ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event attended by WorldDAB

Date: 5th - 8th March 2018

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Types: Conference, Exhibition, Workshop

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The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, now a prominent event within the industry calendar, provides international and regional exposure to our members and industry partners.  The 2018 event will be the 14th annual symposium organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The 4-day event takes place at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur and will comprise of a conference, industry exhibition and focused workshops.


WorldDAB workshop: DAB+ in a multiplatform world
Monday 5 March, 14:00 - 17:30, Tun Sri Lanang 1

The WorldDAB workshop will cover the following: how a large commercial broadcaster can develop and use DAB+ to expand radio brands, ASEAN regulation, Norway's digital switch over, developments in the connected car, and DAB+ in smart devices.

Speakers include Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia, Dave Cameron from Southern Cross Austereo, the BBC's Lindsay Cornell, Les Sabel and Bernie O’Neill from WorldDAB, Nick Piggott from RadioDNS and Jørn Jensen from Norway's NRK.


DAB+ in the conference programme

DAB+ will feature throughout the main conference programme. Look out for DAB+ in various sessions to hear more about DAB+ technology enhancements, spectrum efficiencies, opportunities for new content on DAB+, hybrid radio, DAB+ digital infrastructure, and cost savings.


Visit the DAB+ Pavilion

WorldDAB will present a DAB+ Pavilion in collaboration with DAB+ supply chain companies with a footprint in Asia Pacific - Factum Radioscape, GatesAir, Paneda and RadioDNS. Meet the experts who can provide advice on implementing DAB+ digital radio, and detail how DAB+ has helped their business.


Join WorldDAB at Booth 39 to find out how we can help

To book a one-to-one meeting with a DAB+ expert please email projectoffice@worlddab.org.


Win a DAB+ radio at ABU DBS

WorldDAB will be giving away DAB+ radios every day of ABU DBS 2018, including the Hama DR350, Pure Pop Maxi S, and Sahaga POP yourCar 2.1. To be in the running to win, submit your details at the WorldDAB on Booth 39. Winners will be announced during the afternoon coffee break and on Twitter & Facebook.


DAB+ receivers 

Find out which brands are offering DAB+ digital radio receivers.

WorldDAB Digital Radio Workshop at ABU DBS 2018

14:00 - 16:45, Monday 5 March 2018

Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


DAB+ in a multiplatform world




14:00 – 14:10


Opening welcome and ASEAN update

Joan Warner, Vice President, WorldDAB (Asia Pacific) and CEO Commercial Radio Australia

14:10 – 14:25


International update


  • Update to EBU Recommendation 138 use of digital radio standards
  • Progress with Digital Switch Over in Europe
  • DAB+ progress in the Arab States & Asia Pacific
  • Latest WorldDAB technical developments

       Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDAB
       Lindsay Cornell, Chairman WorldDAB Technical Committee and Principal Systems
       Architect, BBC

14:25 – 14:45


Hybrid radio – why ASEAN will drive innovation and scale


  • Hybrid – what broadcasters and manufacturers are doing to offer the best of IP and broadcast
  • Why hybrid radio is essential for access, discovery and interaction
  • DAB+ hybrid in emergencies

       Nick Piggott, Project Director, RadioDNS
       Ben Poor, European Broadcasting Union – by video

       Moderator: Kath Brown, Head of Strategic Development, CRA & Steering Board, RadioDNS

14:45 – 15:15


DAB+ Business case studies


  • Private broadcaster use of DAB+ for brand extension – Dave Cameron, General Manager, Southern Cross Austereo, Melbourne Australia.
  • Public broadcaster use of DAB+ for cultural programming formats – SBS - Mark Cummins, Content Manager of Languages and Alex Lazenby Manager of Music Channels – via video
  • Digital switch over – how DSO can stimulate regional adoption - Jørn Jensen, Senior Advisor, NRK

       Moderator: Joan Warner, Chair, WorldDAB Asia Pacific Committee and CEO, CRA

15:15 – 15:35


The CONFAB – a panel discussion of issues relevant to Asia Pacific broadcasters

Getting DAB+ and hybrid radio into smart devices 

  • what do broadcasters want?
  • what has been achieved (vehicles & screen based receivers)
  • what is left to do – (smartphones, AI devices & their supporting control apps to show the metadata)

       Planning DAB+ before analogue TV switch off -

  • Who has done this – and how has it gone? Why radio cannot afford to be left behind
  • Importance of trials – how you can start even before you have regulation in place and a test transmission on air

       Dave Cameron, General Manager, Southern Cross Austereo, Melbourne Australia.
       Lindsay Cornell, Chairman WorldDAB Technical Committee and Principal Systems
Architect, BBC
       Dr Les Sabel, WorldDAB Technical Committee / Consulting Engineer, CRA
       Nick Piggott, Project Director, Radio DNS


Moderator: Joan Warner, Chair, WorldDAB (Asia Pacific) and CEO, CRA

16:00 – 16:40


Questions and Answer Break Out Groups

       Group discussion will identify the common challenges in planning for digital radio migration

       GROUP 1: Regulation and Policy Group – how can WorldDAB assist?
       Joan Warner, Vice President Asia Pacific WorldDAB and CEO Commercial Radio Australia
       Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDAB

       GROUP 2: Planning for roll out & hybrid infrastructure -Technical discussion
       Lindsay Cornell, Technical Committee Chair WorldDAB / Principal Architect, BBC
       Dr Les Sabel, WorldDAB Technical Committee / Consulting Engineer, CRA

       GROUP 3: Implementing Hybrid – Workflows - Managing People, training & mentoring
       Nick Piggott, Project Director, RadioDNS
       Dave Cameron, General Manager - SCA Melbourne.