Last year’s Festival received fantastic plaudits after an inspirational line-up that included Chris Evans, Christian O’Connell, Zane Lowe and a live performance from Jamie Cullum.
Roger Cutsforth, Managing Director of The Radio Academy said: “It is great to be able to announce the date for the Radio Festival well in advance this year and we are delighted to be able to partner with The British Library once again. Feedback from delegates who attended The Festival last year was hugely positive regarding the venue and the synergy with the Library’s sound archive. I’m also thrilled to announce that this year’s Radio Festival Steering Group is being chaired by Jonathan Arendt, CEO of Jazz FM and the Festival Director for 2016 is Helen Thomas Editor BBC Radio 2 and Radio 2 Digital.
More details will be announced shortly, but we’re already very excited about our plans to deliver the Radio Festival in a day.”
Jonathan Arendt, Chief Executive Officer, Jazz FM and 2016 Festival Steering Group Chair said: "I am delighted to be working with the team that brought us last year’s brilliant re-birth of The Radio Festival. We are thrilled that The British Library has invited us back and we have ambitious plans for this year’s Festival”
Helen Thomas, Editor BBC Radio 2 and Radio 2 Digital and 2016 Festival Director said: "I'm honoured and delighted to be Director of The Radio Academy's Radio Festival 2016. I look forward to working with the team and building on the success of last year's event, by developing an exciting and inspirational day of content that celebrates the very best of our brilliant and vibrant industry.”
Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library said: “The 2015 Radio Festival was a very exciting event for The British Library. It was an opportunity to host some of the biggest names in the broadcast industry and share plans for the digitization of our extensive sound archive including some 200,000 historic radio recordings. We’re thrilled to be hosting the Festival again in 2016, and look forward to welcoming delegates this September.”
For further information
Roger Cutsforth, The Radio Academy
07949 218 190