DRM Fully Engaged in Top African Digital Radio Event

DRM Fully Engaged in Top African Digital Radio Event

Broadcast Media Africa ( held its Radio And Digital Audio Broadcasting Convention Africa 2023 on Tuesday 04 July – Wednesday 05 July 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This well-attended digital radio event with participation from South Africa but also countries like Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Cameroon etc. has come precisely when radio and media broadcasters and practitioners across Africa focus increasingly on the dynamics of the new media environment and how the introduction of digital radio can deliver extra benefits and improve lives through one of the top information media of the continent.

DRM Representatives: Aldred Dreyer, Guido Leisker, Karel Verhoef and Mark Williams gave the latest on DRM (the only all-band open standard, flexible, spectrum and energy efficient) in both presentations and panel discussions. The main DRM presentation on the first day focused on why DRM is the flexible choice for a digital radio roll-out and full-country coverage in Africa. The panel DRM contributions on both days of the conference underlined the benefits of DRM and its role in enhancing the public, commercial and community stations’ profile and revenues while helping create a realistic and cohesive Digital Sound Broadcasting infrastructure for the African countries.

These interventions in the interactive proceedings of the two days were followed by intense discussions on implementation, receivers, costs at a small DRM information point in the conference hall. Here the DRM experts tried to answer some of the questions and demonstrate the clear advantages of DRM, like its role in delivering education where internet is not available.

The event was organised by Broadcast Media together with Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) and was partly sponsored by the DRM Consortium.

Several African radio events, to which the DRM consortium has contributed recently, have raised the interest in the standard and quite a few questions. Therefore, the Consortium has decided to organise virtually an open roundtable for Africa on July 26th, 1000-1130 UTC so that some of the questions can be discussed in more detail.

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