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RadioWorks Nominated for Media Agency Of The Year in the 2015 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

RadioWorks, the radio advertising specialists, have been nominated for Media Agency of the Year in this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, marking the first time a radio specialist has been nominated in this category. The nominations for Media Agency of the Year, sponsored by GTN UK, were unveiled today (May 14th) by Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett and Sarah Champion and see RadioWorks nominated alongside Carat, MEC, MediaCom, and OMD.

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RadioWorks, the radio advertising specialists, have been nominated for Media Agency of the Year in this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, marking the first time a radio specialist has been nominated in this category.

The nominations for Media Agency of the Year, sponsored by GTN UK, were unveiled today (May 14th) by Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett and Sarah Champion and see RadioWorks nominated alongside Carat, MEC, MediaCom, and OMD.

RadioWorks is now in contention for one of the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards to be announced at the ceremony on July 8th.

The awards, now in their 20th year, are organised by RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, with Arqiva as the headline sponsor, and numerous industry companies supporting individual awards.

Michael Charnley-Heaton, Chief Executive of RadioWorks commented: “This is fantastic news for RadioWorks and adds to an already bumper year as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, our most successful financial year on record, and now this nomination. It’s a real endorsement of the team effort that goes into delivering a great service proposition time and time again to our clients and advertisers.”

Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of RadioCentre said: “The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards are a great opportunity for commercial radio to showcase the breadth and diversity of its output and this year’s bag of entries is no exception. Standards are relentlessly high and competition stiff – which will make for an exciting evening in July.”

Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva said: “Congratulations to all those who have been nominated this year. As ever, the calibre of talent is very high and we wish everyone the best of luck, in what looks set to be a fantastic 2015 awards.”

Heart London breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton will host the awards on the evening of Wednesday July 8th at the Camden Roundhouse in London.

There will also be live music performances by special guests to be announced nearer the event.

There are a total of 24 categories, including PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year, PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio and a new award for 2015, the Innovation Award for the best ‘new idea’ whether digital, station operation, or ways to generate more revenue.

Tickets for the awards will go on sale on May 21st – see www.commercialradioawards.org website for booking details and prices.

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RadioWorks appoints Fresh Air’s Neil Cowling as Creative Development Director

Radio advertising specialists, RadioWorks and Maple Street Studios, have announced a partnership with Fresh Air Production to develop and extend the creative arm of the business. The deal sees Fresh Air’s Neil Cowling appointed as Radioworks’ Creative Development Director with a brief to expand the company’s existing client list and develop a wide range of innovative advertising, digital and content services to advertisers and agencies.

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Radio advertising specialists, RadioWorks and Maple Street Studios, have announced a partnership with Fresh Air Production to develop and extend the creative arm of the business.

The deal sees Fresh Air’s Neil Cowling appointed as Radioworks’ Creative Development Director with a brief to expand the company’s existing client list and develop a wide range of innovative advertising, digital and content services to advertisers and agencies.

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Commercial radio: bigger than ever and sound commercial sense

In today's Advertising Association/WARC report for 2014, radio quietly blazed a trail as the best performing traditional media, up 7.2%, notes the RAB's Lucy Barrett. "It is great news that in 2014 UK advertising spend grew at its highest rate since 2010. It is also without doubt good news for many in the advertising industry that most of the traditional mediums saw impressive growth. Radio has once again proven its resilience with exceptional growth of 7.2% in 2014 – the best performance for the medium since (the almost pre-internet era of) 2003."

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UK welcomes Norway’s plans for FM switch-off

UK-based digital radio manufacturer Pure and the Digital Radio UK organisation are welcoming Norway’s plans for DAB. Pure is working with Digital Radio Norway to ensure there are accessible in-car adapters in the market in readiness for digital radio migration, and says there is a huge amount of momentum and appetite for digital radio across multiple countries.

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Big increase in cars with DAB digital radio

The latest figures for cars with DAB as standard is up from 50% to 61% in the last 12 months. In the last year nearly 1.5 million of new cars registered in the UK have had digital radio fitted as standard. In the first three months of 2015 the percentage of all cars sold with digital radio as standard was 61.1%, a significant increase from 50.4% in Q1 2014 and 35.4% in Q1 2013.

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Virgin Radio set for comeback on new Sound Digital platform

Virgin Radio is to return to the UK airwaves, along with three spin-off talkSPORT stations and a host of new nationwide broadcasters as part of a new wave of digital radio stations. Sound Digital, owned by TalkSport parent UTV Media, Absolute Radio owner Bauer Media and transmission company Arqiva, beat a rival bid from Listen2Digital to own a new D2 transmitter. The new stations are expected to launch in March next year and will see around a doubling of the national digital stations currently available on digital audio broadcasting radio.

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