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Programme 2022

Preliminary Conference Programme

Full programme and schedule to be announced beginning of August. More speakers and content will be added!


Welcoming Keynote: Sound of the Future

Kenny Ong (CEO, Astro Radio, Malaysia)

Transformation of Radio

Abe Thomas (CEO, BigFM, India)

Is Radio Dead? Abe Thomas is sure Radio is NOT dead but TRANSFORMING. And the reason why he knows this is the growth and content in digital audio is being driven by ‘radio-like experiences’. Also, he strongly believes along with the ‘Technology’ one also needs the ‘Technique’ to create memorable radio-like experiences.

Radio is up against incredible competition from digital audio players and we need to be realistic, pragmatic and deliberate in our response. Given this daunting reality, how can radio compete and remain relevant?

Reinventing Radio

Ben Cooper (Group Director, Content and Music, Bauer Radio, UK)

Learn how you can successfully transform from a traditional radio company to a digital audio business.

Find out more about how Bauer – Europe’s largest commercial radio group - are changing the face of radio in Europe with brand extensions, social & video content, podcasts, portfolio development, innovations and much more.

Love is in the air

Ralph van Dijk (Founder and Creative Director, Eardrum, Australia)

The multi award-winning Ralph van Dijk will talk about the role radio and audio can play to help customers fall in love with brands. He will demonstrate the fastest way to their hearts is - through their ears.

Radio under attack

Danish Karokhel (Founding Director, Pajhwok Network, Afghanistan)

Since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, independent media has been under attack. Danish Karokhel, who founded the independent news service Pajhwok, has seen first hand how colleagues in radio have been forced to close their radio stations. Danish managed to get some of his staff out and has changed to a hybrid model where some of Pajhwok´s operations are now outside of Afghanistan. Hear about the media situation in Afghanistan and the dramatic changes that have occurred in that country since the Taliban took over.

Cool new tech for radio that you should be using

James Cridland (Radio Futurologist, Australia)

New tech is everywhere; and there are plenty of new tools that can help radio succeed. Software that makes audio editing as easy as a word processor, the radio presenter who does so much on-air he's trained a robot to do some of it for him, the syndicated show that sounds like it's tailor-made for your station, and how to make a show in a language you don't speak, the possibilities are endless. Join radio futurologist James Cridland to see what's possible for your station today.

The Essential Guide to AI

Francis Currie (International Audio Consultant, UK) and other experts

Everybody is talking about AI, but what’s it all about, and how can it help the radio & audio industry? In this compelling session, we reveal how AI can be used in writing, editing, producing, presenting, scheduling, and promoting your radio station or audio business. With a lot of examples, links and contributions from people at the cutting edge of this emerging field, this session is packed with what you need to know about Artificial Intelligence.

Digital Transformation – The journey from radio to a digital audio powerhouse

John Kelly (COO, Southern Cross Austereo, Australia)

John Kelly, Chief Operating Officer of Southern Cross Austereo, will discuss how changing consumer consumption has driven a digital audio revolution for his business.  The journey began with a change in strategy, behaviours, workforce and digital investment – in the desire to embrace and unlock a sustainable and exciting digital audio future.

Driving Audiences from Digital to FM

Alex Poon (General Manager, Tech and Shared Services, Media Prima, Malaysia)

Combining radio with digital platforms improves two-way communication with the audience, and it has seen to give incredible results to the business. Alex Poon will talk about how Media Prima Audio uses AUDIO+ as the primary tool to take this opportunity to drive audiences back to linear FM.

The Power of Radio

Duncan Campbell (Chief Content Officer, ARN, Australia)

With a focus on new technologies that some claim are ‘radio killers’ it’s important to remind ourselves that radio is still incredibly strong and will evolve and adapt as it has since it was born. The fundamental reason Radio remains so strong is the magic of the medium which highlights the Power of Radio which we all need to continue to harness in order for Radio to remain relevant today and into the future.

What Goes Into The Blue Ocean?

Miki Sumiyoshi (Radio Host, Tokyo FM, Japan)

Tokyo FM's mid-morning show "Blue Ocean" has been hosted for the last 10 years by one of Japan's top broadcasters, Miki Sumiyoshi. But what goes into a top-rating show like this? What makes it a success? What's the secret sauces? Miki-san will reveal all - in a fireside chat with James Ross. Plus Miki will be broadcasting Blue Ocean live from KL.

Radio’s Fight for the Future Car

Jaime Chaux (Head of Digital, Commercial Radio Australia, AU)

The car of the future challenges radio’s prominent role in the dashboard: new connected cars will come with internet connections in-built and large touchscreens that make accessing entertainment other than live radio the easiest it has ever been. Radio’s role in the car is under threat.

What does audio entertainment look like in the future connected car? What is being done right now to ensure radio is as best placed for the rise of the connected car?

Emergency Broadcasting: Radio as the ultimate lifeline

Seeichi Kuriki (Producer, NHK Tokyo, Japan), Patrick Hession (Emergency Broadcast Lead, ABC, Australia)

Fires, floods and tsunamis – in any natural disaster or civil emergency radio is the most reliable medium to help people in danger or distress and save lives. In this session we will hear from Australia and Japan how the ABC and NHK have innovated their readiness and organisation to function at the very best when urgent and reliable information is needed the most. 

How has Covid changed listener habits?

June Pang (Head of Malaysia Media Measurement, GfK, Malaysia)

How has the pandemic changed listening? How has listening to radio and other audio services during and after Covid? Are things back to normal or is there a long-term Covid effect? June Pang will give on overview of trends in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

The Future of Public Media

Richard Sutherland (Head of News, Radio New Zealand), Sopit Wangvivatana (Thai PBS, Thailand), David Hua (Director of Audio and Language Content, SBS, Australia), Harry Lock (Public Media Alliance, UK)

As the BBC celebrates its 100th anniversary, so too does the idea of public service media. But as media organisations face ever more competition from big tech, growing threats to media freedom, and begin to reel from the impact of the pandemic, what does the future hold for public media? How are they innovating to tackle these issues? And will they be with us in another 100 years?

Social Media - #winning for podcasting and audio

Arielle Nissenblatt (Community Manager, SquadCast, USA)

Almost everyone uses social media. So, how can you best use social media to help more people find your audio: and get closer to your audience? With best-practices from the US for podcasts, this session will help anyone who needs more people listening to their stuff, whatever social media platform you use.

The Success of BBC Global News Podcast

Karen Martin (Editor, Global News Podcast, BBC, UK), Jackie Leonard (Presenter, Global News Podcast, BBC, UK)

The BBC Global News Podcast is one of the biggest podcasts worldwide with a million downloads per day. In this session, the editors will take you through the unlikely success story of the Global News Podcast: first launched rather apologetically from a dark corner of the BBC newsroom in London 15 years ago back to its current unrivalled success as a twice a day world news round-up in a now crowded market. Why is it a success? The team behind the BBC Global News Podcast will share their thoughts.

Publisher going into Audio: The Audio Journey

Christoph Falke (General Manager, Axel Springer Audio, Germany)

Axel Springer is Europe’s leading digital publisher and has a bold audio mission: Become #1 publisher in audio journalism in the German speaking countries by 2025. Christoph is heading the centralised audio unit of Axel Springer that was established one year ago. This “Team Audio” is managing the radio-portfolio as well as the podcast business of the new media brands of Axel Springer like BILD or WELT. Christoph will give some insights on the role of audio and the impact on their strategy including a lot of hands-on examples how to accelerate the audio business by new ideas and products.

Content Leadership and Talent - The Perfect Marriage

Amanda Lee (Content Director, Melbourne’s 101.9 The Fox, Southern Cross Austereo, Australia)

If anyone understands the power of relationships, it’s one of Australia’s leading Content Directors, Amanda Lee, who shares why the bond between Content Director and Talent is just like a marriage.

Creativity, lived experiences and collaboration bring ideas to the microphone, where trust enables stories to be told, providing honest and genuine feedback leads to growth and creating memories together unifies a team that becomes the ultimate radio pairing.

Engaging Gen Z

As radio's audiences are getting older, how do you successfully engage with the younger, future audiences? What ideas and innovations are radio stations using to engage with Gen Z?

See radio differently – let radio take a bigger bite

Nessa McGann (Founder, McGann Media, Ireland)

Radio has often been used by advertisers as a tactical medium, getting promotional messages to air quickly and efficiently, but remains underused as a brand-building medium. New studies in the UK and Europe underline the strengths of radio as an advertising medium and will give your sales department multiple strong arguments for how radio give return on investment.

Building LiSTNR for now and the future

Chris Johnson (Southern Cross Austereo, Australia)

Chris will take a behind the scenes look at the principles and challenges of developing the LiSTNR digital platform as a vehicle to drive digital audio consumption and revenue growth.  He will also share how customer experience, AI and technology partnerships will play a critical role in the future.

The tussle for talent

Speakers TBA

Talent recruitment has become harder due to increased competition from competitors poaching staff and social media providing a new avenue for people to build their personality profiles. There is now more competition for talent and wages. How are radio broadcasters coping and what strategies are they using to find and hold new talent? Steve Ahern will lead a panel discussion with radio leaders to discover the extent of the problem and what they are doing about it.

Maximizing the Power of Audio to Connect with Listeners & Grow Your Audience

Stephanie Donovan (Triton Digital, USA)

What's next for podcasting

Megan Davies (International Managing Director, Acast, UK), Atitya Kuber (Co-Founder & CEO Ideabrew Studios, India), Arielle Nissenblatt (Community Manager, Squadcast, USA), Richard Palmer (Director, Marketing Development, Triton Digital, Australia), James Cridland (Founder & Editor, Podnews, Australia)

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing new mediums in the world: but will it continue growing? What are the trends in terms of content: is audio fiction going to finally break through? What works for podcasters in terms of earning money? Are there trends towards shorter content? This panel brings together people from all parts of podcasting to look into the future of the medium, and how you can benefit from it.

The Indian Podcasts That Aren't Being Made

Mae Mariyam Thomas (Journalist, Podcaster, Maed in India, India)

Podcasting is growing rapidly in India. Mae will give on overview of current trends, but also highlight the possibilities for underrepresented voices to use podcasting. Who are the Indian voices in podcasting? How can independent creators, non-profit entrants and podcast networks work for more voices to be heard? Mae will also share experiences in engaging more women in podcasting.

Podcasting across Asia: the market and the money

Ron Beationg (Founder, Podcast Network, Philippines), Zhou Heyang (Host, Round Table China, CRI, China), Timi Siytancgo (Key Account Director, Acast, Singapore), Ishani Dasgupta (Ideabrew Studios, India)

Where is podcasting in Asia? What are the trends and what is different in each country? What is successful and why? What stands out? Where is it going?

Audio Fiction by Independent Creators

Matthew Durai (General Manager, ZAG Media, Malaysia)

What's the current landscape for audio fiction podcasts? How do you create successful audio fiction who is the audience and how to you reach them? Matt will also share experiences from some of the ZAG recent projects in Malaysia and Singapore.

How to define and refine your podcast to make it a success - your questions answered

Adam Uytman (Creator Network Business Development Director, Acast, UK) and panelists

Much of the future success of your podcast will depend on the actions you take regarding: content, strategy, editing, sound quality, marketing and more. This panel brings together podcasters from well-known broadcast companies to popular independents for case studies then a discussion on how to create a successful podcast and thrive in audio.

25 ideas in 30 minutes

Five speakers share their best tips

A packed session full of ideas. A collection of great speakers from across the conference will provide plenty of quick-fire and practical ideas, meaning you will go away from this session with lots of thoughts and inspiration to bring back to your radio station!

Choose one of three Masterclasses:

Masterclass 1: Content leadership:

Building content making skills in your team

Natalie Pozdeev (Australian Film Television and Radio School)

How can you work with your team to build content making skills. Natalie Pozdeev from AFTRS will take you through practical strategies to build content making skills in your team, including using structured training to support the talent pipeline.

Masterclass 2: How to make a successful podcast

Lyndal Harris (Founder of Podcast VA, Australia)

The ABC for creating a successful podcast. How to structure your work, how to find your audience and grow reach and how to make money from your podcast.

Masterclass 3: Learn what Creative Champions do

Wade Kingsley (Creative Coach, Australia)

The world's most creative people have strengths that other people don't. It's not that they are more creative than other people, it's that they work to develop these skills. Our work is to share what these skills are, and show people how to use them to develop their creative thinking capability. Wade Kingsley, Creative Coach, will inspire you and share techniques on how you and your team can be more creative

MEET UP! – Topical networking

Meet others interested in a specific topic for a networking discussion in 2 of the tea/coffee breaks, one on the first day and another one on the second day. Grab your tea or coffee and head to one of the five meet-up areas. Each meet-up will have a topic (like business, podcasting etc) and a moderator. Join the meet-up you are most interested in and discuss or ask your questions to the speakers and others interested in the same topic.

This programme is preliminary and will be updated with additional content and speakers.

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Tue 5th July 2022

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