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ACMA calls for comment on proposals to improve coverage of new digital radio services

29 Oct 2008
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority is inviting comment on proposals that will increase the coverage that planned digital radio services are able to achieve in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney when they commence next year.Compared to AM and FM radio, digital radio offers better sound quality, more reliable reception, added features such as the ability to pause or rewind and greater ease of tuning as channels are identified by name rather than frequency.

It also offers the provision of still images (such as a station logo, advertising or a CD cover) text associated with the program (which might include a song title, name of artist and where a song can be purchased) and data services such as news, traffic and weather updates.

Additional services may also be available on digital radio. While broadcasters have yet to announce there plans, they are permitted to broadcast more than one digital radio program.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is inviting comment on proposals that will increase the coverage that planned digital radio services are able to achieve in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney when they commence next year.

?ACMA?s release of these proposals should provide for improved digital radio coverage, addressing concerns raised by industry in consultation on the initial plans? said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

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