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CBA Conference examines the role of music in broadcasting

Music will be at the heart of this year’s Commonwealth Broadcasting Association biennial conference in Glasgow, a UNESCO City of Music.

Hosted by BBC Scotland in its state-of-the-art headquarters at Pacific Quay, the 30th CBA Conference will focus on the place of music in broadcasting.

Organisers say it will offer an unparalleled opportunity for senior managers of public broadcasters large and small to network and discuss key issues in public service broadcasting around the world.

Sessions will explore issues such as copyright, music policy, cultural programming, audience engagement and the debate about new platforms for accessing and sharing music, such as the ascendancy of online streaming.

Confirmed keynote speakers this year include Paul Thompson, CEO of Radio New Zealand, and Albertus Aochamub, Director-General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

Other presenters include Sonita Alleyne, BBC trustee and former radio and music journalist and Usha Bhasin, arts and culture channel head of India’s Doordarshan, one of the world’s largest public broadcasters.

Organisers say the conference will also be a great chance to sample the colour and culture of Scotland in the run-up to the city hosting this year’s Commonwealth Games.

More information and registration is available at the CBA website, though organisers say places are limited.