The Power of Words at Next Radio
— The power of language and words became one of the
themes of the annual “radio ideas” conference, Next Radio, which took place at
London’s Royal Institution on Sept. 19.
Words replaced waveforms in a
demonstration by Broadcast Bionics’ Managing Director Dan McQuillan of the
firm’s new “object-based editing” tool. The technology records audio and transcribes
it to text, and then users can edit audio and video from this text rather than
a traditional waveform. The process is similar to cutting and pasting words in
a document, and means audio can be searchable.
McQuillan also revealed “multi-object recording,” which
stores all the studio event data —
such as fader moves and multi-track audio, allowing users to “unmix” a live program
and remix it at a later point in the process. Object-based production could revolutionize
Bionics Managing Director
McQuillan (Photo: Next Radio)
David Lloyd, author of “How To
Make Great Radio,” put forward a compelling case that “whatever the future
holds for this wonderful, exciting, changing medium of ours in the next 10 or
20 years, words will always matter.” He highlighted the strength of war
reporting on radio compared to TV, saying “on radio, you can’t pixelate
brutality — it’s the power of words,”
and told those on the air: “Don’t just speak, say something.”
One week later on Sept. 26, the UK Radio Festival
included a significant first speech from Britain’s new minister for Digital Matt
Hancock. He announced that the trials of small-scale DAB, using
freely-available software and equipment costing from £9,000 ($11,500), had been
“highly successful and showed that the small scale approach to DAB transmission
is technically sound.”
something,” said David Lloyd
at Next Radio. (Photo: Next Radio)
Ten trial muxes around the United
Kingdom have allowed more than 100 small commercial and community stations to
broadcast on DAB for the first time. U.K. broadcast regulator Ofcom has
identified space in the airwaves that could support a U.K.-wide rollout, using
spectrum bands previously occupied by business radio.
The Minister revealed that a
light touch licensing and regulatory framework would now be put in place “at
the earliest opportunity.” Ofcom says other European regulators have expressed
interest in the new system, and DAB stations using the technology are already
on air in Switzerland and France.
Videos of all the sessions from Next Radio 2016 are
available on the website at nextrad.io.
Will Jackson reports on the industry for Radio World from
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