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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Tuesday 10 November, 2.30-5.45pm

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Keynote Speech: Jonathan Wall
The Controller of BBC Sounds joins the Radio Academy Festival from his base in Salford, to talk about what's next for BBC radio's flagship digital product.

My Passion: Ben Cooper
Bauer's new Group Director of Content & Music, Ben Cooper, explains why he thinks Commercial Radio is such an exciting place to work in today. Produced by Lee Tideswell. Strand produced by Ray Paul.

Public Service on Commercial Radio
We’re all familiar with the BBC’s public role, but what is commercial radio’s role in providing public value, and how can it balance that with building a successful business? Chair: Helen Boaden (Audio Content Fund), Panel: Victoria Easton-Riley (Bauer Scotland), Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE (Premier Christian Radio), and Trevor Marshall (JackFM). Produced by Michael Ireland of Radiocentre.

Lockdown Stories: ReThink
The background to BBC Radio 4's strand of audio essays about reimagining society beyond the pandemic, from Commissioning Editor Richard Knight.

Can we Replace our Presenters with Robots?
Since the industrial revolution, people have been replaced by machines in jobs across all sectors. But that could never happen with radio presenters... could it? Kate Cocker (The Presenter Coach) investigates, with Sam Sethi (Sam Talks Technology podcast) and Jay LeBoeuf (Descript).

Postcard: Jean Danker, Singapore
Jean Danker, a Singaporean Chinese DJ at Mediacorp's Class 95, delivers us a virtual postcard for #RadFest20!

John Whittingdale MP, in conversation with Amol Rajan
Live from The BBC Radio Theatre, Minister for Media and Data, Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale MP, in conversation with Amol Rajan from BBC Radio 4's The Media Show.  They’ll look at the legislation and regulation of radio, discuss streaming and new technology, and look to the future of the sector over the next few years. Produced by Richard Hooper. 

Commercial Radio: A Force For Good
Radiocentre Chief Executive Siobhan Kenny will look at how commercial broadcasters have supported audiences during the pandemic, why the nation has turned to radio in the toughest of times and how it has brought listeners together for must-hear moments supporting important causes. Produced by George Butler.

Fellowship: Aradhna Tayal
We present The Radio Academy's Fellowship to Aradhna Tayal for their work with The Radio Academy and Radio TechCon.

Keynote Speech: Dee Ford CBE
The Group Managing Director of Bauer Media Audio reflects on the company’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic so far, and its response to the Black Lives Matter movement which triggered a range of changes in Bauer’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Produced by Lee Tideswell.


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