Radio stations around the world will soon be able to be accessed online via a new Top Level Domain (TLD) - web addresses ending with .radio.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is launching the new domain for the radio community this year. The Geneva-based organisation hopes it will "progressively change the way people are reaching internet resources linked to radio."
.radio can be used for web and email addresses and will be managed by the EBU with the support of the other world broadcasting unions.
For four years the EBU and its partners have been preparing the launch of .radio. The project was endorsed by all the leading radio organizations in the world (including ABU, AER, AIB, AMARC, ASBU, AUB, CBU, EGTA, IAB, NABA, OTI, and URTI).
Exceptionally for the internet world, this project is a Community TLD, run for the benefit of the whole radio industry and amateur enthusiast and reserved for people and companies with active interest in the radio sector.
EBU’s .radio TLD Manager Alain Artero said:
"We are proposing that the radio community may like to consider securing the integrity of their web presence by requesting appropriate .radio domains for defensive reasons initially. The TLD will be focused on content and matters specific to radio and we want to prevent speculators and cybersquatting in this TLD; this extension will therefore rapidly become a high-value internet space for websites, mail systems and other internet applications.”
The following categories will be accepted for the use of a .radio domain:
- Radio broadcasting stations
- Unions of Broadcasters
- Internet radios
- Radio Amateurs
- Radio professionals (journalists, radio hosts, DJs, …)
- Radio-related companies selling radio goods and services
Radio organisations will be able to request .radio domains from registrars that have signed an agreement to sell .radio domains from later in 2017. A pre-launch period from May will allow established stations to secure their .radio domain before the domain is made available to the wider industry later in the year. It is expected that the domain will be generally available by November.