DRM Newsletter


September 2019

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

Good news from India comes this time from Pune (excellent demo with several simultaneous channels broadcast in car) and Bengaluru. Following a decision taken at the highest level a first DRM roadshow was organised recently in Bengaluru ahead of the international India- South Africa T20 cricket match.

If you have not seen the Doordashan DRM ad and explainer, please check this newsletter.

This edition of the Noticeboard will also give you more details about IBC Amsterdam, the media and broadcast event of the year, to which over 60,000 professionals from around the world congregate. The DRM Consortium had more announcements and news for IBC 2019 than ever before, as befits the standard that with its great progress in India and China can now practically cover over 2 billion people. 

New receivers, a new car adaptor, an  improved content-server and multiplexed DRM services, all featured in the two well-attended DRM events. If you missed the most successful DRM IBC events at the Gospell and Nautel booths, please read below all the details about these innovative DRM solutions and applications.

Just now the Consortium is gearing up for the second ABU-DRM workshop to be held in Kuala Lumpur on October 9-10. Details below.

If you want to reconnect to our activities an updated Flickr site will give you an idea of what we have been up to in these past 18 months.

Other industry articles full of ideas and new facts are also included (like the one about the biggest DRM broadcast transmitter site in the UK) and we hope you will write to us with your own news and contributions. 

And please remember that you only have very little time to make your nominations for our fifth DRM Enterprise Award. Make sure you or your chosen people are on the list.

Finally, please do not forget to join us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.  And if you want to join the Consortium please contact  

Ruxandra Obreja 
Chair, DRM Consortium 

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Latest News

DRM Digital Radio in Action in India During Broadcast Engineer Society Meeting in Pune

During an event to celebrate Engineers Day, DRM technology was demonstrated to engineers and students attending an event hosted by the Broadcast Engineers Society India (BES) Pune Chapter.  Three new Maruti Suzuki models were available to showcase the quality of DRM digital radio.  Read more 

DRM Publicised in India Ahead of Popular Cricket Matches

On September 22nd in Bengaluru, ahead of the cricket match with South Africa, All India Radio (AIR) hosted a public roadshow event designed to publicise DRM sets in cars that are receiving digital services from AIR.  

This event followed the recent announcement made by Mr Shashi Vempati, the public radio and television Prasar Bharati’s CEO, who recently announced that live cricket commentary is to return to AIR and be broadcast on DRM for the first time. The matches of cricket, the most popular sport in India, are a perfect place for publicising the many benefits of digital radio DRM, like receiving important data. In Bengaluru together with sports information, participants could also receive via Journaline the current agricultural produce market rates.   Mr Yogendra Pal, DRM India Chapter, Chair reports

AIR DRM Service on Doodorshan News

Coverage of AIR's DRM service is being advertised on Doodorshan News.

DRM Goes From Strength To Strength – Highlights From IBC 2019

Under the overarching theme “DRM – Smart Radio for All” the DRM Consortium delivered two interactive sessions looking at the practical implementation of DRM in various parts of the world. The focus of the sessions held at the Gospell stand on Friday 13th September and Nautel on Saturday 14th were on receivers and exciting receiver solutions.  At the Nautel stand a panel of digital radio experts were on hand to answer questions from the audience.  On the panel were: Ruxandra Obreja (Chair, DRM Consortium), Wendell Lonergan (Nautel), Alexander Zink (Fraunhofer IIS), Haochun Liu (Gospell), Thembeka Khaka (Thembeka Khaka & Associates) and Jan Hein Knip (Nedis).  Read more

DRM for FM Goes Super-Efficient - RFmondial and Nautel Demonstrate Game-Changing DRM FM Modulator

At IBC two of the Consortium’s key members, RFmondial and Nautel demonstrated an advance multiplexed DRM modulation for the FM band. This innovative device allows broadcasters to transmit multiple DRM channels on one physical transmitter bringing enormous cost and infrastructure savings when digitising existing FM services.  Read more

Gospell Unveils Five New Products Featuring DRM Technology

Gospell presented several new products featuring DRM for both consumer and industry markets.  This included:  

• GR-22 - Portable DRM/AM/FM Receiver

• GR-227 - DRM Car Adapter

• GR-301 - DRM/AM/FM Monitoring Receiver

• GR-310 - Audio Broadcast Monitoring Platform

• GR-AT3 - High Performance Active HF Antenna

Read more

Special DRM Broadcasts Relayed During HFCC Meeting in Argentina

Special DRM shortwave transmissions were broadcast by Encompass Digital Media and Vatican Radio to coincide with the HFCC meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Programmes from BBC World Service, KBS, NHK, TWR and Vatican Radio-Vatican News were broadcast over the 4-day period.

Listen to sample BBC DRM Broadcast at HFCC August 2019

KBS Broadcast sample KBS DRM Broadcast at HFCC August 2019

Vatican Radio-Vatican News August 2019

DRM Consortium and ABU Regional Workshop (on DRM Digital Radio Implementation and Rollout) in Malaysia

The DRM Digital Radio Implementation and Rollout Workshop jointly organised by the Asia-pacific Broadcasting Union and the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium will take place from 9-10 October 2019 in Kuala Lumpur at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel.  

The workshop aims to provide broadcasters, regulators, policy makers, governments and other stakeholders with a clear understanding of the DRM digital radio broadcasting technology, features and benefits. The event will cover some planning methods, step-by-step implementation examples and the various solutions and strategies available for anyone planning to move from analogue to a digital radio system. There will be from planning to full-scale countrywide rollout on all broadcasting bands. This two-day workshop will share expert knowledge and share some of the case studies and experiences in transition from analogue to digital radio from the region and beyond. 

To attend the workshop, please register online at

Celebrating 75 Years of Broadcasting from Iconic Wooferton Transmission Site

The Wooferton transmission site at the heart of the beautiful UK countryside is celebrating 75 years of providing access to free media globally.  In an article in Radio World, Neale Bateman, Encompass Digital Media, looks at the history and endurance of this iconic and important site as it continues to provide shortwave and DRM digital services.  Read more

DRM Enterprise Award 2019 Category “Social Media Influencer 2019” Final Call for Nominations

Now in its fifth year, the DRM Enterprise Award 2019, will be awarded to an individual or anorganisationpromoting Digital Radio Mondiale successfully. The winner will have spread the word about DRM through social media and other platforms in order to stimulate interest and take-up bringing expertise and interest to new territories and consolidating interest in existing DRM countries.   Read more.  

If you blog, tweet or write about DRM technology – get nominated, closing date October15, 2019.  Contact @drmdigitalradio.

Around the Web

North Korea Resumes DRM Broadcasts

Radio World – IBC Wrap up

Did you know?

  • The DRM Handbook has been updated to include the latest information on DRM for local coverage and the most recent tests and are available online, in English and Russian
  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India. 



Upcoming events:


9-10 - ABU/DRM workshop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

29-31 - Radio Asia, Dhaka, Bangladesh 


5-7 - NATEXPO Exhibition 2019, Moscow, Russia

12-14 - Africacom, Cape Town, South Africa

17-21 - ABU General Assembly, Tokyo, Japan

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