European Radio Show, Paris, France

Event Attended by WorldDAB

Date: 29th - 31st January 2017

Location: Paris, France

Types: Conference, Exhibition

Official website

The European Radio Show in Paris undoubtedly marks the middle of the radio season. For three days it’s all about celebrating our media and making the 6,000 or so visitors happy. Taking place between 29 and 31 January 2017, the event is free to attend for industry professionals, providing answers to both technical and programming questions. This year the event will showcase 100 exhibitors and, for the first time, will feature conference/workshop tracks in English.

WorldDAB is sponsor and exhibitor at European Radio Show and will host a digital radio session within the main conference programme on Tuesday 31st from 11:00-13:00. Titled “A vision for the future of radio: DAB+ in Europe”, the session takes place on and features broadcasters, regulators and digital radio expects from across Europe. More information on the session can be seen here

WorldDAB booth: C24

DAB+ in Europe - a vision for the future of radio
Tuesday 31st 2017 11h00 - 13h00
Salle des Débats, Grande Halle de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

It is exciting times with DAB+ opening new markets and audiences across Europe.  2017 sees history made with the world’s first digital switchover, starting in Norway on 11 January 2017. Switzerland is next in line, with the process due to start in 2020. EU governments are working together to accelerate rollout of DAB in Europe, building cross-border links to develop a European consensus about radio’s digital future.

This session gives an update on the growth of DAB+ digital radio across Europe, from those countries ready for digital switchover to those in the process of launching. 

Session produced by WorldDAB. 

Programme can be downloaded here


 Welcome and Introduction to the sessionOlivier Oddou, Editor-in-chief of 

 DAB+ in the UK 

 11:05        11:30

Wireless Group’s investment in digital radio

Wireless Group owns several national and local radio stations in the UK and Ireland, including talkSPORT, runs several DAB multiplexes throughout the UK, and is the largest local radio operator in Ireland. In September 2016, Wireless Group was acquired by News Corp, who cited the significant opportunities to grow reach, share talent, cross-promote brands and offer cross-platform opportunities to advertisers and partners.

Jimmy Buckland, Director of Strategy, Wireless Group GB

DAB+ at the heart of Jazz in the UK

The UK’s No 1 jazz station - Jazz FM - is now available across most of the UK on DAB+.  Jazz FM recently undertook a unique collaboration with the BBC providing programming for a Jazz pop-up station on DAB. 

Jonathan Arendt, CEO, Jazz FM

Q&A - 5 minutes

 DAB+ in Europe 


DAB+ digital radio across Europe – status report

Countries across Europe continue to protect radio’s future by planning and implementing DAB+.  This presentation gives an update on European status of DAB+.   

Jean-Marc Dubreuil, Manager (France), WorldDAB 








Digital switchover in Norway started on 11 January 2017 and will be complete by December 2017 - all national and large local FM services are switching off FM. Hear in this presentation how have the first stages have gone. 

Jørn Jensen, Senior Advisor, NRK Norway


Switzerland has led the way in the roll-out of DAB and has shown how to make a success of switching from DAB to DAB+. Now bringing together broadcasters and Ofcom through the working group DigiMig, this session explores how Switzerland is planning DSO.

Marcel Regnotto, Head of Media Section, Ofcom Switzerland

Q&A - 5 minutes

 PANEL DISCUSSION – DAB+ in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands 

   12:10 - 12:40

What are France’s neighbouring countries doing about digital radio?  Why have they decided to implement DAB+? What challenges are they facing and how have they secured stakeholder commitment?  

Facilitator:  Antoine Baduel, President, Radio FG



Political commitment for DAB+ is growing in Germany, at both the federal and state level.  German stakeholders are now work together on moving forward with digital radio, and are considering the possibility that DAB will be required in receivers.

Carsten Zorger, Director, Digitalradio Büro Deutschland



DAB+ coverage in both Flanders and Wallonia is around 95%, and there will be a launch of DAB+ across Belgium in September 2018.

Nicolas Bresou, Digital Radio Manager, RTBF


The Netherlands – fast track rollout of DAB+
All public and commercial broadcasters, national and regional, are working on extending network coverage, and developing a marketing plan for digital radio.

Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director, Digital Radio Netherlands

Q&A – 5 minutes