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Paddy Power sponsor Absolute and Elton John on Magic – Behind the Mic, week August 19th

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Paddy Power to sponsor Absolute’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Football

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.
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Andrew Castle on LBC, UTV on positive outlook plus Bauer hire news chief – Behind the Mic, week August 26th

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Howard Jones returns to Absolute 80s

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.
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CEO leaves RadioCentre, Absolute celebrate Birthday plus Timberlake on Capital – Behind the Mic, week September 2nd

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Justin Timberlake to co-host Capital FM in Vegas

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.
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New Radio Caroline station, Capital FM TV ad and Westwood on Choice – Behind the Mic, week September 9th

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Global Radio’s Choice FM sign Tim Westwood

Former BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ, Tim Westwood, has been snapped up by Global to host a new weekly two hour show on Choice FM. The new show begins on the 21st September at 9pm.
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New Radio Academy CEO, Simpsons voice lecture and Capital sign Avicii – Behind the Mic, week September 16th

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Royal special on Classic FM to celebrate Coronation

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.
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Choice becomes Capital XTRA, Smooth move to London plus Heart launch TV ad – Behind the Mic, week September 30th

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Heart launch new TV ad in £2.5m campaign

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.
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40 years of LBC, radio gives 8x ROI and Coke sponsor Jingle Bell Ball – Behind the Mic, week October 7th

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Coca Cola “perfect” Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball partner

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.”
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Tabor defends court action, DAB in 40.1 percent of new cars plus Campbell on LBC – Behind the Mic, week October 14th

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Former Labour “spin-doctor” Alastair Campbell to host LBC

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.
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Love of commercial radio, Magic announce gig plus Skullcandy sponsor Capital XTRA – Behind the Mic, week 21st October

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New survey reveals listener’s love of commercial radio

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.
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Live Capital ad break, Jazz with new morning line-up plus family wins £250,000 house – Behind the Mic, week October 28th

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John Osborne becomes new Jazz FM breakfast host

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.
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Capital artist line-up, Student awards revealed plus Key 103 book Robbie – Behind the Mic, week November 4th

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Robbie Williams tops Key 103 Jingle Ball line-up

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.
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Global appeal rejected, talkSPORT World Cup plus Sunrise 2 and 3? – Behind the Mic, week November 11th

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Global Radio appeal against the CC rejected

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.
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Spotify worth £2.5bn, Celador appoint new CEO plus Absolute and Post Office loved one promo – Behind the Mic, week November 18th

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Spotify worth £2.5 billion

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.
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New Bauer MD, Digital 2 rumoured plus Capital XTRA tv ad – Behind the Mic, week November 25th

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New Digital 2 multiplex rumoured

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.
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Spotify free on phones, one-off brand radio station plus new DAB transmitter – Behind the Mic, week December 2nd

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Spotify to be available for free on mobiles

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.
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No digital switchover date, Global won’t appeal plus new Bauer Marketing Director for Place Portfolio – Behind the Mic, week December 9th

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No digital radio switchover date set

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.
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Behind the Mic, week December 16th

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Ron Burgundy reads the XFM travel news

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.
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Behind the Mic, New Year update

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Global Radio’s revenue and operating profit both rise

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.
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David Cameron interview, Blur drummer joins XFM and Revolution Radio sold – Behind the Mic, week January 6th

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City Talk 105.9 hold interview with Prime Minister

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.
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Local gets vocal, talkSPORT pair with Daily Mail plus Mixcloud relaunches – Behind the Mic, week January 13th

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Mixcloud relaunches website

Mixcloud, the music streaming hub for DJ’s and radio shows, have revealed a complete redesign to their web interface as well as rolling out a number of new features to bring listeners closer to content. Mixcloud X promises to be slicker and faster whilst also making it easy for users to access and discover new sets and mixes.
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