2019 Sessions

We're delighted to announce the full session line-up for 2019 and look forward to welcoming you on Monday, 25th November at IET London: Savoy Place.
Turing Lecture Theatre

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This is an archive page – for details of this year’s event, please go to radiotechcon.com

We’ve got a range of exciting sessions, from real-life ‘technology-in-action’ stories, to future radio trends. We hope you will leave the day feeling inspired to try something new at your station.

Delegates to Radio TechCon 2019 get to experience every session, as well as being able to visit our exclusive exhibition area.

Radio TechCon 2019 session line-up

Radio TechCon 2017 auditorium with red seats and a packed house watching presentations.

David Lloyd presenting Radio TechCon 2017

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Welcome to Radio TechCon 2019

Our host, David Lloyd welcomes delegates and introduces the day ahead.

The Technical Future of Radio: Radio TechCon decides

The technical future of radio is often debated. This session allows engineers to add their expertise. We’ll imagine a future where broadcasting is only only allowed in one format. What should it be? What are the pros and cons of DAB+, IP and 5G? And what can we learn from this thought experiment to help us shape the real future of radio? Part debate, part discussion – this time, the Radio TechCon audience decides!

The Technology Behind Brexitcast

Sound the Klaxon! The team behind hit podcast Brexitcast explain how it gets to your ears …and your eyes.

Brexitcast is the BBC’s nerdy podcast covering all things Brexit. In this session, we’ll learn about its unusual workflow, how the presenters contribute from all over the world, and what changes the team has had to make now the show is visualised for television.

Mini Masterclass: UWot? An Introduction to UI and UX

UX and UI are important for designing studios, software, and the interfaces our audiences use. But what is ‘good’ design? What do you need to do when creating a new system? And is it ever OK to let an engineer choose the layout? Bekki Leaver is here to explain all…

Super Sound Bars: You Won’t Believe Your Ears!

Experience immersive sound bar technology, based on 3D audio technology conceived at the University of Southampton and developed by Audioscenic. 

Audioscenic are a new high tech audio company that have emerged from the University of Southampton. This year they have brought their amazing immersive sound bar technology to Radio TechCon and you’ll be able to experience the high quality pro version in the Maxwell Library. In the conference session, Marcos Simón Gálvez will explain how their beam-forming technology works, as well as how this is being developed to serve multiple listeners simultaneously. He’ll also do a live demo of their gamer’s sound bar rig on stage.

Dealing with Change

In a tumultuous year for the industry, we have a psychotherapist on hand to help you deal with changes in the workplace.

Building the new Maida Vale

A short overture explaining what the BBC is building for musicians in Stratford…

Virgin Radio studio UK

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Wireless On The Move

What happened when Wireless Group moved to London Bridge, including moving Virgin Radio …twice.

Mini Masterclass: Audio Acoustics, it’s (almost) all about the bass

How does audio really work and how to deal with acoustic problems in spaces used for monitoring audio.

Software for Studios

How do you design software that meets presenters’ needs without having 100 screens in the studio? The team from VRT have been testing modular studio designs. Hear how they got on and how you can use similar technology in your station.

Building your own SSDAB Mux

Want to build a SSDAB Mux but don’t know where to start? This session is for you!

Small-Scale DAB has been a revolution for community stations – but what happens if you are asked to build your own Mux? Lawrie Hallett has run the Norwich Mux for several years and will take you through the pros and cons of doing everything yourself vs. buying equipment off the shelf.


The NMOS standard explained in 10 minutes.

A lightning guide by the BBC R&D’s Andrew Bonney on an emerging key spec for the world of IP-based media. The Advanced Media Workflow Association [AMWA] has developed the Networked Media Open Specifications [NMOS] which have been developed to help all of those making media to connect stuff together as simply as possible. The different components cover Discovery, Registration, Connection, Network Control, GPIO, Authorisation and much more. Start to learn what to write into your requirements and build in to your products, as well as how to conceive a better systems architecture for your IP-based media infrastructure.

Reading the Radio

The latest experiments from the BBC Internet Fit Radio team.

Stephanie Hirst presenting the quiz

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Transferable Audio Skills 

Leslie Gaston-Bird – a Governor-at-large of the AES – on having a varied career in sound.

Leslie Gaston-Bird is a “master of all trades, jack of none”. Her ability to work in music, radio, television, and film as well as immersive and VR formats has enabled her to work on many exciting projects: from being a board operator at National Public Radio and taking in news feeds from all over the world; editing personal recordings from a survivor of the Columbine tragedy for the award-winning piece A Columbine Diary; to 16.2 multichannel audio in a planetarium; sound design for performance art and VR projects; and her recent work on Leap of Faith, a documentary on The Exorcist which premiered this year at BFI London Film Festival.

In this talk, Leslie will provide participants with an overview of how to leverage versatility as an asset. If you work in radio, you probably have more skills than you first thought!

There’ll Be A Quiz At The End

Back by popular demand, this interactive quiz rewards attention with money-can’t-buy prizes.


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Delegates enjoying the exhibition area at Radio TechCon 2018 - overhead shot

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What else can I see and do?

As well as all the talks and presentations, Radio TechCon 2019 delegates receive:

  • Access to the exclusive exhibition area, where you can meet our sponsors and exhibitors, as well as experience a demo of beam-forming sound bars.
  • Arrival coffee, tea and coffee breaks, lunch and official Radio TechCon cake in the afternoon.
  • A drink on us after the event.
  • The chance to meet friends old and new, as well as learn new things to help you in your work.
  • Attending Radio TechCon also means you can receive 8 IET-accredited CPD hours.

We hope you agree that it will be a packed and fun day!

You can find out more about our wonderful speakers on the speaker page.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, 25th November 2019 at IET London: Savoy Place.

The day starts with arrival coffees and access to the exhibition area from 0900, conference sessions begin at 1000 and end at 1715 approx – although delegates are encourage to stay on for a drink or two afterwards.

If you have any questions not covered by our FAQ, please get in touch with the team.

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