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.RADIO Gears Up For Launch

The European Broadcasting Union is gearing up to launch the .radio new gTLD commencing with its launch of a Pioneers Programme commencing in February.The .radio new generic Top Level Domain is a community-based resource representing the interests of around 65,000 radio stations, 60,000 web radios and others closely associated with the sector. The gTLD will be aimed at licensed broadcasters, radio stations from across the world, unions and related organisations, trade-mark owners, licensed radio amateurs, web radios and radio professionals.The project has been endorsed by all the leading radio organisations in the world (including ABU, AER, AIB, AMARC, ASBU, AUB, CBU, EGTA, IAB, NABA, OTI, and URTI).The Pioneers Programme will run until June 2017 and will overlap with a Pre-Launch phase that will run from 3 May to 5 July. Managers of radio stations are able to apply for .radio domain during the pre-launch. Unusually, radio station operators will have preference over trademark holders during this phase. They will also have preference over web radio operators, as long as it resembles the station’s name.Following a quiet period from 5 July to 30 August, there will then be a Launch or Landrush phase, that will run for 60 days from 30 August until 1 November. With priority one given to radio stations, the Landrush phase will then have 7 priorities with Priority 2 given to those registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse, followed by Unions of Broadcasters, Internet Radio, Radio Amateurs, Radio Professionals, Radio Companies and Priority 8 will be a Landrush phase with greater flexibility. General Availability will commence in November. It is expected registration prices will range from €200 to €250 per domain per year.

EBU awarded right to manage .RADIO

[news release] The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is proud to announce that the .radio Community Top Level Domain name (TLD) has been formally delegated to EBU by ICANN on 21 July 2016.

European Broadcasting Union logoThe EBU is delighted to have been recognized as the organisation to administer the .radio TLD in consultation with other sister organizations. This will be undertaken for the benefit of the radio community worldwide.

Reaching this position has involved a long journey, following the initial application by the EBU in April 2012. The successful outcome was made possible thanks to the full endorsement of the eight broadcasting unions which form the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) and other radio associations and organisations, such as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Association of European Radios (AER). The launch of .radio has been delayed by 18 months whilst competing bids were scrutinized.

“The EBU has fought strongly to obtain administration rights for .radio and we are very pleased that ICANN has approved our application to run this extraordinary CommunityTop Level Domain,” said Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the EBU.

The .radio TLD is one of the few recognized community-based resource representing the interests of around 65,000 radio stations, 60,000 web radios, and others closely associated with the sector.  Beneficiaries of this new TLD will include licensed broadcasters, radio stations from across the world, unions and related organizations, trade-mark owners, licensed radio amateurs, web radios and radio professionals.

The EBU will soon launch and coordinate a governance body (World Radio Advisory Board, WRAB) to manage this new internet space together with the representatives of the main radio organizations which supported the EBU application.

It is anticipated that the launch of the .radio TLD will take place during the first few months of 2017.