Bob Pittman To Serve as Forecast 2023 Honorary Chair


Broadcast media’s most prestigious leadership conference, Forecast 2023, is celebrating its 20th year by announcing that iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman will serve as Honorary Chair.

Serving as Radio Chair is iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group CEO Greg Ashlock.

A TV Chair is expected to be announced shortly.

Since the early 2000s, Forecast has been held at the Harvard Club “focusing at the top level on the trends, opportunities, challenges, and expectations that lie ahead for broadcasters,” said Deborah Parenti, President/Publisher of Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink and Radio + Television Business Report. “We are especially pleased to have Bob Pittman, who is truly a visionary and change agent, serve as Honorary Chair of Forecast 2023. And I am excited to welcome Greg Ashlock as this year’s Radio Chair. With his extensive background in media and marketing and as head of iHeart’s extensive array of local and national platforms, Greg will bring a lot of fresh ideas and energy to this year’s agenda.”

Gathering the smartest minds in broadcast and advertising to forecast trends, expectations and revenues for the coming year, registration is now open for the leadership conference to be held on November 16, 2022 at the Harvard Club in New York.

“Radio Ink’s Forecast, now celebrating its 20th year, has always been a valuable opportunity for broadcast radio to come together and discuss the opportunities and developments we think will be most important for our industry,” Pittman said. “In the last several years we’ve seen that broadcast radio — the trusted relationship between its personalities and listeners, its connection to the communities it serves, and the reach it provides to its advertising partners — is more important than ever, and Forecast’s 20th Anniversary will be the perfect opportunity to discuss the exciting emerging platforms and technologies that will further cement those connections into the next decade.”

Forecast 2023 is the only conference of its kind, providing participants the opportunity to discuss revenue expectations, focus on significant issues, and meet the trendsetters shaping and analyzing the future facing both radio and television broadcasters in a joint setting.

Ashlock added, “I’m honored to co-chair Forecast 2023. We’ve experienced more change in the last 20 months than in the last 20 years with audience behaviors, data demands, advertiser challenges, trust expectations, DE&I advancement, and the importance of purpose for campaigns and companies. With the volatility comes an incredible opportunity to lean into the vast amount of experience and innovation from the diverse leaders in our industry, collaborate with one another, and reset the value proposition that broadcast radio and television bring to the table.”

In 2020, Radio Ink was joined by Radio + Television Business Report in co-presenting the prestigious conference to both radio and television broadcasters. The conference is followed by the Broadcast Leadership reception, considered one of broadcasting’s top networking events and honoring Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” and Radio + Television Business Report’s “Top Broadcast Television Leaders.” Registration for Forecast includes admittance to the reception.

A complete agenda and other details about the conference will be announced over the coming months.


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