Digital Radio Mondiale to participate with a special broadcast in the International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR) Trial

Press Release

For Immediate Release
29th May 2014





Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) to participate with a special broadcast in the International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR) Trial on June 5th and 6th

The Emergency Warning Functioinality (EWF) of the DRM system will be featured in a special broadcast included in the IRDR Trial to coincide with the Media Summit on Climate Change to be held June 4th – 6th 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The aim of the trial – special programmes carried by twelve important broadcasters- is to demonstrate that shortwave broadcasting has a unique value for affected populations and that the existing framework of global shortwave coordination can be employed for disaster risk purposes.  Special clear channels have been selected for the IRDR Trial and there will be transmissions from a number of different broadcasters and sites between 0200 and 1130 UTC each day of the Media Summit. The DRM Consortium have produced a 30 minute long programme explaining the benefits of the DRM EWF which can be heard on the BBC/Babcock transmissions on 15650 kHz at 03:00 – 03:30, 04:00 – 04:30 and 05:00 – 05:30 UTC on both the 5th and 6th of June.

The special DRM radio programme explains what the inbuilt emergency functionality of DRM is and how alarm signals generated by the authorities can override running programmes and carry the emergency message instantly to large numbers of people. The DRM special broadcast will be an inviting introduction to the DRM presentation and demonstration to be given by Alexander Zink, Vice-Chair of the DRM Consortium (and Senior Business Development Manager, Fraunhofer IIS, Germany) on June 6th in the morning, at the Media Summit on Climate.

“During emergencies and times of crisis, most of the services fail”, says Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, “radio is the last line of communication and the obvious solution for bringing information to the people. We are very excited to have our first radio broadcast on the in-built emergency disaster functionality of DRM during such an important event like the one in Jakarta.”

For those interested in the DRM special broadcast this will be made available very soon on:

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.

The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: ‘DRM30’ intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called ‘DRM+’, tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.  DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

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About BBC

Founded on 18th October 1922, The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcasting statutory corporation. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Outside the UK, the BBC World Service has provided services by direct broadcasting and re-transmission contracts on radio since the inauguration of the BBC Empire Service on 19 December 1932.  More recently the BBC World Service has expanded its services to television and online.

About Babcock

Committed to all digital radio formats, Babcock are a pioneer of Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM™). As well as transmitting programming via DRM for multiple broadcasters, Babcock is a founding member of the DRM Consortium and advocates the adoption of DRM in the wider international market.  For more information on Babcock Media Services, please visit



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