Chair and first speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce the Chair and first set of speakers 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 Wednesday 30 October 2019, 1pm – 6pm, at The British Library.

Drive to Digital 2019 will be chaired by leading radio and TV presenter and host of Scala Radio’s Highly Rated, Penny Smith.

With digital listening now more popular and accessible than ever, Drive to Digital 2019 will showcase the UK’s new audio landscape, highlighting digital radio progress in consumers, content, cars, retail and technology, identifying changes in consumer behaviour, new ways of listening, and new audio content initiatives including the emerging on demand and podcast market.

Penny will be joined by a host of leading expert speakers throughout the afternoon, and the first speakers on the line up, who will share their insights and analysis into consumer trends and behaviour, include: Miranda Sawyer, Radio and Audio Critic, The Observer, and Patricia Nicol, Media Journalist, The Sunday Times; Alison Winter, Head of Audiences, BBC Radio and Education, Mark Crawford, Head of Audience and Brand Insight, Global, and Adrian Fitch, Director of Brand Insight, Bauer; and Clare McNally-Luke, Senior Audience Performance Manager, Ofcom.

We will hear from a diverse range of stations on how digital delivery is enabling them to respond to the needs of listeners and target specific audiences and interests, including presentations from: Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT; Ric Blaxhill, Music and Content Director, Bauer Media; Belinda Doyle, Programme Director & Ian Walker CEO, JACK Radio; Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Director of Content, Premier Christian Radio; and Tony Lit MBE, Managing Director, Sunrise Radio.

Further announcements about speakers on cars, 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 12pm. Conference start 1pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here