Posts Categorised: ABU

Sponsored session on “What’s New, What’s Next” at ABU Symposium

KUALA LUMPUR — We recently reported about DAB at the just-completed Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Digital Broadcasting Symposium. Also there was Digital Radio Mondiale, which sponsored Session two on “New Technologies & Standards — What’s New, What’s Next” and a DRM workshop.

A presentation was given on “DRM in Asia-Pacific” by the DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, on March 5 ​followed another on the India Roll-Out, by Alexander Zink (of Fraunhofer IIs) on March 7. Zink was immediately followed by the DRM Implementation workshop, the participants of which included Radu Obreja (DRM Marketing Director); Lindsay Cornell (BBC, Chair DRM Technical Committee); Chuck Kelly (Nautel); Tom King (Kintronics) and Ruxandra Obreja.

The participants attending the workshop were “very interested in digital radio and represented countries with genuine interest in DRM” (Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc.), according to DRM news .

During the recent BES conference , DRM had several presentations. During the morning Session on day two, Bernd Linz (of Fraunhofer IIS) gave a presentation on xHE-AAc for DRM and web streaming; in the afternoon, Nigel Fry (Head of Distribution, BBC World Service Group) addressed the subject of “Revitalization of AM Bands.” The point of his presentation was that, while AM bands have seen a decline in use due to the limited audio quality they could provide, the unique benefits and advantages of the AM bands for radio broadcasting and short-wave transmissions in particular are being rediscovered due to their unique coverage opportunities to reach listeners around the world. 

“Upgrading the AM transmissions to the DRM digital radio technology not only brings the audio quality to the level of local FM transmissions, it also adds advanced features such as free-to-air Journaline text articles and takes away the hassle of memorizing frequencies — all while retaining the unique advantages of most efficient large-area coverage,” also according to DRM news .

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Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner spoke about the uniqueness of radio as compared to online competitors

KUALA LUMPUR — The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union held its Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. Let’s take a look at some of the more germane news, as reported by .

Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia and well-known radio advocate, spoke to the delegates about the uniqueness of our medium when stacked up against new competitors online, including social media. “In radio’s case, and it has happened in some countries, is they’ve forgotten what people value about radio is it’s live and local – you can talk to people, you can talk to your Prime Minister live on air if you want to, you can tweet, you can engage via social media.

“Traditional broadcasters have to remember what the key strengths are (of radio) and don’t be frightened by the future. But also don’t feel so threatened, as some people in traditional media seem to feel, because the billions of people listening to radio around the world are not going away any time soon.”

Why do we never hear Warner speaking in the US? It’d be great to have her address the NAB Show.

Alexander Zink, senior business development Manager at Fraunhofer IIS, was asked about the potential impact of India’s DRM rollout on the rest of the world. “Whatever’s going on in India and the big members of ABU like Indonesia…definitely has an impact on the rest of the world.”

“Digitizing the FM band (in India) in particular will give the opportunity for smartphone manufacturers to support digital radio there under the FM band natively with a simple firmware upgrade on the devices without requiring any additional chips,” he said, quoted in the same article.

Zink talked about private broadcasters in India already getting excited about the possibilities of digital radio, and there will be “great reverberations from the whole Asia-Pacific region, where the big smartphone manufacturers are, and yes there is lots of impact on the whole region.” 

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