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Posted by Sean Childerley on 29th April 2019



James Purnell and Greg James have been added to the line-up of this year’s Radio Festival, as well as sessions from Google News’ Brenda Salinas and Katy Leeson of Social Chain.


Radio Festival, which takes place at the British Library on May 13th, brings together leading figures and experts from across the media and UK audio industry, this year talking on the theme of The New Age of Audio?  


James Purnell, the BBC’s Director of Radio & Education, will be joining RadFest to share his thoughts on the importance of treasuring radio amidst significant change in the industry and in people’s listening habits. During his session, he’ll explore the creative opportunities the BBC’s new Sounds app can create and how the BBC hopes to build new generations of audio fans.


BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, Greg James, who will also be speaking at Radio Festival, said:  “After Glastonbury and a few others, the Radio Festival is my favourite of all the festivals and although it would be a lie to say I can’t wait for it, but I am appropriately excited to be part of it.”


Other sessions unveiled include:


  • “The New Age of Digital Audio, according to…” with a range of views from the digital world, including Brenda Salinas, of Google News, talking about how Google is using data to customize radio for individuals and how interactivity will be central to the future of radio. 
  • UK Managing Director of Social Chain, Katy Leeson, will share the secrets of being able to make your content go viral in 10 minutes.


They join speakers Simon Mayo, Zoe Ball and Digital Minister, Margot James, as well as a host of sessions, with more speakers and sessions still to be revealed.


Radio Festival, which takes place at the British Library on Monday May 13th, will be part of this year’s Radio Audio Week and will be supported by sponsors PRS for Music, PPL and Arqiva.   Other supporters of the Festival include RCS, David Arnold Music and SharpStream.  


Tickets for RadFest19 are now on sale priced at £129 plus VAT for members and £199 plus VAT for non-members. Visit: to book tickets. 

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