DAB+ at the heart of hybrid

Organised by WorldDAB Event

Date: 10th March 2021

Location: Webinar

Joint WorldDAB and EBU webinar


Creating a better listener experience in the car with broadcast and IP 

10 March 2020 - 14:00-16:00 GMT

Hybrid radio – the combination of broadcast and IP - allows radio to stay relevant in the competitive entertainment world inside the connected car, offering an app-like experience for the listener and new business opportunities for broadcasters. 

Join this live, two-hour session where WorldDAB and EBU experts share their insights on how broadcasters can keep radio strong in the car, with DAB+ at the heart of the hybrid radio experience.


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Speakers and topics:


Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB and Project Director, Digital Radio NL


Ben Poor, Project Manager, EBU Technology & Innovation, EBU

Topic: The importance of broadcast radio

Nick Piggott, Project Director, RadioDNS

Topic: What does RadioDNS do?

Laurence Harrison, Director of Automotive Partnerships, Radioplayer Worldwide

Andrea Heidrich, Managing Director, Radioplayer Austria

Topic: Radioplayer: Keeping radio strong in the car, with DAB+ at the heart of a hybrid radio experience

Joe D'Angelo, Senior Vice President, Radio, Xperi

Topic: Broadcast: The Foundation of an Amazing Future for Audio Services in the Connected Car

Cas Adriani, CTO, Pluxbox

Topic: A brand isn’t what you say, It’s a sum of all experience you create

Xavier Filliol, COO, Radioline

Topic: From ‘Mobile to Car’ experience to ‘Car as a Mobile’


Panel discussion

Moderator: Elisha Sessions, Chairman Connected Cars and Devices Group, EBU  and Distribution Manager, Digital Partnerships, BBC Distribution & Business Development







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 metadata.radio. 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.



Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director, Digital Radio Netherlands

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 has been  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.



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.


Xavier Filliol, COO, Radioline

A Pioneer of digital music since 1998 (MP3.fr, Musiwave, Audionamix…), he now manages Radioline - a global radio provider - as COO. He co-organizes events and discussions on digital audio since 2011. He also participates in regulatory debates on culture and innovation since 2000, as co-president of the Digital Audio Committee of GESTE and member of the union of digital music providers (ESML).



Laurence Harrison, Chair, Director of Automotive Partnerships, Radioplayer Worldwide 

Laurence leads Radioplayer’s work with the automotive industry across Europe and internationally, building partnerships with the leading car manufacturers and multimedia technology suppliers around metadata, HMI design and smart radio development in connected and autonomous cars. He is a current member of the WorldDAB Steering Board and Chaired the WorldDAB User Experience Group for 5 years. With WorldDAB, he led the research and development of the WorldDAB in-car UX guidelines and the subsequent engagement with major car manufacturers. He previously worked for Digital Radio UK where he led the partnerships with car manufacturers that saw digital radio included as standard in all new cars. 

Andrea Heidrich, Managing Director, Radioplayer Austria

Andrea Heidrich is the Managing Director of Radioplayer Austria. Prior to her current role, she was the organisation’s Project Manager for a period of four years. Andrea has extensive experience in the radio industry, having spent 13 years working as the Marketing Director at Kronerhit Radio, Austria’s biggest private radio station.


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.



Elisha Sessions, Chairman Connected Cars and Devices Group, EBU  and Distribution Manager, Digital Partnerships, BBC Distribution & Business Development

Eli has been a digital producer for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Music, commissioned podcasts, and led curation for BBC Sounds. Now he works with the BBC's digital partnerships team to expand the universe of spaces and devices where UK audiences can spend time with BBC content.