Automotive speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019
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Automotive speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019
Automotive speakers announced for Drive to Digital 2019

Digital Radio UK is delighted to announce the addition of world-class automotive speakers to the line-up 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 Tuesday 30 October 2019 at The British Library.

Listening to radio in the car is more important than ever and analysts estimate that nearly 50% of global radio listening takes place in the car. Drive to Digital 2019 will showcase the opportunities and challenges offered by new connected dashboards and global audio competitors including Amazon, Apple, Google and Spotify. We will also look at the key automotive developments in the US and Europe.

In a dedicated automotive section of the conference - Driving the Digital Dash - we will hear from one of the most influential radio executives in US radio, Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group, which owns and operates 65 radio stations across the US. Caroline most recently served as Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and was honored as US Radio Executive of the Year in 2017.

Expert speakers from the world’s leading automotive technology, consultancy, and research and analysis providers, Kevin Nolan, Vice-President, UX Innovation Practice, Strategy Analytics; Kurt Dusterhoff, Senior Specialist, SBD Automotive; and Joe D’Angelo, Vice-President: Broadcast, Xperi, will share their insights on key automotive technology trends from across the world and the impact on radio listening in cars.

Also in Driving the Digital Dash, Ben Poor, Radio Technology and Innovation Project Manager, EBU, and Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB, will be in conversation with Laurence Harrison, Director of Automotive Partnerships, Radioplayer Worldwide, about the key trends and developments in digital and hybrid radio in cars and collaboration with vehicle manufacturers across Europe.

Previously announced speakers at Drive to Digital 2019 include: Conference Chair, Penny Smith; Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, and Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times; Alison Winter, BBC Radio and Education, Mark Crawford, Global, and Adrian Fitch, Bauer; and Clare McNally-Luke, Ofcom; Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT; Ric Blaxill, Bauer Media; Belinda Doyle & Ian Walker JACK Radio; Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Premier Christian Radio; and Tony Lit MBE, Sunrise Radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:

“The UK radio and audio landscape is changing fast with what seems like new radio station launches and new audio on demand content initiatives every day leading to fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and new ways of listening. Where is it all going? Drive to Digital 2019 is a brilliant free event that will bring it all together with insights and commentary on consumers, content, cars, retail and technology from senior executives and industry experts. Don’t miss it.”

Further announcements about speakers on 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 12.00pm. Conference start 1.00pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here.

New women’s football show launches on talkSPORT2
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New women’s football show launches on talkSPORT2
New women’s football show launches on talkSPORT2

'Women's Football Weekly' will broadcast every Monday from 6-7pm and is the first football show dedicated to women's football with insight and analysis from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, international fixtures and the wider world of women’s football.

The show hosted by talkSPORT presenter Faye Carruthers, has a new a co-host each week made up by former and current players and leading journalists.  On the first show, that was broadcast on Monday 9th September, Faye was joined by Rebecca Myers where they reviewed the opening weekend action in the FA Women's Super League.

Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said:

“Women’s football is a big growth area and I’m delighted that we can build on the momentum of the Women’s World Cup by broadcasting the only dedicated weekly women’s football show on the radio. Women’s Football Weekly will offer fans all the insight and analysis from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and beyond, headed up by the excellent Faye Carruthers and leading guests from the world of women’s football.”

talkSPORT’s Faye Carruthers said:

“I’m so excited talkSPORT2 now has a dedicated weekly home for women’s football. We will be on hand with big name interviews, guests, analysis and all the latest news in the women’s game.”

talkSPORT2 is available on DAB digital radio, online here or via an app.

Cricketer Monty Panesar joins Panjab Radio
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Cricketer Monty Panesar joins Panjab Radio
Cricketer Monty Panesar joins Panjab Radio

Monty Panesar, British-born, Panjabi cricketer, and winner of the Ashes with England, will host a Saturday afternoon show from 3-6pm called ‘The Full Monty’.

The show will launch on Saturday 14th September and Monty will provide listeners with updates and backstage chat from the cricket scene, viewpoints on Saturday football and other sports.

Station owner Surjit Singh Ghuman, MBE, said:

“As we enter our 20th year of broadcasting as Britain’s largest Panjabi station, the addition of Monty to our team is a huge step forward for us. As an icon for the British Panjabi community in sport, it felt like an obvious choice for us to bring him on board.”

Monty Panesar said:

“I’m delighted to bring my passion for sport, especially cricket, to a station which has been one of my favourite listens for a number of years. If you’re after some sports insight, great guests and having a laugh along the way, then tune in!”

Panjab Radio is available on DAB digital radio, online at www.panjabradio.co.uk and via radio apps.

Union JACK to launch new live breakfast show
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Union JACK to launch new live breakfast show
Union JACK to launch new live breakfast show

On Friday 13th September Union JACK will launch a brand new breakfast show, The Full English - the first live show since the station’s launch in 2016. The Full English will be presented by the 2018 Student Radio Award ‘Best Male’ winner Adam English, who becomes the youngest Breakfast Presenter on national radio from 7am-9am each weekday.

Union JACK has a different format to other stations as the audience is able to choose the music the station broadcasts via an app.  Union JACK's content focuses on the best of British music and comedy, and an array of high-profile comedic talent can be seen across the station’s schedule. 

The new breakfast show will feature well known British music and will invite its listeners to be part of the broadcast. The first show will even feature an authentic Town Crier, delivering listener messages live on air.

Giles Gear, Programme Director at Union JACK, added:

“The team at Union JACK radio recognised Adam’s potential way beyond a one-off show and this is evident in him being rewarded with his own daily breakfast show. Don’t think that this is going to be like every other breakfast show though – The Full English is the antidote to the exclusive, ego-driven breakfast show of the wider radio landscape; we’ll be letting our listeners lead the way, not our famous friends.”   

Union JACK is available across the UK on DAB digital radio, online at unionjack.co.uk and via the Union JACK app.

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