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RadioDays 2020 Schedule .

Radiodays Ireland Schedule 2020: Thursday 20th February - Friday 21st February

Thursday 20th February 2020

2.00pm - 2.15pm

Conference Registration


2.15pm - 2.30pm

Official Conference Welcome and Opening Address

by  Lena Murphy, Chairperson, Learning Waves and Michael O’Keeffe, CEO, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland


2.30pm - 3.30pm

The Future of Radio Debate

with Roddy Flynn, DCU; Celene Craig, BAI; Jim Jennings, RTE; Gareth Roberts, BBC; Willie O’Reilly, iRadio

Moderator: Pat Kenny, Current Affairs Presenter, Newstalk


3.30pm - 4.00pm

My Radio Story: A Broadcasting Career

with Paul Keenan, CEO, Bauer Media


4.00pm - 4.15pm

Coffee Break

4.15pm - 5.00pm

Cross Media Research

with  Liedewij Hentenaar, Director, RAB Netherlands and Frans Kok, National Listening Research, Netherlands

In this session we will hear about the impact of Cross Media Research and the commercial impact of the research in the Netherlands


4.15pm - 5.00pm

Breakout Session 1

‘Evolving your stations sound – Refreshing your sound | Retaining localness’

with Paul Fernley, Reel World, Gareth Roberts, BBC

Join Paul Fernley from Reel World and Gareth Roberts, Managing Editor, BBC Coventry as they discuss how they created a new direction for the Sound of BBC Local Radio


5.00pm - 5.45pm

The Future of News in a Changing Media Landscape

with Aine Kerr, Kinzen, Donie O’Sullivan, CNN, Damien Tiernan, WLR FM, Eimear NiBhroanain, KCLR 96FM

Moderator: Sinead Spain, Group Head of News, Communicorp Media

The panel will discuss how technology is influencing and shaping the news agenda, why core journalistic skills will always be key in any news organisation, how traditional skills and new technology and methods of distribution of news can enhance the news offering and what lies ahead of news organisations.



Conference Close



Friday 21st February 2020

9.00am - 9.40am

See Radio Differently – a comprehensive strategy to position radio at the heart of the audio revolution.

with Siobhan Kenny, CEO, Radio Centre UK

Siobhan will discuss with us how the Radio Centre tackled entrenched views of radio and how after four years of research, communication and collaboration, industry influencers now ‘See Radio Differently’


9.40am - 10.30am

Creativity in Irish Radio

with Avril Delaney, Senior Copywriter, Boys & Girls and Damian Scott, WordFood, UK

Moderator: Maria McKenzie, National Sales Director, iRadio


10.30am -11.15am

Audience Insights and Content Commissioning

with Siobhan McMememy, Audience Research Manager, BBC

In this session Siobhan will discuss how her research aims to understand the attitudes, listening behaviours and media habits of their young audiences, with particular focus on audio consumption.


11.15am -11.45am

Mini Lunch Break


The Radio Revolution – New Trends in Covering Politics on Radio

with Andrew Bailey, LBC; Daniel Browne, Ocean FM and Mandy Johnston

In this session the panel will look at how Election Coverage and Reporting has heralded a New Era for Radio, how embracing confrontation, asking the right questions and technology has enabled radio stations to win listeners during Election time – a look back at UK and Irish Elections


11.45am -12.30pm

Breakout Session 2
Podcasting –  Opportunities for Radio

with PJ Gallagher, Classic Hits and Dubland; Suzanne Kane, Dubland and Voice Over Artist, Matt Deegan, Folder Media

Moderator: Patrick Haughey, Founder, AudioBrand


12.30pm – 1.00pm

How Radio Impacted our Career

with the Two Johnnies in conversation with Fergal D’Arcy, Afternoon Presenter, Today FM.


1.00pm -1.45pm

Leadership in Business and Sport

with Liam Sheedy, Director, Bank of Ireland and Tipperary All Ireland Hurling Manager in conversation with Adrian Barry, Newstalk



Conference Close


Breakfast Presenter, Classic Hits
Aine Kerr

Co-Founder and COO of Kinzen

Senior Copywriter, Boys and Girls

Creative Consultant and Copywriter

Creative Director at Folder Media
Roody Flynn

Associate Professor, School of Communications, DCU

Deputy Chief Executive of the BAI

Group Head of News, Communicorp

Audience Research Manager, BBC
Mandy Johnston

CEO, Irish Offshore Association

Director, Bank of Ireland, Munster
Jim Jennings

Director, Content RTÉ

Chairman of iRadio, a director of the Irish Cancer Society and a columnist with The Business Post.

Sales Manager, ReelWorld - Europe and International

Managing Editor, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Daniel Browne

Commercial Director, Ocean FM

Managing Editor, LBC

Presenter, KCLR 96FM

President of Audio, Bauer Media Group
Patrick Haughey

Founder, AudioBrand
Frans Kok

National Listening Research (NLO), The Netherlands

Broadcaster, Podcaster
Liedewij Hentenaar

Managing Director, RAB Netherlands

News and Current Affairs Presenter, WLRFM
Donie O'Sullivan

CNN Reporter

CEO, Radio Centre UK