Ofcom announced in February 2015 trials of a new technology that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio.
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.
CMFE-board member Judith Purkarthofer attended the Civil Dialogue Meeting in Brussels on 15th of June 2015.
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.
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 %).
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.
The “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]
The BAI’s Deputy Chief Executive, Celene Craig, has been elected to the position of Chairperson of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA).
Preliminary Program for the Conference „Radio Archives in European Community Media“
5-6 June 2015, Radio CORAX, Halle/Saale (Germany)
Close-up conference „Radio Archives in European Community Media“ at Radio CORAX in Halle/Saale, Germany. Here you find a first overview of the speakers and their topics: http://livingarchives.eu