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Morgan v Sugar on talkSPORT

Piers Morgan filled in for Darren Gough as a guest co-host on talkSPORT Drivetime last Wednesday. Apprentice boss and arch 'frenemy' to Morgan, Lord Sugar, called into the show as 'Alan from London' to berate the former Sun editor. .

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Radioplayer reveals seamless analogue digital adapter

Radioplayer, the online listening platform run by the BBC and commercial radio, has unveiled a prototype car adapter which turns FM radios into DAB receivers automatically. The service scans DAB, DAB+, FM and internet sources, automatically selecting the best platform to deliver any station. If a signal is lost, it will immediately switch to the same station on another platform without disruption.

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Kerrang! launches multi-platform new music initiative

Kerrang! is combining its television, radio, print and online divisions for Fresh Blood, the first multi-platform new rock music initiative in the UK.

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Kiss FM teams up with GiffGaff for rent promotion

GiffGaff will pay a KISS listener's rent for a year as part of an on-air and online sponsorship entitled 'Your Place…Your Space'. The station is sking listeners to create short-form creative video content or post a picture to Twitter or Instagram using #KISSgiffgaff as well as providing a narrative of why they deserve to win.

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Bauer Radio launches 'ad embargo' during Friday drive-time thanks to Auto Trader

Listeners to Bauer Radio will notice a lack of adverts during Friday drive-time, following a partnership with Auto Trader which will see ad time replaced by music. The partnership, implemented by Vizeum, sees ads replaced by songs chosen by listeners as part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of Auto Trader's 'What Drives Us Is You' positioning.

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Bauer hires new Digital Managing Director

Bauer Media UK has appointed ex-Perform Group, Warner Group and LoveLive executive Sam Jones as Digital MD. Jones will take up the new role on September 1 and will be tasked with accelerating the transformation of the global media company's digital business, leveraging multi-platform assets across both Bauer's lifestyle and radio businesses.

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UK radio listening figures released for Q2 2014

48.1 million adults, or 90% of the population, listen to radio every week. 64% of UK adults listen to commercial radio in the UK every week, that's 34.4 million people. Local commercial radio listening is well over 3 times more than that of local BBC stations at 27.5 million.

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Top 7 Q2 2014 RAJAR questions answered by RadioWorks' Client Insight Director, Simon Pearce

1. What will RAJAR Q2 2014 be remembered for?


The many stations that have performed well, including Smooth, Premier and Sunrise Radio, but talkSPORT is likely to be the station that stands out as they posted their highest ever reach of 3,376,000 listeners. The quarter two RAJAR period covered the end of an exciting Premier League season, the build up to and the start of the World Cup in Brazil which no doubt helped boost talkSPORTs listening figures.

2. Which radio station is your RAJAR hero?


Original 106 - The independently owned radio station serving Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland has been adding thousands of listeners over the last year or so. Up 50% year on year and 21% quarter on quarter the station now delivers 80,000 listeners every week.

Martin Ingram, programming director at Original put the growth down to "a combination of making sure the music is spot on and having an entirely local focus with no syndication or networking. Competitions like the one currently on air giving listeners the chance to win a £14,000 car also help".

Original 106 is also available online via the UK Radioplayer, so why not tune in to listen to what all the fuss is about.

3. Which station has surprised you this quarter?


DAB only station Absolute 80s - they've had a great set of figures and are a mere 78,000 listeners behind parent station Absolute Radio which delivers 1,323,000 verses Absolute 80s 1,245,000. Could 80s jump ahead next quarter?

4. How would you describe digital radio's results?


There's been a real noticeable leap on the graphs displaying mobile and tablet listening.

Last quarter, RAJAR reported that under a fifth of all adults and under a third of 15-24 year olds use their devices once a month to stream radio. This quarter, reports that nearly a quarter of all adults and well over a third, 36.2%, of 15-24 year olds do so - a significant rise. The increase is testament to the brilliant apps stations are releasing, as well as the excellent UK Radioplayer app. This is all great news for the stations who are looking to grow advertising revenues through their digital offerings.

5. What about the notorious London Breakfast Show battle?


Perhaps unsurprisingly Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on Capital FM have retained the number one spot. The pair has yet again beaten off competition from other commercial stations including a former spice girl (Emma Bunton on Heart) and a budding comedian (Absolute's Christian O'Connell is performing at the Edinburgh fringe next week). Back in the day it was Chris Tarrant on Capital that conquered the London airwaves at breakfast, if Dave and Lisa continue their dominance they could well be remembered in the same way.

6. What's your favourite fact this quarter?


Well this figure really leapt off the page! Premier Christian Radio's Q1 RAJAR was quite disappointing after attracting just under 100,000 listeners every week, yet on this quarter, they're up a whopping 148.5% to just under a quarter of a million listeners in London!

7. To close, describe RAJAR Q2 2014 in one sentence?


talkSPORT deliver their highest ever reach, Smooth settles into the Gold absorption and listeners flock to radio apps like never before.

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