Leading broadcast and supply chain speakers announced for Drive to Digital

Digital Radio UK is delighted to confirm the speakers for Driving to a Digital Future: Commercial Broadcasters and the Supply Chain - an unmissable session and conference highlight at Drive to Digital 2018 sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on 25 September at The British Museum Conference Centre.

The session is chaired by the writer, broadcaster and Observer radio critic, Miranda Sawyer, and in the session delegates will hear from leading broadcast and supply chain executives on their views and plans for the future of digital radio and what they hope for from the Government review.

Confirmed broadcast speakers include: Will Harding, Chief Strategy Officer, Global; Paul Sylvester, Content Director Absolute Radio; and Jimmy Buckland, Strategy Director, Wireless.

Confirmed supply chain speakers include: Paul Hide, Director, techUK; Robert Haycock, Chief Commercial Officer, Pure; and Peter Lawton, Senior Section Manager, SMMT. We are also pleased to announce that Helen Boaden, former Director of BBC Radio, will provide a personal retrospective on her time in radio.

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said:

“This year’s Drive to Digital conference represents an important opportunity to review radio’s digital future now that the Government criteria have been met. We have the ideal group of speakers from the broadcasters - Global, Bauer and Wireless - and the supply chain - techUK, Pure and the SMMT - to do just that, and are thrilled to have such a knowledgeable and passionate session chair as the broadcaster and writer Miranda Sawyer.”

They join confirmed speakers Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music; Digital Minister of State, Margot James MP (via video); and Ian O’Neill OBE, Head of Radio at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who will be talking about the future of digital radio in the UK.

Gethin Jones, acclaimed broadcaster and co-presenter of the new Hits Radio Breakfast Show, will host the conference.

Drive to Digital 2018 - The Future of Radio, is free to attend and takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 September at the British Museum Conference Centre in London, and is proudly supported by headline sponsor, Arqiva; reception sponsor, DTS Connected Radio; and event sponsor, Pure.

The event is unmissable for anyone who wants to know what is coming next in radio’s digital future with sessions covering policy, content, automotive and retail.

When: Tuesday 25 September 2018, from 12.30pm. Conference 1.15pm - 5pm. Drinks Reception from 5pm.
Where: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
How: To reserve your FREE place please contact lucy.forster@digitalradiouk.com

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with 300 colleagues from across the broadcast, automotive, retail and technology industries at an industry drinks reception, sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

Keep an eye on RadioToday, our media partner, for regular updates on the Drive to Digital line up.