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Two-day Audio Drama Festival returns to London

Speakers from BBC Radio 4, BBC Sounds and Audible are lined up to take part in this year’s Audio Drama Festival. The two-day event, at Goldsmiths’ New Cross Campus on 11th & 12th May 2019, will include talks from Dirk Maggs, Jeremy Howe, Roy Williams OBE, Jason Phipps, Sarah Woods & Jessica Dromgoole amongst others. Richard Shannon and Philip Palmer, Founders of the Goldsmith Audio Drama Festival, said: “This year’s Audio Drama Festival is the most exciting so far! We have attracted leading f...
Tags: Events, Industry, Audio Drama Festival


Tireside Chat: Talking Design With Nissan

Designing cars is a mix of art and science – and it’s about more than just looks. Especially when the brand you work for has a lot on its plate. In the past year, Nissan has launched all-new models that represent a departure from the past (Kicks), updated others significantly (Altima) and not so significantly […] The post Tireside Chat: Talking Design With Nissan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Industry, Autos, Nissan, New Cars, News Blog, New Car Design, Taro Ueda


Zoe Ball & Margot James confirmed for Radio Festival 2019 line-up

BBC Radio 2 Breakfast host Zoe Ball and Digital Minister Margot James have been added to the line-up of this year’s Radio Festival, joining already-announced Simon Mayo. Zoe Ball will open the Radio Academy event this year talking to Paddy O’Connell about her old Radio 1 days, history repeating itself as she stepped into Chris Evans’s shoes and taking on Radio 2 breakfast, alongside her love of radio. Zoe Ball said: “This is such an exciting time in radio, and I’ve fallen back in love with doin...
Tags: UK, Top, Events, Industry, Radio, Itn, British Library, Chris Evans, Economist, BBC Radio, O Connell, Radio Academy, Zoe Ball, Radio Festival, Mike Newman, Simon Mayo


Local Radio Day continues with new organisers

The Local Radio Day initiative will return this year as event founders UKRD hands over the idea to a new partnership. It is being organised by the Local Radio Alliance and supported by BBC Sussex & Surrey. The date has just been announced for 2019 as Friday 24th May, and the new team is wanting as many people as possible to get involved. Local Radio Day highlights the value of local radio and celebrates the relationship between radio stations and their listeners. Assistant Editor of BBC Susse...
Tags: Industry, Radio, Mark, Mark Carter, BBC Sussex, BBC Surrey, Radio Academy, UKRD, John Dash, Local Radio Day, Dom Chambers, Local Radio Alliance, BBC Sussex Surrey, Phillipa Sawyer, Deputy Chair of Radio Academy


Ofcom advertises DAB multiplex for the Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are to gain their first commercial DAB multiplex shortly as Ofcom starts the process of awarding a licence. Ofcom has invited applications to provide the service, with a closing date of July 17th 2019. The regulator says it hopes to award the licence as soon as practicable thereafter, as early as October 2019. The frequency being cleared for this licence is a standard VHF DAB channel known internationally as ‘Frequency Block 12A (centre frequency of 223.936 MHz)’. Should c...
Tags: Bbc, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Channel Islands, Digital Radio, Guernsey, Isles, BBC Radio, Gregory Watson, Tindle, Radios, MuxCo, BBC Radio Jersey, The South of England, Island Fm


Global’s acquisition of Exterion Media cleared by the CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority has approved the acquisition of Exterion Media by Global. Global will now move forward with the full launch of its new Outdoor division, following the simultaneous purchases of Primesight and Outdoor Plus in September 2018 and Exterion Media in November 2018. The addition of the Exterion portfolio gives Global some big titles – Global is now a market-leading outdoor company in Ireland, France, The Netherlands and Spain as well as one of the largest outdoo...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Global, Spain, Industry, Radio, Gatwick, Glasgow, London Underground, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Ashley Tabor, Trading Update, Tfl, Alerts


Nation requests Radio Ceredigion to continue in Format u-turn

Nation Broadcasting is asking Ofcom to effectively reverse the decision it made allowing Radio Ceredigion to become a relay of Nation Radio. Nation re-applied for the Ceredigion licence proposing to scrap all local content and share programmes with the South Wales regional station Nation Radio instead. But since the licence award was made, Nation has decided that it would instead prefer to continue broadcasting a service more closely aligned with the existing Radio Ceredigion service when the...
Tags: Top, Wales, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Tsa, South Wales, Alerts, Ceredigion, Nation Broadcasting, Radio Ceredigion, Nation Radio Nation, Carmarthenshire Pembrokeshire Swansea, May Radio Ceredigion, Nation Broadcasting Limited


Bauer design agency reveals Hits Radio national roll-out

One of Bauer’s design agencies has offered an insight into the future of the Hits Radio brand after writing about its recent work on its website. Thinkfarm, which works with Bauer designing and promoting some of its radio stations, created the brand identity and marketing campaign for Hits Radio. It appears to confirm that Hits Radio will replace regional brands to create one national station. On its website, it said: “Hits Radio will consolidate regional brands into one, national station off...
Tags: UK, Top, Industry, Radio, Manchester, Bauer, Hits Radio, Hits Radio Network, Hallam Metro Free, Radio City Radio


Durham FM and Alpha Radio to return under new ownership

Durham and Darlington will see the return of their local radio stations in June as Durham FM and Alpha Radio return. The two licences, previously held by View TV Group and broadcast as Rathergood Radio, have been bought by Helius Media Group. Head of Programming, Ryan Davies told RadioToday: “I would like to Jamie and the View TV Group for this exciting opportunity. I am looking forward to building two great new local radio stations in the next few weeks, before a full launch in June.” Alpha ...
Tags: Top, Industry, Radio, Stockport, Durham, Jamie, Alerts, Darlington, Ryan Davies, Alpha Radio, Star Radio, Durham FM, View TV Group, Rathergood Radio, The North of England, Helius Media Group Head of Programming


QOTD: Your Least Favorite Front-drive Nineties Ride?

Last week, Steph penned a QOTD where he let commenters loose on front-drive American cars made between 1980 and 2010. The ask was to pick a favorite from the wide selection; one you’d buy today as new. This week we’re going to take the opposite tack and talk about the front-drive car you like the […] The post QOTD: Your Least Favorite Front-drive Nineties Ride? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Industry, Editorials, Used Cars, Autos, Chrysler, Wagons, Qotd, 1990s, Nineties, Steph, Sedans, News Blog, Coupes, Question of the Day, Front-drive


Radioplayer exhibiting at NAB Show in Las Vegas

UK-based Radioplayer is exhibiting at the NAB Show in Las Vegas for the first time and speaking at the event conference. Radioplayer is working closely with the National Association of Broadcasters to grow interest in collaborative innovation, particularly around the in-car radio experience. Members of the Radioplayer team have been invited to speak at the conference, one of the biggest media trade shows in the world, taking place from April 8th – 11th. Radioplayer is seeking opportunities f...
Tags: UK, Technology, London, Top, US, International News, Industry, Radio, Norway, Las Vegas, Audi, Vegas, National Association of Broadcasters, Radioplayer, Xperi, Lawrence Galkoff


For true transparency around political advertising, U.S. tech companies must collaborate

In October 2017 online giants Twitter, Facebook, and Google announced plans to voluntarily increase transparency for political advertising on their platforms. The three plans to tackle disinformation had roughly the same structure: funder disclaimers on political ads, stricter verification measures to prevent foreign entities from posting such ads, and varying formats of ad archives. All three announcements came just before representatives from the companies were due to testify before Congress a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Transparency, Technology, Supreme Court, Congress, Marketing, Articles, Social Media, Search Engines, Ceo, Industry, United States


David Jones appointed first Ofcom Board Member for Wales

David Jones has been appointed as the first Ofcom Board Member for Wales following consultation with the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He is currently a non-executive director of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and Chair of the Information Governance Committee. David is also non-executive director of the Welsh Revenue Authority, the body responsible for collecting and managing Welsh taxes on behalf of the Welsh Government and is a member of ...
Tags: UK, Wales, Industry, David, Radio, Ofcom, David Jones, Welsh Government, Elis Thomas, Lee Waters, Sharon White Ofcom, Ofcom Board, Welsh Revenue Authority, Terry Burns Ofcom Chairman, Culture Sport and Tourism, AM Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport


New national Capital Breakfast launches across the UK

Global has launched the first networked breakfast show on commercial radio in England, Scotland and Wales with the syndication of Capital Breakfast. Roman Kemp, Vick Hope and Sonny Jay have replaced almost a dozen local breakfast shows on Capital-branded radio stations supported by a national advertising campaign which kicked off on Saturday night. Roman, Vick and Sonny are now broadcasting to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, East Midlands, North East, North West & Wales, Scotla...
Tags: UK, Top, Wales, Global, Toronto, Industry, Radio, Liverpool, Ofcom, Capital, Lancashire, Peterborough, Great Britain, Alerts, Shawn Mendes, Sonny


Global starts selling its radio buildings ahead of networking

Global has put its headquarters in Portslade near Brighton on the market after announcing the closure of this and another 10 other sites. The commercial property, at Radio House, Franklin Road, Portslade, East Sussex, is on the market for £1.1million. It is described as radio studios and former offices over ground and first floors with extensive surface car parking, 18 car spaces and a modern internal specification. The building is home to Heart Sussex, which was previously known as Southern FM...
Tags: Top, Global, Industry, Radio, Southampton, Brighton, Capital, Heart, Zoopla, Portslade, The South of England, Heart Sussex, Capital Brighton, Radio House, Franklin Road Portslade East Sussex, Southern Sound Capital Brighton


Communicorp buys Bob FM to rebrand as Heart

Bob FM has been bought by Communicorp and will be rebranded as Heart Hertfordshire, merging with its existing station covering Watford. Bob – which covers the north of Hertfordshire including Stevenage, Hertford, Knebworth, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City – first launched in 2001 as Hertbeat FM. It in May 2010, before becoming Bob FM nearly 4 years later due to licensing issues which would have prevented the station using the Jack brand on DAB. It has been based in studios at the Old Pump Ho...
Tags: Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Heart, Bob, Hertfordshire, Alerts, Welwyn Garden City, Mark Lee, Knebworth Park, Communicorp, Communicorp UK, Bob Fm, Heart Hertfordshire, Watford Bob


Paul Keenan appointed President of Audio at Bauer Media Group

Paul Keenan has been appointed President of Audio at Bauer Media Group with the task of developing radio, webcasting and podcasts. Currently, Paul is CEO of Bauer and will aim to develop audio with a focus on digital transformation worldwide. He will continue to report to Veit Dengler who has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Bauer Media Group. “Radio and audio are in great health, enjoying the power of a sound boom and this is an exciting time to be leading a new wave of further ...
Tags: Top, People, Industry, Radio, Rob, Group, Alerts, PAUL, Bauer, Veit Dengler, Bauer Media Group, Paul Keenan, Bauer Media Group Radio, Rob Munro Hall Sven Dams Stefanie Hauer, Rob Munro Hall, UK Publishing Business Commenting


Simon Mayo to speak at 2019 Radio Festival

The first speaker for this year’s Radio Festival, taking place in London next month, has been announced as Simon Mayo. The event on Monday 13th May at the British Library is organised by the Radio Academy and is part of a cross-industry ‘Radio Audio Week’. This year’s festival theme is ‘The New Age of Audio’. Mayo launched Scala Radio last month, after leaving Radio 2 at the end of 2018 following a 37-year career with the BBC. His session at the Radio Festival will look at how Bauer’s new cla...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Events, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Simon, Bauer, Radio Academy, Radio Festival, Bbc Local Radio, Simon Mayo, Radio Audio Week, Scala Radio, RadFest19


Music revenues worldwide are up 9.7% with massive growth in streaming

2018 saw another year of growth for recorded music all around the world as music streaming gets bigger in more and more countries. In 2018 the global recorded music market grew by 9.7% according to the recorded music industry trade group IFPI’s Global Music Report 2019. This is the fourth year of consecutive growth for music worldwide after the advent of online piracy caused revenues to drop for an extended period. Music streaming services offered a legitimate solution to the issue of m...
Tags: Asia, Music, Music Industry, Industry, Streaming, South America, Revenues, Digital Music News, Industry News, IFPI, Frances Moore, Global Music, Global Music Revenues


Here’s what happened at Radiodays Europe on day 1

Here’s what’s been happening at Radiodays Europe in Lausanne – where hundreds of radio professionals from around the world are sharing ideas and experiences. Radio industry keynote: Radio and audio – Where we are and where are we going The Head’s of SRG, EBU, Bauer, an investigative journalist into Russian disinformation and a the Brexicast News Editor opens Radiodays Europe! Greg James – Your listeners are everything “Why would I have funnier stori...
Tags: Google, Europe, Usa, UK, Top, America, Events, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Belgium, Npr, Google News, Chris Evans, Lausanne, BBC Radio


Pandora replaces Toby Anstis on Heart mid-morning show

Former Capital and Kiss presenter Pandora Christie is joining Heart to host the weekday mid-morning show and Saturday night Club Classics. She takes over the UK’s biggest commercial radio show from Toby Anstis next week (8th April), three months after her departure from Kiss. Pandora started out at Global on the promo team, before beginning her presenting work with Choice FM on overnights then daytimes. She moved to Capital in 2012 to host the 10am-1pm show across the network, before leaving ...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Global, Industry, Pandora, Radio, Heart, Leeds, Alerts, Rajar, On Air, James Rea, Heart Network, Toby Anstis, Pandora Christie


£3m Audio Content Fund opens for applications

A £3 million government fund has begun accepting applications from programme makers wishing to make public service audio content for commercial and community radio. The Audio Content Fund is part of a total of £60m being offered across radio and TV, with the larger £57m chunk available for television programmes that target young audiences. Both funds aim to invest 5-percent of their totals in UK language programming such as Welsh and Gaelic. The audio fund is available for ‘public service rad...
Tags: UK, Top, Digital, Industry, Radio, Fund, Helen Boaden, Sam Bailey, Alerts, DCMS, ACF, Margot James, Audio Content Fund


BBC fails to attract commercial radio to BBC Sounds app

The BBC’s aim to bring outside services to its Sounds app has so far been met with rejection from the commercial sector. In its Annual Plan this year, , the BBC says it is interested in opening up BBC Sounds to other podcasts and commercial radio. The invite was first offered in 2018 but no content from Bauer, Global, Wireless has appeared so far despite talks going on since 2018. The commercial radio groups are not happy with the terms being offered, which would include the need for brands ...
Tags: Google, UK, Podcasts, Top, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Commercial radio, Bauer, Bbc Sounds, Bauer Global Wireless, James Purnell Director Radio Education


Faraday Future Getting Back Into the Game With New Chinese Partner

With Faraday Future and Evergrande Health having officially settled their bitter legal dispute late last year, the once-again independent automaker could finally get back to hunting for new investors. Despite Faraday’s entire existence being overshadowed by financial missteps and bizarre business dealings (resulting in an inability to deliver product), it’s extremely good at scrounging up funds. Breaking […] The post Faraday Future Getting Back Into the Game With New Chinese Partner appeared fir...
Tags: Startups, China, FF, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Automotive Industry, EVs, Faraday, Faraday Future, Industry News, Evergrande, News Blog, Automotive startups, Joint Partnerships, FF91


While Utility Vehicles Are Nowhere Close to Peaking, a Study Reveals Signs of Saturation and Struggle

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: unless otherwise stated, the “SUVs” mentioned in automotive studies refer to all utility vehicles, regardless of unibody or body-on-frame construction. Utility sales surpassed passenger car sales in the U.S. in 2016 and never looked back. There’s an ever-growing number of them out there, and, with automakers […] The post While Utility Vehicles Are Nowhere Close to Peaking, a Study Reveals Signs of Saturation and Struggle appeared first on The Truth Ab...
Tags: Sales, Industry, Car Buying, Autos, Crossovers, SUVs, News Blog


QOTD: The Least Sporty Muscle Car Ever?

TTAC’s Slack channel honed in on muscle cars the other day. As the discussion progressed, a question came to light which your author hadn’t previously considered. It’s a simple enough inquiry, yet there are many variables to consider. Today we talk about the least sporty muscle cars. The image of the muscle car has evolved […] The post QOTD: The Least Sporty Muscle Car Ever? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Industry, Muscle cars, Classic Cars, Ford, Editorials, Gm, Used Cars, Autos, Chrysler, Mercury, Qotd, 1990s, 1960s, 1980s, 1970s


Richard Park steps down from full-time role at Global

Following a recent illness, Global’s Richard Park will not be returning to his former role as Director of Broadcasting at the company. Whilst Radio Today understands that Richard is making a strong and steady recovery, he has taken time over the past several weeks to review his position and will reduce his involvement day to day. However, Richard will remain a key member of the Global Radio main board whilst taking on a new role of Senior Programming Advisor. The move means Richard will still...
Tags: Top, Global, People, Industry, Radio, Richard, Ashley Tabor, Global Radio, Alerts, Ashley, Richard Park, Gareth Andrews, Radio Today, Stephen Miron Group, Whilst Radio Today, Group Programming Operations


Ofcom reminds radio stations about local election coverage

Ahead of the upcoming local elections, Ofcom is reminding all broadcasters of the rules for election-related programming. The regulator says all broadcasters should ensure that they comply with Sections Five (Due Impartiality) and Six (Elections and Referendums) of the Code, as well as the prohibition on political advertising contained in section 321 of the Communications Act 2003 and reflected in Section 7 of the BCAP Code. “As in previous years, following the removal of the concept of large...
Tags: Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Electoral Commission, Election Committee


Alan Brazil in trouble for comments about Asian people in Glasgow

Ofcom has upheld a complaint against Alan Brazil and talkSPORT for saying a rat problem in Glasgow was because of the food storage practices of Asian people in the city. Shortly before the 9am news bulletin on 18 December 2018, Alan Brazil spoke with Mike Graham about what he would be discussing on his programme over on talkRADIO at 10:00. The topic turned to food and recycling when Mr Brazil then said: “I don’t know if I should say this. I was talking to someone the other day and he came do...
Tags: London, Top, People, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Wireless, Brazil, Glasgow, Graham, Talksport, Alan Brazil, Mike Graham, Talksport Ltd


Where I Live, Nobody Buys Electric Cars

What does the electric car market look like? And what does the electric car market look like where you live? Those two closely worded questions may well produce dramatically different answers. Read enough hot takes on Twitter, unempirical features in tech media, and opinion pieces in the mainstream media and you could be left believing there’s […] The post Where I Live, Nobody Buys Electric Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Industry, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Electric Cars, News Blog, Buying Preferences