“A Sound Future” is the theme of this year’s RadioDays Europe conference, now underway in the Netherlands.
than 1,500 people from 62 countries have gathered to discuss how to
make better radio for listeners, while tackling the digital challenges
Highlights of the conference, held across three days, include the
new Director of BBC Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, setting out his
vision for the future of BBC Radio, and a session on radio in the
connected home with speakers from Google, Futuresource, Radioplayer and
A session on Tuesday, 68 days after the first region of
Norway switched off some FM broadcasts, will review progress of the move
to DAB, and ask whether the rest of Europe is likely to follow.
Ahead of the main conference, the weekend saw the first “Radio
Hack Europe,” an open development and prototyping event. Participants
and coaches worked on the future of radio by creating, refining and
developing ideas and technologies, and presenting a prototype at the end
of the hack, with the best going on to pitch their ideas on the main
Meanwhile, Sunday afternoon saw networking sessions and
interactive workshops, including a mobile video master class on creating
professional content just using a phone, with Eleanor Mannion from
Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.
Sixty radio and audio companies are also exhibiting in the RAI
Amsterdam Convention Centre, familiar to many broadcasters as the venue
of the annual IBC conference and exhibition