Digital Radio Austria Appeals to Lawmakers to Facilitate DAB+

Wolfgang Struber calls digital radio a "win for democracy"
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Vienna�During the recent radio summit, as part of Austrian Media Days, Wolfgang Struber, Vice-Chairman of the association Digital Radio Austria, appealed to Austrian lawmakers to facilitate digital radio transmissions in that country.� Some of the points he made were:

  • DAB + is not technological, but a media, transport and security issue
  • DAB + is already the standard across Europe for digital terrestrial radio transmission
  • Digital Radio �re-assigns� the radio landscape �from scratch�

Wolfgang Struber

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"Nationwide Digital Radio broadcasting will be a radio landscape under entirely new rules," Struber continues.� �The previously applicable "market order" - synonymous with innovation restraint and desiccation of the radio market - dissolves.� 18 new programs on DAB +, where only 1 program so far could be sent, show the dynamics that belongs in Austria.�

"A modern, future-proof, national broadcasting infrastructure is systemically important for a democracy," says Struber.� "Digital radio is a win for democracy."

The Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF) and the digital standard for traffic information TPEG also allow a variety of new and better services in the field of road safety, disaster relief and civil protection.�This makes it clear how much the construction of a digital, powerful and reliable radio station network is an infrastructure project in the public interest, according

The same article goes on to say �terrestrial radio is the only universal technology which can be received free everywhere.� Radio is the only platform that can provide services and widespread coverage in the public interest.� In its analog form, there are no other development opportunities.� At the same time Internet is not a substitute for terrestrial radio, but a supplement that corresponds to our hybrid media behavior: individual, fragmented, social and interactive.��


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Bavarian DAB Networks to be Reorganized This Summer

On the basis of an infrastructure agreement between Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) and Bayern Digital Radio GmbH (BDR), the operation and use of the DAB+ digital radio networks in Bavaria, Germany will be soon be reconfigured, according to