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10 - 12 July 2018
Astana, Kazakhstan

RadioAsia Conference 2018

Radio – Unity and Diversity is the title of this year’s RadioAsia Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The conference will address in very practical ways one of the greatest challenges facing Radio broadcasters in the Second Digital Age (New Media and evolution of Web 3.0) Broadcasters around the world are venturing deeper and deeper into areas where new technologies, platforms and production methods become increasingly flexible and volatile, where convergence one minute becomes divergence the next.
How can radio broadcasters maintain their essential public service role as mass media unifying society while at the same time addressing each citizen-consumer’s individual, personal information, education and entertainment needs?
RadioAsia 2018 will bring together experts and practitioners from across the region and around the world to help us chart paths through this increasingly complex landscape. The conference typically attracts more than 300 radio, technology and new meda industry professionals to share our challenges, seek solutions and witness what actually works in everyday broadcasting.
This year’s conference will address the key issues of Radio – Unity and Diversity from a number of perspectives to engage everyone involved in radio production and dissemination. Whether you are leading an organisation or working directly in areas such as news and content production, engineering, online technologies, new media, audience relations, media regulation or government, the conference will have sessions that speak directly to your needs.

RadioAsia 2018 is fortunate to have KAZMEDIA as its host. For the first time, this key Radio event will be held in  Central Asia, where Europe meets the Asia-Pacific and were ancient trade routes meet 21st Century communications technology.  

We look forward to seeing you in Astana Kazakhstan!

Media2020 Conference

The Kazmedia Center in Astana, Kazakhstan, will also host the 4th edition of the Media2020 series of Asia-Europe dialogues. Launched in 2015, Media2020 aims to prepare broadcasters across all platforms for the challenges they will need to confront by 2020 and beyond.

As 2020 draws closer, this year’s conference will look in greater detail at where we are halfway towards our target.
Titled “Looking beyond the horizon”, this year’s conference will examine today’s broadcasting from three perspectives: Are digital media developing in the way predicted earlier in the Second Digital Age? What has proved successful and what is failing? What is coming over the horizon to hit us as we get closer to 2020?

Whether you work in radio, television, new media, academia, government or servicing industries, this year’s Media2020 conference will bring together some of the leading minds in the media fields to analyse what is working and what is not and what to expect next, whether in the areas of technology, media usage, production methods, audience engagement and consumer needs, even down to the level of platforms, technologies and companies the experts think will crash, transform or suddenly appear.

Co-partnered by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and Radio Romania, the Media2020 series brings together industry experts from Europe and the Asia-Pacific able to present well-researched and thought-out analysis together with actual, real-time practical examples.
Our presenters and panellists will be some of the leading experts in their fields representing some of the world’s major media and communications organisations. 


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Workshop 1

9:00am – 12:30

Building your Station from the Ground Up

Workshop 2

9:00am – 12:30

Making Radio Great for Children and Young People                      

12:30 – 14:00


Workshop 3

14:00 – 17:00

Multi-Platform Storytelling: Telling your Stories On Air, On-line and with Social Media


Official Opening

9:00 – 9:30

MC: Ms Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU

Welcome Remarks: Dr Javad Mottaghi, Secretary-General, ABU

Ministerial Address

Host Broadcaster Welcome

Session 1


Knowing our audiences

Our audiences are our reason for existing but how well do we REALLY know them? How can we see them and their needs without the distorting lens of our own professional knowledge and experiences? This opening session examines how we can objectively assess our audiences – especially all the diverse elements – using traditional as well as modern techniques and tools, such as audience research, focus groups, audience interactions, new media and social media.



Audience Engagement Showcase: interactive examples of successful as well as not so successful engagement with audiences and what are the takeaways and lesssons learned.

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Session 2


Making programs for everyone

In the era of increasing diversity of audiences and production and distribution tools, panellists discuss how to use both multiple platform and single platform program making methods to deliver content to diverse audiences. We will see what works – and what doesn’t – from broadcasters large and small. And we will hear from independent content makers working at the cutting edge of radio and new media.



Content Innovation Showcase: Using excerpts of real programs, content creators give short presentations of how they have used different single/multiplatform production and presentation techniques and technologies to make and share great radio and new media content.

12:30 – 1400



1400 – 1500

50 Shades of Great- 50 things to do that will make your station better tomorrow

An action packed Masterclass loaded with successful ideas from around the world and ranging from programming to promotions. The session will share audio and video examples and allow for your questions. You’re guaranteed to walk out with a list of actionable ideas that can be used in your station when you get home.


1500 – 1530

Tools to make and share great content

Showcases of new and upcoming technologies that have been used in real-life situations to enhance program making, especially coping with the demands of increasing diversity or creating unity for audiences.

1530 – 1600

Coffee break

Session 3


1600 – 1700

The future here and now

An interactive overview of where we are now in serving diverse audiences and unifying people, how we can better understand our listeners, viewers and new media users, what challenges face broadcasters at the end of the second decade of the new millennium and what help we can expect technologies, methodologies and advances in other fields of human life.

There will be a Q&A with the opportunity for short and well-aimed contributions from delegates.



Thursday 12 July: MEDIA 2020 DIALOGUE – Looking Beyond the Horizon

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Conference Opening

9:00 – 9:15


Welcome Remarks from the partners:

Mr Georgica Severin, Director General, ROR

Dr Javad Mottaghi, Secretary-General, ABU

Host Broadcaster Welcome

Session 1

9:15 – 10:00

Central Asia Roundtable

In the spirit of Media2020 Dialogues, this is a session for all members from all continents but starting from a new perspective. Instead of the traditional “East looks at West” and “West looks at East” discussions, this session will be led by a guest speaker from Central Asia, challenging our preconceived views of “The Other” by dissecting the two global hemispheres from a Central Asian/East European perspective. If you thought you knew about your own continent or the other continent, this is a session to shake your worldview.

Session 2

10:00 – 10:30

Perspectives on Diversity

Continuing the theme of cross-cultural as well as cross-continent understanding, invited delegates from east to west will present short examples of how they serve diverse audiences in their own contexts.

1030 - 1100

Coffee Break

Session 3

11:00 – 12:30

Beyond the Hype of Big Data why it’s important and why broadcasters should be paying attention. From current policies to practical applications, we look at why Big Data matters and how it will change broadcasting as we know it. We will also examine the dangerous borderland between Big Data gathering and “identity harvesting”. How do we learn about our audiences without infringing their privacy?


12:30 – 2:00


Session 4

2:00 – 3:00

Factual vs Fake – how can real news compete?

Centred on fresh research into why fake or false news seems so popular today, especially in social media, this session looks at the reasons why and what methods established media can use to combat it. Expert panellists will examine both the phenomenon itself – and the underlying human qualities that drive it – as well as suggesting practical responses. It will ask questions such as:

  • Why do so many people seem to like fake news?
  • Is real news boring and, if so, do we need to improve?

How can we help educate our listeners and viewers to tell the difference?

GWAP Showcase
3:00 - 3:30 

 GENERATION WHAT? JAPAN.  As part of the international campaign for the young generation, Generation What? Japan or “Nani-Gene” started on 6 April. In the first four days, more than 100,000 young people participated in the survey, which takes ‘a selfie’ of their generation.  The NHK Nani-Gene team join us to share the story of Japan’s Millenials thus far. 

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

Session 5

4:00 – 5:00

Beyond the Horizon - Blue Sky Thinking

Guest speakers from the two-days of dialogue give their own expert views on what our industry can expect next. They will speak on what media and broadcasting trends they can envisage in the next few years in their own fields of expertise, but then they will be challenged to step outside their own specialties to give informed opinions on what might be over the horizon in other areas of the media that we have not yet begun to consider. This session will involve participation by all delegates interested in blue sky thinking ‘outside the box’!


Conference Close

Invitation to join the next Media 2020 Dialogue


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