This week’s blog looks at the RAJAR Q4 results, Gogglebox duo’s new path in talkRADIO, an ex-footballer getting behind the mic and our podcast pick of the week plus much more.
We all know the feeling, it's a chilly Monday morning and you still haven't had time to catch up on the latest news from the audio and radio industry! Grab yourself a cup of tea.. because as always, here at Radio Results we provide you with last week's trending stories!
As always, we provide you the week's top audio and radio industry stories!
As always, we provide you with the week's top audio and radio industry stories!
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up at last night's Arqiva Award Ceremony.
The annual award ceremony celebrates commercial radio in the UK.
Commercial radio has overtaken BBC listening for the first time in 15 years!
This is in some ways unsurprising as the sector has seen vast increases in its capabilities thanks to the digital space it can now occupy.
Greater content capability, more station variety and the consolidation of local and regional stations has concentrated talent resources and output has become sharper.
Quarterly listening figures for radio stations across the UK show there have been great gains for stations in both pairs of ears, but some very impressive increases in hours for some proving that content is improving. The data also shows that the medium continues to thrive both in a digital world and with young audiences.
After months of secrecy Apple have announced that former BBC Radio 1 host, Zane Lowe will be the headline presenter on Apple's new global radio service Beats 1.
The Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure report published this week shows adspend increased by 5.8% in 2014.
The big news from this quater's RAJAR is the shift in the London commercial radio line up, KISS has taken the number spot for reach for the first time ever.
Notching up 1.912 million listeners the youth brand station is followed by Capital with 1.869 million listeners.
Ahoy, Matey (Hello, my friend!)… Its’ international Talk Like A Pirate Day. Albeit a rather strange and unconventional day but one filled with arr..ing and yo-ho-ho..ing. Avast ye (Pay attention) on this fine day we thought we could talk about stations with fitting and unusual names.
Now blimey (something said when one is in a state of surprise) Cornwall’s very own Pirate FM is the perfect station of the day. The station was founded on the 3rd of April 1992 and serves the whole of Cornwall. Ya (you) should take a look: http://www.piratefm.co.uk/.
It’s Walk to Work week this week (although for those of you affected by the recent tube strikes this may have seemed to have already occurred!)
Not only is walking proven to have beneficial health effect (as well as saving your some cash and the planet some unnecessary Co2!), you can also catch some great entertainment on the move.
A quick summary of the key facts from the latest RAJAR survey.
91% of the UK adult population tunes into radio each week (48.4 million) for an average of 21.3 hours each.
While Kiss posted in biggest ever national figures at over 5 million weekly reach, Capital has been crowned the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand with 7.7 million listeners.
The research published last week by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has been a year long in the making, collating data from multiple industries and agencies.
Choice FM has been part of London’s radio dial for 18 years, even taking on a Birmingham license for some time.
Absolute Radio saw great gains adding 590,000 listeners taking its total to 3.8 million. Absolute’s London service was up 10% year on year but the big story is digital station Absolute 80’s which has posted record figures of 1.17 million making it the biggest all digital commercial radio station.
LBC took home a haul of awards with Iain Dale receiving Presenter of the Year (2m+), Dan Freedman winning Journalist of the Year, the station’s PD James Rea won programmer of the Year as well as taking the coveted Station of the Year (2m+) award.
Radio has had the steady hand of RAJAR to generate its audience research and the RAB for further industry insight and being always curious to the habits of the listening population we were keen to see how much similarity and difference would be found from existing research.