IRF Conference Malta’18

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The Global Audio  Conference

Celebrating the world's most sociable medium - music radio.

The IRF Audio Conference represents the first and only global radio industry gathering to showcase and debate the business and curation of audio content, exploring the way broadcasting organisations, large and small, are tackling the changing nature of audio consumption; alongside the challenges and opportunities of podcasting and on-demand audio, with industry experts and leaders from broadcasters, production and technology companies sharing their vision for the digital age.

Youth development and community channels plays an essential part to the unique knowledge sharing environment created by the IRF. The conference analyses the rise of niche-format radio stations, and the unique challenges of serving listeners across different media cultures. Attendees gain from the experience and vision from leading producers at the forefront of creating sound art and audio branding, and those spearheading blockchain in the broadcasting and music business. In 2018 the IRF  Conference took place within the stunning surroundings of Valletta, European Capital of Culture 2018!

IRF's illustrious speakers during the Malta edition included:

Paul Sylvester – Content Director, Absolute Radio

Scott Cohen Co-Founder, The Orchard

Martyn Ware – Producer, Founder, Human League, Heaven 17

Xanthe Fuller – Head of Community, Mixcloud

Cliff Fluet – Partner at Lewis Silkin London and Blockchain Champion

John Simons – Intl Radio Consultant, John Simons Consulting

Paul Smith – Head of Editorial Stand. & Commissioning Policy, BBC Radio

Nicky Birch – Executive Producer, BBC Research & Development

James Keen-Pan – Island Station Director, Channel 103 & Island FM

Andrew Zammit – General Manager, 89.7 Bay, Malta

Trevor Dann – Creative Director, TDC, Chairman, London Voiceover

Full programme and speakers as below:

01.11.18 @ The MCC, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Triq l-Isptar ,Valletta, VLT 1645, Malta
09:00 Doors open for Coffee & Tea Networking
9:45 AM Welcome to the IRF Audio Conference in Malta Darryl von Däniken Founder & Festival Director International Radio Festival
Will Jackson Conference Manager
Managing Director
International Radio Festival
Audio UK
Joanna Spiteri CEO Malta Broadcasting Authority
10:00 AM Ten Years of Absolute Radio Paul Sylvester Content Director Absolute Radio
10:20 AM Creating the BBC News Theme: The Art of Audio Design David Lowe Music Composer Producer David Lowe
10:40 AM Reinventing and Growing BBC Radio - Presenting BBC SOUNDS Paul Smith Head of Editorial Standards and Commissioning Policy Radio BBC
Trevor Dann Creative Director Trevor Dann's Company
11:30 AM Island Life - Broadcasting on an Island James Keen Pan Island Station Director Tindle CI Broadcasting
Andrew Zammit General Manager 89.7 Bay
11:50 AM Niche Radio is the New Mainstream John Simons CEO John Simons Consulting
Matt Deegan Creative Director Fun Kids/Folder Media
Nick Pitts Content Director Jazz FM
Lindsay Wesker Broadcaster Mi-Soul Radio
12:30 PM Reinventing Radio Paul Sylvester Content Director Absolute Radio
Xanthe Fuller Head of Community Mixcloud
Scott Cohen Founder and VP International The Orchard
Nicky Birch Executive Producer BBC Research and Development
2:00 PM Blockchain in Audio Cliff Fluet Partner & Blockchain Champion Lewis Silkin LLP
2:20 PM Going Legal - UK Pirates through the Years. A Gateway to New Music. Tony Prince DMC, DJ Mag, United DJ's
Gordon Mac Founder and Studio Director Mi-Soul Radio
Tempo Carlos Flex FM
2:50 PM The Power of Sound Nails Mahoney On Air Coach
Tracey Lee On Air Coach
3:10 PM Music Keynote with 3D Sound Showcase Martyn Ware Founder Illustrious Co. Ltd. and Founder of Human League & Heaven 17
3:30 PM FINALE and return to
IRF Radio Studio @
Fort St. Elmo, Valletta
Please tag:
#irfradiofest   #irfmalta
#radio #audio #visitmalta

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The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum took place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

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What the industry says:

“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”
Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA


Check out IRF’s previous IRF Speakers here.