Leading broadcast and supply chain speakers announced for Drive to Digital
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Leading broadcast and supply chain speakers announced for Drive to Digital
Leading broadcast and supply chain speakers announced for Drive to Digital

Digital Radio UK is delighted to confirm the speakers for Driving to a Digital Future: Commercial Broadcasters and the Supply Chain - an unmissable session and conference highlight at Drive to Digital 2018 sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on 25 September at The British Museum Conference Centre.

The session is chaired by the writer, broadcaster and Observer radio critic, Miranda Sawyer, and in the session delegates will hear from leading broadcast and supply chain executives on their views and plans for the future of digital radio and what they hope for from the Government review.

Confirmed broadcast speakers include: Will Harding, Chief Strategy Officer, Global; Paul Sylvester, Content Director Absolute Radio; and Jimmy Buckland, Strategy Director, Wireless.

Confirmed supply chain speakers include: Paul Hide, Director, techUK; Robert Haycock, Chief Commercial Officer, Pure; and Peter Lawton, Senior Section Manager, SMMT. We are also pleased to announce that Helen Boaden, former Director of BBC Radio, will provide a personal retrospective on her time in radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said:

“This year’s Drive to Digital conference represents an important opportunity to review radio’s digital future now that the Government criteria have been met. We have the ideal group of speakers from the broadcasters - Global, Bauer and Wireless - and the supply chain - techUK, Pure and the SMMT - to do just that, and are thrilled to have such a knowledgeable and passionate session chair as the broadcaster and writer Miranda Sawyer.”

They join confirmed speakers Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music; Digital Minister of State, Margot James MP (via video); and Ian O’Neill OBE, Head of Radio at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport 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.

When: Tuesday 25 September 2018, from 12.30pm. Conference 1.15pm - 5pm. Drinks Reception from 5pm.
Where: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
How: To reserve your FREE place please contact lucy.forster@digitalradiouk.com

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

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

Speakers confirmed for The Podcast Revolution – What Next? at Drive to Digital
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Speakers confirmed for The Podcast Revolution – What Next? at Drive to Digital
Speakers confirmed for The Podcast Revolution – What Next? at Drive to Digital

Digital Radio UK is delighted to confirm the speakers for The Podcast Revolution – what next? - an unmissable session and highlight at the Drive to Digital 2018 conference sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on 25 September at The British Museum Conference Centre.

The session will look at the growth in podcasting, its impact on digital listening, and the future of the medium. Delegates will hear from Jason Phipps, Commissioning Editor for Podcasts, BBC, on leading the BBC’s podcast strategy and how podcasting will evolve in the future; Sophie Herdman, UK Content Director at podcast platform provider, 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.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:

“2018 has been the year that podcasting has transitioned from the margins to become central to the broader radio and audio market. With over 12% of all adults listening to a podcast every week and so much of the content being radio-related, it is timely to shine a light on the growth of podcasts and the important consequences and opportunities for radio. We’re delighted to announce a special session on the Podcast Revolution including the BBC Podcast Commissioner, Acast and Folder Media.”

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

Gethin Jones, acclaimed broadcaster and co-host 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.

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 lucy.forster@digitalradiouk.com

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

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

Posted on 07 August 2018

Digital-only stations boost digital listening
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Digital-only stations boost digital listening
Digital-only stations boost digital listening

Digital listening has increased year on year to 50.2% share, up from 48.7% in Q2 2017, boosted by the growing popularity of digital-only stations and strong growth to digital listening in car and in the workplace, according to RAJAR Q2 2018 data released today.

The most popular digital-only station remains BBC 6 Music, which recorded its second highest weekly reach of 2.44 million listeners, while there was strong growth for a wide-range of commercial digital stations with KISSTORY - the most popular digital-only commercial station - growing by 16.7% to exceed 2 million listeners (2.02 million) for the first time.

Further commercial digital-only stations growing strongly year on year include Heart 80s which increased by 37.4% to reach 1.2 million listeners; Smooth Extra which grew by 42.1% to reach 1.1 million listeners; Absolute Radio 90s which grew by 26.3% to reach 822,000; Kerrang! which grew by 31.6% to reach 692,000 listeners; Jazz FM which grew by 20.9% to reach 672,000 listeners; Heart extra which grew by 35.6% to reach 579,000 listeners; Virgin Radio which grew by 11% to reach 413,000 listeners; Magic Soul which grew by 30.7% to reach 319,000 listeners; and Magic Chilled which grew by 49.8% to reach 304,000 listeners.

Overall digital listening hours grew by 1.3% or 6.4 million hours compared to Q2 2017, with a 14% or 22.4 million hours growth to digital listening in car and in the workplace off-setting a decline to in home listening of -4.6% (-16 million hours) as consumers spent less time in doors during the hot weather.

DAB digital radio listening grew by 3.3% to account for 36.3% of all radio listening and 72.3% of all digital listening, while digital listening via online/apps grew by 4% to now account for 9.3% of all radio listening and 18.5% of digital listening. Listening via digital television saw a decline of -16%, to now account for 4.6% of radio listening and for 9.2% of digital listening.

In car digital listening hours grew by 20% year on year and reached a new record share of 34.5%, supported by over half a million new cars coming onto UK roads with DAB digital radio as standard in Q2 2018 alone (Q2 2018 CAP/SMMT).

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said:

“Q2 2018 RAJAR data shows that the majority (50.2%) of radio listening continues to be on a digital platform with some record performances from leading digital-only stations such as KISSTORY which now has over 2 million listeners. It’s perhaps significant that during a quarter which has seen record-breaking warm weather that digital listening out of home and in car is strongly up (+ 14%), while digital listening in home on all platforms has declined 4.6%, led by a decline in listening on digital TV.”

Gethin Jones and Ian O’Neill, OBE, announced for Drive to Digital 2018
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Gethin Jones and Ian O’Neill, OBE, announced for Drive to Digital 2018
Gethin Jones and Ian O’Neill, OBE, announced for Drive to Digital 2018

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce two new additions to the line-up for Drive to Digital 2018 – The Future of Radio, the major radio conference sponsored by Arqiva.

Gethin Jones, acclaimed broadcaster and co-host of the new Hits Radio Breakfast Show, will Host the conference, and Ian O’Neill, OBE, Head of Radio at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will discuss the digital future for radio in an interview following a video address from Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP.

Also announced today, Pure, the leading audio and digital radio manufacturer, will sponsor the conference. Pure join main sponsor Arqiva and reception sponsors DTS Connected Radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:

“We are delighted to announce Gethin Jones as conference Host of Drive to Digital 2018. As presenter of the UK’s newest national breakfast show and a hugely talented broadcaster, he is perfectly placed to chair the afternoon’s proceedings with insight and energy. As the industry anticipates details of the Government’s digital radio review, this will be a great time to hear in person from Ian O’Neill on next steps for radio’s digital future."

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. 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.

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 lucy.forster@digitalradiouk.com

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with 300 colleagues from across the broadcast, automotive, retail and technology industries at an industry drinks 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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