In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Gelsenkirchen-Scholven (10 kW) improves coverage of the Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble Radio fuer NRW in the northwestern Ruhrgebiet. Schöppingen (1 kW) improves coverage in an area that includes Borken and Steinfurt.
In Italy, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 10C.
MEDIADAB LIGURIA is reported to have eleven services on board.
In France, the regulator has issued the first of the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble at La Rochelle.
In France, the regulator has authorised an increase in power to 8kW at the Fort de Romainville transmitter broadcasting the Block 9B ensemble RNT Paris 5.
digitalbitrate reports that on the Tunisian ensemble ONT, the service ZITOUNA has been relabelled PANORAMA.
radio-tv-nederland reports that a new service has popped up on the Netherlands local ensemble for Eindhoven, DAB+ 4 Brainport.
Nashville FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshot of the Danish local ensemble MUX3-SYDSJ-BORN updated.
Two additional services have popped up since the previous observation. PLANET ROCK and PopFM 80'er are broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s apiece.
Snapshot of the Danish local ensemble Oestjyll updated.
A new service has popped up since the previous observation. PLANET ROCK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The services mix 7 and Radio Vinyl have ceased.
In Belgium, the media regulator in the French-speaking region has authorised the operators for four new local ensembles.
- Brabant Wallon Est - MFN BW EST ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7D, 8B and 8C)
- Hainaut Nord - DABALS ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7B, 9C and 11C)
- Namur - Radio Diffusion + ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7A, 7B and 11C)
- Liège Est - Liège Est DAB+ ASBL (to operate as an SFN on Block 11B)
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 3, the service URBAN HIT is reported to be using a changed SId.
In France, the regulator has issued the remaining formal authorisations to services that will broadcast on a forthcoming regional ensemble for Franche-Comté, known officially as "Besançon étendu".
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has authorised a service HarbourTown Radio to broadcast in Hamburg on DAB+. The service is expected to be broadcast on the forthcoming second private-sector ensemble for Hamburg that is expected to launch in the second half of this year.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11A. Kirn improves coverage of the Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble SWR RP in an area that includes Kirn, Hochstetten-Dhaun, Berschweiler and Griebelschied.
In France, the regulator has issued the first of the formal authorisations to services that will broadcast on a forthcoming regional ensemble for Franche-Comté, known officially as "Besançon étendu".
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has awarded the platform operation of a forthcoming second private-sector ensemble for Hamburg to Media Broadcast GmbH. There were two other applicants. The new ensemble is expected to launch in the second half of this year.
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex.
TEST is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s and is reported to be broadcasting an audio message that refers to Point Blank Radio. Snapshot updated.
In Poland, the Block 10B ensemble from Prehyba near Szczawnica has reappeared after an absence of three months. Radiopolska reports that the operator is now DABCOM, in place of the Tarnów diocese. According to the report, there are now eleven audio services on board - RDN Małopolska, RDN Nowy Sącz, Radio Profeto, Trendy Radio, Mega Radio, Radio Nuta, Disco Radio, Radio Imperium, Radio 7, Wasze Radio FM and Muzyczne Radio, each running at 128 kbit/s.
On Trial Bristol, the existing instance of Ujima has been relabelled RETUNE to Ujima. A new instance of Ujima has SId (CFBD).
In France, the regulator has issued the remaining formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble for Besançon.
In France, the regulator has published, just three days before it is due to expire, the authorisation issued to VH COM to operate a temporary ensemble FeteRadioSarthe to coincide with the Fête de la Radio. The ensemble is using Block 7B, which is the channel allocated to the forthcoming local ensemble for Le Mans. The authorisation runs from May 31st to June 13th 2021.
In France, the regulator has issued the first five of the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble for Besançon.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble DAB+. Minor changes since the previous observation.
In France, the regulator has authorised SAS Grand Ouest Mux to operate forthcoming local ensembles in Orléans, Poitiers and Tours. SAS Compagnie des multiplex DAB has been authorised to operate the corresponding regional ("étendus") ensembles.
In Germany, the media regulator for Berlin-Brandenburg has received
nine applications for the at least three slots advertised on the regional ensemble Berlin/BRBG K12D
- ByteFM (Byte.FM GmbH)
- DIANA - Radio für die Frau (MEGA Radio GmbH)
- Großstadtradio (Arbeitstitel) (Joachim Ackermann)
- Mega Radio Berlin (MEGA Radio GmbH)
- OLDIE ANTENNE (Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG)
- Radio BHeins (Babelsberg Hitradio GmbH)
- RADIO HOLIDAY (The Radio Group GmbH)
- ROCK ANTENNE Berlin (ROCK ANTENNE GmbH & Co. KG)
- Sawt Almania – Stimme Deutschlands (The Yocan Foundation)
The application from ROCK ANTENNE was conditional upon the service being awarded the currently-advertised 104.1 MHz FM frequency.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. An EPG has reappeared compared with the previous observation. The existing audio service NPO FunX Dance has been relabelled NPO FunX Fissa.
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Lincolnshire.
TX1 Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
A second transmitter is now broadcasting Trial Portsmouth at low power from Leigh Park.
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands local ensemble DAB Lokaal 34, serving Zandvoort and Haarlem. Multiple changes since the previous observation. All services are now running at Protection Level 2.
A new service has popped up on London 2.
Virgin Pride is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot added of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, now operating as a national layer of coverage on Block 7D.
In France, the forthcoming local ensemble for Le Mans has popped up ahead of its official launch in July with a temporary transmission to coincide with La Fête de la Radio, under the guise of FeteRadioSarthe. Ten audio services are reported to be on board.
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble HAINAUT 2 updated, showing changes already reported.
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 updated, showing changes already reported.
In France, the regulator has authorised the transmitter sites that will be used for the forthcoming ensemble for Marseille (known officially as "Marseille étendu". The important Grande Étoile site will operate on Block 5B with 10 kW, and a second transmitter will broadcast from Îles du Frioul with 4 kW. The authorisations come into effect on July 15th 2021.
The Netherlands broadcaster Polderpop Radio has announced
that it will begin broadcasting on the Block 7B local ensemble for Eindhoven from June 19th.
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Sussex.
More Radio Retro is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 56 kbit/s, Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the German national ensemble Antenne DE updated.
Addition of SPORTRADIO since the previous observation, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
DAB+ Austria snapshot updated.
Addition of Antenne Österrei and arabella HOT since the previous observation, both broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The former has popped up from time to time prior to its launch for short tests, hence its appearance in the snapshot from January.
In Germany, the Ostseewelle has also popped up on the local ensemble Lübeck K9D, broadcasting here as OSTSEE HL.
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11B.
Donaueschingen (10kW) and Hochblauen/Badenweiler (8kW) extend coverage of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble OAS BW.
A new service has popped up on the Austrian ensemble for Vienna, CityMUX Wien II.
arabella GOLD is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the German local ensemble Kiel K5A.
OSTSEE KI is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the Austrian national ensemble DAB+ Austria.
Antenne Österrei, whose name is unfortunately two characters longer that the specification allows, is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. There must be better ways of representing the service's name within 16 characters, surely.
The UK regulator has advertised licences for 22 new small-scale DAB areas in northwest England and northeast Wales in Round Two of its licensing programme.
- Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen
- Bolton & Bury
- Cheshire (East)
- Cheshire (Mid)
- Chester & Ellesmere Port
- Congleton & Leek
- Crewe, Nantwich & Whitchurch
- Glossop & Buxton
- Oldham & Rochdale
- Rhyl, Ruthin & Mold
- Stoke & Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Warrington, Widnes & Runcorn
Closing date is September 1st 2021. A third round will be launched later this year.
The UK regulator has awarded licences for five more small-scale DAB areas advertised in Round One - Basingstoke, Clevedon Avonmouth & Filton, Dudley & Stourbridge, East Bristol and Newcastle & Gateshead. The remaining six Round One areas will be announced "shortly".
In the Netherlands, the Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat has launched a consultation
on proposals to transform the regional coverage of Layer 4 consisting of five allotments currently into a new Layer 4 which will comprise seven allotments. The proposed new arrangement is said to align more closely with the wishes of broadcasters.
On Trial Portsmouth, the services 80s Rhythm and Passion Radio have switched to 64 kbit/s instead of the previous 56. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot updated of the Italian ensemble RADIODIG TO CN. All services on this ensemble now run at 64 kbit/s instead of the previous 72.
Snapshot updated of the Italian ensemble CRDAB Piemonte. The service RADIO NRG has switched to 64 kbit/s and the Protection Level EEP 2-B since the previous observation.
Trial Brighton snapshots updated. Addition of bigbeatbrighton, Regency Radio and Southdown Radio since the previous observation.
Snapshot updated of the Block 10C ensemble in Piemonte, MediaDAB Torino. Multiple changes since the previous observation.
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Goldmine DAB has ceased. Snapshot updated.
On Trial Portsmouth, the service United DJs has ceased. The existing service V2 Radio is now running at 48 kbit/s. Passion Radio and 80s Rhythm are now running at 56 kbit/s each. Snapshots updated.
In Germany, the multiplex operator Media Broadcast has announced
that it has been awarded an ensemble in Saarland to operate as a platform on Block 9C with up to 16 services on board. The new multiplex is expected to launch in Q4 2021.
On the French ensemble Lyon-Local, the service FRANCE MAGHREB 2 has ceased, ending a period of several months during which the service was available on both this and the other local ensemble in the city, LYON 6.
May 19th (updated)
Snapshots updated of the UK ensembles London 1, Ayr, Bradfrd&Huddersf, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, North Yorkshire, Stoke & Stafford, Tayside, Teesside and Tyne & Wear. On these and other ensembles on which it appears, the service Country Hits has been relabelled Absolute Country.
In France, the regulator has announced that the operator of forthcoming local ensembles for Annecy, Annemasse, Chambéry, Grenoble and Saint-Étienne will be Région Mux.
In Germany, the power of the Block 12B transmitter at Schwerin has been increased from 1kW to 10kW , improving coverage of the regional ensemble NDR MV SN.
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 3, the service BONHEUR has been relabelled RADIO BONHEUR.
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