers were able to try the radios in-store. The licensing is to be opened up to all retailers and will be managed by the Digital Radio Development Bureau.

January 23rd 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Oulton Park improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town of Lowestoft and the Broads.

January 22nd 2009
UK TII table updated.

January 20th 2009
A working group has been formed in Austria, on the initiative of the Bundeskanzleramt, to prepare and steer the introduction of digital radio in the country, with membership drawn from the Austrian regulator KommAustria-RTR, the public-service broadcaster ORF, private broadcasters and the government.

January 20th 2009
UK TII table corrected.

January 20th 2009
A new L-band ensemble has popped up in the Czech Republic's second city, Brno. Five audio services from public-service broadcaster Czech Radio are being broadcast on Block LE - two in original-flavour DAB and three in DAB+. The trials are scheduled to last approximately one month. Previous trials have been conducted in Prague, Plzen and Pribram.

January 19th 2009
Digital One has advertised capacity on the UK national commercial ensemble. As an incentive for approved applicants, Digital One anticipates that carriage charges will be set lower than its 2008 rate card, however Digital One says applicants should expect to contribute to its transmitter rollout programme in future years.

January 17th 2009
In Toronto, the Block L3 ensemble, CHANNEL3, has popped up again after a couple of weeks' absence. Two of the audio services, 680 NEWS and CHFI, are reported to be silent however.

January 15th 2009
In Saarland, the Services bigFM SAARLAND and RADIO SALUE have migrated from the L-band ensemble DRSaar 2 to the Band III ensemble DRSaar 1. Digital Radio Saar, the multiplex operator, has announced that, in common with other Länder, the L-band ensemble will cease - in this case at the end of the month. It is likely that there have been bitrate reductions of the existing services in Band III in order to accomodate the newcomers.

January 15th 2009
In Vancouver, the Block L5 ensemble CBC/SRC has reappeared after a period of silence, blamed on snow on the antenna.

January 15th 2009
The Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien has advertised capacity on an experimental ensemble to test DAB+ in Leipzig and the surrounding area. The ensemble will run on Block 11A (216.928 MHz). 216 CU are on offer. The remainder will be used by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. The trials are scheduled to end December 31st 2009, although an extension is possible. Closing date for applications is January 21st, 2009.

January 14th 2009
Südtirol Snapshots updated: the ensembles DABMEDIA 9D, RAIRASDAB12A, RASDAB12D and RASDab LG.

January 14th 2009
In the bleak midwinter...
The last remaining ensemble in Vancouver, CBC/SRC on Block L5, appears to have ceased with no transmissions having been seen recently. There are now no DAB transmissions in Canada west of Toronto, although here also the situation looks grim. The Blocks L3 and L8 ensembles, CHANNEL3 and CH___8 respectively, appear to have ceased. This leaves three ensembles remaining in Toronto, CHANNEL 4 on Block L4, CBC DAB on Block L6 and CHANNEL 9 on Block L9. CHANNEL 9 continues to be, er, idiosyncratic, with out-of-phase audio on some services and left-channel-only audio on others.

January 13th 2009
On the Blocks 5C and 12A ensemble Sachsen K12A and on the Block 12B ensemble DABTHUERINGEN, the Service DEUTSCHLANDFUNK is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.

January 13th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12A ensemble Muenchen IRT updated.

January 13th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 11D ensemble Muenchen BR updated. Since the last Snapshot, the SId of BR Bayern 3 has changed.

January 12th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12B ensemble TV Slovenija updated. Since the last Snapshot, the SId of RADIO SI has changed.

January 12th 2009
UK TII table updated (addition of Abergavenny, Arfon and Chesterfield to BBC National DAB) and corrected (addition of Cave Wold to MXR Yorkshire).

January 12th 2009
The BBC has added a new transmitter to its Block 12B SFN. Chesterfield improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town of Chesterfield and the surrounding area of northeast Derbyshire.

January 12th 2009
Snapshots added of the Block 12B Venezia ensemble AERANTICORALL01 and the Block 12C Bologna ensemble AERANTICORALLO02.

January 12th 2009
On the Block 12C ensemble BAND III HESSEN, the audio services harmony.fm and planet radio as well as the packet data services, are reported to have ceased, leaving just the two services DEUTSCHLANDFUNK and DKULTUR running.

January 12th 2009
Snapshot of the Block 12D ensemble for Graubünden SRG SSR R01 added. Snapshot of the Block 12A ensemble for the Italian-speaking region SRG SSR I01 updated.

January 11th 2009
In Israel, the Block 12A ensemble ceased some time ago. A tendering process for a new network operator is underway, after which transmissions are expected to resume but using DAB+.

January 11th 2009
On the block 12A Belgian ensemble VRT DAB, the service Radio Donna has been relabelled MNM. The service Radio Donna has been relabelled MNM hits.

January 11th 2009
On the Block 11C ensemble Muenchen, the Service * NOVA * RADIO * has ceased.

January 10th 2009
In Sachsen-Anhalt, the L-band ensembles HALLE and MAGDEBURG have ceased and the DMB test transmissions ended. The audio services on the ensembles, Brocken digital and * NOVA * RADIO *, have migrated to the Block 12C ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt and consequently now have Land-wide coverage. Radioforum reports the bitrate of DEUTSCHLANDFUNK on the Band III ensemble has dropped to 64 kbit/s and Mono to accomodate the newcomers.

January 10th 2009
A new service has popped up on the Belgian ensemble RTBF.DAB Radio. BRF2, the second programme of the German-language broadcaster is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s.

January 2nd 2009
In Germany, the broadcasting commission of the Länder has decided to postpone until March 2009 any application to the spectrum regulator for frequencies for a nationwide DAB ensemble. The decision means yet another delay to the promised relaunch of digital radio in Germany. The media website Kress attributes the delay to the northern Länder wanting to ensure that the public-service broadcaster NDR is authorised in the forthcoming broadcasting treaty between the Länder to broadcast additional services using DAB. However, the Kress report includes one media opinion describing the latest delay as "fatal".

January 1st 2009
The Hong Kong government has announced plans to auction frequencies for mobile television services in 2009. One frequency will be allocated in UHF and two frequencies in Band III. Half of the available capacity will be required to be used for mobile TV, while the remaining capacity may be used for non-TV uses such as digital audio broadcasting or datacasting. The geographical coverage of the multiplexes should be such as to serve at least 50% of the population.

January 1st 2009
On the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks, the service P4 Bandit has ceased. The commercial broadcaster's other service, P4 LydenAvNorge, continues at the increased bitrate of 192 kbit/s. P4 Bandit is to be streamed on the internet as a music-only service.

January 1st 2009
As previously announced, the Austrian test ensembles DAB ORF TIR in Innsbruck and DAB ORF-WIEN in Vienna have ceased.




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