Media Release from éirdab
27th November 2018
BAI Commitment to DAB Welcomed by Trial Operator
éirdab, operator of the DAB digital radio ‘trial’ broadcast in Cork, has welcomed the BAI’s proposal to review the potential for digital audio broadcasting. The media regulator’s Strategy Statement for 2017-19 sets out an undertaking to commission an independent expert review of the future for DAB in Ireland.
It will also explore the opportunities for establishing digital audio broadcasting through consultation, working with the industry and conducting an analysis of the Irish marketplace and international developments.
éirdab CEO, David Duffy, is encouraged by the Statement which comes days after the European Parliament’s approval of legislation requiring that radio sets in new cars across the EU are capable of digital terrestrial radio reception. “We see this major development, and the BAI’s strategy commitment, as strong endorsements of DAB. We look forward to engaging further with the regulator as it continues to encourage creativity and innovation as distinctive features of the Irish radio landscape”.
Another new service joins the DAB trial in Cork this week bringing yet more choice to listeners across the city. Juice Cork is a youth focused radio station broadcasting from CSN College that enables students of radio broadcasting to get 'hands on' training in a real working digital radio environment.
Course Director & Station Manager, Peter O’Neill, says: “CETB/CSN are delighted to be the first Cork based radio station to join the trial on a full time basis and we are also the first educational institution in Ireland to do so. It was a natural progression for us to embrace the DAB platform as we already have a state-of-the-art digital training studio”.
Juice Cork launched on the Trial Multiplex on Thursday 29th November.