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ABC Melbourne is upgrading its DAB+ service next week

Friday 28 May, 2021

The ABC is upgrading its DAB+ service in Melbourne on Tuesday June 1 and are expecting service interruptions and breaks of up to 30 seconds.

In order to minimise audience impact, the upgrade will happen between 12:10am and 5:00am that morning.

AM/FM programming will remain unaffected during the upgrade, but listeners have been advised to rescan or autotune their DAB+ radios.


Reducing driver distraction on the digital dash

Thursday 13 May, 2021

WorldDAB is working on features to give digital radios in the car's dashboard the same voice control functionality as voice enabled smart phones.

With driver distraction increasingly worrying drivers and regulators, WorldDAB has positioned itself as the group which brings together broadcasters and vehicle manufacturers to support the development of voice control for radio in the car.

ACMA won't adapt proposed deeming principles for digital expansion

Thursday 18 March, 2021

The ACMA has released the outcome of its consultation on proposed deeming principles for regional radio licence areas.
In June 2020, the ACMA consulted on adopting a set of principles to guide deeming powers for community radio licence areas in regional Australia when considering the introduction of digital radio into regional areas.

Weekly listeners for DAB+ exclusive radio stations climb to 2.35 million: GfK

Tuesday 02 March, 2021

Australia’s DAB+ digital radio-only stations attracted a weekly audience of 2.35 million people in 2020, an increase of 15% from 2.04 million in 2019, according to GfK data released by Commercial Radio Australia.
The weekly audience for all DAB+ stations, including AM and FM stations simulcasting on DAB+, reached 4 million*.

WorldDAB turns its attention to voice control in the car

Thursday 10 December, 2020

The world body behind DAB+, WorldDAB, continues to plan the future of the in-car user experience for digital radio and is now turning its focus to the DAB+ user experience of voice control and hybrid radio.

The WorldDAB Automotive Working Group will consult with vehicle manufacturers and broadcasters in 2021 to help develop DAB+ guidelines for using voice control as part of hybrid radio in the car.

This work will take place in the first quarter of 2021, with the new Guidelines being published in March 2021.

2CH is at the top of the DAB ladder in Sydney

Tuesday 08 December, 2020

Double J has jumped to the top of the DAB+ stations nationally for the final survey of 2020, just in front of Coles Radio.
The performance of 2CH DAB+ as Sydney’s top DAB+ station, while noteworthy, still means a loss of audience, down from 270,000 in the last survey to 101,000. 

SCA and Soundcloud launch Soundcloud Radio on DAB+

Tuesday 18 August, 2020

SCA and SoundCloud have extended their exclusive advertising partnership to bring SoundCloud Radio to the Australian market on 24 August via DAB+ and on live streaming radio.
SoundCloud Radio is the first and only station at SCA dedicated purely to new music discovery, offering listeners the chance to hear undiscovered tracks from some of the most exciting emerging artists launching their careers on SoundCloud today.

Proposed deeming principles for regional radio licence areas

Tuesday 30 June, 2020

The ACMA is proposing to adopt a set of principles to use as guidance when considering whether to deem a community licence area under subsection 8AD(3) of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).
This would enable community radio broadcasting services in these areas to broadcast in digital. 
Community radio broadcasting licensees need access to digital multiplex capacity to transmit digital services under the current legislation for digital radio.

Good Times for Nine Radio in Perth

Thursday 23 April, 2020
One of our regular readers, the sharp eyed Marcus Fitz-Gerald, noticed something strange in our recent article about Steve Jacobs' new breakfast show on the Nine Radio network.

The article said:  Stevie Jacobs is returning to radio as the breakfast host on Nine’s newly launched music stations 2UE 954, Magic 1278, 4BH 882 and 6GT DAB+.

Kath Brown leaves Commercial Radio Australia

Tuesday 07 April, 2020

Kathryn Sabel Brown (Kath Brown) has left Commercial Radio Australia.


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