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Radio is in a golden age, broadcasters tell DBS 2019

Radio is booming thanks to new digital audio technologies, senior Australian broadcasters told the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2019 in Kuala Lumpur today.

Representatives of both public and private broadcasters said digital radio standards such as DAB+ allowed for more efficient use of spectrum, enabling broadcasters to expand their range of services and their audience reach, cost effectively.

Grant Blackley, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, an FM broadcaster that has adopted DAB+, said he believed fundamentally that audio was in a boom period.

Cath Dwyer, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Manager Radio, RN and Radio Australia, agreed. “It’s the golden age of radio,” she said.

The ABC had been able to introduce many new digital services. “DAB+ has been a very important part of this.”

They were speaking in a DAB+ workshop organised by WorldDAB, the principal sponsor of DBS 2019. WorldDAB promotes the awareness and adoption of the DAB family of standards.

Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, moderated the workshop.  

The four-day symposium began today with a full day of workshops and masterclasses. In addition to the WorldDAB workshop, they included a DVB workshop and a masterclass on mobile journalism.

The DBS exhibition and conference both start tomorrow, Tuesday, and will last three days. The exhibition is open to the pubic free of charge.

This year marks the symposium’s 15th anniversary. The ABU launched it as a way for broadcasters to help their fellow broadcasters in the region go digital, with the support of equipment manufacturers and service providers.

For more photos of today's sessions, please proceed to our Flickr collection.

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