Sweden Joins Finland Rejecting DAB and Retaining FM

by Christer Hederström, Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedish government has announced it will not go ahead with plans to replace FM radio with digital DAB+ broadcasting. The Swedish minister of culture and democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke says that there is not enough support for introducing digital radio. Among the main reasons for retaining FM is that 10 million FM receivers would have to be replaced.
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Report: Civilmedia 2015: “UnConference for Community Media & Civil Society“

The sky is the limit... [Photo by author]

The sky is the limit… [Photo by author]

7-9. May, 2015. Salzburg
Participant’s
Report by Gabriella Velics, vice-president, CMFE

Civilmedia is always a perfect occasion to meet community media practitioners. That is well known for anybody who was there in previous years. This year (the seventh Civilmedia!) was special from many angles, which shows rejuvenation and civil creativity together.

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Swiss voters approve change in licence fee model

More funding available for digital transition and training in community radios
UNIKOM welcomes the strenghtening of smaller and local voices and media pluralism in Switzerland: Link (in German)

EPRA reports: On 14 June, Swiss citizens voted by referendum on the partial review of the Federal Radio and TV Act (RVTA), which was approved by a very narrow margin (Yes: 50.1%, No: 49.9 %).

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CMFE in Strasbourg: CDMSI

Board members Lyacout Haicheur and Nadia Bellardi are attending the 8th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg:

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) meets in Strasbourg between Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 June.
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Press release: Coexistence of DAB+ and DRM+ standard in Wallonia, Belgium?

CRAXX Logo + PackageThe “Coordination des Radios Associatives et d’Expression de la Communauté Française (CRAXX – http://www.craxx.be/cms/) and Association of Francophone Independent Radios (GRIF – , which collectively represent independent and community radio stations), advocate the coexistence of DAB+ and DRM+ standard, more modern and much better adapted to local broadcast coverage.

For more information: see their press message 21 May 2015 “Digital transition: DAB / DAB+ are not the mandatory cure! “ [in English] [en Francais]