The European Broadcasting Union, the organisation of public service broadcasters, has launched a new technical Recommendation at the Digital Radio Summit, confident that it will bring added impetus to the rollout of digital radio services across Europe. Recommendation R 138, representing the first agreement among EBU Members on digital radio distribution, was approved by the EBU Technical Committee last week.
R 138 advocates careful consideration of the needs of all radio services in any country planning to digitize radio, including future service expansion, available spectrum and the cost effectiveness of different standards for different services.
The key points of the new Recommendation are that:
• there should be adequate national planning, in order to provide digital solutions for all radio services;
• there should be immediate deployment using DAB+, which uses more advanced audio coding than the original DAB standard;
• where DAB coverage isn’t possible the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) system should be used;
• enhanced features such as text, images and programme guides should accompany digitization;
• hybrid services taking advantage of additional internet-delivered content should be deployed, for example using the RadioDNS system;
• added momentum could be given to deployment if it were possible to agree on harmonization around a future analogue switch-off date for radio in Europe.
Read the EBU Recommendation on Digital Radio Distribution
Also EBU Report on DRM on FM Band