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Join us for a one-day symposium to mark the 50th Anniversary of the launch of BBC Local Radio, presented by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster with support from the Radio Studies Network /MECCSA.

In 1967, an important milestone in radio history was laid down. The BBC, after much deliberation and research, began to build a network of local radio stations across England. Notwithstanding its ambivalent relationship with the ‘nations and regions’ service, the BBC has, through its local broadcasting provision, made a profound contribution to the radioecology of the UK. Indeed, BBC Local Radio continues to be a significant feature of the contemporary media landscape in serving local audiences in the 21st century.

We are delighted to host a most respectable line-up of expert speakers for this symposium. The Headline Panel will feature Former Head of BBC Radio and BBC News Helen Boaden, with Robert McLeish and Mark Norman, chaired by Trevor Dann, discussing the legacy of local radio.

Before and after lunch, there will be talks and presentations by radio practitioners, BBC alumni and academics including Tony Stoller; Deborah Wilson-David; Charles Runcie.  We are also privileged to be hosting talks by the British Library’s Paul Wilson on sound archiving and Jane Wood on her project ‘Revealing Voices’.

The range of subjects being discussed include:

  • News provision and journalism on local radio
  • Ethnic minority and specialist programmes
  • Sports coverage
  • The relationship between BBC, commercial local radio and community radio
  • Local Radio and the Nations
  • Interacting with audiences


Please register on Eventbrite.