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Terrestrial digital radio will be launched this year

The Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA) will launch this year terrestrial digital radio (DAB), by issuing permits for the preset stations in 2008, on areas of Paris, Marseille and Nice.

Three years ago, the CSA had 55 preset radio stations in Paris, Marseille and 41 to 40 in Nice, but no action had been given.

A call for nominations for twenty major cities will also be launched this year.

According to large private radio stations are opposed, whereas the cost of mailing will be too high.

The CSA would also adopt a new standard for terrestrial digital radio, DAB +, used especially in Germany.

It would be in addition to the standard already adopted, the T-DMB.

Eventually, the TNR will replace the analogue radio and, on the model of the TNT television and it will require the purchase of new posts.