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As it turns out, video didn't kill radio and neither has the Internet. That's the insight behind Joburg Radio Days, a unique conference held in October 2009 to unpack the challenges and prospects of the medium in Africa in the 21st Century.
The conference, hosted by the Wits Radio Academy, brought top international speakers to Johannesburg to consider the future of radio as medium and as industry. Aimed at radio leaders from South Africa and other African countries, Joburg Radio Days drew all sectors - community, commercial and public into a conversation about the issues that confront them.
The event was supported by Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, and Kagiso Media, a major player in SA radio.
Click here to download the full programme of Joburg Radio Days 2009.
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The second edition of Joburg Radio Days took place from 27 – 29 July at the Professional Development Hub on Wits campus. It was attended by over 130 radio practitioners from some 20 countries. Several core themes were at the centre of the programme:
1) Radio and convergence, particularly mobile: Radio stations face a converged future, and there are many attempts to confront this reality. Mobile has particular importance in Africa because of its huge penetration, but “traditional” Internet, social media and others are also growing in importance.
2) Zimbabwe broadcasting reform: There have been some tentative steps towards opening up the print field in Zimbabwe, with a couple of new newspaper titles having recently been licensed, but broadcasting remains tightly controlled.
3) Quality programming: The conference explored innovations in programming, and how to break out of the mould of predictable, static formats.
4) Radio, convergence and development in Africa (RCDA) research: A major Canadian-funded research project used the conference to release the results of their work, which has had an international team of researchers working across the continent for 18 months.
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