RTL Group Hosts Digital Radio Mondiale in Luxembourg
Luxembourg, 3 February 2004 - RTL Group, the leading pan European media broadcaster, hosted the international consortium Digital Radio Mondiale last week in Luxembourg. The DRM Consortium held Steering Board, Commercial Committee, Technical Committee and other meetings at the RTL Group headquarters in Luxembourg from 27 to 30 January. DRM is a group of 82 broadcasters, network operators, equipment manufacturers, broadcasting unions, regulatory bodies and NGOs representing 29 countries. RTL Group has been a leading member since 1998.
DRM is the only digital transmission system for short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave with the ability to use existing frequencies across the globe. With clear, near-FM quality sound that offers a dramatic improvement over analogue transmissions, DRM will revitalize broadcasting bands below 30 MHz, achieving huge reach.
“We are very happy to have hosted the DRM meetings in Luxembourg and to demonstrate what we have achieved in DRM so far. Our technical center BCE (Broadcasting Center Europe) has been actively testing the DRM transmitter technology since March 2003 and is continuing to conduct very promising trials. RTL Group is currently in the process of defining its digital radio strategy but has already requested additional frequencies,” said Thomas Rabe, Group Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Center.
“The European market is key to DRM’s success, and we are thrilled to discuss digital radio’s bright future with a media powerhouse of RTL Group’s stature,” said DRM Chairman Peter Senger. “Last week’s meetings at RTL headquarters in Luxembourg were fruitful and energizing, and involved DRM members who are broadcasters, network operators, researchers, receiver manufacturers and transmitter manufacturers from Europe and beyond.”
About RTL Group
With 23 television and 23 radio stations in 8 countries, RTL Group is Europe’s largest TV, radio and production company. The Luxembourg-based media group operates TV channels and radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Luxembourg, Spain and Hungary. It is also one of the world’s leading producers of television content such as game shows and soaps, including “Pop Idol”, “Good Times, Bad Times”, “Family Feud” and “The Bill”. RTL Group is a pioneer in European radio - in 1933, Radio Luxembourg was one of the first free private radios to be launched in Europe and was broadcast for several decades. (see our history section www.rtlgroup.com for more information).
The DRM consortium developed its non-proprietary, universally standardized on-air system (also called DRM) for short-wave, medium-wave/AM and long-wave, in just five years. Since DRM’s inaugural broadcasts in June 2003, more than 50 broadcasters have started transmitting their daily, weekly or periodic DRM programs. Russia and China are testing DRM for future domestic and international use, and Spain recently approved DRM’s usage. DRM and the World DAB Forum announced their cooperation in August, paving the way for DRM- and DAB-capable receivers in the near future. And Sony has committed to help expand the markets for digital radio in Europe, pledging its active support in the commercial sectors of both DRM and the World DAB Forum. DRM audio samples are available online at www.drm.org (English) and the DRM Koordinations – Komitee Deutschland web site (German) at www.drm-national.de.
Commercial Radio Australia (Australia); Nautel Ltd., Radio Canada International/CBC (Canada); Academy of Broadcasting Science of China (China); RIZ Transmitters (Croatia); HFCC (Czech Republic); ESPOL, HCJB World Radio (Ecuador); Digita Oy, Kymenlaakso Polytechnic (Finland); CCETT, Radio France, Radio France Internationale, TDF, Thales Broadcast & Multimedia (France); ADDX, APR, Atmel Germany GmbH, Coding Technologies GmbH, Deutsche Welle, DeutschlandRadio, DLM, Sender Europa 1, Fraunhofer IIS, Georg-Simon-Ohm – University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg, IZT, IRT, Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt/Digitaler Rundfunk Sachsen-Anhalt, Micronas GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Sony International Europe, SWR Südwestrundfunk, TELEFUNKEN SenderSysteme Berlin AG, T-Systems International GmbH, University of Applied Sciences - FH Merseburg, University of Hannover, University of Ulm, VPRT (Germany); Antenna Hungaria, Communications Authority Hungary (Hungary); Basamad College, Tehran (Iran); Hitachi Kokusai Electric Ltd., NHK (Japan); Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting (Libya); Broadcasting Center Europe (Luxembourg); Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (Malaysia); Agentschap Telecom, Nozema, Radio Netherlands, Technical University Delft (Netherlands); Radio New Zealand International (New Zealand); Voice of Nigeria (Nigeria); Telenor/Norkring (Norway); Radiodifusao Portuguesa (Portugal); RTRN/Voice of Russia (Russia); Arab States Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia); Government of Catalonia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, (Spain); Swedish Radio International (Sweden); EBU, International Committee of the Red Cross, ITU (Switzerland); Arab States Broadcasting Union (Tunisia); BBC, Christian Vision, QinetiQ, RadioScape Ltd., Roke Manor Research Ltd., VT Merlin Communications, WRN (U.K.); Broadcast Electronics, Inc., Dolby Laboratories Incorporated, Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications Division, IBB/VOA, IDT Continental Electronics, Kintronic Laboratories, Inc., National Association of Short-wave Broadcasters, Sangean America, Inc.,TCI, a Dielectric Company, Via Licensing Corporation (U.S.A.); and Radio Vaticana (Vatican City).