The India Radio Forum 2007 is all set to see some of the biggest players in the radio domain discuss the present and the future of the medium on June 1, 2007. The forum intends to look at the growth in the Indian radio market in comparison to international trends. The various sessions and panels, to be addressed by many international and national industry heads, would attempt to answer questions on diverse topics like audience segmentation and regulatory models in place.
The sessions will kick off with India Radio CEOs panel discussion, which has honchos from the leading radio stations discussing the Indian radio scenario. Media e2e’s Atul Phadnis will moderate the session and the speakers will include Red FM’s Abraham Thomas, Radio Today’s Anil Srivatsa, Radio City’s Apurva Purohit, Nandan Srinath, Insight’s Raj Gupta, Hello FM’s Rajeev Nambiar and Big FM’s Tarun Katial.
Some of the international faces at this year’s event include Nick Piggott with ‘Radio and Mobile – A Perfect Couple’ and ‘We’re Not the Experts… The Listeners Are the Expert’ by Allen Kepler.
Some of the other speakers, across the various sessions include the likes of Hansa Research’s Praveen Tripathi, Big FM’s Anand Chakravarthy, Anish Rajgopal, TAM Media Research’s LV Krishnan, Nielsen Media’s Mark Neely, Radio Mirchi’s Prashant Panday, Ajay Kakar, Jaideep Banerjee, Lowe’s R Balki, HUL’s Rahul Welde, Tapas Sen and Radio One’s Vishnu Athreya, amongst others.
The conference will culminate with an awards ceremony to recognise the excellence in the field of radio. In addition to the existing ‘Promotion and Marketing’ categories, the organisers have added new awards in three new groups. These are for ‘Best Programming’, ‘Best Talent’ and ‘Best Station’. All categories will be rewarded with the Indian Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA).