Our top 10 radio industry stories of 2015

It’s been one hell of a year in UK radio – with Apple’s Beats 1, Global’s Radio X and Celador’s SAM FM.

But which story has been read the most times on RadioToday this year?

Was it Iain Lee’s departure from the BBC? Was it UTV telling us they are looking at their options to sell up? Or was it Neil Fox’s journey through hell?

You might be surprised with who’s on top this year – so have a read as we countdown to number 1, kicking off at ten.

The countdown is based on number of unique views each story has received in 2015.

10 – Iain Lee departs BBC Three Counties Radio

It’s an on-going issue, with fans and colleagues still talking about the real reason Iain made a swift exit from the BBC after that interview. Rumour has it he’ll be back in March/April 2016.

9 – TeamRock to leave national digital radio

They signed up for two years on Digital One and built a following across the UK but then went online only earlier this year to target the world. We should follow it up with a ‘life after DAB’ article.

8 – Newsreader Alan Dedicoat to exit BBC Radio 2

I think we were the only site to report the legend that is Dedders had left BBC Radio 2 – a move his many colleagues and fans were upset to read about. He’s still at the beeb though. I heard him just the other night announce those big money balls.

7 – Smooth Christmas returns on national DAB radio

We all wondered if Global would be bringing back this Christmas tradition, and it didn’t fail to deliver. Christmas isn’t Christmas without Smooth Christmas!

6 – Tributes paid to radio “boss” Mike Allen

Mike was known for his hip hop radio programmes on Capital in the mid 80s, inspiring a number of radio presenters such as Dave Pearce to do similar formats and enter the radio and music industry. He sadly died in December.

5 – Ian Collins to replace Duncan Barkes at LBC

Duncan and Ian’s many fans on social media helped this one grab 5th place in our top 10. Which goes to show, if you retweet RadioToday if we do a story about you or your station, you too could be in the top 10 next year!

4 – Paul Gillies & Emily Segal gone from Capital FM

They just vanished without trace! No goodbye, no more mentions online, on Twitter or Facebook. It’s like they never existed! Emily later turned up at heat radio and Paul is still off-air.

3 – Full line-up for Global’s Radio X confirmed

If we added up all the stories and speculation about Radio X, it would be the biggest story of the year in radio – but in our countdown this was the biggest story about the new station.

2 – Julia Hartley-Brewer and Larry Lamb exit LBC

This happened in December 2014 but still made the 2nd biggest read story of 2015.

1 – Celador’s JACK stations to become Sam FM

And finally, JACK fm leaving Bristol, Southampton and Swindon gave us the most clicks in 2015 – probably from listeners Googling “What happened to JACK fm” rather than radio industry people dying to find out about the latest rebrand.

What will be the biggest story of 2016? The best way to find out is visit us each day as we report on what’s happening along the way.

Which leaves us one last thing – to wish you and yours a Happy New Year from all the team here at RadioToday!

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