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Bauer to keep own radioplayers

As more radio stations across the country arrive on the UK Radioplayer every day, Radio Today has learned that Bauer’s portfolio of stations have no plans to use the new console on their websites.

Instead, the group’s stations – which include Magic, Kiss and Big City heritage brands like Key 103, Metro, Hallam and Clyde – will keep their own bigger ‘radio player’ for listening online. 

Denise: Vaughan ‘blocked me’

Former Capital FM breakfast co-host Denise Van Outen says she hasn’t spoken to Johnny Vaughan since leaving the station almost three years ago.

The partnership only lasted for six months in 2008 and Denise says Vaughan ‘sort of blocked’ her from talking to him after she left.  Read more

BBC Local Radio defended

The future of BBC Local Radio was the topic of debate in a Westminster forum yesterday.

MPs from around the country defended their localradio stations by explaining how popular and important the local content is, saying the BBC should be looking to make cuts from other areas such as overnight television and BBC 3.  Read more

TIML to sell Absolute Radio?

Absolute Radio‘s owner, The Times of India Group, is looking for a buyer for its UK radio operations, according to a report.

TIML Radio Ltd owns and operates the 2nd nationalradio licence, along with a London-wide FM service, and is considering a sale or public review, sources say.  Read more

Baker back later this month

Danny Baker is to return to his daily BBC Londonradio show a week on Monday, after several months off battling cancer.

He’ll also be back on his Saturday morning 5 Live show from next month.  

More community licences to come

Ofcom has begun taking applications for new community radio licences in the South West of England and Wales as part of a new round of licensing.

New licences across the UK over the next three years will add to the current crop of 228 licensed not-for-profit community radio stations.  

Radio Netherlands Blog

Journalists in Greece have walked out of newsrooms across the country, causing a nationwide news blackout in the first of four strike days. No television or radio news bulletins will be broadcast, no news websites will be updated and no newspapers or magazines will be published until Tuesday.

From the Digital Spy Site

Absolute Radio ‘could be sold’

Thursday, April 7 2011, 13:22 BST

By Andrew Laughlin, Technology Reporter

Absolute Radio could reportedly be sold under a review of the loss-making radio station being run by its India-based owner.

Times Infotainment Media, a subsidiary ofThe Times Of India owner Bennett, Coleman and Co Ltd (BCCL), bought Absolute Radio, then called Virgin Radio, for £53.2 million in 2008.

After the rebrand, Absolute’s losses grew 62% to £4.3m in 2009 and its revenue fell by a third as audience figures declined, despite the station signing high-profile presenters such as Frank Skinner.

The station hit an all-time low of 1.37m listeners in the final quarter of last year, down by more than a million on the 2.35m in the three months before its relaunch.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, BCCL chief executive Ravi Dhariwal said: “We are in the process of conducting a review [of our various businesses] – as to where we stand. It’s too premature to talk about the likelihood of sale, etc. I wouldn’t want to comment any further.”

Industry insiders have suggested that TalkSport owner UTV Media could be a potential suitor if Absolute Radio is put on the market. UTV reported strong financial performance last year, including a 17% increase in its profits.

One industry executive told The Guardian: “Only existing national operators are likely to be serious contenders because of the amount of money Absolute is losing and the economies of scale that would need to be made.”

UTV could be particularly interested in Absolute Radio due to its rights deal to air commentary of 32 live Premier League games a season. TalkSport currently broadcasts 64 games per season from the league.

Absolute also owns a valuable FM licence for London and a national AM licence with listeners in England, Scotland and Wales.


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