Changes Planned for DAB Networks in Franconian Region of Bavaria

If the new DAB concept in Bavaria is successfully implemented, the conversion from FM to digital radio in Bavaria could begin August 2, 2017

MUNICH — On June 1, the Media Council of the Bavarian State Center for New Media approved the simulcast distribution of the Franconian local radio stations. This means that in the north of Bavaria, a total of 14 local FM programs will also be distributed via DAB+ on the networks found on channels 10A, 8C and 10B. This is already the case for Middle Franconia with Radio 8, Radio Galaxy from Ansbach, Radio Charivari from Würzburg, radio gong from Würzburg and Radio Primaton — these stations are already broadcasting in this simulcast mode. This change represents the first step in the cooperation between Bayerischer Rundfunk and BLM for the DAB networks in Bavaria, according to blmplus.de.

In the south of Bavaria, the DAB programs Rockantenne, Absolut HOT and Kultradio will change from the Bavarian DAB network 10D to the networks Oberpfalz-Niederbayern 12D and Oberbayern-Schwaben 10A by the end of the month.

The regional DAB network Oberpfalz-Niederbayern is to be divided into two independent networks for the Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria from mid-2018. Each of these DAB networks is to run six regional radio programs, mostly in simulcast mode.

If the new DAB concept in Bavaria is successfully implemented, the conversion from FM to digital radio in Bavaria could begin, according to the same article. However, the digitization of terrestrial radio broadcasting has not yet been developed so far in some other federal states of Germany. The agreement on a common approach is the prerequisite for a successful migration of FM to DAB and this could make for a legal requirement — only radio receivers with digital receivers may be produced. Of course, the car industry would also have to pull in to make the DAB reception in the car standard.

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