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In Ireland, the public-service broadcaster RTÉ has announced its strategy for the next five years. Among other things, it says that FM is expected to continue to be "the primary means" of radio consumption in Ireland. The broadcaster's long-wave service will be phased out, and there are plans to introduce a DAB station in the UK for the Irish diaspora.
In Australia, the service ABC Extra on the ABC&sbs Radio ensembles has been relabelled ABC KIDS listen.
In Germany, the current Block 12D regional ensemble for Oberpfalz-Niederbayern, Nby/Opf, will operate as two separate ensembles from July 3rd 2018, covering, respectively, Niederbayern on Block 7D, while the transmitters in Oberpfalz will continue to operate on Block 12D. The media regulator in Bayern has advertised the one remaining programme slot in Niederbayern and two remaining programme slots in Oberpfalz. Closing date is March 23rd 2018.
On the Italian ensemble EuroDAB Italia, the service RTL Lounge has been relabelled RTL Romeo&Juliet.
On the Spanish ensemble MF1, the service EL MUNDO has been relabelled esRadio.
In Norway, the local ensemble for Oslo/Akershus, Lokalradio, is now being broadcast on Block 7B in the neighbouring Region 8, Kongsberg Drammen Eiker. The overspill from the 13B transmitters means the new transmission effectively extends the coverage of Region 3.
In the Czech Republic, a temporary service from the public-service broadcaster Český Rozhlas has popped up for the Winter Olympics. On TELEKO DAB, RADIOZURNAL-OH is running at 64 kbit/s. On RTI cz DAB, R-ZURNAL OH uses 56 kbit/s. On Český Rozhlas' own ensemble, CRo DAB+, R-ZURNAL OH test uses 48 kbit/s.
Two new services, Asian Star Radio and Matryoshka Radio, are reported to have popped up on Trial Glasgow. Antenna Radio, Blast! and Starpoint Soul are reported to have ceased.
On the Swiss minimux in Basel, DIG D04 - BS, the service IP music BS+ has ceased.
A pilot DAB+ transmission is reported to have popped up in Algeria, broadcasting from Tamentfoust on Algiers Bay. Four services are reported to be on board currently.
Sydney listings updated.
Trial Brighton snapshot updated. Addition of The Beat.
The first DAB+ service on Trial Cambridge has popped up. Zack FM is running at 48 kbit/s.
In Poland, a new minimux is reported to have popped up in Wrocław on Block 11A, operating as an SFN from three sites. Public-service broadcaster Radio Wrocław is on board with three services, the catholic diocese service Radio Rodzina and a university service Radio Luz.