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TV boss wants radio indies

The man bidding for the licence to broadcast the Channel 6 television network is to appeal to the UK’s radio producers to consider producing content for the new channel.

Chief Executive Richard Horwood will explain all at the upcoming Radio Production Conference in Salford Quays.

Horwood, who was previously CEO of Trinity Mirror, wants 60 per cent of the new network’s budget to be spent on original programming and he feels radio indies have a contribution to make.

Conference founder Ashley Byrne says: “I’m really looking forward to hearing what Richard has to say. Radio indies are making award-winning, quality radio documentaries, drama and comedy all year round – and all on very tight budgets!

Ashley adds: “There’s a tendency to think radio people can’t do TV and TV people can’t do radio. We all know that’s nonsense and engaging with radio indies would bring a fresh approach and fresh ideas about what makes great content on television.”

Richard Horwood will give a keynote speech to the conference on the morning of March 22nd before taking part in a Q and A session alongside the BBC’s Head of External Supply, Jane Mcloskey and others about what ‘radio can do for TV’.

The UK Radio Production Conference is taking place opposite Media City UK at The Lowry Theatre, and tickets are available [link=http://www.eventelephant.com/rpin2011]here[/link].

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