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Digital Radio at IBC2011

Marketing and insight into how digital radio is being developed to be highlighted in session

Technological advances in radio broadcasting will be on display throughout the many exhibit halls of the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam this month during IBC2011, as well as in one session during the colocated conference.

“Digital Radio — the Technologies, the Consumers and the Future,” on the afternoon of Saturday, 10 September, will examine the current state of digital radio and the promise it holds for the future.

Geared toward engineers, technical managers and business development staff, the session is billed as offering insight into how people are using radio at home and on the go, as well as a look at the differing needs of local, regional and national radio and how those needs match up with the differing digital broadcasting systems in the marketplace.

The session is being co-chaired by RadioDNS Chair Nick Piggott and Simon Mason, principal technology consultant with transmission services company Arqiva.

Panelists include Quentin Howard, chief technical officer for British Forces Broadcasting Service; Lindsay Cornell, principal systems architect at the BBC; Betram Hock, head of broadcast receiver development at automaker BMW; and radio futurologist James Cridland, managing director of MediaUK.

During the exhibition, the WorldDMB Project Office will be highlighting developments of the Eureka-147 family of DAB standards at its stand, and the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium will be hosting demonstrations of its technology at the Transradio, Nautel and Fraunhofer stands. Thomson Broadcast also will be highlighting DRM technology during the show.