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Networking day for community radio returns

103 The Eye is holding its second annual Community Radio Networking And Information Day in Melton Mowbray later this month.

The free event is taking place on Saturday, 16 April 2016 and those involved in the sector are very welcome to attend.

It follows the inaugural networking day held last year and is aimed at directors and managers of community radio stations – those already broadcasting on FM, AM or DAB and those who have been awarded Ofcom licences but are not yet on the air.

Speakers will highlight the latest developments in the sector during the formal session in the middle of the day. The rest of the time consists of informal networking so attendees can exchange information and advice, and share good practice on a wide variety of topics – from financial, legal and technical issues to programme material and recruitment of volunteers.

Addressing the meeting will be Dom Chambers representing the newly-formed Community Radio Foundation and the Radio Academy Partners Group, Bill Best from the Community Media Association, and Danny Lawrence from the South-East Radio Hub which launched recently.

Speakers also include representatives from BBC local radio and the City of Birmingham University Media School – who will host this year’s CMA conference in September and are involved in Ofcom’s DAB trials – and the main sponsors of the event, J L Morris (Insurance Brokers) Ltd who specialise in community radio insurance.

Broadcast and studio engineers will demonstrate some of the latest equipment and provide advice on technical matters. In addition, individual radio stations can share their success stories with particular emphasis on innovative ways of generating income and there will be exhibition space where they can mount a small display.

The event takes place in the Civic Suite at Melton Borough Council’s Parkside offices, in Burton Street, next to Melton railway station.

Doors open at 10 am for informal networking and the speaker session begins at 11.45 am with a civic welcome from Melton’s Mayor Councillor Jeanne Douglas who is also a presenter on 103 The Eye.

There’s a complimentary buffet lunch and the afternoon networking session runs until 4.30 pm.

The Networking Day is free to attend, but attendees must book a place. To register email business@103theeye.co.uk by Tuesday, 12 April.

In the evening, there’s a dinner at the same venue, offering further opportunities for informal networking in a social atmosphere, starting at 7.30 pm. A limited number of tickets are available at £20. For more information, email as above or phone 01664 565315.

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