#FreeToAir: Index’s autumn magazine launch hails the rebirth of radio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite predictions of its death, the retro medium of radio is back. From community-based stations like London’s RTS Radio, which encourages voices not heard on mainstream stations, to the renaissance of the podcast, on-the-air and online streaming options are experiencing a surge in popularity.

Hosted by Index on Censorship magazine editor Rachael Jolley, the panel exploring radio’s present and future included Jamie Angus, deputy director of the BBC World Service Group, broadcaster and DJ Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura from NTS Live, and broadcaster and writer Mark Frary, who also ran a short DIY podcasting workshop before the discussion.

The discussion from our panellists was wide-ranging – from the challenges of reporting in war zones to emerging DJ’s creating new sounds from their bedrooms, from terror organisations using radio as propaganda to young people rejecting social media for podcasts.

The event, which was aired by Resonance FM, was held to launch the autumn 2017 magazine with its special report Free to Air: Why the Rebirth of Radio is Delivering More News at the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch, home to digital product studio Ustwo. Drinks were provided by Flying Dog Brewery, our freedom of expression chums and sponsors.

Special thanks to SAGE Publishing, Index on Censorship magazine’s publisher and sponsor.

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