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Access to Radio: Turn On. Tune In. Cop Out?

6th July 2004 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Keynote: David Ferguson    Chairman, British Academy of Composers & Songwriters
Panel: Martin Campbell Head of Radio, OFCOM
  Marie-Agnès Beau   Head of the French Music Bureau in London
  Steve Stark Director, Brighton Juice 107.2 fm & totallyradio.com
  Matt Deegan Group  Corporate Development Executive, GWR Group plc
Chairman: Keith Harris Keith Harris Music Ltd / MusicTank Chairman


In August 2003, a survey of British radio found that nearly 20% of tracks played were Neptunes productions – a US act, (Guardian 20.02.04).

One year into the Communications Act and with BBC Charter Renewal around the corner, this think tank will consider worrying changes to the already disconcerting radio landscape.

Despite an Act with hard-fought for reference to localness, and given research that shows that local music tastes can vary considerably, centralised playlisting is creeping into commercial radio; a trend that’s likely to grow given expected consolidation of broadcast media. Add to this, seemingly weak support for homegrown music on both Radio 1 and BBC local radio, the future of radio is looking decidedly ominous. Against this, the evening will also take a look at systems in other countries and the launch and likely impact of community radio. With Ofcom’s head of radio, Martin Campbell, responding to a keynote to be delivered by David Ferguson, composer & Chairman of BACS, this event provides a golden opportunity for the music industry to voice its concerns.

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