Radio Programming

Next Radio 2017

Regular readers will know I'm a big fan of Next Radio - which returns to the Royal Institution in London on Monday 18th September. This is an annual conference which is all about finding great, creative ideas for radio. It was created in 2011 by James Cridland and Matt Deegan. Next Radio is different to other events. It’s not created by a committee, it’s not trying to balance commercial radio and the BBC, or guaranteeing sponsors speaking privileges. Instead it’s curated by James ... Read more

Manchester Rajar – Q1/2017

Although I have usually concentrated on London, back in the dim-and-distant past I occasionally featured other UK cities and thought that it would be worth doing it again from time-to-time. So here's a 'snapshot' of Manchester's radio stations are currently performing. Unlike London where all stations have the same (TSA) Total Survey Area it isn't the same with Manchester, which is served by both regional and local commercial stations, so it's not possible to do an hourly comparison. Instead I've done a breakdown ... Read more

London Rajar – Q1/2017

Here's how things are looking for the first quarter of 2017. Capital now has the highest commercial reach - and with more listeners than BBC Radio 2. Although it is up 510,000 on the previous quarter, it is actually down 46,000 year on year. LBC has the highest commercial share, which was helped by a 28% year-on-year increase in hours to 11.5 million. I expect the currently election period Magic is down 291,000 year on year, with Kiss down 211,000, Heart down 152,00 and ... Read more

London Rajar – Q4/2016

This is the final quarter of last year - covering the period 19th September - 18th December 2016. Making its debut on this occasion is digital station Thames Radio, with a reach of 15,000.  Chris Country has dropped to 23,000, although this is likely to be the result of changing its survey period from quarterly to a rolling half-yearly. Fun Kids has done well with 46,000 listeners. However these are Adults 15+ and while Rajar doesn't measure children under 10, the station ... Read more
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