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RadioAsia Conference 2019

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RadioAsia Conference 2019

2019-10-29 to 2019-10-31
October 29, 2019


RadioAsia Conference 2019

2019-10-29 to 2019-10-31
October 29, 2019

Programme Department

Event details

  • 2019-10-29 to 2019-10-31

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Book your tickets

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RadioAsia Conference 2019

2019-10-29 to 2019-10-31
October 29, 2019


RadioAsia Conference 2019

2019-10-29 to 2019-10-31
October 29, 2019


Radio All Around Us: More than just a medium

This year’s RadioAsia will seek to redefine Radio in the modern age, looking back at its achievements but also forward to its potentials. Radio has now been with us for more than a century, serving generations in many forms, providing information, education and entertainment to billions across our region and around the globe.

This year’s RadioAsia hosts, Bangladesh Betar and Radio Song Festival producers Bangladesh TV, are perfectly placed to provide the backdrop for such discussions. As one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most energetic broadcasting organisations, they continue to build radio services for multiple uses – as entertainment and information, for education to poor and rural populations, for building social cohesion and for communicating in times of looming environmental crises and natural disasters. The conference will provide wonderful opportunities for delegates to see their progress and challenges and to ask: What are they doing we can learn from? What can we try?

29 – 31 October 2019

1 Minto Road, Dhaka – 1000

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Bangladesh Betar

Radio Asia Conference 2019 Programme

Day 1
29 October
Official Opening

10:00 – 10:45

Official Opening RADIOASIA2019

MC: Ms Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU

Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary General

Mr. Abdul Malek, Secretary, Ministry of Information

Dr. Md Murad Hasan, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Information

Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP

Honourable Minister, Ministry of Information

10:45 – 11:15 Morning Tea
Expert Panel

11:15 – 12:15

From lifestyle to lifeline – Radio the ever-evolving medium. The first radio broadcasts began more than a century ago, quickly evolving to embrace information, education and entertainment services of all kinds. More than 110 years later it is still here, still strong and still adapting to changing needs. In crises it is more vital than ever. Radio experts from across the region will share their thoughts on the great arc of radio history into the future.

Moderator:  Olya Booyar, ABU Head of Radio


·         Andrea Ho, Head of Planning, ABC Australia

·         Prof. SM Shameem Reza, Department of Journalism, Dhaka        University

·         AHM Bazlur Rahman, CEO, BNNRC

Host Presentation

12:15 – 12:30

Bangladesh Betar – More than just a Medium in Bangladesh

An opportunity for delegates to get to know their host through a special showcase of the role that Bangladesh Betar plays in the lives of its citizens.

·         Mr Salahuddin Ahmed, Deputy Director General (Programme), Bangladesh Betar

Showcase 1


Get out of the studio! Reaching Young Audiences

·         Flavia Voinea, Manager, Bucuresti FM, Radio Romania

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:30

Information v Disinformation – As citizens and consumers of media lose confidence and trust in an age of uncertainty, fake news and other forms of false information, a panel of specialists will share how broadcasters can support their audiences to discern fact from fiction and develop their media literacy.

Moderator: Karen Merkel, Non-Executive Director (Communications and Information) UK National Commission for UNESCO


·         Md Monjur Hossain, Deputy Secretary General, Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU)

·         Indu Shekhar Sinha, Head of Business Development, Asia-Pacific, BBC World Service

·         John Maguire, Director, International Relations, FMM

·         Jude William Genilo, Dean of the School of Social Science and Head of the Media Studies and Journalism Department of the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh

·         Sofia Hultqvist | Programme Manager, Bangladesh, FOJO MEDIA INSTITUTE

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea
Showcase 2

16:00 – 16:15

Feeling APP-y: RRI’s multi-platform journey

Andi Permadi, Head of Online Media News Center, RRI Indonesia

Showcase 3

16:15 – 16:30

How to stand out on the Web: the dotRadio way

Alain Artero, dotRadio TLD Manager

Showcase 4

16:30 – 16:45

Around the World with DRM

Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer IIS

Showcase 5

16:45 – 17:00

Avoiding Multiplatform Mayhem: How to succeed on all platforms

Akim Mogaji, New Media Networks

Showcase 6


Turning up the Volume – India: Amplifying voices from the margins

Archana Kapoor, Radio Mewat, India

Showcase 7 17:15-17:30 Turning up the Volume – Nepal: Community Radio empowering indigenous communities in Nepal.
17:30 Wrap up and Close of Day 1


Day 2
30 October


GR8 Deb8 09:30 – 10:30


Welcome Back and MC: Ms Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU

The Great Radio Debate: Say goodbye to Radio in the Digital Age?

Two teams of radio and digital experts will contest the proposition in the first ever GR8Deb8. If you think there will be a foregone conclusion, you might be very surprised!

Delegates will vote on the most convincing proposition during the morning break.

Debate Moderator: Mr Steve Ahern, AMT Australia

Debate teams to be announced on the day.

10.30 – 11:00 Morning Tea
Showcase 8

11:00 – 11:15

Winning at Breakfast: how to keep your audience – and your advertisers – coming back.

Ryan Rathbone, Content Director, The Edge, New Zealand

Showcase 9

11:15 – 11:30

ABC Australia’s Podcasting Journey

Andrea Ho, Head of Planning, ABC Australia

Showcase 10

11:30 – 11:45

Storytelling for Impact:  Affecting Change with Audio Stories

Shefali Chaturvedi, Emergency Risk Communication Consultant, Audio Content Creator

Showcase 11

11:45 – 12:00

Going Live with Facebook

How and Why broadcasters are integrating Facebook Live into their social strategies.

Kartini Ariffin, CEO Dbilique Media

Expert Panel

12:00 – 12:45

What will Radio be like in 2040?

A panel of expert guests attempt to throw their vision forward two decades to predict what Radio will sound, look and feel like for our children and grandchildren.

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


·         Mr Narayan Chandra Shil, DG, Bangladesh Betar

·         Steve Ahern, AMT

·         Indu Shekhar Sinha, BBC

·         Yasser Garrana, Head of Radio, ASBU


12:45 – 13:00

Conference Close

A short ceremony formally closing the conference and a handover to the hosts for 2020.

·         Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary General

·         Mr Abdul Malek, Secretary, Ministry of Information

·         Mr Agun Susatyo, Director, Voice of Indonesia

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Special Workshop

14:00 – 17:00

DRM Presents – “Smart Radio for All”

·         Yogendra Pal, Hon Chair India Chapter, DRM Consortium

·         Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer IIS



Sight Seeing tour to Hatirjheel, Dhaka

Conference Dinner


Day 3
31 October
Excursion (International Delegates)

Lunch included

International Delegates are invited to spend the day as the guests of Bangladesh Betar (BB) in touring some of the highlights of Dhaka and paying a visit to the BB Broadcasting Centre. The itinerary includes:

·         Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Memorial Museum

·         Shahid minar (Monument of Language Martyrs)

·         Bangladesh Betar

Workshop 1

09:30 – 12:30

Winning strategies for interacting with your listeners in real-time

·         Ryan Rathbone, Content Director The Edge FM NZ

Workshop 2

09:30 – 12:30

Creating APPS for Radio

·         Andi Permadi, Head of Online Media News Center, RRI                  Indonesia

Workshop 3

14:00 – 17:00

Extending your reach with Facebook Live

·         Kartini Ariffin, CEO Dbilique Media, Malaysia


ABU Radio Song Festival

ABU Radio Song Festival

A Gala Concert showcasing the finalists of the Asia-Pacific’s biggest international radio song festival.