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Thursday 22nd February

2.00pm - 2.30pm

Coffee & Conference Registration


2.30 - 2.45pm

Official Conference Opening

by Minister Denis Naughten


2.45 - 3.30pm

The Future of Radio Debate

with Minister Denis Naughten

Panel: John Purcell, IBI; Kevin Rafter, DCU; Siobhán Kenny, Radiocentre UK; Jørgen Ramskov, Radio24syv Denmark; Dan Healy, Head of 2fm & RTÉ Radio Strategy

Moderator: Pat Kenny, Newstalk


3.30 - 4.00pm

My Story: A Broadcasting Career, Insights to the BBC and Radio’s Future

with Helen Boaden, former Director, BBC Radio


4.00pm - 4.14pm

Coffee Break


4.15 - 5.00pm

The Absolute Perspective

with Christian O’Connell, Breakfast Presenter & Paul Sylvester, Content Director, Absolute Radio


5.00 - 5.30pm

Securing the Future of News in a Digital World

with Michelle Livesey, Key 103, Manchester; Sam Walker, What Goes on Media, UK; Emma Meese, Cardiff University, MoJo in the Community

Moderator: Bernadette Prendergast, Galway Bay FM


5.00 - 5.30pm

Breakout Session 1
Deregulation in the UK

with Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre, UK


5.30 - 6.00pm

Creative Leadership – How to Lead Creative Change

with Linda Green, Leading Creative Talent, UK



Conference dinner


Friday 23rd February

9.00 - 10.00am

The Agency Perspective

with Bill Kinlay, Group M; Dave Harland, CEO, OmnicomMediaGroup; Liam McDonnell, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland

Moderator: Vincent Wall, Newstalk


10.00 - 11.00am

Research & Insights
Research: Why Irish people continue to Choose Radio

with Gabrielle Cummins, Choose Radio

Research into listening habits of the Media Advertising Sector

with Damien Loscher, IPSOS MRBI

Creating creative radio advertising

with Rory Hamilton, Boys and Girls

10.00am - 11.00am

Breakout Session 2
Podcasting – Opportunities for Radio

with Alan Bennett, HeadStuff; Cormac Moore; Taz KelleherRoisin Ingle; Ruairí McKiernan

11.00 - 11.40am


Joanne Sweeney-Burke, CEO Digital Training Institute: Overview of Digital Trends in 2018
Jessie Kavanagh, Teen YouTuber: 14 year old Jessie tells her success story and what radio can learn from YouTube
Glen Mulcahy, Titanium Media: Mobile tools and technology for Radio
Michael Hill, Managing Director, RadioPlayer WorldWide

Moderator: Lorcan Kinsella, Brand Nova Digital


11.00 - 11.40am

Breakout Session 3
2017 was a good year for Irish music & Irish radio. What’s next?

Hosted by IMRO


11.40am - 12 noon



12.00 - 12.40pm

Secrets to Breakfast Success

with Ian DempseyNiall Power, Adam SmythElaine Kinsella

Moderator: Andy Matthews, Classic Hits 4FM

12.40 - 1.15pm

Leadership & Motivation – Perspectives from the Sporting World

with Keith WoodDerek McGrathKen Doherty & Jenny Murphy

Moderator: Lisa Lawlor, Corks Red FM

Helen Boaden

Former Director of BBC Radio
Patrick Haughey

Founder, AudioBrand
Christian O’Connell

Presenter, Absolute Radio

Head of News, Highland Radio
John Purcell

Founding shareholder, director and CEO of KCLR 96fm, the local radio station for Carlow and Kilkenny

Creative Services Director for Z100
Lorcan Kinsella

CEO, Brand Nova Digital

Executive Producer for Programs at KCLR

Creative Consultant and Copywriter
Denis Naughten TD

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Linda Green

Director, Leading Creative Talent
Ian Dempsey

Breakfast Show Presenter, TodayFM

Purple Bridge Media

Director, Bank of Ireland, Munster
Niall Power

Head of Station Sound, Beat 102-103
Elaine Kinsella

Head of Music & Breakfast Show Presenter, Radio Kerry

Creative Director at Folder Media
Rory Hamilton

ECD , Girls and Boys

Group Head of News, Communicorp
Kevin Rafter

Professor of Political Communication and Head of the School of Communications, DCU

CEO, Radio Centre UK
Sam Walker

Award-wining broadcaster

Head of Digital, P4, Norway
Paul Sylvester

Content Director, Absolute Radio
Cormac Moore

Producer/presenter of the Project 10 documentary podcast series.

Head of News and Current Affairs, iRadio
Damian Loscher

Managing Director, Ipsos MRBI (Ireland)

Director of Digital, Bauer Media
Jenny Murphy

Irish Rugby Player

Presenter, LBC, London
Joe Clarke

Manager, The Blizzards, Le Galaxie

Senior Copywriter, Boys and Girls
Sinead Troy

Yangaroo Music Ireland

Content Director, Content Creator and Co-Founder of The Smart7 Podcast

Audience Research Manager, BBC
Daniel Browne

Commercial Director, Ocean FM
Michael Hill

Founder and MD, Radioplayer
Dave Harland

CEO, OmnicomMediaGroup Ireland
Emma Meese

Media & Training Development Manager, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Donie O'Sullivan

CNN Reporter
Dan Healy

Head of RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ Radio Strategy

News and Current Affairs Presenter, WLRFM

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

Sales Manager, ReelWorld - Europe and International
Alan Bennett

Managing Director, Headstuff
Roisin Ingle

Podcast Presenter, Roisin Meets
Michelle Livesey

Chief Reporter and News Editor at KEY 103, Manchester
Jim Jennings

Director, Content RTÉ
Ken Doherty

Radio Presenter at Sunshine 106.8

Managing Editor, LBC
Jørgen Ramskov

CEO and Chief Editor at Radio24syv
Joanne Sweeney-Burke

CEO, Digital Training Institute

Founder and CEO of The Shona Project
Adam Smyth

Editor of Radio Current Affairs and Digital News, BBC, Belfast
Bill Kinlay

Chief Executive, GroupM Ireland
Ruairí McKiernan

Host, Love and Courage podcast


Host of The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk

Presenter, C103

Managing Editor, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Presenter, Smooth Radio

International Media Analytics Lead, Nielsen
Jessie Kavanagh

Teen YouTuber
Roody Flynn

Associate Professor, School of Communications, DCU
Siobhan Kenny

CEO, Radiocentre
Mandy Johnston

CEO, Irish Offshore Association

Head of Station Sound, Beat 102-103

Head of Audiences, BBC
Liam McDonnell

CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland

Manager, Galway Senior Football Team
Derek McGrath

Manager, Waterford Senior Hurling team

Presenter, KCLR 96FM
Aine Kerr

Co-Founder and COO of Kinzen
Emma Harney

Orchestrate PR
Keith Wood

Former International Rugby Player & Chair, Spin South West
Glen Mulcahy

Founder and Business Manager, Titanium Media

Breakfast Presenter, Classic Hits
Frans Kok

National Listening Research (NLO), The Netherlands

The Navigation Coach
Taz Kelleher

Network producer, HeadStuff Podcast Network

President of Audio, Bauer Media Group

Head of audioXi, Bauer Media Audio Ireland

Broadcaster, Podcaster

Women in Sport Lead, Sport Ireland
Liedewij Hentenaar

Managing Director, RAB Netherlands