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Automotive speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019
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Automotive speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce the addition of world-class automotive speakers to the line-up for Drive to Digital 2019, the annual free conference for the digital radio and audio industry and supply chain, sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on Tuesday 30 October 2019 at The British Library.

Listening to radio in the car is more important than ever and analysts estimate that nearly 50% of global radio listening takes place in the car. Drive to Digital 2019 will showcase the opportunities and challenges offered by new connected dashboards and global audio competitors including Amazon, Apple, Google and Spotify. We will also look at the key automotive developments in the US and Europe.

In a dedicated automotive section of the conference - Driving the Digital Dash - we will hear from one of the most influential radio executives in US radio, Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group, which owns and operates 65 radio stations across the US. Caroline most recently served as Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and was honored as US Radio Executive of the Year in 2017.

Expert speakers from the world’s leading automotive technology, consultancy, and research and analysis providers, Kevin Nolan, Vice-President, UX Innovation Practice, Strategy Analytics; Kurt Dusterhoff, Senior Specialist, SBD Automotive; and Joe D’Angelo, Vice-President: Broadcast, Xperi, will share their insights on key automotive technology trends from across the world and the impact on radio listening in cars.

Also in Driving the Digital Dash, Ben Poor, Radio Technology and Innovation Project Manager, EBU, and Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB, will be in conversation with Laurence Harrison, Director of Automotive Partnerships, Radioplayer Worldwide, about the key trends and developments in digital and hybrid radio in cars and collaboration with vehicle manufacturers across Europe.

Previously announced speakers at Drive to Digital 2019 include: Conference Chair, Penny Smith; Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, and Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times; Alison Winter, BBC Radio and Education, Mark Crawford, Global, and Adrian Fitch, Bauer; and Clare McNally-Luke, Ofcom; Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT; Ric Blaxill, Bauer Media; Belinda Doyle & Ian Walker JACK Radio; Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Premier Christian Radio; and Tony Lit MBE, Sunrise Radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:

“The UK radio and audio landscape is changing fast with what seems like new radio station launches and new audio on demand content initiatives every day leading to fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and new ways of listening. Where is it all going? Drive to Digital 2019 is a brilliant free event that will bring it all together with insights and commentary on consumers, content, cars, retail and technology from senior executives and industry experts. Don’t miss it.”

Further announcements about speakers on retail, technology, and podcasts will follow in the coming weeks.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 6 - 7.30pm hosted and sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

Event details:
When: Wednesday 30 October. Registration from 12.00pm. Conference start 1.00pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here.

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Global launches five brand-new national radio stations
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Global launches five brand-new national radio stations

Global has expanded some of its biggest radio brands – Heart, Capital XTRA and Smooth – launching five brand-new national digital stations over the past week - Heart 90s, Heart 70s, Capital XTRA Reloaded, Smooth Country and Smooth Chill.

Ashley Tabor-King OBE, Global’s Founder & Executive President, said:

“The launch of five brand new national radio stations demonstrates our commitment to DAB and building audiences on national and local Digital radio platforms. Following the hugely successful launch of Heart Dance in June and the incredible success of Heart 80s, we wanted to surprise and delight our listeners and customers and launch 5 new stations back to back. They’re already sounding fantastic, triggering memories and feel good emotions all across the UK.”

Heart 90s, Heart 70s and Capital XTRA Reloaded are all national DAB stations across the UK on Digital One, and nationally across multiple platforms on Global Player including the Global Player app, on smart speakers and on desktop.

Smooth Country is on DAB across London, Manchester and the South, and nationally across multiple platforms on Global Player including the Global Player app, on smart speakers and on desktop.

Smooth Chill is on DAB across London, and nationally across multiple platforms on Global Player including the Global Player app, on smart speakers and on desktop.

Part of Global’s brand-led strategy, the new stations sit within Global’s brand strategy, complementing and enhancing Global’s brands and focusing on a particular era or genre of music.

Heart, which is the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand with 9.7m weekly listeners, adds Heart 90s and Heart 70s to its family of brands, with Heart 90s playing feel-good 90s tunes and Heart 70s playing feel-good hits from the decade.

The latest stations from Heart follow the launch of Heart Dance and Heart 80s, with the full Heart brand line-up now comprising Heart, Heart 90s, Heart 80s, Heart 70s, Heart Dance and Heart extra.

Capital XTRA has launched Capital XTRA Reloaded, dedicated to playing non-stop old skool hip-hop, grime, garage, dance and RnB anthems, while Smooth has launched two brand new stations, Smooth Country and Smooth Chill.

Smooth Country celebrates the very best in country music hits and Smooth Chill plays the ultimate relaxing soundtrack of non-stop chill-out music.

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