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RadioAsia Conference 2018

Radio – Unity and Diversity is the title of this year’s RadioAsia Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The conference will address in very practical ways one of the greatest challenges facing Radio broadcasters in the Second Digital Age (New Media and evolution of Web 3.0) Broadcasters around the world are venturing deeper and deeper into areas where new technologies, platforms and production methods become increasingly flexible and volatile, where convergence one minute becomes divergence the next.
How can radio broadcasters maintain their essential public service role as mass media unifying society while at the same time addressing each citizen-consumer’s individual, personal information, education and entertainment needs?
RadioAsia 2018 will bring together experts and practitioners from across the region and around the world to help us chart paths through this increasingly complex landscape. The conference typically attracts more than 300 radio, technology and new meda industry professionals to share our challenges, seek solutions and witness what actually works in everyday broadcasting.
This year’s conference will address the key issues of Radio – Unity and Diversity from a number of perspectives to engage everyone involved in radio production and dissemination. Whether you are leading an organisation or working directly in areas such as news and content production, engineering, online technologies, new media, audience relations, media regulation or government, the conference will have sessions that speak directly to your needs.

RadioAsia 2018 is fortunate to have KAZMEDIA as its host. For the first time, this key Radio event will be held in  Central Asia, where Europe meets the Asia-Pacific and were ancient trade routes meet 21st Century communications technology.  

We look forward to seeing you in Astana Kazakhstan!

Media2020 Conference

The Kazmedia Center in Astana, Kazakhstan, will also host the 4th edition of the Media2020 series of Asia-Europe dialogues. Launched in 2015, Media2020 aims to prepare broadcasters across all platforms for the challenges they will need to confront by 2020 and beyond.

As 2020 draws closer, this year’s conference will look in greater detail at where we are halfway towards our target.
Titled “Looking beyond the horizon”, this year’s conference will examine today’s broadcasting from three perspectives: Are digital media developing in the way predicted earlier in the Second Digital Age? What has proved successful and what is failing? What is coming over the horizon to hit us as we get closer to 2020?

Whether you work in radio, television, new media, academia, government or servicing industries, this year’s Media2020 conference will bring together some of the leading minds in the media fields to analyse what is working and what is not and what to expect next, whether in the areas of technology, media usage, production methods, audience engagement and consumer needs, even down to the level of platforms, technologies and companies the experts think will crash, transform or suddenly appear.

Co-partnered by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and Radio Romania, the Media2020 series brings together industry experts from Europe and the Asia-Pacific able to present well-researched and thought-out analysis together with actual, real-time practical examples.
Our presenters and panellists will be some of the leading experts in their fields representing some of the world’s major media and communications organisations. 



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Session/ Time



Workshop 1

9:00 – 12:30

Zero to Hero – Building your station from the Ground Up

Large Sound Recording Studio, Kazmedia Centre

In this workshop you’ll be part of the strategic team that will build a radio format from the ground up. We’ll cut through the fog of all the moving parts from your social media approach to podcasting, and set out a list of priorities. Participants will learn what are the critical building blocks in designing and implementing winning content. Even if your station has been on the air for 10 years or more, you’ll gain valuable and actionable insights into the strategic world of programming.    

The second part of the workshop tackles one of the most critical pieces in a winning radio format – the Morning Show. This interactive session will lay out the framework for a winning show and we’ll brainstorm solutions for specific challenges raised by those attending. You will walk away with plans and ideas for your show that you can put into practice as soon as you return.   

Workshop Facilitators:

Paul Amos, Managing Director, Xtra Insights

Ronnie Stanton, Ronnie Stanton Media

Paul Amos and Ronnie Stanton work with leading radio networks on programming content and strategy, having launched and re- positioning radio formats in some of the most competitive markets in the world.

12:30 – 14:00


Kazmedia Centre

Workshop 2

14:00 – 17:30

Making Great Radio for Children and Young People, Across Multiplatforms

Large Sound Recording Studio, Kazmedia Centre

From audiences to distribution, content creation to platforms and everything in between, you will be taken step by step on an interactive journey of Children’s Radio that is guaranteed to inspire you to create and broadcast exciting, affordable and effective radio programs for your younger audiences.

The workshop will start with a general discussion about our target young audiences, how we reach and keep them and what other organisations we can involve. The discussion will then focus on practical advice on what audio is available now for kids, who is involved in its production and distribution and what are its strengths and weaknesses. The session will include samples of audio from different parts of the world.

You will explore in smaller groups issues of content creation such as the aims of kids programming, which platforms and channels, formats and genres to use, how to find and engage audiences and how to know what is working. We will also explore practical issues of resourcing such as how to make best use of skills and experience, finance, audience insights, distribution and outreach.

Our final section of the workshop will be directly creative with storytelling as its focus. You will choose target audience groups amongst children and young people and explore potential programme ideas that are creative and deliver compelling and immersive radio content on air/on-line/ via social, mobile, cross and trans-media.  This will enable you to explore what multiplatform storytelling entails.  Can it be factually based as well as fiction? How, why and when should we use different platforms? What will work most effectively for your target audience? 

Workshop Facilitators:

Children’s and Educational content expert Karen Merkel will give you the building blocks you need to create, broadcast and/or distribute Kids’ Radio that is affordable and effective.

Award Winning drama and documentary producer Akim Mogaji will demonstrate how you can create and deliver compelling and immersive radio content across all media platforms.

Gala Dinner Hosted by Kazmedia


Rixos President Hotel Astana


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Official Opening

9:00 – 9:20

MC: Ms Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU

Host Broadcaster Welcome

Ms Lyazzat Zhunussova, General Director, KMO

Welcome Remarks ABU

Dr Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General, ABU

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom

Session 1


Knowing our audiences

Our audiences are our reason for existing but how well do we REALLY know them? How can we see them and their needs without the distorting lens of our own professional knowledge and experiences? This opening session examines how we can objectively assess our audiences – especially all the diverse elements – using traditional as well as modern techniques and tools, such as audience research, focus groups, audience interactions, new media and social media.

Moderator: Paul Amos, Xtra Insights


Madi Manatbek, Director, Kazakh Radiolary

Steve Ahern, Managing Director, Ahern Media & Training, Australia

Fayyaz Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio, India

Drew McDaniel, Professor, Director, School of Media Arts , Ohio University,USA

Tshering Wangchuk, CEO, BBSC Bhutan

Kantar TNS Central Asia,Kazakhstan



Audience Engagement Showcase:

Interactive examples of successful as well as not so successful engagement with audiences and what are the takeaways and lessons learned.

  • Akiko Ogasawara Managing Producer, NHK World Japan – BOSAI
  • Ehsan Mastan, Online Broadcaster, National Radio and Television of Afghanistan


Coffee Break

Session 2


Making programs for everyone

In the era of increasing diversity of audiences and production and distribution tools, panellists discuss how to use both multiple platform and single platform program making methods to deliver content to diverse audiences. We will see what works – and what doesn’t – from broadcasters large and small. And we will hear from independent content makers working at the cutting edge of radio and new media.

Moderator: Karen Merkel, New Media Networks


Timur Serzhanov, Journalism Academy of Kazakhstan

Wim Moortgat, VTR (Belgium)

Wolfram Tech, Senior Consultant & Partner , BCI Group, Germany

James Ross, Lightning International

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom



Content Innovation Showcase: Using excerpts of real programs, content creators give short presentations of how they have used different single/multiplatform production and presentation techniques and technologies to make and share great radio and new media content.

  • Flavia Voinea, Manager, Bucharest FM, Radio Romania
  • Jun Shirai, Senior Producer, NHK, Japan
  • Vu Thi Tuyet Mai, Deputy Director of VOV2, Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam
  • Rinat Abdulkhalikov, General Director, NS Radio, Kazakhstan



Hilton Garden Inn


Special Presentation & Invitation

Perhat Nuryyev, TVTM Turkmenistan

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom


14:10 – 15:10

50 Shades of Great-

50 things to do that will make your station better tomorrow

An action packed Masterclass loaded with successful ideas from around the world and ranging from programming to promotions. The session will share audio and video examples and allow for your questions. You’re guaranteed to walk out with a list of actionable ideas that can be used in your station when you get home.

Presenter: Ronnie Stanton, Ronnie Stanton Media

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom


15:10 – 15:45

Tools to make and share great content

Showcases of new and upcoming technologies that have been used in real-life situations to enhance program making, especially coping with the demands of increasing diversity or creating unity for audiences.

  • Alain Artero EBU, dotRadio
  • Lawrence Galkoff, General Manager, RadioPlayer Worldwide
  • Madina Baitursunova, Tengri FM, Kazakhstan

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee break

Session 3


16:15 – 17:00

The future here and now

An interactive overview of where we are now in serving diverse audiences and unifying people, how we can better understand our listeners, viewers and new media users, what challenges face broadcasters at the end of the second decade of the new millennium and what help we can expect technologies, methodologies and advances in other fields of human life. There will be a Q&A with the opportunity for short and well-aimed contributions from delegates.

Moderator: Steve Ahern, Managing Director, Ahern Media & Training, Australia

(Panellists drawn from the day’s speakers & audience)



5th ABU Song Festival 2018 Gala

Kazmedia Concert Hall


The 5th ABU Radio Song Festival is a musical showcase from across Asia and the Pacific, embracing and recognising the diverse musical talents of young, unsigned artists in our region.

Kazmedia Concert Hall

Thursday 12 July: MEDIA 2020 CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

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Session/ Time



9:00 – 9:20

Conference Open

MC:  Dr Dan Santa, Radio Romania

ROR Welcome: Mr Georgica Severin, President Director General, Radio Romania

Ministerial Address: Mr Dauren Abayev, Minister of Information and Communication, Republic of Kazakhstan

Kazmedia Centre

Session 1

9:20 – 10:30

Asia-Europe Media Dialogue: Focus on Central Asia

In the spirit of Media2020 Dialogues, this is a session for all members from all continents but starting from a new perspective. Instead of the traditional “East looks at West” and “West looks at East” discussions, this session will be led by a guest speaker from Central Asia, challenging our preconceived views of “The Other” by dissecting the two global hemispheres from a Central Asian/East European perspective. If you thought you knew about your own continent or the other continent, this is a session to shake your worldview.


Mr Yerlik Karazhan, Deputy Director, Kazmedia, Kazakhstan


Alan Azhibayev, Chairman, Khabar Agency, Kazakhstan

Fayyaz Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio, India

John Maguire, Director of International Relations and Cooperation, France Medias Monde

Claudio Cappon, Secretary General, COPEAM

Lyazzat Zhunussova, General Director, Kazmedia,Kazakhstan

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Session 2

11:00 – 11:45

Perspectives on Diversity: Engaging Audiences & Serving Communities

Continuing the theme of cross-cultural as well as cross-continent understanding, invited delegates from east to west will present short examples of how they serve diverse audiences and communities in their own contexts.

Moderator:  Dr Dan Santa, Director of International Relations, Radio Romania


Flavia Voinea, Manager, Bucharest FM, Romania

Alexandre Pletser, Coordinator of International and EU programs , URTI

Rüdiger Landgraf – Kronehit Radio, Austria

Xie Lijian - Deputy Director of International News Dept., CCTV, China

Kazmedia Centre

Session 3

11:45 – 12:30

Beyond the Hype of Big Data – why it’s important and why broadcasters should be paying attention. From current policies to practical applications, we look at why Big Data matters and how it will change broadcasting as we know it. We will also examine the dangerous borderland between Big Data gathering and “identity harvesting”. How do we learn about our audiences without infringing their privacy?


Steve Ahern, Managing Director, Ahern Media & Training, Australia


Masakazu Iwaki, Head of AI promotion, STRL, NHK

Kazakhtelecom Innovation Department

Wim Moortgat – VRT, Belgium

Lawrence Galkoff, General Manager, RadioPlayer Worldwide

Grzegorz Zajączkowski, Digital Advisor, Digital Champion of European Commission for Poland

Kazmedia Centre

12:30 – 14:00


Kazmedia Centre

Session 4

14:00 – 15:00

Factual vs Fake – how can real news compete?

Centred on fresh research into why fake or false news seems so popular today, especially in social media, this session looks at the reasons why and what methods established media can use to combat it. Expert panellists will examine both the phenomenon itself – and the underlying human qualities that drive it – as well as suggesting practical responses. It will ask questions such as:

  • Why do so many people seem to like fake news?

  • Is real news boring and, if so, do we need to improve?

  • How can we help educate our listeners and viewers to tell the difference?


Radka Betcheva, Head of Member Relations Eastern Europe, EBU


Julie Posetti, Senior Research Fellow & Journalism Innovation Project Lead, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Drew McDaniel, Professor, Director, School of Media Arts, Ohio University USA

Simona Martorelli, Vice Director, Radiotelevisione Italiana


GWAP Showcase


GENERATION WHAT? JAPAN.  As part of the international campaign for the young generation, Generation What? Japan or “Nani-Gene” started on 6 April. In the first four days, more than 100,000 responses were received in the survey, which takes ‘a selfie’ of their generation.  The NHK Nani-Gene team join us to share the story of Japan’s Millenials thus far. 


Tomoko Matsuda, Senior Manager, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Japan

Tatsuhiro Beniko, Senior Manager, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Japan

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Session 5

16:00 – 17:00

Beyond the Horizon - Blue Sky Thinking

Guest speakers from the two-days of dialogue give their own expert views on what our industry can expect next. They will speak on what media and broadcasting trends they can envisage in the next few years in their own fields of expertise, but then they will be challenged to step outside their own specialties to give informed opinions on what might be over the horizon in other areas of the media that we have not yet begun to consider. This session will involve participation by all delegates interested in blue sky thinking ‘outside the box’!


Drew McDaniel, Professor, Director, School of Media Arts , Ohio University, USA

Panelists: (to be decided with the Moderator, drawn from participants and panellists of the past two days)

Kazmedia Centre


Conference Close

Invitation to join the next Media 2020 Dialogue


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Name of Conference



Conference Room

RadioAsia2018 Workshops

10 July

Large Sound Recording Studio,

Kazmedia Centre

  Zero to Hero – Building your  

  station from the Ground Up

0900 – 1230

  Making Great Radio for  

  Children and Young People,

  Across Multiplatforms

1400 – 1730

RadioAsia2018 Conference

11 July

0900 – 1730

Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom

Radio Song Festival 2018

11 July

1900 – 2100

Kazmedia Concert Hall,

Kazmedia Centre

Media2020 Conference

12 July

0900 – 1730

Kazmedia Hall, Kazmedia Centre



  Main hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn

15, Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel: +7-7172- 756 756
Fax: +7-7172-756710


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 Akiko Ogasawara
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Akim Mogaji
New Media Networks

Alain Artero
dotRadio TLD Manager
            Alexander Pletser
Claudio Cappon
Dan Santa
Radio Romania
Daniel Brouyere
Fayyaz Sheheryar
All India Radio
Flavia Aurella Voinea
Manager of Bucharest FM
Radio Romania
Georgica Severin
Radio Romania
James Ross
Lightning International Ltd
John Maguire
France Medias Monde
Julie Posetti
Reuters Institute 
 Jun Shirai
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Karen Merkel
New Media Networks
Lawrence Galkoff
Lightning Intenational Ltd
McDaniel Drew
Ohio University
Paul Amos
Xtra Insights
Radka Betcheva
Rudiger Landgraf
Shanthi Bhagirathan
MBC Network (Pvt) Limited
Sri Lanka
Simona Martorelli
Steve Ahern
Wim Moorgat
Ronnie Stanton
Ronnie Stanton Mediaronn
Wolfram Tech
BCI Group
Tshering Wangchuk
Masakazu Iwaki
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Vu Thi Tuyet Mai
Voice Of Vietnam
Xie LiJian
China Central Television
Ehsan Mastan
National Radio and Television
of Afghanistan
Keiko Bang 
Bang Singapore
Grzegorz Zajaczkowski
Tatsuhiro Beniko
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Tomoko Matsuda
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Timur Serzhanov
Journalism Academy of Kazakhstan 
Kirill Volkov
Astana Radio
Lyazzat Zhunussova
General Director

Madi Manatbek
Kazakh Radiolary


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