Bernie O’Neill, WorldDAB
The Greek Department of Digital Policy hosted a seminar in Athens this week organised in collaboration with WorldDAB and the European Broadcasting Union. Titled “The future of broadcast radio in Europe with DAB+,’ speakers from across Europe shared their experiences on rolling out DAB+ digital radio with representatives from across the Greek radio sector.
The conference was headlined by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society of the European Commission, who emphasised the importance of digitising radio in the context of the EU’s broader digital strategy. New research published in January by the European Commission’s Eurobarometer survey confirmed that radio remains the most trusted medium in Europe.
Dr Lefteris Kretsos, General Secretary for Media and Communication, Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media said in his opening address that Greece can and wants to follow technological developments. He addressed the benefits of DAB+ digital radio and said that the Greek government will take the appropriate initiatives to promote the successful adoption of DAB digital radio in Greece.
Patrick Hannon from WorldDAB provided an overview of digital radio deployments around the world and Graham Dixon, Head of Radio, EBU, and Marcello Lombardo, Project Manager, European Broadcasting Union focused on developments within the radio sector across Europe, and on the case for broadcast radio.
Digital radio case studies and best practice from across Europe were presented by the following digital radio experts: Jørn Jensen, Senior Advisor, NRK and Digital Radio Norway, Matt Deegan, Creative Director, Folder Media, Willi Steul, Radio Expert (past-Intendant, Digitalradio Deutschland), Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director, Digital Radio NL, The Netherlands, Francois-Xavier Bergot, Le conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel, France, Eugenio LaTeana, RTL 102.5 Hit Radio, Italy.