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DRM unveils new Receiver and collaborates in African broadcasts

At the HFCC meeting this week in Miami there was a live DRM transmission from Radio Vaticana received on the new Titus2 DRM receiver. The launch was very successful. The new receiver is based on an Android tablet in a stereo radio format with one speaker each side of the central horizontal tablet.

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is also participating in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BBC’s Atlantic Relay Station on Ascension Island. Since its launch, the Atlantic Relay Station has been crucial in broadcasting BBC World Service programmes to Africa and South America.

The station made its first short wave transmission of BBC programmes on July 3rd, 1966, just days before England won the World Cup football final. The station remains as important as ever, broadcasting over 250 hours of programmes every week, in English, French, Hausa and Somali. Africa currently provides one of the BBC’s largest radio audiences in the world with nearly 66 million listeners every week.

To celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary, at midday on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 there will be a special short wave digital broadcast using DRM.