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FM Band DRM+ tests carried out by Vatican Radio in December 2011 have been disclosed at DRM technical meeting at ITU HQ in Geneva. Tests verified DRM+ performance in a difficult interference scenario such as the FM VHF band II (103.8 MHz) in Rome.
Adapting its contents to new multimedia projects lead Italradio Web Portal to change its graphic theme as from 4 May 2013. English area also renewed.
Medium wave stations in Aosta, Campobasso, Cuneo, Rimini, Sondrio and Trapani are to be closed down within this week, sources. Potenza and Foggia also reported down.
Italian multilingual province Alto Adige / Suedtirol has lost its last three medium wave transmitters. Stations in Bolzano / Bozen, Bressanone / Brixen, Brunico / Bruneck closed down.
After month of ailing service, Pescara medium wave station is officially declared closed down. Listeners confirm medium waves have practically disappeared from the Adriatic coast of Italy.
Earlier this month listeners around the world reported some short wave broadcasts seemed to have been resumed by Vatican Radio. Albanian and Nordic languages affected. It was only a brief mistake on a transmitter.
On 6 January Pope Benedict XVI Epiphany celebrations will be broadcast by Vatican Radio. The station will also broadcast the Christmas Lithurgy according to the Julian Calendar on the following day 7 January.
Are Italian Medium Waves really so near to disappear that a announcement was necessary to inform listeners to switch to FM network? Last 14 December local newscasts in at least twelve out of twenty Italian regions informed listeners about frequency changes and/or suppression of Medium Wave broadcasts. The announcement was aired only once but worries are growing about a possible winding up of all Medium Wave operations by RAI.
A technical failure is under repair at Stubline transmitter after shortwave broadcasts on 9635 kHz
went off air some days ago.
After Naples two more medium wave transmitters have been closed down abruptly in Italy. Does RAI leave the band in a very near future?
A sad day for Medium Wave listeners in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean: RAI transmitter in Naples (657 kHz
) area was closed down as from 17 September.
Vatican Radio has activated its first android "app" to listen to all its five radio channels in 40 languages, Italian and English included.
By reaching one million digital receivers, Switzerland will adopt DAB+ as from 22 October 2012. Analog FM to continue.
Italian language Swiss Radio (RSI, part of the multilingual SSR-SRG public radio system) will celebrate its 80th anniversary on 22 September. The day before Italradio will hold its annual Forum in Lugano, at the station's studios.
Vatican Radio has decided: short and medium Wave transmissions to most of Europe and the Americas will be cut off, as from 1 July 2012, the Director General, Fr Federico Lombardi, told press earlier today and called fora "new chapter in the history of Vatican Radio" evolving "from Short Waves to new communications strategies".
Copper raiders have entered the area of Bari - Ceglie del Campo medium wave station, local sources state as the station (1116 kHz
) has been silenced since last Friday.
La Spezia (Nort-Western Italy) is the first city where Marconi showed a practical use of his invention shortly after he started experimenting at home and in Britain. As early as in July 1897 Marconi worked at La Spezia Italian Navy Base along with military experts to make radio to serve navigation. Most of the objects used in those days are now visible via the Internet.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) plans to submit a application to acquire the .radio Top Level Domain name (TLD) for the global broadcast radio community.
Worldwide support. A further requested TLD is .eurovision .
RAI Medium Wave transmitter in Bologna closed down at 24:00 hours local time (23:00 UTC
) on 28 February 2012. The unexpected decision has been taken by RAI managers. No official explanation given.
European Union believes the future of radio distribution will be multi-platform and that terrestrial distribution is still the sole platform for truly mobile reception, in particular in cars, a letter to the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Italian public broadcaster RAI plans to save 94.8 million euro, newspaper "La Repubblica" reports. International activities will be strongly reduced. Radio night show "Notturno Italiano" will be closed down after 60 years as from 1 January 2012.
Senior government officers met earlier today with RAI Director General to find a solution for financing international broadcasts in Italian and local programming in minority languages in 2012.
will stop to produce its programmes, both on tv and radio as from 1 January 2012. Viewers and listeners outside Italy will therefore find national programming on all satellite, medium wave and Internet channels.
UNESCO's Executive Board approved item 13 of its provisional agenda "Proclamation of a World Radio Day" to be celebrated each 13 February, the day the United Nations established the concept of United Nations Radio. General Conference should later decide to bring the proposal to the Secretary General of the UN to be set for approval by UN General Assembly.
Started on 1 October a new Facebook page offers a easy way to keep in touch with Italradio news in English.