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A German Melodrama (Part I)

Brandenburg Gate by Wit @ flickr

There’s a large amount of noise and conflicting information emanating from Germany at the moment in the wake of an announcement by KEF, the federal body that administers the public service licencing funding in Germany.

The headline information is that the KEF have made some dramatic (indeed, melodramatic) announcements about DAB Digital Radio, some of which seem to be some distance from the reality the rest of the world is experiencing, and possibly partisan.

Rather than comment further here, I’ll just note that the outcome is far from definite, and I am informed that the various Ländesmedien are preparing to comment over the next couple of days. Once their side of the story has been stated, I’ll see if that stabilises the picture enough to say something meaningful about it.

Added to that, the right kind of restructuring and refocusing of effort around DAB in Germany might not be an altogether bad thing. It would appear that the German public service broadcasters have been generously funded to promote DAB, and the outcome has been somewhat underwhelming. In the UK we seem to have achieved a great deal more with the essential additions of wit and passion.

2 replies on “A German Melodrama (Part I)”

In the UK the broadcasters must broadcast in DAB to continue to broadcast on FM, and stay on air. IF not, the authorities doesn’t prolong the existing FM license.

A authorian way for freedom on air. :-[

That’s not actually true. FM licences in the UK are issued for periods of 8 years, at which point they are re-advertised (this happens all the time). In order to reduce the risks of transferring to DAB, any FM broadcaster who also broadcasts on DAB gets one renewal of their licence without re-advertisement. If you choose not to go onto DAB, you can stay on FM (and lots of stations have) and simply re-apply for your FM licence as normal at the end of 8 years.

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