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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

Dave Harland

CEO, OmnicomMediaGroup Ireland
Kevin Rafter

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

Producer/presenter of the Project 10 documentary podcast series.
Daniel Browne

Commercial Director, Ocean FM
Patrick Haughey

Founder, AudioBrand
Michael Hill

Founder and MD, Radioplayer
Michelle Livesey

Chief Reporter and News Editor at KEY 103, Manchester
Dan Healy

Head of RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ Radio Strategy
Paul Sylvester

Content Director, Absolute Radio
Linda Green

Director, Leading Creative Talent
Damian Loscher

Managing Director, Ipsos MRBI (Ireland)

Deputy Chief Executive of the BAI
Sam Walker

Award-wining broadcaster
Jim Jennings

Director, Content RTÉ
Emma Meese

Media & Training Development Manager, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Jørgen Ramskov

CEO and Chief Editor at Radio24syv
Mandy Johnston

CEO, Irish Offshore Association
John Purcell

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

Head of Station Sound, Beat 102-103

Senior Copywriter, Boys and Girls

Audience Research Manager, BBC
Glen Mulcahy

Founder and Business Manager, Titanium Media

News and Current Affairs Presenter, WLRFM

Presenter, KCLR 96FM
Rory Hamilton

ECD , Girls and Boys
Aine Kerr

Co-Founder and COO of Kinzen
Jenny Murphy

Irish Rugby Player

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

Creative Consultant and Copywriter
Sinead Troy

Yangaroo Music Ireland
Alan Bennett

Managing Director, Headstuff
Denis Naughten TD

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Siobhan Kenny

CEO, Radiocentre
Joe Clarke

Manager, The Blizzards, Le Galaxie
Liedewij Hentenaar

Managing Director, RAB Netherlands
Joanne Sweeney-Burke

CEO, Digital Training Institute
Bill Kinlay

Chief Executive, GroupM Ireland
Taz Kelleher

Network producer, HeadStuff Podcast Network
Derek McGrath

Manager, Waterford Senior Hurling team
Donie O'Sullivan

CNN Reporter
Ken Doherty

Radio Presenter at Sunshine 106.8

Sales Manager, ReelWorld - Europe and International

Group Head of News, Communicorp
Liam McDonnell

CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland
Roisin Ingle

Podcast Presenter, Roisin Meets
Helen Boaden

Former Director of BBC Radio
Lorcan Kinsella

CEO, Brand Nova Digital
Frans Kok

National Listening Research (NLO), The Netherlands

Managing Editor, LBC
Roody Flynn

Associate Professor, School of Communications, DCU
Ian Dempsey

Breakfast Show Presenter, TodayFM

Director, Bank of Ireland, Munster

President of Audio, Bauer Media Group
Jessie Kavanagh

Teen YouTuber

CEO, Radio Centre UK
Christian O’Connell

Presenter, Absolute Radio

Managing Editor, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Breakfast Presenter, Classic Hits
Keith Wood

Former International Rugby Player & Chair, Spin South West
Ruairí McKiernan

Host, Love and Courage podcast

Broadcaster, Podcaster

Creative Director at Folder Media
Elaine Kinsella

Head of Music & Breakfast Show Presenter, Radio Kerry
Adam Smyth

Editor of Radio Current Affairs and Digital News, BBC, Belfast
Emma Harney

Orchestrate PR