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Podcast-first programmes from 5 live

BBC Radio 5 live has signed former England cricket captain Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff to host a new podcast as the station launches a series of podcast-first programmes. Flintoff is teaming…

WorldDAB ensures ‘fit for the future’ standard

WorldDAB ensures ‘fit for the future’ standard

Global industry association WorldDAB has completed a comprehensive review and revision of the DAB digital radio standard, identifying obsolete features, clarifying the description of features to aid interoperability and updating…

Pandora lays off staff

Struggling music streaming service Pandora is laying off 7 per cent of its staff.  The decision to downsize is said to be direct result of the failure of a buy-out…

BBC to revamp iPlayer

BBC to revamp iPlayer

BBC Director-General Tony Hall has said the corporation needs to reinvent its on-demand iPlayer service to make the leap from a catch-up service to a “must-visit” destination in its own…

Norway flicks analogue radio switchover

Norway flicks analogue radio switchover

Norway has become the first country in the world to start digital switchover (DSO) from FM to DAB+. National FM networks will be switched off region by region – starting…

Universal, Sony top US music streaming market

Music Business Worldwide has conducted an in-depth market share analysis of the US recorded music business last year across audio streaming, video streaming, total album ‘projects’ and more besides –…

Streaming music users now top 100m

Streaming music users now top 100m

A report from Midia Research founder and music industry expert Mark Mulligan states in his blog that music streaming subscriptions have reached the 100 million mark in December 2016. This…

SiriusXM tops own guidance

Pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM has exceeded its own guidance for its 2016 expectations in terms of subscribers. However, comments from SiriusXM’s CFO David Frear, speaking at a Citigroup financial conference on…

UK entertainment sales hit £6.3bn in 2016

UK entertainment sales hit £6.3bn in 2016

Investment by new digital services such as Spotify, Sky, Amazon, Apple Music and Google has resulted in sales of music, video and games running £1 billion ahead of where they…

TiVo unveils SongConnect

TiVo has announced the availability of SongConnect, a music metadata package that relates versions of a song to a single master work. SongConnect is powered by TiVo’s unique song ID.…