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A host of new digital stations are set to launch in the new year by Global, including a sister-station for Heart.
Heart Extra will launch on Digital One, the national DAB multiplex, where Global says it has done a deal for extra 'significant' capacity.
There are currently more than a dozen stations on Digital One, and is at full capacity, so it is not known at this point where the extra space will be found without current stations leaving.
The first new service, Smooth Extra, launches on December 27th and is a replacement for Smooth Radio (Smooth Xmas) which is available on most local multiplexes in the UK.
Radio professionals Jo Whiley, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Nicky Campbell, Pete Price, Alan Brazil and Barry Cryer have been inducted to the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
They were all honoured at the Radio Academy Hall of Fame lunch, which took place today at the Savoy Hotel in London.
BBC Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper was given surprise a Fellowship, along with UTV’s Scott Taunton and BBC presenter Fi Glover. Absolute Radio presenter and host of the event, Christian O’Connell, also got a surprise by being entered in to the Hall of Fame.
The Arqiva Hall of Fame 2014, organised by The Radio Academy, will induct Jo Whiley, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Nicky Campbell, Pete Price, Alan Brazil and Barry Cryer into its industry honours list in 2014. The event, designed to recognise remarkable individuals in radio, will be hosted by Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell, on 4 December at The Savoy Hotel in London.
More good news for radio, as the Radio Advertising Bureau picked up an award for its effectiveness study at the Media Research Group Awards in Berlin last week. The RAB received the industry accolade after fending off competition from Thinkbox, Outdoor Media Centre and Newsworks. Unveiled in October last year, Radio: The ROI Multiplier used the first-ever cross-agency data to reveal that brands using the medium get nearly eight times the ROI.
Global Radio will launch a second Smooth branded station in the new year to complement Smooth Radio.
The new sister station will play “Your Refreshing Music Mix” from December 27th, on the slot currently used by Smooth Radio on Digital One, at 80kbps in mono. Smooth Radio will continue to be broadcast on 38 local multiplexes, plus AM & FM, following its removal from Digital One.
The UK radio industry to be in great shape and should serve as a great wake-up call to advertisers, says Simon Kilby, head of marketplace at Bauer Media. "Maybe 2015 will be the year that radio is finally recognised in the advertising world for the influential mainstream position it holds with the UK public?"
The Radio Advertising Bureau has hired Lucy Barrett, the communications director at JWT, as client director.
Barrett will be responsible for promoting radio advertising among advertisers and agencies. She will report to Siobhan Kenny, the chief executive, and takes up her new role in January.
Absolute 80s, featuring bands such as Duran Duran and Human League, is most popular commercial digital-only UK radio service. Duran Duran, Phil Collins and the Human League helped Absolute Radio top 4 million listeners across its seven-strong network for the first time, powered by a strong performance by nostalgia station Absolute 80s.
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