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Latest Updates and News

June 24th
In France the regulator has authorised the Fédération des Radios Associatives de La Réunion to operate a test transmission using DAB+ in Saint-Denis on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion. The authorisation, announced on the CSA website but not yet found in the Journal Officiel, runs from May 24th 2021 to February 23rd 2022.

June 23rd
In France the regulator has issued the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming regional ensemble for Charente-Maritime, known officially as "La Rochelle étendu", and the remaining authorisations for the forthcoming local ensemble for La Rochelle.

June 23rd
On the UK ensemble Trial Brighton, the service Classical 1 has been relabelled CLASSIC ONE.

June 23rd
In the Netherlands, an auction has been conducted for slots on the forthcoming national ensemble, known officially as Layer 7. All twelve slots have been awarded.

June 23rd
Snapshot of the Netherlands local ensemble DAB+ 4 Brainport updated.
Recent addition of NASHVILLE FM. Multiple other changes since the previous observation.

June 22nd
A new service has popped up on the Austrian national ensemble DAB+ Austria.
Radio Flamingo is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 22nd
A new service OneDanceFM.ch is reported to have popped up on the Swiss local ensembles DIG D04 - AG and DIG D04 - ZS.

June 20th
Two new services have popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble MTVNL.
ArrowClassicRock and Magic FM are broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s apiece. Snapshot updated.


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June 19th
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.

June 19th
In Italy, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 10C.
MEDIADAB LIGURIA is reported to have eleven services on board.

June 19th
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.

June 19th
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.

June 19th
digitalbitrate reports that on the Tunisian ensemble ONT, the service ZITOUNA has been relabelled PANORAMA.

June 19th
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.

June 19th
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.

June 19th
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.

June 17th
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)
June 17th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 3, the service URBAN HIT is reported to be using a changed SId.

June 17th
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".

June 16th
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.

June 16th
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.

June 16th
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".

June 16th
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.

June 14th
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.

June 12th
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.

June 11th
On Trial Bristol, the existing instance of Ujima has been relabelled RETUNE to Ujima. A new instance of Ujima has SId (CFBD).

June 11th
In France, the regulator has issued the remaining formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble for Besançon.

June 10th
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.

June 10th
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.

June 9th
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble DAB+. Minor changes since the previous observation.

June 9th
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.

June 9th
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.

June 8th
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.

June 7th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Lincolnshire.
TX1 Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 7th
A second transmitter is now broadcasting Trial Portsmouth at low power from Leigh Park.

June 7th
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.

June 7th
A new service has popped up on London 2.
Virgin Pride is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 6th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, now operating as a national layer of coverage on Block 7D.

June 6th
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.

June 5th
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble HAINAUT 2 updated, showing changes already reported.

June 5th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 updated, showing changes already reported.

June 3rd
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.

June 2nd
The Netherlands broadcaster Polderpop Radio has announced that it will begin broadcasting on the Block 7B local ensemble for Eindhoven from June 19th.

June 2nd
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.

June 2nd
Snapshot of the German national ensemble Antenne DE updated.
Addition of SPORTRADIO since the previous observation, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 2nd
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.

June 1st
In Germany, the Ostseewelle has also popped up on the local ensemble Lübeck K9D, broadcasting here as OSTSEE HL.

June 1st
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.

June 1st
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.

June 1st
A new service has popped up on the German local ensemble Kiel K5A.
OSTSEE KI is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 1st
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.

June 1st
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
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton & Bury
  • Cheshire (East)
  • Cheshire (Mid)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port
  • Clitheroe
  • Congleton & Leek
  • Crewe, Nantwich & Whitchurch
  • Glossop & Buxton
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Oldham & Rochdale
  • Preston
  • Rhyl, Ruthin & Mold
  • Southport
  • Stockport
  • Stoke & Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Warrington, Widnes & Runcorn
  • Wigan
  • Wirral
  • Wrexham
Closing date is September 1st 2021. A third round will be launched later this year.

June 1st
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".

June 1st
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.

May 29th
On Trial Portsmouth, the services 80s Rhythm and Passion Radio have switched to 64 kbit/s instead of the previous 56. Snapshot updated.

May 29th
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.

May 28th
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.

May 28th
Trial Brighton snapshots updated. Addition of bigbeatbrighton, Regency Radio and Southdown Radio since the previous observation.

May 27th
Snapshot updated of the Block 10C ensemble in Piemonte, MediaDAB Torino. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

May 25th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Goldmine DAB has ceased. Snapshot updated.

May 21st
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.

May 21st
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.

May 20th
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.

May 18th
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.

May 18th
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.

May 18th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 3, the service BONHEUR has been relabelled RADIO BONHEUR.

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