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Radio Festival Line-up Updated / Podcast Session Added


Radio Festival Line-up Updated / Podcast Session Added

Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show host and Digital Minister, Margot James have been added to the line-up of this year’s Radio Festival, with more sessions also unveiled.

Zoe Ball, who was announced as the first female host of the Radio 2 Breakfast show in October last year, is now well into her stride since taking over from Chris Evans in January. She will open Radio Festival by talking to Paddy O’Connell about her old Radio 1 days, history repeating itself as she stepped into Chris’s shoes and taking on the UK’s largest breakfast show alongside her love of radio.

Margot James, MP, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will present a keynote address on the UK radio and audio sector.

Also added to the Festival line-up will be a session on the growth of time sensitive podcasts, which will take a look at the market for informative, short shelf-life, audio-on-demand. With The Guardian and The Economist recently revealing new, big budget, daily current affairs shows and rapidly updated football podcasts frequently topping the charts, are these the areas where sustainable growth can be found?

How are these shows made and marketed – and importantly, how are they monetised? Mike Newman, Head of Partnerships at Audioboom, Cheryl Brumley, Editor of the ‘Intelligence, the daily podcast from The Economist and Kait Borsay, host of Offside Rule and presenter at ITN and TalkRadio, will be sharing their insights.

Zoe Ball said: This is such an exciting time in radio, and I’ve fallen back in love with doing a daily breakfast show! I’m looking forward to having a good chat with the brilliant Mr O’Connell about how much we’re enjoying our new adventure.”

Nick Pitts, Creative Director at Radio Festival said: “Some more great speakers and thought-provoking sessions added to the Radio Festival line up, which already includes Simon Mayo talking about his flip from the UK’s most listened to (BBC) station to one that he launched in the commercial sector. We are also delighted that, to celebrate the launch of this year’s search for the future of our audio industry, the ‘Reelworld 30 Under 30, one of our sessions will be devised and produced by 30 Under 30 alumni.

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. Tickets for RadFest19 are now on sale priced at £129 plus VAT for members and £199 plus VAT for non-members. 

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