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IRIS digital radio service for print-handicapped launches in Perth

Wednesday 16 September, 2015

A new digital Radio service for the Print Handicapped (RPH) has been launched in Perth, returning radio reading services to those in the community with a print disability.

The service, called IRIS Perth, is part of a suite of free-to-access Perth community digital radio services. IRIS, is restoring a radio reading service for the local blind and low vision community.

ACMA extends digital radio trials

Tuesday 01 September, 2015

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is extending the current digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin until 30 June 2016.

The trials are being conducted by Commercial Radio Australia and use DAB+ digital radio technology. Participants in the Canberra trial include The ABC and SBS with hopes that community services will join the trial soon.

Commercial Radio Australia says it looks forward to exploring how these services might become permanent as suggested in the Communications Department’s recently released Digital Radio Report.

ARN says goodbye to St Nick

Friday 22 May, 2015
Nick Condon is finishing up at ARN Sydney and moving permanently to Adelaide to take up a new job leading the South Australian Chamber of Commerce's digital and technology teams.

He has told radioinfo: "This is an excellent opportunity for me to diversify my digital knowledge, knowing digital is the future of everything."

Norway first to switch off FM

Monday 20 April, 2015

Norway is set to be the first country to shut down FM radio, beginning in 2017.

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture announced this week it has set the date for the shut down, making it the first country to move away from FM radio entirely.  The country is set to adopt Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as the national standard.  

The proposal was first introduced back in 2011, and the government has confirmed that the country is capable of meeting the requirements for a smoooth transition to digital.

Mother's Day gift sorted with DAB+

Monday 20 April, 2015

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) and Sony have teamed up for Mother's Day by offering a bonus offer on DAB+ digital radios.

WorldDMB tracks growth drivers for in-car digital radio

Wednesday 04 March, 2015

The latest research by WorldDMB has revealed the growth of DAB digital radio adoption internationally and shows the commitment by the automotive and broadcasting industries to provide better in-car listening.

The research covers Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK

3 million a week listen to digital radio

Monday 17 November, 2014

Three million people are now listening to DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals each week, according to GfK survey 7 figures* released by CCRA. 

Nine month extension for Digital trials in Canberra and Darwin

Tuesday 02 September, 2014

CRA has welcomed the decision by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to extend the DAB+ digital radio trial licences in Canberra and Darwin until 30 June 2015.

The scientific licences have been extended to provide an opportunity for broadcasters to experiment with new features and functionality on DAB+, as well as continue testing a range of planning techniques and equipment types.

Cars drive digital radio figures to five year high

Thursday 28 August, 2014

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. The latest figures are from official data released by Commercial Radio Australia today in the 2014 Digital Radio Report.
 

Pioneer to release new DAB/DAB+ devices

Tuesday 25 March, 2014

As demand for digital radio expands around the globe, Pioneer will release an extended range of audio devices capable of receiving digital radio, using Frontier Silicon’s DAB technology.

Hideaki Tsuchida, General Manager, Business Planning Division at Pioneer Home Electronics Corporation said:

“For some time, digital radio has been established in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia, and following the launch of DAB+ in Germany in 2011, the European market is really beginning to take-off.

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