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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.
In a six figure deal, betting company Paddy Power are to sponsor the Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Warm Up Show on Absolute Radio for a ten month period. The multiplatform promotion will focus on the bookmaker’s ‘Ball of Shame’ campaign and will utilise Absolute’s InStream advertising.
UK 80s chart topper Howard Jones will return to digital-only station Absolute 80s to host a Sunday evening show from the 1st of September. The singer will also be offering listeners a free MP3 download from a live session recorded at Absolute Radio studios.
Pop superstar Justin Timberlake will join Capital FM breakfast hosts Lisa Snowden and Dave Berry to co-host the show from Las Vegas to promote new film Runner Runner. The former N-Sync singer stars in the new blockbuster and will join the Capital FM team on September 19th.
Global owned Classic FM are to celebrate the Queen’s sixty year reign with an exclusive interview with HRH The Earl of Wessex. The interview will form part a Coronation special and will include a live concert taking place at Windsor castle.
Heart Angels, a new TV advert and experiential activity form a new £2.5m Heart Radio campaign that carries the station’s familiar slogan “Give it some Heart”. X Factor star Olly Murs features in the television advert that will also run in cinemas.
The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, set to take place this December, has found a new headline partner in Coca Cola. Mark Gordon, Managing Director of Commercial at Global Radio, said: “When you think of Christmas, you think of Coca-Cola. They’re the perfect partner for our Jingle Bell Ball.”
Alongside special guest Russell Brand, Monday 21st October’s LBC 97.3 drivetime show will be hosted by former Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell. The show marks 5 years since Russell Brand was involved in the ‘sachsgate’ scandal.
Listeners would be willing to pay £42 a year on average to access commercial radio, making it worth a collective £1.5bn according to a new survey released by Kantar Media. The findings, which also reveal 67% find commercial radio more entertaining than BBC radio, is to presented at the House of Commons to celebrate 40 years since the first commercial radio station launched in the UK.
Digital station Jazz FM have announced a new morning presenter line-up with Chris Phillips moving to mid-mornings and John Osborne taking over the breakfast show. James Tormé, the son of jazz singer Mel Tormé, has also joined the station for a weekly show on Sunday afternoons.
Joining previously announced acts Little Mix, Lawson and Jason Derulo, Robbie Williams will headline the Key 103 Jingle Ball Live this December in Manchester. The event is now in it’s fourth year and will take place at the Phones4U Arena.
The Competition Appeal Tribunal has rejected Global Radio’s appeal against the Competition Commission’s ruling over the acquisition of GMG Radio. In May, the CC ruled that Global must sell seven stations in order to take full control of GMG’s assets.
Music streaming platform Spotify has raised $250 million in a Silicon Valley funding rally with the original investors of Netflix now on board. In light of the news, the Wall Street Journal now values the company at $4 billion (£2.5 million). The money raised is to go towards boosting its US operation and an expected Japanese launch.
As well as an announcement on the government’s digital radio switch-over plans on December 16th, Ed Vaizey will also be expected to reveal details of a second digital multiplex advertised by Ofcom. Absolute Radio, talkSPORT and Classic FM are all current members of the Digital One line-up.
Previously only available to desktop users, Spotify’s music streaming service will soon be available on mobile devices according to rumours that an announcement is to be made at a New York event on December 11th. The free service will likely be ad-supported and be available across the majority of smartphone devices and tablets.
Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative, was speaking at the ‘Go Digital Day’ this morning (16th December) but did not reveal a digital switchover date but instead stated that it would happen “as and when the consumer is ready.” The minister did reveal that all digital radio sets sold would include a ‘digital tick’ in a similar method to digital TV adoption.
Anchorman star Will Ferrell informed XFM listeners of delays on the Central Line, M25 ‘stack-backs’ and DLR issues under the guise of his news reading alter-ego Ron Burgundy. The Hollywood star joined fellow Anchorman 2 co-star Paul Rudd on the Jon Holmes Breakfast Show.
Capital FM, Heart and Classic FM owner Global Radio has seen a 4.8% year on year revenue increase as well as a 11.4% rise on its operating profit, with the figure standing at £37.1million. Despite the results, the group made a pre-tax loss of £29.3 million after interest payable and other fees amounted to £67.8 million. The financial update also detailed how Global spent £69million to acquire the assets of GMG radio.
Dave Cameron was invited to ‘City Talk Breakfast with Mick Coyle’ last week to discuss local issues such as the Bedroom Tax and economic issues. The Liverpool based station also broadcast on Bauer counterpart owned Radio City 96.7.