Acast launch Alexa voice skill and Radioplayer unveils prototype touchscreen radio

Nov 2018  Radio News

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Acast launch Alexa voice skill

This development allows listeners to start, pause, and skip their way through Acast’s programming lineup on Alexa-enabled devices. It will also encourage discovery, with podcast fans having the option to explore new shows through playlists curated by Acast.

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Radioplayer unveils prototype touchscreen radio

Radioplayer has unveiled the Reference Radio, a prototype touchscreen radio for dashboards, designed to show how smart ‘hybrid’ technology can transform in-car listening.

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Global requests new Ofcom boundary changes

Global has asked Ofcom for permission to share programmes beyond the approved areas – and delay any decisions till the new year.
Under the new approved areas, the current nine Capital stations in England could operate as a national station with a token three-hour show in four new areas: North West, Midlands, South, and West of England. One of Global’s options could be to ask for permission to add Brighton (now in the ‘south’ region) to network with the Southampton output, (now in the West of England region).

Similarly, the 19 Heart stations in England could operate as a national service if added to national DAB, with a three hour opt-out during the daytime in just five regions – East of England, Central, North West, South, and West. These five regions could be cut further if requests to change the boundaries are successful.
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Locations revealed for small-scale DAB demand

Ofcom has published details of the responses to the call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB locations.
Around 430 applications have been submitted covering approximately 313 UK locations, with each application listing an unknown number of new or current radio stations to be carried on the multiplexes too.

The areas with the most expressions of interest to run minimuxes with additional services are Glasgow (8), Leeds and London West (6), Liverpool and London North (5) and Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, London East, London South and Southampton all with 4.

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