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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Thursday 12 November, 2.30-5.30pm

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The US Election on UK Radio
We may finally know who's won the US Presidential Election, but the journey to that result was far from simple.  Join Emily Maitlis (BBC Americast), Tom Newton-Dunn (Times Radio) and Alex Hannaford (Huddled Masses podcast), who'll be talking with Lorraine Herbison (Bauer News) about how the election was covered by UK audio and radio. Produced by Scarlett Maguire.

My Passion: Ace
1Xtra DJ Ace talks about his love for presenting radio, in the context of his battles with kidney failure which sees him on dialysis three times a week. He describes how the love for music and presenting keeps him going. Strand produced by Ray Paul.

Fellowship: Camila Byk
The Radio Academy awards Camila Byk,, the Fellowship for their work in radio.

Sport During Lockdown
Hugh Woozencroft is joined by a panel of sport bosses to discuss how radio stations and platforms adapted to the almost overnight cancellation of sport around the world. With Heidi Dawson (Controller, 5 Live), Kathryn Anastasi (Head of Live Sport, talkSPORT), and Neil Atkinson (CEO and Host, The Anfield Wrap). Produced by Isabelle Minter

Lockdown Stories: Launching Times Radio
Launching a new radio station is always a big deal, but launching one at the start of a national lockdown with no obvious end was a huge undertaking. Here the behind-the-scenes story of how they did it. Produced by Liam Fisher

Too many podcasts, Too little time
Blinkist’s Rachel Mallender and Caitlin Schiller share the story behind Shortcasts - a new content innovation for an audience that just doesn’t have time.

In Memoriam, Part 1
The Radio Academy reflects on all those we've lost in the industry over the past year.

Postcard: BFBS Cyprus
We hear how BFBS Cyprus dealt with running a radio station from a military base in the pandemic.

talkRADIO: Looking Good
Station Director of talkRADIO Dennie Morris talks through how his station pivoted to visual, with a focus on looking good, presenters working the camera, and spreading radio output on visual platforms.

Fellowship: Yvonne Thompson
Yvonne Thompson, a founding member of the UK's only legal black-owned radio station, is awarded The Radio Academy Fellowship.

The Challenge of Political Interviews
Mishal Husain (BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme) will join interviewee-turned-interviewer Gloria de Piero (Times Radio and ex-Labour Party frontbencher) for a discussion about the challenge and effectiveness of political interviews, hosted by former 10 Downing Street Director of Communications Sir Robbie Gibb. Produced by Scarlett Maguire.


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