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RadioDays Europe Explores “A Sound Future” For Radio

Event looks at digital challenges and new players in audio market

AMSTERDAM — “A Sound Future” is the theme of this year’s RadioDays Europe conference, now underway in the Netherlands.

More than 1,500 people from 62 countries have gathered to discuss how to make better radio for listeners, while tackling the digital challenges ahead.

Highlights of the conference, held across three days, include the new Director of BBC Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, setting out his vision for the future of BBC Radio, and a session on radio in the connected home with speakers from Google, Futuresource, Radioplayer and Sonos.

A session on Tuesday, 68 days after the first region of Norway switched off some FM broadcasts, will review progress of the move to DAB, and ask whether the rest of Europe is likely to follow.

Ahead of the main conference, the weekend saw the first “Radio Hack Europe,” an open development and prototyping event. Participants and coaches worked on the future of radio by creating, refining and developing ideas and technologies, and presenting a prototype at the end of the hack, with the best going on to pitch their ideas on the main stage.

Meanwhile, Sunday afternoon saw networking sessions and interactive workshops, including a mobile video master class on creating professional content just using a phone, with Eleanor Mannion from Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

Sixty radio and audio companies are also exhibiting in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, familiar to many broadcasters as the venue of the annual IBC conference and exhibition.