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June 27th
Leicestershire snapshot updated/corrected.

June 26th
In the Netherlands, the regulator has authorised Pro FM Broadcast to operate a local DAB pilot on Block 9C from Waddinxveen.

June 25th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Oxfordshire updated. All three JACK services broadcasting in mono.

June 25th
Snapshot of the local ensemble North Yorkshire updated. Vale Radio is now STAR Digital.

June 24th
In the Netherlands, two new services have popped up on the pilot local ensemble on Block 7B in Wageningen. RTVTotaal and RTVRijnstreek are each reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

June 23rd
In the Netherlands, a new pilot local ensemble has popped up on Block 9C, broadcasting from Nijkerk with eight DAB+ audio services on board.

June 23rd
In the Netherlands, a new local ensemble has popped up on Block 7B, broadcasting from Wageningen with eight DAB+ audio services on board.

June 23rd
BBC Wales has announced that a second Welsh-language service, BBC Radio Cymru 2, is to be launched, providing an alternative to the main service between 7am and 10am on weekday mornings.

June 22nd
In the Netherlands, DTBS is reported to have popped up in DAB+ on the local ensemble IMPACTAM DAB MUX, broadcasting in Leiden on Block 5D.

June 22nd
In the Netherlands, Hollands Palet has popped up on the local ensemble Den Haag 10D, broadcasting in DAB+ at 144 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 22nd
In Norway, the latest step in the country's FM Shutdown has taken place. FM transmitters of the public-service broadcaster NRK were switched off yesterday in Hordaland, Rogaland, Sogn and Fjordane and in both Agder counties. Commercial broadcasters in those areas - P4, Radio Norway, P5 Stavanger, NRJ Stavanger, Radio Sandnes, P5 Bergen and NRJ Bergen - will follow on September 15th. NRK has not been shy in reporting the various downsides to the switchover as well as the ups. The broadcaster reports that there are 1100 road tunnels in Norway but that only 335 of them have so far been equipped with DAB. In the district of Vest, 95% of police patrol cars are not equipped with DAB. The broadcaster has also reported on the understandable reluctance of listeners to dispose of working FM radios that have served them well for many years. The next phase of the FM shutdown will include the capital. NRK FM sites will close in Østfold, Vestfold, Oslo and Akershus on September 20th, with the commercial broadcasters in those areas following on December 8th. The final step will see FM transmitters in Troms and Finnmark closed on December 13th. Even after this date, however, it is reported that 189 local radio stations will continue to use FM until 2021.