European Radio Show and Digital Audio Show 2019

Event Attended by WorldDAB

Date: 24th - 26th January 2019

Location: Paris, France

Types: Conference, Exhibition

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Welcome to the European Radio Show, taking place in Paris between 24 and 26 January 2019.  With up to 7000 professional visitors, expect to see masterclasses, sessions, 130 exhibitors and for the first time the European Radio Show will feature four new areas.

Find the European Radio Show press release here for further information.

WorldDAB is an exhibitor at the European Radio Show and will also host a digital radio session within the main conference program on Friday 25 January 2019 from 10.30- 12.00.  This session features six industry experts who will give an update on the rollout of DAB+ in France, across Europe and beyond, explaining where DAB+ fits in radio’s digital ecology and telling broadcasters about the resources freely available to help them promote DAB+ to the listener. 

You can find more information on the session here.

Registration is free.  Visit the European Radio and Digital Audio Show 2019 website for more information and to register to attend.

DAB+ is the core future platform for radio


The broadcast radio industry is in a period of rapid change.  The new EU Directive requiring all new car radios sold in the European Union to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio is accelerating the rollout of DAB+ across Europe. In France, over 20% of population is now covered with DAB+, meaning manufacturers will be required to equip all radio receivers with a DAB+ chip in the next 18 months. 

WorldDAB is producing a session at this year’s European Radio show, giving an update on the rollout of DAB+ in France, across Europe and beyond, explaining where DAB+ fits in radio’s digital ecology and sharing information with broadcasters about the resources freely available to help them promote DAB+ to the listener. 


Date:         Friday 25 January 2019, 10:30 – 12:00

Location:  La Grande Halle de la Villette, 75019 Paris


Session moderator:  Jean-Marc Dubreuil, Manager – France, WorldDAB

10:30 – 10:45

WorldDAB vision for the future of DAB radio

Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB


10:45 – 11:00

DAB in France – recent and upcoming developments

Nicolas Curien, Board Member, CSA, France


11:00 – 11:15

Broadcast radio and 5G

Javier Sanchez Perez, Head of Strategy, Innovation Centre, RTVE Spain


11:15 – 11:30

A smart multi-platform radio

Michael Hill, Managing Director, Radioplayer UK


11:30 – 11:45

DAB+ and the connected car

Joe D’Angelo, Senior Vice President Broadcast Radio, Xperi, USA


11:45 – 12:00

Promoting DAB+ to the listener – techniques and resources

Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director, Digital Radio NL

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.


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.


Jacqueline Bierhorst has been a pioneer in commercial radio since 1987, specialised in distribution, marketing and content. She has a strong track record in launching and leading successful commercial television and radio channels in The Netherlands and Belgium. From 2011 till 2015 she was project leader on the rollout of the DAB+ network in The Netherlands for all commercial broadcasters, launched on September 1st, 2013. Since 2015 she is project director Digital Radio NL, a collaboration between public and commercial broadcasters and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Coordinating involvement all stakeholders and joint marketing of Digital Radio/DAB+ in The Netherlands. Jacqueline is vice president of WorldDAB and member of the Steering Board since 2017 also a consultant of the Flemish Government, Department of Culture, Youth and Media on the introduction of DAB+ in Flanders.


Javier Sánchez Perez is Head of Strategy at RTVE's Innovation Centre. Within European Broadcasting Union (EBU), he is Co-Chairman of the Strategic Program on Radio and member of the Strategic Programs on Spectrum, Future Distribution and Video Systems. He is also a member of the expert group dealing with ITU World Radio communication Conferences at the Spanish Secretary of State for the Digital Agenda.  Previously, he was Head of Technical Planning at RNE, managing all its licences as well as all digital radio topics. He was also Secretary for the Technical Group of the High Definition TV Spanish Forum and Secretary for the Content Group of the Digital TV Spanish Technical Forum.  Regarding standardization, he also was Secretary of three national committees at the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), including the CTN 71 “Tecnología de la Información” (a Participating Member of ISO/IEC JTC 1 on Information Technology).  He has a M.S. Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid).


Joseph D’Angelo, Senior Vice President of Broadcast Radio is responsible for global broadcast radio business and product development. As one of the founders of iBiquity Digital, the company behind HD Radio technology, Joe has over 18 years of experience in the radio technology industry.   He has lead commercial licensing, product development and technology innovation efforts during his tenure and currently leads Xperi’s global radio services with a focus on HD Radio, DAB, hybrid and streaming radio services.  He manages resources around the world committed to ensuring broadcast radio has a rich and vibrant offering in today’s digital broadcast and connected world. Joe currently serves on the Steering Board of RadioDNS.


Michael Hill runs Radioplayer, a broadcaster-owned radio platform that started in the UK, as collaboration between the BBC and commercial radio groups. The non-profit Radioplayer model has now spread to 9 countries, where broadcasters are working together to ‘share technology and compete on content’. He‘s also worked at Channel 4, and he started his media career at the BBC, where he managed national radio networks, ran major digital projects, and worked as a senior journalist.