Black Lives Matter: the week in radio, plus talkSPORT’s GameDay returns for Premier League coverage

Jun 2020  Radio News

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Black Lives Matter: the week in radio

In the last week, stations across the UK have covered the death of George Floyd and continuing police violence in the US. Commercial and BBC broadcasters alike took part in #BlackoutTuesday, and ran special programming, while their presenters shared their personal feelings, called for anti-racist action, and encouraged listeners to use their voice.

Radio is a platform that speaks to the nation, with 48.9m listeners (nine out of 10 people) in the UK tuning in each week. When it comes to the most important topics, whether that’s the coronavirus crisis, mental health issues, or systemic racism and police brutality, broadcasters can inform, reassure and even entertain their audiences in a wide variety of ways.

To recognise this, Radiocentre has put together a round-up focusing on how radio has covered the Black Lives Matter movement.


LBC signs Labour Leader for monthly Call Keir radio show

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer hosted his own monthly phone-in show on LBC this morning.

Sir Keir Starmer said: “I’m very conscious that one of my first jobs is to rebuild trust in the Labour Party with the public. The best way of doing that is to listen to the public and to LBC’s listeners and hear what they’ve got to say. What I always get from these phone-ins is a real sense of what matters to people. Having people on, telling me what they think, is the only way to gauge what people think and to hear what their real concerns are. I’m looking forward to it.”


talkSPORT at the heart of Premier League restart as unprecedented live radio coverage plans confirmed

talkSPORT’s GameDay coverage is back for the return of the Premier League with an unprecedented line-up of fixtures.

The talkSPORT network will broadcast back-to-back Saturday fixtures with live free-to-air games at 12.30, 15.00, 17.30 and 19.45/20.00.

talkSPORT will also carry an extensive schedule of additional live commentaries across Sundays and weekday evenings.

The Premier League has confirmed that every remaining match of the 2019/20 season will be available for fans on free to air national radio in the United Kingdom.


Edison Research releases Q1 Podcast Ranker. Guess which is #1

Edison Research released its Top Ten U.S. ZPodcast Ranker for the first quarter of 2020. This ranker measures podcasts in America by reach, not downloads, among weekly podcast consumers. In this precise measurement, the quarterly report is unique.

The top podcast by reach among weekly listeners is The Joe Rogan Experience, not surprisingly. Here is an infographic of the top ten:




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