Three hundred students.

Five judges.

One host.

Only one winner.

If you fancy yourself as the next big radio presenter, here is your chance to get yourself heard by the people in the industry who can get you places. All you have to do is put together a demo of three minutes in length, submit your demo, and then buy your ticket to the National Student Radio Conference. Demo Factor will be on the first night – the 4th April.

The premise? Demos will be picked randomly out of a hat and played out to the whole room. (This is not one for the shy presenters out there!) The five judges will each hit their buzzer when in real-life they would have stopped listening. Once all five buzzers have been hit, your turn ends, and the feedback begins. This is not for the faint hearted.

Your Demo Factor 2018 Host

Ben Burrell (Pure FM, now Victory Radio, alumnus). Ben was the FIRST EVER winner of Demo Factor. Ben went on to present at Free Radio in the Midlands, and is now a presenter on Absolute Radio.

Ben fact: He loves confetti and will look fondly upon you if you also like confetti cannons.

Your Demo Factor 2018 Judges

This year, your judges are:

  • Head Judge: Chris North from North Media Talent
  • Pandora, Presenter, Kiss
  • Paul Sylvester, Content Controller, Absolute Radio
  • Jocelin Stainer, Head of Production, BBC Radio 1
  • Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1

AND… there may be a special guest judge too! (Last year Greg James helped judge our demos.)

Coming to conference? Want to enter? Head to to read the rules, regulations and everything else we may have missed.

Good luck!

Oh – and want some tips on putting together a demo? Read our top ten tips here.