Geneva, Switzerland (October 18, 2012)—The BBC and Deutschlandradio joined forces to support a European Broadcasting Union (EBU) push to speed the rollout of a universal chip to enable radios to receive multiple broadcasting standards.
The 'Euro-Chip' is an existing set of minimum features and functions, originally created by WorldDMB, EBU and EICTA, for all new digital radio receivers. It is already in production and ensures the interoperability of all new digital radio receivers in European countries where broadcasters are using DAB, DAB+ or DMB, and/or analogue AM and FM.
The initiative was announced at a news conference attended by the director-general of Deutschlandradio, Willi Steul, and the BBC director of audio and music, Tim Davie. "Digital radio across Europe has been plagued by uncertainty," Davie said. "We may be reaching a tipping point, but first we have to bank what is certain about radio's digital hybrid future and join forces to promote a common vision across Europe."
Steul added, "Digital radio is a technology invented in Europe and we as broadcasters in Europe can show that we are able to work together to assure the future of radio."
Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, EBU media director, applauded the action by the two EBU members, which was announced at the EBU's Digital Radio Conference, in Brussels, Belgium. Nyberg Frankenhaeuser said, "This is of critical importance for broadcasters, manufacturers and the public. We must ensure that European consumers are able to buy future-proofed receivers that will provide them with radio services across Europe."
More than 50 senior managers representing public service radio attended the Digital Radio Conference at the EBU's Brussels offices.
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