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

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

Digital radio pioneers announced for Hall of Fame
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Digital radio pioneers announced for Hall of Fame
Digital radio pioneers announced for Hall of Fame

The names of digital radio pioneers were announced as the first inductees into the Digital Radio Hall of Fame at a the Digital Radio Stakeholders’ Summer Reception sponsored by Arqiva and held at Bauer Media in Camden today.

The announcement was made by radio consultant and historian David Lloyd following nominations from digital radio stakeholders and judging by an eminent panel of radio experts. The nine individuals were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the success of digital radio over the last 20 years as digital radio pioneers and innovators.

Reinforcing that the establishment of digital radio as the majority of radio listening in the UK has been a collaborative and cross-industry effort, the Digital Radio Hall of Fame will include individuals from all sectors and areas that have contributed to digital radio progress, with representatives from broadcasters, retailers, manufacturers, automotive, Ofcom and Government.

The Digital Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Dame Jenny Abramsky
Former Director of Audio and Music, BBC

Grae Allan
DAB Radio Director, Bauer Media

Ralph Bernard
Former CEO GCap Media

Michael Hill
Founder and Managing Director, Radioplayer

Quentin Howard
Former CEO Digital One, and Managing Director, GWR

John Kempner
Buyer, John Lewis

Rashid Mustapha
Engineer, Ofcom

Ian O’Neill OBE
Head of Television; Programme Director Radio, DCMS

Sir Hossein Yassaie
Chairman, Pure, and Former Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Technologies

The inductees will receive their Digital Radio Hall of Fame award at a special ceremony to be held at the Drive to Digital Conference at the British Museum on 25 September.

The Digital Radio Hall of Fame judges were: Dee Ford, Bauer Media; Helen Boaden, formerly-BBC: William Rogers, UKRD; Will Harding, Global; Jimmy Buckland, Wireless Group; Lindsey Mack; BBC; David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian; Bernie O’Neill, WorldDAB; Emma Hill, Radioworks; Peter Davies, formerly-Ofcom; Glyn Jones, Arqiva; Diane Fuller, Roberts Radio; and Sophie Spooner, Pure.

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “We congratulate the first ever inductees into the Digital Radio Hall of Fames on their recognition and their achievement. It has taken over 20 years to get to a point where digital radio represents the majority of radio listening in the UK and this simply couldn’t have happened without the outstanding contributions of these individuals and the organisations they represent. There has been a tremendous response to the announcement of the Digital Radio Hall of Fame and our thanks go to all the stakeholders who provided nominations and to the eminent panel of judges.

David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian, said: “As a radio historian I have watched with interest the rise of digital radio over the last 20 years from the early days of excitement and optimism through a period of uncertainty and on to the launch of a series of successful digital stations and the achievement of 50% digital listening. Clearly the success of digital radio has been a real team effort across the wider radio industry and this is reflected in the outstanding individuals who the judges agreed should be recognised by inducting them into the Digital Radio Hall of Fame.”

Hits Radio launches across the UK
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Hits Radio launches across the UK
Hits Radio launches across the UK

This morning (4th June 2018) a brand new national digital radio station launched called Hits Radio - the only national commercial radio station to be broadcast out of Manchester, from the regions to the rest of the UK.

The station is now the headquarters of the renamed Hits Radio Network (formerly the Bauer City Network) and is available nationwide via DAB digital radio, online and via apps. Manchester’s Key 103 station is now a localised version of Hits Radio and will be called Hits Radio Manchester.

The stations breakfast show will be hosted by Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave “Comedy Dave” Vitty, Mike Toolan will present the mid-morning show, afternoons will be hosted by Debbie Mac, drive will be hosted by Wes Butters and evenings will be hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford.

The new station from Bauer Media is targeting 25-44-year-olds and will air chart hits from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Coldplay and Ariana Grande.

Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director Hits Radio Network says: “Manchester is fast becoming a central media hub of the UK and we are really excited to be bringing a new offering to national digital radio, based in this glorious city. As well as our talented presenters and engaging content, we will continue to provide the locals of Manchester with all the relevant regional news and updates through Hits Radio.

On the stations first show, Hits Radio Breakfast with Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave Vitty were joined by Jess Glynne and the station’s first track was voted for by the listeners – Take That’s Greatest Day, aptly chosen to celebrate one of Manchester‘s favourite bands.

Hits Radio is live across the UK – find out more


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