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Posted by Louise Davies on 27th March 2017


Radio and TV presenter, Colin Murray, is to host this year’s Radio Festival, the annual celebration of all things audio, which will once again be taking place at the British Library on May 23rd.

The festival, organised by The Radio Academy and supported by sponsors PRS for Music and PPL, brings together leading figures and experts from across the media and UK audio industry to hear from a string of high-profile speakers and guests talking on the theme ‘Stand-Out!’

Colin Murray commented: ''As a radio nerd, I'm really looking forward to hosting Radio Festival 2017. I've been involved in radio for 17 years now, and I remain as in love with it today as ever before, so I'll enjoy every part of being involved with this. And there's free coffee and biscuits.”

Andy Harrower, Director of Broadcast at PRS for Music said: “Music is integral to radio, bringing in listeners day after day. Likewise, royalties from airplay on radio are an important source of income for our members, the writers of the songs that radio listeners love. We are very proud to partner with The Radio Academy to support Radio Festival and look forward to a variety of thought-provoking sessions and talks.”

Jez Bell, Chief Licensing Officer, PPL said: “PPL is proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the Radio Academy and is very pleased to support the Radio Festival again this year. We’re passionate about radio and the role that music plays in driving its success. The festival is a special event where we look forward to hearing from some of the best-known names in broadcasting about what made them stand out from the crowd and where they think the industry is heading.”

Colin Murray, who currently front’s BBC Radio 5 Live’s, Fighting Talk, previously anchored the weekday late morning show on TalkSport, as well as stints hosting BBC TV’s Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two, regular shows on Channel 5, as well as co-presenting with Edith Bowman on BBC Radio 1. He went on to host the prestigious “Peel slot” on the station for three years, during which time he won ‘Music Broadcaster of the Year’ at the Radio Academy Awards.

Radio Festival line-up, speakers and guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Radio Academy Members get huge discounts on tickets to Radio Festival, register now to save.