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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

French levy music streaming tax

The French Senate is discussing a streaming music tax. The proposal, if adopted, will be made through amendments to the Finance Bill (PLF) 2024, the principle of taxing music streaming platforms. The tax contribution will fund the National Music Centre (NJC). Currently, the organisation receives government support and a ticket tax for live performances. The […]

December 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

BBC Podcasts Premium in 166 additional countries

BBC Studios has launched BBC Podcasts Premium, its exclusive Apple subscription podcast service, for listeners in 166 new countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. BBC Podcasts Premium offers early access and ad-free listening for a range of the BBC’s most popular titles for listeners on Apple Podcasts. The international […]

November 28, 2023

Fubo launches Fubo Radio

FuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform, and Super Hi-Fi, a specialist in AI-powered radio services for broadcast and digital media platforms, have announced the launch of 10 fully branded FAST channel radio stations on Fubo in the US. It is a radio experience created from the ground-up for an OTT service, with a TV-first […]

November 28, 2023

MPs to debate Media Bill

TV and radio audiences could see more high quality British programmes hitting screens and speakers as new laws to maximise the potential of UK broadcasters are debated in Parliament today [November 21st]. The Media Bill, which has its Second Reading in the House of Commons, will update decades-old legislation to unleash the power of British […]

November 21, 2023By Colin Mann

UK Government responds to Media Bill scrutiny

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons has published the Government response to its reports on the draft Media Bill. The Bill was introduced to Parliament after its inclusion in the King’s Speech. The Secretary of State confirmed that the Government has accepted the majority of recommendations made by the […]

November 17, 2023By Colin Mann

BBC Sounds enables multi-room playback on Alexa

Listeners with Alexa-enabled smart speakers are now able to listen to BBC Sounds on multiple Alexa devices at once. Aniruddh Dimri Head of Product, BBC Sounds, commented: We know that this is something our listeners have been wanting for a long time, and we’ve worked hard with Amazon to make it happen. If you have […]

November 10, 2023

SiriusXM unveils new look

SiriusXM has unveiled its refreshed branding built around a star icon. The North American pay-radio broadcasters states that the new logo takes inspiration from the night sky, putting a star at the centre of its iconic ‘S’ to represent Sirius, the ‘Dog Star’. The star is defined to “harken back to the brand’s origins as […]

November 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Media Committee Chair welcomes King’s Speech commitments

Commenting on the inclusion of the Media Bill and the Football Governance Bill in the King’s Speech, which sets out the Government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chair Dame Caroline Dinenage MP said: “The Media Bill will be vital for ensuring our public service broadcasters can continue to thrive […]

November 8, 2023By Colin Mann