NEMBC Conference Keynote Speaker Brisbane 2019

NEMBC is excited to announce its inspirational keynote speaker, James Cridland, who will give his presentation on Saturday the 30th of November 2019 in Brisbane at the NEMBC National Conference.

James is a Radio Futurologist – a writer, consultant and public speaker on radio’s future. He is Managing Editor of, a daily podcast newsletter, and runs, the media information website.

James has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and internet strategist. In 2001 he joined the original Virgin Radio in London, where he was Digital Media Director: launching the world’s first streaming radio smartphone app in March 2005, and working on the station’s podcast strategy (launched in January 2005). In 2007 he joined the BBCto work on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service’s audio quality, and being part of the team that laid the foundations for the UK Radioplayer. Since leaving the BBC in 2009, he has worked for a variety of businesses, including the receiver and silicon manufacturers Pure and Frontier Silicon, Radioplayer, Futuri Media, talkSPORT as well as a variety of media companies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business.

He is one of the organisers of Next Radio, the UK radio ideas conference each September, and has worked with the world’s largest radio conference, Radiodays Europe, since its inception.

He writes for publications including his own, AllAccess, Australia’s, Radio Assistant, Radioszene, Radio Magazine and Radio World International. He writes a daily news email for the podcasting and on-demand industry, podnews.

He was a founder of the hybrid radio technology association RadioDNS and was an Elected Trustee of the UK Radio Academy, serving the maximum term. He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and was made an Honorary Life Member of the UK’s Student Radio Association.
Born in the UK, James lives in Brisbane, Australia with his partner and daughter.

Registration is now open for the NEMBC Annual Conference 2019

The NEMBC is pleased to announce that the 2019 NEMBC Media Conference will be held in Brisbane, Friday and Saturday 29 – 30 November and the AGM will be convened on Sunday 1 December 2019.

The theme for this year’s conference is: ‘Leading the Way – Ethnic Community Broadcasting’.

This is the largest annual gathering of ethnic community broadcasters and organisations in Australia.

NEMBC invites all broadcasters to take part in important conversations that impact on the sector. The annual NEMBC Media Awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Key Conference Dates:

  • 29 November – Youth Media Conference
  • 29 November – Official Welcome and Reception
  • 30 November – NEMBC Conference
  • 30 November – Gala Dinner and Awards Night
  • 1 December – 2019 NEMBC AGM



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