WorldDAB Automotive 2019

Organised by WorldDAB Event

Date: 20th June 2019

Location: Turin, Italy

Types: Conference, Exhibition


This year’s WorldDAB Automotive conference will see a special focus on digital radio for Italian drivers, an update on the implementation of the EECC by EU national administrations and a spotlight on broadcast radio’s evolution in the connected car.

  • Delegates will hear an update on the progress made to date, on implementing the EECC and mandating terrestrial digital radio in all vehicles by 2020
  • Auto manufacturers and broadcasters will share their vision for DAB+ in the connected autonomous vehicle while looking also to the future of radio in the car in terms of smart, hybrid and voice controlled radio
  • Broadcasters from established and emerging markets will provide updates on services on air, coverage plans, and what they’re doing to communicate with their listeners about digital radio
  • The WorldDAB Automotive Working Group will give an update on the latest work being done to improve the in-car user experience, antenna/receiver performance and aftermarket products
  • Manufacturers will discuss the future of aftermarket devices in the car, and new developments in this area

Read the draft programme here.  

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Key topics include:

  • Update on the EECC and mandating terrestrial digital radio in all vehicles by 2020
  • DAB+ in the connected autonomous vehicle including smart, hybrid and voice controlled radio
  • Updates from broadcasters across Europe and beyond on services on air, coverage plans, and what they’re doing to communicate with their listeners about digital radio
  • An update on the latest work being done by the WorldDAB Automotive Working Group to improve the in-car user experience, antenna/receiver performance and aftermarket products
  • The future of aftermarket devices in the car, and new developments in this area

Download the draft programme here.  

Sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities


WorldDAB Automotive 2019 provides an ideal opportunity to communicate with a target audience and reach key decision makers.

A range of tailor-made sponsorship and exhibition packages have been designed specifically for you to optimise your company's exposure to a target audience.

Please note the deadline to book sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities at WorldDAB Automotive 2019 is Friday 3 May, 2019.

Download the brochure for more information. 

Recommended hotels:

Hotel NH Torino Lingotto Congress (2 mins walk)
4 star, Via Nizza, 262 10126 Turin - Italy
Reservations: +44 203 4998 271
Tel.: +39 011 6642000

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Double Tree Hilton Lingotto (9 mins walk)
4 star, Via Nizza 230, Turin, 10126, Italy
Tel: +39-011-6642781
FAX: +39-011-6642004

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AC Hotel Torino, a Marriott Lifestyle HotelOpens in new window (5 mins walk)
4 star, Via Bisalta 11, Lingotto, 10126 Turin, Italy
Tel: +39 011 639 5091

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Hotel Cairo (22 mins walk)
3 star, Via La Loggia 6, Lingotto, 10134 Turin, Italy
Tel: +39 011 3171555

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Venue - Centro Congressi Lingotto




Centro Congressi Lingotto,

Via Nizza 280,

10126 Torino TO,



Directions to the venue: 


From the main motorways Piacenza, Pavia,Genova, Savona, Milano, Aosta Frejus e Pinerolo – direction TORINO, continue on the South Ringroad - exit Corso Unità d’Italia then follow signs to Lingotto.

From downtown: access to the underground parking sectors – from Via Nizza n. 230 and n. 280 bis.

From Lingotto railway station: on foot follow Via Pannunzio, turn left in Via Passobuole then turn left again in Via Nizza. Estimated time: 20 minutes.

From Porta nuova main railway station: Underground (, line 1, 6 stations, terminus LINGOTTO. Bus n. 1 or 35, get off after 12 stops. Estimated time: 20 minutes.

From Porta Susa railway station: Underground (, line 1, 9 stations, terminus LINGOTTO. Bus n. 1 and get off at Via Nizza/Via Vado stop. Estimated time: 30 minutes.

Pedestrian entrance: Via Nizza n. 280.

By car: underground paying car parking entrance from Via Nizza 230 or 280 bis.

Bus gate: Via Nizza 294



For more information on directions to Centro Congressi Lingotto click here.






Cas Adriani, CTO, Pluxbox

Cas Adriani is as CTO responsible for all the technical processes, stability and innovations concerning the Pluxbox products. Pluxbox is in the technical lead of a lot of radio innovations, such as the radio production tool RadioManager and Cas is also the Pluxbox representative of WorldDAB, RadioDNS and in technical lead of WP3 of the  MARCONI project which is funded by the european commission.


 Fausto Amorese, President, FCP Assoradio

Fausto Amorese is the President of FCP Assoradio - Federation of advertising Agencies since May 2016 and since April 2007 he is the Radio Marketing & Advertising Director of  Il Sole 24 Ore Group.

From September 1997 to April 2007 he was Client Director  first and Agencies Director after at the Radio Division of A. Manzoni & C. S.p.a, the exclusive advertising sales agency of GEDI Group.


Antonio Arcidiacono, Director of Technology & Innovation of the European Broadcasting Union.

Antonio is an internationally acclaimed expert in digital television, satellite communications, IP-based multimedia services and mobile telecommunications and managed a team of international experts. Amongst his many achievements, he participated in the launch of the first GSM services and was responsible for launching the first Digital TV services in Europe; he played a central role in the convergence between the broadcasting world and the Internet world in the mid 90’s with the launch of the DVB-IP set of standards; and oversaw disruptive ideas being translated into new products and commercial services.  With strong knowledge of the European market, he has worked closely with the leading players in the fields of Digital TV and Multimedia Services, and with European institutions at a technical, standardization, regulatory and competition level.




Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director Digital Radio Netherlands, Consultant Flemish Government, Department of Culture, Youth and Media, Vice President and Member Steering Board WorldDAB

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 1, 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.


Andrea Borgnino

Journalist, author and radio host. He has made several programs for RAI Radio 3 dedicated to the world of radio. He worked at Gr RAI, at Radio1 as author of the program “Golem”. From 2008 to 2009, was the New Media Manager at the EBU in Geneva. He published the book Pirate Radio (Persiani Editori, 2010). Since October 2010, was in charge of the new channels of Webradio and head of international marketing of Radio rai. It’s on air Every Thursday on Radio 3 in the program “Interference” with stories about the radios of the world. Now it’s the editorial and project manager of Rai Radio Techetè a web/dab+ channel all dedicated to the radio Rai archive and rappresent Radio Rai in the Ebu Radio comitee in Geneva.



Joseph F. D’Angelo, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Radio, Xperi Inc

Joseph is responsible for global broadcast radio business and product development. As one of the founders of iBiquity Digital, 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.


Jean-Marc Dubreuil, Programme Manager, WorldDAB

After having spent 18 years with Intel, Jean-Marc Dubreuil has been involved in the digital audio broadcasting world since 2009, first with Frontier Silicon, focusing on the automotive sector. Since 2012 he has been the WorldDAB representative in France.




Alf Morten Engvik, Product Manager, AutoHiFi

Alf Morten has been in the Consumer Electronics Business for most of his career, and more specifically the last two decades have been spent with automotive aftermarket electronics. When it became clear in 2011 that Norway was to shut down the nationwide FM-network in favor of DAB, he was instrumental in AutoHiFi achieving the goal to become the default supplier of automotive aftermarket integrated DAB-solutions in Norway. This was achieved early on by co-developing integrated DAB-solutions with a few trusted partners, and then presenting a broad range of integrated solutions that catered to most of the market. In the lead up to the FM-shutdown Alf Morten also did tailored DAB-seminars for shops and garages. On the back of the success AutoHiFi had in Norway, he has also worked to supply companies outside Norway with some of the more integrated DAB-solutions that was successful in Norway, as well as continually working to develop even better aftermarket integrated DAB-solutions for the carmodels/carbrands where this is in demand.


Ford Ennals, Chief Executive, Digital Radio UK

Ford Ennals is Chief Executive of Digital Radio UK (DRUK) which is responsible for leading the market and consumer transition to digital radio in the UK. DRUK represents the major commercial broadcast groups and the BBC, and is responsible for digital radio communication campaigns, and working with the vehicle industry to ensure digital radio is fitted in cars. DRUK works with the UK Government and media regulator Ofcom to plan a future digital radio switchover and achieve consumer listening and coverage criteria.





Xavier  Filliol, COO, Radioline

Xavier  Filliol  pioneered  digital  music  in  France  in  1998  as  cofounder  of,  the  first  French  music  platform.  In  1999,  he  launched  with  partners  Musiwave,  which  became  the European leading company in mobile music business. In 2006, he cofounded Audionamix, a cutting edge company in signal research and source separation.  In  2008,  he  joined  Radioline  as  head  of  content  &  business  development.  Since  January  2017, he leads as COO the company, which became a global radio & podcast provider (#1 in Europe). Since 2011, he is also co-­?organizing a major event in Paris, Rencontres Radio 2.0, dedicated to  the  future  of  radio  stations  &  online  music.  Last  year,  the  event  merged  with  the  European Radio Show.  He  is  co  president  of  digital  radio  committee  for  GESTE  (French  press  &  media  online  publisher association), and board member of ESML (online music publishers syndicate). He regularly teaches at Ina, iRMA, and several French universities.



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.


Laurence Harrison, Market Development Director, Digital Radio UK

Laurence Harrison is Market Development Director at Digital Radio UK (DRUK). His main responsibilities include working with the vehicle industry to ensure line-fit of digital radio and development of aftermarket equipment, managing the UK digital radio tick mark and minimum receiver specifications and working with manufacturers and retailers to help grow the market for digital radio. Laurence also manages the coordination of Digital Radio UK’s public affairs activities and on building partnerships with similar European national organisations.


Michael Hill, Managing Director, Radioplayer

Mike runs Radioplayer, a broadcaster-owned radio platform that started in the UK, as a 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.



Martin Koch, Head of Development Multimedia, AUDI AG

Martin Koch has been with Audi AG for 4 years and is currently responsible for the development of radio and multimedia functions within the Audi infotainment systems. Martin and his team are working on infotainment innovations to deliver leading customer experience in both function and aesthetics. With hybrid radio, radio song identification, online station logo and coverart, online radio, podcasts and more Audi has pushed radio in Audi infotainment systems to the next level. Prior to his current position, Martin was responsible for the infotainment car and parking functions at Audi, and has also worked for aerospace company AIRBUS in various developments and project management positions.



Eugenio La Teana, Head of Research & Development, RTL 102.5 Hit Radio

In addition to his role at RTL 102.5 Hit Radio, Eugenio is actively involved with EuroDab Italia and on a Digital Radio Task Force, whose main objective is to coordinate the roll-out of digital radio in Italy. Since joining RTL 102.5 in 2002, Eugenio has worked on creating interactivity through television which became 102.5 Hit Channel and later worked on discovering new ways of integrating radio-tv-internet and mobile phone. Following this, Eugenio returned to radio, launching the Traffic Message Channel on the RTL network. Today Eugenio is one of the best known European experts on “Services over DAB network”. 


Roger C. Lanctot, Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics

As Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws on 25+ years’ experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. He has conducted and participated in major industry studies, created new research products and services, and advised clients on strategy and competitive issues throughout his career. 



Sergio Nattuci, Chief Operating Officer, Club DAB Italy

Club DAB Italy is a joint venture corporation,  the first private radio service broadcast digital audio operator, owned by the major Italian publishing groups and some independent stations.  Sergio has spent much of his professional career in radio holding positions representing the publishers of this sector at a national and European level as Secretary General and Associate RNA Radio National President of AER Association Européenne des Radios. He became a member of the board and chaired the European committee of the WorldDMB Forum. As a professional journalist, he has published many articles on radio and has served as a correspondent for the European Parliament.



Claudio Nervi, Head of Feature Portfolio Planning, FCA Italy

Claudio Nervi has been within FCA since 2002 covering various roles including distribution strategy, business development, product marketing, pricing and product, both in the headquarters and in national sales companies. Since being appointed Feature Portfolio Planning Manager for the EMEA Region in May 2014, he has been exposed to, and worked on, the most strategic topics of 21st century automotive - Autonomous Driving, Connected Cars and Electrification.





Ian O'Neill OBE, Head of Radio; Head of Television, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Ian was a member of the UK Digital TV Switchover project in early 2003, leading on the socio-economic aspects of television switchover and later on the BBC’s digital purposes for BBC’s current Royal Charter. In 2008, Ian moved to the Government Olympic Executive (GOE)  successfully delivering a number of unique projects for the 2012 Games and was awarded an OBE in December 2012 in recognition of his service. Ian re-joined the DCMS Media Team in February 2013, as Head of Radio and Television Policy and responsible for the UK's Digital Radio programme.  




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. He 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.


Ben Poor, Project Manager, Digital Radio, European Broadcasting Union

Ben Poor joined the European Broadcasting Union last year as Project Manager for Radio. Previously having worked for over a decade in the UK Commercial Radio sector, he was part of the founding team for RadioDNS and is still heavily involved in the advancement of Digital and Hybrid Radio. He currently sits on both the RadioDNS and WorldDAB Steering Boards.



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.


Hanns Wolter, WorldDAB Regulatory and Spectrum Committee Chair and

Technical Director, DAB Italia

Hanns has been working in the DAB world since 2000 as a Product Manager and has, in these years worked on all issues regarding DAB, at both a national and international level, including the introduction of DAB+ in 2007. He is involved in network planning and spectrum issues and also works closely with hardware manufacturers for the deployment of a comprehensive DAB environment. Currently he is responsible for the planning and management of the ongoing roll-out of DAB Italia’s network and all issues related to the creation, distribution and transmission of the multiplex.

CTO responsible for all the technical processes, stability and innovations

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