Radio has overtaken social networks as UK teens’ preferred news source, and continues to beat newspapers and TV in a recent survey.
The number of radio sets sold plummeted 18% in the 12 months to Q2 2012, a new study published by Ofcom shows.
The UK’s biggest commercial radio company is re-igniting its support for the Student Radio Awards.
will join BBC Radio 1 as headline supporters of the annual event in a new three-year agreement.
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has instructed Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to carry out tests on the completed acquisition ofHoldings Limited by Limited.
Ofcom has started the procedure today and is asking for comments to be submitted to them by August 17th.
The latest RAJAR audience figures for quarter 2 of 2012 have just been delivered to stations at 10:30am.
Figures are embargoed till midnight, giving stations a chance to prepare facts and figures on how they have performed.
Trevor Dann, former Radio Academy chief executive and independent producer has said he believes there has been a failure of local radio regulation “on a scale to match the banking crisis”.
His comments came whilst appearing on Radio 4′s Today programme along with radio consultant Grant Goddard.
Chris Baughen has been appointed as Managing Editor of Xfm.
He replaces Andy Ashton who has been in the position for two years, and is leaving the station to take up a new role with an online and digital media company.
BBC Radio 5 live’s epic weekend of live radio from the Olympics has been limited to a UK audience only because they were broadcast from the Olympic Park.
However, programmes from the venue on Radio 2 and Radio 4 have now been given the green light to stream abroad.
Richard Huntingford has been appointed Chairman ofMedia plc, replacing John B McGuckian.
Most notably in radio Richard was Chief Executive of Chrysalis from 2000 until 2007 after establishing the radio division in 1993, launching Heart a year later.
Chief Operating Officer Clive Dickens is to chair this year’s Radio Festival, taking over from former Radio Academy boss John Myers.
The event, held in Salford Quays in November, will this year feature Frank Skinner talking to Adrian Chiles, plus interviews with’s Richard Park and Radio 1′s Ben Cooper.
One Direction headlined Radio City and Key 103′s live concerts at the weekend, in front of thousands of listeners.
Thestations ran the gigs consecutively, with Radio City Live on Saturday in Liverpool, and Key 103 Live on Sunday in Manchester.
The BBC’s temporary digital station to cover the Olympics has launched this morning across the UK.
BBC Radio 5 live olympics extra is using capacity on the BBC’s national multiplex, made available by reducing the quality of sister stations including BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.
Real Radio stations in the north-east, Scotland and Wales are dropping their popular football phone-in programmes after a decade on-air.
The weekday regional shows, broadcast after 6pm, will be replaced by starting the networked evening music show earlier in those regions (except Wales where Drive will continue till 7pm).
The Radio Academy is welcoming stations under 300,000 TSA to enter the 2012 Nations and Regions Awards.
The awards celebrate programming that caters for the needs of a local or regional UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man audience, and provide an opportunity for stations to qualify for free entry into the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards Station of the Year (under 300,000) category.
Richard Oliver, who has been the main singer of all Chris Moyles’ BBC Radio 1 jingles over the last 8 years is releasing a single.
He’s collaborated with music producer Paul Rudd to create a summer anthem called Neon Lights.
Former Talk Radio UK phone-in host Caesar The Geezer is returning to the air with Sittingbourne’s new radio station.
Ofcom has awarded three new community radio licences for services in Scotland, including an FM licence to Celtic Music Radio which currently broadcasts on AM.
The two new stations are Sound of Mull Radio on the Isle of Mull and Iona and Camglen Radio in South Lanarkshire.
Sound of Mull Radio will reflect island life, culturally, linguistically and socially, giving a voice to islanders, whilst Camglen Radio will be a local service for Cambuslang, Rutherglen and surrounding areas broadcasting content that reflects the interests, needs, richness and diversity of the communities served.
Two other groups, Paisley FM and Paisley Ark FM were considered but not awarded a licence on this occasion.
Celtic Music Radio will now hand-back the 1530 AM licence. Each new licence if for a five year period and will commence when each station starts broadcasting – within two years from today.
The new awards mean that 257 community radio licences have been awarded. In total, 19 groups applied for a licence in Scotland.
Sir Tom Jones will join the line-up for this year’s Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday, September 9th.
He joins a line-up including Jessie J, Status Quo, Mick Hucknall and Paloma Faith at the £35-a-ticket listener gig.
BBC Commissioning has released tender details of the new all-local radio evening programme, which is set to start on January 7th 2013.
The speech-led show, to be broadcast on all 39 local radio stations in England, will air from 7pm till 10pm.
Radio freelancers will for the first time be eligible for up to £1,500 worth of funding for training from the BBC and Creative Skillset.
Experienced freelancers will be able to use the funds to pay for 80% of their training costs (up to the £1,500 maximum) for courses in areas that have been identified by a panel as priorities for the industry.
BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Chapman’s interview with former Yorkshire and England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott came to an abrupt end last night after Geoffrey announced he was going to watch CSI.
The end of the conversation with Mark Chapman and Michael Vaughan was caught on webcam too, as you can watch below.
The UK radio industry has gone through its ups and downs in recent years and with the recession still hanging over our heads radio stations tend to be laying talent off and closing down rather than hiring.
The BBC’s annual report shows the Corporation spent an extra £2.5m more on Radio 1 in 2011-2012 than it did in 2010-2011.
During the same time, BBC Radio 5 live had £3.5m less spent on it whilst Radio 4 had its overall spend decreased by £4.8m.
Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd has joined Jazz FM to host a weekly Blues show.
The Blues Mobile with Elwood Blues is sponsored by Virgin Holidays, part of a deal negotiated by Manning Gottlieb OMD, and broadcast each Sunday 2-4pm.
’s Burnley station 2BR has found itself gaining free publicity by being part of a new popular reality Channel 4 TV show.
Bank of Dave follows a Burnley entrepreneur and 2BR client who wants to open his own local bank, and asks the radio station for help.
BBC Radio 2 has completed its two month production process with Wise Buddah and year-long contract negotiations to air its new jingle package today.
And Radio Today is bringing you one new full cut each day this week, not found elsewhere online.
Radio 1′s goal to better attract a 15-29 year-old audience profile was just one of the reasons for Moyles’ sudden departure, controller Ben Cooper has confirmed.
“The decision to remove Chris Moyles from breakfast is just part of a whole strategy, if you like, to try and make sure that the average age of the Radio 1 listener does come down,” he told Newsbeat.
After almost nine years at breakfast, Chris Moyles is to leave the flagship show on BBC Radio 1.
He is contracted to the station until 2014, and it’s not known at this stage where on the schedule he will move to. A replacement is due to be announced at 10:30am today.