Radio Alive conference scrapped, ACRAs to proceed with new format
Commercial Radio Australia has confirmed that its annual Radio Alive conference will not proceed this year, but the industry awards will push ahead with a “different format”.
The changes had to be made due to Government restrictions on interstate travel and event size, according to CRA. The event was due to take place on the Gold Coast in October.
CRA also said it’s currently “investigating the best format” for this year’s awards, “which may be as a virtual or online event”. The entry date for the awards has been extended to June 30.
The ACRAs is a major occasion on the Australian commercial radio industry’s calendar and is traditionally paired with the annual Radio Alive national conference.
CRA will host two webinars in replace of the conference to release the results of its major research studies, the Infinite Dial in May and Share of Audio in August.
Joan Warner, chief executive of radio’s peak body, said the decision was a “difficult one”.
“The ACRAs and the Radio Alive national conference are highly anticipated and well attended by commercial radio and media industry professionals from across the country.
“The decision to move the ACRAs from the usual live format attended by over 1000 people to a different format and to cancel the 2020 Radio Alive conference was a difficult one…”
Warner also explained that it was important for the industry to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work of station staff throughout the year after the bushfires, floods and drought.
“Radio teams are showing great resilience and continuing to keep Australians connected, informed and entertained during the current crisis,” said Warner.
More details on the 2020 ACRAs and webinars will be confirmed in the coming weeks.