June Sarpong kicks off PromaxBDA UK’s 30th anniversary year of events with keynote speech.

PromaxBDA UK, the UK association for the entertainment marketing industry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary year with a bumper programme of events that will culminate in the annual awards in November 2019.

To kick off the year of events, PromaxBDA UK is proud to announce that much-loved broadcaster and celebrated author June Sarpong MBE will give the opening keynote speech of the first PUK Talk of the year, taking place on March 4th at the Curzon Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. In recognition of International Women’s Day later that week, the event will feature a diverse collection of leading ladies from across the sector including Caroline Goyder, Grace Ladoja MBE, Caitlin Ryan and Helen Calcraft who will be involved in a number of panel discussions and workshops aimed to inspire, connect, celebrate and honour the women in the industry. More names will be announced shortly.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £79+VAT for members, £99+VAT for non-members and a limited number of freelancer tickets available for £25+VAT. Tickets can be purchased for the PUK Talk by emailing promaxuk@idslondon.co.uk or by calling 0207 228 1363.


June Sarpong MBE began her media career with the radio station Kiss 100 and later became an MTV UK and Ireland presenter (MTV Dance Floor Chart).  As one of the faces of Channel 4’s daytime teen-aimed strand T4 for nine years, she interviewed Tony Blair for a T4 special, When Tony Met June, which aired in January 2005. Over the past 15 years June has made appearances in a vast array of programmes from Extras to Celebrity Juice and more recently as a regular host on Loose Women.  June has taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. Not only this, June has interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and 50 Cent.  June is also the author of the books Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration (2017) and The Power of Women published last year.

“It’s a real honour to have been asked to give the opening keynote speech at PromaxBDA UK’s first event of the year and the fact that it is recognising International Women’s Day and celebrating the incredible talent within the entertainment and broadcast industries is even better!  I’m looking forward to meeting some inspirational men and women and being able to talk a little bit about my career to date” commented June Sarpong MBE.

Landy Slattery, the PromaxBDA UK Chair added: “When it comes to the conversation around diversity June Sarpong is one of our most progressive voices. We are so thrilled she will give the opening keynote at our PUK Talk on the 4th March. This is PromaxBDA UK’s 30th year and as well as being a champion of great TV marketing creative we want to use this anniversary platform to pull the industry together and lift up the conversation around equality and representation. Join us for an afternoon of vibrant discussion and inspirational female advice!”

Originally born out of the Hollywood Studios in 1956, Promax launched its UK arm in 1989 and then subsequently added the Broadcast Design Awards (BDA) in 1997.  Since it launched, PromaxBDA UK has been at the forefront of entertainment marketing and creativity, representing thousands of professionals who build, market, and promote the biggest brands in media.

For more information or to speak to a member of the PromaxBDA UK executive board, please contact: mediapromaxbdauk@gmail.com

About PromaxBDA
PromaxBDA is the global association for the entertainment marketing industry, representing thousands of professionals who build, market, and promote the biggest brands in media. PromaxBDA fosters community, creativity, and inspiration to drive bottom line results. PromaxBDA members lead the global community of entertainment marketers and creatives by celebrating excellence and supporting the next generation of industry talent.