February 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

More has happened in the first month of 2016 than in half a year. We demonstrated the content possibilities of DRM right here in the heart of London at the BBC. DRM colleagues had good presentations and fruitful discussions at the Istanbul HFCC meeting and ITU 2nd Global Forum on emergency telecommunications in Kuwait and EBU radio summit in Geneva.

Most of the effort went through in the preparation of our presence at the biggest broadcast engineering event in India BES (beginning of February) in New Delhi. This was another chance to demonstrate desktop and mobile solutions such as the first Indian car with a DRM radio incorporated.

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Latest News

DRM Quality Transmission Stands Out at BES (India)

The DRM Consortium, its members and partners, had another strong presence at the 22nd international BES (Broadcasting Engineering Society) conference and exhibition on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting, in New Delhi, India, 4-6 February 2016.  Key members Ampegon, Communication Systems INC, Fraunhofer IIS, Nautel, NXP and RFmondial were in attendance.  Read more

More DRM News from India

All India Radio's (AIR) Medium Wave digital (Digital Radio Mondiale) transmissions is now available on the AIR website:

All India Radio, Kolkata 'B' is testing new 100 kW NautelNX100 transmitter, test transmissions were noted by listeners on 1008 kHz AM & 1018 kHz DRM. Test in DRM mode was heard by Debanjan Chakraborty, Kolkata at 1830 UTC, 10th Feb 2016  and at 1330 UTC, in AM mode 1008 kHz.

ITU Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications

The value of the Emergency Warning Functionality, part of DRM technology was presented at the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications: Saving Lives; organised by the ITU in Kuwait.  Read more

DRM Update for HFCC Members

The DRM Consortium was invited to the recent HFCC Conference held in Istanbul. The meeting discussed the progress made by chipset and radio manufacturers in producing and distributing DRM and/or multi-standard receivers to benefit those listeners receiving shortwave programmes across the world.  HFCC members also responded positively to a request for regular updates of their international broadcast schedule.  Read more

BBC Staff Experience the future of International Digital Radio - Digital Radio Mondiale


The BBC and DRM held a drop-in session on Wednesday 20 January, for BBC staff at its headquarters in London.  BBC and international DRM specialists demonstrated how programmes could be enhanced by connecting to new digital content creation processes in order to reach more listeners.  Digital broadcasting is the future of international radio and this means DRM, a multimedia radio broadcasting system that works on shortwave and all the other radio bands.  

The sessions were well attended and supported by  Fraunhofer IIS, Radio Haugaland and Babcock International. 

DRM Holds Workshop for French CSA

A workshop was held by the DRM Consortium and the French CSA.  Attended by regulators, broadcasters and manufactures, the workshop was concluded with a very dynamic roundtable discussion.  Read more

Salon de la Radio 2016, Paris, France 31st January - 2nd February 

Le Salon de la Radio is the annual show dedicated to radio industry and crafts.  The DRM standard was discussed and promoted during presentations held at the Salon de la Radio that took place in Paris from Sunday 30th January until 2nd February 2016. Read more

European Broadcasting Union Digital Radio Summit 2016 

Key players including DRM were brought together at this year’s EBU Digital Radio Summit to discuss digital trends and exchange ideas.  The need for multi-standard, multi-choice options for listeners was highlighted at the event. Matthias Stoll, Ampegon AG, represented DRM and reports from the meeting.

DRM Workshop at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) 2016

The DRM Consortium will hold a workshop at this year’s ABU DBS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 2nd March, 1100-1300.  DRM experts Alex Zink - Fraunhofer IIs, John Abdnour - Nautel, Gerhard Filipp - Ampegon, Radu Obreja - DRM Consortium will lead the sessions. The workshop "DRM - for full and efficient country coverage" will give delegates the opportunity to be updated by international DRM specialists.  To attend the workshop, please contact

Pravasi Bharathi Radio Launches Malayalam DRM Transmission in Abu Dhabi

The first digital Malayalam radio Pravasi Bharathi 810 has started transmission from Abu Dhabi in AM & DRM mode (MW) with effect from 22nd January.  The radio station caters to the Keralite community in the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC Members: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE) countries.  Read more

New Year Brings New and Old Digital Mix

Read the latest blog published in Radio World from DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja 

Fraunhofer IIS to Host DRM General Assembly and European DRM Workshop in April

The DRM General Assembly (GA) will this year be held in Germany, hosted by Fraunhofer IIS.  Under the title “Digital Radio Mondiale – Smart Radio for Everyone” the GA will be split into two, with members only events and an invitation only session for non-members to include a DRM European workshop.  The workshop has been organised by the DRM German Platform.

Around the Web

Nautel and All India Radio Partner on High-Power, MW Digital Radio Deployment

The National Broadcasting Corporation, Papua New Guinea holds first DRM transmission in Papua New Guinea 

HFCC contribution to the World Radio Day 2016 

Bretagne 5 Medium Wave Broadcasts in France

Did you know?

  • Following requests from our readers, we have updated the DRM schedules on our website. So please check for yourself!  List of DRM transmissions  Interactive map
  • The DRM India page also lists the latest All India Radio DRM transmissions. Click here
  • The latest information on DRM transmissions and schedules is available here. Please let us know if you hear DRM anywhere else!  UPDATED
  • 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 Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecomunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian
  • 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:

  • 25 Feb - DRM Workshop, Turkey
  • 29 Feb - 3 March ABU DBS Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1-3 March - ITVF, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2 March DRM Workshop at ABU DBS, - 11:15 to 13:00 -Room Berlian & Baiduri, Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 8-10 March - CABSAT, Dubai, UAE
  • 15-18 March - 11th SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum, Lesotho

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