DAB+: News from Vienna/Austria and Sweden

DAB+: Major Participants Drop Out of Vienna DAB+ Test
Sweden: Plan for a transition from FM to DAB+ rejected by expertise and major authorities. Also thumbs down by community radio.

DAB+: Major Participants Drop Out of Vienna DAB+ Test
http://www.radiomagonline.com/around-the-world/0020/major-participants-drop-out-of-vienna-dab-test/36373

The planned DAB+ test for Vienna and environs, originally scheduled for the middle of April, has now been pushed back to the end of May. Two important participants, Austrian public broadcaster ORF, and the national commercial broadcaster Kronehit, have dropped out of the test, according to radio.nl.

The remaining participants in the test are rumored to include Radio Maria, ERF Lounge FM, Radio Arabelle, and the German station Absolute Hot.

The management of Kronehit made a sudden ‘180 degree’ turn according to the same article. DAB+ is a “full, frontal attack on FM. It would only be good for the wallet of the electronics industry, as listeners will have to buy a new radio to receive DAB+.” Kronehit is the only national commercial station in Austria, now seeing a profit after 10 years of operation. A nationwide DAB+ network will give them 15 new competitors. ORF had plans to test a youth channel FM21 / Ö3Plus.

Sweden: Plan for a transition from FM to DAB+ rejected by expertise and major authorities. Also thumbs down by community radio.

The proposal for a transition from FM to DAB+ 2016-2022 has been rejected by central public institutions and many experts in Sweden. Although not considered in the proposed plan community radio was also rejected by Community Radio Assn. Only some minor authorities are behind the proposal together with established DAB proponents. This confirms the unison negative opinion in media when the proposal was presented to the Government in December 2014.

After receiving an inquiry report by the National Audit Office on April 14 the Ministry of Culture will consider the next step; a proposal to the Parliament for a transition to DAB, to continue with more inquiries or to scrap the idea of replacing FM and thus end 20 years of efforts to introduce DAB radio in Sweden.

Read more details about the consultation on http://digitalradion.blogspot.com