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France Gets Serious About Digital Radio

France Gets Serious About Digital Radio

Digital radio is the way forward for increased diversity of listening in France. That’s the message delivered by the president of the French Regulatory Authority at a conference in Paris this week.
Dominic Baudis was speaking at Le Radio, an international conference for digital radio.
He said a legal framework for digital radio broadcasting goes to the French Parliament for discussion next week (Feb. 12). Drawn up by a government committee, approval is expected within the next few months.
The framework, he said, will be flexible enough to include several platforms, including Eureka-147, Digital Radio Mondiale, and satellite broadcasting.
While digital radio, in the form of Eureka-147, is growing across Europe, Canada, and the Far East, France has remained “digitally neutral,” with several technologies and platforms vying for supremacy, according to the World DAB Forum, a promotional group for Eureka-147.