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Audience Research

Published 25 September 2017

A look at what’s popular and how popularity is measured from the BBC in 1961

What to watch: 27 January-2 February 2014

Published 27 January 2014

BLOG: Our guide to what’s worth watching and listening to this week

What to watch: 13-19 January 2014

Published 13 January 2014

BLOG: Our guide to what’s worth watching and listening to this week

What to watch: 6-12 January 2014

Published 6 January 2014

BLOG: Our pick of the best TV and radio for 6-12 January

Hurricane Danny

Published 1 November 2012

BLOG: Danny Baker is lost

Obligatory showing of teeth

Published 23 January 2012

BLOG: Local radio is almost saved

Not much to love

Published 24 November 2010

Whilst everyone else is currently thinking about other, much more pressing matters such as the economy, student fees or a certain wedding, the UK radio industry is still fretting to…

‘Axed by mistake’

Published 12 October 2010

Here’s a story and a half. Back in 2006 Mark Damazer, then controller of BBC Radio 4, axed the piece of music that had heralded the start of the broadcasting…

Is Chris Blumer the hardest working presenter in radio?

Published 20 September 2010

From Wales Town and Country Broadcasting operates eight radio stations, mostly clustered along the south of the country, Many of its stations share presenters. Notably they’re generally not networking, but several of its presenters do shows on different stations, sometimes at the same time.

Freedom versus regulation

Published 13 July 2010

Some people still seem to think that the Jon Gaunt versus Ofcom case was all about freedom of speech, but the reality is that it basically related to the ability…

Removing target dates for digital radio switchover can only be a sensible move

Published 8 July 2010

What can really be said about the decision to abandon the 2015 date for digital radio switchover, other than, it’s rather sensible?

6music saved

Published 5 July 2010

Sssh! Don’t tell anyone but I’ve always had this secret fantasy life. It was that one day I’d end up working behind the scenes at BBC Radio 6 music.

NME Radio RIP

Published 12 June 2010

One of the few stations which would have benefited from the possible demise of BBC Radio 6music, has put up the shutters.

Lego Bowie doesn’t like the 6music changes

Published 19 April 2010

If you’ve ever wondered what a Lego version of Bowie would look like (and lets be honest here, who hasn’t?) this is the video to watch.

Saving local radio?

Published 15 April 2010

On 5 April 2010 Pennine FM became the latest in a list of smaller commercial radio stations to shut down and hand back its licence to Ofcom.

Save 6music (and eat a cupcake)

Published 6 April 2010

I was on holiday on 27 March else I would have been standing outside Broadcasting House chanting and waving my placard at the protests against the proposed closure of the wonderful BBC Radio 6music.

Sing-a-longa Transdiffusion

Published 5 April 2010

About a year ago, a free music streaming service called Spotify was launched in the UK (it’s available elsewhere too). At the start, it didn’t have all that much music…

Marketing defeat

Published 10 March 2010

Pop Justice: Another quick thing about BBC radio then we’ll be quiet BBC chief: 6 Music listeners ‘at heart of commercial radio demographic’ Steve Lamacq attacks ‘public flogging’ of 6…

Sacrificial lamb

Published 26 February 2010

BBC ‘to axe radio stations and halve website’ in strategic review The Times: BBC signals an end to era of expansion (enjoy it free whilst you can) It seemed that…

Radio and Britain’s Digital Future

Published 1 July 2009

If we’re keeping DAB, we need to upgrade it to use modern codecs. But why not skip all that and move the “radio space” to IP networks? However, you can’t do that until there is a national broadband infrastructure that will need a lot more than copper-based 2Mb/s. So until then, maybe keeping FM is the thing to do…

Jackson mania

Published 26 June 2009

Once every so often, a news story breaks of great enough importance that gets the media into such a tizz it makes everything else take a back seat for a…

Six down…

Published 1 May 2009

Well it didn’t take that long, but now we’re on the sixth analogue station to close this year as UTV Radio (a name that is a contradiction in itself) killed off Valleys Radio in Wales after failing to find a buyer for the station.

Over-egging the pudding?

Published 23 April 2009

It’s not been long since the counter was started but already we’re heading for the sixth radio station to close.

Five Down – 45 To Go

Published 17 April 2009

Fifty radio stations “could close” apparently. Well so far this year alone, we’re on five, following the closure of Pennine FM in Huddersfield just yesterday.

They didn’t Go4It

Published 17 March 2009

BBC Radio 4 is to ditch it’s children’s programme, Go4It, after seven years. Apparently the average age of the shows listeners was nowhere near it’s target audience, being, as it was, over 50.

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

Low pay in the newsroom

Published 23 May 2008

One upon a time, the adage was that you joined the BBC to get the training, then when you could, you disappeared off for the better wages in the commercial world.

More troubles at Talk Sport

Published 6 May 2008

It’s not been a good few years for Talk Sport, the station that former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie fashioned in his old newspaper’s image after buying Talk Radio in 1998…

The great “digital is better” myth, part 641594827

Published 31 December 2006

Wave farewell to AM radio, say experts The Telegraph talks of “the higher quality of digital broadcasts”. Compared with? FM? Erm… potentially, yes; unfortunately, most stations on DAB are streamed…

Noises off

Published 1 January 2004

Does anyone give a stuff about sound quality?