The Radio Festival 2012 launched today with the announcement that speakers already confirmed include two of the highest profile players in radio – Richard Park, Global Radio Group Executive Director, and the man responsible for the appointment of Nick Grimshaw – Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, who will take to the stage for exclusive insights into their stations.
They will be joined on the bill by Twitter UK’s Bruce Daisley who will highlight how the fastest growing platform complements broadcast radio and is being embraced by the radio industry worldwide.
Returning as Festival hosts are Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie from BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. Radcliffe & Maconie’s weekday radio programme broadcasts from the home of the Radio Festival – MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester. Margherita Taylor from Heart and Classic FM will also be returning to host Room 2.
Talent will feature heavily at this year’s Festival, with Adrian Chiles interviewing Sony Radio Academy Gold Award winning Broadcaster and comedian Frank Skinner set to provide just one of the Festival’s highlights.
The Radio Festival 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Following last year’s sold-out event, the capacity has been increased to cope with demand. Reliable & accessible Wi-fi will be available for all delegates to encourage active engagement of social media and the main event will begin on Monday afternoon, preceded on Monday morning by TechCon.
The theme of this year’s Radio Festival is ‘Opening Ears To Excellence‘, emphasising The Radio Academy’s ongoing commitment to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.
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The Festival will be chaired this year by Clive Dickens, Chief Operating Officer of Absolute Radio. With over 25 years experience in Radio, Clive’s genuine passion for the industry is universally acknowledged.
Clive Dickens said: “It is an honour to chair the Radio Festival 2012. This is an event for radio, media, marketing and PR professionals to gain insight into the growing influence & power of radio – a medium which reaches 90% of the UK population each week (source RAJAR Q1 2012). Located in the heart of the new MediaCityUK – Salford proved a worthy host last year and this year is set to be even bigger.”