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Major restructuring and job cuts announced at Global

Staff at Global have been told about major restructuring and job losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to staff, Founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor and Group CEO Stephen Miron said: “I’m afraid that as a result of the ongoing revenue challenges we face, and the longer and deeper nature of them, we have, reluctantly, concluded that we do now need to make further cost savings in the business. “We are genuinely sorry to say this will mean taking some tough decis...
Tags: Top, Global, Radio, Radio industry, Ashley Tabor, Alerts, Stephen Miron, RadioToday, Communicorp UK, Globallers


Analogue commercial radio licences to be given ten-year renewal

Analogue commercial radio licences due to expire in the next couple of years will be given a 10-year extension under new government plans. During a consultation, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport had originally proposed either 5 or 8 year extensions, but in light of the Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on commercial radio revenues has decided to offer stations an extra 10 years. The stations will still have to commit to a digital future by being on a national, local or small-s...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Classic Fm, Talksport, DCMS, Absolute Radio, Siobhan Kenny Radiocentre, Digital Culture Media and Sport, Data John Whittingdale


Bauer turns off AM radio services in the West Midlands

Bauer has handed four radio licences covering the West Midlands back to Ofcom. 1152kHz, the original home to BRMB when it launched in 1974, fell silent this week, along with 1359kHz in Coventry. In April, 990kHz and 1017kHz also closed. The frequencies were most recently used by Absolute Radio Classic Rock (with Greatest Hits Radio on 1359) but were once home to local services such as BRMB, Beacon Radio, Wyvern, WABC, Xtra AM, Gold and Free Radio 80s. Bauer declined to comment on the reason f...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, West Midlands, Bauer, The Midlands, Ofcom BBC Radio Scotland


BBC Local Radio to cut 139 jobs in England

BBC local radio stations in England will lose 139 jobs as the network keeps the simplified schedules it created in March and adds a new all-England late show. Helen Thomas held an all-staff virtual meeting on Thursday morning to communicate the changes with staff. She said the BBC needed to ‘refresh, reinvent and reinvigorate’ as a result of recent events. She told staff the new schedules have brought ‘a new clarity’ to audiences across England with three, four hour shows in daytime and that th...
Tags: Facebook, England, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, Salford, Alerts, Local Radio, GNS, Helen Thomas, Bbc Local Radio, COVID, Across BBC Local Radio, Central News Service, Central Engineering Team


One in six jobs to go as BBC cuts 450 staff from regional programmes

Well-known local presenters to lose jobs and concerns raised about news qualityThe BBC is to make 450 staff working on its regional programmes in England redundant as part of cost-cutting measures which will see many well-known local television and radio presenters lose their jobs.The corporation also announced Inside Out, the award-winning regional current affairs strand with 11 regional editions in England, would be axed despite a campaign by celebrities to save it. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Media, UK News, Bbc, Television industry, Radio industry, Local TV


Podcast: Times Radio Programme Director on the station’s launch

Tim Levell, Programme Director at Times Radio, talks to RadioToday’s Stuart Clarkson about the launch of the new national speech radio service from The Times. Tim talks about some of the tech being used, how stories around the UK will be covered and how the editorial teams at the station are structured – plus much more. Times Radio launched on Monday this week and features presenters including Aasmah Mir, Stig Abell, John Pienaar, Mariella Frostrup, Phil Williams, Carole Walker and Matt Chorl...
Tags: UK, Radio, Radio industry, RadioToday Programme, RTP, Stuart Clarkson, Broadcast Bionics, Matt Chorley, Tim Levell, Times Radio, Times Radio Programme, Tim Levell Programme Director, The Times Tim


Zip Wire approved for the top of the Radio City Tower

Liverpool City Council has approved the installation of a zip wire starting 1300 feet in the air at the top of the Radio City Tower. The service, which won’t affect the operations of Radio City or Greatest Hits Radio, will allow visitors to race each other above the city centre and land on the rear part of the roof of the Central Library. The layout of the second floor of the tower will be altered to make way for a Launch Zone, a waiting area and staff toilets. The area is currently used as a...
Tags: Radio, Radio industry, Bauer, Radio City, Liverpool City Council, Radio City Tower


Free virtual Young Audio Masterclass planned

Radiocentre is running a free, live virtual event, Young Audio Masterclass, which will offer budding producers and presenters expert advice from radio and audio professionals on how they can find a career in the media industry. Taking place at 4pm on Wednesday 15th July, panellists including radio presenters, a podcast exec and a producer will share how they started out in the industry, what their top tips are for young audio lovers and how there is space for young people from all kinds of ba...
Tags: UK, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Radio, Steve Wright, George Butler, Greg James, Laura Whitmore, Radiocentre, Siobhan Kenny, Capital XTRA, Matt Edmondson, Rylan Clark Neal, Hits Radio 's Fleur East BBC Radio, Young Audio Masterclass


Free demo advice available for presenters and VOs

A recently launched free to use consultancy service for radio presenters is expanding to offer advice for voice-overs too. Demoji, operated by Steve Simms, offers free advice to radio presenters who wish to compile a demo to submit for job applications. Steve has had a varied career spanning 20 years in commercial radio including 13 years as a radio presenter and 15 years in station management. Users can upload up to five clips of audio and send them off for some confidential guidance toward...
Tags: Radio, Radio industry, Trading Update, Sarah, Steve, Steve Simms, Demoji, Sarah Casserley


Here’s how Times Radio sounded on Day One

News UK’s new national radio station Times Radio launched on schedule at 6am on Monday 29th June 2020. Radio professionals have given the service a mostly warm welcome, with executive David Lloyd blogging about a successful first day. He said: “You should never judge a station on the first day, but it’s probably fine to congratulate Times Radio on a thoroughly decent debut. Were I in charge, I would be smiling broadly and shaking hands or kicking toes or whatever we’re supposed to do these da...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Guardian, Boris Johnson, Radio industry, David Lloyd, Peter Walker, RadioToday Programme, Mic Wright, Tim Levell, Times Radio, Times Radio Programme


ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 for 2020 launched

The 2020 ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 has officially launched today with an easier way to enter. Steve Parkinson from the Radio Academy explains: “The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 is new and improved this year! Having listened to members of our alumni, we have made the submission process easier, to encourage everyone to enter, from a runner or production assistant through to a presenter or journalist.” Anthony Gay from ReelWorld says: “This is the 7th year that we have supported...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Radio industry, 30 Under 30, Radio Academy, Reelworld, ReelWorld Radio Academy, Anthony Gay, Steve Parkinson


6 Music manager Paul Rodgers to leave BBC after 28 years

The boss of BBC 6 Music Paul Rodgers has announced he’s leaving the corporation after almost three decades. Paul was Editor of the station 2008-2012, Head of Programmes 2013-16 and then Head of 6 Music. More recently his job title was changed to Senior Head of Commissioning and a recruitment process has been ongoing to appoint a new Head of Station for 6 Music. His BBC career has spanned both radio and television. In a note to staff, Paul said: “After much thought I have decided to leave 6 Mu...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, PAUL, Paul Rodgers, Lorna Clarke, BBC6Music, Controller Pop Music


Almost £2m raised by Global’s Make Some Noise

Global’s Make Some Noise has so far raised £1,711,241 for those hit hardest by coronavirus in our communities. An Emergency Appeal to raise money for small charities helping those experiencing grief, poverty, domestic abuse, loneliness, illness and mental health problems, as well as carers and care workers took place last week featuring a range of special fundraising activities. Stormzy gave listeners the chance to attend and meet him at his next UK tour date, as did Ed Sheeran and Robbie Wil...
Tags: UK, Global, Radio, Ed Sheeran, Hsbc, Capital, Radio industry, Gary Barlow, Alan Titchmarsh, Mark Wright, Amanda Holden, Ben, North Wales, Stormzy, Kemp, Spencer Matthews


Radiocentre tells MPs about commercial radio issues

Radiocentre has informed MPs how commercial radio is playing a vital role in keeping people informed and entertained throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This comes despite unprecedented falls in income and huge operational challenges, according to a submission from Radiocentre to MPs on the DCMS Select Committee. The report from the industry body was in response to an inquiry by the Committee on the impact of COVID-19 on the various DCMS sectors. It notes that falls in advertising revenue have be...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Parliament, Committee, Rajar, Radiocentre, Siobhan Kenny Radiocentre CEO, COVID, DRG for Radiocentre


Radio stations get behind new bereavement helpline

Commercial radio stations across the UK are supporting a new charity with airtime and help in kind. The National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub has been set up to support frontline NHS & care workers who have been working under exceptionally stressful conditions and bereaved families who have been unable to grieve properly because of the dislocation of normal processes caused by the crisis. The Board of Trustees includes Sam Phillips of Omnicom, and Steve Orchard, Chief Executive of Qu...
Tags: UK, Radio, NHS, Radio industry, Sam Phillips, Board of Trustees, Omnicom, Alexander Armstrong, Quidem, Nihal Arthanayake, Steve Orchard, Quidem Radio


Bauer extends online listening into Ireland

Bauer Media Northern Ireland has enabled online listening across the whole island. For the first time, Republic of Ireland consumers will be able to listen live (or listen later) to Cool FM, Downtown Radio and Downtown Country through its branded mobile apps, on computer and on smart speaker. Recently appointed Managing Director of Bauer Media NI, David Tighe, believes the move is a key development for the stations: “We’ve been clear that we are keen to explore opportunities across the Island...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Radio industry, Bauer, David Bauer, Bauer Media, David Tighe, Simon Mann, Cool FM Downtown Radio and Downtown Country, Bauer Media NI, Bauer Group


Audio and Radio Emergency Fund hands out £50,000 of help

Grants totalling almost £50,000 have been distributed in the first five weeks of the Audio and Radio Emergency Fund, which is supporting workers across the industry whose income has been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Radio Academy says demand for grants has increased, with requests received for more than £250,000 in total. It says many applications are coming from freelancers who are losing work and do not qualify for government support schemes. Commercial as well as com...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, Oxford Economics, Radio Academy, John Dash, Aref, Dom Chambers, The Radio Academy, Radio Emergency Fund, Audible the Academy


Radiocentre targets advertisers with special Tuning In events

Marketeers from the motoring, finance, retail and travel industries will be invited to special virtual conferences being run by Radiocentre to promote radio advertising as brands begin to trade again following the coronavirus lockdown. The industry body for commercial radio is hosting the free Tuning In series over the course of a month, beginning on Tuesday 30th June with a focus on the automotive sector. Car brands, dealerships, media agencies and everyone in between will be invited to lear...
Tags: Top, Global, Sales & Marketing, Radio, Fca, Radio industry, Livestream, Radiocentre, Siobhan Kenny, RadioToday Programme, Siobhan Kenny Radiocentre, Chris Hawken, Jo McCrostie, Skoda Vauxhall Hyundai Renault Audi


BBC offers voluntary redundancy to any public service staff

The BBC Director-General Lord Hall has announced plans to allow any member of staff in the public service part of the corporation – including radio – the chance to ask for voluntary redundancy. In a briefing to staff, he highlighted the need for an extra £125m of cash savings to be made to budgets this year and said that more than a third of the BBC’s costs relate to its people. He said he hoped offering the chance of voluntary redundancy would mean the BBC doesn’t have to make compulsory red...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, BBC News, Radio, Radio industry, Tim Davie, Lord Hall


Arqiva waives fees for 6 months for small local radio stations

Small commercial radio stations and some community broadcasters will continue to pay no transmission fees to Arqiva through until the end of September following negotiations between Radiocentre and the government. Details of the new measures were , Radiocentre CEO, received yesterday (Monday, 15 June) from Steve Holebrook, Managing Director, Media Networks at Arqiva. Radiocentre has been in discussion with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and other industry stakeho...
Tags: UK, England, Technology, London, Top, Scotland, Aberdeen, Radio, Bradford, Yorkshire, Radio industry, Ipswich, John Whittingdale, Jackie, Bitstream, Gloucestershire


Swansea Sound introduces a local evening show

A new evening show will start on Swansea Sound in July ahead of the station changing its name to Greatest Hits Radio South Wales in September. Presenter Badger will join the station from July 13th to replace a show that had previously been networked from England. This will increase the total daytime output of local programming to eighteen hours. Greatest Hits Radio South Wales will also retain Welsh language programming, as well as local news, information and travel news. The service will als...
Tags: England, Top, Wales, Radio, Swansea, Cardiff, Radio industry, South Wales, Bauer, Dave Brooks, Steve Barnes, Badger, Swansea Sound, Phil Hoyles, Graham Bryce, Hits Radio Brand Networks


Chelmsford celebrates 100 years of radio with a play

The city of Chelmsford is celebrating its status as ‘the birthplace of radio’ 100 years ago today with a special live stream of a new play about the Marconi Company tests of 1920. Britain’s first ever radio entertainment broadcast took place on 15 June 1920, and featured two arias by Australian operatic tenor Dame Nellie Melba, one of most famous singers of the late Victoria era. The broadcast from the Marconi Factory was heard all over Europe and picked up as far away as Canada. To mark the ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Radio, Canada, Britain, Radio industry, Victoria, Thompson, Dame Nellie Melba, Chelmsford, Marconi, BBC Essex, Guglielmo Marconi, Chelmsford City Council, Ford Ennals CEO Digital Radio UK, Anna Steiger


Radiocentre: Listeners looking forward to bouncing back

A new report from Radiocentre called Bounce-back & Beyond explores how radio impacts decision making across different groups of listeners, and what audiences are most keen to spend on. Activities that have been most impacted by the lockdown, such as eating out at restaurants or socialising in bars or pubs, and travelling both within in the UK and abroad, top the list of things respondents are looking forward to spending money on again. But when asked whether they will be spending more or les...
Tags: UK, Radio, Radio industry, DRG, Radiocentre, WFH, Newly Working From Home


Hits Radio networking starts on new Bauer stations

Bauer’s newly acquired local radio stations are starting to introduce Hits Radio Brand programming from Monday 15th June 2020. The on-air changes start today at the Wireless stations becoming part of the Hits Radio network – Signal 1, Pulse 1 and The Wave (Swansea) – which will get new imaging, production, jingles and playlists to reflect the new status. For those stations, a new Chilled network show will air from 10pm till 1am with Hattie Pearson (Sunday – Thursday) and Scott Clarke (Friday ...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Swansea, Radio industry, Signal, Alerts, Elliot, Bauer, Alex James, Olivia Jones, Chris Kirk, Mark Goodier, Alex Lester, Scott Clarke, The Wave


Radio-themed face masks raise money for support fund

Handmade face masks featuring radio sets and cassette tapes are helping to support people in the radio industry who’ve been hit financially by the coronavirus crisis. Proceeds from the sale of the special masks are being donated to the Radio Academy’s Audio and Radio Emergency Fund, which is helping those facing hardship with grants of up to £1,000. Funky Masks, which has been set up by Andrea Day, will give a £2.50 donation to the Fund for each pair of masks sold. Andrea’s career in radio ha...
Tags: Top, Radio, NHS, Radio industry, Inrix, Andrea, Radio Academy, Bbc Radio Merseyside, Andrea Day, BBC News Alongside


Manchester Indie highlights audio issues with ageism

MIM’s Creative Director Ashley Byrne is calling for the radio and audio production sector to go one step further with its Equality in Audio pledge by specifically calling out the issue of ageism. Dozens of radio and audio companies, including MIM, have signed the Equality in Audio Pact since it was formulated last week including BBC Radio. But Ashley thinks it doesn’t go far enough and that ‘ageism only adds to the intersectionality of discrimination faced by our often marginalised communiti...
Tags: UK, America, Radio, Radio industry, Ashley, MIM, Ashley Byrne, Manchester Indie, BBC Radio But Ashley, AudioUK Ashley


Audio Content Fund releases first annual report

A project to use government money to pay for public service radio projects across commercial and community radio has published an annual report covering its first year of operations. The Audio Content Fund paid for 25 radio projects across the 12 months to the end of March 2020 at a cost of £655,898. The report highlights that 35 radio stations aired the content, which totalled 162 hours and will reach an estimated 5.6 million people. 60% of the 21 independent production companies who receive...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Time, Data, Radio, Ofcom, Cornwall, Fund, Devon, Radio industry, Helen Boaden, John Whittingdale, Sam Bailey, Absolute Radio, Siobhan Kenny CEO of Radiocentre


Global stations to fall silent for George Floyd

All Global radio stations will fall silent for one minute at 9pm today as a mark of respect after the death of George Floyd. Every Global brand, Capital, Heart, Classic FM, LBC, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold made the announcement on-air just after 10am. All of Global’s outdoor digital estate ‘billboards’ will also be paused and carry relevant imagery. The timing mirrors the approximate time of his death which took place circa 9pm (CDT) in Minneapolis two weeks ago. The event will hap...
Tags: Top, Minneapolis, Global, Radio, Radio industry, CDT, George Floyd, LBC Smooth Radio X Capital XTRA


Helius Media Group to rebrand as Like Media Group

Helius Media Group, owner of Imagine Radio, is to be rebranded as Like Media Group. Like Radio, a digital station in the Midlands, will also come under the management of the group when the changes happen on 6th July 2020. Ryan Davies has also replaced Michael Taylor with immediate effect as the Managing Director. Ryan Davies told RadioToday about the changes: “The next 12 months are really exciting for the company, with a number of projects finally coming to fruition, not just within radio. O...
Tags: Radio, Radio industry, Midlands, Michael Taylor, Ryan Davies, Imagine Radio, Helius Media Group, Like Media Group


First Small Scale DAB multiplexes to be advertised in September

The timetable for awarding the first Small Scale DAB multiplex licences has been announced by Ofcom, with the first round of areas open for applications from Tuesday 1st September. 25 areas are included in the first round – including Cambridge, Norwich, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol, where trial multiplexes have been operating for the last few years. Applicants will have 12 weeks to prepare and submit applications from 1st September, while stations wanting a Community Digital Sound Programm...
Tags: UK, England, London, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Bristol, Aldershot, Norwich, Digital Radio, Dab, north east Wales, Mike Read, United DJs Radio, Podcast Radio