Radio Festival 2016

Radio Festival 2016


The Radio Festival, hosted by The Radio Academy, was held at the iconic British Library for its 2016 annual conference on 26th September – and what a fantastic day it was!

Bright and early on a Monday morning, guests piled into the auditorium to enjoy a day filled to the brim with lectures, sketches and demos from the world of Radio. This year’s theme was ‘Disruption’, meaning attendees were in for a truly varied day, featuring a high-octane session led by the typically opinionated Katie Hopkins, a special sketch from the Dead Ringers troupe, and a keynote speech from Matt Hancock MP (Minister for Digital and Culture) on the Government’s view of the Digital Future.

Behind the scenes were our very own 7digital Creative team, ensuring the day went off without a hitch. Smooth Operations, one of our production companies under the 7digital Creative umbrella, have been event producing the Radio Festival for the past seven years, and have seen the event evolve into what it is today. Kellie While, who heads up our 7digital Creative team, had this to say on our ongoing involvement:

‘We are in a very privileged position to be working with the Radio Festival as it enables us to get an insight into what is current and exciting in the world of radio. It’s a fantastic day where we get to be at the heart of topical discussion, surrounded by the best people at the forefront of modern radio.’

— Photo of Jo Whiley copyright bellanova photography —

Georgia Matthew, from our Smooth Operations team, was part of the crew on the ground at this year’s Radio Festival:

‘The Radio Festival is always a great experience for us, working with the ‘best of the best’ in radio, seeing the great work of the industry throughout the year and getting a glimpse into what the future holds. Running the tech, AV and staging for the event is such a rewarding job as we see all the sessions come to fruition through producers’ and guests’ hard work, while also learning more about the industry we love. RadFest means we get to work with fantastic people, ensuring a smooth production for those who attend – and all while having an absolute blast!’

— Photo of Dermot O’Leary paying tribute to Sir Terry Wogan copyright bellanova photography —

For now the Radio Academy is focusing on its next event – the ARIAS (Audio & Radio Industry Awards to you and me) which take place in October, but for the 7digital Creative team the action doesn’t stop here. Watch this space!

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