Digital Audio story of the week
Nielsen Report (USA): Podcasts and smart speakers on the rise in Q2
Radio continued to top the charts with weekly reach. Across the total population, radio had weekly reach of 92%, followed by 87% for live and time-shifted television, then by smartphones with 78%.
Smart speakers also figured in the report, with 24% of households owning the device, up from 22% in the first quarter of 2018. Music was the most common use case, with 90% of owners engaged in that activity on their smart speakers each week.
Dawn French to be the voice of Greatest Hits Radio
Dawn French will be the station voice of Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio brand when it officially launches in January. The station, playing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, will be on numerous DAB multiplexes around the UK, 105.2 FM in the West Midlands and 105.9 FM in Liverpool, AM in the North and online.
Classic FM signs newsreader and presenter Moira Stuart
BBC Radio 2 morning newsreader Moira Stuart is joining Classic FM from February. Moira will be joining Tim Lihoreau on breakfast and then Classic FM’s morning programme with John Suchet to read the news each weekday.
Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob leave Big Top 40
The show is currently broadcast across 140 radio stations with an audience each week of 2.2 million, but this will change next month as Bauer and other radio groups stop taking the show. leaving it predominantly on Capital and Heart.