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ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 has launched

Mon, 2021-07-19 17:51

The hunt has begun for the UK radio and audio industry’s latest Ones To Watch, as the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 has opened for entries.

The annual list of 30 exceptionally talented young people in the business will be unveiled later this year, and the scheme is open to entries from now until the end of August.

Each year, the 30 Under 30 lists people who The Radio Academy thinks will lead our industry into a bright and bold future, demonstrating passion, skill, tenacity and a proven trajectory in radio and audio.

Since its launch in 2011, being included in the 30 Under 30 list has become established as one of the great honours of a young radio professional's career, with many alumni going on to senior leadership roles in the industry.  

People on the list represent all areas of the sector, from production to presenting, engineering to live music, station sound to journalism – one thing unites them; they are the best of the best.

Chairing the 30 Under 30 Judging Committee for the 9th year, Bauer Media’s Steve Parkinson said: “It’s my honour to continue as Chair of 30 Under 30 for another year.

“So many of the 30 under 30 alumni tell me that they use this special recognition both as a confidence builder as they progress their career, and as a CV headline to open doors and start conversations. The last year has shown the radio and audio industry to be at their creative and resilient best, and I’m expecting some fantastic submissions with stories of incredible impact, scale and quality.”

Now in their 7th year supporting 30 Under 30, Managing Director of ReelWorld Europe Anthony Gay, said: “Creativity, innovation, and quality are values close to our heart so it’s a privilege to once again be supporting the 30 Under 30, and championing awesome individuals at the top of their game.

“The inspiring people who make the list are taking our medium to exciting new places. The radio and audio industry has massively stepped up in the last twelve months and the momentum continues, driven by the kind of people the 30 Under 30 wants to acknowledge.

“The power of sound has once again proved itself to be powerful and memorable in engaging and uniting people across communities and I can’t wait to see the submissions for the Class of 2021."

Entries for the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 are open from now until 31st August 2021, and people can put themselves forward or be nominated by another Radio Academy Member. Entries are via the Radio Academy website, where you can also find answers to commonly asked questions, and lists of all previous 30 Under 30 alumni.

Final small-scale DAB round one licences awarded

Mon, 2021-07-19 10:47

Ofcom has awarded the final batch of licences in round one of the small-scale DAB licensing process completing an almost five-month process to announce the winners.

The hotly contested Bradford licence, which had applications from four groups, has been awarded to Bradford Digital Media run by Sunrise in the city.

The competing groups were Bradford DAB Networks Ltd, Bradford Multiplex Broadcasting Corporation and Media Arts & Culture Ltd.

Bradford Digital Media Limited is led by local commercial broadcaster, Sunrise Radio in partnership with local community broadcasters, Sabrang Radio, Marefa Radio and Apni Awaz.

Raj Parmar, Director of Bradford Digital Media and Sunrise Radio said “Having served the Bradford community for over 31 years, we are excited to have been awarded the SSDAB Multiplex licence for Bradford and look forward to bringing a variety of radio stations to serve the diverse community of the City ahead of Bradford’s Bid to be City of Culture in 2025”

Raghvir Singh Sangha, Director of Sabrang Radio and Bradford Digital Media said “We have served the community since 1999 and look forward to working with Sunrise Radio on this new exciting phase of radio”

Qamar Zaman, Director of Marefa Radio and Bradford Digital Media said “Having served the community via radio and TV for many years, I look forward to working with Sunrise Radio and partners on this exciting project for Bradford.”

Alnwick and Morpeth, which had bids from CI Broadcasting and UK DAB Networks, has been won by UK DAB Networks, owned by Ash Elford and Nation Broadcasting.

Ash Elford, Managing Director of UK DAB Networks told RadioToday: “I’m excited to have been awarded the small scale DAB multiplex licence for Alnwick & Morpeth. I look forward to bringing a wide range of radio services to the area. Some of the polygon, particularly to the north, currently only gets BBC digital radio services. The Alnwick & Morpeth multiplex will mean for some the DAB selection goes from 10 to potentially 30 services for some listeners.”

South Birmingham* has been won by South Birmingham Digital Radio Limited. It had competition from UK DAB Networks and South Birmingham DAB Ltd.

South Birmingham Digital Radio Limited is operated by South Birmingham Community Radio Broadcasters Ltd, Don Kotak, Virginia Murfin and Gregory Watson.

Exeter has gone to Exe Broadcasting, the company that owns Radio Exe, which includes Exeter’s community station Phonic FM, Torbay’s Riviera FM, Radio Exe’s programme manager Ashley Jeary and radio consultant Phil England. The area had a rival bid from Like DAB Ltd, supported by Nation Broadcasting.

ExeDAB chairman Dr David Treharne told RadioToday: “The hard work begins now, and we hope to launch the service early in 2022. A suite of new radio stations should come on board, as well as allowing existing local broadcasters to go on digital radio for the first time.

“We’d like to thank all those people and organisations who supported us. We’re pleased that Ofcom has backed the local application.”

North Birmingham had one bidder – from Switch Radio – and the Isles of Scilly had one bid from Like DAB Ltd, both were confirmed as the new licence holders today.

This award means that UK DAB Networks will hold more small scale DAB multiplexes than any other operator at the end of Round One.

Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom’s Group Director, Broadcasting and Online Content said: “The rollout of this innovative technology will give listeners across the UK an unprecedented choice of locally produced content – serving communities and audiences across the country in a way never seen before. The UK’s commercial and community radio industry continues to go from strength.”

*Please note this article has been corrected after saying the winner of the South Birmingham multiplex was South Birmingham DAB rather than South Birmingham Digital Radio.

Harry Enfield and Clarke Peters star in Fun Kids radio show

Mon, 2021-07-19 10:07

Comedian Harry Enfield and The Wire actor Clarke Peters star in a new 10-part children’s radio series that introduces young minds to philosophical concepts.

The Old Man In The Boat will be broadcast on Fun Kids as well as through a podcast available in all the usual places.

Produced by podcast company Message Heard, The Old Man In The Boat is a fictional comedy series and provides an introduction to big ideas — like freedom, intelligence and religion — to a younger audience.

Fun Kids Station Manager Matt Deegan said: “At Fun Kids, we are passionate about helping young minds grow. Having a comedy show that introduces children to big ideas, with the help of such a stellar cast, is a perfect addition to our schedule and I’m certain it will be a big hit with children and parents alike”

Message Heard Founder and CEO said: “At Message Heard we believe that the power of podcasting is the melding together of both entertainment and education, the ability for us to create a meaningful kids show that introduces philosophy to a curious younger audience with world leading talent is both incredibly exciting and rewarding”

The Old Man In The Boat has been funded by the Audio Content Fund, a scheme to provide funding for the creation of original radio production in the UK.

The Old Man In The Boat started over the weekend (17th July) and will air on Fun Kids on Saturdays at 1pm and Sundays at 4pm.

Jazz FM finds more lost tapes for new documentary series

Mon, 2021-07-19 09:54

Jazz FM is to broadcast a three-part series of long-lost interviews with some of the giants in classic jazz thanks to a new partnership with the UK’s National Jazz Archive.

The new series comes following on from the spring broadcast of a lost interview tape of jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

Hosted by Helen Mayhew, these three hour-long programmes will feature the highlights of many hours of interviews with long since departed legends – jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (d.2007), singer Sarah Vaughan (d.1990) and drummer Art Blakey (d.1990).

Recorded by journalist Les Tomkins who bequeathed the library of recordings to the National Jazz Archive when he himself died last year, these interviews have never been heard before and were used to help him write his jazz articles for, amongst others Jazz News, Crescendo and Melody Maker.

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts says: “We were scratching our heads as to how to top our amazing Clive Myrie fronted ten-part series on the history of jazz and most recently the beautiful six-week long love letter by Sir Michael Parkinson to the music, and then this amazing opportunity comes along!

The programme will just scratch the surface of these extensive interviews in amongst so many more in the NJA but I’m hoping that our audience of inquisitive jazz hungry lovers will find this as fascinating as I will. I’m grateful to the National Jazz Archive for partnering with us on this landmark opportunity to shed some intimate light on these great names.”

‘The Lost Tapes…’ host Helen Mayhew added: “These interviews give us a chance to hear the voices of some of the greatest names in jazz, providing a unique insight into their own music and lives. Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey and Sarah Vaughan are all hugely influential and important figures in the music, and all have great stories to tell. “

The Lost Tapes… with Helen Mayhew each Sunday at 9pm

25th July: Art Blakey

1st August: Oscar Peterson

8th August: Sarah Vaughan

talkSPORT looks back at Escape to Victory football film

Fri, 2021-07-16 11:06

talkSPORT is producing a special documentary marking 40 years from the release of the classic 1981 John Huston football war film – Escape to Victory.

In this one hour special, talkSPORT’s Jonny Owen and Mark Webster reflect on what’s made Escape to Victory such a popular football movie, still aired every Christmas, 40 years on.

The film cast Hollywood stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Max von Sydow alongside football legends Pele, Bobby Moore, Mike Summerbee, Ossie Ardiles and several members of the 1981 Uefa Cup winning Ipswich town side.

In talkSPORT’s documentary you can hear brilliant stories on and off set from those involved, including Uefa Cup winning Ipswich players Kevin O’Callaghan, Laurie Sivell, Russell Osman, John Wark and Man City legend Mike Summerbee. We also hear from Stallone and Pele, and film superfan – talkSPORT’s very own Danny Kelly.

Plus Alan Brazil reveals to Ally McCoist why he rejected the chance to be in the film and still regrets it to this day.

Jonny Owen said: “Escape to Victory is such an iconic film and it is right that we properly mark its 40th anniversary. In our regular Jonny Owen and friends show, me and Mark have so much fun with guests and this documentary is no exception. Hearing the stories of the footballers, who wanted to be actors and actors who wanted to be footballers and all the off- set antics is a fantastic listen. And of course we pay tribute to the real heroics of the interned allies that the film is based on.”

Escape to Victory: The 40th Anniversary airs at 8pm Sunday 25th July on talkSPORT.

Allan Beswick shares his thoughts on Justin Timberlake

Thu, 2021-07-15 22:10

Local BBC Radio presenter Allan Beswick has shared his honest thoughts on a song he played by Justin Timberlake on his late night programme.

Allan, who currently broadcasts on stations in the north west, back-announced Like I Love You saying Justin’s music should be in a lake.

He remarked: “Bloody hellfire what in the name of God was that.

“That was an abomination. If you loved it you need to do something about your musical tastes it was utter crap.”

Allan is known for his honest conversation and opinion, having hosted talk shows in the region for four decades. He’s moving to weekends only soon.

The recording of the link was captured by @HarrisonRBRadio on Twitter.

Allan Beswick vs the music policy…

— Harrison RB (@HarrisonRBRadio) July 13, 2021

Lisa Aziz wins Gold at the IRN Awards 2021

Thu, 2021-07-15 20:15

LBC’s Lisa Aziz has been presented with the IRN Gold Award for an outstanding contribution to commercial radio news in this year’s IRN Awards.

She has reported on some of the biggest news stories from the past 38 years having started her career at Radio City in Liverpool before making the switch to television news with TV-AM, Sky News and ITV.

She’s spent the last decade at LBC and currently presents breakfast on LBC News.

The Gold Award and all the categories were announced at an event hosted by Sky News presenter Jayne Secker who was joined by several Sky correspondents.

A powerful investigation into prison deaths in Salford, a tenacious campaign to improve road safety in Ayr, and a compassionate interview with the mother of Harry Dunn have also been recognised.

Global’s Newsroom North West won the ‘Best News Special or Feature’ award for ‘Behind The Walls of Forest Bank,’ an investigation into the high number of deaths at the prison in Salford. Judges said it was ‘an incredibly powerful piece of journalism and storytelling which truly gave the voiceless a voice.’

The ability of commercial radio to make a difference was highlighted as West FM’s ‘Joan’s Legacy’ won the ‘Campaigning Journalism Award’ for its efforts in getting average speed cameras installed on a road in Ayr where a woman was killed by speeding drivers.

The judges said the team ‘kept banging the drum for several years to make it happen’ and can be ‘rightly proud of creating positive change in the area they serve.’

The winner of the ‘Best Interview’ category was Global’s Newsroom Midlands with ‘Harry Dunn – A Family’s Fight by Lindsey Alder.’ The judging panel said it ‘displayed compassion and professionalism to get Harry Dunn’s parents to talk openly and movingly about their grief one year on and their ongoing fight for justice.’

Hits Radio Manchester was awarded ‘News Team of the Year’ in the over 1.5 million TSA category having impressed the judges with its ‘breadth of stories and a real feel for arresting audio.’ They said the team was ‘not frightened to take on big and varied material with flair and energy.’

The ‘News Team of the Year’ in the ‘under 1.5m TSA’ version was Hallam FM. A team ‘at the top of its game’ according to the judges who said listeners are being provided with a ‘range of compelling stories, neatly scripted and superbly produced.’

One of Hallam’s journalists, Ben Bason – who broadcasts across Bauer Yorkshire’s brands – was named ‘Newsreader of the Year’ in the ‘under 1.5m TSA’ category.

The judges said ‘his bulletins are expertly constructed with relevance and localness throughout, taking the listener directly to the heart of the story.’ Adam Barber from Global’s Newsroom London won the Newsreader award in the ‘over 1.5m TSA’ version. ‘The judges remarked ‘he always sounds full of energy, confidence and passion’ and ‘when it comes to lighter content, you can always hear his smile.’

talkSPORT’s ‘GameDay Exclusive’ was the winner of the ‘Best Sports Coverage’ prize. It stood out for ‘its commitment to strong journalism, tackling heavy hitting subjects like racism and homophobia’ as well as ‘exclusive interviews’ and ‘top quality commentary, punditry and production.’

The ‘Reporter of the Year’ in the ‘over 1.5m TSA’ category was Charlotte Elmore from Global’s Newsroom Yorkshire and North East. She was recognised for her ‘superb, authentic storytelling, demonstrating a great mix of journalistic ability.’

In the ‘under 1.5m TSA version, Radio Tay’s Callum Clark was the winner. The judges were impressed with the ‘broad range of stories he has covered and the interviews he secured to bring them to life.’

Rock FM’s Hannah Makepeace was named ‘Newcomer of the Year.’ Judges described her as ‘a skilful reporter, committed to telling original stories for radio with flair and imagination.’

The Student Journalist of the Year award, which is supported by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, went to David Applin from Canterbury Christ Church University for his documentary ‘Inside the Dark Web.’ It was described as an ‘outstanding piece of journalism that takes the listener on a compelling and sinister journey from the outset.’

Accepting the award, Lisa Aziz said: “It’s a huge honour and I’m genuinely shocked at receiving it. It’s a strange time to be getting an award in a pandemic because personally, I consider it a privilege to be able to bring our growing audience a live breakfast show four hours a day alongside my core production team. It’s been wonderful to have had 38 years in the business, and counting, from those first early days at Radio City through to the 25 year TV adventure and now back to the powerhouse that is LBC. Thanks to everybody who works for me, my core production team and my bosses.

Commenting on the awards, IRN and Sky News Radio Editor Dave Terris said: “Commercial radio audiences have an appetite for trusted journalism which they can relate to and this impressive group of winners are delivering it in abundance.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the news agenda over the past 18 months, it has not deterred news teams from exploring a range of stories and delivering them skilfully and creatively. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who continue to produce fantastic and important content for millions of listeners.

IRN Managing Director, Tim Molloy said: “The standard of entries was as usual very high and our judges had a real challenge picking just five nominees in each category, but the winners all stood out and had that little extra something that gets your attention and whether a team or an individual each one should be extremely proud of their achievement after a very difficult year.”

The winners list in full:

IRN Gold Award
Lisa Aziz

News Team of the Year (Over 1.5m TSA)
Hits Radio News Team Manchester

News Team of the Year (Under 1.5m TSA)
Hallam FM News

Best News Special or Feature
Behind The Walls of Forest Bank – Global’s Newsroom North West

Reporter of the Year (Over 1.5m TSA)
Charlotte Elmore – Global’s Newsroom Yorkshire and North East

Reporter of the Year (Under 1.5m TSA)
Callum Clark – Radio Tay

Best Sports Coverage
GameDay Exclusive – talkSPORT

Campaigning Journalism Award
Joan’s Legacy – West FM

Best Interview
Harry Dunn: A Family’s Fight by Lindsey Alder – Global’s Newsroom Midlands

Newsreader of the Year (Over 1.5m TSA)
Adam Barber – Global’s Newsroom London

Newsreader of the Year (Under 1.5m TSA)
Ben Bason (Bauer Yorkshire)

Newcomer of the Year
Hannah Makepeace – Rock FM

Student Journalist of the Year – Supported by the BJTC
David Applin – Canterbury Christ Church University

AudioUK makes case for audio production tax relief

Thu, 2021-07-15 11:45

AudioUK has today published a report outlining the case for an audio production tax relief (APTR).

The proposed tax relief would aim to take advantage of the growing investment in podcast and audiobook production by international brands, broadcasters and others, which has led to a rapidly growing market.

A tax relief would directly reduce the amount of tax paid on a production that met certain criteria.

The government already has a number of other creative sector tax reliefs in areas such as high-end TV production, animation and video games. All of these have been shown to attract investment into those sectors and this has had knock-on positive effects on other parts of the UK economy.

AudioUK’s report details how the UK’s audio production sector is well-placed to take advantage of this boom and that the tax relief would shine a light on the sector and allow it to attract a larger proportion of the international investment available.

UK production companies have a strong track record of making high-quality award-winning content, originating in radio programmes and now in podcasts and audiobooks.

This presents a huge opportunity which many producers are already seeking to take, with some success.

The report also points out that other countries will increasingly be focusing on that growing creative industry as a place to target investment and other support, therefore meaning that this is a crucial time for UK the Government to introduce incentives to invest in the UK.

The report contains financial analysis from the specialist consultancy Communications Chambers, which estimates that the introduction of an APTR would result in a net gain to the Treasury in terms of its overall contribution to the economy.

The report has been submitted to government and AudioUK will be seeking discussions about introducing an APTR as part of next year’s Budget.

Kellie While, Chair of AudioUK, said: “Our members are beginning to see the benefits of the growth in podcasts and audiobooks – as entrepreneurs they’re looking to grow their businesses using their long-establish expertise in audio production.

“But it won’t be long before other nations begin to develop their own capacity in podcasting and we are already seeing one or two examples of other government’ support for this. So now is a crucial time to introduce this tax relief to make sure our creative economy can take full advantage of the growing international investment.”

Quotes from UK Production Companies

Steve Ackerman – SVP, Co-head Global Podcasts, Sony Music Entertainment (owners of production company Somethin’ Else): “The audio industry worldwide is facing a seismic change as podcasting drives new investment, revenue streams and entrepreneurialism, with the UK well placed to be a leading global creative force. As such, there is an opportunity for the government to help push this growth and ensure that British audio producers are well placed to take advantage of the huge changes that are already underway. Any tax relief help can be a big spur to this growth and business development and ensure that at a key moment for audio globally, British companies are at the forefront for attracting investment.”

Tim Hammond – CEO, Listen Entertainment: “The UK’s professional podcast production industry is relatively immature but, despite being young, it’s true to say that the UK is home to some of the brightest audio production talent in the world – this is recognised by international commissioners who are increasingly keen to buy from the UK. However, in an internationally competitive market, what (aside from the best ideas and the highest craft skills) gives UK producers the edge? The creation of a specific Tax Relief would help incentivise commissioners, along with other investors in content IP, to spend their money in the UK rather than elsewhere. This inward international investment will help the UK production sector excel in what is fast becoming a truly international economy; promoting audio production in the UK and supporting the creation of a mass of infrastructure and sector skills necessary for the long term growth and continued viability of the sector.”

Melanie Harris – MD, Sparklab Productions: “As an independent audio production company outside London, we are always looking for ways to find new platforms for our work and commercial opportunities to help us create audio content for new markets. We are becoming more successful in forging new commercial partnerships, both in the UK and globally. It seems an oversight to be left off the list of creative industries eligible for tax reliefs, given how audio production has grown in recent years. An Audio Production Tax Relief would be a great boost for our sector and provide incentives for more investment in companies and projects dedicated to audio production.”

Phil Critchlow OBE – CEO and Founding Director – TBI Media: “The audio sector in the UK is evolving like never before. High quality short-form and series offerings are breaking new ground as traditionally visual brands seek to extend across audio platforms. Tax relief in this sector is key to maximising the potential growth of what is fast becoming a global marketplace for the UK independent audio production industry.”

Andrew Mark Sewell – MD, B7 Media: “With consumption of podcast audio drama increasing at the same time as a year-on-year reduction in commissioned hours by BBC Radio Drama, competition from international producers (Audible, Spotify), means UK indie producers are now turning to private investment to help them develop, sustain and future proof their audio production businesses. Like other creative industries such as animation, video games, television and film, the introduction of tax relief would be significant in helping to encourage domestic and international co-production investment. It would help ensure future growth in this vibrant and growing sector, while simultaneously ensuring continued employment for UK audio professionals.”

Claire Lawson to replace Laura Crockett at kmfm breakfast

Thu, 2021-07-15 08:30

Laura Crockett is taking a break from Breakfast with Garry Wilson to welcome her first baby.

The station has just revealed the news to listeners, saying Claire Lawson is taking over from Monday 6th September at 6am.

The announcement of the new line-up was made on breakfast with Claire joining Garry and Laura to talk about the new show.
Claire said: “I love being on kmfm at the weekend, so I’m over the moon to have been given the opportunity to present the breakfast show! We listen every morning and play along to Say It on the school run so I literally can’t wait to be in the hot seat! 

Garry is so much fun and I can’t wait to be by his side entertaining Kent in the mornings from September!”

Claire, who is no stranger to radio in Kent, having first been heard in the county on Invicta FM; has been presenting on kmfm weekends for 2 years now and has been heard on breakfast covering for Laura during that time.
Laura said: “I will miss kmfm breakfast SO much but the early alarms and looking after Garry every morning have definitely given me some good practice for the baby!

“Claire has been brilliant whenever she has covered me in the past and I know her and Garry will have loads of fun waking up Kent from September – I will definitely be tuning in!”
Garry said: “I love working with Claire and we always have a laugh which is what the show is all about. Helping people wake up with a smile on their face no matter the weather or what is coming up in their day.”
Laura is set to re-join the show in Summer 2022 and the team will be working in the background to help her return when she is ready. Jack Miles joins kmfm at the weekend replacing Claire on Saturday and Sunday.

Dunkin’ ads can change music to adapt to genres

Wed, 2021-07-14 21:16

AdsWizz and AI Music have signed an agreement to bring AI Music’s Sympaphonic Ads technology to AdsWizz AudioMatic DSP, the company’s audio and podcast ad buying platform.

The integration means that brands and agencies using AdsWizz AudioMatic can enable the background audio of the ads to automatically adjust to the listener’s music genre, in real-time when the ad is played.

The technology also has been shown to result in more ad engagement, and to significantly cut production time for brands and agencies, while delivering a more personalised ad experience. Under the terms of the agreement, AdsWizz AudioMatic is the only ad buying platform that can take advantage of this technology for digital audio advertising.

Dunkin’ is one of the first to tap into the joint solution to enhance the way they engage with listeners.

“We’re excited to be working with AI Music to bring Publicis Inspire Media Engine and Dunkin’ new digital audio ad experiences,” said Pierre Naggar, SVP of Global Demand, AdsWizz.

“Pilot campaigns have shown advertisers’ positive results with an average of 95% decrease in production time, 5x greater efficiency compared to standard audio tactics, and 238% higher engagement compared to non-personalized ads.”

“AdsWizz is the ideal partner to bring this solution to market” said Siavash Mahdavi, CEO of AI Music.

“We believe that this will enable brands and agencies to more closely engage with their audience, as they can create audio ads at scale that are less disruptive for listeners.”

“We’re thrilled to be one of the first brands to run campaigns using the Sympaphonic Ad product with AdsWizz, in collaboration with Publicis Inspire Media Engine, as we promote our espresso platform and highlight our new non-dairy offerings,” said Keith Lusby, VP of Media at Dunkin’. “Leveraging the AI ad product gives listeners a seamless, personalized ad experience.”

The solution is available today in beta to agencies and trading desks globally that use AdsWizz AudioMatic DSP, and to publishers that use AdsWizz AudioServe Campaign Manager.

Bauer partners with Karren Brady’s Women in Business Expo

Wed, 2021-07-14 16:55

Bauer Media has been announced as the headline event sponsor for this year’s Karren Brady’s Women in Business & Tech Expo.

As part of the partnership, Bauer Media will be hosting two sessions across the conference. Harriet Scott, Presenter of Magic Radio’s Breakfast Show, and Claire Foster, Commercial Chief Operating Officer Bauer Media Advertising, will both be taking the stage, providing audiences with insights into their careers, the tips and tricks they’ve learnt along the way, how their current roles at Bauer allow them to thrive and how brands can best connect with females – both as staff and consumers.

Bauer Media will also have a virtual exhibition stand and roundtable at the event, allowing Bauer people to talk directly to eventgoers about recruitment, advice and working at Bauer.

Dee Ford CBE, Group Managing Director, Bauer Radio UK said: “At Bauer, we strongly believe that the diversity of our workforce is key to our success. We feel passionately about representing our audiences, and so it’s essential that our women are given the opportunity to flourish – be that from access to entry level positions, to the most senior roles in our company.

“Navigating the world of work can sometimes be an isolating experience, particularly now more than ever, and so events such as Karren Brady’s Women in Business & Tech Expo are a fantastic opportunity for people from all backgrounds to come together and connect.

“We’re delighted to take part and share some of our own experiences and expertise, and we look forward to extending our network with the inspiring attendees.”

Find out more information and buy tickets for Karren Brady’s Women in Business & Tech Expo here.

BBC Radio’s Make A Difference initiative set to continue

Wed, 2021-07-14 12:10

The BBC’s community initiative “Make A Difference” is to continue as COVID restrictions ease and the country moves into the next stage of the pandemic.

“Make a Difference” was launched by Local BBC Radio in March 2020 as the first national lockdown began to connect communities during the crisis.

Since its launch, the BBC says over five million people have contacted their local BBC radio stations across England.

As the country reopens on July 19th, Make a Difference will continue connecting those in need of help with those able to offer and highlighting the good things that people are doing.

Make A Difference highlights include:

  • BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Wiltshire reunited an elderly man from Cumbria with his beloved sheep dog who was adopted by a women in Wiltshire when he went into a care home.
  • A teenage boy walked to BBC Radio Devon’s Plymouth studio in his pyjamas after hearing a discussion on domestic abuse. He’d been a victim himself and arrived at the station asking for help. BBC staff contacted the authorities.
  • An appeal on BBC Radio Tees saw iPads donated to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough so patients in palliative care could safely speak to their loved ones.

Make a Difference has also seen Local BBC Radio working in partnership and running a number of campaigns including:

Give a Laptop – With children learning from home during lockdown, the ‘Make A Difference’: Give a Laptop campaign saw thousands of laptops and other devices donated by listeners and local businesses to help children gain access to online learning. More than 116,000 laptops and a million pounds were donated to schools and local charities across the country.

Jobs campaign – BBC Radio Nottingham launched a local job campaign. Working with partners, the station pledged to find £10 million worth of work across Nottinghamshire. A further 17 BBC local stations joined in the campaign and promoted £190million worth of local job vacancies.

DAB Radio – Local BBC Radio also teamed up with manufacturers, retailers and the charity Wavelength to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 75. With radio providing a vital source of news, information and companionship during the unprecedented times, local radio wanted to ensure as many people as possible had access to it by giving away DAB digital radios to those in need nominated by local radio listeners.

Language services – When Leicester became the first city to go into a local lockdown, Local BBC Radio extended the smart speaker news update service to Leicester and launched a news service offering Leicester bulletins in both English and Gujarati. All news bulletins from BBC Radio Leicester were made available on-demand on digital devices to anyone who asked for the “BBC Radio Leicester Update” or “BBC Radio Leicester Gujarati Update”.

Religious Services– With places of worship closed due to lockdown, local radio ran weekly Sunday virtual services. It also offered religious reflections from other faiths groups. Contributors included Islamic reflections by singer/songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Sikh reflections by musician Jaz Dhami and the cricketer Monty Panesar. While Christian services were taken onto the wireless, every Sunday a different denomination’s service is broadcast in full across all 39 local radio stations, The first coming from The Archbishop of Canterbury himself.

In addition, Local BBC Radio launched three temporary services Make a Difference stations in Bradford, Sunderland and Wolverhampton to help provide additional information to those areas being hit by high COVID infection rates.

Chris Burns the Head of Audio and Digital, BBC England said: “Radio has the power to connect communities and bring people together and ‘Make A Difference’ is just one example of how Local BBC Radio has done that over the last sixteen months.

“We recognise that it’s going to be a while yet before life completely returns to normal, which is why Make a Difference will continue. We will be there to hold the hands of our listeners and guide them through this next phase.

“We will also be there to celebrate good news and the great things people are doing in their communities to help each other and when required work in partnership with others to address the needs of our listeners.”

Weekend changes at Smooth Radio as Kirsty Gallacher joins

Wed, 2021-07-14 10:10

A new weekend schedule at Smooth Radio sees Kirsty Gallacher and Simon Clarke hosting weekend shows on a permanent basis.

Kirsty, who has been covering shows recently at the Global brand, will be on-air from 1pm to 4pm starting this Saturday.

The ex-Sky Sports presenter also recently joined GB News to co-host the breakfast programme.

Former Wave 105 and BBC Radio Solent presenter Simon Clarke, who has also been covering shows, will host Saturday and Sunday 1am to 6am.

In other changes, Tina Hobley will present a new Sunday afternoon show 1pm to 4pm, while Paul Phear will host The Smooth Sanctuary at Seven, as well as continuing to host his weekday afternoon programme 1pm to 4pm.

Kirsty Gallacher said: “I’m so excited to be joining my favourite radio station, Smooth Radio. I’ve been a listener and a fan for a very long time and I can’t wait to kick start the weekend with a Saturday afternoon show that is good for the soul!”

Sally Ardis, Smooth Radio’s managing editor, said: “Kirsty Gallacher is a hugely talented and popular broadcaster, who shares our passion for the music we play at Smooth. Coupled with her fun personality, she is the perfect addition to our line-up.

“We can’t wait for Kirsty to join our weekend schedule and we know that our listeners will enjoy relaxing with her on a Saturday afternoon. We look forward to welcoming her and Simon Clarke to the Smooth family.”

Smooth Radio weekend schedule, from Saturday 17th July:


1am to 6am Simon Clarke
6am to 10am Smooth Breakfast with Eamonn Kelly
10am to 1pm Jenni Falconer
1pm to 4pm Kirsty Gallacher
4pm to 7pm Myleene Klass
7pm to 10pm The Smooth Sanctuary at Seven with Paul Phear
10pm to 1am The Smooth Late Show with Danny Pietroni

1am to 6am Simon Clarke
6am to 10am Smooth Breakfast with Eamonn Kelly
10am to 1pm Angie Greaves
1pm to 4pm Tina Hobley
4pm to 7pm Margherita Taylor
7pm to 10pm The Smooth Sanctuary at Seven with Gary Vincent
10pm to 1am The Smooth Late Show with Danny Pietroni

Promotions at Audioboom as two new officers appointed

Tue, 2021-07-13 13:42

Thomas Mancusi has been appointed as Chief Revenue Officer whilst Erica Tong becomes Chief Operating Officer at Audioboom.

Mancusi served most recently as Audioboom’s EVP Global, Sales & Development before moving into the CRO position.

Before joining Audioboom in 2015, he worked at both CBS and Podcast One.

“It has been a pleasure working at Audioboom for the last five years and developing a market-leading advertising model,” said Mancusi. “I look forward to the challenge of exploring new revenue opportunities across the group.”

In his new role, Mancusi will continue to drive Audioboom’s core advertising product, develop international monetization partnerships, and expand revenue through ad tech.

Tong began her career with GroupM before joining Havas Media in 2014 as a National Broadcast Buyer. Since 2016, she has led Audioboom’s sales operations, most recently as SVP, Sales Planning & Operations.

As COO Tong will lead advertising operations, research & development, HR and communications, and will oversee the company’s major operational projects. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join the leadership team at Audioboom. For the past five years, I’ve seen this company grow and mature to become a leader in the podcast industry,” said Tong.

“Erica and Thomas are two incredible leaders who have shaped both the company and the podcast industry with their talent and vision,” said Stuart Last, CEO. “They have played a major part in our story so far, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve in their new roles.”

Jack stations sign up for charity car rally partnership

Tue, 2021-07-13 11:43

JACK stations have signed up to become the official media partner of the last ever Twin Town Challenge.

The Twin Town Challenge is a charity car rally in which teams buy a banger, pimp it up, and drive it from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to Le Touquet in France.

Through the partnership, JACK Media will bring the challenge to life for its listeners, also exploring the work of the SpecialEffect charity, which focuses on improving the lives of those with physical disabilities.

Jim Rosenthal, host of network breakfast show JACK’S Wake Up Call, will also take part in the challenge alongside his co-host Trevor Marshall.

It’s happening from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May 2022, having been postponed for two consecutive years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. JACK’s news team will also broadcast the news from the back of the banger.

Caroline O’Connor, Group Marketing Manager at JACK Media National, said: “The Twin Town Challenge presents an opportunity to have some fun and create some brilliant radio content, whilst supporting a thoroughly deserving charity in SpecialEffect.

“The team at JACK Media are proud to do our bit to support charity initiatives wherever possible, so we’re delighted to be able to give this prominent occasion a national platform through our popular radio network and hope this goes some way to supporting the fundraising efforts.”

Twin Town Challenge organiser Brendon Cross said: “We can’t think of a better media partner than JACK Media because, just like Twin Town, the JACK brand is fun, wacky and just a little bit quirky. 

“The association will help us to spread the word and share the Twin Town love as we look to raise even more money to help SpecialEffect make a life-changing difference to so many lives. Having Jim, Trev and the JACK team with us on this journey will enable us to share the experience with so many listeners.”

BBC Radio 1 named as the favourite workplace station

Tue, 2021-07-13 10:08

New research by Office Furniture Online has named BBC Radio 1 as the favourite radio station to listen to in the workplace.

The top five named stations are:

BBC Radio 1 – 39%
Capital UK – 29%
Heart UK – 28%
BBC Radio 2 – 21%
Kiss – 16%

The research also says 61% of offices don’t permit music, despite over half of employees being in favour of some kind of noise.

For the 39% of workers whose office permits music, the radio is their preferred source of tunes (42%), 16% also like to listen to podcasts.

Neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotherapy coach, Rebecca Lockwood, explains more: “When we listen to music it creates an intentional representation in our mind which gives an upbeat feeling. The kind of music you’re listening to will determine how you feel.

“Listening to music that makes you feel good will have a great impact on your mental health because it creates an internal perception that leaves you feeling good, which in turn boosts office morale. After all, employees generally get a buzz off one another, so if one member of staff is feeling joyous, it’ll have a ripple effect.

“Try, where possible, to opt for upbeat music that won’t create a sense of sadness because this will have a negative effect on your mental health – you’re creating internal perceptions in your mind that you’re not happy which in turn will lead to a drop in productivity levels or distract you from the work you’re doing.”

Mark Taylor, Managing Director of Office Furniture Online, also comments on the findings: “As people return to the office, it’s important to create a sense of harmony, while still ensuring staff are comfortable and productive. Creating a shared office playlist with upbeat, popular songs can help with this.

“However, make sure you speak to your staff to see what their preference is, and if possible, provide them with quiet “break out” areas where they can go to if they need some peace and quiet”.

Bauer’s Cash for Kids recognised in rankings survey

Tue, 2021-07-13 09:30

Bauer’s Cash for Kids has been named the ninth top Children’s charity in Savanta’s Top 100 Most Loved Charity Brands 2021 report.

The first time Cash for Kids has been included in the rankings, it also took the 34th spot overall, ahead of other children’s charities NSPCC and Save the Children.

The rankings recognise and celebrate the most emotively connected brands within the third sector, based on 60,000 interviews collected over the past year through Savanta’s market intelligence platform BrandVue Charities.

The research found that trust is a necessary ingredient for establishing a healthy relationship with a charity, and loved charities are significantly more trusted and supported by the public.

Cash for Kids raised £19.2 million in 2020, benefitting over 396,639 sick and underprivileged children.

Sally Aitchison MBE, MD of Cash for Kids said: “We are absolutely delighted to be included in this year’s Savanta rankings for the first time, and to be listed within the top ten for most-loved children’s charities is such an honour. This is testament to our incredible teams, donors and supporters and the great work that they delivered during the last year that put us front of mind through the pandemic.

“Thank you to everyone who mentioned Cash for Kids in their interviews and for all our generous supporters who have donated. This amazing recognition will drive us to be even better and raise more money next year.”

The Savanta Top 100 Most Loved Charity Brands 2021 report can be found here.

Cheshire East small-scale DAB bidder reveals plans

Mon, 2021-07-12 15:59

Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 and Canalside Community Radio are working together preparing to submit an application for the Cheshire East small-scale multiplex licence.

They are supported by First Local DAB and senior radio executive and Macclesfield resident Phil England.

Chris Hurst, Chief Executive of Cheshire’s Silk 106.9, says: “It’s great to be working with our friends at Canalside Community Radio to bring local DAB services to Cheshire East. Silk has been serving the area for over 23 years and now as the next logical development for the station we will be able to launch our service on DAB.”

Canalside Community Radio has been broadcasting to North East Cheshire since 2005 from its media centre in Bollington.

Nick Wright, station director, adds: “We are looking forward to working with the team to develop a DAB platform for the residents of Cheshire East, Canalside has always worked hard to serve the needs of the local community so this project fits closely with our core values.”

Small-scale DAB specialist Viamux will be providing expertise and technical support for the application.

Anyone interested in adding a radio service to DAB in Cheshire East is invited to make contact via

Cheshire East has recently been advertised as part of Ofcom’s Round 2 in the small-scale DAB roll out.

The 2021 British Podcast Awards – full winners list

Sat, 2021-07-10 17:20

All the winners have been announced for the 2021 British Podcast Awards powered by Amazon Music at Brockwell Park in London, hosted by Jordan North, William Hanson and Poppy Jay.

Guest presenters at the event also included Fearne Cotton, Jessie Ware, Oti Mabuse, My Dad Wrote A Porno, Vick Hope, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Kurupt FM, No Such Thing As A Fish and Deborah Frances-White.

It was a knock-out evening for VENT Documentaries, a podcast that shares the formative experiences of young people in the London borough of Brent. They pick up three awards – Smartest Podcast, Best Documentary and the prestigious Podcast of the Year, an award won by Brown Girls Do It Too in 2020 and George The Poet in 2019.

One of the biggest awards of the night, the Podcast Champion, went to Fearne Cotton, host of Happy Place, for her efforts to open up the mental health conversation and her work in the wellness podcast space, which she has not only created but truly defined.

The Spotlight Award, which recognises a podcast reaching the masses and was presented by Vick Hope, was awarded to Grounded with Louis Theroux, the first season of which showcased a brilliant selection of high profile guests who open up in unexpected and vulnerable ways.

Moment of the Year was awarded to Where Is George Gibney? while last year’s Spotlight Award winner, Deborah Frances-White, presented Best Arts & Culture podcast to Real Dictators. Best Interview went to Dead Honest while the fresh, diverse and creative Tough Talks from Hits Radio Pride pinched the top spot in the Best Sex & Relationships category. Who Killed CJ Davis? was chosen as Best True Crime.

In one of three new categories for 2021, Stolen Goodbyes won Best Lockdown podcast, which tells the stories of those who died from Covid-19 without having the chance to say goodbye. Best New podcast went to Field Recordings, a perfectly timed and beautifully produced podcast transporting listeners to the great outdoors whilst being confined to their own homes.

The only award voted for by the public, the Listeners’ Choice Award saw over 140,000 votes cast. The top spot this year was won by RedHanded podcast, with Shag*ed Married Annoyedtaking silver place and Football Weekly in bronze.

The full list of winners are below.

PODCAST OF THE YEAR supported by Sony Music
Presented by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

VENT Documentaries

Presented by Miranda Sawyer

Fearne Cotton

Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay


MOMENT OF THE YEAR supported by Acast
Presented by My Dad Wrote A Porno

Where is George Gibney?

BEST ARTS & CULTURE PODCAST supported by Create Podcasts
Presented by Deborah Frances-White

Real Dictators

BEST BRANDED CONTENT supported by Acast Creative
Presented by Jay Rayner

Gardening with the RHS

BEST BUSINESS PODCAST supported by Wondery
Presented by No Such Thing As A Fish

Doing It For The Kids

BEST COMEDY PODCAST supported by Stitcher
Presented by Danny Wallace

Kurupt FM

Presented by John Sweeney

Your Broccoli Weekly

BEST DAILY PODCAST supported by Spotify
Presented by James Barr

The Intelligence

Presented by Zeze Mills & Sideman

VENT Documentaries

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST supported by Amazon Music
Presented by Oti Mabuse

Stars In Your Ears

Presented by Gaby Roslin

Maddie’s Sound Explorers

Presented by Maddie Moate

This Thing of Darkness

Presented by Sangeeta Pillai

Revisionist History

BEST INTERVIEW PODCAST supported by Podbible
Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay

Dead Honest

BEST LOCKDOWN PODCAST supported by Amazon Music
Presented by Fearne Cotton

Stolen Goodbyes

BEST NEW PODCAST supported by Field Recordings
Presented by Rubina Pababi

Field Recordings

BEST RADIO PODCAST supported by DTS AutoStage
Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay

The Skewer

Presented by Grace Dent

Tough Talks from Hits Radio Pride

SMARTEST PODCAST supported by Podfollow
Presented by Kurupt FM

VENT Documentaries

Presented by John Robins

GIANT – A Spotify Original

Presented by Helen Zaltzman

Who Killed CJ Davis?

Presented by Gemma Styles

Discovering Dementia

Presented by Jordan North, William Hanson, Poppy Jay

Economist Radio

Presented by John Robins


SPOTLIGHT AWARD supported by Global
Presented by Vick Hope

Grounded with Louis Theroux

BULLSEYE AWARD supported by Global
Presented by Steven Bartlett


CREATIVITY AWARD supported by Audible
Presented by Max & Harvey

Interconnected Voices

BBC Radio 1 presenters gather for England warm-up show

Fri, 2021-07-09 13:14

Sunday night at BBC Radio 1 will see Radio 1 presenters including Vick Hope, Katie Thistleton, Jordan North and Danny Howard host a special warm-up football show.

For the first time in 55 years England will appear in a major football final and Radio 1 will mark this momentous occasion by hosting The Euros – Radio 1’s Final Countdown from 7pm till 8pm.

The hour-long show will be filled with messages of support from Radio 1 hosts as they join the nation in wishing England the best of luck in their quest for victory against Italy.

There will also be a specially curated playlist and themed mixes aiming to get listeners match ready.

Radio 1’s Chillest Show will air from 8pm till 9pm followed by the Rock Show from 9pm till 11pm.

Similar shows are expected to be hosted across the radio industry.

Meanwhile, talkSPORT is live from BOXPARK Wembley all day from 1pm with live coverage of the game from 8pm, whilst 5 Live starts coverage in 5 Live Sport with Mark Chapman from 6pm followed by live commentary of Italy v England in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium.