WorldDAB Automotive 2020 - Virtual

Organised by WorldDAB Event

Date: June 2020


Types: Conference

WorldDAB Automotive 2020


In light of the latest developments and growing concern related to the significant spread of COVID-19 in Europe and beyond, we regret to announce that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the WorldDAB Automotive 2020 conference scheduled to take place in Turin, Italy, on 18 June 2020.

While we are disappointed we will no longer be able to hold our annual conference dedicated to the development of DAB+ digital radio in the car, we have been closely monitoring the situation and feel that this is a necessary measure we need to take in order to help protect the health and wellbeing of our members and scheduled attendees.

In the meantime, our important work with the automotive sector will continue, and we will be bringing you all the latest updates in a series of WorldDAB virtual presentations.



Speaker: Patrick Hannon, VP - Corporate Development, Frontier Smart

WorldDAB President Patrick Hannon confirms no delay to EECC deadline

WorldDAB President Patrick Hannon gives an update on the rollout of DAB+ in Europe, and confirms that the European Commission has indicated that there will be no delay to the EECC deadline of 21 December 2020. He outlines recent progress in new and established DAB markets, and gives an update on the status of the implementation of the code across key markets.  He emphasizes WorldDAB’s role as one of monitoring and supporting member states in implementing the EECC, while working closely and in partnership with the automotive sector. 

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Speaker: Carsten Zorger, Director, Digitalradio Büro Deutschland

Germany's 2nd national commercial mux to launch at IFA Berlin

Carsten Zorger of Digitalradio Büro Deutschland gives a comprehensive country update on all the latest developments related to DAB+ in Germany. Watch the video to hear about the very latest research on DAB+ receiver sales including automotive, household penetration, programmes on air, and the current status on the planned national commercial multiplex. Carsten also outlines the comprehensive DAB+ media marketing campaigns now happening on air, online and in retail.

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Speakers: Ford Ennals and Yvette Dore, Digital Radio UK

Digital radio thriving in the UK despite pandemic

Digital Radio UK’s Ford Ennals and Yvette Dore who discuss radio and digital radio in the UK, including an update on the latest radio listening data for Q1 2020 published by RAJAR today.

In the UK, radio has been playing an increasingly important role during the Covid-19 pandemic, with broadcasters and Digital Radio UK working on reinforcing the messaging that now is the time to listen to radio and discover all the new stations available to consumers on digital radio.

Despite the pressure currently being imposed on commercial stations due to the fall in advertising revenue, UK broadcasters are reporting an increase in radio listening during the lockdown period, and are reaching out more to local audiences, which bodes well for the future of radio in the UK.

Ford and Yvette discuss the growth in digital listening in the UK,  the shift from DAB to DAB+ for national digital stations, the expansion of small-scale DAB, the government’s ongoing industry review on radio and audio, and the latest on retail marketing initiatives in the UK, including announcing details on a new retail programme ‘Radio’s Digital Revolution’.

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Speaker:  René Wehrlin, Swiss media regulator OFCOM

Switzerland prepares listeners for FM switch off

René Wehrlin at Swiss media regulator OFCOM discusses the latest on DAB+ in Switzerland, where broadcasters are gearing up to switch off FM by no later than in 2024 – and possibly earlier. 

René explains why Switzerland is switching off FM, outlines the recently launched Swiss DSO campaign preparing listeners for the final switch from FM to DAB+, and introduces us to the campaign mascot Dabsy.

With the slogan "More programs, more sound, more radio", the campaign focuses initially on reinforcing the benefits of DAB+ ‘Your radio thinks of you’. Closer to DSO the campaign shifts focus to ‘Think about your radio’ mobilising listeners to buy a DAB+ radio in preparation for the FM switch off.

DAB+ is now the most used radio reception platform in Switzerland with 37% of all listening, and digital listening making up 68% of all listening. Only 15% of listeners were using FM exclusively end 2019.

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WorldDAB Automotive 2020 
Virtual - Part 2 


Metadata – what broadcasters must do to keep broadcast radio competitive in the car

Up to 70% of radio listening takes place in the car. To keep its dominant position, broadcast digital radio needs to offer the intuitive experience that drivers expect in the cars of today. Chairman of the WorldDAB Automotive Working Group, Laurence Harrison explains how WorldDAB can help broadcasters ensure their DAB content looks as good as it sounds, by providing station and programme related content to cars through over-the-air metadata.

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The future of radio in the car post Covid-19

The broadcast and automotive sectors make up the majority of WorldDAB’s members, and through the WorldDAB Automotive Working groups, they collaborate on all aspects of implementing digital radio. In this discussion, WorldDAB members RadioDNS, Radioplayer, RadioLine and Xperi share their unique perspectives on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the outlook for radio and the car industry post Covid.


WorldDAB Aftermarket Device Guidelines now available

The EECC Directive ensures all new cars in Europe will receive digital terrestrial radio by end 2020. With Switzerland now working towards FM switch-off by end 2024, DAB+ aftermarket solutions will allow drivers of vehicles already on the road to convert their cars from analogue to digital radio. Chairman of the WorldDAB Aftermarket Group, Roberto Moro from Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR introduces the guidelines, which cover car-specific solutions, integrated solutions, and general adaptors. Guidance is provided on basic functionalities, device installation, antenna performance and how to support retail installers.

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SFN behaviour in cars

The Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee has published new research examining Single Frequency Network behaviour in cars. Watch the video presentation by SNIC Chair and DAB Italia network deployment expert, Hanns Wolter.

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NABA Automotive UX Guideline

The American radio market is aligning with the rest of the world on the automotive UX for radio. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) is producing UX Guidelines based on the WorldDAB UX Guidelines to ensure the best possible digital radio experience for drivers. NABA’s David Layer explains the commonalities and differences between the NABA and WorldDAB UX guidelines.

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