The EBU has announced the imminent launch of .radio during the opening day of the Salon de la Radio in Paris. The new Top Level Domain name is reserved for the worldwide community of radio broadcasters, radio amateurs, equipment manufacturers, presenters and djs – a broad umbrella bringing together the whole sector globally.
EBU Head of Radio Graham Dixon and Alain Artero, project manager of dotRadio, explained the timeline of the roll out, and underlined the fact that all the world radio unions are supporting the process: the WBU members (such as ABU, ASBU, AUB, CBU, NABA, OTI, AIB) but also AMARC (for community radio), AER (for commercial radio), and IARU (for radioamateurs).They also presented the “pioneer programme” for which innovative ideas are being sought; this small group of domain names will become available before the official wider launch in the summer.
The world of listening is refreshing itself in surprising ways, from the Amazon Echo, to the growth of Spotify, audio books and new voice-based sharing apps. In the midst of this, radio retains its capacity to surprise, delight and provided a plurality of views in an agile flexible manner. Above all, radio itself remains a live medium. dotRadio can now bring together the worldwide community, uniting those genuinely active in the field for the benefit of the entire industry.
“Radio is national, local and community,” said Graham Dixon. “It involves both professionals and enthusiasts. For many people, it is a vital source of information, entertainment and company – a window on the world. Launching dotRadio brings together these diverse elements under one heading – a rare community internet domain, recognising the community benefits and values of the medium.”