Digital Radio in Focus at Le Radio 2012
Digital Radio was at the center of the “The Digital Radio Experience”
workshop organized by WorldDMB and held during the Le Radio conference in
Paris, Feb. 5–7.
The workshop touched on issues such as cost, regulation, competition and
revenue generation opportunities for broadcasters, and put theory into practice
by illustrating various international case studies from countries already
committed to a digital radio future.
Patrick Hannon, vice
president, Corporate Development for chip maker Frontier Silicon emphasized
that radio needs to stay competitive in a quickly converging world.
‘‘Radio needs to
remain relevant and go digital in a world where competition comes from a wide
range of media such as Spotify and Google,” he said. “There is now compelling
evidence that digital radio enables new revenue generation opportunities and
broadcasters need to proactively exploit these opportunities to ensure that
they stay competitive in the market place.”
collaboration was the key to success for German national public broadcaster
Deutschlandradio, where both commercial and public broadcasters in one of the
largest radio markets managed the transition to digital radio.
enabled us to save 66 % on transmission costs. After switching off all our
analog terrestrial transmitters we calculate to save more than €20 million per
annum on distribution costs,” said Chris Weck, technical director for
Weck continued by
outlining Deutschlandradio’s future plans for network rollout, marketing,
working with retailers, and also by describing the services already on air
including data and traffic and travel services.
Also during this
year’s Le Radio gathering, Rachid Arhab of the Conseil supérieur de
l’audiovisuel (CSA), the French regulator, confirmed the CSA’s request to the
French Ministry of Industry to include DAB+ in the technical standard for
Radio Numérique Terrestre (RNT) demonstration trials are at present being carried out in Nantes, Lyon,
Marseille and Paris with others planned for 2012.