Fleur Pellerin appointed as French government’s new Minister for Culture and Communication

SIRTI (Syndicat Interprofessionnel des Radios et Télévisions Indépendantes) calls for the new minister to be bold and courageous in confronting the conservative attitude which is slowing down the growth of digital radio in France. “It is urgent that the new minister supports the deployment of digital radio in France to ensure its success”.

Czech Radiokomunikace adds two radio channels to DAB+ pilot

Czech Radiokomunikace have added two new radio stations to the pilot digital radio broadcasting, Radio Blanik and Radio City 93.7 MHz of the media group Media Bohemia. The Prague DAB+ multiplex, covering most of the capital, will include 18 radio stations. The transmitter in Prague-Strahov broadcasts in DAB+ standard on the channel 10D in band III. The pilot was launched on 25 March, and at that time the multiplex included four channels. The transmitter covers more than 800,000 inhabitants of Prague.

TechniSat showcasing new DAB+ receivers at IFA Berlin 2014

TechniSat will be displaying a host of new DAB+ radio receivers, including the portable DigiRadio 250 during IFA 2014.

Cars drive digital radio figures to five year high

Nearly 100,000* (97,177) new vehicles have been sold with a DAB+ digital radio, and digital radio listening is at an all time high with 21.4% or almost 2.8 million people tuning in each week in the five metropolitan capital cities alone.

Commercial Radio Australia release 2014 digital radio report

The latest report from Commercial Radio Australia show positive growth in the uptake of digital radio. 2.8 million people or 21.4% are listening to DAB+ digital radio each week in the five state capital cities, while1.8 million digital radio devices have been sold (includes the 100,000 vehicles). Download the full report.

Local radio industry create new trade association to facilitate digital radio transition

A new association has been created to help local radio in the transition phase from FM to digital radio .

Commercial Radio Australia report show postive growth in the uptake of digital radio

The latest report from Commercial Radio Australia show positive growth in the uptake of digital radio. 2.8 million people or 21.4% are listening to DAB+ digital radio each week in the five state capital cities, while 1.8 million digital radio devices have been sold (includes the 100,000 vehicles). Download the full report.

IBC Everywhere in Amsterdam

IBC2014 events of special interest for radio broadcasters include the WorldDMB “Industry Insight Session” entitled “A secure future for in-car digital broadcast radio — How to keep your content prominent and relevant in the digital dashboard.” The session will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Australia promotes DAB+ in Billboard promotion

A major outdoor advertising campaign is underway in Australia promoting the uptake of DAB+ digital radio. The commercial radio industry in the country is continuing to drive awareness of digital radio in five cities with DAB+ with the launch of an extensive outdoor billboard and bus side campaign, plus a series of three new Father’s Day radio ads playing on 42 radio stations. Banners promote “25 extra free to air stations and digital sound quality” to help add to the 2.8 million people, or 21.4% of people listening to DAB+ digital radio each week.

Report says DAB+ requires FM shutdown to succeed

“Without the success of DAB there will be no FM shutdown; conversely, without a definite FM shutdown date, there can be no success for DAB.” That is the basic conclusion of a new report on DAB and FM in Switzerland.