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Schedule changes at Virgin Radio’s spin off brands

There are new schedules coming for Virgin Radio Anthems UK, Virgin Radio Chilled UK and Virgin Radio Groove UK. Virgin Radio Pride UK presenters Shivani Dave will present Saturday and Sunday at 12-4pm on Virgin Radio Chilled UK, Alex Milsom will present each Saturday and Sunday at 6-10am on Virgin Radio Groove UK, with Vicki Blight each Sunday afternoon at 2-6pm on Virgin Radio Anthems UK and Bodg presenting each Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2-6pm on Virgin Radio Groove UK. Meanwhile Rich ...
Tags: UK, Bbc, Radio, North East, Vicki, Jez, Rob Phillips, BBC Radio Wales, Station News, Virgin Radio, Shivani, Mike Cass, Vicki Blight, Virgin Radio UK, Virgin Radio Anthems, Jez Welham


Salisbury DAB multiplex looking for radio stations to join

The owners of the new small-scale DAB multiplex for Salisbury are looking for radio stations to broadcast. Muxcast One Ltd, a joint venture between Nation Broadcasting and BFBS, has been working behind the scenes to prepare the multiplex and transmitters for launch in the near future. The multiplex will use two sites to cover the area – Camp Hill and Bulford Camp. A third site, listed in the application as Sandy Balls, has been dropped. Nation’s DAB Multiplex Manager Ash Elford tells RadioToda...
Tags: England, Digital, Radio, Salisbury, Bfbs, Nation Broadcasting, Camp Hill, Small Scale DAB, Ash Elford, Sandy Balls, Muxcast One Ltd, Bulford Camp


Dave Berry launches new medical podcast Doctor Next Door

Absolute Radio presenter Dave Berry is putting the medical world under the microscope with a new podcast. He’s teaming up with his real-life neighbour Dr Neil Srinivasan, a cardiologist by trade, to lift the lid on the everyday goings on in their suburban life. Nothing is off the operating table, as Dave learns more about the practice of medicine, pursuing a career in cardiology and the mental impact of the demanding role. Doctor Next Door is the latest podcast launch from MediaCityUK based A...
Tags: Podcasts, People, Dave, Radio, Dave Berry, Ben Price, Absolute Radio, Jordan North, Audio Always, Neil Srinivasan, William Hanson Sofa Cinema Club, Colson Smith Jack, Jess Phillips Doctor Next Door


Five new presenters lined up for BBC Radio 1 early slot

Five new presenters will join BBC Radio 1 to take over the Friday Early Breakfast slot as part of a monthly rotation beginning in February. Elliot Darby, Matty Chiabi, Seb Bailey, Nat O’Leary and Alice Dale are the next wave of presenters set to host the show which launched in January 2021 as a means to showcase the very best new and emerging presenting talent. All five of the new presenters were all given the opportunity to host on the station when they were selected from over thousands of ap...
Tags: UK, London, People, Radio, Manchester, Torquay, Surrey, Alice, Cheshire, Elliot, BBC Radio, Nat, Bristol City FC, Matty, Bbc Radio 1, ANTHEMS


BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates Independent Venue Week

Steve Lamacq, 6 Music’s weekday drive presenter, will celebrate Independent Venue Week with a series of special shows between Monday 31 January and Friday 4 February. Across the week, each programme will celebrate a different independent venue in a UK town or city – PJ Molloys in Dunfermline (Monday 31 January), Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds (Tuesday 1 February), Future Yard in Birkenhead (Wednesday 2 February), The Louisiana in Bristol (Thursday 3 February) and The Horn in St. Albans (Friday 4...
Tags: UK, Bbc, Radio, Bristol, Louisiana, Leeds, St Albans, BBC Radio, Dunfermline, Steve Lamacq, Station News, Bbc Radio 6 Music, Independent Venue Week, Samantha Moy, PJ Molloys, Belgrave Music Hall


Shire Sounds Radio launches training academy for young people

Shire Sounds Radio is launching its own training academy providing an opportunity for young people aged 13 – 18. The training course is open to all young people aged 13 – 18 in Northamptonshire who are interested in working in the Broadcast industry, as well as for young people looking for a new hobby or skill. For those interested in a career in Broadcast, this is an entry point that could lead to different careers within the industry. The opportunity could also lead to a permanent position ...
Tags: Radio, Broadcast, Academy, Northamptonshire, Justine, Lorraine, Izzy, Local Radio, Community Sector, Shire Sounds Radio, Shire Sounds Radio Students, Beccy Hurrell Voice Arts Limited, Shire Sounds, Shire Sounds Broadcasting Studios, Community Core, Shire Sounds Academy


Ruth Davidson joins Times Radio to host a weekly show

Politician and former radio presenter Ruth Davidson is joining Times Radio to present the Friday afternoon show previously hosted by Giles Coren. Ruth joined the Scottish Parliament in 2011 and later that same year winning the election to become leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Before her political career, she worked as a journalist and broadcaster at Kingdom FM and Real Radio followed by BBC Scotland. Ruth said: “Times Radio is only 18 months old but has already established itself as a...
Tags: Scotland, Bbc, People, Radio, Scottish Parliament, Ruth Davidson, Ruth, Real Radio, Tim Levell, Times Radio, Times Radio Programme, Giles Coren Ruth, Scotland Ruth, Now Times Radio


Opinion: The BBC Is The Fire Brigade of UK Media

Andi Durrant, owner and director of This is Distorted, writes in reaction to recent reports about de-funding the BBC. “With the announcement this week that the government will soon freeze the license fee, there’s been a huge amount of talk on social media about de-funding the BBC, moving to an advert-funded model, or becoming a subscription service like Netflix. It flares up every so often but seems to have been getting worse over the last few years. I recommended The Tourist to some friends i...
Tags: UK, Opinion, Bbc, BBC News, Netflix, Radio, Britain, East London, Jeremy Corbyn, Beeb, Andi, UK Media, Andi Durrant, This Is Distorted, ITV Amazon Channel


BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 mark 100 years of Ulysses

BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 have commissioned a season of programmes marking 100 years since the publication of Ulysses. James Joyce’s modernist masterpiece was released in February 1922. It was one of the foundational texts of the modernist movement, an explosion of ideas in the arts and beyond – ideas that spread right around the globe and still reverberate today. Both networks will be exploring the ideas, achievements and legacy of the modernist pioneers, and why they still matter now. At t...
Tags: Europe, Radio, Bbc Radio 4, Matthew Sweet, BBC Radio, Ulysses, Berthold Brecht, Station News, Bbc Radio 3, Mrs Dalloway, Ulysses James Joyce, Dan Clarke, Soviet Shabolovka Tower, Louis Armstrong Matthew Sweet, Matthew Dodd Editor


Manchester music-making to be celebrated by BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is to air nine live and pre-recorded performances to celebrate music-making in Manchester. As part of BBC Radio 3 in Concert and BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, Manchester Week will have performances by BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Chloë Hanslip, and Manchester Collective amongst others. The event celebrates the city’s ensembles, musicians, and composers, with appearances by established and up-and-coming artists, presenting well-known as well...
Tags: UK, Radio, Manchester, North, Mozart, BBC Radio, Station News, Bbc Radio 3, BBC Philharmonic, Pavel Kolesnikov, Alessandro Fisher, Kunal Lahiry, Elizabeth Alker, Jean Efflam Bavouzet, Lunchtime Concert Manchester Week, Mark Elder Jean Efflam Bavouzet Chloë Hanslip


iHeartMedia plans big presence in the metaverse

iHeartMedia is extending its presence into web3 and the metaverse, beginning with plans for the creation of iHeart events and experiences for listeners and music fans on Roblox. iHeart will launch tokenized communities for its users and creators and create awareness and demand to bring new metaverse and web3 platforms to the mass market. “Although there are a number of great new products for the metaverse and web3 from a wide array of creators, with our unparalleled audience reach, multiple p...
Tags: Radio, Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia Inc, Conal Byrne, iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group, Green NFT


talkSPORT to air exclusive England v West Indies coverage

talkSPORT has won the exclusive rights to broadcast England’s tour of the West Indies, starting this month. The tour includes three Test Matches and five T20s, with the first of England’s T20s being played on January 22. The network has also been exclusively broadcasting matches from the West Indies versus Ireland ODI series this month This will be talkSPORT’s fourth successive year with an England winter tour as part of its award-winning cricket coverage. The station has exclusively broadc...
Tags: England, India, Radio, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Steve Harmison, Talksport, Gareth Batty, Ireland England, Danielle Hazell, Mark Butcher, Neil Manthorp, Station News


Arena Radio to play nothing but live performances

A new radio station playing nothing but live performances has launched. Arena Radio is the brainchild of national radio presenter Tony Dibbin and is backed by fellow director Paul Chantler. “This started out as a lockdown project for me,” says Tony, who currently presents on the Greatest Hits Network, Absolute Radio 70s and builder’s station Fix Radio. “I love listening to concert performances and then I realised just how much live music had been recorded so I simply thought why not create a r...
Tags: Industry, Radio, Cambridge, PAUL, Tony, Fix Radio, Paul Chantler, Tony Dibbin, Arena Radio, Fix Radio and Podcast Radio, UK Radioplayer, Aiir Arena Radio


Arena Radio to play nothing but live music performances

A new radio station playing nothing but live performances has launched. Arena Radio is the brainchild of national radio presenter Tony Dibbin and is backed by fellow director Paul Chantler. “This started out as a lockdown project for me,” says Tony, who currently presents on the Greatest Hits Network, Absolute Radio 70s and builder’s station Fix Radio. “I love listening to concert performances and then I realised just how much live music had been recorded so I simply thought why not create a r...
Tags: Industry, Radio, Cambridge, PAUL, Tony, Fix Radio, Paul Chantler, Tony Dibbin, Arena Radio, Fix Radio and Podcast Radio, UK Radioplayer, Aiir Arena Radio


BBC Radio 2 to air tribute to Janice Long – A life in music

Zoe Ball is to present a special tribute to Janice Long on BBC Radio 2, with a simulcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Merseyside. Janice died on Christmas Day 2021 and in the special two-hour show listeners will hear from her family, friends, colleagues from across BBC radio as well as from artists from the music world that she supported during her career. Janice Long started her radio career in 1979 as an assistant and then as a presenter of Streetlife on BBC Radio Merseyside. In a very p...
Tags: Hollywood, Adele, Eu, Bbc, People, Radio, Liverpool, David Bowie, Paul Mccartney, Amy Winehouse, Janice, Nell Bryden, Omd, BBC Radio, Jane, Pete Paphides


Absolute Radio Country to air Elaina D Smith evening show

Bauer has signed up American country presenter Elaina D Smith’s evening show to broadcast on Absolute Radio Country. The syndicated programme, which is produced and presented in Nashville, Tennessee, will air Sunday to Thursday nights from 7pm. Elaina said “It seems impossible to even think of a word that describes my excitement about joining the Absolute Radio Country family. “Taking the show international is beyond my wildest dreams, and to do so with such incredible pros like Ricky Marshal...
Tags: UK, US, Radio, Nashville, North America, Nashville Tennessee, Bauer, Elaina, Station News, Absolute Radio Country, Ricky Marshall, Elaina D Smith, Pete Horspool, Paul Williams Ryan Kershner, Mackenzie Cooper


BBC Radio 2 brings more live music with the Piano Room Month

A new live music initiative is coming to BBC Radio 2 in February with the launch of Piano Room Month. Twenty artists will perform accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra live from London’s BBC Maida Vale studios. The gigs will be broadcast live in Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show from Monday 31st January to Friday 25th February. Each artist will perform three tracks – a new song, a classic, and a cover – with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra accompanying alongside them. Following the live shows...
Tags: UK, London, Bbc, Katie Melua, Radio, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Clean Bandit, Ken, BBC Radio, James Morrison, Jeff Smith, Anne Marie, David Gray, Jamie Cullum


News UK hires Kate McCann from Sky News for talkTV

Sky News Political Correspondent Kate McCann is joining News UK in the new role of Political Editor at talkTV. Kate will appear across the talkTV primetime schedule, including regular appearances on Tom Newton Dunn’s weeknight news and current affairs show. She will also contribute to talkRADIO and Times Radio. Before joining Sky in 2018, she worked at The Daily Telegraph as senior political correspondent and The Sun as political correspondent. Kate said: “talkTV will be a new and distinctive...
Tags: UK, People, Radio, News UK, Kate, Daily Telegraph, Kate Mccann, Tom Newton Dunn, Scott Taunton, Talktv, Virgin Radio Times Radio The Sun The Times, CEO of News UK Broadcasting, Times Radio Before


Daniel Lawrence recognised as outstanding volunteer

Daniel Lawrence BEM has received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister’s Office for his work with community radio. He’s a former Chair of the Community Media Association and the founder of The Radio Hub. At the start of the pandemic, Daniel realised that radio could provide a vital form of connection and voice of comfort for people isolating at home, particularly vulnerable older people who may struggle with accessing other forms of digital communication. After initially giving out ...
Tags: UK, People, Radio, Daniel, Local Radio, Community Media Association, Daniel Lawrence, Radio Hub, Community Sector, Ros Connors, Daniel Lawrence BEM, Basildon Daniel


Opinion: Radiocentre CEO Ian Moss on radio in 2022

Radiocentre CEO Ian Moss shares his thoughts on commercial radio in 2022. Hussein Manawer’s powerful poem first aired at Radiocentre’s Tuning In conference back in November serves as a good reminder to us all just how much of a comfort radio has been to millions of listeners across the UK during these challenging times. Without wanting to doom 2022, we enter the New Year with a hint of positivity. We can see this directly as a sector with the latest RAJAR figures showing commercial radio reac...
Tags: UK, Opinion, Bbc, Radio, Manchester, Rajar, APPG, Radiocentre, WARC, Enders Analysis, Department for Digital Culture Media Sport, Ian Moss, Hussein Manawer, Digital Radio Audio Review, Radiogauge


Clare McDonnell to co-host Drive on BBC Radio 5 Live

Clare McDonnell will replace Anna Foster on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive with Tony Livesey from next month. Clare has been with the BBC for over 20 years and was one of the original presenters on BBC Radio 6 Music. Most recently she has been presenting programmes across the network, including Breakfast and Drive. Claire has previously worked at BBC Radio 1, BBC World Service, GLR, BBC Three and as breakfast host on BBC Radio Kent. Clare said: “I loved 5 Live as a listener for many years before I got...
Tags: Bbc, People, Radio, BBC World Service, Tony, BBC Radio, Clare, Bbc Radio 5 Live, Anna Foster, Tony Livesey, Heidi Dawson, Clare McDonnell, Breakfast and Drive Claire, Kent Clare


Lyca Radio & Lyca Gold to air 100 Greatest Bollywood Love Songs

Lyca Radio and Lyca Gold have jointly announced the launch of 100 Greatest Bollywood Love Songs, timed to coincide with Valentine’s month. The 100 Greatest Bollywood Love Songs is being branded the first and only kind poll of its kind by the station. Listeners are being invited to participate by registering three of their favourite Bollywood love songs ever. Once submitted, all the songs will be placed into popularity order with the 100 Greatest Bollywood Love Songs being declared in a speci...
Tags: London, Radio, Valentine, Station News, Raj Baddhan, Lyca Radio, Lyca Media, Lyca Gold, Lyca Radio amp


Joe Lynam leaves BBC Radio 4 for Newstalk in Ireland

BBC Radio 4 presenter Joe Lynam is joining Bauer’s Newstalk in Ireland as Business Editor. He currently presents the current affairs show ‘The Newsroom’ on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service while also presenting four Podcasts: Global News Podcast, Connected Investor, London Calling EU and EUNICast. The Irish native was also the BBC’s senior Business Correspondent for a decade. Joe has travelled the world with the BBC covering the financial crisis (2007-2010), followed by the Eurozone crisis (...
Tags: Eu, Bbc, People, Radio, Ireland, Joe, Bbc Radio 4, Bauer, BBC Radio, World Service, Joe Lynam, BBC News Channel Joe, Newstalk Breakfast Patricia Monahan Newstalk


Dr Alex George signs up for health series on Classic FM

Dr Alex George is joining Classic FM to host a series focusing on health, well-being and the benefits of listening to and performing classical music. Inner Harmony with Dr Alex George – the A&E doctor and UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador – launches on Sunday 16th January at 9pm, at the start of Classic FM’s 30th birthday year. Each hour-long programme will be themed around a particular topic related to health and wellness combined with thoughtfully curated classical music. Episodes will cover...
Tags: Global, People, Radio, Classic Fm, Alex George, Philip Noyce Classic FM, UK Youth Mental Health


Capital UK updates branding from Pure Jingles

Capital in the UK has taken delivery of another jingle update from Dutch sonic branding specialist PURE Jingles. “Working with this iconic brand and its dedicated team is always an exciting creative endeavour,” PURE Jingles sales director Thomas Giger told JingleMad. Following an earlier package of the same size, Global commissioned another batch of 10 individual Top of Hours. Musically inspired by the biggest hits from today’s hottest artists, these assets are designed to keep Capital close...
Tags: UK, Radio, Thomas, Leicester Square, KIIS, JingleMad, Thomas Giger


Global’s DAX takes on How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

DAX will be the exclusive advertising partner for the popular podcast How to Fail with Elizabeth Day. The two-year deal provides advertisers with opportunities to create bespoke, targeted campaigns through sponsorship, host-read ads and spot ads. How To Fail with Elizabeth Day celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Each week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. Since launching in 2018, the podcast has had 25 million downloads and 1 mi...
Tags: Podcasts, Global, Radio, New York Times, Dax, Elizabeth, Mike Gordon, Elizabeth Day, Global Player Global, University of Houston Brené


Elvis Costello asks radio stations to not play Oliver’s Army

Elvis Costello has asked radio stations to stop playing one of his biggest hits – Oliver’s Army. He told the Telegraph he will no longer perform the song, which was written about the conflict in Northern Ireland with lyrics that include a racial slur. The line in question is heard at the end of the second verse before the chorus: ‘One more widow, one less white n****r’. The song has been played unedited on radio stations unedited since it was released in 1979 but BBC 6 Music famously edited it...
Tags: Bbc, Industry, Radio, Northern Ireland, Army, Elvis Costello, Oliver


Original 106 gets new custom package from AudioSweets ID

AudioSweets ID has created a new jingle package for Original 106 in Scotland . It’s a custom package consisting of a seven-cut suite and a full Utility pack. AudioSweets ID says the audio has a mainstream pop feel that really reflects the current sound of the station, and can blend seamlessly with playlisted artists such as The 1975, Blossoms & Dua Lipa. Craig Lumsden, Programme Controller at Original 106 said “We were looking for an imaging refresh to work alongside our more mainstream sound...
Tags: Scotland, Radio, Simon


Radio Devon Executive Editor Mark Grinnell leaves for new BBC job

BBC Radio Devon Executive Editor Mark Grinnell has been appointed as Executive Lead to the Director of BBC Nations, Rhodri Talfan Davies. Mark says he’s leaving BBC South West after 12 fantastic years and is excited about this his challenge. He said: “I’ll be supporting strategic planning and leading the office of one of the biggest BBC divisions which delivers local, regional and nations services to millions of UK people on TV, radio and digital. “It’s a fantastic new job for me, I’m over the...
Tags: UK, Bbc, People, Radio, Devon, Itn, South West, Mark, GWR, Plymouth Sound, BBC Radio Devon, Stephanie Marshall, BBC Nations, Mark Grinnell, BBC South West, Rhodri Talfan Davies Mark


Boris Johnson says happy 10th birthday to Radio Exe

The prime minister has congratulated Devon commercial station Radio Exe on its tenth anniversary. The station went on air on 10th January 2011 after its predecessor, Exeter FM, was acquired from a London company six months earlier. In an anniversary message to the station, Boris Johnson said: “I wanted to write and offer my congratulations on this great milestone! “Radio has been a key source of news and entertainment to so many people during the course of the covid-19 pandemic and I understan...
Tags: London, Bbc, Radio, Boris Johnson, Devon, Torquay, Exeter, World Service, Matt Rogers, Station News, Paul Nero, Radio Exe, Reach Plc, Adam Manning, Ashley Jeary, Exeter FM