Darren Willsher, WorldDAB
Next month WorldDAB will be in Johannesburg for Radio Days Africa – the largest radio conference in Africa with over 300 delegates from across the continent and beyond.
With South Africa’s ongoing DAB+ trial about to be extended, and the regulator soliciting industry responses to its consultation paper on implementing digital radio, there is strong interest in moving to digital and the opportunities that DAB+ enables.
On the opening day of the conference, WorldDAB, in partnership with SADIBA, SENTECH and the University of the Witwatersrand, will be hosting a dedicated DAB+ seminar.
The programme brings together speakers from South Africa and beyond to discuss lessons learnt from the trial, the benefits of moving to DAB+ and how broadcasters are growing audiences and revenues as a result of moving to digital.
Delegates will hear from commercial and public broadcasters on how DAB+ is being used around the world, with speakers including Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, Piers Collins, DAB Director at Wireless Group in the UK, Jørn Jensen, Senior Advisor, Head of Distribution at NRK in Norway and Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director at Digital Radio Netherlands.
Speakers from South Africa include representatives from the Wits Radio Academy, SENTECH, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA), Radio Pulpit and Primedia.
With many other countries watching closely, the development of digital radio in South Africa will have an impact across the continent. The WorldDAB session brings together key stakeholders from the region with those from advanced digital radio markets to share best practice and show how a move to digital benefits broadcasters and listeners.
Held on an annual basis, Radio Days Africa is presented by the Wits Radio Academy under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. Radio Days Africa 2018 will be held at the Wits Club, Johannesburg, from 3 – 6 July 2018.
You can find out more about Radio Days Africa, view the latest programme and book your place here http://radiodaysafrica.co.za/programme/