It seems like Equity in the UK are worried about smart speakers carrying certain radio programmes for rights reasons. We may be heading for a situation that was in the USA some years ago when stations can no longer afford to be available outside their transmission area on the Internet.
From the Radio Today site
Fix Radio is now broadcasting nationally – five years after launching as the builder’s station in London.
The station celebrated its fifth birthday last week with a post on social media documenting its journey from a small regional station to an everyday essential for tens of thousands of tradespeople across the country.
Speaking about the national expansion, Fix radio founder Louis Timpany said: “We’ve now gone from an idea over a cup of tea on a building site to a national brand in just five years.
“This means that we can now offer advertisers a national route to tradespeople with zero wastage – and that’s an extremely exciting prospect for us.
“We have strong working partnerships with the likes of Checkatrade and Festool and recently struck a monumental deal with Wolseley, the largest heating and plumbing merchants in the UK.
“The deal with Wolseley – who have come on board to sponsor Fix Radio’s weekly Heating & Plumbing Show – may also lead to the station being broadcast throughout 500 of the company’s locations across the country, a genius bit of product placement if it happens, and perfectly exemplifies the forward thinking attitude of Fix Radio and its commercial team.”
Fix Radio listeners have also been helping with a crowdfunding campaign which has raised more than its target of a £750,000 to help the station grow.
Changes are being made to the evening schedule at Magic as former KISS presenter Neev Spencer joins for a weekend show.
From next week, Neev will be hosting the Friday evening show from 7pm-10pm.
Alongside this, she will also be hosting a 90s soul show on Magic Soul from 4pm-6pm every Saturday.
Current presenters Jim Davis and Jen Thomas also move into new slots across the week.
Jen Thomas will host the late-night slot Monday to Thursday from 10pm -1am and Jim Davis gets Saturday and Sunday nights from 7pm through until 10pm.
New changes on Magic Soul also include Paul Hayes at breakfast on Monday to Fridays from 7am-10am, whilst Des Paul joins drivetime Monday to Friday from 5-8pm and will also present an 80s soul show on Fridays from 5-7pm.
On joining the Magic Radio team Neev said: “I’m looking forward to joining Magic Radio, it’s always been one of my favourite stations, so to be able to host my own shows is a really exciting time. I’m looking forward to the journey ahead with Magic Radio.”
These changes are set to take place from Monday the 2nd of May.
Virgin Radio UK has a few programming changes across the network for the summer season, including the return of Virgin Radio Pride UK in June.
As Sam Pinkham takes a break, Steve Denyer moves to early breakfast. Bam moves to evenings from 7-10pm on Monday to Thursday, and Olivia Jones joins the team from Rock FM to present the late show from 10pm.
Meanwhile, Jayne Middlemiss moves to weekend breakfast from 6-9.30am.
Other changes include Vicki Blight taking over Virgin Radio Anthems UK in the mid-morning slot and Michael Underwood switching to Virgin Radio Chilled UK.
The network is also moving its Sunday Special documentary slot forward to 7pm, as the Virgin Radio team takes a weekly deep dive on the lives and achievements of some of the greatest names in music.
Still no word on a permanent replacement for Kate Lawler on Drive, as Gaby Roslin continues to cover.
Virgin Radio UK Content Director, Mike Cass said: “You can smell it in the air, summer is just around the corner, and we’re changing things up, not least with the return of the award-winning Virgin Radio Pride UK in June.
“I’m delighted to welcome new voices, and familiar voices in new slots, as we prepare to provide the soundtrack to the UK’s summer!”
alkRadio has fully aligned its branding with the new TalkTV station on the launch day of the television service.
A new logo is now being used for TalkRadio – to match TalkTV – and TalkRadio’s website has disappeared with talkradio.co.uk now redirecting to Talk.TV.
TalkRadio’s social media channels have also been rebranded to TalkTV, with @TalkRadio on Twitter no longer existing and the talkRADIOuk address on Facebook rebranded as TalkTV.
TalkRadioUK also no longer exists on Instagram as the account has changed to TalkTV.
The programmes and presenters on both services will be simulcast 24/7 from 7pm today – Monday 25th April 2022.
TalkTV will broadcast on Sky Channel 526, Virgin Media Channel 627, Freeview Channel 237 and Freesat Channel 217, as well as via connected TV services and smart devices.
The new TalkTV and TalkRadio show Piers Morgan Uncensored will feature former US President Donald Trump.
The show will air at 8pm on the launch day for TalkTV, which will carry the programmes of TalkRadio for the majority of the output.
TalkTV’s daytime schedule at launch will broadcast televised shows from TalkRadio. Media Powerhouse, specialists in visualised radio studios have constructed new set environments designed by Jim Fenhagen, working with TalkRadio Programme Director Dennie Morris.
Dennie Morris said: “We’ve added some movement to our main studio video wall, aligning it to the visual experience of our bespoke TV studios.
“Alongside that, we’ve ensured cameras get the best shots of the studio guests. This is visualised radio at its best; it feels at home on television while retaining the unique look and feel of a radio studio environment
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