Radios to be given away due to isolation caused by coronavirus
Broadcaster partners manufacturers, retailers and charity for giveaway
The broadcaster’s local radio unit will give away free DAB radio units to over-70s nominated by local listeners, as part of the BBC’s Make a Difference campaign.
The project is running across all 39 of the BBC’s local radio stations in England, with partners – including Argos, Currys PC World, John Lewis & Partners, Pure and Roberts Radio – setting aside thousands of radios to give away.
The radios will be distributed by loneliness charity Wavelength, while manufacturer Duracell has agreed to provide batteries for free for the radios.
Tony Hall, the outgoing director-general of the BBC, said: “Local radio is a lifeline at this time and has never been more important as a source of trusted local news and information, and also as a companion for people who are isolating.
”Make A Difference is already having a huge impact right across the country with 28,000 thousand calls in just five days. It is offering support and practical solutions to people who have nowhere else to turn.
“We want everyone who needs access to the radio to have it, that’s why we’re giving away DAB radios. I’m proud we’ve been able to coordinate this initiative with our partners who have been so generous in offering their resources.”[…]
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who notes that the following announcement has been posted on the IBC website:
In addition, the IBC posted the following note on their Facebook page:
IBC – ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION www.ibcradio.webs.com
With great regret we announce the closure of our shortwave transmissions starting today, 31 December 2018. The reasons are economic, organizational and not least also the bad coverage of our signal in Italy lately. However, we plan to return with you as soon as possible.
To all HNY!
Thank you for the tip, Ralf, although this news sounds ominous. I hope the IBC can resolve their issues and return to the air.
We are proud to communicate the new schedule effective from 27 March 2017.
Following the requests of many listeners, we introduce a new 30 minutes weekly broadcast in English, to Europe and the Americas; at the end of every English broadcast there will be 5 minutes of “IBC DIGITAL” in MFSK32.
WEDNESDAY 18.30-19 UTC 6070 / 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE THURSDAY 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE FRIDAY 01-01.30 UTC 9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA SATURDAY 01.30-02 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA 20-20.30 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE SUNDAY 00.30-01 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA 10.30-11 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE (VIA RADIO BCL NEWS)
“IBC DIGITAL” – IN MFSK32: WEDNESDAY 18.55 UTC 6070 / 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE THURSDAY 02.55 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE FRIDAY 01.25 UTC 9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA SATURDAY 01.55 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA 20.25 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE SUNDAY 00.55 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA 10.55 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE (VIA RADIO BCL NEWS)
ITALIAN TO EUROPE: WEDNESDAY 17-18.30 UTC 6070/1584 KHZ THURSDAY 01-02.30 UTC 1584 KHZ SATURDAY 13-14.00 UTC 6070 KHZ
AMSTERDAM: Transmission of video over the shortwave radio topology is being demonstrated at IBC by Fraunhofer. The company rolled out “Diveemo,” a system delivers video via Digital Radio Mondiale, the MPEG-4-based broadcasting technology used in the AM radio band. It was demonstrated today at the convention with BBC content displayed on a NewStar DRM receiver, Fraunhofer said.
Operating at just 8 frames per second, Diveemo transmissions are not designed to compete with even standard analog television; instead, Diveemo is being positioned for large-area distribution of education and news programs where the video supplements an existing audio program.
Fraunhofer notes that shortwave transmission can reach from “100 to well over 5 million square kilometers depending on conditions and broadcast parameters. The service opens the door to a large range of unprecedented information and education services and is an ideal platform to reach audiences worldwide with a single DRM transmitter or an even more cost-efficient DRM single frequency network. Diveemo offers free-of-charge reception and is independent of gatekeeper and third-party providers like satellite and cable networks.”
The system is being demonstrated by Fraunhofer and Thomson Broadcast on their respective stands at IBC2010. Fraunhofer and Thomson, along with Chengdu NewStar Electronics, developed Diveemo. The service is being presented for standardization by ETSI, and can be implemented by any broadcaster using DRM30 or DRM+.
Video files are added to the Fraunhofer DRM ContentServer where they are converted to MPEG-4 and prepared for transmission. DRM+ is capable of devoting a larger amount of data to the video than DRM30, allowing for better video quality with DRM+. Diveemo complements existing data services within DRM30 and DRM+, including MOT Slideshow for still images and Journaline for text-based data services.– With Radio World