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Global’s Miron to step down in 2025

Global, the Media & Entertainment Group, has announced that its Group Chief Executive, Stephen Miron, intends to step down after 16 years at the helm. He will remain as Group CEO in the interim period and then become Chairman of Global at the end of March 2025. Then, Global’s Chairman of 17 years, Lord Charles […]

February 27, 2024

Ofcom amateur radio licensing changes

Ofcom has announced that amateur radio enthusiasts will enjoy greater operating freedoms under amateur radio licensing changes outlined by the media regulator. Ofcom explained: “Last year, we set out how we planned to change amateur radio licences and policies, so they better meet the needs of current and future needs of the hobby. We received […]

February 21, 2024

SiriusXM trims staff again

SiriusXM is reducing its staff headcount. The North American pay-radio operator is axing around 170 employees, representing 3 per cent of its current workforce of some 5,680 staff. The broadcaster laid off 8 per cent of its employees less than a year ago. CEO Jennifer Witz, in a memo to staff, said: “We made significant […]

February 13, 2024By Chris Forrester

BBC Sounds hits record listeners

A combination of live and on-demand content has boosted BBC Sounds listening with a record 5 million weekly users accessing the platform across the last two weeks of January and early February (January 22nd – Febraury 3rd) which included content associated with the final of The Traitors and big weeks in sport with strong interest […]

February 13, 2024

SiriusXM beats profit expectations

Pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM’s Q4 profits were at $352 million (€323.1m), just down on the same period in 2022 which were $365 million. Revenues were slightly ahead of expectations at $2.29 billion ($2.28 billion the previous year). Earnings per share were up 1 cent at $0.09 and better than analyst’s expectations. SiriusXM also reported that ARPU […]

February 2, 2024By Chris Forrester

BBC Sounds sees record audiences

Between October and December 2023, BBC Sounds data shows a record average weekly audience of 4.86 million listened to the BBC’s content on the platform, with a peak of 4.96 million weekly users. Christmas music contributed to a record 6.2 million plays for music mixes on BBC Sounds, up 32 per cent from 2022, and […]

February 1, 2024

BBC Sounds podcast listening up 34%

In 2023 (January to November) there were over 2 billion plays of radio, music and podcasts on the BBC Sounds  app, as listeners continue to enjoy a wide range of audio content from across the BBC. Podcast listening saw an uplift of 34 per cent on BBC Sounds compared to the same period in 2022. […]

January 2, 2024

SiriusXM, Liberty Media restructure ownership

As expected, Liberty Media and pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM confirmed their transaction changes on December 12th. Liberty was already the largest and controlling shareholder in SiriusXM. The transaction will result in New SiriusXM being an independent public company, with no majority stockholder, a single class of shares and a board comprising a majority of independent directors. […]

December 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Sweden: New record for digital listening

Over 75 per cent of the Swedish population aged 15-74 years old listen to audio media such as radio, audiobooks, music, and podcasts, on an average day, according to research from Mediaivision. This is the same share as last year. However, there are significant changes between the different audio categories; live radio listening has decreased […]

December 7, 2023

Spotify to axe 1,500 staff

Music-streaming service Spotify has announced it is cutting 17 per cent of its workforce, approximately 1,500 staff, in a cost-cutting measure. Chief executive Daniel Ek said “substantial action to rightsize our costs” was needed for the Sweden-based company to meet its objectives. “I recognise this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable […]

December 4, 2023