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Milestone left with just one

Further to the announcements of 1 February 2006 and 17 February 2006, Milestone announces completion of the disposal of its 52 per. cent controlling shareholding in Rugby Broadcasting Company Limited…

Emap France to be sold

The Board of Emap plc announces that it has initiated a formal process for the sale of Emap France. This decision has been taken after a review of the Group?s strategic investment priorities. Emap…

Sky radio channels have moved

As if by Magic... Sky viewers are waking up this morning to a new channel for their radio (and most TV) channels. For examples here in the RadioToday.co.uk office, we left last night with Smooth FM…

Johnnie Walker leaves Drivetime

After seven years presenting the BBC Radio 2 drivetime show, Johnnie Walker is to step down from the daily programme at the end of March 2006. Since taking over from John Dunn in 1999, Johnnie has…

Free Jingles for Hospital Radio

Devaweb and the Hospital Broadcasting Association are launching a special kit of jingles and voice-overs to celebrate ?Hospital Broadcasting Week.? The special week of programmes runs from 31st March…

Radio Clyde 261 is back!

Radio Clyde 261 T-shirts have become a retro hit across the world thanks to rock legend Frank Zappa. Music fans from Europe to Los Angeles have been buying the replica vintage T-shirts once worn by…

Record attempt for Core

GCap DAB radio station, Core, has launched a world record attempt - to make its Saturday night show, "Carwash", the world?s most snooped radio show. A ?snoop? is the radio industry term for an…

Banbury now In Touch

Banbury's newest radio station 107.6 Touch FM launched today at 10AM from the Castle Quays Shopping Centre. The station went live across much of Oxfordshire and beyond when popstars The Sugababes…

Five Live add money podcast

BBC Radio Five Live's financial programme Wake up to Money will be available as a daily podcast from Monday 27 February 2006. Listeners can go bbc.co.uk/fivelive to download the programme directly to…

More new stations for Arqiva

Arqiva has announced a further batch of 12-year Total Broadcast Contracts for new FM commercial radio stations. In Cornwall, Atlantic FM will be broadcasting to the county from mid 2006. The Banbury…

High demand for BBC online

Drama on BBC Radio 4 attracted more than one million on demand requests via the BBC Radio Player in January, new figures revealed today. The Archers remained the most requested on demand programme…

Emap name new Chairman

The Board of Emap plc announces that Alun Cathcart will become Chairman following the 2006 Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2006 when Adam Broadbent will be retiring at the completion of his third…

Asian Star Radio wins licence

Ofcom announced the award of the radio licence to Asian Star Community Radio for Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead earlier this month. The radio station is actively planning and preparing for its…

Radio Academy to help drivers

The cost of car insurance for those working both on and off-air in the radio industry has long been a bone of contention. Motor insurance companies love to put people into little categories and, if…

New BBC job for Kevin Marsh

Kevin Marsh has been appointed as Editor-in chief, BBC College of Journalism. Kevin - currently Editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme - will play a key role in the direction of the college. He will…

Pure EVOKE-3 now available

PURE Digital is now shipping the PURE EVOKE-3, the most advanced radio yet. EVOKE-3 enables a wealth of enhanced usability features, both from the radio itself and from its fully featured remote…

New RSL Station for Taunton

Taunton Local Radio (TLR) has launched its trial broadcast for Taunton. TLR is currently broadcasting live every day on 87.7FM from studios based at the B&Q superstore in Heron Gate Retail Park.…

Michelle McManus joins Clyde 1

Michelle McManus, has joined Clyde 1, her favourite radio station, the station that she grew up listening to and the station that supported her as she went on to win Pop Idol in 2003. Michelle will…

Bexley’s new FM radio station

Bexley's newest radio station, TGR Sound (Thames Gateway Radio Sound) has just been awarded a five-year licence to transmit in the borough on the FM dial. The long awaited announcement finally came…

Radio Academy to visit U105

The Radio Academy N.I. Region and The Royal Television Society are presenting a visit to U105, Belfast?s newest radio station on Wednesday 8th March 2006 at 7.00pm. There will be a presentation by…

Five Live seals cricket deal

The BBC has signed the exclusive radio broadcasting rights to all India's incoming cricket tours for the next four years, including England's series which starts next month as well as their tour in…

Great news for Phoenix FM

Brentwood is to get its own radio station following the recent announcement that Phoenix FM's application for a full-time community licence has been successful. Phoenix FM is celebrating the news…

Voice of Africa to launch on FM

Voice of Africa Radio, a Newham-based Pan-African radio station has been awarded a 5 years permanent Radio Licence in London. The Community and the team has been waiting anxiously since November…

XFM Manchester start testing

The new commercial radio station covering Manchester started irregular trade tests yesterday ahead of it's launch at 8am on March 15th 2006. Intermittent burts of music and short idents, along with a…

Radio Jackie’s Finesse stream

Hi-Fi enthusiasts, audio purists and record producers will be excited by the latest internet streaming innovation from 107.8 Radio Jackie, The Sound Of South West London. The station has now added a…

Local voice for BBC in Kenya

In a BBC first, promotional trails narrated by Kenyan-born BBC presenter and journalist Joseph Warungu have been tailored to reflect the local feel and style of the country. Joseph introduces…

Bumper year for DAB

2005 proved to be a bumper year for sales of DAB digital radios. A record number of over 1.4 million products were sold, making it the best-ever year to date. Whilst ?kitchen portables? still proved…

Xfm apologise for bad track

Ofcom received a complaint from a listener to Xfm Scotland's MP3 Downloads Show after hearing the song 'It was a good day' by Ice Cube. The song used a strong swear word several times and included…

Complaint for Kix 96.2FM

In the latest Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin released today it contains a complaint made to Kix 96.2FM about part of the station's breakfast show on December 21st 2005. The breakfast presenter made a…

CRCA and RAB to merge

The Commercial Radio industry today announces that it has agreed to create a single industry body with a common vision for the Commercial Radio sector. The new body will be based at the Radio Centre…

Ofcom explains Shrewsbury award

Ofcom have explained why they awarded the local commercial radio licence for Shrewsbury to Shrewsbury FM. Most new local licences have been awarded to applicants with connections to nearby services.…

Live Breakfast for Capital Life

Following the success of 'The Life Coach' on Sundays, comedian & DJ Anthony Davis will take the helm as weekday breakfast presenter of a brand new LIVE interactive music/entertainment show…

New DJ for BBC Asian Network

Award-winning DJ Bobby Friction is to present a regular evening show on the BBC Asian Network from May. Bobby's new week-night show will be at the forefront of a new specialist-edged Asian Network,…

Milestone to complete disposals

Further to the announcement made on 1 February 2006, Milestone announces it has today completed the sale of its beneficial controlling shareholdings in Kestrel FM and Kick FM to Provincial…

Tony Grundy joins Oxford bid

The upcoming local commercial radio licence for Oxford is expected to attract up to half a dozen applications when it is advertised by Ofcom next month. One of the applications will come from Laser…

Alan Mullett joins Laser

Laser Broadcasting has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Alan Mullett as Director of Development. Alan started his career working for the Wolverhampton Express and Star…

CanWest expands in NZ

CanWest MediaWorks (NZ) Limited has agreed to purchase Q92FM in Queenstown, New Zeland. Tom Strike, President of CanWest MediaWorks International, said "This further demonstrates the…

Masterclass ready for bookings

The first Radio Academy Masterclass of 2006 is taking place on Saturday 4th March, at the IDS building on the Sussex University campus near Brighton. Anyone interested in a career in radio is invited…

Ofcom awards 21 new stations

Ofcom today announces the award of a further 21 new community radio licences, bringing the total number of community radio licences awarded to date to 84. Ofcom has sought to overcome the shortage of…

Emap stations up for award

Three out of the five nominated shortlist for Best Radio Station in the Music Week Awards 2006 - are Emap Stations. Clyde 1, Kerrang! 105.2 and Radio City 96.7 along with The Beach and BBC Radio 2 are…

Ofcom explains future regulation

Ofcom today publishes its statement on the future regulation of the UK commercial radio sector. The new procedures were proposed in Ofcom?s Radio Review consultation, which closed on 11 January. The…

BBC extends podcast trial

The next stage of the BBC's downloading and podcasting trial will include experiments with hourly news bulletins, Woman's Hour podcasts and audio highlights from BBC TWO's Newsnight. Twenty-nine more…

VIP Radio begins testing

VIP Radio has started test transmissions on the internet prior to their launch on Sky Digital this Spring. The station promises a mix of Motown, Northern Soul, Disco, Soul Flavoured Pop and Legendary…

Ofcom refuse Classic Gold change

At its meeting on 9 February 2006, Ofcom?s Radio Licensing Committee considered a request submitted by UBC Media Group plc, owners of the Classic Gold stations, to change the Formats of its services…

Time for Talk in Edinburgh

Talk 107, the UK's first ever local commercial speech-based radio station outside of London has launched in the Scottish Capital at 6am today. After the first news bulletin, breakfast hosts Alex…

New PD at Q102 Dublin

Mark Sadler will join Dublin?s Q102 as Programme Director in April 2006. Mark is joining Q102 from MTV Networks UK & Ireland where he has been Vice President, Music, since 2002 with…

Rory McConnell for Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 announced today that Rory McConnell will be the new host of its Northern Ireland show on Thursday nights. Rory joined Radio 1 in 2004 as broadcast assistant on Donna Legge's show, which…

Gemini FM DJ lottery win

A Devon newspaper is reporting that Gemini FM presenter Dean Brame is rumoured to have won up to 2.5million pounds on a recent draw on the National Lottery. Details are very sketchy but the newspaper…

Animals and Wildlife on FUN

FUN radio, the radio station for children and families, announced today that it had commissioned independent producer Jody Bourton to create a 26 episode brand new series, the A-Z of Wildlife. Each…

Presenter changes at FORTH2

Radio Forth have announced a number of changes to their FORTH2 presenter line-up. Lunchtime favourite Darren Adam is being pushed forward in to the mid-morning slot from 9am-noon while Arlene Stuart…

BBC Radio 1 targets Scotland

BBC Radio 1 DJs Colin Murray and Edith Bowman revealed on their show live from Dundee that the station plans to bring many events to Scotland this summer, starting with Radio 1's Big Weekend at…

Radio Clyde in the News

Radio Clyde's News and Sport coverage has been nominated for yet another prestigious award. The way Radio Clyde broke the story of George Burley's sensational sacking as Hearts Manager has put Radio…

TLRC completes Bath FM takeover

TLRC announces that it has issued 410,133 ordinary shares to complete the acquisition of Bath FM. The initial consideration was ?400,000 in cash and the additional consideration in shares is valued at…

Ofcom awards Shrewsbury licence

Shrewsbury FM, owned by MNA Broadcasting Limited has won the battle for a new local radio station serving Shrewsbury and Oswestry. Applications were received from four bidders by the closing date of…

Ofcom advertise Exeter licence

Ofcom is also today inviting applications for a licence to provide an FM commercial radio service to cover the city of Exeter and the surrounding area. Ofcom estimates that this licence could achieve…

Ofcom advertise Andover licence

Ofcom is advertising an FM commercial radio licence to cover the town of Andover and the surrounding area. Ofcom estimates that this licence could achieve coverage of an area with an adult (aged 15+)…

Three apply for Rotherham

Ofcom has received three applications for the Rotherham commercial radio licence. These are 96.1 FM Radio Rotherham (UTV Radio), Renaissance FM (TLRC) and Rother FM (Lincs FM). The closing date was…

Adil Ray to host Asian Drive

Adil Ray, who currently hosts his own evening music show on BBC Asian Network, will become the new host of Drive (4.00-7.00pm weekdays) from 15 May 2006. Adil was a key player during the Asian…

Pure Tempus gets a makeover

The DAB Digital Clock Radio Tempus-1XT Gets a Makeover And More Than A Dozen New Features PURE Digital presents TEMPUS-1XT, a bedside DAB digital radio with sophisticated style and features.…

Saga Radio Digital Closes

Saga Radio (Digital) closed on 7 February 2006. The service which was available on DAB in London and other areas is operated from the same premises as PrimeTime Radio in London. PrimeTime is on the…

Dubai to host radio awards

IRC Dubai are to host the inaugural Middle East radiocast awards 2006.The first industry awards for Radio in the Region are to be held as the glittering finale of the International Radio Conference,…

New boss for BBC Radio Bristol

Tim Pemberton - currently Managing Editor at BBC Radio Shropshire - has been appointed as Managing Editor at BBC Radio Bristol.He will succeed Jenny Lacey on 3 April 2006. Tim, born in Kings Heath,…

Chrysalis drops Air Studios

Chrysalis today announces that it has agreed, together with its joint venture partner Pioneer GB Limited to dispose of 100% of the ordinary share capital of Air Studios, the recording studios business…

International DAB growth

Around the world, DAB sales showed encouraging growth trends in 2005. While the UK continues to lead the charge, other countries are following the pattern established by trade bodies such as the DRDB…

First Radio offers World Cup

Exclusive sponsorship of daily World Cup features across a national network of over 100 local radio stations - That?s the latest proposition from First Radio Sales as they continue to build on their…

Ofcom release latest complaints

The Ofcom broadcast bulletin for Monday 6th February contains details of complaints and comments made against recent programmes on BBC and Commercial Radio. The complaints includes a phone call…

Great debut for Fox on Magic

Neil Fox has made an impressive debut with his first Rajar on Magic 105.4?s More Music Breakfast Show. Every week, 682,000 listeners chose the classier way to wake-up in the morning by tuning in to…

UTV withdraw from GCap bid

UTV Radio, one of the favourites expected to make an offer for nine GCap Media stations which are for sale, has withdrawn from the auction. A report in the Guardian Newspaper today also claims that…

New name and logo for Norwich

99.9 Radio Norwich has been confirmed as the name of the City?s new radio station, which launches later this year. The new station has also released its brand and visual identity, which has been…

Extra listeners for BBC Radio

The headline from BBC Radio for Quarter 4 2005 are Moyles adds 370,000 listeners on year for Radio 1, Wogan adds 300,000 listeners on quarter for Radio 2, Record share for BBC Radio andLocal and…

One million for Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland has attracted more than a million listeners in the latest figures just released - the only station in Scotland to top the million mark. The latest Rajar report for the final…

Great results for BBC Wales

According to the official Rajar figures released today, the number of people listening to BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru has risen yet again. 449,000 people were tuning in to Radio Wales every…

Radio Northampton celebrates

There has been a significant jump in the number of listeners tuning in to BBC Radio Northampton, according to the latest figures released today by Rajar. Figures show that in the last quarter of…

hit40uk maintains lead position

hit40uk continues to be the UK's biggest Chart show after figures were published by RAJAR today. The lead over Radio 1 remains strong at 311,000 4+ listeners within the national TSA. The results also…

Virgin breaks 18 million hours

Virgin Radio has continued its impressive recent performance in the latest set of Rajar figures. The country?s only commercial rock and pop music station has added 23,000 listeners and nearly one…

Brunel FM confirms top appointment

Brunel FM has announced who will launch and manage Swindon?s newest radio station when it makes its debut later in the year. The music led station (formerly known as Now FM) which features hits of the…

Excellent figures for GMG stations

? Solid Start for 102.2 Smooth FM ? Smooth FM North West sees huge growth (again!) ? Record growth for Real Radio Scotland London?s new radio brand 102.2 Smooth FM has got off to a solid start and…

Radio Clyde adds 25000 listeners

The latest quarterly audience figures show that Radio Clyde has added 25,000 new listeners with a total of 721,000 adults now tuning in every week. Clyde 1 is the biggest station in the west reaching…

RAJAR Results Feed for Q4 2005

Today the listening results for Quarter 4 2005 are published to the public via the RAJAR website. RadioToday.co.uk once again features a continuous news-feed of articles from the various radio…

New BBC transmitter in Kent

Around 53,000 more people in Kent can now receive BBC national digital radio, with the addition of the Chartham transmitter to the BBC?s expanding UK digital radio network. The transmitter provides a…

New boss named at Radio City

Radio City 96.7 in Liverpool has named the new Managing Director as Iain McKenna. Ian is currently MD of Northsound Radio in Aberdeen but will switch to his new role some time after April 1st 2006.…

Talk 107 start trade tests

UTV Radio-owned Talk 107 has commenced test transmissions on 107.0 Mhz FM from Edinburgh. Set to launch on Valentines Day, February 14th, the speech based station will target the 40+?s and will be…

Major changes at Milestone Radio

Milestone Group today announces the proposed disposal of its three non-wholly owned radio assets and the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chairman. The Company proposes to dispose of its 54 per…

Fighting Talk for Colin Murray

Colin Murray is taking over as the new presenter of BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk - a weekly battle of punditry and wit - on Saturday 4 February. Colin is a familiar voice to BBC Radio…

John Myers to join GMG Board

Whilst speculation about GMG Plc selling off assets including their radio division are doing the rounds, GMG today announced that it has appointed John Myers, Chief Executive of GMG Radio Holdings, to…

Absolute radio for Bristol

A new FM licence for Bristol is set to be advertised by Ofcom in March this year, with an award date around September. The city already has two dedicated commercial radio stations, GCap Media's GWR FM…

Xfm announce Manchester launch

The date has been set for the launch of the Manchester's newest radio station. 97.7 Xfm will launch on March 15th 2006 and will feature an impressive line-up including Andy Rourke and Tony Wilson at…

No more news for Hoggart

After ten years in the BBC Radio 4 News Quiz hot seat, the chairman Simon Hoggart has decided to leave the programme at the end of the next series. The show has risen to new heights under Simon's…

Name change for Now FM

Now FM, the winning bid for the Swindon licence from TLRC looks set to launch this year under a new name. The new on-air name is Brunel FM, to give the station a more local feel. TLRC won the licence…

GMG Radio sell record division

Ministry of Sound, the UK's largest independent record company, have acquired the record label Hed Kandi along with the Enterprise Records division of Smooth FM from Guardian Media Group Radio…

Pure is still number one

PURE Digital is delighted to report that continuing retail initiatives, the support of the trade, increased marketing investment and its expanding product line have combined to keep the brand at the…

MacKenzie could buy from GCap

Reports today suggest that Kelvin MacKenzie, former Chairman of The Wireless Group, could be in pole position to buy nine stations from GCap Media. The deal could see MacKenzie making a comeback…

Bright FM add relay transmitter

Ofcom today announces an extension of coverage to Bright FM (Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath) to include the adjoining locality of Lewes, by means of a relay transmitter.

New mornings for BBC Radio 4

Mark Damazer, Controller of BBC Radio 4, has announced plans for the network which will change the face of the early morning schedule. From April, Radio 4 will begin its own programming at 5.20am…

New RSL for Taunton

Taunton is soon to have a dedicated local radio station broadcasting in the area. The first broadcast will be a trial for 2-weeks but this marks the beginning of Taunton Local Radio?s campaign to win…

Breach of rule for talkSPORT

The latest Broadcast Bulletin from Ofcom contains details of a complaint made against Charlie Wolf on talkSPORT duing a phone-in on the station at 5:30am, 4th December 2005. Two listeners objected to…

GMG Radio sale speculation

The Sunday papers are once again speculating about the Guardian Media Group selling its radio stations. Richard Wachman, City editor of The Observer writes: It is believed that a number of City banks…

The Storm has finished

GCap Media-owned The Storm has closed down after five and a half years broadcasting on the digital platform. For the past seven days the station has been trailing Xfm will be carrying on the mission…

Chairman remains at Ofcom

Lord (David) Currie of Marylebone has been re-appointed as Chairman Ofcom by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan…