London Rajar – Q1/2016

Once again it's time to look behind the spin. These figures cover the period 28th December 2015 - 3rd April 2016 and, to save you asking, the new Virgin Radio talkRADIO and talkSPORT2 launched too late to be included this time. Overall I'm not really sure what to make of this quarter's figures. There seems to have been a national drop across most stations. It could well be seasonal and, no doubt, many of those stations will bounce back next time; we'll have ... Read more

Academic Question

It has been announced that Global Radio has withdrawn as a Patron of the Radio Academy, which is not good news for the Academy as it tries to pull itself together and move forward following the past couple of years. I was originally a member of the Radio Academy almost ever since it started back in the 1980s and supported the general principle that it is there for all of those involved in, or interested in, radio. The Academy changed a lot over ... Read more

London Rajar – Q4/2015

The latest results are now available for the period 21st September - 20th December 2015. As they include the first figures for the re-branded Radio X and Chris Moyles at Breakfast I suspect a lot of people will want to know how they have done. So... Radio X has increased its weekly reach by 77,000 listeners year-on-year from the former XFM, although only by 10,000 quarter-on-quarter. Following a massive drop in hours at the beginning of last year it has been rebuilding and ... Read more

Lights, Camera, Action, Popcorn, Radio

It was 15 years ago today that I became a 'DAB pioneer' as Programme Director of FLIX RADIO, which launched on the Coventry multiplex. For those of you interested in such radio trivia the first piece of music played on the station was 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by Richard Straus, from the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. The station was owned by Infinity Media, part of the UKRD (UK Radio Developments) group, and was based at the studios (well, actually the engineering 'racks room') ... Read more
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