Hi all - we (the RSN) are helping put on two events in November to mark the 50th Anniversary of BBC Local Radio next month. The aim to is to critically assess the Corporation’s success with local broadcasting, as much as it is to ‘celebrate’! We would be more than happy to welcome CMA members to attend and join in the discussions. The Leicester event is free, the London one (featuring a presentation by Donald Mack, by the way) is £19 for students and £25 for others.
In the Midlands, on Wednesday 8th November, we are supporting the Leicester Media School with their one-day conference at De Montfort University. Reaching Out is a free event, but nevertheless we have a very strong line-up of expert speakers. There will be three panels featuring experienced professionals and practitioners in the industry speaking on Diversity, News and Sport, including: Sheetal Parmar, BBC, Editor of Specialist Programmes for English Regions; Kamlesh Purohit, Deputy Managing Editor, BBC Radio Leicester; Kay Wright, News Editor BBC Radio Leicester; Jason Bourne, BBC & Talk Sport.
There will also be presentations of academic research papers by Professor Peter Lewis and Professor Tim Wall, amongst others. A full listing is available on the registration website, below.
Do join us in Leicester to consider how the Corporation’s local radio services contribute to different communities across the land. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reaching-outbbc-local-radio-50th-anniversary-conference-tickets-38427818640?aff=es2
Then in London, on Saturday 18th November, we will again be commemorating, and critically appraising, the five decade-long history of BBC Local Radio, by supporting a Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) symposium at the University of Westminster.
The Headline Panel will feature Robert McLeish, with Helen Boaden and Mark Norman, chaired by Trevor Dann, discussing the legacy of local radio.
There will be talks and presentations by radio practitioners, BBC alumni and academics including: Tony Stoller; Deborah Wilson-David; Charles Runcie. We are also privileged to be hosting talks by the British Library’s Paul Wilson on sound archiving and Jane Wood on her project ‘Revealing Voices’.
For more information and to purchase tickets to this landmark event, (£19 - £25), please visit: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/events/bbc-local-radio-50th-anniversary-symposium
Hope, if you’re interested, that you can get to one or other event.