How we work

WorldDAB is a membership organisation which operates for the benefit of its members

WorldDAB has four main committees that are governed by the WorldDAB General Assembly and its Steering Board. Working groups and task forces are set up ato focus on specific areas of work related to the deployment of DAB. The operational day to day to running of WorldDAB is undertaken by the WorldDAB Project Office.   

WorldDAB General Assembly

The WorldDAB General Assembly is an annual event which provides an opportunity for our international members to come together to make key strategic decisions on the future direction of WorldDAB. The General Assembly is also an opportunity for members to share their experiences and insight on all aspects of digital radio rollout.

Steering Board

The Steering Board is comprised of elected representatives from WorldDAB member organisations and meets quarterly. The Steering Board oversees the operational and financial management of the Forum. It implements decisions made at the WorldDAB General Assembly and also implements strategic measures to ensure the successful rollout of the DAB family of standards.

Chair and President: Patrick Hannon, Vice President Corporate Development Frontier Smart

View full list of WorldDAB Steering Board Members. 

Asia Pacific Committee

WorldDAB Asia Pacific members represent a large percentage of the Forum. In order to aid in the successful roll out of digital broadcasting across the region the Asia Pacific Committee was formed. It meets regularly throughout Asia to meet the unique needs and concerns of the region and serves as a multifunctional committee, by undertaking in marketing, technical and strategic tasks.

Chair: Joan Warner, CEO, Commercial Radio Australia

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee oversees the standardisation of Eureka 147, which is the basis for DAB/DAB+. It ensures that receiver equipment and broadcast technologies are compatible. The committee also upgrades and advances the standard in line with other technical developments and looks to future-proof all DAB equipment (both receiver and broadcast based).

Chair: Lindsay Cornell, Principal Systems Architect, BBC Future Media, UK

Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee 

The Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee provides guidance on regulatory approaches to facilitate the introduction of DAB services internationally, monitors and lobbies to ensure frequency for DAB and DAB network development and implementation.  Topics and activities of the SNIC include advice and best practices on transmission site building, DAB multiplexing and sound processing, DAB monitoring and signal distribution and data service implementation.

Chair: Hanns Wolter, Technical Director, DAB Italia, Italy

Automotive Working Group

The WorldDAB Automotive Working Group brings together the broadcast and automotive industries to collaborate on the deployment of DAB+ digital radio. Group members are from broadcasters, automotive manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers, network operators, aftermarket device manufacturers, national DAB+ promotion bodies, and other related industries. The Automotive Working Group has three active working groups. The User Experience Working Group works on improving the user interface for in-car digital radio. The Performance Working Group focuses on improving DAB receiver and antenna sensitivity. The Aftermarket Devices Working Group supports manufacturers and promoters of DAB+ automotive aftermarket products. 

Chair: Laurence Harrison, Automotive Partnerships Director, Radioplayer

How DAB Family of Standards are maintained

Based on the needs of the market, the Steering Board, Technical Committee and its Task Forces draw up a set of user requirements that outline the market parameters such as user functions, timescales and price range. Once consensus on the user requirements is reached the Technical Committee and the relevant Task Force develops the specifications.

This will include examining the technological implications of the user requirements and examination of the technologies available. Once the Technical Committee reaches consensus on the resulting specification, and the Steering Board’s support for it has been ensured, the specification is put forward to the Steering Board.

The Steering Board gives the final approval of the specification. It is then offered for standardisation to the relevant international standards body (i.e. ETSI or CENELEC) through the EBU/ETSI/CENELEC Joint Technical Committee or the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R or ITU-T).