WorldDAB General Assembly 2017, Paris, France

Organised by WorldDAB Event

Date: 7th - 8th November 2017

Location: Paris, France

Types: Conference, Exhibition

WorldDAB General Assembly


In France, the speed of DAB+ rollout across new cities is set to accelerate, around the world over 2000 DAB services are now on air, and almost 60 million DAB receivers now sold. As digital radio goes from strength to strength in new and emerging markets, the WorldDAB General Assembly 2017 brings together experts from across the industry to discuss the digital future of radio.  

The WorldDAB General Assembly 2017 will bring together over 200 digital radio experts to discuss the future of digital radio, DAB+ rollouts around the world and a European vision for digital radio.

The time is now for countries to move together towards the rollout of DAB digital radio, with receiver prices continuing to fall, car manufacturers fitting DAB as standard,  the DSO process moving forward and politicians working towards increased collaboration at the European level. 

Read the event programme here.


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Event outline

Please note the member only session will this year take place earlier than in previous years.  

Tuesday 7 November

11:00-12:30    WorldDAB General Assembly (member only session)

12:30-14:00    Lunch and registration 

14:00-15:15    Session 1 - DAB in Europe

15:15-15:45    Coffee

15:45-17:00    Session 2 - DAB in France

19:00-23:00    Networking drinks and gala dinner


Wednesday 8 November

09:00-10:15   Session 3 - DSO and getting the listener to follow

10:15-10:45   Coffee 

10:45-12:00   Session 4 - the evolving business case for broadcast digital radio

12:00-13:00   Lunch

13:00-14:00   Session 5 - the consumer's DAB journey

14:00-15:00   Session 6 - a future with DAB

15:00             Networking drinks








Antoine Baduel

Antoine Baduel, President Director General, Radio FG





Johan Bouciqué, Head of Media, Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media, Flemish Government

Johan holds a law degree from KU Leuven and an LLM in EU and International law from UCL. For 9 years, he worked for Belgian’s incumbant telephone operator on product managment, regulation and strategy (including digital TV). Since 2005, Johan has been working for the Flemish Government. Johan is media advisor and head of the media team at the Department for Culture, Youth, and Media in support of the Flemish Minister of Media, focussing on policy, regulation and strategy.


Emmanuel Boutterin

Emmanuel Boutterin, President SNRL (National Union of Community Radios)

Emmanuel Boutterin has been president of SNRL, the Syndicat National des Radios Libres  (National Union of Free Radios) since 2004. SNRL is the largest associative and community radio association in Europe and is an affiliate of FESAC, the Fédération des Entreprises du Spectacle, de l'Audiovisuel et de la Culture (Show, Audiovisual and Cultural Businesses’ Federation). The SNRL participates on the executive committee.


Jon Branæs

Jon Branæs, Acting Radio Director, NRK Norway

Jon Branæs is Acting Head of Radio at Norway's public broadcaster NRK. For the last eight years, he's been Head on NRK P1, the most popular station both within the NRK and in Norway.  After starting out in local radio, he came to the NRK in 1994 and has worked in a variety of roles and stations.


Laurent Brochet, Founder, Radio Pitchoun

Laurent made his first radio broadcasts in 1996 at the age of 12, for CAP 90 in the south of France. He created his first web radio in 2000 with Hit Radio Sud. At 21, Laurent was one of the youngest presidents of radio, after obtaining his first FM frequency to broadcast Radio Vallée in Nice. In 2016, he created Lérins Radio, an educational radio station. This was soon followed by Radio Pitchoun, a children's thematic station. Broadcasting since December 2016, it is the first DAB+ station for children in Monaco, and soon to come Strasbourg, Lyon, and Mâcon; with the addition of a TV channel in September 2017.




Nicolas Curien


Nicolas Curien, Board Member, Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel

Nicolas Curien, a member of Corps des Mines, sits on the board of the French Regulatory Body for Radio and Television (since 2015). He also is Emeritus professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, where he held the chair “Telecommunications Economics and Policy” from 1992 to 2011, before being Commissioner in the French Regulatory Body for Telecommunications and Post from 2005 to 2011. An expert in digital economics, he taught at École Polytechnique from 1985 to 2007 and is a founding member of the French National Academy of Engineering.



Hans Petter Danielsen, P4 Radio Hele Norge AS, Norway

Hans Petter Danielsen is the CTO of P4 Radio Hele Norge AS and is central in P4 Radio’s work following the development of digital radio and DAB in Norway.  Danielsen has represented P4 in WorldDAB since the beginning and is a Digitalradio Norge AS Board Member. 



Patrick Hannon

Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB

Patrick Hannon is Vice President Corporate Development at Frontier Silicon, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital radio. He was elected President of WorldDAB in November 2013. His role is to work with policymakers, regulators and industry players (including public and private broadcasters, network operators, device manufacturers, retailers and automotive manufacturers) to ensure that digital radio is successfully rolled out in as many territories as possible. Before joining Frontier Silicon, Patrick was a strategy consultant focused on broadcast and digital media. Previously, he held senior strategy and commercial roles at the BBC and BBC Worldwide.


Martina Hürbinger

Martina Hürbinger, Marketing Manager and Global Audio Lead, Global Consumer Electronics, GfK POS

Martina Hürbinger started her career at GfK in 2002 after studying economics and statistics in Nürnberg and Dublin. At GfK she has managed various projects and product groups in the POS Consumer Electronics team and since 2009 she has held different management positions in various areas, including as the Leader of global Mobile Consumer Electronics. As of 1st March 2016 she has been responsible for the global GfK POS Audio Team and leads its global business development including Product Group and Key Account Management.



Robbert Van Den Heuvel

Robbert Van Den Heuvel, Communication Manager Fiat, Chrysler Automobiles, EMEA Region

Robert is responsible for all communications and events of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lania and Jeep.  Within DAB+ development, FCA brands are one of the leading brands of implementing DAB+ in cars. Beside his automotive role he is the presenter of a regional radio sports programme. 




Gereon Joachim

Gereon Joachim, VP Business Development, Europe, XPERI, Germany

Gereon leads the strategy for XPERI’s global European automotive business.  Having spent 21+ years in the automotive industry, he has successfully introduced HD Radio Technology across North America and is currently deploying XPERI’s Hybrid Radio solution, Connected Radio.  In addition to advancing audio solutions in the vehicle, he has been engaged in delivering Advanced Driver Assistance Systems(ADAS) solutions.

Before joining XPERI, Gereon held several Engineering and Program Management positions within Visteon, Delco Remy, and United Technologies.




Line Langnes

Line Langnes, Senior Legal Advisor, Norwegian Media Authority

Line Langnes is a Masters of Law graduate from the University of Oslo.  Before joining the Norwegian Media Authority, she has served as a junior barrister at an attorney’s office, as well as being head of division at another governmental organisation. She now serves at the division for User Safety at the NMA, where she is responsible for the field of children, media and law, as well as serving as a project manager for NMA’s information project on digitisation of radio.


 Alain Liberty

Alain Liberty, President, SIRTI

SIRTI, the Interprofessional Syndicate of Independent Radios is an association of 165 independent, commercial radio stations that together have a daily audience of more than 9 million listeners and 2,500 employees, of which 500 are journalists.  Alain is very committed in the industry, balancing his duties as President of SIRTI with his role as general manager of Radio SCOOP, a regional commercial station broadcast in the Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes region.   




Frederik Ndolu

Dr Frederik Ndolu, Member of Executive Board, Radio Republik Indonesia

Dr Frederik Ndolu started a 5-year term as member of the supervisory council of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) in 2016, where he is responsible for broadcast technology policy. He started his career as a reporter and producer at Voice of Indonesia in 1986, later moving to cover domestic issues. He obtained a masters degree in 2004, and become a doctor of political science in 2015 at the University of Indonesia Jakarta.



 Nick Piggot


Nick Piggott, Project Director, RadioDNS 

Nick has spent the majority of his career working in the radio industry, initially in programming and then moving to digital radio and online innovation.

Nick is one of the founders of RadioDNS Hybrid Radio, the open technology project that lets broadcast radio and IP work together, combining the power of broadcasting to reach many people and the power of the internet to deliver enhanced or personalised content.






Jean Sbaldi


Jean Sbaldi, Programme Director, Broadcast, Continental Automotive, France

Jean Sbaldi has spent the last 20 years focused on developing broadcast solutions for the automotive sector.  Alongside his team of experts, he implements innovations that guarantee the future of radio in-car, with concrete solutions rather than virtual tuners, bringing a 21st-century experience to the listener.   


Filippo Solibello

Filippo Solibello, Host, RAI Radio 2

Filippo Solibello, is the host of the morning show "Caterpillar AM" on the Italian public radio RAI Radio2, he's also the host and the creator of RadioBattle, the first world radio championship, aired in more than 15 countries, from Ireland to Australia in 2015 and 2016, and since 2015, has been the the Director of "RadioCity Milan", an international festival of radios which next year takes place in Italy from 1 to 3 June, 2018.



Col Natee


Dr Colonel Natee Sukonrat, Chairman, Broadcasting Commission, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

Colonel Dr Natee Sukonrat has worked in the broadcasting and telecommunications sector for more than 20 years with a particular interest in broadcasting regulation. As Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission, his main responsibility is the licensing, promotion and regulation of the broadcasting sector (radio and television) in Thailand. He has held senior posts during his career, including Qualcomm Inc., Directorate of Joint Communications Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited in Thailand, and TOT Public Company Limited in Thailand. He has a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Electrical Engineering (Gold Medal), Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand, and PhD in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Florida.




Joan Warner


Joan Warner, CEO, Commercial Radio Australia 

As CEO of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Joan was responsible for the planning, roll-out and implementation of DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals covering over 60% of the Australian population, and continues the DAB+ implementation for commercial radio broadcasters across regional Australia. She oversees the whole of industry marketing campaign, Radio Codes of Practice, audience survey contracts and industry copyright agreements. She is responsible for the annual National Commercial Radio Conference, Siren Creative Awards and Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Gala dinner

L'Hôtel des Arts & Métiers
9 bis, avenue d'Iéna
75116 PARIS



The Gala Dinner venue is approximately a 16-minute walk,17-minute Metro journey or 6 minutes by car from the General Assembly venue, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel.


WorldDAB General Assembly venue

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

18 Avenue de Suffren
Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey
75015 Paris


Paris is a popular destination and will be busy during the time of this event - we recommend you book your accommodation as early as possible.  

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel ****

Prices from €274 per night 

18 Avenue De Suffren,

Entrée au 22 rue Jean Rey,

15th arr., 75015 Paris

Tel: +33 1 44 38 56 00

See map


There are a number of hotels nearby at different budgets including:

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel ****

Prices from €172 per night 

20 Rue Jean Rey,

15th arr., 75015 Paris

Tel: +33 825 80 17 17

See map (4 mins walk)


Hotel Eiffel Seine ***

Prices from €119 per night 

3, Boulevard de Grenelle,

75015 Paris

Phone: +33 145 78 14 81

See map (4 mins walk)


Hôtel de Londres Eiffel ***

Prices from €142 per night 

1 Rue Augereau,

75007 Paris

Tel: +33 1 45 51 63 02

See map (11 mins walk)


Campanile Paris 15 - Tour Eiffel **

Prices from €99 per night 

30 Rue Saint Charles,

15th arr., 75015 Paris

Tel: +33 1 45 78 61 33

See map (11 mins walk)


YOOMA Urban Lodge ***

Prices from €107 per night 

51 Quai de Grenelle, 15th arr.,

75015 Paris, France

Tel: +33 1 44 09 00 13

See map (12 mins walk)


Novotel Tour Eiffel ****

Prices from €171 per night 

61 Quai de Grenelle,

75015 Paris

Tel: +33 1 40 58 20 00

See map (14 mins walk)


ibis Paris Eiffel Tower Cambronne ***

Prices from €107 per night 

2 Rue Cambronne,

75015 Paris

Tel: +33 1 40 61 21 21

See map (17 mins walk)


Hôtel Eiffel Trocadéro ****

Prices from €212 per night 

35 Rue Benjamin Franklin,

75116 Paris

Tel: +33 1 53 70 17 70

See map (18 mins walk)


Best Western Hôtel Au Trocadero ***

Prices from €151 per night 

3 Avenue Raymond Poincaré,

75116 Paris

Tel: +33 1 47 27 33 30

See map (20 mins walk)


The WorldDAB General Assembly is our annual flagship event and brings together over 200 attendees from the international digital radio, broadcasting, electronics and automotive industries. It offers unparalleled opportunities to discuss the current issues within the digital radio industry and to create a better understanding of the challenges affecting the market.  Attendees include:

  • Commercial and public broadcasters
  • Chip, receiver and equipment manufacturers
  • Network operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Automotive manufacturers (OEMs)
  • National digital radio rollout bodies

Download the brochure for more information. 




The WorldDAB award for Outstanding Achievement will be presented on Tuesday 7 November to a member of WorldDAB (individual) who is renowned for his or her exceptional efforts in carrying out the promotion and roll-out of the DAB family of standards. It is offered in memory of Per Erik Selemark of Swedish radio, past Vice-President and Chair of the Technical Committee.


Previous winners

 2016 WorldDAB General Assembly outstanding achievement

2016: Reiner Müller, Bayerische Landeszentrale fur neue Medien (BLM)   Read more... 

2015: Antony Sethill, Frontier Silicon
2014: Jorn Jensen, NRK
2013: Glyn Jones, Arqiva
2012: Joan Warner, CEO Commercial Radio Australia, Chair of Asia Pacific Committee
2011: Hossein Yassaie, CEO Imagination Technologies
2010: Lindsay Cornell, Chairman of TC, BBC 
2009: Larissa Erismann, WorldDMB Marketing Committee Chair, SRG-SSR 
2008: Zou Feng, ABS/SARFT, China
2007: Markus Prosch, Fraunhofer IIS
2006: Philip Laven, EBU
2005: Frank Hermann, Chairman of TC
2004: Goran Arvedhal, Chairman of RSC
2003: Quentin Howard, Steering Board Member
2002: Julie Ackerman, Project Director 2000 – 2002
2001: Percy Petterson, RSC Consultant, Chairman of SLC
2000: David Witherrow, President 1995 – 1997
1999: Frank Kozamerik, Project Director and Mr Frans Westra, Chairman Module 1






November 7th
11:00 - 12:30 WorldDAB General Assembly - member session (NB: only WorldDAB members may attend this session)
12:30 - 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 - 17:00 WorldDAB General Assembly - day 1
19:00 - 22:30 Networking drinks and gala dinner
November 8th
09:00 - 15:30 WorldDAB General Assembly - day 2

Register as an Attendee WorldDAB General Assembly 2017, Paris

WorldDAB members can register up to two delegates free of charge. For more than two delegates, and for non-members, the following registration fees apply:

Non-member: €350
Member: First two delegates free of charge, additional delegates €175 per registration

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