More ABC Radio services for Canberra in digital radio trial

That’s the title of a press release I’ve just received (forwarded on to me personally by Commercial Radio Australia — despite my request apparently I’m not on the ABC’s list for press releases on digital radio). The news is good:

From Wednesday 5 October 2011, ABC Radio National, ABC Jazz, triple j Unearthed and ABC Grandstand will join 666 ABC Canberra in the DAB+ digital radio broadcasting trial currently underway in Canberra.

Due to the limited bandwidth available during this scientific trial, not all ABC Radio stations are able to participate. Of those services to be made available, the AM service of ABC Radio National will benefit greatly from the better sound quality of digital radio. The other three stations – ABC Jazz, triple j Unearthed and ABC Grandstand are digital-only stations not available on analogue radio.

For those other ABC Radio flagship networks not included in the current trial – ABC Classic FM, ABC NewsRadio and triple j – all are available on the FM band in Canberra and many DAB+ digital radio receivers pick-up FM broadcasts.

Good stuff. As they say, with ABC RN going digital, that’ll mean full ABC support by existing digital radios in Canberra, since most also have FM.

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