Days after buying, has signed the standard Office of Fair Trading Hold Separate Undertaking.
Global Radio will also formally request a fast track reference from the OFT to the Competition Commission.
Several radio groups have voiced their concerns over the takeover ofby .
says it could be bad news for commercial radio, whilst says it could lead to the eventual collapse of Radio Centre as a trade body.
Following the sale of the radio division by Guardian Media Group, we take a look at Guardian’s involvement in our industry over the last 13 years.
The purchase bybrings to a close a period of the industry which saw investment in personality-led music commercial radio and documentaries aimed at rivalling the BBC.
has been sold to for an undisclosed sum, thought to be around £70m.
After weeks of speculation, the announcement was made this morning, which is likely to mean Real Radio will become Heart across Wales, Scotland and the north of England, but this as yet is unconfirmed.
Following this morning’s announcement thathas bought GMG’s radio division, we bring you the detail sent to staff in both groups.
A new position of Group Managing Director has been created at, and filled by Smooth Radio Brand MD Andy Carter.
He’ll now be responsible for all stations in the group, including the soon to launch Real Radio XS in Manchester on September 5th.
The BBC Manchester radio car and a car belonging to a reporter have been destroyed during riots in Salford.
Local radio services across many parts of the UK tore up it schedules again last night to cover more violence and looting including in Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Salford and Liverpool.
Radio stations – including local services covering London, Bristol, Nottingham, Birmingham and Liverpool – have been putting in extra resource to cover rioting and looting as the violence spread to parts of the UK other than the capital.
BBC Radio 5 Live are changing their schedule for tonight, and moving sports programming to digital service 5 Live Sports Extra to allow continuing news coverage on the main channel.
The Managing Director of Google in the UK, Matt Brittin, is the latest name to be confirmed for this year’s Radio Festival in Salford.
He will discuss the latest developments from Google and the role the internet can play at the heart of economic growth when he gives a keynote address at the event in the autumn.
Real Radio North East breakfast duo Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw have been turned into cartoons as part of a new weekly online promotion for the show.
The first of the ‘Real Radio Breakfast Bites’ featuring audio clips from the show went live this morning, produced by Middlesborough-based Back 2 Front Animation.
Ronnie Wood’sshow is to be turned into a television version for the Sky Arts channel, which will be produced by indie Somethin’ Else.
BBC Radio 2 evening show presenter Jo Whiley is also joining the TV channel for a show featuring debate about the music industry and specially-recorded live performances.
’s Manchester Rock Radio station is to be re-branded as Real Radio XS from September, while the Glasgow station looks like being sold to Brand Managing Director Billy Anderson.
The group says the new name in Manchester will ‘benefit from the brand strength and scale of sister station Real Radio’.
American radio legend Elvis Duran is to make an appearance at the Radio Festival this year taking place in Salford Quays.
The Z100 morning show presenter has been booked to speak at the annual event near Media City UK, where he’ll be part of a session called ‘The Best at Breakfast’.
Radio 3 breakfast presenter Rob Cowan is leaving the show to instead front a new-look mid-morning programme, starting in September.
Cowan will host ‘Essential Classics’ each weekday 9am-12noon, with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Petroc Trelawny taking over breakfast from the new earlier time of 6.30am.
This year’s MediaGuardian 100 featuresExecutive President Ashley Tabor and BBC Audio and Music boss Tim Davie, as well as Radio 1′s Head of Music George Ergatoudis.
The list is the newspaper’s guide to the ‘most powerful people in television, radio, newspapers, magazines, digital media, media business, advertising, marketing and PR.’
Radio 5 Live is “suffering from an identity crisis and confusion over its purpose and role”, according to RadioCentre’s submission to the BBC Trust’s service licence review of the station.
The BBC Trust is currently undertaking a review of Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra, and the trade body for commercial radio says 5 Live’s “ill-defined and confused priorities” potentially swamps opportunities for new competition wishing to enter an expanding section of the radio industry.
The Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra, Popular Music and Asian Network Andy Parfitt has announced to staff that he is leaving the station next week after 13 years in charge.
Deptuty Controller Ben Cooper will become Acting Controller for Radio 1 and 1 Xtra, whilst BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music boss Bob Shennan takes the additional temporary title of Controller of Popular Music and Asian Network.
Blackpool’s world famous illuminations will again be turned on by GMG’s Real and Smooth Radio brands this year, after the group won the event from the BBC for the first time in 2010.
The event on Friday 2nd September will be broadcast live again across the network of Real and Smooth stations across the UK.
has been named Best Digital Radio Channel at this year’s Freesat Awards, while Planet Rock picked up the Freesat Viewers’ Choice award for Radio Channel of the Year.
The team from BBC Radio 5 Live also took home a trophy for their General Election 2010 coverage after being Highly Commended in the News Event Coverage of the Year category, in which they lost out to Al Jazeera TV.
BBC Director General Mark Thompson will be appearing as a keynote speaker at this year’s Radio Festival at Salford Quays.
He’s joining an already impressive list of guests for the October festival including Bob Harris, Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie and Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne.
’s founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor has been named as the new Chairman of the Radio Academy.
He takes over from outgoing chair Bob Shennan who has completed his two-year stint heading up the industry charity responsible for major events like the Sony Awards and Radio Festival.
It’s being reported that Jonathan Ross is in talks with Richard Branson as part of a team thought to be lining up a bid to buy.
Sky’s City Editor Mark Kleinman says that the former Radio 2 presenter met with Branson earlier this week and would host the station’s breakfast show.
has signed a deal with Foxy Bingo to sponsor Smooth Radio’s afternoon show and Real Radio’s evening show for 13 weeks.
The voice of the Foxy mascot, former Rock FM breakfast presenter Adam Catterall, will feature on sponsor tags and specially recorded adverts.
The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2011 have taken place in London with numerous awards given to, , Jack FM Oxfordshire amongst many more.
’s Classic FM took home the Station of the Year for 1m, Smooth Radio’s David Kid Jensen was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award and Media’s Dee Ford was given the Arqiva Gold.
Town and Country Broadcasting’s request to alter the format of Radio Ceredigion has been turned down by Ofcom.
The group has also acquired the remaining 20% of the station it didn’t own from Tindle Newspapers after initially purchasing 80% of the business in April 2010.
Danny Wallace is joining Xfm London to present the breakfast show from next month.
Danny has previously done work for stations Radio 2, 6 Music and– and had a spell on Xfm’s weekend line-up in 2008.
have appointed James Rea to be their new Group Head of News and Managing Editor of LBC.
He takes over from Jonathan Richards who left the role at the end of May.
Celador Radio’s The Coast regional station has re-launched as Jack FM today, following approval from Ofcom for a format change to play rock music.
Former Capital and Kiss presenter Bam Bam was the first presenter on-air at 6am after six hours of non-stop music overnight after The Coast closed down.
Chris Moyles has signed another two and a half years contract to stay at the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show till 2014.
The Sun newspaper reports the deal, worth £1.25m, was signed last night and will start next month.
have announced Heart Breakfast’s biggest ever sponsorship deal which will go live across all 17 stations in the UK.
The tie-up with Sky also includes ‘content sponsorship integration’ which will allow the TV broadcaster’s programmes to be endorsed by Heart presenters every morning, following the change of guidelines by Ofcom in December.