Gold presenter Neil Francis has been suspended from the station after apparently making comments about Jim Davidson on Facebook.
Tony Dibbin is taking over the UK’s More Music Breakfast Show on Gold, replacing Paul Coyte who moves to drivetime.
has taken the decision to remove LBC from the Yorkshire regional digital radio multiplex and replace it with Gold.
West Midlands radio legend Tony Butler is retiring after a career as old as commercial radio itself.
With news this week that the Guardian Media Group has had offers for its radio business, there’s speculation a deal could be announced in the not-too-distant future. But what would happen if Global bought the Real and/or Smooth brands? And what does the future hold for the sector with another spurt of consolidation on the cards?
Scores more jobs lost, along with at least one – maybe two – UK radio brands. If the Global takeover ofgoes ahead it’ll be another sad day for commercial radio. More networking, fewer presenting opportunities and less plurality of news sources. But as we’ve said before, commercial radio is about making money – and by sharing buildings, programmes and production, news and backroom staff there are major costs to be stripped out and profits to be targeted.
Orion Media has announced it will be launching an 80s station on DAB and four medium wave frequencies later this year under the Free Radio brand.
Free Radio 80s will take over from Gold, which Orion runs as a franchise fromand currently takes network programmes from Leicester Square with opt outs for sports commentary.
has announced the appointment of Martin Plant as its new Commercial Trading Director.
Plant – who has most recently been working for Virgin Media’s ad sales house ‘ids’ – will join the UK’s biggest commercial radio group from 1st May.
Capital and Heart ownershave announced plans for a new website which will offer daily deals to its listeners.
The ‘welovelocal.com’ site is going live in Birmingham initially before its rolled out to a further 20 areas of the UK next year and supported by the group’s seven radio brands.
’s Gold network has announced a new year-long partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity.
The first partnership of its kind for the network, Gold will be supporting the Charity through a number of fundraising initiatives.