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Ten community radio awards

Ofcom today announces the award of ten new community radio licences. Bradford, Halifax, Ardwick, Longsight, Levenshulme and surrounding areas to the south of central Manchester, Wythenshawe, Chorley,…

North-East licence advertised

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the main Tyne & Wear and Teesside conurbations in North-East England . Known applicants at this stage include Your Celador,…

Plymouth licence advertised

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the city of Plymouth and the immediately surrounding area. Known applicants at this stage include Your Radio Plymouth, from the…

?1m TV campaign for London Magic

Emap station Magic 105.4 FM in London have revealed details of a new personality-led creative TV ad campaign. The campaign, which clashes with similar television adverts by new GMG Radio station…

Martin Greenwood joins The Bee

The new radio station for Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley has announced the presenter for its flagship Breakfast Programme. 27 year old Martin Greenwood is well known for his…

Palm FM win Torbay Licence

After ten years of campaigning, local group Palm FM have won the local radio licence for Torbay. A jubilant Jo Corben-Richards and Roger Richards, Chairman Palm FM, the longest established of the…

TLRC’s Now FM win Swindon licence

The Local Radio Company have won yet another local radio licence. Now FM was one of four applications for the Swindon licence, and is wholly-owned by TLRC. The company already own 27 radio stations,…

Original 106 win Solent licence

The much sought after Solent licence has been awarded by Ofcom to Original 106. The CanWest MediaWorks UK application proposed an Adult Alternative Radio album-led station and has beaten off…

Today FM Ipswich bid now online

The UKRD backed bid for Ipswich, Today FM 102 is now online. Today FM 102 is joined by seven other applicants hoping to secure the Ofcom licence which will be awarded in December this year.

Eight applications for Ipswich

Christmas will come early for one of eight applicants for the recently advertised Ipswich local radio licence. After yesterday's closing date, Ofcom received a stagering amount of applications, all…

New appointments at UKRD

Williams Rogers, the current Group Managing Director of UKRD has been appointed as the company's Chief Executive. Rogers, who was appointed as Managing Director in October 2001, has presided over a…

More live Planet Rock shows

Legendary keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman is to present 'Rick's Place', a live show exclusively on national DAB digital radio station Planet Rock. Wakeman, band member of world-famous rock group 'Yes',…

New DAB from Pure Digital

PURE Digital presents DTM-300 ? the slim-line micro system that delivers a complete audio experience without taking over the house. DTM-300 happily handles CD, MP3, DAB digital radio, FM with RDS, and…

Mike Read ready for long-wave

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read is just one of the presenters lined up for the long-awaited long-wave radio station, set to start broadcasting from the Isle of Man early next year. Isle of Man…

Real Radio Scotland TV campaign

GMG's Real Radio station in Scotland is set to embark on a new TV campaign, revealing the next stage in the brand?s creative direction. Clear Marketing Communications has created an exciting new…

Ofcom publish quarterly update

Ofcom today publishes the Communications Market Quarterly Update covering the latest data available to 31 March 2005. The Update is a quarterly supplement to Ofcom?s Communications Market Report…

All change on the chart shows

It's all change shortly when Emap drop the Smash Hits Chart and hit40uk splits into three. A new Adult Contemporary chart is to be broadcast on 54 UK stations including the Heart, Real Radio and…

Metro’s Alan Robson taken ill

It has been reported that Metro Radio's Alan Robson is seriously ill after picking up an infection in Eastern Europe. He has been off-air for more than a week and it is understood he will be away…

Capital Life starts phone-in

National GCap Media digital radio station Capital Life, has begun broadcasting a new live weekly phone-in show with DJ Anthony Davis. The show is entitled The Life Coach and incorporates the Life…

SKY: Radio channels on the move

Every radio station available on the Sky EPG will be moved to a new number starting with a leading 'zero' shortly. It is part of a major change in channel line up which moves audio-only channels from…

Real presenter changes

This Saturday (27th August) will be the last 'Real Party Night' for GMG Radio Chief Executive John 'Myers' Morgan as the show becomes local once again when he hands over the show to the breakfast…

Milestone to exit Reading 107

Milestone Group, one of the shareholders in Reading 107 has entered into an agreement to sell its 36.8% shareholding in Reading Broadcasting Company Limited to GMG Radio Holdings Limited and Goodhead…

TWG RSL aims for full time Hull licence

The Wireless Group is to run an RSL called 106.8 Wyke FM in Hull with the aim of securing a full-time licence for the city. Regulator OFCOM is due to advertise the new licence in December with the…

PURE launch rechargeable DAB

PURE Digital presents Oasis ? the world?s first rechargeable DAB digital radio that can withstand the rigours of outdoor life. With Oasis digital radio listeners can roam freely, safe in the…

News Corp to sell Sky Radio

The glory days are over. Sky Radio, for so long the success story of Dutch radio, is no longer considered a valuable asset, and its owners News Corp are preparing to sell it at an estimated ?200…

Major marketing for smooth fm

102.2 Smooth FM is set to launch its major consumer advertising campaign, which will encompass major TV, London Underground and outdoor activity. The station, which launched in June, will be highly…

New Boddy at Invicta FM

GCap Media has appointed Craig Boddy as the new Programme Controller of Invicta FM. Boddy, an experienced radio programmer who joins Invicta FM from sister station 105.4 Leicester Sound, joins the…

U105 appoints Head of Music

U105 Belfast?s newest radio station which goes on air on Monday 14th November has appointed Maurice Jay as Head of Music. Maurice has been known as ?Mr. Breakfast? in Northern Ireland for the past 10…

UKRD delivers strong growth

UKRD is continuing to deliver strong revenue growth, confirmed by a trading statement released this week which shows the group bucking the sector trend. The Group has confirmed year on year growth of…

VIP coming soon to Sky

A new station launching on the Sky Digital platform with DAB, Freeview and others to follow will launch later this year. Dubbed ?the missing link for over 35-59?s? VIP will be unique in as much as…

Eamonn Holmes joins Magic 105.4

Former GMTV host Eamonn Holmes is joining London Emap station Magic 105.4 in September. Eamonn?s signing is part of a recently announced strategy to introduce celebrity weekend shows to Magic?s…

Metro bring back the football

As reported in July on RadioMAD.net, Metro Radio dropped live football commentary of Sunderland and Newcastle games. Now, in a shock move, Metro have announced Sunderland games will be covered, but…

Ofcom reject Kix 96 format change

CN Group owned Kix 96 in coventry has had a format change request rejected by Ofcom. At its meeting on 25 July 2005, Ofcom's Radio Licensing Committee was asked to consider a request to change…

Emap must divest multiplex

Ofcom has today agreed the proposed takeover of SRH by Emap PLC with the condition that the group must sell either the Glasgow or Ayr Score Digital Multiplex. Local digital multiplex owner rules…

Swansea FM licence attracts three

Ofcom has received three applications for the Swansea commercial radio licence. Tim Schoonmaker (ex-Emap) is the chairman of Radio UK Holdings who are applying for the licence as Diamond FM. SA-FM…

Ofcom advertise Shrewbury licence

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the town of Shrewsbury and the surrounding area. Current known applicants include Laser-backed Shrewsbury Local Radio (SLR)…

Radio Clyde is the West’s No 1

The audience figures are published today and, despite more stations coming into the survey, they show that Radio Clyde is Number One again with 733,000 adults tuning-in each week, a reach of 40% and…

107.6 Juice FM on a high

To quote the song, what a difference a year makes. One year ago ? We believed that David Beckham only loved his wife. ? Gypsy skirts were worn only by erm, gypsies. ? Pete Doherty was a worry just…

GMG Group breaking records

GMG Radio?s portfolio of Real Radio and Smooth FM stations have topped 3 million listeners a week for the first time, new industry research shows today. In the North West of England 100.4 Smooth FM…

Breeze in the Balkans

Classic Gold Breeze is heading to the Balkans to present a live show on November 11th to aid this years Harvest for the Hungry Appeal in Essex. The charity which has been running now for years has…

Former Wireless PD Heads East

John Evington, the recently departed Group Programme Director at The Wireless Group, has established a new company, John Evington Radio Programming Ltd., offering a range of services to the radio…

Virgin station boss joins Emap

Steve Taylor, currently station manager at Virgin Radio, has been appointed creative commercial director for Emap Radio. This new role aims to show Emap Radio?s commitment to generating creative…

Virgin Radio “Groove” joins Sky

The latest service from Virgin Radio "Groove" can now be heard via Sky Digital EPG channel 938 - the World radio Network 'On-Air' service ... The station is researching whether or not to place the…

105 days till U105 launch

U105, the new FM radio station for Belfast and the surrounding area will go live in 105 days on Monday 14 November 2005, several months ahead of schedule. Roy Bailie, Chairman of U105 told…

99.8FM 2BR joins the network

Over 12 months ago, East Lancashire's 99.8FM 2BR became the first radio station to be bought by the newly-formed TLRC. Today the station finally drops local evening programming from its schedule in…

Juice FM celebrate market results

Louis Hurst?s Breakfast Portion from Liverpool?s more music station 107.6 Juice FM has good cause to celebrate this week with an extended sponsorship worth over ?250,000. In a negotiation…

Virgin Radio digital giveaway

If you?re an avid radio listener who would love to win a DAB digital radio, then you are being urged to listen to Virgin Radio. Every weekday they have digital radio prizes to be won, giving you a…

Big Ron joins Real Radio

After almost 18 months, Ron Atkinson is set to make his return as a football pundit, hosting Real Radio Yorkshire?s Real Sports Phone-In. The former Sheffield Wednesday manager, who led the club to…

Radio court battle against Ofcom lost

The Chairman of A-Ten FM has lost his high court battle against the awarding of the Ashford local radio licence. Chairman Francis Wildman argued that Ofcom should never have given the licence to…

New owner for hertbeat fm

Hertfordshire's Hertbeat fm has been bought by the owners of radio production company Murf Media. The new company, Shadow Radio Holdings have bought the station which had been looking for buyers…

Chelsea coverage on smooth fm

London's newest radio station 102.2 Smooth FM has agreed a deal with Chelsea FC to carry full commentary rights for the next three seasons beginning August 2005. It is the first time that all of…

The Eye is coming to Melton

Melton and the Vale of Belvoir's own permanent full-time local radio station, The Eye, will hit the airwaves this autumn. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has announced that TWC fm, who have carried…

EMAP stations drop live football

Metro Radio have ended live commentary of local football with immediate effect. Metro will no longer carry the same high level coverage of Sunderland and Newcastle that it has in the past,…

UKRD wins tribunal case

UKRD has successfully defended its decision to dismiss a presenter for removing advertisements without permission at an industrial tribunal held in Norwich. The group's King?s Lynn based station,…

Real Radio is flying high!

Real Radio (Scotland) has teamed up with Direct Holidays to give away a holiday a day throughout August 2005. Real Radio will become Scotland?s ?Vacation Station? for the summer month and Direct…

New Evoke Digital Radio is luxury

PURE Digital ? a division of Imagination Technologies ? presents the PURE EVOKE-2XT digital radio, a range-topping stereo digital radio with both DAB and FM reception. Based on the multi-award…

Lanarkshire’s The Edge to close?

Recent reports suggest that North Lanarkshire based 107 The Edge is to close on Friday unless a suitable buyer can be found to save the station. UKRD launched the station in 1999 as Clan FM and was…

New specification for RAJAR

The RAJAR Board has approved recommendations for the new contract specification and is to issue an Invitation to Tender within the week. RAJAR expects tenders to be submitted by the end of this…

Barrow licence attracts two

Ofcom have received two applications for the new FM radio licence serving Barrow-in-Furness in South Cumbria. They are Barrow Broadcasting Ltd (Abbey FM) and Barrow Local Radio Ltd. Both…

Ofcom advertise Warwick licence

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the towns of Warwick, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth and the immediately surrounding areas. Current groups known to be…

Chris Evans signs for Radio 2

Chris Evans has signed for a weekly Saturday afternoon show (2-5pm) on BBC Radio 2. The news comes direct from the Radio Festival in Edinburgh where Chris Evans signed the new 7-month long contract…

New CEO for Wireless Group

UTV has announced the appointment of Scott Taunton as Chief Executive Officer of The Wireless Group, with immediate effect. Scott Taunton succeeds Kelvin MacKenzie who has left the group. Ashley…

Century FM new appointments

Former Programme Controller of 105.4 Century FM Ande Macpherson, based in Manchester, has been promoted to Programme Director for the entire Century FM network. Former Emap/Piccadilly PD Dave…

Pure Digital offers Discount

PURE Digital is offering savings of 10% off its award winning radios as part of a ?radio amnesty? to be launched by the BBC on 6th July 2005. The radio amnesty in aid of African nations - fronted…

Emap ditch Smash Hits Chart

As predicted by many industry experts, the Smash Hits Chart will cease in the autumn. The show launched 18 months ago in January 2004 is taken by Emap Big City stations, GMG's Real Radio network and…

Live8 presenters announced

The UK's biggest commercial radio production will be broadcast on over 200 radio stations this Saturday. Live 8 will start at 10am and continue till 1am, almost commercial free and full of top name…

Radio Eugene in Big Brother

Radio engineer and well known industry anorak Eugene Mark Sulley has entered the Big Brother secret garden. 27 year old Eugene from Crawley is a former Programme Controller of University Radio…

Award for Wessex FM

Wessex FM have beaten Clyde 1 and Vibe 105-108 FM to take the Arqiva Commercial Radio Marketing Award for 2005. The awards, held in London this lunchtime, recognise excellence in all aspects of…

Arqiva award winners announced

Arqiva (formerly NTL Broadcast) and the Commercial Radio Companies Association (CRCA) have announced the winners of this year's Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. The awards, presented at a lunchtime…

Oneword Cinemascope deal

Mobile phone company Orange continues its association with film by sponsoring Cinemascope, Oneword's weekly film review show. Orange is keen to continue the association it has built up with film -…

eBay celebrates radio milestone

eBay Radio produced by wsRadio.com celebrated a significant milestone this month by logging on its one-millionth listener. eBay Radio has the same ingredients of any popular talk show, including a…

New smooth fm appointment

Smooth FM has appointed Steve Johnson as Brand Account Manager to work closely with both national media agencies, their clients and GMG Radio?s sales house Chrysalis Radio Sales. Steve will act as…

Emap takeover SRH

It's been the hottest topic of converstion around the UK radio industry since the merger of GWR and Capital just six weeks ago. Today (21st June) Emap and Scottish Radio Holdings agree the terms of…

EPG for national commercial radio

Plans have been announced for an electronic programme guide for national commercial radio. The service, known as an EPG, is expected to launch this summer. EPGs have become popular with digital…

More community radio licences

Following on from the first awarding of a community radio licence in March, and a further four in April, Ofcom today announces the award of fifteen new licences. The areas are Central Southampton,…

TLRC acquire Bath FM

The Local Radio Company Plc announces that it has today acquired Bath FM, debt free, for an initial consideration of ?400,000 in cash, and further consideration, to be paid in TLRC ordinary shares, of…

Laser RSL manager appointed

Laser Broadcasting have appointed Paul Roberts as their RSL Manager. Paul will oversee all aspects of their RSL broadcasts from finding high profile broadcast sites through to building awareness of…

Totally 80s Celebrates Birthday

Totally 80s, the weekly 2-hour programme produced by Blue Revolution, celebrates is fourth birthday next weekend (18th/19th June 2005) by welcoming some of the biggest names of the decade into the…

Seven Towers FM win Ballymena

Ofcom today announces the award of the new FM local commercial radio licence for Ballymena in Northern Ireland. By the closing date of 6 April 2005, Ofcom received four applications for the…

Crown FM win Norwich Licence

Tindle-backed Crown FM have won the new FM local radio licence for Norwich. The group had competition from four other companies all planning to run a local radio service of music and news. Crown FM…

XFM win Manchester City licence

The battle for the Manchester City FM licence has been won by GCap. 97.7 XFM will launch within 2 years. The news comes just one month after the formation of the company from the merger of GWR and…

Radio City’s Kev Seed returns

The radio industry forums have been busy trying to work out why Kev Seed suddenly disappeared from the Radio City breakfast show a number of weeks ago. Some suggest he is off to the competition,…

No more birds on DAB Radio!

The birdsong temporarily broadcast on the national commercial digital radio network as D1_temp, will cease today (9th June) to make way for the BT Livetime pilot launching later this month. This…

New appointment at Ofcom

Ofcom today announced the appointment of Peter Davies as its new Director of Radio and Multimedia. Peter will be responsible for developing Ofcom?s strategy, co-ordinating policies and activities…

102.2 smooth fm is born

Good Morning. It's 10am on Tuesday the 7th of June 2005 - and welcome to 102.2 smooth fm. Welcome to the newest radio station in London. The 10 day countdown concluded in a four minute launch…

Sky TV via DAB digital radio

An innovative service to deliver live television to mobile phones will be piloted by BT Wholesale and Virgin Mobile this summer. The service will be broadcast on the national commercial DAB digital…

Rock n Roll in Manchester

It's the most sought after FM licence in the country since the creation of Ofcom. The Manchester (city) FM licence has attracted 19 applications ranging from pop to rock, kids to talk and Asian to…

Swindon licence attracts 4

Ofcom has received four applications for the Swindon FM commercial radio licence. They are local group Moonraker FM, TLRC's Now FM, CN Group backed Radio Swindon and long-time local RSL group…

Ipswich FM licence advertised

Ofcom today advertises a new local FM commercial radio licence to cover the town of Ipswich and the surrounding area. Expected applicants include ICRFM and Laser Broadcasting's ILR. Ofcom estimates…

New York nominations for Clyde

Radio Clyde has just been announced as finalists in three categories of the New York Festivals 2005, the Radio equivalent to the movie Oscars. The West of Scotland?s number one radio station will…

SRH aquire Donegal local station

Scottish Radio Holdings have reached an agreement with the Donegal Highland Radio group to acquire the entire issued share capital of the group and its holding company. The transaction, which…

Goodbye 102.2 JAZZ FM

After 15 years the plug was finally pulled on what must be the only commercial FM radio station in the UK to survive for so long without making a profit. London's 102.2 JAZZ FM closed down at…

A good six months for TLRC

The Local Radio Company have today announced their interim results for the six months ended 31st March 2005. Turnover is up at ?9.8m and national sales has increased by 32%. Since taking over from…

New York nomination for JUICE FM

When Louis Hurst moved from Emap?s flagship station Radio City to local rival Juice FM last year media commentators announced that the Liverpool Breakfast Battle was on. And they?ve been proved…

102.2 smooth fm marketing plan

The launch of 102.2 Smooth FM will be supported by a two-phased ?1.5 million marketing campaign aimed at encouraging trial of the new London radio station. Fifty two fully liveried black cabs will…

Ofcom increase RSL fee

The application fee to apply to run a Restricted Service Licence has doubled from ?200 to ?400, with the daily charge being reduced slightly. This will make the overall cost of running an RSL lower,…

New York nomination for FORTH 2

A radio "husband and wife" team have won a major international media award after getting back together. FORTH2's Darren Adam and Diane Lester have been nominated in the prestigious New York Festival…

Community Radio Fund strategy

Ofcom has published its final strategy on the management and administration of the new Community Radio Fund. The Community Radio Fund was established by Government under the Communications Act 2003…

Ofcom explains Banbury award

Ofcom today explain the reason why CN Group have been awarded the new FM licence for the Banbury area. In todays statement, they remind us they would be likely to place particular emphasis on the…