Radio World International 520 - April 2020

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April 2020

DRS 2020: Radio Is More Than Linear EBU’s annual meeting highlighted radio’s future with a feature-rich menu of podcasts, multiplatform content, more many broadcast model, ‘We know what you like, period’ to ‘We offer you many things you like, and you choose,’” explained Arcidiacono. In his vision, the users’ smartphone will be a unifying device that enables the listening experience across the various different platforms and listening contexts, gathering information on user’s habits and preferences. Through this accumulated knowledge, each receiver (including any in-car multimedia system, even in rented or shared cars) can offer each user


GENEVA — Every year in February, the European Broadcasting Union headquarter hosts the Digital Radio Summit, where public service and commercial broadcasters from around the globe share their experience and vision about radio’s future developments. The 2020 edition focused on radio’s potential to target the nonlinear market, primarily on mobile devices, voice assistants and car multimedia systems. YOU CHOOSE In his keynote speech, Antonio Arcidiacono, EBU’s director of technology and innovation, invited delegates to invest their efforts in developing a future radio ecosystem based on three pillars. They are the multicast version of “hybridization” with content resident across the IP network and in users’ devices, the portability of the radio experience across multiple receivers, and individual settings for personalization. “We have to move from the one-to-

his or her customized setup and personalized audio. It offers a way for each person to benefit from a unique and tailored experience, regardless of listening time and location. GENUINE PASSION Podcast production, distribution and “searchability” on any device made up the core of the morning sessions with speakers sharing their production experience and ideas for the future stages. The podcast market features a positive trend quite everywhere, and broadcasters consider podcast as a way to engage youth audience. In Norway, about 50% of the population aged 20 to 29 years listens to podcast. “About 18 months ago we asked podcast users who their favorite podcast profiles were,” said Cathinka Rondan, head of radio at the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK “and it ended up they were not from NRK. So we (continued on page 12)

The EBU headquarters in Geneva

Antonio Arcidiacono, EBU’s director of technology and innovation, gives his keynote speech.

◗MARKETPLACE Systel IP Basic: Systel IP is AEQ’s broadcast telephone and multiconference solution, operating on VoIP phone lines. The system is based on a digital matrix designed to manage IP lines. The company says the interface offers a dynamic and flexible workflow for various scenarios including radio, television or corporate. Systel IP can be operated through dedicated software on PC, or through the Systelset+ handset, a touchscreen IP phone with an intuitive interface to manage the incoming calls. The new Systel IP Basic engine version recently was released. It is a 19-inch, single-rack unit able to work as a multi-line IP phone with SIP signaling protocol. The basic version features eight IP phone lines and four additional hidden for Systel Set + handsets. The engine features four digital audio inputs and outputs as well as two analog audio inputs and outputs. It also offers 32 AoIP inputs and outputs based on Dante protocol/AES67compatible, so it can be integrated into an AoIP net and route the calls inside the IP network. The Systel IP Basic can be upgraded to Systel IP 16, through a software license. This allows expansion to a bigger system in the future, either to attend more studios or to put more simultaneous calls on air. Info:

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