Welcome to Podpitch, our second podcasting event at City, ahead the start of the first dedicated Podcasting MA in the Autumn. It’s an opportunity to see some of City’s Broadcast Journalism students pitch their podcast ideas and projects to a panel of top commissioners.
The event will be a Dragons Den style event where students can get feedback on their work and find out what the industry experts really think. We have assembled a top panel from across the podcast industry who will be engaging with the students in front of a live audience.
18:00 - 18:30: arrival
18:30 - 19:30: panel
Khaliq Meer has been running The BBC Sounds accelerator programme Audio Labs, since 2021 – designed to amplify grass roots, podcasters and audio creatives. Previously he was a radio commissioner for BBC Asian Network and over the past two decades had held a variety of production roles across Radio and TV including BBC News, BBC Music, Chrysalis Radio, CNN and RTHK in Hong Kong.
Matt Hill has over fifteen years’ experience in the podcast sector, and has grown Rethink Audio from a small drama podcast to a slate of over thirty productions across different genres for clients including YMU, Future Publishing, BAFTA, Haymarket and The Times as well as independent shows The Modern Mann, For F1’s Sake and The Media Podcast. He also co-founded the British Podcast Awards and new marketing company, Podcast Discovery.
City alumni Elena Guthrie is Senior Producer at History Hit, an award-winning podcast and TV network, working across The Ancients, Not Just The Tudors, Gone Medieval, and Warfare. Elena's career in audio first started in 2016, with the launch of the intersectional feminist podcast 'Kicking the Kyriarchy'. Since then, she has helped launch various podcasts both independently and commercially, and has been a Producer at Radio X, Classic FM, LBC, Capital, and Heart.
Darby Dorras is Director of Content at podcast production agency Listen. Darby has created shows for premium clients from Audible to ITV, Bloomberg to Condé Nast, the BBC, and many more. Previously Darby spent a decade at the heart of Somethin’ Else/Sony Music Entertainment’s podcast and radio output before joining Listen in 2022. Darby is the founder of Disabled People in Audio and believes passionately that the audio industry only succeeds when it recognises the value of people with disabilities.
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