Public Lecture: Jeff Zycinski
The former Head of Radio at BBC Scotland will deliver a public lecture at Inverness College UHI on Thursday 21st March.
Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus
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Jeff Zycinski will recount his 30 year career in broadcasting, which began as a news reporter at Moray Firth Radio and then Radio Clyde, before joining BBC Scotland as a programme producer. He went on to become Editor, then Head of Radio, before joining the BBC Scotland Executive Board as one of its key decision makers.
He’ll discuss his love of Inverness and the Highlands and his controversial decision to move the headquarters of BBC Radio Scotland to Inverness in 2006.
Mr Zycinski will also share his views on accusations of political and cultural bias by the BBC; how a change in leadership can have an immediate impact on culture and morale; the demise of ‘localness’ in commercial radio; the growth of social media and podcasting; and the skills now required to forge a career in the media.
The public lecture starts at 6pm and includes a question and answer session.
He’ll also be signing and selling copies of his new book – ‘The Red Light Zone: An Insider’s Laugh ‘N’ Tell of BBC Radio’ – a memoir of his career in broadcasting.
Looking forward to the lecture, Mr Zycinski said: “I enjoyed almost every minute of my time in radio and have a treasure trove of video and audio clips to help me illustrate the fun we had in making programmes, including drama, comedy and documentaries. I’ll also talk about some of the serious issues facing radio today, including the London-centric nature of decision making, but also the great opportunities afforded by the new generation of community and internet radio stations, podcasts and audio books.”
Georgina Parker, director of external relations at Inverness College UHI, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeff to Inverness College UHI and look forward to him providing insight into his varied career and sharing with us his fascinating experience of change leadership and the impact it can have on an organisation as well as his knowledge of the Scottish media and the changes affecting the sector.”
The public lecture is free but tickets must be reserved in advance via https://jeff-zycinski.eventbrite.co.uk. Books priced £8 will be available to purchase on the night. Cash only.
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