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DW and BBC join forces on DRM

This is a joint press release from BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle and DRM


Two of the world's major international broadcasters, BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle, have announced plans to launch a joint radio service to Europe on DRM Shortwave.


The new stream, which will be entirely in English, is expected to go live in early 2009.


Broadcast in clear digital quality, it will be available from early morning till late at night targetting Western and Central Europe and a potential audience of 170 million listeners with global news and current affairs and a rich mix of in-depth analysis, documentaries and cultural programmes.


The service will provide a multimedia offer of audio and text, the latter coming automatically from the BBC News website.


Eric Betterman, Director General at Deutsche Welle, said: "It is great that two of the world's most established broadcasters can work together on a project of this scale.


"This is an exciting venture that will offer European listeners top class content and provides the perfect opportunity to reintroduce listeners to DRM."


Mike Cronk, Controller, Future Media, Technology & Distribution, BBC World Service, said: "This is an important time for DRM and a huge opportunity for broadcasters across Europe to look at the potential for new services and reaching new audiences.


"With this announcement, two of the most important players in international broadcasting are re-affirming their faith in the DRM standard."


Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM Consortium and Controller, Business Development, BBC World Service, said: "Deutsche Welle and the BBC see DRM as the winning solution for the digitisation of the AM bands on a global scale and they believe that this new stream for Europe will give a welcome boost to international digital radio.


"Listeners in Western and Central Europe can now buy one of the growing selection of DRM-capable receivers and hear in excellent quality top class programmes that in recent years they could only access online."


Notes to Editors


About BBC World Service


BBC World Service is an international radio and online broadcaster delivering programmes and services in 32 languages. The radio output reaches 183 million weekly listeners around the globe, on platforms that include SW, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels.


About Deutsche Welle


Deutsche Welle is Germany's international broadcaster. Its programming on television, radio and the internet focuses on news and information: DW-TV, topical international television in German, English, Arabic and Spanish, DW-RADIO in 30 languages and DW-WORLD.DE, the multimedia and multilingual website.


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About DRM


Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is the digital broadcasting system for the broadcasting bands below 30MHz (long, medium and short wave). DRM has near-FM sound quality plus the ease-of-use that comes from digital transmissions, combined with long range and low power consumption.


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Category: World Service
Date: 16.09.2008
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