Jean-Marc Dubreuil, WorldDMB
During 8-10 February, Paris welcomed over 4,000 visitors to Salon de la Radio, a unique event bringing together the professional radio industry in France.
Over this two day event, conferences and workshops focused on the current developments in broadcasting. Also in attendance were over 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest in radio technology and broadcasting services. Visitors had the opportunity to visit the WorldDMB stand where 40 new or existing digital services broadcasting in Paris could be heard on a wide choice of receivers. With the wide choice of designer receivers, it was proof that radio can reclaim a centre stage at home or on-the-move. To paraphrase Oliver Schrameck, President of French regulator CSA, who told attendees in his address on digital radio “radio has a beautiful and rich future”.
The subject of “la RNT”, the French translation for digital broadcast radio, was prevalent throughout the event and was the focus of a special session hosted by WorldDMB. The theme of the session was ‘The development and future of DAB/DAB+ digital radio’ and international professionals within the digital broadcasting industry shared their experience and insight with those attending this interactive session.
The session opened with a keynote speech from Olivier Schrameck. Mr Schrameck, whose organisation recently published a pragmatic report recommending a timely deployment of RNT, and insisted on the importance of RNT as a means to guarantee anonymity, diversity and plurality of free-to-air radio.
WorldDMB President Patrick Hannon provided an overview of the current RNT landscape in Europe. He demonstrated the growing momentum towards a digital future as key markets Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom already experience 90% DAB digital radio coverage and over 30 million devices for in the home and the car have been sold.
Further country specific case studies by representatives from Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland further demonstrated how RNT had been successfully implemented. The different perspectives offered during the WorldDMB session highlighted how in each country, DAB deployment was different but surprisingly similar – the future is multi-platform, broadcast is the core of radio and, DAB modernises it.
Next year’s event will take place 31 January – 02 February 2016.