Recently discovered documents reveal that, in 1972, offshore Radio Nordsee International (RNI) owner, Edwin Bollier, applied for membership of both the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The EBU, established in 1950, is an alliance of over 100 public service media organisations, maybe best known for producing the Eurovision Song Contest and the ITU, formed in 1865, is responsible for information and communication technologies as an agency of the United Nations.
In RNI’s letter to the EBU and letter to the ITU of April 1972 Edwin Bollier said RNI is a “considerable ingredient in the world of broadcasting” and claimed 4-1/2 million listeners in Benelux alone and a further 3-1/2 million listeners elsewhere in Europe.
Unfortunately we don’t know what replies (if any) RNI received.
Cambridge Consultants have released a design for a new Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) low power receiver to cost less than 10 dollars.
Expected to be ready in 2020 it will be available for any radio manufacturer to license and incorporate into their own products. The radios that can receive DRM today remain very expensive, especially for those markets that would benefit most.
So this low-power prototype, that can run from solar or wind-up, is going to address the need for information by the approx. 60% of the world’s population that does not currently have Internet access or TV.
And CIB’s David Prewett says: “Perhaps a radio receiver will appear which would save the existence of the Medium Wave Band in the UK? It just needs a low-cost receiver and the will power of the Beeb or commercial radio to start a DRM channel in the UK. A prime candidate would be the Droitwich long wave site.”