RIG Chair Phil Critchlow is made a Fellow of the Radio Academy

Indies are strongly represented each day at this year's Radio Festival, probably more so than ever before:

Monday saw them helping new entrants taking their early steps on the radio career ladder at the Foot In The Door event (below)

Tuesday highlighted indies' often under-rated role in developing new talent, and the first public information about a major new training initiative, RIGtrain, to be launched in full early in November (below).  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details when they become available. AND our Chair, Phil Critchlow, gets the Radio Academy's highest honour - a Fellowship - as did Maria Williams, congrats to both!

And on Wednesday, a "Spotlight on Indies" session will see Jez Nelson presenting RIG's response to Tony Hall's "compete and compare" speech. As the BBC Trust launches a major new review of production supply, he will argue that the current system in radio is not in the best interest of licence fee payers

David Prest unveils the RIGTrain project

a group at the 'Foot in the Door' session

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