Digital broadcasting: challenges and opportunities for European community radio broadcasters

Hallett, L. and Hintz, A. 2010. Digital broadcasting: challenges and opportunities for European community radio broadcasters. Telematics and Informatics. 27 (2), pp. 151-161.

TitleDigital broadcasting: challenges and opportunities for European community radio broadcasters
AuthorsHallett, L. and Hintz, A.
Abstract

Access to broadcast infrastructure is vital for community radio services, however the switch-over from analogue to digital, as envisaged by European policy-makers, creates challenges for such stations. In this article, we will set out the general environment within which the transition to digital is occurring, illustrate the current state of the digital migration debate, identify potential difficulties for community radios, but also highlight opportunities that digital technologies may provide.

Challenges include the historical tendency of European policy-makers to prioritise the requirements of larger Public Service and commercial broadcasters which has resulted in the promotion of platforms such as DAB that are not designed to cater for smaller-scale local and non-profit’ media. Furthermore the existence of a variety of jurisdiction-specific approaches to digital switch-over in Europe creates uncertainty as to the emerging technical and policy environment.

JournalTelematics and Informatics
Journal citation27 (2), pp. 151-161
ISSN0736-5853
YearMay 2010
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.tele.2009.06.005
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2010

Related outputs

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Hallett, L. 2015. The space between: Defining the place for community radio. PhD thesis University of Westminster Communication and Media Research Institute

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