From The Chairman, Ben Cooper

by Gloria on 19th December 2014. (0) Comment .
Category: News

Many thanks to you for attending the AGM, or following it on social media or reading one of the blogs. Your interest is greatly appreciated because like you, I care about the future of The Radio Academy. It is why over the last two years as Chair of the Academy I have given my time, effort and energy. Many of us work for the Academy for nothing, putting in the calls, writing mails and attending meetings alongside our day jobs – and we do it because we want to give something back to the industry we love.

I have a vision of what The Radio Academy should be going forward. I want to maintain a sense of community and an opportunity for learning for individuals in our industry, as well as celebrating creative excellence. I want to do this with, and for, the whole of the industry, not just parts of the industry. And therefore, when Trustees have questions about the Awards, the value Patrons receive and the very existence of the Academy itself, then we have to consider those concerns. At the AGM I might have appeared diplomatic and measured in my answers, but that was because this is difficult. It is complex. My belief though is as an organisation, and an industry, we are stronger together.

In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trustees publicly for working as a team to create an atmosphere which allows us all to have the confidence to speak with honesty, but with consideration, and to take tough decisions.

I would also like to say thank you for my Fellowship. I took great pride in receiving my decanter this month. It is unbelievable how much a piece of glassware can mean. Because for all the bad moments, setbacks and hard work this last year, there is the potential of being part of a team that sees an idea turn into a successful reality.

What is clear to me now, is that there is confusion. The Academy has become a membership organisation which is actually funded by Patrons, and a charity for learning that puts on commercial events. I believe my job is to untangle the funding and organisational structure which has built up over time and provide clarity.

So, the Trustees will meet in January and then we will call an EGM at the end of February, start of March, when we can agree a way forward in order to have a Radio Academy that is economically sound and has a clear logical purpose.

For those of you taking a break over the holidays I hope it is a relaxing one, and for those of you who are broadcasting, I hope you get some time off in the new year. All the best for 2015.

Best wishes,

Ben Cooper

Arqiva Radio Academy Hall of Fame Lunch celebrates radio greats!

by Gloria on 5th December 2014. Comments Off .
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Arqiva Hall of Fame Radio Academy Lunch - congratulations to our new inductees!

We were in the beautiful Lancaster Ballroom at The Savoy on Thursday for this year’s Arqiva Radio Academy Hall of Fame Lunch. It was a fabulous afternoon, brilliantly hosted by the inimitable Christian O’Connell, who was surprised on the day to discover he was also being inducted!

We are delighted to welcome all this year’s inductees to UK radio’s most hallowed list – Alan Brazil, Nicky Campbell, Barry Cryer, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Christian O’Connell, Pete Price, and Jo Whiley. Warmest congratulations to them all!

The event also featured the presentation of three Fellowships, the highest honour The Radio Academy can bestow. We are proud to welcome our new Fellows, Ben Cooper, Fi Glover and Scott Taunton!

Huge thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Arqiva, and to everyone who came and made it such a special afternoon!

Annual General Meeting

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our AGM next week. It will be held at BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA at 6pm on Wednesday 10th December. All Members of The Radio Academy are welcome to attend but, if you haven’t done so already, you need to register here.

Listen

In this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got more magical memories from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week’s highlights include BBC Radio news programmes leaving TV Centre for their new home at New Broadcasting House; the launches of Power FM and Northants 96; the first test transmissions for the pirate Radio London; and we wish a very happy birthday to Richard Bacon! Happy listening!

Membership

Support The Radio Academy, get discounted rates for all our events and be the envy of all your friends by becoming a Member. You can sign up on our website for annual membership for just £25, but if you work for any of our Patrons it’s absolutely free! Just register with your work email address here.


Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

RadioTalk: Radio Moments with David Lloyd

by Gloria on 3rd December 2014. Comments Off .
Category: podcast

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got more magical memories from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week’s highlights include BBC David Lloyd's Radio MomentsRadio news programmes leaving TV Centre for their new home at New Broadcasting House; the launches of Power FM and Northants 96; the first test transmissions for the pirate Radio London; and we wish a very happy birthday to Richard Bacon! Happy listening!

Produced and presented by David Lloyd. Comments always welcome. Also available via iTunes.

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Arqiva Radio Academy Hall of Fame Lunch - last chance to book!

This week, a message from our Chairman, Ben Cooper:

Hello there…

I thought I would update you on what is happening ahead of our AGM in December.

First of all, congratulations to all our winners at the Radio Production Awards this week. We celebrated those who make great radio and whose lives are dedicated to their love of the medium. I would also like to thank you if you helped judge, support or organise this fantastic event. See some of the coverage here.

The next time for us to come together is at the Arqiva Radio Academy Hall of Fame Lunch – it is an excellent opportunity for you, friends and colleagues to have an early Christmas lunch in a wonderful location, whilst celebrating some of the country’s most respected broadcasters and their love of and contribution to radio. It’s on Thursday 4th December – if you haven’t got them yet, you can book your tickets here. I look forward to seeing you there.

Many of you have been in touch ahead of the AGM with thoughts and suggestions about how the Academy evolves. It is reassuring that so many understand the need to change. The Trustees meet at the start of next week, so if you still have any ideas that you would like to be included in our discussions, then please feedback to us before Monday lunchtime.

Obviously where there is uncertainty there will be some concerns, but my ambition for our AGM is that Trustees offer members a new, logical and financially sound vision of how we best reflect and celebrate our industry at both a local and national level.

The AGM will be held at BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA at 6pm on Wednesday 10th December. All Members of The Radio Academy are welcome to attend, but need to register here.

Listen

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got more magical memories from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week, The King’s Singers herald the 1978 international frequency changes; Manx Radio, Britain’s first licensed commercial radio station, officially opened 50 years ago this week; BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Carlisle both launched, the latter morphing into BBC Radio Cumbria a year later; and BBC Radio Birmingham transformed into Radio WM. Happy listening!

Membership

Support The Radio Academy, get discounted rates for all our events and be the envy of all your friends by becoming a Member. You can sign up on our website for annual membership for just £25, but if you work for any of our Patrons it’s absolutely free! Just register with your work email address here.


Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

RadioTalk: Radio Moments with David Lloyd

by Gloria on 27th November 2014. Comments Off .
Category: podcast

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got more magical memories from the week in radio history, courtesy of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week, The King’s Singers herald the 1978 international frequency changes; Manx Radio, Britain’s first David Lloyd's Radio Momentslicensed commercial radio station, officially opened 50 years ago this week; BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Carlisle both launched, the latter morphing into BBC Radio Cumbria a year later; and BBC Radio Birmingham transformed into Radio WM. Happy listening!

Produced and presented by David Lloyd. Comments always welcome. Also available via iTunes.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.