Great offers on DAB digital radios at participating retailers
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Great offers on DAB digital radios at participating retailers
Great offers on DAB digital radios at participating retailers

Life's always better when the radio's on. And with a DAB digital radio, it can be even better.

Right now, you'll find great deals on new DAB digital radios at participating retailers  - John Lewis & Partners, Currys, Amazon, and eBay.

Offers are available from Saturday 12 October until Friday 25 October 2019.

Digital radio gives you so much more to enjoy with extra stations and great features such as easy search and tune, digital quality sound, and in some cases Bluetooth and internet-enabled features.

There are now over 50 stations available on DAB in most of the country, including all your favourite stations and extra digital stations. To see a full list of all the stations available where your are, use our station checker.

So don't miss out. Switch to digital radio and make life even better this Autumn.

Look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark on approved products. It means the radio includes DAB and DAB+.

For details of the offers available, look in store, or visit the retailers' websites by clicking on the store name in blue below.

John Lewis & Partners
Currys
Amazon 
eBay

Google and eBay announced for Drive to Digital 2019
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Google and eBay announced for Drive to Digital 2019
Google and eBay announced for Drive to Digital 2019

Internet giants, Google and eBay, have joined the speaker line-up for Drive to Digital 2019, the annual free conference for the digital radio and audio industry and supply chain, sponsored by Arqiva, which takes place on Wednesday 30 October 2019, from 1-6pm, at The British Library.

Steve Henn, Content Strategy Lead, News on Assistant, Google, and Tilda Molho, Trading Director, Electricals & Home Entertainment, eBay, join the agenda to share their insights and approach to the new audio market.

The full agenda for Drive to Digital 2019 is now confirmed and delivers a diverse range of expert speakers who will share their insights and perspective on the radio and audio landscape, covering the key areas of consumers, content, cars, technology and audio on demand. 

Other leading speakers on technology and the new audio market include Simon Bryant, Director of Research, Futuresource Consulting, and Diane Fuller, Sales and Marketing Director, Roberts Radio.

In an exciting new addition to the Audio on Demand line up, comedian and writer, Sadia Azmat, joins the panel to talk about her critically acclaimed podcast No Country for Young Women.

John Dash, CEO of Radio Academy will introduce this year’s ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 along with 30 Under 30 alumni Reece Parkinson, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Abbie McCarthy, BBC Music Introducing.

Drive to Digital 2019 will be chaired by Penny Smith, leading radio and TV presenter. Penny is joined by a line-up of over 30 exciting speakers, 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; and many more. See the full agenda here.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:

“We are really looking forward to Drive to Digital 2019. It’s an important time for the radio and audio industry and we have an incredibly diverse group of expert speakers sharing their insights on the new audio landscape - from two of the world’s biggest companies and the UK’s biggest broadcasters to a start-up digital station and new podcasters. We can’t wait!”

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 6 - 7.30pm hosted and sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

Event details:
When: Wednesday 30 October. Registration from 12pm. Conference start 1pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here. Few places remain!

Pop up music station from BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 1XTRA to launch
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Pop up music station from BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 1XTRA to launch
Pop up music station from BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 1XTRA to launch

BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 1Xtra are coming together to create a brand new pop-up station this week.

Bradford 1Xtra will broadcast from the West Yorkshire city for 35 hours, beginning on BBC Music Day Thursday 26 September, and be available on DAB in Bradford and online in the rest of the UK.  

The new pop-up station will celebrate the best urban music talent from Bradford, Leeds and across the whole of Yorkshire.

Rap, Grime and Hip Hop DJs from BBC Radio 1Xtra will team up with presenters from BBC Radio Leeds’ Evening Shows to target a young, local audience. News bulletins in Breakfast and Drive will cover local as well as national news and will come from Bradford.

Bradford 1Xtra will broadcast from Bradford University Student Union from 7pm on Thursday 26 September through to 6am on Saturday 28 September.

Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital, BBC England, said:

“Launching Bradford 1Xtra is the result of a number of different BBC departments coming together, from Design & Engineering and Technology to distribution and digital. This collaboration is an exciting moment for BBC Local Radio. “I’m thrilled BBC Radio Leeds is working with 1Xtra to take content direct to Bradford’s young urban audience as well as showcasing BBC Local Radio to a new generation of listeners.”

Sanjiv Buttoo, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Leeds, says:

“This is very exciting for us as we provide a really different style of programming for a younger audience in a city where local content is key. It’s never been done before and I’m so pleased to see some of Radio Leeds’ existing evening show presenters working alongside some of the UK’s top DJs who can normally be heard on BBC Radio 1Xtra. As you would expect, programmes are being broadcast live from Bradford and it promises to be a great listen!”

Mark Strippel, Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network adds:

“BBC Radio 1Xtra has a strong reputation for reaching young audiences in cities across Britain, so it’s fantastic that we’re collaborating with BBC Local Radio to create something special in Bradford. We are committed to being a creative catalyst and this collaboration brings BBC platforms together to showcase the best creative talent that the city has to offer. Britain’s next big music success story could emerge from Bradford.”

If successful, Bradford 1Xtra will be used as the model for future hybrids to help the BBC mark other big moments around the UK.

BBC Music Day is now in its fifth year and celebrates the power of music to change lives. The theme for 2019 is music and wellbeing, and over 2,000 events across the UK will include pop up performances, interviews, musical takeovers and short films by numerous artists.

Bradford 1Xtra will be available by clicking here from 7pm on Thursday 26 September.

Meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019
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Meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019
Meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019

We are delighted to announce there will be an opportunity to meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, at Drive to Digital 2019.

The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 celebrates the UK radio and audio industry’s most promising young professionals. Now in its seventh year, the national search identifies the most talented and exceptional future stars of radio spanning all areas of the industry.

The 30 outstanding individuals who comprise the Class of 2019 will be brought together for the first time at Drive to Digital and their collective achievements will be recognised and celebrated in a special moment within the conference.

Making the shortlist is an outstanding achievement and can act as a great career platform for the future.

Anthony Gay, Managing Director of ReelWorld, said:

“We get a huge buzz from celebrating bright young radio and audio talent who are shaping the future of our industry, that’s why it’s an honour for ReelWorld to be supporting the 30 Under 30 initiative for a 6th year. UK radio has changed beyond recognition during those six years but the power of sound to engage audiences only grows stronger. It’s great to see radio talent leading the revolution as more and more people re-connect with audio. Those on 2019’s record breaking 30 under 30 list are at the forefront of that revolution.There’s a thrilling optimism around audio right now and it’s exciting for ReelWorld to play a part in crafting the sound of the UK’s biggest radio brands as well as support the future of our industry.”

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: 

"The UK radio and audio landscape is healthy and vibrant but it’s moving fast with fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and new ways of listening. That’s why it’s so important the radio industry recognises the next generation of leaders and that’s exactly what the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 does. We are looking forward to bringing the 30 under 30 Class of 2019 together and celebrating this unique group on the stage at industry conference Drive to Digital at the British Library on 30 October.”

Full list of winners, in no particular order:

Abi Paterson

Muddy Knees

Abi Smitton

Hits Radio Manchester

Alex Rogers

BBC Radio 1

Anouszka Tate

Freelance

Ben Cartwright

Audio Always

Chelsea Dickenson

Audio Always

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Danny Mylo

Pulse of West Yorkshire

Danny Parkinson

BFBS

Darby Dorras

Somethin’ Else

Dave Creasey

Record Them

David Robertson

Radio Clyde

Emma Louise Amanshia

BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra

Emma Saunders

BBC Sport

Francesca Wells

Freelance

Jack Pepper

Scala Radio

Jamie Wareham

Freelance

Kamilla Baiden

Freelance

Lucy Hickling

BBC Radio 1

Lucy Olivia

BBC Sport / Muddy Knees

Mo Ayoub

Reprezent

Natasha Johansson

BBC Radio 5 Live

Natasha Reid

West FM

Nicole Logan

Roundhouse

Patrick Christys

Love Sport Radio

Peter Horspool

Country Hits Radio

Poppy Damon

BBC News

Rianna Croxford

BBC News

Ross Kempsell

Wireless

Summaya Mughal

BBC Radio Nottingham

Drive to Digital is the annual free conference for the digital radio and audio industry and supply chain, which takes place on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at The British Library.

Event details:
When: Wednesday 30 October. Registration from 12.15pm. Conference start 1pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 6 - 7.30pm hosted and sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.

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