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Week ending February 18, 2017

DETEC - Refonte du paysage des radios locales dès 2020 - February 16, 2017
from BAKOM for DETEC

Dès 2020, les radios régionales qui couvrent des agglomérations devraient bénéficier d'une plus large autonomie en n'étant plus soumises à un régime de concession assortie d'un mandat de prestations. La proposition est intégrée dans la révision de l'ordonnance sur la radio et la télévision (ORTV), que le Département fédéral de l'environnement, des transports, de l'énergie et de la communication (DETEC) soumet à consultation à partir du 16 février 2017. S'agissant de la diffusion radio, le nouveau texte pose aussi les jalons pour le passage des ondes ultra-courtes au DAB+. La consultation est ouverte jusqu'au 26 mai 2017.

Le DETEC lance une procédure de consultation sur une modification de l'ORTV et de trois dispositions d'exécution de la législation sur les télécommunications. Selon le projet de révision, les zones de dessertes actuelles – définies dans les annexes 1 (radio) et 2 (télévision) à l'ORTV – restent inchangées jusqu'à l'échéance de la validité des concessions fin 2019. Elles correspondent toujours aux espaces de communication locaux-régionaux de la loi sur la radio et la télévision (LRTV). En outre, les OUC demeurent la première technologie de diffusion radio jusqu'en 2019.

Suppression de la concession assortie d'un mandat de prestations pour les radios dans les agglomérations

A compter de 2020, plus aucune concession assortie d'un mandat de prestations ne devrait être octroyée aux radios dans les agglomérations urbaines. Les zones de desserte actuelles devraient être abrogées. Sont concernées les stations qui aujourd'hui déjà ne reçoivent pas de quote-part de la redevance. A l'époque, la rareté des fréquences avait rendu nécessaire l'octroi de concessions, un argument qui tombe avec la numérisation. Les régions concernées disposent déjà d'une vaste offre journalistique, qui ne sera pas menacée par l'abandon des mandats de prestations. Libérées des contraintes de programme définies jusqu'ici dans ces mandats de prestations, les stations commerciales locales jouiront d'une autonomie accrue. Elles pourront composer leurs programmes à leur guise et choisir les stratégies optimales afin d'atteindre leurs publics cible.

De manière générale, les autres zones de desserte devraient resterinchangées. Toutefois, de légères modifications sont nécessaires car l'Office fédéral de la statistique (OFS) a redéfini géographiquement les agglomérations et plusieurs cantons ont réorganisé leurs unités administratives. Les diffuseurs radio/TV de ces régions devront continuer à percevoir une quote-part de la redevance après 2020.

La définition actuelle des zones de desserte régionales remonte à 2007. L'art. 39 de la loi sur la radio et la télévision exige qu'elles soient réexaminées après 10 ans au plus. Le DAB+, première technologie de diffusion radio à partir de 2020

La branche de la radio veut remplacer les OUC par le DAB+ d'ici 2024. Le projet de révision crée les bases juridiques pour réaliser cette migration numérique: dans l'annexe 1 à l'ORTV, le DAB+ est défini comme étant le premier mode de diffusion pour la radio dès 2020. La modification de l'ordonnance sur la gestion des fréquences et les concessions de radiocommunication (OGC) permet néanmoins aux radios actuellement diffusées sur OUC de continuer à utiliser leurs fréquences pendant la phase de transition entre 2020 et 2024. Pour cette utilisation des OUC, les radios d'agglomération actuelles, qui ne perçoivent pas de quote-part, devront à l'avenir s'acquitter d'une redevance, dont le tarif sera déterminé dans l'ordonnance sur les redevances et émoluments dans le domaine des télécommunications (OREDT). Comme pour les stations au bénéfice d'une concession, des mesures adéquates leur assureront un accès durable à la diffusion en DAB+.

EBU - STARS CELEBRATE IMPACT OF RADIO ON WORLD RADIO DAY - February 13, 2017
from Dave Goodman/EBU

To celebrate World Radio Day (13 February) 15 Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have asked celebrities from their countries and beyond what radio means to them.

The ‘My Radio’ project makes available audio clips of many internationally and nationally known personalities from music, politics, sport, film and theatre, who praise the power, importance and role of radio.

Among the celebrities taking part in the project are British musicians Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran, Austrian actor Otto Schenk, Norwegian band A-ha, Croatian alpine skier Ivica Kostelic and Egyptian movie star Yousra.

3-time Olympic gold winning weight lifter Kakhi Kakhiashvili from Georgia, Giorgos Koumentakis the Director of the Greek National Opera and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča are also among those who have shared their experiences of how radio has changed their lives.

The project is also enriched by three videos, to be used on social media, from bass-baritone Eric Owens and Peter Gelb from the Metropolitan Opera and Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Ed Sheeran tells listeners that “radio is a very important thing for any artist. I’d say it’s the most important, so for instance, if you haven’t got internet, tv, you still have radio.”

“It's kind of intimate, you listen to the voice and there is a lot of place for your imagination. I believe although radio is a very simple media, that's exactly the reason why it will be present in the future as well,” says Ivica Kostelic.

“We are looking to use these familiar voices to communicate to our listeners about the power of radio in people’s lives”, said EBU Head of Radio Graham Dixon.

“Radio is such an intimate medium, creating a direct relationship between the broadcaster and the listener. These vignettes show the huge influence radio has in shaping lives and careers and the power of radio in reaching audiences in all walks of life.”

The “My Radio” project was compiled in co-operation with the Arab States Broadcasting Union.

The EBU has also hosted its annual "World Radio Day" meeting outside Europe for the first time with delegates gathering in Shanghai. The brand new “.radio” top level domain name, that will be administered by the EBU, was officially launched by project manager Alain Artero and the EBU’s Head of Radio Graham Dixon who also discussed the role of radio in 2017.

“Radio is more than simply an audio product or a technology. The word ‘radio’ signifies a service with strong roots in its own community,” Dixon says.

“As a medium, the core offer is real-time content, responsive to events, trends, changing circumstances and tastes. Those who produce radio are uniquely skilled at creating this responsive medium, and this topicality and sense of connection remain central to listener expectations. Surely, this is radio.”

A special concert will also take place in China to mark World Radio Day. The performance by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Chen Xieyang, is being made available all over Europe and beyond.

AER - WORLD RADIO DAY, COMMERCIAL RADIO AND YOU - February 10, 2017
from Vincent Sneed/AER

The Association of European Radios (AER), representing 4500 commercially funded radio stations across Europe, is proud to celebrate World Radio Day which in 2017 focuses on radio’s unique relationship with its audiences and communities.

Radio continues to be a highly valued medium throughout Europe: 80% of the EU population listens to radio for at least 2 to 3 hours a day. Free-to-air and simple to use, radio is a prime source of information and entertainment for its audience, and remains the most reliable medium in Europe (Special Eurobarometer Survey of September-October 2016 (EB452) – radio is 10 percentage points ahead any other medium). Furthermore, at times of man-made or natural disasters it is the first – and possibly the only remaining tool – to inform the public.

Radio stations pride themselves on their relationship with their listeners and the quality of their services. This is why AER and its members are constantly working with the EU institutions to ensure the best possible regulatory environment in which stations can thrive and continue to provide valuable services for their listeners. This includes working with the EU to make the terms and conditions which you hear at the end of radio advertisements simpler and therefore more effective. Recent studies in France and the UK have confirmed that listeners prefer shorter terms and conditions which both sound better and are easier to understand and AER is pushing for EU regulation to reflect this.

Key recent statistics from some of our markets which confirm the importance of radio today include:
- Finland: third year in a row of growth, with an advertising market gaining 2.9% more in 2016
- Germany: 92.9% of the population listens to the radio
- Ireland: over 4 hours of listening every day
- Spain: every day, 25 million people listen to the radio, via the 3500 stations in the country

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