BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary will lead a special tribute session to Sir Terry Wogan at the upcoming Radio Festival.
“To say Terry was part of the fabric of Radio 2 doesn’t even come close. He was and remains the very foundations of Radio 2. Every broadcaster, producer, studio manager, security guard looked up to him, he was the head of the family and it’s a huge honour for me to share some cherished memories with our colleagues at the Radio Festival this September,” Dermot said.
The BBC will also be holding a tribute to Sir Terry at Westminster Abbey on 27 September, which will mark the 50th anniversary of his first radio broadcast for the corporation.
The Radio Festival also adds to its line-up Phil Critchlow, founder and CEO of TBI Media and Chairman of Radio Independents Group for a session on the current creative economy in radio. Hosted by Radiocentre’s CEO Siobhan Kenny, the session will consider the benefits and challenges of more players delivering original content, which, with the BBC’s ‘Compete and Compare’ proposal opening up BBC Radio hours to indie competition, will see a reshaping of the creative and audio landscape.
Phil Critchlow commented: “We’re entering a genuinely brave new world, where everyone who’s passionate about creating audio based content will have significantly increased opportunity to propose ground breaking ideas. The next stage will be crucial though, as we work together as an industry to create a framework which then guarantees to deliver the best of those ideas to listeners.”
And Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd will host a session on risk in radio – do we play it too safe? Hannah Witton, a 20-something influencer and vlogger, will join Geoff to offer her perspective on creativity, rules, and if and when should they be broken.
Hannah has recently launched her own two-hour radio show on FUBAR and has hosted ITV2’s Love Fix It.
Geoff Lloyd said: “As someone frequently chastised by engineers for having hot beverages too close to studio equipment, I’m no stranger to risk in radio. I’m looking forward to hearing how panellists from social media perceive risk in a medium that brings us ‘The Organist Entertains’, ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ and Mellow Magic FM.
“The festival programme is fantastic this year: I welcome the opportunity to both celebrate the rude health of our industry with radio colleagues, and to suck up to podcasters and streaming services, in case I need to make like a rat off a sinking ship.”
The Radio Festival is taking place on Monday 26th September at the British Library in London. For more details on the line-up and to purchase tickets, see RadioAcademy.org.