Ahead of WorldDAB’s session at IBC, we speak to Graham Dixon, Head of Radio at EBU, on what he’s expecting from the show this year.
What’s been the biggest change in the last 12 months for public broadcasters in Europe when it comes to digital radio?
Clearly, the Norwegian switch over, starting in January in Bodø has been the most newsworthy event, but I am also pleased that digitising radio is now established as a subject for discussion within the European institutions.
How has Norway’s DSO been received in other countries?
For everyone, I think this has shown that it is possible and not some fantasy! Clearly, there are still sceptics, but Norway has demonstrated that the challenges can be overcome and that next time, in the next territory, it should be even easier.
What do you think will be some of the big talking points for the radio industry at IBC this year?
Voice-controlled domestic devices are having a considerable impact on our audio experience, coming into our houses and now our cars. They are wonderful and truly fascinating, but such devices also raise questions about secure transmission and the visibility of broadcast radio services delivering shared experiences to broad audiences.
Is there anything you’re hoping to see or hear at IBC this year?
In the WorldDAB session, the recognition that DAB is continuing to make considerable advances; while adoption is not yet universal, nonetheless, there are indications that the adoption of digital radio across Europe is within our grasp.
Graham will be speaking in WorldDAB’s Advances in Technology session at IBC on Monday September 18th. The session runs from 10:00-11:30 and is free to attend for IBC delegates. Find out more here.