The WorldDMB 2012 General Assembly took place in Leipzig, a media hub of Germany. The event was attended by over 100 international delegates from as far afield as China, Australia and America. The conference programme focused heavily on the key strategic areas for WorldDMB; Germany, the automotive industry, working with the retail industry and marketing to the consumer, second generation standards and digital radio in car, with emphasis on the developments made by the WorldDMB Technical Committee in the areas of service following and linking.
The General Assembly was also an opportunity to mark the achievements and contributions made by digital radio proponents. The 2012 WorldDMB Award for outstanding services to Digital Radio was awarded to Joan Warner, Chief Executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Chairperson of the WorldDMB Asia Pacific Committee and WorldDMB Steering Board member.
In receiving this award Joan Warner was recognised as a change agent who has made a significant contribution to the development of digital radio broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region, and globally. Acknowledged as a visionary by the digital radio industry, Joan has overseen the successful implementation of digital radio for commercial radio broadcasters across Australia. Today Australia has a thriving digital radio broadcasting industry with all the major commercial networks and stations airing a variety of stations on digital radio along with national public broadcasters ABC and sBs stations. over a million DAB+ receivers have been sold and over with 1.3 million people tune into a DAB+ device each week.
The text-book launch of digital radio in Australia three years ago has become a benchmark for best practice and the success of digital radio in Australia has provided impetus for other countries to pursue their own implementation of digital radio. Joan is at the forefront of encouraging and supporting these countries through hosting delegations, running workshops, technology demonstrations and speaking regularly at international and regional conferences.
WorldDMB Project Office