A warm welcome to the 8th annual Belfast Media Festival! We’ve spent a long time putting together some amazing speakers and sessions for you. We hope you’ll be inspired enough to connect with others and create fantastic content and new business opportunities. We know that networking opportunities are the key to making this happen, so as usual, there will be ample opportunities to do this in-between and after the sessions.
We’re delighted to be hosting the 3rd Annual RTS awards and also welcoming fabulous and inspiring speakers like Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE; Jed Mercurio, writer and producer, Line of Duty; C4’s Jon Snow and a whole host of commissioners and distributors.
For the first time this year, we are also partnering with the BBC Academy who will be running one of their Digital Cities events in the early part of the week across Belfast.
What a week it’s going to be!
Advance registrations for the The Belfast Media Festival is now closed. Should you wish to attend, please come along on Thursday or Friday and we will do our utmost to accommodate you however access to particular sessions is not guaranteed
Digital Cities Belfast is a week long series of free events and workshops across the city aimed at developing digital skills, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities for Belfast’s creative and digital sector.
Digital Cities Belfast has a packed programme of events including a VR Hackathon, School Report Day, Creative Industry Careers Day, ProductTank, Games NI Meet up, A Digital Cities Londonderrry / Derry Day and BBC Academy Skills Day among others.
The BBC Academy Skills Day which takes place on Wednesday 14 November at The MAC offers free training for both experienced professionals wanting to enhance their digital skills and new entrants to digital production. Please click here to register.
For further information on events and workshops taking place as part of Digital Cities Belfast please follow this link.
John Rosborough is one of the longest-serving broadcasting professionals in Northern Ireland, having joined Downtown Radio in December 1975 as a Sound Engineer prior to the station going on air. Following stints in Commercial and Programme Production, he became Head of Programming, adding Cool FM to his responsibilities in 1990.
In October 2000 he moved to Belfast City Beat as Station Director, and during his time there audiences rose to levels unmatched to this day, the quality of interactive programming was recognised through winning five Sony Gold Awards and one Sony Silver, and Citybeat was named ntl Commercial Radio Station of the Year in 2003.
In January 2004 John was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy, and that year he joined UTV to lead the Company’s winning application to Ofcom for a new Belfast FM licence serving the over-45 audience, with U105 being launched in November 2005. The station exceeded its listening hours targets and was well established by May 2008 when John stepped down from the role of Managing Director.
He then set up his own consultancy, Nocturne Media, and has undertaken project work for broadcasting organisations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Since 2010 he has been producing and presenting a weekly show for Downtown Radio.
John is now also Managing Director of Belfast 89, a Community Radio station serving the over-55 audience in the city, which launched in June 2015.More ›