ARD, German Broadcasters to Use DAB+ for Traffic Info 

The new service, based on TPEG, and able to transmit text and images, will start up in the first quarter of 2012.

FCC Submits LPFM Impact Report to Congress 

The FCC short summary: LPFM stations do not have a demonstrable economic impact on full-service commercial FM radio stations.

Australia Gains Christian Station on DAB+ 

Inspire Digital now broadcasts in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide on DAB+.

Dhaka FM Becomes First HD Radio Station in Bangladesh 

The new station goes on the air as part of the country's phase II of FM commercialization authorizing new FM broadcast licenses there.

New UK DAB Station to Launch: Black Cat Radio 

The signal covers an area about 60 miles north of London.

Carlisle, PA, Radio Station Suffers Fire 

No one was injured in the fire, because no one was in the building during the New Year's weekend.

FCC Extends Deadline for Asymmetrical Sideband Comments 

The new deadlines add an additional two weeks. The new comment deadline is Jan. 3, 2012.

Tower Climber Dies on Tower in SW Florida 

Nick Rouskey of Cape Coral, FL, was replacing a tower beacon when he became unresponsive.

FCC Approves AT&T Purchase of Qualcomm "Underutilized" Spectrum 

The licenses at issue cover more than 300 million people nationwide and use the lower 700MHz D and E block.

FCC Issues First White Space Approvals 

Initial operation under this approval will be limited to Wilmington, NC, and the surrounding area.

FCC Issues Notice to Again Modify Ownership Rules 

The FCC changed the rules earlier in 2011, but a federal court overruled the decision because of a lack of public notice.

FEMA Launches IPAWS Course for Public Warning Officials 

The course is designed for emergency managers, law enforcement officials, fire department personnel, dispatch personnel, NWS personnel, and other authorized centers.

RNT Lyon Project Doubles Available Stations 

The project already has 15 stations on-air.

iBiquity, NAB Fastroad Release Asymmetrical IBOC Sideband Lab Tests Results 

The transmission method affords broadcasters the ability to mitigate potential first-adjacent digital-to-analog interference.

CMFE, AMARC Make Plea for FM Band Preservation, Adoption of DRM+ 

Community radio needs are a foundation of the concern.

German Broadcaster SWR Expands to DAB+ 

Four programs are now offered on the digital radio service.

Sydney, 2Day FM Bring New Year's Eve 2011 to Visually Impaired 

A pop-up radio station, called NYE2011, will provide commentary of Australia's largest New Year's Eve fireworks display.

Alabama Broadcasters Association Establishes Broadcast Engineering Academy 

The association is working with the Society of Broadcast Engineers to ensure the ABA's Academy will be an eligible SBE certified training institute.

CSA Calls for DAB+ Standard Throughout France 

Some in France seem to be changing their opinion of DAB+ after seeing a successful rollout in Germany.

NABEF Accepting Entries for 2012 Celebration of Service to America Awards 

The entry deadline is March 6, 2012.

IPAWS OPEN CAP EAS To Begin Weekly Tests 

Weekly tests will begin Dec. 12 and begin a regular schedule every Monday.

ASCAP, RMLC Announce Settlement in Principle Through 2016 

When final, the settlement will cover 2010 to 2016 and end ongoing Federal Rate Court litigation.

Absolute Radio to Host "Redefining Radio" Event 

The event will look at how the Internet is changing radio.

Australia Radio Diversifies Digital Radio Promotion for Christmas 

Despite the depressed global economy, awareness, sales and listeners of digital radio continue to grow in Australia.

FEMA Sends EAS Tests Through CAP Servers 

The tests were reported by participants of the SBE's EAS Exchange.

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