Broadcaster, Simon Mayo is the first speaker to be revealed for this year’s Radio Festival (#RadFest19), the annual celebration of audio and radio, taking place on Monday May 13th at the British Library.
Supported by sponsors PRS for Music, PPL and Arqiva, Radio Festival will be led for the second time by creative director, Nick Pitts, bringing together leading figures and experts from across the media and UK audio industry talking on the theme of The New Age of Audio.
Simon Mayo, who recently made his debut on Bauer’s new classical and entertainment station, Scala Radio, will be looking at how he is not only ushering in a new era in his own broadcasting career, but how the launch of Scala demonstrates the radio industry’s ability to continue to innovate, delivering a new age of audio. And after a career of some 37 years spent working with the BBC, he will also share how he has acclimatised to being on the commercial side and what both sides could learn from the each other.
Nick Pitts, RadFest Director commented: “Here we are, only starting April and 2019 has already seen more radio and audio action that most years see in total. Top talent has shaken up the market by moving, the next stage of consolidation in UK commercial radio is underway and the podcast business has exploded… and that’s not even mentioning tech advancements and BBC Local Radio! I’m very excited to announce Simon Mayo as our first great speaker, with many more to be announced, as part of our New Age of Audio Festival.”
Radio Festival will kick-off this year’s Radio Audio Week, which celebrates the ‘audio revolution’, with a series of industry events and networking sessions to follow across the week, culminating at the British Podcast Awards on Saturday May 18th.
Rich Johnston, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva said: “It is an exciting time to be in the radio industry in the UK. We are proud to be playing our part and supporting Radio Festival this year. Radio Festival, and Radio Audio Week as a whole provides an excellent opportunity for our industry to highlight some of the great things happening and I look forward to attending the terrific events taking place.”
Jez Bell, Chief Licensing Officer, PPL said: “We are proud to support this year’s Radio Festival. Music radio remains an important medium and source of licensing revenue for PPL’s many thousands of performers and recording rightsholders and we look forward to a future in which UK broadcasting continues to entertain and engage a large and diverse audience.”
Andy Harrower, PRS for Music Director of Licensing, said: “I’m delighted PRS for Music is once again partnering with Radio Festival, to celebrate all things audio and radio and it’s sure to be a great event. Radio plays a vital role in the careers of many of our songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and their music is integral for stations to bring in listeners day after day. We are proud to support everything RadFest does to champion the industry.”
Radio Festival speakers and guests will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Other supporters of the Festival include RCS, David Arnold Music, Lyric Find and Sharpstream.
Tickets for RadFest19 are now on sale, with early bird tickets available until Sunday April 14th priced at £99 plus VAT for members and £149 plus VAT for non-members. Visit: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/radiofestival19/ to book tickets.