Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HFCC B17

HFCC B17 Frequency Schedule

HFCC B17 data file is now available for download :

http://www.hfcc.org/data/b17/

(Alokesh Gupta)

TWR AFRICA B17

TRANS WORLD RADIO ‑ MANZINI, SWAZILAND
Tentative BROADCAST SCHEDULE B2017
29th October 2017 to 24th March 2018

TIME/UTC   DAY      LANGUAGE      MB   FREQ  PWR  ANT  AZI Target Zone  
           SMTWTFS

0300‑0330  1234567  Shona         90   3240   50   6     3 Zimbabwe
0330‑0345  1234567  Ndau          90   3240   50   6     3 Zimbabwe
0430‑0500   23456   English       90   3200   50   9   233 South Africa
0500‑0600  1     7  English       90   3200   50   9   233 South Africa
0430‑0700   23456   English       60   4775   50   4   233 Southern Africa
0500‑0700  1     7  English       60   4775   50   4   233 Southern Africa  
0501‑0700  1234567  English       49   6120   50   4   233 Southern Africa
1400‑1415  1234567  Urdu          19  15360  100  103   43 Pakistan
1420-1435   23456   Lomwe/Port    41   7315  100  11     5 N Mozambique
1420-1450  1        Makua (WoH)   41   7315  100  11     5 N Mozambique
1455-1525   23456   Malagasy      31   9585  100   3    64 Madagascar
1455‑1525  1     7  French        31   9585  100   3    64 Madagascar
1420-1455  1234567  English       41   7300   50   6     3 Zimbabwe
1455‑1525  1234567  Shona         41   7300   50   6     3 Zimbabwe
1525‑1555   23456   Shona         41   7300   50   6     3 Zimbabwe
1557‑1627   23456   KiRundi       19  15105   100 10B   13  Burundi
1630‑1645    3      Shangaan      60   4760   50   6     3 S Mozambique
1630‑1645        7  Portuguese    60   4760   50   6     3 S Mozambique
1630-1645  12       Amharic       25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1630-1645    3      Oromo         25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1630-1700     45    Oromo         25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1630‑1645       67  Kambaata      25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1645-1700   234     Oromo/Borana  25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1645‑1700       67  Hadiya        25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1645‑1700  1        Oromo         25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1700‑1730  123456   Amharic       25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1700‑1715         7 Amharic       25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1715‑1800         7 Oromo         25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1730-1800   23456   Oromo         25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1730-1800  1        Amharic       25  11660   100 10B   13  Ethiopia
1800-2015  1234567  English       MW   1170   100 MW    ND Swaziland WoHope
2015-2115  1234567  Zulu          MW   1170   100 MW    ND Swaziland
2115-2200  1234567  Shona         MW   1170   100 MW    ND Swaziland In Touch
1802‑1832   23456   English       31   9500   100 10B   13  East Africa
1832‑1847   23456   Juba Arabic   31   9500   100 10B   13  East Africa
1834‑1849  1        Swahili       31   9500   100 10B   13  East Africa
1802‑1902        7  English       31   9500   100 10B   13  East Africa
1700‑1730  1234567  Yawo          41   7300  100  11     3  Malawi/North Moz
1745‑1815   23456   Swahili      31   9475  100  11     5  East Africa
1745‑1800        7  Turkana       31   9475  100  11     5  East Africa
1800‑1815        7  Swahili       31   9475  100  11     5  East Africa
1745‑1800  1        Swahili       31   9475  100  11     5  East Africa
1820‑1850   23456   Umbunbu       49   6130  100    1  312 Angola TTB Umbundu
1850‑1905  123456   Umbundu       49   6130  100    1  312 Angola Yeva Ondaka
1850‑1905       7   Chokwe        49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1920   23      Portuguese    49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1920     4     Luchazi       49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1920      5    Luvale        49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1920       6   Fiote         49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1920        7  Umbundu       49   6130  100    1  312 Angola Yeva Ondaka
1905‑1920  1        KiKongo       49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1920‑1950   23456   Portuguese    49   6130  100    1  312 Angola TTB
1920‑2005        7  Portuguese    49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1920‑1935  1        Kuanyama      49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1950‑2005   23456   Kimbundu      49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1935‑2005  1        Portuguese    49   6130  100    1  312 Angola
1905‑1935  1234567  Lingala       31   9940  100  101  343 D R Congo
1935‑1950  1234567  French        31   9940  100  101  343 D R Congo

Other TWR Africa SW Broadcasts
Tentative BROADCAST SCHEDULE B2017
29th October 2017 to 29th March 2018

TIME/UTC   DAY      LANGUAGE        MB  FREQU  AZI Reception Area TX Station
          SMTWTFS

0320-0330   23456   English         MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0330-0430   23456   Hausa           MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0345-0430  1     7  Hausa           MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0430-0500        7  English         MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0430-0500   23456   Igbo            MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0500-0530   23456   Twi             MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0500-0515        7  Twi             MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0515-0530        7  Ewe             MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
0530-0545   23456   English         MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
1730-1745  1234567  Fongbe          MW   1556       Benin/Nigeria    W. Africa
1745-1821  1234567  English         MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
1821-1855  1234567  Yoruba          MW   1556       Nigeria          W. Africa
1855-1910  1234567  Hausa/Kanuri    MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
1910-1925  1234567  Fulfulde/Kanuri MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
1925-1940  1234567  Various         MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
1940-2010  1234567  Fon/Fulfulde    MW   1556       Nigeria/Ghana    W. Africa
2010-2025  1234567  SIM/Various     MW   1556       Benin/Nigeria    W. Africa
2025-2215  1234567  French/Various  MW   1556       Benin/Togo       W. Africa
0330‑0345     45    Sidamo          31   9655  225  Ethiopia         DHA 
0330‑0345  12   6   Amharic         31   9655  225  Ethiopia         DHA
0330‑0345    3      Oromo           31   9655  225  Ethiopia         DHA
1300‑1315  1   567  Afar            16  17680  250  Ethiopia         DHA
1630-1700   1234567 Somali          31   9940  160  Kenya/Somali     KCH
1800‑1830  1        Kunama          41   7245  157  Eritrea          KCH
1800‑1830        7  Tigre           41   7245  157  Eritrea          KCH
1800‑1815   2345    Tigrinya        41   7245  157  Eritrea          KCH
1815‑1845   23456   Tigrinya        41   7245  157  Eritrea          KCH 

Reception reports to : lstavrop@twr.org

(Alokesh Gupta)
                           

BBC URDU B17

BBC URDU B17
(Effective 29th October 2017 to 24th March 2018)


UTC   UTC FREQ DAYS     SITE    PWR AZI
START END
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1500 1600 1413 smtwtfs A SEELA  800 80
1500 1600 5845 smtwtfs EREVAN   300 100
1500 1600 7485 smtwtfs KRANJI   250 340
1500 1600 9410 smtwtfs KRANJI   250 315
1500 1600 9445 smtwtfs DHABAYYA 250 60


(Alokesh Gupta)

BBC HINDI B17

BBC HINDI B17
(Effective 29th October 2017 to 24th March 2018)


UTC   UTC FREQ DAYS     SITE    PWR AZI

START END
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0059 0120 6155  smtwtfs TASHKENT   100 163
0100 0130 5875  smtwtfs TASHKENT   100 141
0100 0130 7430  smtwtfs WOOFFERTON 300 86
0100 0130 7565  smtwtfs SOFIA      250 90
0100 0130 11995 smtwtfs KRANJI     250 315
0100 0130 1413  smtwtfs A SEELA    800 80
1400 1430 5875  smtwtfs TASHKENT   100 141
1400 1430 9510  smtwtfs KRANJI     250 320
1400 1430 9540  smtwtfs A SEELA    250 60
1400 1430 11945 smtwtfs KRANJI     250 315
1400 1430 1413  smtwtfs A SEELA    800 80
1430 1500 9540  s..wtfs TASHKENT   100 131
1530 1600 7565  smtwtfs TASHKENT   100 163

(Alokesh Gupta)

BBC BENGALI B17

BBC BENGALI B17

UTC   UTC FREQ  DAYS     SITE    PWR AZI
START END
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0030 0100 7465  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 340
0030 0100 9560  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 330
0030 0100 11700 smtwtfs KRANJI   250 320
0130 0200 9560  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 330
0130 0200 11995 smtwtfs KRANJI   250 320
1330 1400 5875  smtwtfs TASHKENT 100 131
1330 1400 9510  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 330
1330 1400 11750 smtwtfs A SEELA  250 60
1630 1700 5845  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 340
1630 1700 7485  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 340
1630 1700 9540  smtwtfs KRANJI   250 330

(Alokesh Gupta)

Monday, October 16, 2017

From FM to short-wave

Mom Sophon / Khmer Times

Almost every day since 1997, Chea Sam Oeun sat at a small table in front of his house in a quiet street in Phnom Penh and listened to the radio. But now, instead of tuning in to his usual FM station, he's listening to the same station on a short-wave frequency.

The 72-year-old's favourite radio programme is Radio Free Asia's Khmer-language local news show. Mr Sam Oeun said he had listened to RFA's news programme since about 1997 and tuned in almost every day.

Full story at :



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Radio Taiwan International special broadcasts in German in analog & DRM mode

The German service  of Radio Taiwan International will have special broadcasts during August, Septemeber and October 2017 directly from Tamshui transmitter site in Taiwan. Reception reports will be verified with a special QSL-card.

Here's the schedule :

Frequencies: 12030 kHz and 9680 kHz
Time: 1800 to 1900 UTC

Analog Txns :

August: 25 August , 26 August , and 27 August
September: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 29th and 30th 
October: 1st & 3rd 

DRM:
4 October and 10 October 2017

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Audio Codec xHE-AAC at No Additional Cost to Boost DRM Receiver Industry

The DRM Consortium welcomes the announcement made by Via Licensing Corporation, a leading world-wide intellectual property solutions provider, of the highly efficient MPEG xHE-AAC audio codec (Extended High Efficiency AAC) to become in effect a default feature of the widely popular Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. Through this announcement, Via and AAC licensors are taking steps to encourage and accelerate the adoption of xHE-AAC, the most recent and advanced member of the AAC family of audio codecs.

The MPEG xHE-AAC audio codec is a mandatory feature of the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard. It is currently in use on DRM transmissions across the globe. Applications for MPEG xHE-AAC also include streaming over mobile and wired networks and terrestrial radio.

By making xHE-AAC available as part of its AAC patent pool, Via grants licensees access to xHE-AAC rights at no additional cost, and reduces average per-unit cost through greater volume aggregation across all AAC related products. In addition, DRM receiver manufacturers deploying the xHE-AAC technology will be able to benefit from special rates for emerging markets formerly only available to AAC licensors, including India, Indonesia, Pakistan, most African countries incl. South Africa, most Arab countries, most South American countries incl. Brazil, etc. More information on Via's "Alternative Rate Structure" offer for the AAC patent pool is available at www.via-corp.com/us/en/licensing/aac/licensefees-structures.html.

According to Via, the expanded AAC patent pool license including xHE-AAC will be available to licensees starting in the last quarter of 2017.

xHE-AAC combines two MPEG technologies, High Efficiency AAC v2, and Unified Speech and Audio Coding (USAC). It is designed to support the delivery of mixed speech and general audio content including music on mobile devices, radio broadcasts, and wired streaming services. xHE-AAC provides exceptional audio quality using low bit rates delivering a listening experience suitable for mobile devices, and can scale-up to offer audiophile-quality reproduction. The reduced bit rate helps broadcasters and mobile streaming audio providers distribute their content more efficiently. Consumers can enjoy high quality audio reproduction at lower bit rates, which reduces their mobile data consumption and costs.

"The addition of xHE-AAC technology increases the value of our AAC patent pool license," said Joe Siino, President of Via Licensing. "Adding xHE-AAC to our patent pool ensures that broadcasters and service providers can deliver the next generation of audio to consumers efficiently and affordably."

For Ruxandra Obreja, the DRM Consortium Chairman, "this is a breakthrough initiative for the DRM receiver availability as it gives an extra boost to digital receiver manufacturing. The global receiver industry can now be confident that there are no extra costs but rather great cost savings in many relevant countries for manufacturing DRM or even multi-standard DRM/DAB+ receivers."

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.

The DRM standard comprises two major configurations: One is intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption with better-than-FM quality services. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz including the FM band is tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions and provides stereo services up to Surround Sound.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.  DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for it outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org.  Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.

About Vialicensing Corporation

Via Licensing Corporation is a global intellectual property solutions provider dedicated to enabling innovation in partnership with technology and entertainment companies and universities around the world. Via develops and manages licensing programs on behalf of highly innovative companies in markets such as audio, wireless, broadcast, and automotive. Via is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., a company with more than 50 years of experience in innovation and technology licensing. For more information about Via, please visit http://www.via-corp.com.

Contacts

Via Licensing Corporation
Tony Carter, 404-316-0201

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
 +44 (0) 7718175879

(Press Release)


BBC News begins huge India investment

BBC News today began a major expansion in India, launching news services in four Indian languages: Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu - and relaunching a nightly TV news bulletin in Hindi, BBC Duniya, to be broadcast on India News.

The new services are available online and on social media, with a Telugu TV bulletin, BBC Prapancham, also starting tonight. This will be broadcast on Eenadu TV Andhra Pradesh and Eenadu TV Telangana.

This forms part of a significant BBC investment in India, including an expanded news bureau in Delhi with 2 new TV studios. The Delhi bureau is now the BBC's largest outside the UK. It will become a video, TV and digital content production hub for the whole of South Asia.
This follows a huge talent drive in India, with the BBC recruiting more than 150 new journalistic staff from across the country.

Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, is in India for the launch of the services. Speaking from Delhi, where he was officially opening the BBC Bureau, he says: "I'm delighted to be in India to mark such a significant milestone for the BBC. For decades, audiences in India have trusted the BBC to bring them impartial, independent news, and today millions more have the chance to access the BBC in their own languages.

"We know the BBC is already held in great regard and affection across India, and we want to bring BBC News to new audiences, particularly the next generation of news consumers. We've recruited amazingly talented new journalists from across India, and it's been an honour to meet many of them today.

"I'm also pleased the BBC is working with new TV partners in India News and Eenadu TV."

K.Bapineedu, CEO of Eenadu TV Network, says: "The BBC has established its brand name as a credible news channel across the globe. The initiative from the BBC, to produce international stories with a global perspective in the Telugu language and to be broadcast on the ETV Network, will add value to our existing endeavour of reaching the Telugu audience with the highest reach and authenticity."

Kartikeya Sharma, Founder and Promoter of iTV Network, the owner and operator of India News, says: "The BBC is known for its well-researched and unbiased content, which will now reach our viewers in a language and format they can easily comprehend. India News is acknowledged as a channel that captures the pulse of the nation and promotes a brand of direct and responsible news coverage. With the coming together of the two, our viewers can look forward to getting a global perspective on stories of international significance from networks they can trust."

BBC News already broadcasts to 28m people in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Urdu, as well as English.

The investment in India comes as part of the BBC World Service's biggest expansion since the 1940s, made possible by £291m investment from the UK Government. The BBC has already launched news in Pidgin, Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya and Korean, with services in Yoruba, Igbo and Serbian to follow.

BBC Duniya is broadcast Monday-Friday at 1800 IST on India News. BBC Prapancham is broadcast Monday-Friday at 2230 IST on Eenadu TV Andhra Pradesh and Eenadu TV Telangana. Both bulletins will be fast-paced programmes giving audiences original journalism and a global perspective on the international and national stories of the day.

TV news bulletins in Marathi will be broadcast later this year, with Gujarati following next year.
Downloadable English language learning modules will also be available via our sites.
News in the four languages is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The new websites are available as follows:

Notes to Editors
The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 346 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and more than 30 other languages, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 269 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice

(Press Release)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

BBC World Service continues expansion with new services for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Three new language services for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and the diaspora are being launched today by the BBC World Service as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s.

BBC News in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya will be available online and on Facebook. This will be followed later in the year with shortwave radio services in each language consisting of a 15-minute news and current affairs programme, followed by a 5-minute Learning English programme, from Monday to Friday.

The new BBC services will provide impartial news, current affairs and analysis of Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as regional and international news. Boosting the BBC's operation in the Horn of Africa will also provide the rest of the BBC's global audience with a better understanding of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Programmes will target a younger audience with social media playing a key role. In addition to news and current affairs, there will be extensive coverage of culture, entertainment, entrepreneurship, science and technology, health and sport - including the English Premier League.

These services will benefit from a growing network of journalists across the region and around the world.

Francesca Unsworth, BBC World Service Director, says: "The BBC World Service brings independent, impartial news to audiences around the world,  especially in places where media freedom is limited. I'm delighted we're extending our service to millions of people in Ethiopia, Eritrea and the diaspora worldwide." 

Will Ross, Editorial Lead for Africa, says: "We know that there is a great deal of hunger for audiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea to access a broad range of high quality content in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya. It has been a privilege to work with Ethiopian and Eritrean journalists who are so keen to learn new skills and to ensure the new language services are a success."

(Press Release)

Via Adds xHE-AAC To Advanced Audio Coding Patent Pool License

Expanded license encourages adoption of new audio technology

October 02, 2017 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Via Licensing Corporation, a leading world-wide intellectual property solutions provider, today announced the upcoming availability of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) as part of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. The expanded patent pool license will be available at no additional cost to licensees, starting in Q4 of 2017.

"The addition of xHE-AAC technology increases the value of our AAC patent pool license"

Through this announcement, Via and AAC licensors are taking steps to encourage and accelerate the adoption of xHE-AAC, the most recent and advanced member of the AAC family of audio codecs.

"The addition of xHE-AAC technology increases the value of our AAC patent pool license," said Joe Siino, President of Via Licensing. "Adding xHE-AAC to our patent pool ensures that broadcasters and service providers can deliver the next generation of audio to consumers efficiently and affordably."

Previously, xHE-AAC technology could only be used in devices if manufacturers paid for an additional license in addition to an existing AAC license. By bringing xHE-AAC into its AAC patent pool, Via grants licensees access to xHE-AAC rights at no additional cost, and reduces average per-unit cost through greater volume aggregation across all AAC related products.

xHE-AAC combines two MPEG technologies, High Efficiency AAC v2, and Unified Speech and Audio Coding (USAC). It is designed to support the delivery of mixed speech and general audio content including music on mobile devices, radio broadcasts, and wired streaming services. xHE-AAC provides exceptional audio quality using low bit rates delivering a listening experience suitable for mobile devices, and can scale-up to offer audiophile-quality reproduction. The reduced bit rate helps mobile broadcasters and streaming audio providers distribute their content more efficiently. Consumers are able to enjoy high quality audio reproduction at lower bit rates which lowers their data consumption and costs.

Applications for MPEG xHE-AAC include digital radio broadcasting, streaming over mobile and wired networks, and terrestrial radio. It has already been adopted for the Digital Radio Mondiale ("DRM") broadcast standard and is currently in use on DRM transmissions around the world.

About Via Licensing Corporation

Via Licensing Corporation is a global intellectual property solutions provider dedicated to enabling innovation in partnership with technology and entertainment companies and universities around the world. Via develops and manages licensing programs on behalf of highly innovative companies in markets such as audio, wireless, broadcast, and automotive. Via is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., a company with more than 50 years of experience in innovation and technology licensing. For more information about Via, please visit http://www.via-corp.com

Contacts

Via Licensing Corporation
Tony Carter, 404-316-0201

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

BBC News launches Korean language service

The new Korean language service announced in November 2016 by the BBC World Service began broadcasting today. Audiences in the Korean peninsula and Korean speakers around the world can now hear radio broadcasts and access the latest news online at BBC.com/Korean.

BBC News Korean is one of 12 new language service launches now underway as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s, funded through a £291 million grant in aid from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Director of the BBC World Service Francesca Unsworth says: "BBC News Korean will build on the long-standing reputation for fairness and impartiality the BBC World Service has earned all over the world."

BBC News Korean features a daily 30-minute radio news programme broadcast at 15.30 GMT on Shortwave (SW) and 16.30 GMT Medium wave (MW). The service will also feature a digital offer with written stories, videos and radio programmes which can be downloaded and shared. The new service features a wide range of news, sport, business, culture, in-depth reports and English language learning.

BBC News Korean journalists will be based in Seoul, London and Washington and will draw on the full extent of the BBC's global network of correspondents.

Notes to Editors
Service to launch on Monday 25 September at 15.30 GMT (Tuesday 26 September in Korea):

Shortwave service to broadcast for three hours, 15.30 - 18.30 GMT
(0030 – 0330 GMT local time Seoul; 00.00 - 03.00 local time, PYT)

Medium wave service transmission for 1 hour 16.30 - 17.30 GMT
(0130-0230 local time Seoul; 01.00 - 02.00 local time, PYT)

All transmissions to be 7 days a week
Medium wave (MW) Frequency: 1431KHz

Shortwave (SW) Frequencies: 5810 kHz & 9940 kHz (from launch to 28 October 2017) then; 5810 kHz & 5830 kHz (from 29 October 2017 to 24 March 2018)

The BBC News Korean website will be available at BBC.com/Korean

The BBC World Service is currently launching in 12 new languages - Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Serbian, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DRM Enterprise Award 2017 (Africa) Winners


South Africa Scores Big Wins as DRM Enterprise Award 2017 (Africa) Winners Announced

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium is delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2017 DRM Enterprise Award (Africa), has been jointly awarded to Dr Roelf Petersen on behalf of Radio Pulpit (member of the Pulpit Media Group) and Broadcom International, Thembeka Khaka (Thembeka Khaka and Associates) and Johannes von Weyssenhoff.

The award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio. Radio Pulpit 657AM (member of the Pulpit Media Group) and Broadcom International, involved in the trial of DRM in mediumwave trial, made history by leading the South African radio broadcasting industry into the digital era with the first LIVE digital medium wave broadcast and, thereafter, the first medium wave broadcast trial in Southern Africa.

The other two winners, Thembeka Khaka and Johannes von Weyssenhoff actively contributed and supported a DRM Trial in the VHF Band II for local coverage (DRM+) currently on air, working with Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) serving the disadvantaged communities around the Westbury, Sophiatown and surrounding areas near Johannesburg.

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chair, congratulated the winners: "This is a well-deserved win and good news for Africa and all those involved; the winners have shown dedication, enthusiasm and great support for DRM in South Africa. Through their great passion and dedication DRM could be heard and enjoyed in Africa where digital radio could contribute to education, information, involvement and bettering of so many lives".

The next DRM Enterprise Award 2018 will be awarded to an individual or team in South East Asia.  To qualify for the award an individual needs to be nominated by two credible endorsers aware and ready to testify about the good work of the nominee.

For more information on the award, to get updates on the next award, please write to:  projectoffice@drm.org

About the Winners

Dr Rudolf Petersen, MBA, Dcom and Dip in Industrial relations – Managing Director, Pulpit Media Group - Dr Petersen has 50 years in management specialising in Strategy Management in Media & Military Industry. He spent 4 years in the Middle East (Israel and Jordan) "My life's purpose and assignment is to take the Gospel to every home in SA and further into Africa through the modern media."

Thembeka Khaka, is a social entrepreneur/ activist who is passionate about bridging the digital divide in marginalized communities.  Her focus is strategy, policy, key stakeholder engagement, advisory, and implementation of projects in the ICT sector, having been an active participant in ICT Sector also. "I would like to thank the DRM Consortium, the community that I serve, my advisors and supporters, my family most dear my children."

Johannes von Weyssenhoff, Johannes is a broadcast technology specialist and engineer with focus on digital transmission and receivers. Coming from an IT background, he became interested in DRM in 2001 and joined the German DRM Platform in 2003 after presenting his first self-developed DRM receiver at IFA in Berlin. In 2006, he launched the STARWAVES Carbox – the world's first DRM capable automotive multistandard receiver – as well as the DRM home receiver W37 before he moved to South Africa as a technology consultant for the state broadcaster SABC. Since 2015 Johannes is working with WECODEC, an NGO based in Johannesburg that also operates a community radio station and has launched Africa's first VHF DRM trial in the congested FM-Band of Johannesburg and also developed a proof-of-concept DRM receiver for South Africa.

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies, able to cover fully any country whatever its size at much reduced energy costs.

The DRM standard comprises two major configurations one intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz providing medium to large coverage areas and low power consumption (called 'DRM30'). The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called 'DRM+', tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.  DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for it outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

DRM can help deliver the mandate of any government: to reach all its citizens with information, education, emergency warnings and entertainment.

For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org.  Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.

(Press Release)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Titus SDR announces a ready for production Titus II multi standard digital radio receiver


Titus SDR, PantronX, Jasmin-Infotech, TWR, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have teamed up to make Titus II a complete media solution utilizing worldwide engineering in the USA, Germany, India, and Asia.

Titus II, the world's first consumer Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver, is a highly innovative breakthrough platform supporting for the first time true multi-standard radio reception with DRM (AM & VHF bands), DAB(+) and core data applications.
These features are based on a custom Android tablet platform, which features multi-point touch, WiFi/Bluetooth and stereo sound.

Titus II units will be soon available as a stand-alone product from Titus SDR, Inc., and from selected OEMs. As a module, it serves as the full-featured basis for third-party product development

Titus II unit is the team product of Titus SDR addressing the global market, of PantronX providing the platform and RF expertise, and of Fraunhofer IIS enabling the digital and analog radio features.

Titus II receiver features include:

- DRM in the AM bands (MW, SW, LW) and VHF bands (FM-band, VHF band-I, VHF band-III) with latest xHE-AAC audio codec.
- DAB Classic/DAB+ (VHF band-III).
- FM stereo with RDS (Service Signaling).
- AM with AMSS (AM Signaling Service).
- Integrated service list management and service selection.
- DRM/DAB Data Apps: Text Messages, Dynamic Label/DL+, Journaline, (Categorized) Slideshow, EPG, Transparent File Transmission (e.g., for educational services), etc.

- Remote Radio Hotspot: Built-in WiFi hotspot feature, which allows any mobile device with an HTML5 web browser to connect to the Titus II via Wi-Fi, select radio services, listening to aud (HTML5 audio streaming) and accessing all the DRM/DAB data apps.

- Recording feature and Archiving interface to select existing recordings for playback.

About Titus SDR, Inc:

Titus SDR, Inc., a division of PantronX, Inc., markets globally digital media platforms which maximizes synergy of core engineering performed in the USA with worldwide partners and manufacturing in Asia.

For more information visit the Titus SDR website at www.titusradio.com

About Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS:
To learn more about Fraunhofer IIS, please visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/broadcast

(Press Release)

Friday, September 08, 2017