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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


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Wednesday 11 November, 2.30-5.30pm

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Local Radio 2025: Chris Burns
Head of BBC Local Radio, Chris Burns, gives her vision of local radio five years from now. How does she think the BBC will sit alongside commercial and community radio, and how will new technology play a part?

Thanks, to the Engineers
A whole host of presenters and teams take a moment to say thank you to the people that helped them stay on air during lockdown.  To the engineers and operations teams: we salute you. Produced by Matt Jamison. Strand produced by Ray Paul.

What Does a Radio Career Look Like in 2020?
A converging local radio industry, a growing audio publishing sector, and increasingly automated and remote network radio. Join our nuanced discussion of the future of work in audio based on a survey of 100 people. With insights from Tim Pemberton (Head of BBC Religion), and Charlie Hedges (Presenter, Radio 1), hosted by Sadia Akhtar (freelance producer). Produced by Bernard P Achampong of Unedited.

Lockdown Stories: Caring for Carers
Hear about the project that united 92 radio stations across the UK, to pay tribute to unpaid carers that often go unrecognised in society. Four weeks of stories, told by Gyles Brandreth, featured uplifting, insightful and emotional stories from carers and those they care for. Produced by John Dash.

Local Radio 2025: David Lloyd
Influential radio historian and former commercial radio executive David Lloyd gives his perspective on the shape of local radio five years from now. How can listeners expect to hear stuff about their area, and who will make it?

BBC Make A Difference: How local radio helped people feel good about their area
BBC Radio Sheffield's Paulette Edwards looks at BBC Local Radio's "Make A Difference" campaign, which united 39 local stations with a single mission during the national lockdown. With contributions from Becca Bryers of the Make A Difference Podcast, and the thoughts of listeners. Produced by Siobhan Harrison.

Local Radio 2025: Dom Chambers
The Chair of the Community Media Association talks through his vision of local radio in five years' time. How will community-owned radio fair, and can it take advantage of the gaps left by the networking of heritage ILR licences?

Postcard: Tracey Lange, KFM 94.5
Tracey Lange, direct from South Africa's KFM, sends us a virtual postcard talking about their experience with being on-air during the pandemic.

Grassroots music venues - what can local radio do?
The plight of music venues has been well publicised in recent months - it's practically impossible to put on gigs in the types of small venues that are the lifeblood of live music. What can people do on a local level to support them? Hosted by Abbie McCarthy (BBC Music Introducing), with John Dawkins (Various Artists Management), Beverley Whitrick (Music Venue Trust). Produced by Matt Gallagher of GetOnMedia.

Fellowship: Bill Best
Bill Best is awarded the Fellowship from The Radio Academy

Local Radio 2025: Keri Jones
The Managing Editor of Alfred, the Shaftesbury community radio project, talks about how his daily podcast ( provides vital updates to his small Dorset community. What future role could hyperlocal podcasting play in the landscape of local radio?


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