Digital Radio


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Canberra, Darwin and Hobart will be the next in line for permanent DAB+ digital radio services, with commercial radio broadcasters today welcoming the ABC’s announcement that it intends to extend services into the three capital cities.

Chief executive officer of industry body, Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said commercial broadcasters were working closely with the ABC and SBS on the regional rollout plans.

“We’ve been aware for some time that local listeners in regional areas are extremely keen to have DAB+ services introduced and we are working closely with the public broadcasters to make this happen,” she said.

Digital radio was launched in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in 2009. The technology offers better sound than AM/FM analogue services and additional features such as extra stations, images and live text.

Commercial broadcasters Capital Radio and Canberra FM have been running trial digital radio services in Canberra for some years and Grant Broadcasters has also been on air in Darwin on a trial basis.

“DAB+ is greener and more spectrum efficient than analogue radio and is particularly well-suited to Australians living in regional areas because it allows broadcasters to use their allocated capacity dynamically,” Ms Warner said. “This means, for example, broadcasters can launch pop-up stations to provide 24x7 emergency services bulletins in times of fire or flood.”

Ms Warner said commercial broadcasters were working with public broadcasters on coordinating launch dates, with permanent digital radio services in Canberra and Darwin expected to start in 2017 and Hobart in 2018.

“The radio industry is committed to a digital broadcast future via DAB+ combined with and complemented by online. This is especially important in terms of spectrum efficiency and operational costs.” Ms Warner said.

”We will also continue to discuss financial support with the Federal Government for DAB+ rollout into regions as was provided to the television industry for its digital switchover. As the major electronic mediums, radio and television must receive equal treatment from the Government to ensure optimum services in regional Australia and more diversity and choice for regional Australians.”

Figures released today show that 3.6 million Australians, or 27% of the population in the five capital cities, listen to digital radio via DAB+ devices each week.

There are 2.9 million DAB+ digital radio receivers in market at September 2016 including 758,000 DAB+ equipped new cars now on the road.

The commercial radio industry launched a new on-air marketing campaign to promote digital radio earlier today. The campaign, in partnership with audio brand QV, is aimed at driving sales of digital radios through the retailers Target, Bing Lee and Harvey Norman in the busy Christmas shopping period.


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Stay tuned: digital radio expanding to all capital cities

Digital radio services are expanding across Australia with current trial services in Canberra and Darwin to be made permanent. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has also completed regulatory arrangements for digital radio to be made available in Hobart.

The ACMA has now finalised digital radio channel plans for the future development of DAB+ digital radio in all of Australia’s capital cities. This follows the release of a package of planning papers last December.

Details of the timing of the start of permanent digital radio services will be determined once the broadcasters have finalised the arrangements to deploy their new digital radio infrastructure.

‘Finalising digital radio channel plans is an important step in completing the capital city roll-out of digital radio,’ said acting ACMA Chairman, Richard Bean.

‘The plans make frequencies available to broadcasters wishing to provide ongoing digital radio services in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The ACMA will now commence discussions with the broadcasters about starting the transmitter licence allocation process.’

The Government has also asked the ACMA to facilitate the rollout of digital radio in regional areas where licensees make the commercial decision that they wish to offer the service. As a result the ACMA is working with industry to identify which regional markets wish to commence services and prioritise planning accordingly.

‘The completion of the capital city roll-out is just the beginning. The commercial radio industry has indicated there are many regional radio broadcasters keen to offer digital radio services, so for Australians living in regional areas, stay tuned,’ Richard Bean added.


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SCA extends Triple M and Hit Networks to include its digital radio stations

Continuing to focus on its commitment to build a totally integrated suite of audio brands, SCA will align each of its digital radio stations on July 1 to either its Triple M or Hit Networks.

As either a Triple M or a Hit station, the SCA digital radio stations will give listeners what they know and love about their favorite network and offer them more music, expanding their listening experience with music formats which are perfectly matched to each brand’s core DNA.

This enhanced suite of radio stations unveils two new Triple M digital radio stations;

• Triple M - Modern which will deliver modern and alternative Rock, Alternative Pop focusing on now and the 2000’s with artists like Muse, Lorde, Florence & The Machine, Artic Monkeys Gorillaz and Blink 182x; and

• Triple M – Greatest Hits focusing on late 60’s/70’s and Album orientated rock with artists like Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Prince, David Bowie

And by popular demand, SCA will bring back, Triple M – Classic Rock focusing on 70’s and 80’s Adult Rock and Mainstream rock with artists like Led Zepplin, Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Skyhooks.

This will take the Triple M Network to 38 stations in total across Australia.

Well known and loved, existing digital radio stations will now be naturally aligned under the Hit brand taking this Network to an unrivalled 46 stations across the network.

• Easy Hits - the continuous feel good favorites station with artists like Madonna

• Buddha Hits – the Tune In - Chill out station with artists like Lana Del Rey, Groove Armada, Moby Air and Massive Attack;

• Oldskool with its nonstop Oldskool hits from artists like Destiny’s Child, Pink, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

SCA’s Chief Creative Officer Guy Dobson said, “The rebranding of our digital stations reinforces SCA’s powerful, straightforward ability to deliver unrivalled content and scale on a national level using two highly recognisable audio brands.

Our clients will now have easier and more effective access to leading and growing digital radio audiences via SCA’s suite of Triple M and Hit radio stations.”


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Zan Rowe, Tim Rogers, Gemma Pike, Hau Latukefu join Double J, as we farewell Myf Warhurst

Double J

Finishing this year as Australia’s #1 digital-only radio station*, Double J is thrilled to announce we’re expanding our presenter line up and music offerings in 2018.

As announced earlier this week, triple j Mornings presenter Zan Rowe will move her hugely popular music program to Double J. We’re also ecstatic to announce the one and only Tim Rogers will join the Double J team for a weekly radio show, Gemma Pike will bring you incredible weekly J Files and Hau Latukefu is taking over Sky High. Plus 2018 sees expanded roles for Double J faves Tim Shiel and Caz Tran. More info on that and other shows returning in 2018 below.

Sadly though, Myf Warhurst finishes up as the host of Double J Lunch at the end of the year, as she moves into a new role at ABC Radio. For the last three and half years, Myf has not only been the face of Double J, she’s also been the heart and soul. Myf is a brilliant presenter, interviewer and a total legend to work with. She’s a true music fan and we’ll bloody miss her. But – she’s not going far. She’ll still be with Double J presenting Bang On alongside Zan Rowe in 2018. Join Myf all next week for her final week of Double J Lunch and check out some of Myf’s finest moments here.

Speaking fondly about her time at Double J, Myf remarks “It’s with a heavy heart that I’m leaving Double J Lunch. It was such an honour to be part of Double J right from the very beginning, with the bonus of being able to share some of the most lovingly and intelligently curated music you’ll hear anywhere in the world. Along the way I got to work with an extraordinary team whose vision made the station what it is, who quickly became my new musical family. So, like an old Aunty, I guarantee I’ll be back to annoy everyone at future family functions.”

Looking forward, here’s how Double J will sound in 2018…

LIQUID LUNCH with TIM ROGERS, 2-3 pm Fridays
Australia’s favourite raconteur Tim Rogers brings his curiosity about art, music and ideas together in a weekly show, giving you the chance to get inside the mind of one of the country’s most inspiring musicians. Given Rogers’ adept talent as a writer and actor, and his broad, in-depth knowledge of music, Liquid Lunch is the perfect way to unwind from an uptight week with loose conversation and unbeatable music.

SKY HIGH with HAU LATUKEFU, 5-8pm Fridays
Hau Latukefu takes over Sky High from Lance Ferguson in 2018, bringing his incredible programming skills, charisma, energy and music knowledge to your Friday nights. Expect music that makes you move – from hip hop, to soul, funk to groove, with everything in between.

ARVOS with TIM SHIEL, 3-7pm Monday – Thursday
Tim Shiel brings a sense of curiosity, wonder and fun to the radio. He’s one of the most loved music minds in the business – endlessly creative and always making lean-in radio you don’t want to miss a minute of. In addition to this exciting daily expansion of his role, Tim will continue to host his electronic music program Something More, on triple j, 11pm Sundays.

WEEKENDS with CAZ TRAN, 9am – 2pm Saturdays
Caz Tran is your weekend companion, bringing you music and in-depth stories, including her incredibly popular Classic Albums segment, where Caz looks back at a seminal record. Plus you can catch Double J’s Live at the Wireless encore, hearing the best live music from right now, as well as delving into over 40 years’ worth of our live music archives.

J FILES with GEMMA PIKE, Thursdays 8pm
Gemma Pike has spent the last seven years at triple j, building up her reputation as a trusted presenter, producer, music programmer and specialist. There’s not much Gemma doesn’t know about music and she brings that depth of knowledge to the J Files, our music history program and podcast, in 2018.

Also returning in 2018 are Karen Leng (2-3pm Mon-Thurs), Henry Wagons on The Tower of Song (8pm Mon), Stu Buchanan on Fat Planet (8pm Tues) and Richard Kingsmill on The Funhouse (6pm Sat, repeated 3pm Fri). Plus Double J’s Artist In Residence (3pm Sun), where each month we hand over the radio to one of our favourite artists, kicks off in February.

Double J’s 2017 regular programming will finish up on Sun 17 Dec, with the new 2018 line up beginning on Mon 22 Jan. Over summer you’ll hear plenty of great tunes and music programming, as well as a Christmas Special with Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross on Mon 25 Dec.

Listen to Double J on your mobile, digital radio, on Channel 200 on your digital TV and online at doublej.net.au

* Source: GfK Digital Surveys 1-7, published 21 November 2017.


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Zan Rowe, Tim Rogers, Gemma Pike, Hau Latukefu join Double J, as we farewell Myf Warhurst

Double J

Finishing this year as Australia’s #1 digital-only radio station*, Double J is thrilled to announce we’re expanding our presenter line up and music offerings in 2018.

As announced earlier this week, triple j Mornings presenter Zan Rowe will move her hugely popular music program to Double J. We’re also ecstatic to announce the one and only Tim Rogers will join the Double J team for a weekly radio show, Gemma Pike will bring you incredible weekly J Files and Hau Latukefu is taking over Sky High. Plus 2018 sees expanded roles for Double J faves Tim Shiel and Caz Tran. More info on that and other shows returning in 2018 below.

Sadly though, Myf Warhurst finishes up as the host of Double J Lunch at the end of the year, as she moves into a new role at ABC Radio. For the last three and half years, Myf has not only been the face of Double J, she’s also been the heart and soul. Myf is a brilliant presenter, interviewer and a total legend to work with. She’s a true music fan and we’ll bloody miss her. But – she’s not going far. She’ll still be with Double J presenting Bang On alongside Zan Rowe in 2018. Join Myf all next week for her final week of Double J Lunch and check out some of Myf’s finest moments here.

Speaking fondly about her time at Double J, Myf remarks “It’s with a heavy heart that I’m leaving Double J Lunch. It was such an honour to be part of Double J right from the very beginning, with the bonus of being able to share some of the most lovingly and intelligently curated music you’ll hear anywhere in the world. Along the way I got to work with an extraordinary team whose vision made the station what it is, who quickly became my new musical family. So, like an old Aunty, I guarantee I’ll be back to annoy everyone at future family functions.”

Looking forward, here’s how Double J will sound in 2018…

LIQUID LUNCH with TIM ROGERS, 2-3 pm Fridays
Australia’s favourite raconteur Tim Rogers brings his curiosity about art, music and ideas together in a weekly show, giving you the chance to get inside the mind of one of the country’s most inspiring musicians. Given Rogers’ adept talent as a writer and actor, and his broad, in-depth knowledge of music, Liquid Lunch is the perfect way to unwind from an uptight week with loose conversation and unbeatable music.

SKY HIGH with HAU LATUKEFU, 5-8pm Fridays
Hau Latukefu takes over Sky High from Lance Ferguson in 2018, bringing his incredible programming skills, charisma, energy and music knowledge to your Friday nights. Expect music that makes you move – from hip hop, to soul, funk to groove, with everything in between.

ARVOS with TIM SHIEL, 3-7pm Monday – Thursday
Tim Shiel brings a sense of curiosity, wonder and fun to the radio. He’s one of the most loved music minds in the business – endlessly creative and always making lean-in radio you don’t want to miss a minute of. In addition to this exciting daily expansion of his role, Tim will continue to host his electronic music program Something More, on triple j, 11pm Sundays.

WEEKENDS with CAZ TRAN, 9am – 2pm Saturdays
Caz Tran is your weekend companion, bringing you music and in-depth stories, including her incredibly popular Classic Albums segment, where Caz looks back at a seminal record. Plus you can catch Double J’s Live at the Wireless encore, hearing the best live music from right now, as well as delving into over 40 years’ worth of our live music archives.

J FILES with GEMMA PIKE, Thursdays 8pm
Gemma Pike has spent the last seven years at triple j, building up her reputation as a trusted presenter, producer, music programmer and specialist. There’s not much Gemma doesn’t know about music and she brings that depth of knowledge to the J Files, our music history program and podcast, in 2018.

Also returning in 2018 are Karen Leng (2-3pm Mon-Thurs), Henry Wagons on The Tower of Song (8pm Mon), Stu Buchanan on Fat Planet (8pm Tues) and Richard Kingsmill on The Funhouse (6pm Sat, repeated 3pm Fri). Plus Double J’s Artist In Residence (3pm Sun), where each month we hand over the radio to one of our favourite artists, kicks off in February.

Double J’s 2017 regular programming will finish up on Sun 17 Dec, with the new 2018 line up beginning on Mon 22 Jan. Over summer you’ll hear plenty of great tunes and music programming, as well as a Christmas Special with Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross on Mon 25 Dec.

Listen to Double J on your mobile, digital radio, on Channel 200 on your digital TV and online at doublej.net.au

* Source: GfK Digital Surveys 1-7, published 21 November 2017.


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Canberra tuning in to DAB+ digital radio with two new commercial stations launched

Digital Radio Plus

Two new commercial digital radio stations, Elf Radio and Coles Radio, have launched in Canberra as new figures show DAB+ digital radio has gained a strong audience in the national capital, with one in four people listening to DAB+ each week.

The new stations have hit the airwaves ahead of trial services being switched to permanent services next year as the commercial radio industry rolls out digital radio to major regional areas.

“Canberra listeners have been enthusiastic adopters of digital radio and we expect more people to make the switch next year as more new stations launch and the industry and retailers start to promote the benefits of upgrading to digital radio,” said Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia.

Canberra listeners have had access to trial DAB+ digital radio services since 2010 and GfK data shows listening has steadily increased to 27% of the population, or 105,000 people each week. The reach of digital radio in Canberra is just behind the average metropolitan penetration of 28% in the five capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

There are now 10 commercial radio services broadcasting in digital in Canberra, including six digital-only stations. The latest is festive pop-up station Elf Radio, playing back to back Christmas songs from a range of artists including Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Sia, Guy Sebastian and more now on air in time for Christmas.

Also now available is Coles Radio, a contemporary music station, featuring past favourites, themed days such as 90’s at 9 and Throwback Thursdays. The Coles Radio playlist is handpicked every day and is one of the top-rating commercial digital radio stations in Australia.

Listeners need to upgrade their AM/FM radios to a DAB+ radio to access the new services, with digital radio receivers available from $29.

In the five state capitals 3.8 million Australians listen to DAB+ digital radio each week. There have been 1.14 million vehicles sold with DAB+, and 41 automotive brands support DAB+.

Digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin have been a successful collaboration between commercial and public broadcasters and government agencies. Commercial Radio Australia has been the trial licensee for Canberra and Darwin and applied for the licence renewal on behalf of the ABC, SBS and all commercial broadcasters when the trials began in 2010. ABC and SBS now move to a permanent multiplex and listeners will need to rescan their DAB+ radios on January 8 to pick up the new services.

Commercial radio stations will transition from trials to permanent digital radio services in Canberra and Darwin next year, with timing subject to regulatory processes.

Canberra commercial radio stations 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3 and 104.7 currently broadcast in digital, along with the digital-only stations My Canberra, KIX Country, Buddha Hits, The Edge, Coles Radio and Elf Radio, all adding to the choice of services available to local audiences.

In Darwin, Hot 100 and Mix 104.9 and digital-only services KIX Country, Classic Rock Digital and Radio TAB are on offer on DAB+.


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New DAB+ stations in Canberra & Darwin

Digital Radio Plus

ABC and SBS today announced that audiences in Canberra and Darwin will now have access to a range of new radio stations with the launch of digital radio (DAB+) services. The introduction of DAB+ services in Darwin and Canberra will be on a par with the digital services offered to audiences in the other five state capitals.

Additional to ABC and SBS’s national radio programs, listeners can also tune in to the digital-only stations including Double J, ABC Jazz, ABC Country, ABC Extra, ABC Grandstand Unearthed, SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill.

In the Canberra market, certain ABC and SBS services are currently provided on a trial basis and audiences will need to retune their DAB+ receivers on 8 January 2018 to ensure they enjoy the available new range of ABC and SBS Radio services.

Director of ABC Radio, Michael Mason said: “It’s wonderful to see audiences in Darwin and Canberra being able to now access the ABC’s great range of digital stations - from jazz to sport to special events - that are enjoyed by so many of our listeners in other capital cities. And with the summer sporting season upon us, fans will be able to listen to sports coverage 24 hours a day on ABC Grandstand – including of course full coverage of the Ashes.”

SBS (Acting) Director of Audio and Language Content, Pip Spilsbury said, “We are thrilled to be launching permanent digital services in Darwin and Canberra and extending SBS’s reach to more audiences. During the trial phase, listeners could previously tune in to limited services provided by SBS Radio. With the permanent installation and higher power transmissions, our audiences can now enjoy the complete range provided by SBS Radio services including – SBS Radio 1, SBS Radio 2, SBS Arabic24, and music stations – SBS Chill, SBS PopDesi and SBS PopAsia.”

The benefits of DAB+ services include:

  • Tuning by station name
  • Pause, rewind and record options
  • Exceptional sound quality compared to AM/FM analogue services
  • Additional text information on songs and artists as well as news and weather updates

There are more than 230 DAB+ digital receivers available in the market in all shapes and sizes with an array of functions. Some receivers are DAB+ only and some have FM services included.


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CAPITAL CITIES #8, 2017


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