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Australian Minister Encourages Planning for Regional DAB+

Turnbull released a report recommending the establishment of a Digital Radio Planning Committee

SYDNEY�Australian radio listeners have long demonstrated support for DAB+ radio; and now Australian Communications�Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released areport�recommending the establishment of a Digital Radio Planning Committee for regional Australia, to be chaired by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

One assertion in thereportis that the Government should remove obstacles and instead facilitate industry planning and implementation of digital radio.� Incentives are suggested that will precipitate prompt action in regional areas, such as the removal of restrictions on who can provide digital radio if regional services are not on-air by mid-2018, according

The report also recommends removing the current restrictions on new digital-only licensees, both in metropolitan and regional areas.

Since the launch of DAB+ digital radio in metropolitan Australia in 2009, DAB+ listening continues to outperform expectations, with 3.2 million people (or nearly 25 percent) now listening� to radio each week using a DAB+ in the five metropolitan capitals. Twenty six vehicle manufacturers in Australia now include DAB+ digital radio, and more than 190,000 vehicles with the technology have been sold.�