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DAB+ publishes updated version of UX guidelines
01.03.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The design guidelines, aimed at car manufacturers and broadcasters, include details on the implementation of hybrid radio in vehicles connected with DAB, advice on features such as voice commands, DAB logos and test routes, and integration of DAB.
From La Lettre Pro:

New in-car technologies to supplement DAB+ rather than replace it
WorldDAB Members News - 25.02.2019 - Arqiva - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The rise in demand for digital radio in cars is being recognised by the automotive industry, with an increasing number of cars being released with DAB+ radios included. In this article, Simon Mason, Head of Broadcast Radio Technology at Arqiva, writes about the rise in demand for digital radio and driverless cars, and highlights the role of DAB+ and digital radio in the vehicle of tomorrow.
From Radio Today:

WorlDAB releases updated UX design guidelines
15.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The updated guidelines include a clearer direction to implement hybrid radio for a great digital radio user experience in connected cars with DAB, and clearer signposting to other research and guidance on features such as voice controls, logos, and DAB test routes. The detail of the design guidance has also been updated in several use cases to reflect feedback from car manufacturer partners.
From Radio World:

The Psychology of Sound - Pure publishes research highlighting the connection listeners have with radio
WorldDAB Members News - 13.02.2019 - Pure - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The research, based on a survey of 1000 respondents, indicates that half of the people in Britain view their favourite radio presenters as family or friends, while 80% of people listen to the radio alone. What's more, the research highlights that radio remains popular with younger listeners, with half of young adults aged 16-34 listening to radio content to enhance their experience of a TV programme.
From Pure:

WorldDAB publishes updated guidelines for in-car digital radio user experience
13.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
WorldDAB has published an updated version of its User Experience (UX) Design Guidelines for automotive manufacturers and broadcasters on how to deliver the best possible digital radio user experience in the car. The new set of guidelines, which is available to download from the WorldDAB website, were developed to help broadcasters and automotive OEMs better understand what consumers want from their radio and how best to deliver it.
From WorldDAB:

VQ launches new receiver to celebrate World Radio Day
WorldDAB Members News - 12.02.2019 - VQ - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The fruit of a partnership between VQ and Laura Ashley, the Hepburn Mk II is vintage styled but embraces modern technology with digital radio built-in.
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Commercial radio ad revenue in 2018 tops £700m for the first time
07.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Commercial radio took a record total of £713.3 million in ad revenue in 2018, breaking the previous 2017 record of £679.2 million and marking a 5.1% increase year-on-year. What's more, commercial radio also posted audiences of 35.6 million listeners (up from 35.5 year on year), as well as its highest share of listening since 2001 (46.5%) according to Rajar.
From Radio Centre:

DAB still the most popular platform as digital radio listening reaches new heights
WorldDAB Members News - 07.02.2019 - Digital Radio UK - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Digital listening has reached a new record share of 52.6%, up from 49.9% in Q4 2017, according to RAJAR Q4 2018 data released today. DAB remains the most popular digital platform, accounting for a record share of 38.3% of all radio listening or 72.7% of all digital listening. 65% of the population now own a DAB radio at home compared to 62.3% in the same quarter last year.
From Digital Radio UK:

Ofcom paving the way for more DAB+ stations
04.02.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Ofcom has published a consultation proposing changes to the technical rules that DAB broadcasters need to follow, including a proposal to remove the 30% limit on DAB+ stations on the SDL multiplex. At the moment, the multiplex must have at least 70% of its services in original standard DAB.
From Radio Today:

How to handle DAB+ projects in complex and critical environments
23.01.2019 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
As an increasing number of European countries continue to recognise DAB+ as the single future platform for radio, this articles examines the basic principles for the transmission of DAB+ under ideal conditions, taking a closer look at different systems and procedures that have been put in place across different geographical locations including central Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.
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