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Welsh DAB switch on, new Digital Radio UK car stats plus Arqiva Award details released – Behind the Mic, week April 15th

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Welsh DAB switch on for 2.2 million

A new digital radio transmitter has been switched on in Wales to give listeners in Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool DAB radio for the first time. The switch on was held at Wrexham Football Ground with local politicians and Digital Radio UK in attendance.
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Radioplayer launches tablet app, Heart gives away a £250K house and Commercial Radio turns 40 – Behind the Mic, week September 23rd

Tuesday, September 24 2013 | Be the first to comment!

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Commercial radio reaches the Big Four-O on a high, despite some challenges

Editor of MediaWeek Arif Durrani takes a look at the 40-year history of commercial radio as it gets ready to celebrate its birthday in October, plus how digital technology will impact the radio sector moving forward.
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40 years of commercial radio, Team Rock announce management lineup plus Sony Radio Academy Award nominees – Behind the Mic, week 8th April

Monday, April 15 2013 | Be the first to comment!

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Commercial Radio celebrated with Roll of Honour

40 years of Commercial Radio is to be celebrated with a Roll of Honour. This summer, The RadioCentre will unveil a series of special awards to be presented at the 2013 Arqiva Awards.
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Jack Allen from RadioWorks says: “It’s going to be a big year for the Arqiva Awards.”

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New Radio Academy Chairman, RAB relaunches Aerial Awards and Capital FM’s Summertime Ball sells out in 2 hours – Behind the Mic, week April 22nd

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BBC Controller replaces Global Radio’s Founder as Chairman of The Radio Academy

Ben Cooper of BBC Radio1 and 1Xtra is the new Chairman of The Radio Academy, replacing Global Radio’s Executive President and Founder Ashley Tabor, who steps down after serving the maximum two year term. Along with John Myers, Tabor will be co-opted as a Trustee from May.
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talkSPORT target internationally, Q to close plus Simon Hirst goes Gold – Behind the Mic, week April 29th

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talkSPORT create first internationally targeted instream ads

In what is being described as a first, talkSPORT will now be able to tailor instream adverts to listeners from around the world. The new technology forms part of a partnership with digital advertising company AdsWizz.
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Arqiva nominations announced, Bauer Awards plus Al Murray on Planet Rock – Behind the Mic, week May 6th

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Larry Lamb joins LBC line-up

Former Eastenders actor Larry Lamb has joined LBC 97.3 and will host his own Sunday show starting this weekend (12th May). Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said that Larry’s “passion for radio” will make him a “hit with our listeners.”
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Vina Jesani from RadioWorks says: “His cockney charm will fit well with LBC listeners!”

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Christian O’Connell wins tenth Gold Sony plus RAJAR released – Behind the Mic, week May 13th

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Q1 2013 RAJAR results released

The first radio listening figures of 2013 were released on Thursday (16th). Read all the headlines here plus our Client Insight Director, Simon Pearce, answered our RAJAR Q&A.

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Competition Commission reach GMG takeover desicion plus Kerrang! replaced by Planet Rock – Behind the Mic, week May 20th

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Kerrang! replaced by Planet Rock in West Midlands

Recent Bauer purchase Planet Rock is set to replace Kerrang! in the West Midlands with Kerrang! continuing as a digital-only station. The change means that Planet Rock will be on an analogue signal for the first time.
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New DAB station launched, listener wins £125,000 plus LBC support Help for Heroes – Behind the Mic, week May 27th

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New DAB station to launch in Central Scotland

Eklipse Sports Radio, a new DAB station which will aim to combine rock, talk and sport, will transmit to Central Scotland with a provisional launch date of 22nd July. The station will be run by Spencer Pryor and will take part in RAJAR to measure its listening figures and hours.
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Simon Pearce from RadioWorks says: “It’s great to see a new station coming into the marketplace. Especially one which has a focus on sport, as arguably there are only two other commercial stations that do this (Yorkshire Radio and talkSPORT).”

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Stars attend Summertime Ball, Key 103 Live line-up plus YOUR Radio new MD – Behind the Mic, week June 3rd

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Capital FM’s Summertime Ball plays to 80,000

Justin Timberlake was the host as 80,000 fans packed into Wembley Stadium for this year’s Capital FM Summertime Ball. Among the acts taking to the stage were Robbie Williams, Jessie J and The Wanted.
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Global challenge the CC, TeamRock Radio launches plus Apple reveal iTunes Radio – Behind the Mic, week June 10th

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TeamRock Radio begins broadcasting

Iron Maiden hit ‘Two Minutes to Midnight’ became the opening track for new national DAB station TeamRock Radio. The station, which is headed by radio mogul John Myers, also aired an inspirational message and poem from metal front-man Corey Taylor.
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Global tribunal date set, Arqiva announce live acts plus Mark Cavendish on talkSPORT – Behind the Mic, week June 17th

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Live acts announced for Arqiva awards

An artist from each decade of commercial radio’s 40 year lifespan will perform live at this year’s Arqiva Awards. Bucks Fizz, Level 42, Atomic Kitten and The Feeling will all take to the stage at the event organised by the RadioCentre.
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Ofcom invites new stations, Welsh DAB extension plus Buble at Hallam FM – Behind the Mic, week June 24th

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Ofcom welcomes new community station applications

UK communications regulator Ofcom has invited new community radio station applications for West and South Yorkshire, Humberside and North West England. All applicants are being asked to submit their proposals by October 15th.
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Arqiva winners revealed, RadioCentre’s Roll of Honour plus RadioWorks brokers Kiss Breakfast sponsorship deal – Behind the Mic, week July 1st

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Colin Murray quits BBC Radio 5 Live for talkSPORT

talkSPORT have signed BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray to host a daily 10am to 1pm show where he will discuss daily sporting issues along with special guests and interviews from the world of sport. The move ends the presenter’s time at the BBC station since joining in 2006.
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Digital plan completed, Absolute win Freesat Award plus Ofcom distributes funds – Behind the Mic week July 8th

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Ofcom distributes Community Radio Fund

12 stations have received a share of just over £175,000 as part of Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund which has been provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Over 50 applications were submitted and the largest award totalled £24,000.
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Spotify defend criticisms, Dave Hickman tributes plus Gaydio extends to Liverpool – Behind the Mic, week July 15th

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Gaydio DAB coverage reaches Liverpool

Throughout the summer and to accompany Liverpool’s Pride Festival, Gaydio will extend its DAB coverage to the Merseyside area. The station, which broadcasts from its Manchester base, will also air in North Wales and Chesire for six weeks.
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Radio in “Good health”, Royal baby coverage plus Absolute Best Creative Brand – Behind the Mic, week July 22nd

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Ofcom: “Radio in Good Health”

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has released the results of two surveys which indicate that radio’s “enduring strength” remains strong despite challenges from other mediums such as digital and mobile. Ofcom summarised the results by saying “Listeners’ relationship with radio remains in good health.”
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Bumper RAJAR results, talkSPORT to award £1m, Planet Rock recruits rock star – Behind the Mic – week July 29th

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Planet Rock recruits former GnR bass player

Planet Rock has created a new series of shows titled Bass in Yer Face featuring former Guns ‘N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan. The show airs on Sunday at 7pm and is repeated on Thursday at 8pm.
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Kiss Fresh launches on Freeview, Absolute puts football on FM, PM visits Global – Behind the Mic, week August 5

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Prime Minister pays a visit to Global’s Manchester studios

Global Radio hosted Prime Minister David Cameron at their Xfm and Capital FM studios. He spent over half an hour in Salford Quays doing a Q&A for listeners and staff on topics which included cyber-bullying and music.
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Sony end Award sponsorship, talkSPORT update schedule plus D Love on Absolute – Behind the Mic, week August 12th

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Absolute create bespoke D Love campaign

To promote Absolute Radio’s commentary coverage of the new Premier League season, Digital Radio mascot D Love has been “hired” as a football reporter in a series of bespoke station advertisements. You can listen to the campaign by clicking the Radio Today link below.
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