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Radio executive John Myers has died aged 60

Sun, 2019-06-02 07:34

We are extremely sad to report that our friend and radio executive John Myers has died.

John died suddenly on Saturday evening. He’d just turned 60.

His family paid tribute to him early Sunday morning saying: “He went through life with a smile, his glass always half full, and no matter how much life got you down, he always found the humour.

“We hope your memories are filled with as much joy as ours”.

He was well-known from his days presenting on Border Television in Cumbria as a continuity announcer in the 1980s. He had begun his radio career with BBC Radio Cumbria and Red Rose. He went on to launch CFM, as well as the Century, Real, Smooth and Rock Radio brands. He is also a former Chairman and Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, and was founding Chairman of TeamRock.

John spent many years on the air and as Programme Director at Red Rose Radio / Red Rose Gold in Preston and was CEO of both Border Radio and GMG Radio. On Century he was known on as air “John Morgan” to avoid a conflict with his off air role as the boss.

He became a visiting professor at the University of Cumbria where he also gained an honorary fellowship.

John wrote a number of reports on radio – for the government and the BBC. He starred in the BBC fly on the wall documentary Trouble at the Top which showcased the launch of Century 105 in the North West in 1998.

His autobiography, TEAM – It’s only radio, was published in 2012.

Something I hoped I would not have to write for a long time. Sleep tight, Dad. @johnmyersteam pic.twitter.com/XONi73SkTj

— Scott Myers (@ProducerScott) June 1, 2019

In 2018 John underwent treatment for cancer after the discovery of a tumour on his tonsil and tongue, receiving the all-clear last May. He appeared on the RadioToday Programme podcast in September to talk about his cancer treatment as well as the 20th anniversary of Century 105.

More recently, John was involved with the Audio Content Fund as a member of the funding panel – and was also a founding director of Podcast Live along with Matt Deegan, Phil Riley and Michael Connole.

Our thoughts are with his wife Linda and two children Kerry and Scott, plus family and friends.

Tributes are being made from friends, family and radio industry colleagues, via this Facebook post, and our comments are open if you’d like to share a memory about John.

BBC Group Managing Director Bob Shennan said: “I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news. I worked alongside John in Radio for two decades, sometimes as opponents sometimes as allies – always as friends. John was the greatest champion for Radio, a wonderful colleague and a brilliant executive. I will miss his wisdom, friendship and enthusiasm greatly. My thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

Global’s Founder Ashley Tabor said: “I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of John’s Myers’ sudden passing. John was a true radio man, pioneering some of the best radio in the UK. I saw John only last week and this has come as a shock. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Read more of the industry reaction to John’s death here.

Podcast: Brexitcast with Chris Mason and Adam Fleming

Sat, 2019-06-01 17:44

This week Stuart talks to two of the presenters of the BBC’s award-winning Brexitcast podcast – political correspondent Chris Mason and Brussels reporter Adam Fleming.

Roy Martin is here with a look through the industry’s big stories of the week, James Cridland looks at the issues around FM chips in mobile phones and David Lloyd brings us more great audio from the RadioMoments archives.

Voiceover by Hannah Patterson. Original music by Mcasso.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, or join in one of our regular round-table shows, please email newsdesk@radiotoday.co.uk.

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the show.

Merger inquiry begins into Bauer’s radio group purchases

Sat, 2019-06-01 10:22

The Competition and Markets Authority has now begun its formal inquiry into the purchases of Lincs FM Group, Celador Radio, Wireless Local and UKRD by Bauer Media.

Initial enforcement orders were served back in March, putting Bauer’s new acquisitions into ‘Hold Separate’, meaning they have to be run separately from the main Bauer business until CMA investigations are complete.

The first formal stage of the process includes an invitation from the CMA for interest parties to comment on the acquisitions by 12th June via its website as the authority considers whether the transactions are expected to result in a ‘substantial lessening of competition’ for goods or services within the markets where the purchased stations operate.

The ‘phase 1’ decision will be made by 24th July, with the CMA deciding whether or not the cases should proceed to the next stage of the process.

Bauer announced the acquisition of Lincs FM group and Celador Radio on 5th February this year, followed by the purchase of a collection of local stations from Wireless on 8th February. The sale of UKRD to Bauer was announced on 5th March.

A Bauer spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the Competition and Markets Authority has now moved onto the next anticipated step in its process of reviewing our acquisitions of UKRD, Lincs FM Group, Celador and Wireless local radio stations in England and Wales.”

Tributes paid to BBC Radio Manchester’s Jonathan Ali

Fri, 2019-05-31 17:00

A reporter who spent 26 years working for the BBC in Manchester has died from a rare type of bone and tissue cancer.

Jonathan Ali, who was 50, joined BBC GMR in April 1993 following a spell at Radio Leicester. He spent the bulk of his career reporting on his home patch of Bolton, Bury and Rochdale, having been brought up in the village of Hawkshaw near Bury.

Jali – as he was known to friends and colleagues – died on Thursday evening at the Christie Hospital in Manchester where he’d been receiving treatment for Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He had continued working up until recent months – including covering news of a fire at the hospital while he was receiving treatment there in 2017.

Alongside his work as a reporter for Radio Manchester, he was passionate about local history and wrote a book about soldiers from Bury who fought and died during the First World War. Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle credited him for the research he did on the subject. Boyle used some of Jonathan’s work to create his own memorial to the war.

Kate Squire, managing editor of BBC Radio Manchester said: “Jonathan, or Jali as everyone called him, was an outstanding journalist; absolutely passionate about local broadcasting and Greater Manchester. His journalism changed things and had a real impact on people.

“He was a hard-working, enthusiastic and intelligent journalist and a kind, loving and funny friend. Our hearts are so heavy. We will miss him terribly and our thoughts are with his family.”

In March Jonathan shared the news that his cancer was terminal, writing on Facebook: “Well this will be the most difficult Facebook post I will ever write. The scan results were not good today. The prognosis for my future is roughly a year give or take events. I will be going for more treatment to try and hold the tumours and exploring other options. You’ll understand if I don’t reply quickly to comments today. Love to all from Jali.”

Radio Ceredigion withdraws format change request

Fri, 2019-05-31 13:49

Nation Broadcasting has told Ofcom it wants to withdraw its request for a format change to allow local programming on Radio Ceredigion rather than being a relay of Nation Radio.

When the station’s licence was re-advertised, Nation re-applied, proposing to scrap all local content and share programmes with the South Wales regional station Nation Radio instead.

Although the regulator said the application had a lack of commitment to provide any Ceredigion-specific local content or provide Welsh language content in an area with a relatively high proportion of Welsh speakers, the licence was awarded to Nation, the only applicant.

After they were awarded the licence, Nation decided that it would prefer to continue broadcasting a service more closely aligned with the existing Radio Ceredigion service when it commences, so requested a change of format.

Ofcom regarded the proposed changes would be a significant departure to the service that was proposed by Nation in its licence re-application, so there was a four-week consultation, which received six responses before it closed on 10 May.

Now, Nation has decided it wants to launch Nation Radio in Ceredigion on 1 June, as per its original licence re-application, and has therefore withdrawn the format change request.

New York Festivals 2019 Radio Awards announces finalists

Fri, 2019-05-31 12:58

TBI Media UK, RTÉ Ireland and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation take the Lead in the New York Festivals Radio Awards this year.

The 2019 Radio Awards Grand Jury evaluated entries submitted from 35 countries around the globe and selected 346 Finalists based on production values, organisation, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium.

Entries achieving Finalist status move on to an additional round of judging to determine trophy-winners.

“Once again, the NYF Grand Jury selected Finalists whose work embodies the full spectrum of radio content today,” said Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director of New York Festivals Radio Awards, “and as audiences’ appetites for radio and audio continue to fuel robust industry growth, the level of creativity continues to rise as well.”

RTÉ Ireland, 2018 Broadcaster of the Year, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2015 Broadcaster of the Year, and TBI Media, UK, 2018 Production Company of the Year were in the lead this year. To view all Radio Finalists, please visit here.

Will Jackson, Managing Director of AudioUK, the trade association for UK audio production companies, said: “The awards nominations have traditionally seen a strong showing for UK audio indies and this is no exception. We’re pleased to see so many companies represented, based around the UK and for productions across a wide range of genres, and we wish all the UK entrants the best of luck in the final awards.”

The winners will be announced on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the annual gala in New York City.

Lottery Grant for North Surrey community radio station

Fri, 2019-05-31 07:41

Insanity Radio, North Surrey’s community radio station, has been awarded a £9,950 funding grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant will be used to build a new multimedia studio, which the station will use to produce radio, podcast and visual content, as well as to train volunteers and local school children who have an interest in media.

This project is part of Insanity’s plan to further digitise its radio production, replacing the station’s existing production studio.

Jamie Woods, project-lead and Station Manager-Elect said: “This is a fantastic achievement. It goes to show that the impact of Insanity’s work over the last 21 years is massive, and has been recognised by a grant-awarding body. It’s really exciting to see one of our biggest projects in recent years receive funding, as this really lifts the limit on what we can achieve as a station.

“Our aim is to make a space that is accessible to everyone. Insanity doesn’t just provide media training to Royal Holloway students, but to local students and young people who have a passion for music, entertainment and media in general. By introducing a digital studio, which aligns much more closely with studios used by bigger radio groups, we can provide better training and employment prospects to those who want to pursue broadcasting as a career, but who do not have the privilege of otherwise doing so.

“We’re aiming to start work on constructing this space over the University’s summer break, potentially with broadcasts beginning from the new space in September 2019.

“I must say a massive thank-you to the team who worked on the project proposal – I know they are relieved that their hard work has paid off! Fantastic things happen when we work together with Royal Holloway Students’ Union and the College, and we’ll be continuing to work closely to bring this dream to life.”

Insanity Radio is a community radio station, led by students at Royal Holloway University of London. It is funded and supported by Royal Holloway Students’ Union, its parent organisation.

Yeovil radio show debut for 16 year old school pupil

Thu, 2019-05-30 22:34

Yeovil’s new local community station Radio Ninesprings gave a 16-year-old his own two-hour show to mark Local Radio Day.

Jake Hunter made his debut solo radio presenting appearance on the Drive show last week, introducing all the songs and entertaining listeners with local chat.

Jake said: “My ambition is to become a full-time Radio and TV Presenter when I leave school and it’s great that Radio Ninesprings is giving me my first big break on Local Radio Day. I’m really excited about presenting my first live radio show.”

Radio Ninesprings Station Manager, Steve Haigh told RadioToday: “Lots of young people contact us wanting to be DJs but Jake has stood out as someone who might just make it to the top.

“We’re glad to be giving him this opportunity, as we want to give young people the chance to broadcast and develop media skills. We feel sure Jake will prove a big hit with our listeners.”

For @localradioday Fri 24th May, #Yeovi radio station @radio9springs 104.5FM will debut 16-year old Jake Hunter of @Preston_School, presenting the 4pm-6pm Drive Show. Jake said: “Radio Ninesprings is giving me my first big break" Stream @radio9springs at https://t.co/ELckG2ZtTH pic.twitter.com/UebTNfB5BW

— Yeovil Chamber (@YeovilChamber) May 20, 2019

Free Radio to reduce local breakfast and drive shows

Thu, 2019-05-30 12:00

The West Midlands will get two Breakfast Shows and one Drivetime show across all Free Radio stations in the latest changes by Bauer.

The four stations all currently provide separate peak-time programmes but they will be significantly reduced from July 8th.

JD and Roisin on Free Radio Coventry & Warwickshire will continue to present the breakfast show in C&W but will also now broadcast across Free Radio Herefordshire and Worcester.

Dan Morrissey will take the helm at Free Radio Birmingham and the show will also broadcast across Black Country and Shropshire.

And Free Radio Coventry presenter Andy Goulding will be hosting a new Drive show across the West Midlands broadcasting across Coventry & Warwickshire, Black Country and Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcester and Birmingham.

RadioToday understands staff were told about the changes and reduction in presenter roles yesterday.

These changes are in addition to all of Bauer’s stations in the Hits Radio Network dropping all local weekend programmes, with the exception of Radio City.

Gary Stein, Group Programming Director, Hits Radio Network said” “We are driven by the needs of our listeners and advertisers, and these changes have come about in order to meet the renewed requirements of audiences in the West Midlands.

Habits and lifestyles are shifting, and in this territory, we saw a desire for a more regionalised broadcast offering, as well as appointment to listen programming on the weekends – all delivering the local news, traffic & travel, and information that our listeners seek.

“We thank our broadcast teams who have made tremendous contributions, and wish them the very best as they pursue new opportunities.”

Hits Radio Network stations to drop local weekend programmes

Thu, 2019-05-30 11:58

A dozen FM radio stations in the Hits Radio Network are losing all their local weekend programmes from July.

Radio City in Liverpool has escaped the move, and will get to keep its local shows on a Saturday and Sunday.

The radio stations already share 20 hours a day of programmes, so the move means one extra show will be introduced, airing Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm till 4pm.

Alex James will present the show – said to be a ‘music-driven weekend show across England’.

It will air on CFM, Hallam FM, Hits Radio Manchester, Metro Radio, Viking FM, Radio Aire, Rock FM, TFM, Free Radio (Birmingham), Free Radio (Coventry and Warwickshire), Free Radio (Herefordshire and Worcestershire) and Free Radio (Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Shropshire).

In Scotland, Steve Mill will be hosting a new Saturday lunchtime show on Hits Radio Network from Glasgow.

The move has been made possible due to the relaxation in local rules by Ofcom.

Staff at the stations were told about the changes today.

It was only yesterday that RadioToday brought you the exclusive news that Gethin, Gemma and Dave quit their Breakfast Show on Hits Radio after 12 months together. Gethin and Dave are leaving the station whilst Gemma is going on maternity leave.

More changes are also planned for the network, including the axing of local Breakfast and Drive shows in the West Midlands on Free Radio.

Heart is Coming message now on-air at Bob FM Hertfordshire

Wed, 2019-05-29 15:32

Listeners to Bob FM are getting the expected Heart is Coming audio imaging ahead of the station changing names on Friday.

Bob FM will become part of the Heart network from 4pm on Friday 31st May, taking John Darin’s show from Heart Hertfordshire in Watford.

The enlarged Heart Hertfordshire, owned by Communicorp and using programmes by Global, will take the new national breakfast show with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden when it launches on Monday, 3rd June.

Drive will be shared on the Bob FM frequencies 106.7 / 106.9 and former Mercury 96.6 station too.

Bob FM covers the north of Hertfordshire including Stevenage, Hertford, Knebworth, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City and first launched in 2001 as Hertbeat FM. It rebranded as Jack FM in May 2010, before becoming Bob FM nearly 4 years later due to licensing issues which would have prevented the station using the Jack brand on DAB.

It was bought by Communicorp in April.

LBC puts Tory leadership candidates on-air with Iain Dale

Wed, 2019-05-29 09:42

Conservative Party leadership candidates will each go head-to-head with LBC’s Iain Dale in a series of one-hour programmes next month.

In the race to be the next Prime Minister, the candidates will be live during Iain Dale in the Evening, starting with Rory Stewart, the Secretary of State for International Development and the MP for Penrith and The Border, on Monday 10th June.

Then on Tuesday 11th June, Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire and former leader of the House of Commons will be on from and Esther McVey, MP for Tatton and former Secretary of State for Work & Pensions from 9pm-10pm.

Followed by Sajid Javid, Home Secretary and MP for Bromsgrove on Wednesday 12th June from 8pm-9pm.

More programmes will be announced in due course.

Iain Dale told RadioToday: “This is going to be a unique series of interviews and phone-ins with all the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party. One of them will become Prime Minister and this long-form interview format will put the candidates to the test.

“Each candidate will face half an hour of questions from me, then half an hour of questions from our listeners. The series will kick off at 8pm on June 10th with Rory Stewart. Andrea Leadsom (8pm-9pm) and Esther McVey (9-10pm) follow on 11th and Sajid Javid on the 12th. Other dates will be released shortly. All the interviews will be streamed live on our website and social media pages.”

Radio Hillingdon used for filming by Points Of View

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:13

Hospital Radio Hillingdon’s studios and four volunteers were all filmed as part of the latest episode of Points Of View.

The 26th May edition of the weekly programme saw Hillingdon presenters George Reed, Mhairi Irvine, Phil Lee and Dr Savi Aurora all tasked with watching and reviewing the brand new Saturday night BBC One game show, The Hit List.

Hosted by Rochelle and Marvin Humes, contestants of The Hit List are tasked with guessing the name of a song and the artist behind it just by listening to a short sample.

Due to the nature of this Game Show, BBCs Points Of View wanted the thoughts and reviews of four diverse radio presenters.

Mhairi Irvine, a presenter at Hospital Radio Hillingdon for 13 years, took part in the shoot and found the whole experience “So much fun!”. As well as filming their reviews to camera, all four were captured carrying out tasks around the station, studios and library.


PR and Communications Manager for the station, George Reed, said “This was an exciting opportunity for our radio station to reach an audience of millions on one of the biggest broadcasters in the UK.

“Points Of View has been a staple of the BBC schedule since 1961 and we were super keen to use it as a platform to showcase the amazing work of our Volunteers, as well as letting them voice their opinion on the brand new BBC show, The Hit List. More used to being a voice on the radio, all our featured presenters were naturals in front of the camera and we are really pleased with the final result.

“This project saw us working very closely with the team from BBC, and we hope this could be the start of other fantastic ventures. A lot of time and effort was put into organising this shoot, and special thanks must be given to the presenters featured, the volunteers who helped chaperone and accommodate the BBC around premises and the Hillingdon Hospital Trust for aiding as well.”

BBC Sussex wins annual quiz against Spirit FM

Tue, 2019-05-28 13:50

BBC Sussex took home the trophy for 2019 in its latest quiz with local commercial rival Spirit FM.

The quiz is hosted by radio presenter Tommy Boyd, and took place live on both stations on Local Radio Day.

Also on Local Radio Day, an appeal by Spirit FM asking listeners to donate tins of food has resulted in over five tonnes being collected.

The tins will be given to food banks in the Spirit FM area and the Stonepillow charity which supports homeless people.

Spirit FM’s original target was to raise a Tonne of Tins in one month, and in the end the grand total was 5.5 tonnes.

Hundreds of listeners visited its Chichester studios with tins to have a look behind the scenes, meet the presenters and request a song, all in return for donating tins to the appeal.

Content Director of Spirit FM Stuart McGinley: “This has highlighted the power of truly local radio and how we can do something really positive within the communities we serve. The response to this appeal has exceeded all my expectations. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing generosity of our listeners and clients who have been so generous, and special thanks to Regis Removals for their help collecting and distributing the thousands of tins.”

BBC Sounds launch director Charlotte Lock moves on

Tue, 2019-05-28 11:00

Launch director of the BBC Sounds app, Charlotte Lock, is leaving the job nine months after being appointed.

Charlotte currently lives in the North of England with her young family but says Sounds needs visible and hands-on leadership in London.

Instead, she will take up an opportunity working with BBC Sport to undertake a review project around their work on younger audiences.

James Purnell, Director, Radio & Education said in an email to staff: “Charlotte has led the pan-divisional Sounds strategy including brand development, marketing & audience engagement across platforms and editorial & partnership strategy – with great results. She’s developed a vision for our content ambition, devolved content commissioning to networks, played a key role in the music strategy and created a framework for performance and measurement.

“Launching any new product into a mature market is a challenge and was only possible thanks to Charlotte’s personal commitment and collaborative leadership. She has worked with teams in D+E, Radio and Music and M+A to develop a clear strategy and high performing teams, and leaves Sounds in a great place for the next phase of growth.

“I respect Charlotte’s reasons for opting out of this next phase for Sounds, and with her agreement, I want to share that context with you. I persuaded Charlotte to move from her role as Director of M&A for R&E and Content to lead the launch phase of Sounds, knowing that meant typically travelling 20 hours each week back and forth from her home in the North of England.

“Charlotte has been clear that the next phase of Sounds needs visible and hands-on leadership in London and cannot be done remotely – a commitment that unfortunately, Charlotte can’t make long-term with a young family and home in the North.

“Charlotte will therefore be handing over her leadership remit to the new Controller Sounds over the summer and we can trust she will hand things over in great shape, recruiting a programme management team and establishing new governance, commissioning, curation and measurement frameworks before she goes.

“I would like to thank Charlotte for her extraordinary professional and personal commitment to BBC Sounds, her enduring energy, positivity and team-spirit and wish her well in her work with BBC Sport which will take her not only closer to home but also to the output she’s incredibly passionate about.”

Before being appointed Launch Director for BBC Sounds, Charlotte was Director of Marketing and Audiences: Content, Radio and Education at the BBC, and previously Director of Marketing & Audiences, Media & North.

Next Radio industry conference cancelled for 2019

Mon, 2019-05-27 21:04

The annual Next Radio conference will not be taking place in 2019 as the organisers take a temporary break.

The event has been running each year since 2011 but a note on the official website currently says: “We’re thinking about the best way to do Next Radio in our changing radio industry. So, we’re taking a rest year in 2019.”

Next Radio 2019 was going to happen on September 23rd but will no longer be taking place.

All the videos from previous years are online to watch, and anyone interested in the future of the event is encouraged to sign up to the Next Radio newsletter which will let you know about plans for an event in 2020.

Next Radio is organised by Matt Deegan and James Cridland, but both were unavailable for comment when contacted by RadioToday.

Podcast: RadioToday talks RAJAR, Heart Breakfast and Russ Williams

Sat, 2019-05-25 22:32

This week Stuart Clarkson chats to Russ Williams about everything from Chris Evans’ RAJARs to Virgin Radio in the 90s, leaving Smooth and his latest work for talkSPORT and back with Jono Coleman on Fix Radio.

Roy Martin is here to look at the Q1/2019 RAJARs and news of the new Heart schedules, James Cridland asks whether it matters where your radio station is based and David Lloyd’s Radio Moments include the launches of Mercia Sound and Laser 558 plus the departure of Fearne Cotton from Radio 1.

Processing by Ian Deeley. Voiceover by Hannah Patterson. Original music by Mcasso.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, or join in one of our regular round-table shows, please email newsdesk@radiotoday.co.uk.

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the show.

Tina Hobley leaves Smooth Radio’s London drive show

Fri, 2019-05-24 17:22

Smooth Radio’s drivetime presenter in London, Tina Hobley, is leaving the show after two and a half years but will keep her weekend slot.

The former Coronation Street and Holby City actor joined the station in 2013, and added the weekday 4-7pm programme in the capital in January 2017 when she replaced Anthony Davis.

Global has told RadioToday she’s leaving the daily show in mid-July to spend more time with her children, but will remain on the Sunday 10am-2pm slot across the Smooth network.

Tina Hobley said: “I’ve loved my years on Drive and I’m proud to still be part of the Global family with my Sunday show, but the time has come to spend a bit more time with the kids as they go up to big school and return to some acting projects.”

A Global spokesperson told RadioToday: “After two-and-a-half years presenting The Smooth Drive Home in London, Tina Hobley has decided to step down from presenting the weekday show to spend more time with her young family. Tina will remain firmly part of the Smooth team by continuing to host her Sunday show across the Smooth network. Since she joined Smooth six years ago, she has become one of our most popular presenters and we’re delighted that she still remains part of the Global family.”

A replacement for Tina on the 102.2FM drive show hasn’t yet been announced. Further changes to the Smooth line-ups around the UK are expected later this year, with a reduction in local/regional hours likely as a result of Ofcom’s revised localness guidelines.

Soundcloud enters agreement to acquire Repost Network

Fri, 2019-05-24 09:17

SoundCloud, used by many radio producers and presenters to host audio, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire rights management and distribution company, Repost Network.

With this acquisition, SoundCloud says it will be able to provide high-performing, emerging creators a seamless upstream to Repost Network’s invite-only tools and services like streaming distribution, analytics dashboards, content protection and more.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“There are more than 20 million audio creators on SoundCloud, and we know building audiences and earning income from streaming are critical to them. SoundCloud’s focus is to build more tools and services to solve those needs. We’ve built the foundation with our SoundCloud Premier program and our recently launched distribution product, and today we are taking another step forward,” said Michael Weissman, Chief Operating Officer, SoundCloud.

“The acquisition of Repost Network will meaningfully move SoundCloud forward as we build the most comprehensive set of tools to help creators build their careers. We welcome the Repost Network team to SoundCloud and are excited about what we will build together.”

“Repost Network has been working with SoundCloud since the early days of its monetization initiative, and we are ecstatic to join the world’s largest audio creator community,” said Jeff Ponchick, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Repost Network.

“Our mission is to help artists make a living through their audiences online, and by joining the SoundCloud family we can help even more emerging artists take the next step in their career, earn more revenue and be heard by more fans.”

The deal is expected to close in the coming weeks.

About Repost Network

Repost Network helps independent artists make a living in a complicated world where revenue slips through the cracks. Founded in 2015, Repost Network’s technology platform offers distribution to 25+ stores, content protection, and support for artists to advance them to the next stage in their careers. Partners include RedBull Records, Waka Flocka Flame, Slightly Stoopid, Mayer Hawthorne, The Far East Movement, and 6000+ other high impact artists.

Tony Dibbin leaves Gold ahead of upcoming station changes

Thu, 2019-05-23 19:53

Gold’s breakfast show presenter Tony Dibbin is leaving the station after 10 years on the programme.

Staff were told of the changes today and Tony will host his last show on Friday morning (24th May).

Weekend presenter David Andrews will cover the show ‘for the next few weeks’ ahead of further changes expected to be announced by Global.

Tony started his radio career at The Wave in Swansea in 1995 then moved to Atlantic 252 in the late 90s. He then worked at a number of radio stations including Silk FM, Chiltern, Beacon and Heart. He was also Programme Controller and breakfast presenter at Brunel FM in Swindon and KMFM in Kent.

He currently hosts programmes for Real Radio in NZ and Cruise Radio.

A Global Spokesperson confirmed the move to RadioToday, saying: “We can confirm that Tony Dibbin will be stepping down from his 10-year tenure presenting More Music Breakfast on Gold from this Friday 24th May.

“Tony has been a loyal, knowledgeable and enthusiastic member of the Global family and we would like to thank him and wish him the very best for the future.

“David Andrews will cover Gold Breakfast in the short term with more news about Gold to be announced over the next few weeks.”

Gold is mostly non-stop music outside of the breakfast show and is currently on DAB+ in London, and on AM in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Derby. All of its previous AM slots around the UK were transferred to Smooth Radio in 2014.

It was previously known as Capital Gold and Capital Radio having launched as the 2nd UK commercial radio station in 1973, after LBC.

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