A step closer to digitalization for small-scale radio
February 24th the first transmissions with the digital radio system DRM+ went on-air in Stockholm. The test trial is run with a DRM+ transmitter on the FM band 97.0 MHz with a power of 500 Watts. The first six months test trials are made in consultation with the Telecom Authority in Sweden (PTS)
Diversity Inclusiveness in the Media is the focus of the european MEDIANE programme, that has begun its second year now. CMFE calls you to participate in the upcoming european and thematic Encounter in March and April 2014 in Portugal, Germany or Croatia. The first deadline for registration ends on 25 February 2014 for the Encounter in Lisbon. We want to encourage people from community media but also other media from EU member states, to register now for jointly further develop of the European Media Index on Diversity Inclusiveness, a self-monitoring and action tool and to start european exchanges with colleagues from abroad.
The ITRE Committee of the European Parliament will have a vote on net neutrality the 24th of february. As a neutral internet is essential for community media we wrote an open letter to the Members of the ITRE committee of the European Parliament:
Honorable Member of the European Parliament,
Nowadays, access to the Internet is a necessary condition for independent media coverage. For Community Media the internet is essential for editorial research and communication , program sharing with other radio stations, program distribution as podcast or streaming technologies.
A move to DAB+ for some Swiss community radios has started. Last year the Swiss regulatory BAKOM awarded a radio licence to the Digris AG company for the operation of DAB+ islands throughout Switzerland, for small radio stations to be able to access a platform for the digital transmission of their programme services in small-scale areas. This platform is financially much more convenient than the one operated by Swisscom on which the public service and big commercial stations operate.
Community Media Forum Europe contributed to the Brussels meeting on 6 December 2013 with the European Commission in Brussels to discuss issues relating to civil society participation in European Union policy. Sophie Beernaerts - head of the EU Europe for Citizens programme hosted a select group of European NGO's to consult on the Europe for Citizens 2013 program "Year of the Citizen", and to inform the planning process for future 2014-2017 EACEA actions.
The Third International and National Citizen Media Awards was held in Munster before a large crowd and a lifestream web audience. The awards annually recognize the best citizen content producers in Europe in both audio and video categories. The ceremony took place on the 14th december 2013 at 8 p.m. as the final highlight of a four days lasting cultural event at the Citizen Center Bennohaus in Münster/Westfalen (D).
Community Media Forum Europe was represented by board member Rui Monteiro, an ethnic minority media expert from Aarhus, Denmark. The 2013 theme was “Citizen Media for Democracy and Tolerance – Against Racism and Right-Wing Extremism“ - a topic which should encourage an active dispute and at the same time provide a platform for initiative engagement. Non-commercial producers had the opportunity to send their reports in the categories audio and video until the end of September 2013 to qualify for the awards.
Community media in Europe took a step forward at the recent CMFE board of directors meeting in Brussels. Ms. Nele Smets, head of the Radio Unit at CSA Belgium (Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel) and also head of Radio Group of EPRA (European Platform of Regulatory Authorities) visited to renew close relations with CMFE and discuss a wide range of subjects important to the community media sector.
Civil Radio – one of the first and biggest community, free radios in Hungary – is closer to suspend its broadcasting than ever. That is why Civil Radio and its community are fighting for their survival. A wide collaboration is needed – that is the aim of their campaign – to save not only a radio but also those values that are about to fade away from our world, the most important democratic value – the ability of using our voice.
All details can be found on the campaign’s website: www.sos.civilradio.org/en
Al Jazeera published an feature article and video about it, that also referring to CMFE: "Hungary alternative media fear radio silence"
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