Quincy, IL (April 10, 2006)–Broadcast Electronics (BE) announced that it installed an HD Radio FM system on an independent station in Paris, France. TowerCast, in partnership with independent broadcast syndicate SIRTI and NRJ Group, began broadcasting an HD Radio signal on 88.2 MHz recently using a BE low-powered transmission system.
In the next phase of the trials, TowerCast plans to multicast two or more channels of programming.
“As a group, we’re very interested in the HD Radio technology because it lets us move right into digital broadcasting without giving up analog,” said Anders Rällvik, who is the technical lead for testing digital technology for TowerCast. “I believe we’re the first broadcaster to broadcast HD Radio live, 24 hours in Europe,” he added.
TowerCast, a subsidiary of NRJ Group, is the first privately held French tower company, managing several hundred elevated points for the transmission of radio broadcasts (FM, DAB), digital terrestrial television, telecommunications (UMTS, BLR), and professional radio. TowerCast is present in Finland with his subsidiary TeleMast and in Belgium with TowerCast Belgium.
SIRTI is the professional organization of 123 independent local and regional broadcasting operators. NRJ Group is a European broadcast group with four major radio networks in France and a television station.
“We really appreciate the cooperation with iBiquity and BE. This first broadcast of HD Radio in Europe is a real success,” said RaphaÎl Eyraud, TowerCast radio and International director. TowerCast is broadcasting HD Radio on 88.2 MHz with a test license granted by Conseil supÈrieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), France’s broadcast authority.
CSA has also granted TowerCast an experimental license to broadcast HD Radio on 93.9 MHz. The group will begin broadcasting a single channel of digital audio on 93.9 MHz in the next month and will eventually add another program channel to test HD Radio multicasting as well as any channel spacing interference.