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DAB+ digital radio coming to Mandurah for Christmas

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Mandurah will be the ninth city in Australia and the first non-capital to have DAB+ digital radio, when the free to air broadcast technology is rolled out to Western Australia’s second largest city on Monday, December 23.
 
Commercial Radio Australia, CEO, Joan Warner, says, “We’re pleased to work with West Coast Radio to launch free to air DAB+ radio services in Mandurah in time for Christmas.
 

DAB+ Ratings: Elf Radio a Christmas Gift for ARN

Tuesday 17 December, 2019
Coles Radio (249,000) is still at the top nationally in the latest survey of DAB+ stations, and while Elf Radio (23,000) has added some tinsel to ARN’s Christmas tree, smooth relax debuted nicely in Sydney Brisbane and Melbourne adding 110,000 listeners.
 
City by city and Edge Digital leads in Sydney from Coles Radio and KIIS 90’s.
 

Edge Radio gains access to DAB+ service in Hobart

Monday 09 December, 2019

Youth broadcaster, and community radio station, Edge Radio, will be allowed to provide a DAB+ digital radio service in Hobart despite being in the RA3 licence area for the city.

Digital radio services are usually identical to commercial radio licence areas, and, generally, for a community radio broadcasting licensee to be eligible to provide digital radio services, it must either hold an RA1 Licence for the planned relevant commercial radio licence area, or have its licence area deemed to be the same as the commercial radio licence area.

Commercial radio launches largest DAB+ consumer campaign to date

Monday 02 December, 2019

The commercial radio industry has launched a landmark consumer-focused DAB+ digital radio campaign, which highlights that “radio is the ultimate soundtrack to any situation”.
 
The new multimedia marketing campaign is the largest ever DAB+ campaign commissioned by the commercial radio industry since DAB+ services launched in Australia 10 years ago.
 

SCA Podcast Division now in profit: Grant Blackley

Wednesday 27 November, 2019

SCA’s podcast division PodcastOne moved to its break even point a few months ago and is now beginning to make profits, according to CEO Grant Blackley.

Over the past two and a half years, the company has spent about $5 million setting up the division and recruiting podcasters.

DRM not inferior but complimentary says Ruxandra Obreja

Thursday 10 October, 2019

The expansion of digital radio to regional areas in Australia’s vast continent is an issue that has been challenging broadcasters and regulators for some time.

While DAB+ has been highly successful in Australia’s main population centres, its expansion to the rest of the country has slowed due to cost, technology and frequency issues.

Some of the submissions to the recent ACMA consultation on the Future of Radio revived discussion on the possibility of using DRM to solve some digital radio coverage issues in regional Australia.

Relax and Chill as Nova's Koffee goes cold

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Nova has quietly let its Koffee go cold and replaced it with two new relaxing music formats on digital under the smooth brand.

Following the trend set by other networks, Nova Entertainment has streamlined its brand identity so that the new digital stations align with the main smooth brand, which has rated so well in Sydney and Melbourne.

Coles tops the DAB+ brands

Wednesday 04 September, 2019

This week AirCheck Australia has compared the Top 10 DAB+ Radio Brands in Sydney and Perth.

Coles took out the top spot in both cities due to the overwhelming number of spots on Coles Radio, however there were 174 more spots placed in Perth.

In Sydney, OnDeck was in second place running ran less than half the spots than Coles followed by Vodafone airing 1,460 advertisements.

In Perth, Harvey Norman was in the No.2 spot with 2,334 ads, followed by Booking.com with 1,510 instances.

The Swiss are on target to turn off FM by 2024

Tuesday 03 September, 2019

The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has announced that FM broadcasting in Switzerland will be switched off by the end of 2024 at the latest.
 
An agreement by the countries broadcasters to phase out FM is well underway with studies available to OFCOM, showing that at the end of June 2019 only 17 per cent of stations were using this reception channel exclusively.
 

Commenting on digital radio

Wednesday 14 August, 2019

If you are not a regular reader of our comments section  you may have missed a learned and well informed debate has been raging (well perhaps ‘raging’ is an overstatement) about DAB+ in response to a recent article on ten years since Australia's digital radio launch.
 
It has built up a good cross section of opinions about the success of DAB+ in Australia and about the audio quality of transmission.
 
Here’s your summary of the debate so far:
 

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