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March 28th, 2020

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Latest Updates and News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Update History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 15th
On Trial Brighton, Auraltime is reported to have been relabelled HealthInfoRadio.

March 15th
A number of ensembles are using capacity to provide information about the current COVID-19 emergency. In the UK, services have popped up on Trial Glasgow and Trial Portsmouth with announcement loops to the effect that updated information will shortly appear on these channels. In Austria, the EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality) channel on CityMUX Wien II consists of a looped announcement with updated information and a list of emergency helplines.

March 15th
On Trial Portsmouth, auraltime has been relabelled HealthInfoRadio and is broadcasting at the increased bitrate of 32 kbit/s. Skylab Radio has dropped from 48 to 40 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 15th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. HealthInfoRadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

March 15th
Ayr, Edinburgh, Glasgow, N. Ireland, Central Scotland and Trial Glasgow snapshots updated.

March 13th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A. Pizzo Castello extends coverage of SRG SSR I01 to an area including Maggia, Gordevio and Aurigeno.

March 13th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bayern has advertised two programme slots on the Block 8B ensemble Allgäu. Two existing services are to relinquish their capacity and it is this that is being offered. The coverage area of the ensemble is to be expanded from mid-2020 with the addition of a transmitter on the Pfänder, in Austrian territory. The resulting very interesting coverage area will therefore have an international character, including as it will the Austrian city Bregenz, and the areas of Baden-Württemberg and Bayern to the north of the Bodensee as well as parts of Switzerland along the southern shore. The licence will be renamed from "Allgäu 8B" to "Allgäu-Donau Iller 8B". How that will look in an Ensemble Label remains to be seen. The coverage area will be expanded still further in mid-2024 with the addition of a transmitter in Ulm. The closing date for the advertisement is April 17th 2020.

March 12th
In the Netherlands, the regulator has begun the process by which capacity on 22 local allotments will be distributed. Until April 7th, each applicant may apply for only one slot per allotment. After that date, applicants will be able to apply for one or more of any slots remaining on each allotment. Capacity is to be divided between commercial and non-commercial broadcasters on the basis of six slots each per allotment. Either sector will be able to apply for any capacity remaining after September 11th 2020. The licences issued will be valid until August 31st, 2022. A map is available for download, showing the allotments being advertised.

March 12th
Snapshot updated of the Danish ensemble NivaaDAB. The channel time-shared by Jazzkanalen and Radio Humleborg is currently running with greater protection.

March 12th
Snapshot of the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh updated. Addition of Radio Wirral.

March 12th
On the UK ensemble D1 National, Capital UK has switched to DAB+ and is now running at 40 kbit/s. The services Heart extra and Smooth Extra have been relabelled Heart UK and Smooth UK respectively and are now running at 40 kbit/s each. Snapshot updated. Of the twenty audio services broadcast on this ensemble, twelve now use DAB+.

March 11th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh. Radio Wirral is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

March 10th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL, the service Maximum has been relabelled Qmusic Non-stop. An existing service with that name is currently broadcast on the national ensemble DAB+.

March 10th
On Trial Cambridge, the service Atlantis has ceased.

March 10th
In Germany, a proposed ensemble for commercial broadcasters in Saarland has received a setback. The planning for the new ensemble, awarded to Divicon Media Holding, assumed a Block 11C allocation using, among others, an existing antenna at Saarbrücken Schoksberg. The operator's application to the federal spectrum regulator (BNetzA) has resulted in a response that Block 11C was unlikely to receive international co-ordination from that site with the power level that was intended. The much reduced power level likely to be authorised would, according to the Land's media regulator (LMS), not be sufficient even to cover the city of Saarbrücken. The regulator and the Saarland State Chancellery are to approach the BNetzA to seek a solution that allows a Land-wide ensemble to operate. The LMS considers it unacceptable that the Saarland should be disadvantaged for frequency resources, compared with other areas, because of its proximity to the frontier.

March 10th
In France, the regulator has revoked authorisations issued in 2018 relating to a local ensemble for Tarare which never began broadcasting. Today's announcement concerns the operator Region Mux and three services - Radio Val de Reins, Radio Scoop and Radio Orient.

March 7th
In Serbia, the commercial broadcaster HIT FM has announced that it is "Coming soon to the new digital national radio network!".

March 7th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Leeds updated. Addition of Magic Musicals since the previous observation.

March 7th
In Croatia, a new transmitter has been brought into service at Srđ, extending coverage of OIV DEMO to Dubrovnik. Two further sites are expected to be added during this month.

March 7th
In France, the regulator has authorised Cmux to operate the forthcoming local ensemble for Arcachon. The ensemble will use Block 11C.

March 6th
The local radio station Radio Wirral has announced that it will launch on DAB (sic) on March 12th at 6pm.

March 6th
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble 8A Randstad NL. Maximum is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 6th
In Spain, a group AMSC, associated with a radio service Gran Vía Radio, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its efforts. Among its aims is the establishment of DAB+ in Catalonia and Madrid. The group has already announced its intention to begin transmissions in those areas "soon". The service is already broadcast on Block 9C in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

March 6th
In Austria, the regulator has authorised for ten years a service Radio RU to broadcast on CityMUX Wien II, predominantly in Russian, German and English.

March 6th
In Germany, the regional ensemble Oberpfalz is to migrate from Block 12D to Block 6C. Existing sites will switch between March 17th and April 4th and two new transmitters will be brought into service during that time.
Altenstadt an der Waldnaab17.03.2020Migration
Kelheim19.03.2020New Transmitter
Amberg (Stadt)19.03.2020New Transmitter
Amberg Hirschau24.03.2020Migration
Dillberg26.03.2020Migration
Hohe Linie31.03.2020Migration
Hoher Bogen31.03.2020Migration
Ochsenkopf07.04.2020Migration

March 5th
In Switzerland, Radio Inside is reported to have popped up on the Block 5D digris ensemble for Aarau-Olten.

March 5th
In Switzerland, diis Radio is reported to have popped up on the Block 9D digris ensemble for Oberwallis.

March 5th
A new service has popped up on the Czech ensemble CRa DAB+. Classic Praha is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 5th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL. Team FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 5th
On the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02, the service RADIO INSIDE+ has been replaced by RADIO MELODY+.

March 4th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster rbb has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 10B. Belzig (10 kW) improves reception of rbb BRB/BLN K10B in Potsdam-Mittelmark.

March 4th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service NOSTALGIE has been relabelled NOSTALGIE VL.

March 3rd
Snapshot updated of the Italian regional ensemble RADIODIG TO CN. Three new services have popped up since the previous snapshot: R. BIRIKINA DAB, RADIO BRUNO and R VIVA TORINO. All services are now running at 72 kbit/s, compared with 96 kbit/s in January.

March 2nd
Snapshot of the local ensemble Oxfordshire updated.

March 2nd
On the regional ensemble Central Scotland, the service Sunoh Radio is reported to have ceased.

March 2nd
In Poland, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 10B Szczawnica ensemble, RDN MUX. Trendy Radio replaces Radio eM Kielce.

March 2nd
In Germany, a new service has popped up on Bremen K7D. Rad. Weser.TV HB is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s, as are now all the other services on the ensemble.

March 2nd
On the local ensemble Plymouth, Radio Plymouth has reappeared after around a decade's absence.

March 2nd
On the UK ensemble SDL National, the service ForcesRadio BFBS has been relabelled BFBS UK. Snapshot updated.

March 2nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Cambridge. Radio Caroline is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

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