Scala Radio announces more names for presenter line up
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Scala Radio announces more names for presenter line up
Scala Radio announces more names for presenter line up

With under two weeks to go until launch, Scala Radio, the brand new digital station offering classical music for modern life, has announced further presenters for its line-up.

Anthea Turner, Alexis Ffrench, Luci Holland, Faye Treacy and Hannah Cox will join the new station, alongside Charles Nove at Breakfast, Simon Mayo on Mid-mornings, Sam Hughes on Afternoons, Mark Forrest on Drive and Jamie Crick on Sunday breakfast. Music innovators Goldie and William Orbit will also launch their own series - Goldie’s Classic Life and William Orbit in The Space.

Evenings, from 7-9pm, will begin with a launch week series on the London Symphony Orchestra in Scala Radio Spotlight fronted by Jack Pepper. Magic’s Hannah Cox will present Late Night Scala, from 10pm to 1am, with ‘classical music inspired love stories.’

Anthea Turner joins former LBC and BBC London presenter, Chris Rogers, on Sundays at 10am, starting from 31st March. Speaking ahead of the launch, Anthea said:

“Music and conversation are two of the greatest things in life, so it’ll be such a pleasure to bring weekend playfulness to Scala Radio each Sunday.”

Also joining the line-up are comedian and trombonist, Faye Treacy (Saturday and Sunday 6-8pm) and Edinburgh-based composer, arranger and sound artist, Luci Holland, who will front The Console, a show dedicated to music in video gaming, on Saturdays at 5pm.

Pianist and composer, Alexis Ffrench, will present Music in Motion, a show set to take listeners on a journey into his musical influences, from neo-classical and ‘the piano chill zone’ to rebel composers. Listeners can expect everything from Chopin to Shostakovich and Beach Boys to Beastie Boys as he looks at the relationship between classical and contemporary styles.

Scala Radio is a brand-new entertainment radio station that breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. The station will play familiar masters from Mozart and Holst to surprising new works from living composers Karl Jenkins, Rebecca Dale, Thom Yorke, film scores and musicals, plus music performed by bright young artists such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Scala Radio is for those that love classical music and lead a modern life. Bringing together familiar masters along with fresh and exciting new classical pieces, Scala Radio will be presented with an informal ‘come as you are’ attitude.

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

“Scala Radio is reflective of modern life and the place classical music has within it – we are excited for the station to launch on the 4th of March and this varied line-up of presenters to bring it to life.”

Scala Radio began test transmissions on the SDL national DAB multiplex on Monday 18 February before its launch at 10am on Monday 4 March.

To find out how to listen to Scala Radio go to

Nominations announced for Jazz FM Awards 2019
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Nominations announced for Jazz FM Awards 2019
Nominations announced for Jazz FM Awards 2019

The nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2019, which take place in April, have been announced. The Awards recognise the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues.

Nominations include saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Mercury Prize-shortlisted Sons of Kemet, trailblazing Chicago jazz drummer Makaya McCraven, popular neo-soul singer and producer Leon Bridges, blues star Eric Bibb, and from the emerging jazz scene Nubya Garcia, Emma Jean-Thackray, Joe Armon-Jones, Moses Boyd, neo-soulstress Poppy Ajudha alongside South London collective Steam Down. Kamasi Washington’s impromptu performance at the residency has also been nominated for the Live Experience of the Year Award.

The UK Jazz Act of the Year and Live Experience of the Year, will be decided by a public vote. Public voting is open now at and will close on Monday 12th March 2019.

The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, PRS For Music Gold Award and Impact Award recipients will be announced ahead of the ceremony. Previous winners of these special awards have included the likes of George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Oscar-winning film director Damien Chazelle and the late Hugh Masekela.

Jazz FM’s Head of Music and broadcaster Chris Philips will be hosting the Awards Ceremony with Jez Nelson once again. Of the nominations list this year, Chris said:

“This year’s Jazz FM Award nominees list reflects another tremendous year of growth and interest in the music. In particular it’s fantastic to see some of our formerly recognised emerging talent like Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings sharing nominations with some of the World’s best, testament indeed to a vibrant and strengthening jazz community and industry here in the UK.”

The night will also feature special performances from a host of celebrated artists, still to be revealed. The main awards ceremony takes place at Shoreditch Town Hall on International Jazz Day which is 30th April.

To see a full list of nominees and for more information please visit

The Jazz FM Awards 2019 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is made possible with the support of PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Arqiva, Oanda, Warsteiner, Savile Row Gin, Denbies and Yamaha UK.

Digital listening hits new record in 4th consecutive quarter over 50%
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Digital listening hits new record in 4th consecutive quarter over 50%
Digital listening hits new record in 4th consecutive quarter over 50%

Digital listening has reached a new record share of 52.6%, up from 49.9% in Q4 2017, boosted by strong digital listening growth to national commercial stations and to digital listening in car, according to RAJAR Q4 2018 data released today.

Now over 50% for four consecutive quarters, digital listening is at record levels across BBC and commercial stations, accounting for 51.5% of all BBC radio and 53.9% of commercial radio listening.

Commercial radio’s digital share has increased as the availability and number of digitally distributed national commercial stations continues to grow. Digital listening to national commercial stations has increased by 13.9 million hours (or 10.3%) year on year, and now accounts for 80% of all national commercial listening.

Digital listening is increasingly the norm and all age demographics between the ages of 10-64 years old have digital listening above 50%, with 35-44 year olds having the highest digital listening at 58.5%.

An important driver of digital listening growth is in car digital listening which grew by 15 million hours or 19% year on year and reached a new record share of 37.5% of all in car listening. 93% of new cars sold now come with DAB as standard and an additional 2.36 million new vehicles were registered with DAB as standard in 2018, according to CAP/SMMT data for Q4 2018.

The most popular digital-only station remains BBC 6 Music with a weekly reach of 2.3 million listeners, with Radio 4 Extra regaining the second most popular spot, growing to 2.1m listeners. KISSTORY is the most popular commercial digital-only station, with a weekly reach of 1.8 million listeners.

DAB remains the most popular digital platform, accounting for a record share of 38.3% of all radio listening or 72.7% of all digital listening. 65% of the population now own a DAB radio at home compared to 62.3% in the same quarter last year.

Listening hours via online/Apps grew by 6.6% year on year, to now account for 9.4% of all radio listening and 17.8% of digital listening. Listening via digital television now accounts for 5% of radio listening and 9.4% of digital listening.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said:

“Q4 2018 marks the fourth quarter in a row when digital listening has been above 50%. The growth of digital listening and launch of new digital stations is providing a platform for growth for all broadcasters and we welcome the increasing levels of digital radio content innovation and investment. We look forward to the listening data for Q1 2019 which will reflect the massive surge in smart speaker sales and usage post-Christmas and the impact of the new stations and schedules launched in January.”


Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio
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Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio
Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio

Bauer Media is to launch a ground-breaking brand-new classical entertainment radio station, Scala Radio. Offering classical music for modern life, Scala Radio is set to be the biggest launch in UK classical music radio in nearly thirty years and anticipates an explosive growth in the genre and an ever growing cross-over into the mainstream.

Launching on Monday 4 March, Scala Radio will bring together familiar masters along with fresh and exciting new classical pieces, and promises to surprise and delight listeners with its accessible tone and unique format inspiring musical discovery, along with conversation and features.

Leading the presenting line-up is much-loved and award-winning broadcaster, Simon Mayo who will host a brand-new mid-morning entertainment show, with celebrity interviews, listener interaction and a new re-imagined ‘Classical Confessions’ feature.

With conversation alongside  the music, the new station will feature Angellica Bell leading the weekend; Mark Kermode who will bring alive his love of film scores; and Chris Rogers hosting a live Sunday brunch show with guests.

Music innovators Goldie and William Orbit will also launch their own series - Goldie’s Classic Life and William Orbit in The Space, and one of Britain’s youngest commissioned composers - 19-year-old Jack Pepper will bring a new fresh point of view to classical music on the radio. Also on the line-up are presenters, Charles Nove, Mark Forrest, Sam Hughes and Jamie Crick.

Scala Radio presenter, Simon Mayo, commented on the launch: 

“There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations up until now. We're different because we're going all to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today."

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

"We are launching new radio brands at great velocity and we believe that Scala is the most exciting new personality-led radio station launch in years. The mix of music, personality and conversation will make it both intriguing and completely unique. We’ve completely re-imagined a format and designed it to appeal to a modern audience. This will be the very best in classical music for today.”

Scala Radio will feature a broad and topical variety of music, including familiar masters from Mozart and Holst to surprising new works from living composers such as Karl Jenkins, Rebecca Dale and Thom Yorke. Launching on the 4 March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. 

Listen on national DAB Digital Radio, online, via smart speakers and via mobile apps. Further information on how to listen can be found at

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