2018 edition of Le Salon de la Radio/European Radio Show took place at the
Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris Jan.
PARIS — The 2018 edition of Le Salon de la Radio/European Radio Show, a main meeting
point for radio professionals in France and beyond, attracted some 6,000
visitors and 120 exhibitors, according to the organizers.
The 2018 edition honored
Scandinavia and discussed digital audio, audio content innovation, strategy and
more with approximately 100 sessions, 200 speakers,
roundtable debates, as well as keynote sessions and workshops.
In addition, nine master classes offered attendees the
opportunity to learn more on radio and the cloud, monetization
solutions, content and journalism, automation
and programming, audio/video production, systems
integration and engineering and audience interaction
and social networks.
Digital audio was a main theme at the
conference and most events were streamed and broadcast live via DAB+, and via
the ephemeral Radio of the Show, run by a team of exhibitors.
Baldelli, vice president M6 Group opened the show on Thursday Jan. 25 with his
keynote address. The new owner of nationwide French commercial station RTL claimed
his faith in radio during his inaugural speech. “Radio is alive, audiences are
rising, young people are getting back to radio,” he said. “The key issues are
mobility, voice attractiveness, content quality.”
Among other speakers were representatives from the
country’s audiovisual regulator, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel. Nicolas Curien, advisory
member of the CSA, in charge of radio and of audiovisual service
distribution, addressed the audience on Thursday, while Olivier Schrameck, CSA president,
presented an overview on France’s digital advances on Friday.
his speech, Schrameck reasserted France’s determination in DAB+ deployment with
a goal of obtaining 20 percent coverage by the end of 2018 and to “boost the
development of digital receivers on all mobile and home devices.” Around 20 new
DAB+ license tenders are planned in major cities this year.
The WorldDAB session hosted speakers from Norway, Germany,
Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and France providing updates on their
country’s digital evolution. The session also highlighted some deployment
discrepancies, particularly with France being behind many other countries.
Antoine Baduel, CEO of French station, FG Radio explained
the complexity of the French landscape. “We are very late, there won’t be any
FM switch off, we have a wide territory with many formats, and every platform
has its own territory. In the major cities, DAB+ is the only solution to the saturated
For Jean-Marc Dubreuil, country manager, France, at WorldDAB, “France is
late, but not too late, and we have a great opportunity via the European
Commission to get receiver regulation.” Connectivity in cars was also on focus
with in-Norwegian car radio manufacturer Sahaga exhibiting at the show this
year, showcasing a car equipped with DAB+ receivers.
As in previous years, the show’s award
ceremonies honored the francophone radio industry’s most creative members. The 2018
winners included Radio France International for best public francophone
broadcaster, RTL for best national generalist broadcaster and Radio France’s FIP
for best national thematic broadcaster.
Exhibitors, which included RFE Broadcast,
Netia, SAVE Diffusion, ATS-France Nagra Audio, AETA Audio Systems and WinMedia,
consider this Paris-based show as a good market opportunity, not only for
meeting French clients but also for reaching broadcasters from other francophone
regions, including Africa.
The 2019 edition is scheduled for Jan. 24–26 in
Paris. Spain and Portugal will be the countries of honor.