The European Broadcasting Union has won the bid to administer Top Level Domain name .radio, expected to go live next year.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, ICANN, announced the news this last week after a four year long application process by the EBU.
Full endorsement of the EBU’s application was made by 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 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.