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Digital Communication Rights for Community Media

AMARC Europe is proud to announce the beginning of a new project supported by UNESCO, “ Fostering digital communication rights for community media”. In continuation with its strategic global perspective, AMARC wishes to fulfil its role promoting participatory democracy and active citizenship through the defence and advancement of community media. In order to turn this aspiration into action, AMARC is strengthening its… read more

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Member Survey AMARC Europe: Digitalisation and Community Media in English/French/Spanish/German

[ENGLISH] Member Survey AMARC Europe: Digitalisation and the European Community Media Sector Dear AMARC Europe members,Dear friends and colleagues from the community media sector in Europe and worldwide, The current technological shift to digital communication (infra)structures, the visible effects of big internet platforms and streaming services on the way we consume and produce media and information, the shift in the participation… read more

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AMARC International Board meeting in Paris

Paris, 10-11 December 2015
The new AMARC International Board met in Paris to initiate the process for strategic planning towards the implementation of the strategic plan voted by the General Assembly in Ghana in August 2014. The meeting took place in the UNESCO headquarters, in central Paris.
In attendance were Min Shahi (Nepal) Executive Vice President, Palmira Velasco (Mozambique) Treasurer,… read more

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Spanish government internal memo suggest to end the recognition of community media

In response to the information published by eldiario.es an internal report from the Ministry of Industry on the call for licenses for Digital TV Platform in which it is proposed the elimination of community media from the legislation, AMARC Europe requires the Spanish government to clarify this situation.

 

As information published in the media suggest that the Ministry of Industry… read more

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What happens in Norway with the radio digitalisation?

Few days ago, the Norwegian Government published a press release about setting a date for the imminent switch-off of Norway\’s FM radio stations in 2017. The Minister of Culture, Thornild Widvey, said:

“Whereas the FM system only had space for five national channels, DAB already offers 22, and there is capacity for almost 20 more. In addition, more than half… read more

tags: DAB , digitalisation , FM , news
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FM broadcasting will run at least until 2025 in Saxonia-Anhalt (Germany)

By Michael Nicolai (Radio Corax) –  The Media Committee in the German Federal State Parliament of Saxonia-Anhalt has decided to change the media law in order to retain FM broadcasting at least until 2025.

\”Today\’s decision ensures that the FM radio in the end of this year will not end up as electronic scrap and that radio will continue to be… read more

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ReMC will challenge in court Spanish government plans to exclude community TV from Digital platforms

A Coruña, 14 November 2014. The Community Media Network (ReMC) has decided to file an administrative appeal against the royal decree of the Government in the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). The Government has excluded community television despite being bound by the General Law on Audiovisual Communication 2010, which plans for television frequencies to be reserved and provided to nonprofit… read more

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Polish Commercial Radio abandons digitalization working group

DIGITAL RADIO FM EUROPE – The Polish commercial radio community says it will suspend its work with Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT), the media authority, on the transition to DAB+.
KRRiT has received a letter signed by broadcasters from Group RMF, Radio Group Agora, Radio Group Time and Eurozet about the requirements of their engagement in the working group and the… read more

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Community Radio: FM and digitalisation- Platform distribution and Community Radio in Europe

AMARC EU TEAM / CMFE – At the present, one of the main concerns of community radios in Europa are what digital platform or platforms will be finally used in the different countries among many options: DAB, DAB+, DRM30, DRM+, DVB-T2 Lite, Broadband, 5G…
In this context, the media advisor in Stockholm (Sweden) Christer Hederström have compiled a green… read more

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Switzerland: Radio Lora on DAB+


The move to DAB+ for the Swiss community radios has started. Last year the Swiss OFCOM awarded a radio license to the Digris AG company for the operation of DAB+ islands throughout Switzerland, for small radio stations to be able to access a platform for the digital transmission of their programme services in small-scale areas. This platform is… read more

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First Broadcast in Sweden with New Digital Radio Technology

DRM+ Enables Digitalization in the FM Band

The Stockholm region is testing the new digital radio system DRM+ . The test trial is run with a DRM+ transmitter on the 97.0 MHz FM band with a power of 500 Watts. The first six months test trials are made in consultation with the Post- and Telecom Authority in Sweden (PTS).
Operating this trial… read more

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Multi-Standard Digital Radio Receiver Chip Supporting DAB/DAB+, DRM+ and FM Radio


Siano, a supplier of mobile broadcast DTV solutions, announced the launch of SMS2160, a new multi-standard digital radio receiver chip designed for automotive and portable/mobile consumer electronics applications. It supports T-DMB/DAB/DAB+, DRM+, and FM Radio, including RDS/TMC. The newly released chip is particularly addressed to the emerging markets of DAB+ in Europe, and DRM+ in Asia and around… read more

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Moldova: Radiocomunicatii Broadcasts on DRM


In the Republic of Moldova, Radiocomunicatii is transitioning its stations to the Digital Radio Mondiale standard using equipment form German company Transradio.
Once the DRM process is completed, listeners will be able to receive the Radio Moldova station over a larger geographic territory while maintain a high quality signal, according to the Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Communications Dumitru Parfentiev.
The state-owned enterprise… read more