Phil Maguire

Making Waves Behind Bars: prison radio to take centre stage at 2018 CBAA Conference

James Preston, 19th July 2018

What lessons can we learn from those making waves behind bars? Prison Radio Association's (UK) Chief Executive Phil Maguire will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 CBAA Conference on the Gold Coast.

Phil has acted as the founding CEO of the UK’S Prison Radio Association (PRA) since 2006, who services include National Prison Radio - the world’s first and only national radio station for prisoners.

In a fast-paced multimedia address, Phil will draw on his experience to share what he's learnt while building an award-winning service that specialises in creating media to transform lives and reduce crime:

  • IMPACT: producing life-changing content without compromising on quality.
  • SOLUTIONS: the power of Solution Focussed Journalism.
  • VOICES: the central role of the ‘expert citizen’.
  • EMPOWERMENT: giving a platform to those in the margins.
  • PARTNERSHIPS: the potential of creating powerful partnerships.
  • COMMUNITY: building trust, developing relationships, growing an audience.

Phil has worked extensively in British media with stints on the Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2), The Sunday Supplement and The Late Debate (Granada Television). He is the winner of 10 Sony Radio Academy Awards and PRA Productions was most recently named Indie of the Year at the 2017 Audio Production Awards.

Delegates will also be able to get the lowdown on what's happening in Australian prison radio programming in a workshop which looks at formats, experiences and the future in our local sector. The workshop, which will be presented by prison radio specialists Dr Charlotte Bedford and Dr Heather Anderson and will provide a forum for discussion on the benefits and challenges of working within different correctional jurisdictions, the ways in which stations are producing prison-related content and how interested stations can get involved in the process.

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The CBAA Conference is the sector's largest annual gathering and the premiere event on the community broadcasting calendar. This year, it will take place from 8 - 10 November on the Gold Coast. 

Earlybird registrations for this year's CBAA Conference are now open! Secure yours now to save $$. 

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