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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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The NRS (National Readership Survey) have appointed Simon Redican, Managing Director for the Radio Advertising Bureau, as their new CEO. After 7 years of service, Redican will reportedly leave his role at the RAB at the end of the first quarter.
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“Old Skool & Anthems”, a recently introduced show on Key 103, is to be networked across 14 Bauer Place Portfolio stations. From February 17th, former Heart presenter Neil Bentley will be heard from 2-3pm on stations in both England and Scotland.
Global Radio are to sell eight radio stations to Dublin based Communicorp for a reported £35m. The Competition Commission ruled that the group must sell seven stations after buying GMG Radio in June 2012. The move makes Commincorp the UK’s fourth biggest radio owner.
Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio of stations have undergone a brand refresh after the station imaging was updated to include a new strapline: ‘Your Music, Your Life’. Wise Buddah created the sonics and decided not to continue using sung jingles which originally featured on a number of the stations.
A subscription based radio station, outputting completely uncensored talk and comedy, has launched in the UK. FUBAR Radio have stated: “Untouchable by the regulators, cutting-edge FUBAR will create and broadcast provocative, entertaining, no-holds-barred chat, comedy and content that could never be heard anywhere else on UK radio, alongside uncensored music that is never play-listed or rotated.”
In a deal negotiated by RadioWorks and RAPP, the Open University are giving away a year’s free study plus an iPad through a month-long promotion on Absolute Radio. Throughout March, the campaign will run across radio, online and on apps with the top prize being worth up to £5280.
National talk station LBC has been highly commended for hosting the political debate between UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Hosted by breakfast presenter Nick Ferrari, the debate was broadcast live on both the station and Sky News under LBC branding.
Global Radio have confirmed the expansion of the Heart Network of stations in place of the Real Radio network. From May 6th, Heart will be available on FM in Scotland, South Wales, Yorkshire and the North East adding an extra 2 million listeners to the station.
Music streaming platform are set to launch a seven figure ad campaign which moves away from feature-led advertising to focus more on the emotional aspects of listening to music. A series of TV ads have been developed featuring stories from different people using the service.
Capital FM duo Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon won Gold in the Breakfast Show of the Year category whilst Sam and Amy on Gem 106 also picked up Gold for Personality of the Year in the annual Radio Academy Awards. The event, which was held at London’s Grosvenor House, handed out 92 awards and was presented by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.
Radioplayer, the joint venture between the BBC, Global Radio, Bauer Media, and RadioCentre, is to kick off a six-figure ad push featuring Johnathan Creek actor Alan Davies. The campaign, which breaks on 2 March, centres on the Radio Advertising Bureau’s (RAB) recent Audio Now research for creative inspiration, which revealed that people use radio to meet different emotional needs.
Radio Q1 ad figures show strongest increase in six years in the first three months of 2014, according to figures from the RAB. The increase is the highest year-on-year climb for the January to March period since 2008.
Casey Kasem, perhaps best known in the UK for his American Top 40 show and as the voice of Shaggy in cartoon Scooby-Doo, has died at the age of 82. The radio legend was often heard on UK station Smooth Radio 70s but retired from his regular shows in 2004.
Music services like Spotify and Deezer that rely on streaming will count towards the UK’s weekly singles chart from July, the Official Charts Company has announced. Music streaming doubled in popularity in the UK between 2013 and 2014, from 100 million to 200 million streams a week, currently averaging 260 million.