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Broadcasters Flock to Malta for International Radio Festival

Combination of live broadcasts to reach more than 100 million listeners worldwide

VALLETTA, Malta — Radio stations and networks from around the globe will be broadcasting live from the island of Malta Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, as part of the ninth annual International Radio Festival.

Their remote broadcasts to IRF delegates and audiences back home are a key part of the IRF, the global conference that covers the business, production and curation of audio/radio content. It will be held at the Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, Malta.

”We are delighted to be producing the 9th edition of the IRF in Valletta, this year’s EU Capital City of Culture,” said IRF Festival Director Darryl von Däniken. “This is more than apt, as the IRF represents the world’s leading broadcasting cultural exchange showcasing ‘radio’ by nations such as India, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Turkey, the United States and China.”

This year, more than 30 international radio stations will broadcast their programs live across Malta via the International Radio Festival DAB+ channel, and via various telecommunications channels to their listeners. Radio broadcasts originating from this year’s IRF are expected to reach more than 100 million listeners globally.

Maltese radio stations such as Bay Radio, Vibe FM, XFM and Magic FM will be broadcasting from the IRF. They will be joined by many international stations/networks. These include the BBC Radio 1 (U.K.), BBC 1Xtra (U.K.), Jazz FM (U.K.), MiSoul U.K.), Fun Kids Radio (U.K.), United DJs with Tony Prince (U.K.), Hits Radio (U.K.), Flex FM (U.K.), Ego FM (Germany), Le Mouv (France), M20 (Italy), RadioImmaginaria (Italy), Kasheme (Switzerland), LikeFM (Russia), Radyo 2 -TRT FM (Turkey), Ibiza Sonica (Spain), Kronenhit Radio (Austria), I FM (Turkey), 102 FM Tel Aviv (Israel), The Big Time (U.S.), Pride Radio (U.S.), Kiss FM (Australia), and Love Radio (China).

Also broadcasting live at the IRF are Sound of India Contest winner RJ Devanki, plus Mixcloud online radio award winners Dublin Digital Radio (Ireland) who won “Best Online Radio Station” and Pinata FM (France) who won “Rising Star” — Listeners Choice award respectively.

[Read: IRF Makes its Way to Malta]

Speakers at the 2018 IRF convention include BBC R&D’s Executive Producer Nicky Birch; international radio consultant John Simons; and James Keen, station director for Channel 103 and Island FM in the Channel Islands.

The IRF will also celebrate 10 years of the U.K.’s Absolute Radio with its Content Director Paul Sylvester.

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