Radio France and RFI will not participate in audiovisual regulator CSA's tender for digital terrestrial radio in France due to the significant costs it would involve, the French government has decided. Les Echos reports that the state has nevertheless reserved the possibility of future involvement depending on the results of work undertaken in this area. France's major private radio groups, Lagardere, NRJ, NextRadio TV and RTL, have already informed the CSA that they would not bid for digital terrestrial radio licences, but smaller independent radio stations are interested. The government previously allowed both the DAB+ and T-DMB standards to be used.
(Source : telecompaper)