With Danielle Perry, Jeremy Vine, Alan Dedicoat, Peter Dickson, No Such Thing As a Fish, Ken Bruce, and more


With Dee Ford, Jonathan Wall, Ben Cooper, John Whittingdale, Siobhan Kenny, and our panel on public service radio


With David Lloyd, Chris Burns, Dom Chambers, Paulette Edwards, Keri Jones, and panels on venues and careers


With Emily Maitlis, Tom Newton-Dunn, Heidi Dawson, Hugh Woozencroft, Mishal Husain, and more


With Nile Rodgers, Jordan & Perri, Lorna Clarke, Nadia Khan, the Beethoven Challenge, The Skewer and more

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Friday 13 November, 2.30-7.30pm

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Radio 3’s Beethoven Challenge
BBC Radio 3 and the BBC National Orchestra And Chorus of Wales host a special Radio Academy challenge. To mark 250 years since his birth, five teams will have just a few hours to create an updated take on Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony. From Bounce, Nik Goodman and Dan McGrath, alongside Lisa Tregale from the N.O.W, explain the background to the challenge. Produced by Joe Harland.

My Passion: Nadia Khan
Artist manager and founder of Women in Ctrl Nadia Khan discusses gender inequality in British music. Strand produced by Ray Paul.

Bobby Friction: ROAR
Bobby Friction gives us an update on the Race On Audio & Radio Webinars

Jordan Banjo & Perri Kiely
The new hosts of KISS Breakfast talk about their new show, how it was launched in lockdown, and their dual roles as Diversity dancers and breakfast show DJs.

Lockdown Stories: Radio 2 House Music
With live music in the studio not an option, how did Radio 2 manage to get some of music's biggest stars to make beautiful music with the BBC Concert Orchestra? Produced by Sam Bailey

Lorna Clarke, in conversation with Annie Mac
The BBC Controller of Popular Music marks one year in her new role as boss of Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6Music, Asian Network and Music TV commissioning, with a discussion with Radio 1's Annie Mac about her vision for the future of those networks. Produced by George Robinson.

In Memoriam, Part 2
We continue to look back on those in the industry we've lost over the past year.

Nile Rodgers
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter turned radio host joins us live from his home in Connecticut to talk with Edith Bowman about his new Apple Music 1 show, Deep Hidden Meaning Radio. Produced by Emlyn Dodd of Banana Stand.

Fellowship - John Dash
John Dash, the voluntary Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, is awarded the first ever double Fellowship of The Radio Academy.

Radio 3’s Beethoven Challenge: The Results
We check in for the results of Radio 3's Beethoven Challenge!

Skewering The Festival
Wrapping up The Radio Academy Festival via the brain of Jon Holmes, with a unique skewering of the audio you've heard this week.  Produced by Jon Holmes.

The Radio Academy Festival Quiz, with Scott Mills
Rounding the week off with a BYO Social and a Radio Quiz! Sharpen your pencils, pour a glass of your favourite tipple, and get ready for a quiz brought to you from some of your favourite names across radio. Produced by Neil Sloan.


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