Ben Cooper calls Radio Academy meeting

Radio Academy Chair Ben Cooper has called a meeting to announce the launch of a new look Radio Academy that is ‘fit for purpose in 2015 and beyond’.

In an email to members, Ben says he has been listening to feedback over the last few months, taking into account the Patrons’ perspectives and the Trustees desire to design an Academy for the future. The Radio 1 / 1 Xtra controller says he is now ready to share the new vision.

“My ambition is to answer these two questions – ‘What is the purpose of the Radio Academy?’ and ‘How do you benefit from joining it?’,” Ben says.

The meeting has been called for Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 18.00hrs on the 7th floor at the BBC New Broadcasting House.

The full email is below:

I would like to invite you to a meeting to announce the launch of a new look Radio Academy that is fit for purpose in 2015 and beyond.

Listening to your feedback on email and in person over the last few months, taking into account the Patrons’ perspectives and the Trustees desire to design an Academy for the future, we now feel ready to share our new vision.

Last week I got on a train, and despite the snow trying to stop me, spoke to students and Radio Academy members in Sunderland and Carlisle. We, also, this week met with all the regional branch Chairs to share ideas and take views. What struck me was how much the next generation and current practitioners want to learn from, and meet with, other people in the industry. Therefore I can assure you that learning, networking and a sense of belonging to a community will remain core to the Radio Academy purpose.

But there will be changes. There have to be.

When everything around you is changing it demands that you evolve. Added to the disruptive nature of the radio industry was the fact that, the financial structure of the Academy was no longer viable.

My ambition is to answer these two questions – ‘What is the purpose of the Radio Academy?’ and ‘How do you benefit from joining it?’

So please join me on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 18.00hrs on the 7th floor at the BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA to hear the answers to those questions.

Spaces are limited to a first come first served basis so please register here now.

All the best,

Ben Cooper,

Chair, The Radio Academy

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