BBC Radio 1 Head of Programmes Ben Cooper has been announced as the Keynote Speaker at Annual Student Conference.
Ben will welcome future broadcasters to the conference as he launches the event, which is run by the Student Radio Association on the 6th April.
The event is expected to be one of Mr Cooper’s first engagements after he takes up his new position as Deputy Controller or BBC Radio 1, and 1Xtra – which will see him implementing strategies for both stations across mainstream and specialist programmes.
Ben, who graduated from university himself in 1990, has had a wide career across BBC Local, Commercial and National BBC radio, before becoming Head of Mainstream at Radio 1 in 2002 – where he oversaw Chris Moyles’ accession to Breakfast show host.
Student Radio Association Chairman Mark Farrington said, of the announcement “Ben Cooper agreeing to speak at the conference really underlines how seriously student radio is taken by the radio industry as a whole. The industry showed up in force at our annual awards at indigO2 last November, and it looks like the conference will see a similar level of participation from the world of professional radio”.
Ben Cooper joins a varied line up of Radio Talent from both Commercial Radio and the BBC who will speak at the three day event. Sessions include subjects such as ‘Is Radio Engineering for Me’, ‘Building a Brand’ and ‘Multi-Platform for Student Radio’. The event is expected to be attended by around 150 students from across the country, and this year takes place within Leeds University Students’ Union – home of this year’s host station, LSRfm.com.