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Russia Chooses DRM for Its Digital Broadcast Pilot

Russia Chooses DRM for Its Digital Broadcast Pilot

Russia’s federal and state-run Russian TV and Radio Network and state radio company Voice of Russia have chosen the on-air system Digital Radio Mondiale for that country’s short-wave transmission pilot project. The project, authorized by Russia’s State Commission on Radio Frequencies on Dec. 1, extends through December 2005. The test results will be presented to the commission in early 2006, with authorization for the implementation of Russia’s DRM network expected.
“This is a welcome development in DRM’s global expansion,” says DRM Chairman Peter Senger of Deutsche Welle. “It illustrates Russia’s conviction that DRM provides the right solutions for digital broadcasting in the years to come.”
Voice of Russia has been a DRM member since 1998.
The Conference of International Broadcasters’ Audience Research Services recently rated Voice of Russia’s international audience at 100 million listeners in 160 countries and regions.
Since DRM’s debut in June, more than 50 broadcasters have started transmitting their daily, weekly or periodic DRM programs.