Absolute Radio launches a new decades station – Absolute Radio 10s
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Absolute Radio launches a new decades station – Absolute Radio 10s
Absolute Radio launches a new decades station – Absolute Radio 10s

Bauer Media has launched Absolute Radio 10s - a new decades station, as part of its digital innovation product strategy.

The station will play the biggest tracks from this decade from some of the most-loved artists in the world including Ed Sheeran, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Coldplay, The Killers, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Rhianna, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake.

Absolute Radio 10s will sit alongside Absolute Radio’s other popular decade stations, Absolute Radio 00s, 90s, Absolute 80s – which celebrates its tenth birthday next month, 70s, 60s and Absolute Classic Rock.

The station will offer Dave Berry on weekday Breakfast, Bush and Richie at Hometime, plus Frank Skinner and Jason Manford on weekend mornings as on Saturday mornings as part of the radio station’s unique programming which offers one show with a choice of eight playlists.

Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director, Bauer Media National brands, comments:

“Digital product development has always been at the core of what Bauer stands for. Ten years after the launch of the original game-changer Absolute 80s, we launch Absolute Radio 10s which anticipates a new listener need. This brand-new radio station will offer the very best music from the latest decade from the much-loved and trusted Absolute Radio brand, partnered with high-quality programming made possible using our unique playlist option technology.”

Commenting on launch, Absolute Radio Breakfast Show presenter, Dave Berry said:

“I’m like the Dr Who of radio as the only breakfast presenter at the helm of parallel universes. My one live show is now partnered with no fewer than eight playlists to give listeners their favourite songs, no matter what their favourite decade is or what mood they’re in, I’m Jumping Jack Flash in the 60s, I’m Into the Groove in the 80s...I’m on Fire in the 10s!”

Absolute Radio 10s is available from 10am on Monday 18 November online, via apps and smart speakers.

Go to www.absoluteradio.co.uk for more information.

Bauer Media launches Magic at the Musicals
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Bauer Media launches Magic at the Musicals
Bauer Media launches Magic at the Musicals

Bauer Media is set to launch a new radio station to tap into UK audience’s love of musicals  - Magic at the Musicals. Launching on Thursday 21 November 2019, Magic at the Musicals will be Bauer’s fourth major launch this year, and available nationwide online, via apps and smart speakers, and on DAB+ in London, East & South East of England.

Magic at the Musicals will be a celebration of the best musicals from both stage and screen, with a playlist including hits such as And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls and Defying Gravity from Wicked, alongside classics such as Cats’ Memory and Les Misérables’ Bring Him Home. Listeners will be treated to a huge range of musicals from the beloved Mamma Mia! to the anthemic The Greatest Showman and the vintage Singin’ in the Rain.

Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director for National Radio, Bauer Media, said:

“Magic at the Musicals will celebrate the dynamic world of musical theatre – from the favourite classics to the latest West End and Broadway hits – and we’ll reflect the growing number of new and re-imagined musicals on the silver screen. This latest addition from the Magic stable will offer targeted access to a premium and distinctive audience of musical loving fans of all ages. It will of course build on our close association with the Society of London Theatre and many of the productions in London and around the country.”

Commenting on the launch, presenter, Ruthie Henshall, said:

“The station’s name is derived from our hugely successful Magic at the Musicals show which is in its 5th year at the Royal Albert Hall. From a vibrant theatre and cinema scene there’s never been a better time to bring this much-loved genre to the masses. We’ll be proudly broadcasting songs from the shows directly into households across the country. Singing out loud optional!”

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, said:

“This is a fantastic boost for the industry at a time when theatre-going is at an all-time high. Magic is already our partner on the Olivier Awards, West End Live and other theatre and production projects, so this feels like a perfect platform to promote theatre, and musicals in particular.”

Alongside West End legend Ruthie Henshall (Chicago, Cats), the station’s line-up will include Olivier Award winning Jonathan Bailey (TV: Broadchurch, Doctor Who, W1A; Stage: Company), Louise Dearman (Wicked) John Owen-Jones (The Phantom of the Opera), alongside Julian Bird (CEO of SOLT and UK Theatre) and special shows from  Luke Evans (film: Beauty and the Beast, Clash of the Titans; Stage: Rent, Miss Saigon), Alfie Boe (Les Miserables) and others.

Magic at the Musicals will feature a season of programming to celebrate the creativity, diversity and opportunity in modern British theatre. Telling the stories of those involved, it’s set to shine a light on both the diversity of talent and the many opportunities the industry offers - both on-stage and off - to people from all backgrounds. 

Magic at the Musicals will broadcast The Olivier Awards live in full, cover West End Live – produced by Westminster City Council and Official London Theatre - in Trafalgar Square and broadcast its own event, Magic at the Musicals Live from the Royal Albert Hall in May 2020. 

Magic at the Musicals launches on Thursday 21 November 2019 on DAB+ in London, East & South East of England and nationwide online, via apps and smart speakers.

One day to go – Drive to Digital 2019
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One day to go – Drive to Digital 2019
One day to go – Drive to Digital 2019

Drive to Digital 2019, the annual free conference for the digital radio and audio industry and supply chain, sponsored by Arqiva, takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 30 October 2019, 1- 6pm,  at The British Library. 

With digital listening now more popular and accessible than ever, Drive to Digital 2019 will showcase the UK’s new audio landscape, highlighting digital radio progress in consumers, content, cars, retail and technology, identifying changes in consumer behaviour, new ways of listening, and new audio content initiatives including the emerging on demand and podcast market.

When: Wednesday 30 October 2019 
Registration: 12 - 1pm
Conference:  1 - 6pm
DTS Connected Radio Drinks Reception: 6 - 7.30pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Drive to Digital 2019 will be chaired by leading broadcast, Penny Smith. Penny will be joined by an exciting and diverse line-up of speakers who will share their insights on the key developments in the new radio and audio landscape, including: Iain Dale, LBC; Caroline Beasley, Beasley Broadcast Group; Ric Blaxill, Bauer Media; Lee Clayton, talkSPORT; Michael Carr, BBC 5 live and sports extra; Tony Lit MBE, Sunrise Radio; Belinda Doyle, JACK Radio; Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Premier Christian Radio; Steve Ackerman, Somethin' Else; Iain Macintosh, Muddy Knees Media; Leanne Ali, In-Clued Consulting; Matt Deegan, British Podcast Awards; Kurt Dusterhoff, SBD Automotive; Kevin Nolan, Strategy Analytics; Ben Poor, EBU; Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, and Patricia Nicol,  The Sunday Times; Alison Winter, BBC;  Mark Crawford,  Global, and Adrian Fitch, Bauer; and Clare McNally-Luke,  Ofcom; and many more.

Download the full agenda and speaker line up here.

Global launches LBC News – 24-hour national rolling news radio station
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Global launches LBC News – 24-hour national rolling news radio station
Global launches LBC News – 24-hour national rolling news radio station

This morning (Monday 28 October 2019) saw the launch of LBC News, a 24-hour national rolling news radio station this morning, from Global. 

The sister station to LBC, Leading Britain’s Conversation, LBC News is a fully dedicated rolling news channel, providing up-to-the-minute UK and world news, business, travel, weather and sport across its platforms – on air, online at lbcnews.co.uk and on social media @lbcnews.

With the strap line Where The News Never Stops, Global’s brand-new dedicated news station will broadcast a full round-up of the very latest national and international news in 20 minutes every 20 minutes, presented by some of the UK’s most experienced news broadcasters, including former Sky News presenters Martin Stanford, Lisa Aziz, Ian Payne as well as Jim Diamond.

The station will also broadcast Prime Minister’s Questions live and in full every Wednesday at midday, as well as staying with press conferences and other events of major importance for extended live coverage.

LBC News is powered by Global’s own team of 140 broadcast and multi-media journalists, based in 13 newsrooms across the UK and further supported by a team of reporters around the world. It will be distinct from LBC, Britain’s biggest commercial news talk station, which will continue to provide a 24/7 platform for debate, opinion and phone ins on the biggest stories of the day.

LBC News is available across the UK on DAB+ on Digital One, lbcnews.co.uk and on Global Player.

Ashley Tabor-King, Founder & Executive President, Global, commented:

“As the first commercial radio station in the UK, LBC has a 46-year history of providing the latest news, so it is exciting to launch LBC News, a new, dedicated station for the brand that can stay with major stories and events live longer and dedicate itself to pure news. With Global’s 24-hour radio rolling news channel, there will be no opinion or debate, just the news – on the radio, online and on our app – live, as it happens.”

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