Radio Academy chair Ben Cooper reviews Academy's future

By James Cridland for
Posted 8 August 2014, 9.45am edt

Byrion Smith

In the Radio Academy Newsletter, the Chair Ben Cooper asks the following this week...

Hello there…

If you google The Radio Academy then you’ll get ‘the Awards’, ‘the Festival’, and ‘the Hall of Fame’.

If you look on wikipedia then you’ll see that The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to 'the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production'.

But what does it mean to you?

For me, I want the Radio Academy to continue to inspire and celebrate our members. I want it to be a place we reflect our differences and take pride in our similarities and, through our events, a place to debate, discuss, and network, with the ultimate aim of moving our industry forward.

But what do you want? What ideas do you have?

Let me know by email by Monday 1st September. The Trustees and I would greatly appreciate your time and thoughts - it will allow us to make sure we continue to innovate and continue to have an Academy the industry is proud of.



Here's a list of the Trustees. Trustees were historically voted-for by its Members but are now mostly "co-opted" (asked to join by existing Trustees).

The Radio Academy focuses on two events - the Radio Festival and the Radio Academy Awards. It also organises Regional Events (which are free for members and a good place to meet and socialise with others), as well as the Hall of Fame.

The email address for feedback is

Disclosure: I was an elected Trustee of the Radio Academy until earlier this year. is currently a Patron member of the Radio Academy.

James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.