Revised Radio Festival line-up confirmed

Speakers have been confirmed for next week’s Radio Festival, after the event was postponed from last month following the Manchester terror attack.

The Radio Academy’s event has the theme ‘Stand Out’ and takes place on Wednesday 21st June at the British Library, with Colin Murray hosting as originally planned.

Comedian and actress Josie Lawrence replaces Graham Norton on the line-up to interview Nicholas Parsons about his 70 years in radio and 50 years of chairing the Just A Minute panel show.

A new addition to the programme is the appearance of Car Share creator Paul Coleman, who’ll be discussing creativity.

Other sessions that were originally planned for the Festival and are still going ahead include:

– My Dad Wrote a Porno team, Jamie Morton and James Cooper, in conversation with BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson.

– Sunil Singhvi, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Instagram, on how Instagram and radio can be the best of friends.

– MOBO Award-winning songwriter, DJ, producer, visual artist and actor Goldie meets Goldierocks (Sam Hall) to talk about his music and relationship with radio.

– Comedian Matt Richardson talking about how Virgin Radio helped pop his radio cherry when he began hosting drivetime – and what he’s learnt along the way.

– BBC 6’s Music’s Shaun Keaveny in conversation with Miranda Sawyer.

– Vernon Kay sharing his views on the differences between presenting for the BBC and commercial radio.

Next Wednesday also sees the launch of this year’s Reelworld 30-under- 30.

Roger Cutsforth, CEO of The Radio Academy said: “Radio Festival’s is set to be a Stand-Out day with a line-up that’s tribute to the efforts of all concerned in rescheduling, making themselves available and generally supporting the radio and audio industry. I’m looking forward to hearing from some great speakers and our thanks for your support in staging this event after postponement in such tragic circumstances.”

The original Radio Festival line-up planned for 23rd May had included Chris Tarrant in conversation with Greg James, Jason Manford with Phil Jupitus, and a sports commentary session with Jonathan Agnew, Jacqui Oatley and Adrian Durham.

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