Nearly ten years ago, the 2006 Regional Radiocommunication Conference for Europe, Africa and the Middle Ea (Region 1), set the date of 17th June 2015 for completing the transition to digital broadcasting in the region. This means that from this date on analogue transmissions will not be protected from interferences because digital broadcasting will be the priority. While the European countries have been striving to also complete the switchover to digital television this year, there is a good reason to ask what has happened with policy decisions concerning the transition to digital radio? At the same time as digitalization of terrestrial television has released spectrum (790-862 MHz = 800 MHz band) for other use, the European plan for digital radio would actually require additional frequencies (VHF III) for radio broadcasting. So what is going to happen with radio in a digital scenario were frequencies could be allocated among many different services and agents?
In the Radio Research 2015 we will further discuss such subject and issues at the plenary session entitled: The Second Century of Wireless. Radio spectrum and the challenge of mobile communication in the digital era, which will take place on October 29th, 11:30 to 13:00. Marko Alla Fossi of the University of Tampere will be the keynote speaker and will discuss with the other participants, David Fernández Quijada (European Broadcasting Union) and Trinidad García Leiva. The session will be headed by Professor Guy Starkey (University of Sunderland).
University lecturer at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland (2004-). Currently he is working as a postdoc researcher (2014 – 2016) in a research project funded by the Academy of Finland (http://www.uta.fi/cmt/post-broadcast/focus_a.html). The project examines the development of media policy, communications legislation and spectrum planning as well as public subsidies for electronic communication in Europe and investigates how the key media policy stakeholders in Europe understand the current and future role and value of broadcasting in relation to other forms of electronic media. Ala-Fossi is also member of a pan-European research team on digital radio, (DRACE). His research interests include media policy, political economy and social shaping of the new media delivery technologies. Ala-Fossi is a former news journalist, producer and market analyst at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) (1989-2004).
David Fernández Quijada
Senior Media Analyst at the Media Intelligence Service of the European Broadcasting Union, in Geneva (Switzerland). Previously, he was Lecturer at the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). His research projects focus on public service media, media industries and policies and communication technologies. Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), where he is currently vice-chairing its Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group.
Trinidad García Leiva
Mª Trinidad García Leiva is Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), a member of the research group Television-Cinema: Memory, Representation and Industry and Co-Director of the research project “Cultural diversity: best practices and indicators”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (diversidadaudiovisual.org). Her research interests include communication and cultural policy and media economics. She collaborates regularly with journals such as Telos and with IRIS Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory.
Professor Guy Starkey, University of Sunderland. Is a former practitioner in radio and magazine journalism who still broadcasts daily on two internet radio stations. He is currently Sections Representative on the Executive Board of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and Chair of the ECREA Radio Research Section 2012-2014.
February 12, 2015.