RDS PTY Codes & Programme Types

RDS PTY Codes & Programme Types

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One of the key elements of RDS is that it is possible to identify the type of station.

Each RDS transmission carries and RDS PTY code, and this indicates the "Programme TYpe".

The RDS PTY code has a given value and this indicates the type of programme material carried.

The RDS PTY codes have slightly different categorisations dependent upon whether the stations are in Europe or North America. For Europe the RDS Forum developed the standards, whereas within North America the system is known as the RBDS, Radio Broadcast Data System. When the RBDS standard was developed, no attempt was made to match the original RDS plan for PTY type numbers.

RDS PTY CodeRDS Programme Type
EuropeNorth America
0No programme type definedNo programme type defined
2Current affairsInformation
6DramaClassic Rock
7CultureAdult Hits
8ScienceSoft Rock
9VariedTop 40
10Popular Music (Pop)Country Music
11Rock MusicOldies (Music)
12Easy ListeningSoft Music
13Light ClassicalNostalgia
14Serious ClassicalJazz
15Other MusicClassical
16WeatherRhythm & Blues
17FinanceSoft Rhythm & Blues
18Children's ProgrammesLanguage
19Social AffairsReligious Music
20ReligionReligious Talk
24Jazz MusicNot assigned
25Country MusicNot assigned
26National MusicNot assigned
27Oldies MusicNot assigned
28Folk MusicNot assigned
30Alarm TestEmergency Test

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