EBU step closer to securing .radio domain

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has passed the initial evaluation by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in its bid to secure the new top level domain name .radio.

The EBU said that ICANN judged that it demonstrated the technical, operational and financial means to manage the .radio domain, but is now waiting for the final outcome of the application.

The EBU said it would use .radio to “create a global radio community that is open to all eligible radio organisations and broadcasters, internet radios, radio amateurs and radio professionals, as well as companies providing radio products and services.”

The organisation has also applied for the .eurovision top level domain, and is waiting for a decision on this application too.

The EBU said it would use this domain |as a main access point to the Eurovision community, which includes sports rights, network services, news services and the already-established Eurovision Song Contest,” which it runs.

The EBU applied for both domains last year. Currently there are 250 country-level domain codes – such as .ch, .fr – and 21 generic top level domains, including .com, .org, .gov, and .edu. Applications under consideration by ICANN would expand this number by at least 1,000.