Radio bosses debate the BBC's role

Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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Last week's radio industry conference The Radio Festival was the first to take place in its new permament home, Salford. The whole UK radio industry was present and a sense of the shared challenges to radio animated the event. The video captures a fascinating session called 'meet the bosses' in which media pundit (and Media Show presenter) Steve Hewlett grills BBC Director of Audio & Music Tim Davie and the Chief Executives of Global Radio, Bauer Radio and commercial radio trade body RadioCentre. The debate starts with the big question in the headline (and forthright answers from the bosses) but the main topic of discussion is the distinctiveness of BBC Radio's output - and Radio 1's in particular. Ashley Tabor, Global's CEO, finishes by challenging Radio 1 to break ten new British bands in the next year...

Steve Bowbrick is blogs editor at BBC Audio & Music

  • Radio industry executive and blogger Matt Deegan picked up the question of Radio 1's distinctiveness and ran some comparisons with Ashley Tabor's flagship Capital Radio on his blog. Matt's post was subsequently picked up by Media Guardian.
  • There are more videos from the Radio Festival here.
  • The Radio Festival is an annual event organised by industry body The Radio Academy.

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