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Bauer, UTV and Arqiva join forces to license D2 digital radio multiplex

Bauer, UTV Media and Arqiva have teamed up with a joint application to run the second national digital radio multiplex. The trio are applying for the licence to run a second nationwide digital audio broadcasting (DAB) platform, which will be home to around 10 new national radio services.
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Radio adspend on course for best year since 2003

Data from research body Warc shows radio adspend has started strongly in 2014, rising by 5.7% in Q1 compared with last year to £113m. This rate of growth is greater than the all-media total of 5% for Q1, suggesting things are looking good for the sector.
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Arqiva Commercial Radio Award winners

The winners of the 2014 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were announced last week at a star-studded ceremony at London's Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel. The awards, now in their 19th year and organised by RadioCentre, saw Absolute Radio pick up four awards including Presenter of the Year for the evening's host, Christian O'Connoll.
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Global promotes new officers

Mike Gordon, currently Managing Director of Commercial, will become Global's new Chief Commercial Officer, whilst Will Harding, currently Group Strategy & Development Director, is promoted to the role of Chief Strategy Officer. Stephen Miron, the group chief executive of Global, said: "Both Mike and Will have played a critical role in Global's success and these promotions recognise their importance to our future."
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RadioWorks, the independent radio advertising specialists, will be offering the Digital Audio Exchange (DAX) to its customers, allowing them to buy ad campaigns across more than 30 digital music platforms, including Blinkbox, Spotify, Absolute Radio and Global Radio’s stations.

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Official singles chart to include streaming

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.
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Radio star and voice talent Casey Kasem dies aged 82

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.
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Radio ad revenue increased by 3.5 per cent year on year

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.
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