NABA OK’s Voluntary Continental Digital Radio Standard


The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) has officially put its support behind a voluntary North American Digital Radio Standard.

NABALogoA verbal approval of the standard was made last week at the NABA Future of Radio & Audio Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Now, the Toronto-based organization has codified its position via a position paper developed by the NABA Radio Committee’s Digital Radio Working Group.

The paper focuses on why NABA supports both this specific technology and a continental approach.

“In compiling this paper and appendix, the Working Group consulted widely with radio broadcasters, broadcast associations, manufacturers, and service providers in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada,” NABA said. “The paper represents the NABA Radio Committee’s consensus about the future of over-the-air digital radio and has been supported by the NABA Board of Directors.”

NABA noted that it recognizes that each national jurisdiction has its own opportunities, issues and barriers to overcome in selecting a digital radio technology. But, it added, NABA believes that all stakeholders (consumers, broadcasters, regulators, administrations, and manufacturers) will benefit from a continental North American approach, while recognizing individual country requirements.

The position paper can be found at

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