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New speakers announced for Drive To Digital 2018
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Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce new conference speakers for Drive to Digital 2018 - The Future of Radio sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on 25 September at The British Museum Conference Centre.

At Drive to Digital delegates will hear from leading DCMS, broadcast and supply chain speakers on their views about the future of radio, the connected car, the new audio market, and podcasting. The conference is free of charge to attend. Please contact lucy.forster@digitalradiouk.com to reserve your place.

Confirmed new automotive speakers include: Andrew Till, VP Marketing & Technology at Harman Samsung Connected Services; and Joe D'Angelo, Senior VP Broadcast, DTS Connected Radio/Xperi.

Confirmed new audio market speakers include: Phil Moore, VP Northern & Southern EMEA, Deezer; and Simon Bryant, Director of Research at Futuresource Consulting.

We are also delighted to announce that Ruth Fitzsimons, SVP International Operations at AudioBoom, will take part in the panel discussion, The Podcast Revolution – what next?.

Ruth joins a stellar line up of Jason Phipps, Commissioning Editor for Podcasts, BBC; Sophie Herdman, UK Content Director at Acast; and Folder Media’s Matt Deegan, responsible for the Fun Kids podcast network and helping to deliver the British Podcast Awards and the Love Island podcast - The Morning After.

They join confirmed-speakers Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music; Digital Minister of State Margot James MP (via video); Ian O’Neill OBE, Head of Radio at the DCMS; and Miranda Sawyer, Guardian and Observer Radio Critic who will be talking about the future of digital radio in the UK.

Gethin Jones, acclaimed broadcaster and co-presenter of the new Hits Radio Breakfast Show, will host the conference.

Drive to Digital 2018 - The Future of Radio, is free to attend and takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 September at the British Museum Conference Centre in London, and is proudly supported by headline sponsor, Arqiva; reception sponsor, DTS Connected Radio; and event sponsor, Pure.

The event is unmissable for anyone who wants to know what is coming next in radio’s digital future with sessions covering policy, content, automotive and retail.

Event details:

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

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with 300 delegates from across the broadcast, automotive, retail and technology industries at an industry drinks and networking reception, sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

Keep an eye on RadioToday, our media partner, for regular updates on the Drive to Digital line up.

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Bauer Media to acquire Jazz FM
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The Bauer Media Group has agreed to acquire Jazz FM - the UK’s leading national commercial radio service for jazz, soul and blues.

Jazz FM is a respected and influential brand, with strong growth potential. The quality of the service, its distinctive personality and popular and respected presenters underpinned its great RAJAR performance with the station now reaching 672,000 people weekly.

Jazz is currently experiencing a resurgence, and Bauer plans to further enhance the specialist offering of the station which is already hugely respected, via its celebration of music of new and classic artists such as Gregory Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Kamasi Washington, Ezra Collective and Nubya Garcia.

The addition of another high-quality brand, with its deep music and commercial partnerships, extends Bauer Radio’s audience and its portfolio of pop, urban, and rock stations to a new music genre. Through its cross promotional ability and strong client and agency relationships Bauer Media looks forward to further developing Jazz’s unique offering to advertisers and commercial partners and to growing its high quality, passionate ABC1 audience.

Paul Keenan, CEO Bauer Media commented:

"Jazz FM is a much loved, respected and influential brand, with strong growth potential, we look forward to developing it further. Jazz music is seeing an unprecedented resurgence, and this extends us into an entirely new and complementary radio audience."

He continued, “Jazz’s community of digitally savvy music lovers is thriving and I believe that Jazz FM’s expertise combined with our knowledge and experience in digital and personalised advertising technology such as Bauer’s InStream+ will propel the brand for both listeners and advertisers. We look forward to working with the team to grow the business.”

Jonathan Arendt, Jazz FM CEO, said:

"Jazz FM is a well-established and trusted brand, curated by passionate and expert presenters and producers – and I’m delighted that it will sit within the Bauer Radio family, where they are respectful and mindful of individual formats and listener groups."

The Jazz radio business will be managed by Bauer’s Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director of National Radio.

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