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Disney buys Marvel – more corporate conservatism?

Published 31 August 2009

Financial Times: Disney to buy Marvel for $4bn. Imagine this: you are webslinging across the New York city skyline, just like Spiderman. You swing round to see the famous Baxter…

Who needs the One if you’ve got a big Heart?

Published 16 September 2008

The nationisation of local radio is taking a step up a gear, with Global Radio announcing plans to rebrand 28 of its local stations as Heart

Jumping the gun. Again

Published 22 May 2008

BBC should privatise Radios 1 and 2, says Richard Eyre Ex-commercial radio man wants BBC Radios 1 and 2 to be privatised, which is a rather strange assertion to make…

On the wrong wavelength

Published 28 April 2008

Digital radio needs a makeover, says Ofcom According to Peter Davis who is Ofcom’s director of radio and multimedia, DAB just requires a “Freeview-style relaunch” and also claims that “It’s…

GCap changes tack

Published 11 April 2008

The first signs of new management ideas at GCap Media are slowly being revealed. Whilst the company is not yet part of Global Radio (the move has to be agreed by shareholders first), it would seem highly unlikely that the potential new owners would have not been consulted first on todays announcements.

Clearing the airwaves

Published 8 April 2008

Heart and Galaxy local shows cut How local should ‘local radio’ be? The problem is that there’s no straight answer, despite Global Radio chief executive Ashley Tabor assuring us otherwise….

Is DAB Dead?

Published 8 April 2008

What is really going on?

GCap Media: 2005 – 2008

Published 1 April 2008

So it’s finally happened – GCap has succumbed to Global Media, with the company being sold for £375m.

We’re not talking about it…

Published 30 March 2008

As if GCap Media’s stance on DAB was not obvious enough already, listeners to Classic FM who have not been blasted or lulled into inattention by the ads in the…

More gloom for DAB

Published 28 March 2008

Digital Spy: Channel 4’s DAB mux faces more delays This isn’t really that surprising but such news will just conspire to add more gloom to radio industry executives; it now…

Resurrect the DJs, Resurrect the DJs!

Published 25 March 2008

It’s not even been a year since the change, but it seems XFM’s bold vision of an exciting world of giving listeners the power, and ditching it’s daytime presenters has been a resounding success!

Dead And Buried?

Published 9 March 2008

Is DAB on the way out?

Selling the white elephant

Published 6 March 2008

The Register: DAB: A very British failure Radio Today: Secret DAB talks at RadioCentre The recent news of GCap’s intention to almost totally withdraw from the DAB digital radio platform…

TV Centre potentially safe and GCap maybe ready to fall

Published 5 March 2008

If you’re one of those people who think that the BBC would be insane to sell off its flagship building, then you might be encouraged by something on Media Guardian this morning.

Bad timing

Published 4 March 2008

Digital radio rift at Channel 4 Channel 4 has a countdown conundrum all of its own to solve, namely whether to press ahead full steam with the launch of three…

GCap’s DAB debacle

Published 11 February 2008

As my colleagues here have been reporting here on the MediaBlog, GCap have annouced the sale of Xfm outside London, the closure of all GCap’s digital-only stations on the national…

The GCap/DAB saga continues

Published 11 February 2008

The GCap/DAB story just keeps coming up with new twists as more articles get published. In an article about the economic viability of DAB on the Media Guardian website, there’s an interesting comment from Fru Hazlitt.

GCap Abandons XFM

Published 11 February 2008

Whilst most of the emphasis has gone onto GCap closing digital stations and selling its stake in DigitalOne, this mornings announcement also included some other major news that stands the chance of being less widely considered by the press. GCap are selling XFM.

On the brink of disaster?

Published 10 February 2008

Times Online: GCap’s Fru Hazlitt switches off digital radio What ostensibly seems like a short-term cost cutting measure in a bid to make GCap seem more profitable for potential suitors…

Report talks down DAB radio, with dubious accuracy.

Published 29 January 2008

Enders Analysis have done something that the radio industry wanted them to do. A couple of radio bigwigs have been talking about a crisis in DAB digital radio, a crisis…

Not just Oneword

Published 10 January 2008

Two digital radio stations to close Barely two weeks into 2008 and digital radio has now lost not one but two radio stations. The final closure of Oneword was just…

Ralph Bernard and words of wisdom… Not!

Published 26 November 2007

This one crossed the wires whilst I was at the RMC newsdesk, and once again, it had me shaking my head in pure disbelief at how out of touch with…

Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ

Published 17 May 2007

Xfm stations axe daytime DJs What do you call a radio station without presenters? Well, Xfm it looks like. The network of alternative music playing radio stations has today announced…