Third of new cars sold with digital radio as standard

One third (33.3%) of new cars sold in the last three months of 2012 included DAB digital radio as standard. This means there was a 76% increase in the number of cars sold with digital radio fitted compared to the previous year, according to Digital Radio UK. The industry body says eight of the ten … Read more

Anna Foster announced as new co-host on 5 live drive

The BBC has announced that Anna Foster will be the new permanent co-presenter alongside Peter Allan on Radio 5 live’s drive programme. Anna Foster and Louise Minchin have alternated presenting duties alongside Peter Allan since Aasmah Mir left the station last November. Anna Foster has been with the BBC station since 2005 and co-hosted the … Read more

Motoring blog looks at state of in-car digital radio

Whilst government estimates point at a potential switchover from FM to digital radio for many radio stations between 2015 and 2019, most car manufacturers do not include a DAB digital radio as standard. The new Volvo V40, which went on sale late last year, features a sound system with 5″ colour display, a radio and … Read more

Voting opens for BBC Radio 6 Music’s top track

Alternative music station BBC Radio 6 Music is asking listeners to vote on the best song released during the station’s ten years on air. The station launched in March 2002 as one of several new digital-only outlets from the BBC. Staff and presenters have shortlisted 100 songs released between March 2002 and the end of … Read more

Mike Harding takes folk show to the Internet

As Mark Radcliffe takes up the reigns of the Folk Show on BBC Radio 2, its former host has launched a folk music podcast. New host Mark Radcliffe has presented several shows on Radio 2, and performs in his own band, The Shirehorses. More recently Mark Radcliffe has presented Sky Arts’ coverage of the Cambridge … Read more

Michael Ball returns to Radio 2 with new show

Singer and presenter Michael Ball will return to BBC Radio 2 later this January with a brand new show, airing every Sunday from 7pm. Starting on Sunday, 20th January, the programme will look back at “decades of music and memories” with the audience. I am so delighted to be back on Radio 2 with a … Read more

New wireless speakers join Pure’s multiroom system

The UK-based digital radio firm Pure will this week unveil new wireless devices at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Pure’s Jongo allows streaming of audio over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, controlled with an iPad or selected Pure digital radios. Retailing for around £150, the Jongo S340B (pictured in yellow) includes four small tweeters … Read more

Influence of social media on radio listening

In its look at radio listening in 2013 the BBC World Service programme Over to You has asked whether social media will influence listening to radio. I think what we’ve seen is a change from a device oriented listening experience to very much one which is connected, whether that’s on your phone or the Internet. … Read more

New breakfast show on Xfm in London

Comedian, author and writer Jon Holmes has been announced as the new host of Xfm’s breakfast show in London from Monday morning. Previously hosting Saturday morning’s on BBC Radio 6 Music, the Sony award winner is also part of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, has been heard on BBC Radio 2 and co-created Radio … Read more

Dance music station KISS starts test transmissions nationally

Dance music station KISS has started test transmissions across the UK. The station is best known for playing music from artists Bruno Mars, Rihanna, David Guetta and Chris Brown during the day and specialist music programmes at night. KISS began as a London-based pirate radio station in the 80’s before relaunching as a legal station … Read more