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Trevor Nelson pictured on the event flyer Radio 1's Trevor Nelson will open Move On Up Radio at The Lowry on 20 October 2010.

19 August 2010

An unprecedented line-up of top executives from across the radio industry will gather in October for the next Move on Up event which takes place as part of the Radio Festival in Salford.

Opening the event on 20 October at The Lowry, Salford Quays, will be Radio 1 presenter, Trevor Nelson, and the BBC’s director of audio & music, Tim Davie.

Move on Up at the Radio Festival will address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic workers in the radio industry by setting up one-to-one meetings with key industry executives. Full executive line-up.

We are delighted that the industry has responded so positively to this event – the line-up of executives participating on 20 October is astonishing in that so many very senior people will be participating - Faisal Qureshi

The event is being organised by BECTU in partnership with the BBC and the industry and takes place under the auspices of the Radio Industry Diversity Group.

Leading industry names

All of the biggest commercial radio companies will be taking part.

Stuart Taylor, chief executive of GMG Radio, which encompasses Smooth Radio, Real Radio and Rock Radio, will head a team of very senior staff. Clive Dickens, chief operating officer of Absolute Radio will be joined by Travis Baxter, consultant and former MD of Bauer, whose stations include Kiss, Magic 105.4 and a host of stations around the country. Global will also be there.

The BBC is fielding 22 executives not only from its national radio stations but also from around the regions, particularly the north and Midlands. The corporation’s line-up includes personnel from virtually every aspect of BBC Radio’s operations including journalism, technology, music, factual, news, management and commissioning.

The independent production sector is represented by some of the biggest companies such as All Out Productions, Made in Manchester, Unique and Somethin’ Else.

Afternoon workshops

A number of workshops will run during the afternoon. Also included in the programme will be a session to highlight opportunities in 2011 when large parts of the BBC relocate to Salford; this workshop will give information on where and when to find out more.

The driving force behind the Move on Up initiative is BECTU’s Black Members’ Committee.

Committee chair, Faisal Qureshi, says:

“We are delighted that the industry has responded so positively to this event – the line-up of executives participating on 20 October is astonishing in that so many very senior people will be participating.

“The Black Members’ Committee urges all BME broadcasting workers to take full advantage of this event and to submit an application. The brochure, with the full list of executives and an emailable application form can be downloaded from the BECTU website. There are plenty of places, so please pass on news of this event to everyone you think should go.”

Download the brochure for full details (includes an application form which can be returned by post) or use the emailable application form.

BME workers must send in applications, with CVs, by Wednesday 15 September. For further information contact Teresa Debrou at BECTU's head office on 020 7346 0900 or email moveonup@bectu.org.uk.

 

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