Allis, Anderson, Everard to speak at Radio Conference

Staff Writer
Michael Anderson

The lineup at the National Radio Conference continues to grow with the addition of Janine Allis, founder of Retail Zoo who own Boost Juice, Michael Anderson, the new CEO of Mediaworks New Zealand, and Anthony Everard, head of the Big Bash League.

The three will appear on a  panel to discuss leadership and the factors that have driven their success. 

Anderson has a long history in radio having been a Director of Fairfax Radio, a former CEO of Austereo and Chariman of oOH!media, prior to joining Mediaworks earlier this month.

Jeff & Janine AllisAllis is best known for founding Boost Juice along with her husband, former Austereo Group Program Director Jeff Allis, and so she is no stranger to radio either. She was also the first female director of the Hawthorn Football Club and is a panelist on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank.

And Everard is responsible for developing the Big Bash League into Australia’s fastest growing domestic sports league with average national television ratings over 1 million for each match.

They will join headliners Hamish & Andy and Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield at the national conference in Melbourne on Friday, October 8.

Other leading speakers include:

  • Dean Capello, executive vice president and chief content officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio, which is redefining public radio in the 21st century through its acclaimed radio programs, podcasts and live events; and
  • Pat Baron, chief creative officer at McCann Melbourne, one of the advertising industry’s most innovative thinkers who brings two decades of experience in behavioural change communications and has been awarded at every major international award show, including for the campaign “Dumb Ways to Die”.

The ABC and SBS will also join commercial radio experts on two panels discussing the role of radio news in the digital era and diversity in broadcasting.

Media agencies are represented by Peita Pacy and Amanda Buckley from Carat, Rebecca Ho from Starcom and Zoe May from Maximus Communications Australia will head up a panel of media buyers and strategists to talk about what radio can do to increase its share of advertising revenue.

Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said: “Radio is a fiercely competitive business but the national conference is a great opportunity for the industry to come together to focus on the future and think about how we tackle the strategic challenges ahead.”


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