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Organization Honors German Broadcaster for Focus on DAB+

Helwin Lesch recognized by WorldDAB organization

A German broadcaster is being recognized for his support and promotion of the DAB+ standard.

Helwin Lesch of Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) was named the 2021 recipient of the WorldDAB Award for Outstanding Service. The award was presented at the online WorldDAB General Assembly meeting on Nov. 8.

Lesch has been a pivotal figure in promoting DAB+ across Europe, the organization said, having served for several years on the WorldDAB steering board. He is a founding member of the European Digital Radio Alliance and serves on the executive board of Digital Radio Platform e.V.

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“I am honored and at the same time grateful for the great support I have received from my colleagues in Germany and on the WorldDAB steering board over many years,” said Lesch. “Together we have indeed achieved a lot for DAB. Digital radio will help to ensure that radio continues to play an important role for people in the future and provides a common information base for discussions in our society.”

Lesch joined BR in 2002 and has been in his current role — head of the main distribution and controlling department of the BR production and technology directorate — since 2015. During his time at BR he also served as director of the main program distribution department and as director of the main planning and technology department.

Prior to joining BR, Lesch worked with the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting as a specialist consultant while simultaneously working as a signatory at the media company Bayerische Medien-Servicegesellschaft mbH.

Even though Lesch said he is no longer an active member of the WorldDAB Steering Board, he plans to continue to devote his energy to digital radio.

As a global industry forum responsible for defining and promoting DAB digital radio, WorldDAB provides professional broadcasters with knowledge and expertise on implementing broadcast digital radio.

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