BBC Radio 6 Music and The Radio Academy announce today that musician, campaigner, writer and activist Billy Bragg will give the second annual John Peel Lecture at the 2012 Radio Festival in Salford on Monday 12 November.

The BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture with 7digital is a keynote speech given by a leading figure in music and/or broadcasting. Taking its inspiration from one of the greatest radio broadcasters of all time, the John Peel Lecture aims to discuss and create insight into music and music-related media from the past, present or future.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural speaker, Pete Townshend, Billy Bragg will explore how the pirates of radio become mainstream and in what ways broadcasters should reflect that. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.

Billy Bragg said: “John Peel was always hugely supportive of artists like myself who had something to say. Encouraged by a mushroom biryani, he gave me my first break in radio and I am delighted to be asked to speak at an event in his honour.”

John Peel is remembered as one of Britain’s most loved broadcasters. His dry wit, disregard for authority, and devotion to music in all its forms has left a lasting impact and music and the radio industry. He started his broadcasting career at pirate station Radio London before the BBC launched


  1. Can’t help thinking that Peelie himself would have probably baulked at the thought of a “John Peel Lecture”


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