The names of digital radio pioneers were announced as the first inductees into the Digital Radio Hall of Fame at a the Digital Radio Stakeholders’ Summer Reception sponsored by Arqiva and held at Bauer Media in Camden today.
The announcement was made by radio consultant and historian David Lloyd following nominations from digital radio stakeholders and judging by an eminent panel of radio experts. The nine individuals were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the success of digital radio over the last 20 years as digital radio pioneers and innovators.
Reinforcing that the establishment of digital radio as the majority of radio listening in the UK has been a collaborative and cross-industry effort, the Digital Radio Hall of Fame will include individuals from all sectors and areas that have contributed to digital radio progress, with representatives from broadcasters, retailers, manufacturers, automotive, Ofcom and Government.
The Digital Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Dame Jenny Abramsky
Former Director of Audio and Music, BBC
DAB Radio Director, Bauer Media
Former CEO GCap Media
Founder and Managing Director, Radioplayer
Former CEO Digital One, and Managing Director, GWR
Buyer, John Lewis
Ian O’Neill OBE
Head of Television; Programme Director Radio, DCMS
Sir Hossein Yassaie
Chairman, Pure, and Former Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Technologies
The inductees will receive their Digital Radio Hall of Fame award at a special ceremony to be held at the Drive to Digital Conference at the British Museum on 25 September.
The Digital Radio Hall of Fame judges were: Dee Ford, Bauer Media; Helen Boaden, formerly-BBC: William Rogers, UKRD; Will Harding, Global; Jimmy Buckland, Wireless Group; Lindsey Mack; BBC; David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian; Bernie O’Neill, WorldDAB; Emma Hill, Radioworks; Peter Davies, formerly-Ofcom; Glyn Jones, Arqiva; Diane Fuller, Roberts Radio; and Sophie Spooner, Pure.
Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “We congratulate the first ever inductees into the Digital Radio Hall of Fames on their recognition and their achievement. It has taken over 20 years to get to a point where digital radio represents the majority of radio listening in the UK and this simply couldn’t have happened without the outstanding contributions of these individuals and the organisations they represent. There has been a tremendous response to the announcement of the Digital Radio Hall of Fame and our thanks go to all the stakeholders who provided nominations and to the eminent panel of judges.”
David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian, said: “As a radio historian I have watched with interest the rise of digital radio over the last 20 years from the early days of excitement and optimism through a period of uncertainty and on to the launch of a series of successful digital stations and the achievement of 50% digital listening. Clearly the success of digital radio has been a real team effort across the wider radio industry and this is reflected in the outstanding individuals who the judges agreed should be recognised by inducting them into the Digital Radio Hall of Fame.”
This morning (4th June 2018) a brand new national digital radio station launched called Hits Radio - the only national commercial radio station to be broadcast out of Manchester, from the regions to the rest of the UK.
The station is now the headquarters of the renamed Hits Radio Network (formerly the Bauer City Network) and is available nationwide via DAB digital radio, online and via apps. Manchester’s Key 103 station is now a localised version of Hits Radio and will be called Hits Radio Manchester.
The stations breakfast show will be hosted by Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave “Comedy Dave” Vitty, Mike Toolan will present the mid-morning show, afternoons will be hosted by Debbie Mac, drive will be hosted by Wes Butters and evenings will be hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford.
The new station from Bauer Media is targeting 25-44-year-olds and will air chart hits from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Coldplay and Ariana Grande.
Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director Hits Radio Network says: “Manchester is fast becoming a central media hub of the UK and we are really excited to be bringing a new offering to national digital radio, based in this glorious city. As well as our talented presenters and engaging content, we will continue to provide the locals of Manchester with all the relevant regional news and updates through Hits Radio.”
On the stations first show, Hits Radio Breakfast with Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave Vitty were joined by Jess Glynne and the station’s first track was voted for by the listeners – Take That’s Greatest Day, aptly chosen to celebrate one of Manchester‘s favourite bands.
Hits Radio is live across the UK – find out more www.hitsradio.co.uk