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New cars with DAB as standard surges to new record
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New cars with DAB as standard surges to new record

The number of new cars being sold with DAB as standard has reached a new record number growing to 92.4% in Q2 2018, according to data from industry analysts CAP and The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This is up from 90% in Q1 2018 and 86.8% in Q2 2017, and means that 2.2 million new cars with DAB have been sold in the last 12 months.

The month of May saw a record high of 92.9% of new cars with DAB as standard, driven by model launches around the key registration plate change period of March/April. For example, manufacturer Dacia, who did not fit any models with DAB as standard 2 years ago, launched the new Dacia Duster with DAB as standard, while Hyundai, previously offering 60% of their range with DAB as standard, added DAB as standard to the new Kona model.

There has never been a better time for drivers to listen to digital radio in their cars. Drivers can benefit from the expanded choice that is only available from digital radio when they are on the move. The choice of national stations available on DAB brings listeners music, sports, business and talk stations such as BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Hits Radio, Kisstory, Magic, Jazz FM, LBC, talkRADIO, talkSPORT2 and BBC Radio Five Live Extra. Listeners with digital radio in their vehicle can enjoy these stations and more as well as coverage of this summer’s major sports events.

Digital Radio UK anticipates an increased interest in digital radio amongst drivers due to the great live commentary of the World Cup football matches on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, as well as on talkSPORT and talkSPORT2.

According to Rajar Q1 2018 data, 23.7% of all radio listening takes place in car. Vehicle manufacturers made the decision to fit digital radio in new cars in response to the increasing popularity of digital radio, the increase in the number of exclusive digital radio stations, and the expansion of DAB transmitters to cover the major road network.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “It’s great news that the number of new cars with digital radio as standard is now at 92.4% and we are grateful to car manufacturers for their on-going support. Our priority now is to continue to work with broadcasters and the automotive industry to develop the digital in-car radio experience and ensure we preserve radio’s place on the dashboard in the emerging connected and IP- enabled driving environment.”

Posted on 13.07.18

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First speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2018
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First speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2018

Drive to Digital 2018, proudly sponsored by Arqiva, is a major annual event for the wider radio industry. This year the event will focus on ‘The future of radio' with significant contributions to the debate from broadcasters, Government and the supply chain.

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce the first Drive to Digital speakers:


Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music
Dee Ford, Group Managing Director Radio, Bauer Media
By video - Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

We will announce further speakers in the coming weeks. The event is free of charge and is already filling up fast.

When: Tuesday 25 September 2018, from 12.30pm
Where: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
How: To reserve your place please contact

Other key sessions and speakers planned:
Voice technology
In-car digital radio
The podcasting revolution
The new audio market - the listening stats
The changing retail market

Digital Radio Hall of Fame: There will be a special session recognising the first inductees into the new Digital Radio Hall of Fame with appearances from:
The Pioneers: Dame Jenny Abramsky, Ralph Bernard CBE, Quentin Howard, John Kempner and Sir Hossein Yassaie.
The Innovators: Grae Allan, Michael Hill, Rashid Mustapha and Ian O’Neill OBE.

Industry drinks and networking reception: Sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

If you want to know what’s going on in digital radio, you should be at Drive to Digital. Keep an eye on RadioToday, our media partner, for regular updates on the Drive to Digital line up.

The conference will host 300 attendees from across the radio industry including supply chain, vehicle manufacturers, device manufacturers, retailers, technology and software companies, national and local broadcasters, policy-makers, regulators and international guests.

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