Wednesday 16 June
2.30pm - 3.30pm

The Reset with Sam Delaney

Eight months ago, in the mid-point of the Covid-19 lock-down, journalist, broadcaster and creative leader, Sam Delaney launched a podcast aimed at exploring issues of mental illness, addiction and recovery and, importantly, with tips and insights into 'resetting your demons'.The podcast soon grew to be a go-to for anyone wishing to confront issues in their own life, and its power comes from the personal factor - Sam Delaney is talking from experience, and as a prominent journalist and broadcaster across UK media, his experiences of mental illness and addiction in the creative industries offers a unique starting point and insight, from a non-medical and non-judgemental perspective, for anyone in the industry struggling with these issues in a very difficult time. In this session, Sam will discuss the motivation that led him to start The Reset and will set up the things he has done in his own life and work to be able to kick his own addictions and become one of the UK’s best loved podcasters. Sam Delaney has over 20 years experience as a journalist, broadcaster and creative leader. He is the former head of digital content at Comedy Central UK and former editor in chief of Heat magazine. He has hosted radio shows for the BBC, Talksport and Talk Radio where he was drivetime host until 2018. He has published three books and his writing appears regularly across the British press. He is the host and founder of a series of highly popular podcasts including Top Flight Time Machine (with Andy Dawson).

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in The Reset session, the following organisations can provide help, support and advice:

Sam Delaney

Peter Urpeth


    Peter Urpeth
    Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, XpoNorth

    Peter is XpoNorth Sector Specialist in Publishing and Writing. He is a writer and multi-media journalist with more than 35 years of experience, and has worked in developing the publishing sector in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for 18 years. Peter is also a pianist and documentary film-maker working in jazz and related musics.


    Sam Delaney
    Writer, Broadcaster and Podcaster

    Sam Delaney is a writer, broadcaster and podcaster. His daily pod Top Flight Time Machine, which he co-hosts with Andy Dawson, has had over 6.5 million downloads since its launch in 2018. He also presents The Athletic’s weekly West Ham pod ‘U Irons,’ and 80’s movie pod, Betamax Babylon. In late 2020 he launched The Reset – a newsletter about mental health. He has since created an accompanying podcast which goes out weekly. He is the founder and CEO of 11-29 Media which produces hit shows for other podcasters including Alan Johnson, Neil Ruddock, Rose McGowan and Chris Ryan. As a journalist he is a regular contributor to The Guardian and columnist in The Big Issue and is the former editor-in-chief of Heat magazine. He has presented radio shows for BBC 5 Live, BBC London, talkSPORT and talkRADIO. He has also made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He has published three books, the most recent of which was Mad Men And Bad Men – What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising (Faber, 2015).

    More at or on Twitter @delaneyman


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