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UK to review digital radio sector

UK to review digital radio sector

Recognising that changes in technology and the competitive landscape in recent years mean that the debate about a future digital transition programme for radio in the UK has shifted, Margot…

SiriusXM adds ‘Essential’ streaming package

US pay-radio service SiriusXM is expanding its subscription choices and introducing the new, low cost, ‘Essential’ streaming-only package. The Essential package features more than 300 channels and is priced at…

SiriusXM to lose Stern, but adds Cher

SiriusXM to lose Stern, but adds Cher

‘Shock jock’ radio broadcaster Howard Stern says he is going to retire from pay-radio operator SiriusXM when his contract concludes next year. Stern is a hugely popular shock jock and…

Netflix on the radio

Netflix will next week launch a radio station on Sirius XM. The 24/7 channel, branded Netflix Is a Joke Radio, will be broadcast on the US satellite radio network’s channel…

SiriusXM launches Pandora NOW

Pay-radio operator SiriusXM, and which also controls on-demand audio service Pandora, has launched Pandora NOW which will be presented as both a SiriusXM channel and Pandora interactive station and playlist…

Digital radio listening on the rise in Norway

Digital radio listening on the rise in Norway

In December 2017, Norway became the first country in the world to switch off national FM radio. The aim was to provide a better radio offering to listeners and create…

BBC vows “bold and creative programme making”

BBC vows “bold and creative programme making”

The BBC has published its annual plan for 2019/20. The corporation says the plan “makes central our commitment to bold and creative programme making, innovation in how we deliver services,…

Spotify launches in India

Spotify launches in India

Spotify has confirmed that its music streaming service is now available in India with all-new features that are finely tuned to Indian music fans’ personal tastes. As many Indians speak…

Spotify acquires Gimlet, Anchor

Spotify acquires Gimlet, Anchor

Spotify has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Gimlet Media, an independent producer of podcast content, and Anchor, a prominent company in podcast creation, publishing, and monetisation services. Terms of…

Pandora sale to SiriusXM approved

Pandora sale to SiriusXM approved

Pandora stockholders have approved the sale of their music business to pay-radio service SiriusXM in a $3.5 billion deal. But Pandora’s CEO Roger Lynch will leave once the deal wraps.…

Médiamétrie launches Global Audio

To provide market insight on understanding the development and consumption of audio services in France, Médiamétrie is launching Global Audio, a measurement service that captures all usages across the audio…

Bank: Music subscriptions shine

Spotify will unveil its Q4 numbers on February 6th, and Vivendi a week later on February 14th. A report from equity analysts at investment bank Deutsche Bank has looked at…

The Queen buys into SiriusXM

The Queen buys into SiriusXM

Unfortunately, Her Majesty the Queen cannot receive SiriusXM in the UK, with or without a seatbelt. However, in her name the Canadian Province of Alberta, and represented by the Alberta…

EU Parliament backs digital radio in cars

Policy makers, broadcasters and car makers are gathering at the Brussels Motor Show this evening to raise awareness of new EU rules requiring all new car radios to be capable…

Virgin Radio UK launches on Freesat

Virgin Radio UK launches on Freesat

Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV platform, has announced the addition of Virgin Radio UK to its digital radio channels. The music station joins a line-up of national and regional…