Tuesday 6 November
Session 1: Why radio is robust in a competitive audio environment
In a dynamic and ever-evolving audio landscape, radio is in good health. The ongoing shift to digital is well under way, with DAB playing an important role in the hybrid radio mix. Broadcasters are innovating to deliver a wider diversity of programmes to the listener, while strengthening existing radio brands, and attracting more listeners and revenue.
Speakers include Michael Oschmann from Müller Media, Siobhan Kenny from the UK Radiocentre, Nicolas Curien from CSA France, and Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia
Session 2: Voice control, devices and how listeners are consuming radio at home and in the car
Tech industry predictions highlight the potential for voice-activated devices and changing listener behaviour around them to become mainstream in the near future. DAB is part of the digital mix in an ecology which is more than radio and audio. With this historic shift in the consumption of audio, how will this impact radio listening? Our experts discuss the future of radio and the threats and opportunities a change in listener behaviour offers.
Speakers include Jan Lorbach from GfK, Michael Hill from UK Radioplayer, and Simon Mason from Arqiva
Wednesday 7 November
Session 3: Key decision makers summit
Moving ahead with DAB+ is a collaborative effort driven on many levels, and digital radio cannot move forward without support from the highest level of government, regulators and the broadcast industry. Key decision makers discuss how they see the future of radio and their plans for DAB.
Speakers include Heike Raab, Plenipotentiary for Media and Digital Affairs, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Bob Shennan from BBC Radio and Patrick Hannon from WorldDAB
Session 4: Digital radio in the car – the best driver experience
The car industry is watching the increasing speed of DAB deployment and is playing a key part to accelerate the roll out of DAB. Working closely with the car industry is important to ensure the experience of DAB for drivers continues to improve. The key areas of focus for DAB in car are user experience, performance, aftermarket devices and collaboration is needed to get these areas ‘right’.
Speakers include Frank Nowack from Ford Motor Company, Joe D’Angelo from Xperi, and Laurence Harrison from Digital Radio UK
Session 5: Country marketing updates – quick fire forum
The most important part of the WorldDAB General Assembly is an overview from each market on their current and future plans. Learnings, marketing, opportunities, threats, plans all in five minutes with the opportunity for questions from the audience.
Speakers include Pinky Kekana, Deputy Minister for Communications, South Africa, Colonel Natee Sukonrat from NBTC Thailand, Iso Rechsteiner, project manager for DSO Switzerland, Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia, Jacqueline Bierhorst from Digital Radio NL and Jean-Marc Dubreuil from WorldDAB
Session 6: DAB for success – new content, new brands, new markets
Broadcasters on-air with DAB are enjoying the opportunity to launch new services, extend brands and grow audiences, with a corresponding growth in revenue. This session showcases examples of where DAB is allowing innovative programming to reach new audiences.
Speakers include Antoine Baduel from Radio FG, France, Gabby Sanderson from Kerrang Radio, UK, Petra Lemcke from Sunshine Live, Germany, Eugenio LaTeana from RTL 102.5, Italy, and Nick Piggott from RadioDNS
This year’s Gala Dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 6 November at the Käfer Dachgarten Restaurant, located on top of Berlin’s historic Reichstag building.
Please join us for Networking Drinks that will commence at 18:00, followed by the Gala Dinner from 19:00. Entry to the Gala Dinner is included for all registered delegates of the conference.
IMPORTANT: Please submit your full name and date of birth to ensure your place at the Gala Dinner, as this is a security requirement when entering the German Reichstag building.
WorldDAB General Assembly 2018 is being held at the Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin. A full list of hotels in the area can be found here. The nearest S-Bahn and U-Bahn station is Friedrichstraße.
We would highly recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible, as Berlin is busy at this time of year and hotel rooms are in high demand.