Archive for June, 2008
Data over DAB, audio over IP and what the rest of the industry can learn from student radio were just some of the topics covered in the first warm-up event to this year's Radio Festival.
Internet speculation over the future of Stockport-based 104.9 Imagine FM today led staff at the station to pull off an audacious "June Fool".
GCap Media has gained Ofcom approval to add a modern rock format service to the Cardiff and Newport multiplex, signaling a return for Xfm to the region.
The Radio Festival is without doubt the highlight of the radio industry year, with almost three days of debates, presentations, receptions, lectures, panels, workshops, drinking, eating and avoiding people you’ve sacked, or, been sacked by.
Ofcom has awarded three more community radio stations, all in Leicester. EAVA FM, Demon FM and Kohinoor will serve East Afrians, students and Asians respectively.
The Local Radio Company is continuing to dispose of loss-making stations by selling Bath FM, Brunel FM, 3TR, Ivel FM, Vale FM and Pennine FM.
Three of the stations have been bought by Laser Broadcasting, with the others acquired by individuals. The news follows the disposal of Merseyside's 107.9 Dune FM just a couple of weeks ago.
The Local Radio Company has signed a three-year licensing deal withto re-launch Jazz FM in the UK.
Richard Wheatly, founder of TLRC and current executive chairman, was also part of the original Jazz team and hopes to use the infrastructure of TLRC to bring back the jazz fans.
Users of the SMS-based micro blogging service Twitter attending the Radio Festival are being urged to include a special tag in their tweets to communicate with fellow delegates.
As part of our coverage of the Radio Festival in Glasgow, RadioToday.co.uk presents the full programme of events, from Foot in the Door to Fighting Talk.
Hundreds of industry folk are heading to Scotland on Monday to join co-workers, friends and ex-colleagues for the three day highlight of the radio calendar – the Radio Festival 2008.
Tim Davie has been appointed Director of BBC Audio & Music, replacing Jenny Abramsky, who is leaving the BBC after 39 years.
Tim is currently director of the BBC's Marketing, Communications and Audiences division and sits on the BBC executive board.
Ofcom has advertised the last FM licence for the UK. The licence is for a large regional service to broadcast across North and Mid Wales,
Front of the application queue is likely to be Town and Country Broadcasting, who last month purchased XFM from South Wales and rebranded it Nation Radio.
The long running Real Album Chart with Gary Davis has been dropped from the Real Radio and Century Radio schedules to make way for a new Sunday afternoon show with Real Radio Scotland’s breakfast presenter Robin Galloway.
Former Derby County star Gary Rowett is joining BBC Radio Derby as the new summariser for its coverage of Rams matches during the forthcoming 2008/2009 football season.
Scope’s director of fundraising Louise Jagger is swapping the tasks of raising money for the disabled charity for a new position within GCap Media.
Ofcom has fined 30 local radio stations within GCap Media's One Network, a total of £1,110,000 for unfair conduct in their Secret Sound competition.
Ofcom's investigation found that on a number of occasions programme makers deliberately put to air text entrants with incorrect answers in order to prevent the prize from being won too soon.
Manchester duo Dave Ward and Umberto will be back behind the mic together this summer.
The pair, who became a popular double-act on Piccadilly 1152 in the 1990s, will be starting a new weekend breakfast show on Century Radio.
The BBC is celebrating four decades of local radio in West Yorkshire this week, with the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio Leeds.
The beta version of the new-look BBC iPlayer has been released today, and now fully integrates radio and television in one interface.
The extra good news is that the BBC has confirmed audio on demand and streaming will become available – meaning it is only a matter of time before live BBC Radio stations are available to mobile users such as those with Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.
Presenters from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, including Vernon Kay, Pete Tong and Trevor Nelson, will be broadcasting from some of the hottest spots in Ibiza in August.
Planet Rock is running a series of special programmes on the Doors this July, including extensive interviews and exclusive material.
Online and digital station NME Radio has launched on Sky Digital channel 0184 and Virgin Media channel 975. First song played? Muse – Knights of Cydonia, as voted for by three and a half million readers of NME.
The station promises the best in new and alternative music, the latest music news, up-to-the-minute gig-guides and exclusive live sessions.
The Street Team fromRadio's Lancashire station Rock FM have unveiled their new collection of station vehicles – four branded 49cc mopeds.
A new mini DAB and FM portable radio has been launched by PURE Digital. The ONE Mini is, as you'd expect, a smaller version of the popular PURE ONE radio set.
Ofcom have awarded the new local digital radio multiplex licence for North Wales to MuxCo Wales. It brings the total number of licences due to be operated by MuxCo consortiums to nine.
Another radio group has ceased to exist today, with SMG is changing its name to stv Group. The rebrand marks the company's focus on Scottish television and the end of its association with Virgin Radio.
America radio host Don Imus has found himself in the media spotlight again for his comments about a Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
Jones Media Group, the parent company of Dallas-based jingle company JonesTM, which has many UK clients, has been bought by Triton Media Group.
The Digital Working Group's Interim Report on DAB and Digital Radio has been welcomed by the Digital Radio Development Bureau and the commercial radio body, RadioCentre.
The report is working towards a date in the future, possibly the year 2020 when all radio in the UK will be delivered via a digital platform such as DAB.
Real Radio Wales is back on Sky Digital channel 0146, years after being replaced by a digital-only station sharing the same name.