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Four Applicants Vie to Build, Operate Second German DAB Mux

The Saxon State Agency for Private Broadcasting and New Media received applications from four potential operators before the Feb. 24 deadline for proposals
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BERLIN � Germany�s media agency leading the process for its second nationwide DAB+ multiplex, received applications from four potential operators before the Feb. 24 deadline for proposals, according toradioszene.de.�

The Saxon State Agency for Private Broadcasting and New Media�s�candidates are:

  • Digital Audio Broadcasting Platform DABP GmbH represented by the Managing Directors Dr. Ren� Laier and Florian Schuck, Leipzig;
  • Absolut Digital GmbH & Co. KG represented by Managing Director Willi Schreiner, Nuremberg;
  • Media Broadcast Digital Radio GmbH represented by Managing Director Wolfgang Breuer, Cologne;
  • Radio digital GmbH represented by Managing Director Caspar Schilgen, Munich.

The Expert Committee on Networks, Technology and Convergence of Media Authorities will consider each application on March 7, and thereafter will make an initial assessment of the admissibility and quality of applications. It is foreseen that candidates will be invited to this meeting.�

The invitation to tender had been exclusively directed at platform providers for a uniform program offering throughout Germany. Regionalization was not provided, as sufficient DAB+ capacities are already available in the states of Germany.�

The intention for the new multiplex is that all the capacity and the operation of the network will be handled by one party, and that this party may organize carriage of its own programs or those of other broadcasting enterprises, according toradio.nl: �Rumors are that Domradio, Rock Antenne (sister station Antenne Bayern), Planet Radio (youth channel FFH from Hessen) and Kultradio Bavarian are interested.�

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