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SBE Introduces EAS Advisory Group

01-19-17

Larry Wilkins will serve as chairman

Emily M. Reigart, Radio World

Emergency alerting is a crucial and fast-evolving part of the world of broadcasting; now engineers have another resource to help them sort it all out.

Society of Broadcast Engineers President Jerry Massey has authorized the formation of an SBE EAS Advisory Group, the organization has announced.

The group will work to “stay abreast of developments regarding EAS that will affect SBE members,” according to a press release. These developments in federal regulations, policy and technology will then be communicated to the relevant SBE leadership and staff.

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Which Country Will Abandon FM Next?

01-13-17

Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

Now that Norway has started its transition from FM to DAB, it seems fair to ask what country might be next in line to make the change

Now that Norway has started its transition from FM to DAB, it seems fair to ask what country might be next in line to make the change.

Just last month digitalradio.it reported that starting Jan. 31, Italy`s RAS (Radiotelevisione special agency) has expanded the reception of DAB + programs in South Tyrol with the commissioning of the stations in San Vigilio, Casies, Corvara in Passiria, Schlinig, Anterselva, the valley of Braies and Maso Corto..." Furthermore: "...at the end of 2017 RAS will start [to turn] off the first small FM systems — therefore, in the purchase of a new radio device, the user is asked to choose a digital radio. The same applies to the purchase of a new car, which should be equipped with DAB + system."

Digital radio has also made great strides in Switzerland. It`s expected that in 2020 the gradual replacement of FM with DAB + will begin across Switzerland, according to radioszene.de. (You can read more about it here.) As of last August, 53% of all radio listening in Switzerland is digital, taking listening numbers ahead of analog for the first time. "At work and at home, listeners now clearly favor digital radio ahead of FM," according to Switzerland`s MCDT.

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