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Radio’s Digital Leap Conference Scheduled for June in Oslo

Conference will focus on Norway’s decision to fully digitalize radio, but also on similar initiatives in other countries

OSLO�A conference on the future of radio in Europe will be held June 11�in Oslo. Radio�s Digital Leap will take place in Thon Hotell Opera, next to Oslo Central Railway Station (Oslo S).

Radio�s Digital Leap will focus on Norway�s decision to fully digitalize radio, but also on similar initiatives in other countries. The government�s announcement to switch off FM has attracted unparalleled interest internationally, according

�A lot of people want to know and understand more of what happens in Norway, and why a relatively small northern country now takes the lead in a major switchover. This is the main reason for why we are organizing this conference,� said Ole J�rgen Torvmark, CEO of Digital Radio Norway, the organizer of the event. �Radio as a medium faces a lot of challenges in a digitalized environment, and most people realize that we cannot put all our eggs in the internet basket to gain a secure, predictable and widely available digital future for radio. A transition to DAB is important to the industry, but also a challenging exercise that demands facilitation from governments and effected industries such as the auto industry. I believe that a lot of people have an interest in learning how big countries with 60-80 million people will make the leap to digital.�

Many industry heavyweights are scheduled to speak at the event, including Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation�s General Director Thor Gjermund Eriksen; CEOs Trygve R�nningen of P4 and Lasse Kokvik of SBS Radio; Christian Vogg, EBUs Head of Radio; Danish Radio�s Director of Radio Tor Arnbj�rn; Staffan Rosell, of Sweden�s biggest private radio group SBS Radio; Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK; and Marcel Regnotto, head of media services, Federal Office of Communication, Switzerland.

Register for the conference here.�