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June 22nd
In France, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Finance have launched a consultation on a government proposal to delete DMB-R (aka DMB-A) from the national specification, leaving DAB+ as the sole system authorised for use in France. In practice, DMB-R has already be abandoned by the broadcasting industry. A single test ensemble in Rambouillet operated by the automobile manufacturer Continental includes a number of DMB-R services. Closing date for responses to the consultation is July 13th.

June 22nd
In Germany, the regulator for Bremen has announced that the commercial ensemble will launch on June 27th. ENERGY Bremen, Nordseewelle, Radio B2, radio ffn and RADIO ROLAND are expected to be broadcast on Block 7D.

June 22nd
In France, the regulator has launched a consultation prior to advertising national multiplexes. According to documentation published to accompany the consultation, two layers of coverage are foreseen, comprising 22 and 17 allotments respectively. The closing date for responses is July 10th.

June 22nd
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been activated on Block 9D. Zuerich Escher Wyss should be considered to be under test at the moment but once in full service will improve reception of the minimux DIG D04 - ZH in the city centre.

June 22nd
In Poland, a temporary service has popped up on the Polskie Radio ensembles. Radio Literatura is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s and coincides with the 18th Festival of Theatre of TVP (Polish Television) & Theatre of Polish Radio "Two Theatres" in Sopot which takes place from 25th June to 8th July. Snapshot updated.

June 22nd
In Italy, two new transmitters have recently been brought into service on Block 12C. Saint-Vincent in Valle D'Aosta improves coverage of * DAB Italia * between Fenis and Arnad. Carini serves the coast of Sicily from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo.

June 21st
In Italy, a new service, Rai Radio2 Indie, is reported to have popped up on DAB+ RAI.

June 20th
In Poland, the website wirtualnemedia reports some interesting attitudes to DAB+ among commercial broadcasters in the country. The remarks come against a backdrop of the National Broadcasting Council preparing to advertise as many as 34 local multiplexes in the second half of this year. Each ensemble would be able to accomodate up to 12 stations. The article uses the word "deadly" to describe costs associated with switching to digital. Andrzej Matuszyński, president of the Eurozet group, believes that "digitization of the radio can be very harmful for this medium in Poland". He continues, "Today we are talking more about digital multiplexes and radioplayer solutions (BBC technology solution - note). It is a platform that integrates all broadcasters and under the control of those participants of a given market. Such commercial solutions have been in existence for a few years and almost every major broadcaster has a tool that integrates its station in one place." The article quotes Maciej Brzozowski, director of public relations at Bauer Media: "in our opinion, DAB+ technology has no future. We have repeated this many times"

June 20th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has brought a new transmitter into service at Pfronten, improving coverage of the Block 10A ensemble Obb/Schw.

June 19th
In France, the regulator has licensed Rmux to broadcast on Block 8D. The operator previously used Block 7B to broadcast the ensemble RNT Nice 6, but this ceased in 2017 and three of its services migrated to RNT Nice 3.

June 19th
In France, the first test transmissions from one of the future ensembles for Strasbourg have been reported on Block 6C, with thirteen audio services on board. No date has yet been announced for the official start of service.

June 19th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN, the service TOPradio has returned to its previous bitrate.

June 19th
In France, new ensembles have been launched in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The first to enter service cover Lille. Further local ensembles are expected to enter service officially in Calais and Dunkerque by the end of this month, and in Lens-Douai and Valenciennes by "the end of the summer".

June 19th
The public-service broadcaster in the French-speaking region of Belgium, RTBF, has reduced the number of hours transmitted by medium-wave sites. Wavre (621 kHz, transmitting La Première and Houdeng en Hainaut (1125 kHz, transmitting VivaCité) now broadcast from 06:00 to 20:00 (previously 05:00 to 24:00).

June 19th
In Denmark, the annual temporary service service Folkemøde has ceased, following the end of the political event on Bornholm. The existing service 24syv has returned to its normal bitrate.