Nile Rodgers, Jordan Banjo & Perri Kiely, Ken Bruce, John Whittingdale, Lorna Clarke, Chris Burns among speakers

(LONDON, U.K., MONDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2020) The annual Radio Academy Festival kicks off today for a week of discussion, debate and celebration.

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While no one could have predicted the challenges that have arisen throughout 2020, radio and audio has found new ways to support audiences through these difficult times. Throughout this week, the entire radio and audio community will be coming together through a special online events platform to explore the new normal for radio and audio in the UK, looking at how the industry has managed throughout 2020, what lessons have been learnt and how it will look in the future.

Looking and feeling completely different to last year’s festival, The Radio Academy have pushed ahead, taking it virtual in an event like no other. The festival features five afternoons of over thirty guest and panel sessions, starting today and finishing on Friday 13th November. In true Radio Academy style, the biggest names in radio and audio will all be taking to the virtual stage with festival attendees being able to watch from home.


Monday 9th November

The host of the UK’s biggest daily radio moment, Ken Bruce, talks about how the iconic PopMaster started up, and tells us some of his favourite contestant stories. Presented with a little help from his friends…

Tuesday 10th November

Minister for Media and Data, Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale MP, will be 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.

Wednesday 11th November

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?

Friday 13th November

The new hosts of KISS Breakfast, Jordan Banjo & Perri Kiely, talk about their new show, how it was launched in lockdown and their dual roles as Diversity dancers and breakfast show DJs.

Friday 13th November

The BBC Controller of Popular Music, Lorna Clarke, marks one year in her new role as boss of Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6Music, Asian Network and Music TV commissioning, with a discussion with Radio 1’s Annie Mac about her vision for the future of those networks.

Friday 13th November

Nile Rodgers, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter turned radio host joins The Radio Academy live from his home in Connecticut to talk with Edith Bowman about his new Apple Music 1 show, Deep Hidden Meaning Radio.

Also lined up for this year’s festival are broadcasters such as Jeremy Vine, Scott Mills, DJ Ace and No Such Thing As A Fish, alongside some of the most influential people in the industry including CEO and Founder of We Are Grape Rachel Barton, Controller of BBC Sounds Jonathan Wall, Radiocentre Chief Executive Siobhan Kenny, Group MD of Bauer Media Audio Dee Ford CBE, talkRADIO station director Dennie Morris, New Content Director of KISS, Rebecca Frank and many more. 

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