The Bauer Media Group has agreed to acquire Jazz FM - the UK’s leading national commercial radio service for jazz, soul and blues.
Jazz FM is a respected and influential brand, with strong growth potential. The quality of the service, its distinctive personality and popular and respected presenters underpinned its great RAJAR performance with the station now reaching 672,000 people weekly.
Jazz is currently experiencing a resurgence, and Bauer plans to further enhance the specialist offering of the station which is already hugely respected, via its celebration of music of new and classic artists such as Gregory Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Kamasi Washington, Ezra Collective and Nubya Garcia.
The addition of another high-quality brand, with its deep music and commercial partnerships, extends Bauer Radio’s audience and its portfolio of pop, urban, and rock stations to a new music genre. Through its cross promotional ability and strong client and agency relationships Bauer Media looks forward to further developing Jazz’s unique offering to advertisers and commercial partners and to growing its high quality, passionate ABC1 audience.
Paul Keenan, CEO Bauer Media commented:
"Jazz FM is a much loved, respected and influential brand, with strong growth potential, we look forward to developing it further. Jazz music is seeing an unprecedented resurgence, and this extends us into an entirely new and complementary radio audience."
He continued, “Jazz’s community of digitally savvy music lovers is thriving and I believe that Jazz FM’s expertise combined with our knowledge and experience in digital and personalised advertising technology such as Bauer’s InStream+ will propel the brand for both listeners and advertisers. We look forward to working with the team to grow the business.”
Jonathan Arendt, Jazz FM CEO, said:
"Jazz FM is a well-established and trusted brand, curated by passionate and expert presenters and producers – and I’m delighted that it will sit within the Bauer Radio family, where they are respectful and mindful of individual formats and listener groups."
The Jazz radio business will be managed by Bauer’s Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director of National Radio.
Digital Radio UK is delighted to confirm the speakers for Driving to a Digital Future: Commercial Broadcasters and the Supply Chain - an unmissable session and conference highlight at Drive to Digital 2018 sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on 25 September at The British Museum Conference Centre.
The session is chaired by the writer, broadcaster and Observer radio critic, Miranda Sawyer, and in the session delegates will hear from leading broadcast and supply chain executives on their views and plans for the future of digital radio and what they hope for from the Government review.
Confirmed broadcast speakers include: Will Harding, Chief Strategy Officer, Global; Paul Sylvester, Content Director Absolute Radio; and Jimmy Buckland, Strategy Director, Wireless.
Confirmed supply chain speakers include: Paul Hide, Director, techUK; Robert Haycock, Chief Commercial Officer, Pure; and Peter Lawton, Senior Section Manager, SMMT. We are also pleased to announce that Helen Boaden, former Director of BBC Radio, will provide a personal retrospective on her time in radio.
Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said:
“This year’s Drive to Digital conference represents an important opportunity to review radio’s digital future now that the Government criteria have been met. We have the ideal group of speakers from the broadcasters - Global, Bauer and Wireless - and the supply chain - techUK, Pure and the SMMT - to do just that, and are thrilled to have such a knowledgeable and passionate session chair as the broadcaster and writer Miranda Sawyer.”
They join confirmed speakers Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio & Music; Digital Minister of State, Margot James MP (via video); and Ian O’Neill OBE, Head of Radio at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who will be talking about the future of digital radio in the UK.
Gethin Jones, acclaimed broadcaster and co-presenter of the new Hits Radio Breakfast Show, will host the conference.
Drive to Digital 2018 - The Future of Radio, is free to attend and takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 September at the British Museum Conference Centre in London, and is proudly supported by headline sponsor, Arqiva; reception sponsor, DTS Connected Radio; and event sponsor, Pure.
The event is unmissable for anyone who wants to know what is coming next in radio’s digital future with sessions covering policy, content, automotive and retail.
When: Tuesday 25 September 2018, from 12.30pm. Conference 1.15pm - 5pm. Drinks Reception from 5pm.
Where: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
How: To reserve your FREE place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegates will have the opportunity to network with 300 colleagues from across the broadcast, automotive, retail and technology industries at an industry drinks reception, sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.
Keep an eye on RadioToday, our media partner, for regular updates on the Drive to Digital line up.