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Plans Underway to Expand Canada’s Digital Service

Plans Underway to Expand Canada’s Digital Service

Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. has plans for a comprehensive engineering study that will lay the groundwork for new digital audio broadcasting stations to serve the major population areas in Canada. Covered by the new services will be all markets between Toronto – Windsor, Toronto – Ottawa, Toronto – Montreal, Montreal – Quebec City, Calgary – Edmonton, and Vancouver – Greater Fraser Valley.

Currently, more 50 DAB stations have made service available to a potential 10 million listeners in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor, and Montreal. Ottawa is next in line to be added to the market list, with preparation underway for an airdate of early 2002. The planned expansion will add a series of markets including Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Cambridge, Guelph, Cornwall, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres and Chilliwack.

DRRI is a non-profit joint initiative of major private broadcasters (Astral Media Inc., CHUM Ltd., Corus Entertainment Inc., Rogers Media, Standard Radio Inc., Telemedia Radio Inc.), a number of smaller private broadcasters, and public broadcasters (CBC, Radio Canada) with the support of the Canadian government.