Amazon and BBC 6 Music join Drive to Digital line-up

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce that Chris Chabot, Technical Evangelist at Amazon,  and Paul Rodgers, Head of BBC 6 Music, have joined the line-up for the major free radio conference, Drive to Digital 2017, which takes place on Tuesday 26 September at the British Museum, London.

Amazon’s Chabot will talk about his role creating new and innovative experiences around voice for Alexa  and BBC 6 Music’s Rodgers will share the story of the UK’s most popular digital-only station.

Also newly announced, delegates will hear from  Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, via video, with Mike Hawes, CEO, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Julian David, CEO, techUK, on the UK’s digital revolution; Katrina Mills, Audio and Connected Home Senior Buyer for John Lewis on the new audio market; Klaus Bischoff, Director of Design, Audi, Christian Winter, Radio Development Engineer Audi, and Michael Hill, MD, Radioplayer UK, will talk about radio in the connected car;  Stefan Warhaftig, Commercial Director at Halfords Autocentres on  the car specialists’ role in helping to convert the UK’s cars to digital radio; and Alan O’Rourke, Managing Director, Ruark Audio, will share his first-hand experience founding a cutting-edge digital radio company.

As previously announced, Drive to Digital will be chaired by award-winning presenter, Harriet Scott, fresh from the launch of her new Magic Breakfast Show with Ronan Keating, and features the legendary Tony Blackburn who will be celebrating 50 years of BBC Radio 1 and the upcoming launch of BBC Radio 1 Vintage pop-up alongside Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1.

Further speaker highlights include Tony Moorey, Content Director, Absolute Radio and Magic Radio;  John Gahagan, Regional Director Northern Europe at Sonos; Paul Smith, CEO, Pure Radio; Joe D’Angelo, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Radio at DTS Connected Radio; Dave Fereday, CEO, AutoDAB; Tom Vedvik , CEO, Tiny Audio; and Hans Christian Andersen, Owner, POP Audio.

Drive to Digital will feature a digital radio and audio technology exhibition show-casing leading UK digital manufacturers and service companies including Pure, Roberts Radio, Ruark Audio, Auto DAB and DTS, as well as Norway’s leading car adapter manufacturers, Tiny Audio and POP Audio, and a drinks reception sponsored by DTS.

Drive to Digital is sponsored by Pure, Ruark Audio, AutoDAB, DTS and POP Audio, and supported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: “Drive to Digital promises to be an unmissable afternoon with a wide-ranging and exciting agenda. There really is something for everyone in radio and the wider audio and auto industries and we are delighted to have such a strong line up of speakers confirmed and such great support from sponsors.”

Drive to Digital 2017 runs from 1pm to 6pm on Tuesday 26 September and will take place at:

The British Museum Conference Centre, The BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Registration is free of charge and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to register and guarantee your attendance please contact: