Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Loving radio in the internet age

Paul Fernandes| TNN | Updated: Feb 13, 2017, 02.24 PM IST

A few radio enthusiasts nostalgic about the glorious days when their short-wave radio sets shaped their lives debated at an interactive session on myriad ways to revive the medium. "Radio programmes can be aired to listeners at Goa's bus stands, markets, parks and beaches. Educational institutions and NGOs can use radio to highlight social issues," Roland Martins, coordinator of Friday Balcao, the fortnightly discussion event said.

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Radio rules imagination !

Celebrating World Radio Day 2017 -by F.Sheheryar, DG,AIR

When Neil Diamond crooned "reaching out, touching me, touching you" in that iconic song Sweet Caroline, he could as well be singing about radio. Radio, which reaches out across seemingly insurmountable geographical divides, touches countless lives and yet remains in the background. 

It was to honour this radio that the United Nations proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day in 2011, with the vision of celebrating how it helps shape our lives.

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The Magic of Radio

Fifty-six AIR FM transmitters to be upgraded in 12th Plan

NEW DELHI: With All India Radio putting all its important channels on FM to make them more accessible, a total of fifty-six FM transmitters are to be upgraded to ensure better reception covering a larger area.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore has told Parliament that the upgradation of these transmitters has been approved under the Twelfth Plan.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Radio Pulpit 657AM releases results of its digital trial

Radio Pulpit 657 AM, which began its trial of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM30) medium wave (digital radio) in 2014, has released its results on broadcast quality.

The station made history by leading the South African radio broadcasting industry into the digital era with the first live digital medium wave broadcast. It transmitted the DRM30 trial broadcast from Pretoria during the period September 2014 up to October 2015, with support from Broadcom International and Sentech. DRM30 measurements were conducted successfully on 1440 kHz, using a 10 kW DRM30 transmitter with the purpose of presenting test results to ICASA.


More info about trials at : http://www.drmsa.org/index.php/about/trials

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hyundai Mobis & NXP India Deploy DRM Chips and Receivers Designed in India

The development and deployment, showcased at a DRM Round Table conference on January 31, was made possible by a regional collaboration between All India Radio, NXP Semiconductors, Hyundai Mobis, and the DRM Consortium.

NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest supplier of automotive semiconductors and Hyundai Mobis, the world's leading tier-1 automotive supplier, have announced the successful completion of field trials of MOBIS DRM receivers and NXP chips designed in India. The chips and DRM receivers are now deployed in DRM-fitted car infotainment receivers in a newly launched vehicle in India by a leading carmaker.

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Norway: Initial Listener Reactions to FM Shutdown Aren't Positive

But dyed-in-the-wool FM holdouts have quite a few options for tuning in to FM radio

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nautel to Provide 30 FM Transmitters to Turkey

January 17, 2017 – Nautel Limited has announced that it will supply thirty 5 kW NVLT FM transmitters to Turkish Radio-Television Corporation (TRT) over the coming months, with an option to purchase 9 additional transmitters if needed. The transmitters will be deployed at key locations throughout Turkey.

Based in Ankara, TRT provides one local, five regional and four national radio services as well as 6 AM Radio broadcasts. Additionally, Voice of Turkey provides shortwave programming in 32 languages. TRT radio is available on internet, satellite and cable as well as terrestrial services.

The Nautel NVLT transmitters incorporate the company's field-proven, high-power architecture into a compact footprint. With 72% typical efficiency, NVLT transmitters incorporate Nautel's award winning Advanced User Interface (AUI) as well as a suite of operational features including onboard direct-to-channel digital exciter, IP and streaming audio input ability, advanced scheduling capabilities, instrument-grade spectrum analyzer, optional onboard Orban processing and more..

"Turkey's radio infrastructure is already one of the best in the world, and we selected Nautel for this project because they have the tools we need to further enhance our broadcast capabilities," said Yuksel Solyu, Procurement Manager at TRT. "The ease of remote management via the Nautel AUI, which will be done from our headquarters in Ankara, coupled with the transmitters' high efficiency and reputation for reliability, will help TRT keep operating costs at a minimum while providing the coverage we desire."

Nautel has worked closely with TRT over the years on Turkey's Radio broadcast infrastructure. In 2009, Nautel was awarded a tender for 133 FM transmitters ranging from 1 kW to 20 kW. Nautel also supplied three 300kW MW transmitters to TRT in 2008-2009. The 136 digital-capable transmitters were used to modernize a large portion of Turkey's national FM Radio infrastructure.

"We are honored that TRT has again chosen Nautel for a high-profile project," said Wendell Lonergan, Head of Broadcast Sales at Nautel. "We are pleased to partner with TRT as they continue modernizing their infrastructure."

Nautel will demonstrate its industry-leading innovations including FM transmitters at CABSAT in Dubai, Stand A1-42, in March 2017 and at NAB, Booth N8324 in April.

About Nautel
Nautel is one of the world's largest manufacturers of broadcast transmitters. With more than 14,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970 and more than 6,500 deployments of AUI-enabled transmitters, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital broadcasting and other applications.

(Press Release)

Voice of America Celebrates 75 Years

WASHINGTON D.C., February 1, 2017 -- Today the Voice of America (VOA) celebrates 75 years on the air.  From its first 15-minute radio broadcast in German in 1942, VOA has grown into a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming and content in 47 languages on multiple platforms, including radio, television, and mobile.

On that first broadcast, announcer William Harlan Hale set the standard for all future VOA programs when he told his audience: "We bring you Voices from America. Today, and daily from now on, we shall speak to you about America and the war. The news may be good for us. The news may be bad. But we shall tell you the truth."

Today those words carry the weight of the VOA Charter that requires VOA, by law, to "serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news." What's more, VOA news must "be accurate, objective, and comprehensive."

"It's been 75 years since we first began broadcasting objective news and information around the world," said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. "And now, I think what we do here is more important than ever."

Over the years, VOA correspondents and freelance reporters in many parts of the world have been on the scene to cover major world events. In 1989, VOA East European correspondent Jolyon Naegele reported on demonstrations in Czechoslovakia and the fall of the communist government. That same year on the other side of the world, VOA increased programming and added staff to its Beijing bureau, to cover the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. VOA Beijing Bureau Chief Al Pessin was expelled from China for his reporting.

Today VOA broadcasters use television and radio studios at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. to broadcast news and other programming through 2,500 television and radio affiliate stations around the world. At the same time, they provide content for mobile devices and interact with their audiences through social media. In 2016, the Voice of America's weekly audience across all platforms averaged more than 236 million people worldwide. Click here for more information on Voice of America's 75 years of history and here for a short video on its history.

VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 236 million people in over 40 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video on more than 2,500 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Digital Radio Technology empowers listeners with wide range of services:Shri Venkaiah Naidu

Digital Radio platform to promote Digital and Connectivity revolution in the Country 
Minister Inaugurates Digital Radio Round Table Conference

Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting has said that Digital Radio provided a unique opportunity for all the stakeholders both public and private broadcasters to carry forward the vision of Hon'ble Prime Minister to achieve Digital and Connectivity Revolution in the Country. Digital Radio technology would provide listeners with significantly improved audio quality and service reliability at an affordable price. The Minister mentioned this during his address at the Digital Radio for All Round Table Conference organised by Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) along with Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) here today.

            
Elaborating further, Shri Naidu said that it was an opportune moment for automotive manufacturers and retailers to incorporate Digital Radio systems in vehicles that provided consumers with significantly improved audio quality and service reliability at an affordable price. This would enable the scaling up and adoption of this new Digital Technology. The Digital Radio provides benefits to
all the stakeholders, including Listeners, Manufacturers, Broadcasters and Regulators.
Regarding achievements of All India Radio in adopting Digital Radio Technology, Shri Naidu mentioned that All India Radio has already completed the technical installation and upgradation of 37 powerful transmitters in the first phase of Digitization of Radio Broadcast, a project unparalleled in the world today. This would ensure reduced electric power consumption for all digital transmissions, saving All India Radio and taxpayers significant transmission cost in the future. He added that All India Radio has re-invented itself through its Digital Transmitters based on the International ITU standard Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM).

Emphasizing on the need for the Traffic advisory services on National Highways, Shri Naidu said that the next phase of this service through AIR FM Transmitters needs to be digitised based on the ITU standards to exploit its full potential. The service would offer multiple radio program, detailed and multi-lingual on-demand traffic and travel information and emergency warning services.

From the Listeners perspective the Digital Transmission would provide Crystal clear and better-than-FM sound quality, enhanced program choice, free access to textual news, sports, travel and weather
information from the Internet in many languages simultaneously and would enable the transmission of emergency warning for immediately alerting the population in case of pending disasters.

From a commercial perspective, the system provides audiences with receivers at an affordable price as well as an attractive package of benefits which include wider range of services, easier tuning and selection of programming, improved stereo and surround sound in cars amongst others.
From a technical perspective, a key and a revolutionary feature of DRM is the ability to select from a range of Transmission Modes. This allows the Broadcaster to balance or exchange bit-rate capacity, signal robustness, transmission power and coverage. The DRM broadcasting system is specifically designed to allow the new digital transmission to co-exist with the current analogue broadcasts.

Key Benefits of DRM

Listeners
· Excellent quality sound in stereo
· Data such as text and pictures
· Easy tuning on station name

Manufacturers
· Replace receivers with new digital receivers
· Increase the market potential
· Increase possibilities for new areas of interest and content

Broadcasters
· Multilingual Program
· Reduced power consumption of upto 40-50%
· Increased opportunity for revenue generation streams

Regulators
· Uses less spectrum
· An International standard
· Green Broadcasting- Low power cost
· Emergency warning alert

CP/GV
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
31-January-2017 12:43 IST

Monday, January 30, 2017

Radio Pakistan starts work on converting transmission to DRM+ technology

Radio Pakistan has started work on converting its transmission to state-of- the art DRM Plus technology to make its broadcasts clearer and cost-effective.

Director General, Radio Pakistan Khurshid Malik visited the project at Broadcasting House in Islamabad today where he was briefed about progress on introducing DRM Plus technology.
He was informed that this technology enhances quality of broadcasts to perfection.

The present AM and FM transmitters of Radio Pakistan can be made compatible to this technology with little amendment.

Under this technology, three channels can be aired from a single transmitter, which will prove cost-effective. This technology enables listeners to get access to text services as well. Khurshid Malik emphasized the need of improving contents of programmes besides introducing modern technology to cater the need of all segments of society.

(Press Release)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Next Phase of the DRM Project in India - Round table meeting with stakeholders

The DRM Consortium, in collaboration with BECIL, is organising and hosting a high level round table meeting in New Delhi on January 31st. Its aim is to update and stimulate the interest of key Indian stakeholders in the public phase launch of the project to digitize radio in India, following the successful installation of DRM digital radio transmitters by All India Radio (AIR).

The aim of the event, "DRM: Digital Radio for All – Achieving PM's Dream of Digital India", is to help the launch of the next phase of the DRM project by incorporating the views of all stakeholders for the successful deployment of all features of DRM digital radio. This will ensure that high quality sound, additional services, exciting content and the DRM's extra features are available to enhance and enrich the lives of Indian and overseas listeners.

Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, has kindly consented to inaugurate the event. All stakeholder groups involved in the successful launch of digital terrestrial radio in India are invited to attend the event, including several senior officers from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Prasar Bharati (both All India Radio and Doordarshan), private FM broadcasters, Radio receiver manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, mobile phone manufacturers, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), UNDP, BECIL and DRM experts.

The meeting will be held on 31st January at the Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi. For further information contact: projectoffice@drm.org.

Following the round table event, representatives of the DRM Consortium will also participate in the annual BES Expo 2017 (Broadcast Engineering Society) at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, New Delhi February 2nd - 4th. The DRM Consortium is proud to officially endorse this year's BES Expo. During the BES Conference, members of the Consortium will present their views on the development of digital radio and DRM in the world and address issues to do with the practical and optimum implementation of the DRM standard. DRM will be part of the Nautel stand 27/28 where experts will be available to inform and answer questions on DRM, while visitors to the BES Expo can learn about DRM solutions from a range of DRM member representatives (Ampegon, Fraunhofer IIs, Gospell, NXP, Rfmondial, Communication Systems INC, Transradio).

In the view of the DRM Consortium's Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja: "The DRM project in India is entering a new phase after the installation of 37 transmitters of which 35 are in medium wave and broadcasting in simulcast or even in pure digital mode. Medium wave is covering over 99% of the population and half are already in the incidence of a digital signal. FM only covers 47% of the Indians. The roll-out of DRM all over India is probably the biggest digital radio project in the world.

We will support All India Radio and closely work with the Indian industry and all stakeholders in joining the next phase of this project. Now is the time to optimize and enrich the DRM services while the industry steps up its involvement and the listeners get to know and enjoy the fruit of their investment – making Digital India reality."

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.
                                                       
DRM Consortium
Site for DRM: www.drm.org

(Press Release)

VOA celebrates 75 years next week

Voice of America celebrates 75 years on air next week, share your memories/photos of VOA at #VOA75 voa75@voanews.com



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Radio Taiwan International frequency change

Starting from January 31,2017 Radio Taiwan's International's english transmission to South Asia from 1600 to 1700 UTC on 6185 kHz will be switched to 9405 kHz.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bangladesh Betar adds Chinese language to its overseas broadcasting

Alongside Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Nepali, Chinese language will be added as the 7th language in Bangladesh Betar's external program broadcast. A proposal in this regard is in progress, according to the department of External service of Bangladesh Betar unit director Kamal Ahmed.

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