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Speakers, Topics Announced for 2016 WorldDAB General Assembly

The theme of the event is “New content. New markets”

LONDON � WorldDAB has announced the first keynote speakers and topics for its 2016 General Assembly, taking place on Nov. 9�10, in Vienna.

The theme of the event is �New content. New markets� and it will bring together regulators, broadcasters, governments and manufacturers to look at how DAB is being used in established and emerging markets around the world, reaching new audiences and delivering innovative content.

Keynote speakers include Jimmy Buckland, Director of Strategy at Wireless Group, on Newscorp�s acquisition of Wireless group and the opportunities for radio; �Andreas Geiss, Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy at the European Commission, who will discuss digital radio across Europe; and, Patrice G�linet from French regulator, the CSA.

�This year�s General Assembly will showcase the innovative ways DAB is being used around the world to deliver new content, reach new audiences and enable new business models,� said Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB. �With high-level representatives from the European Commission and national governments speaking alongside broadcasters and manufacturers from new and established markets, the program this year has something for everyone involved in this industry.�

Taking place across two days, the program covers the following topics:

  • Day one: DAB in the bigger picture. Speakers include Wireless Group, EBU and IDAG who will talk about progress of DAB adoption in smartphones. This will be followed by a closed session for WorldDAB members before the gala dinner.
  • Day two/ Session one: Keynotes from across Europe. Speakers include representatives from the European Commission, DCMS in the UK and the CSA in France.
  • Session two: Developed markets � best cases. Speakers from the UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
  • Session three: Emerging markets � applying lessons learnt. Speakers from Belgium, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia.
  • Session four: Broadcasters � new content and new audiences. Speakers include Paul Sylvester from Absolute Radio in the UK, Marius Lille Lien from NRK Norway and Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia.
  • Session five: Next steps for receivers. Speakers include R&D company LN2, an update on domestic and automotive receiver sales from GFK and JATO Dynamics, followed by a panel discussion on DAB in the car.

For more information on the WorldDAB General Assembly and to register, visit