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SiriusXM orders satellites from Maxar

North American pay-radio operator SiriusXM has ordered two powerful geostationary satellites to be built by Maxar Technologies. The new craft (SXM-11 and SXM-12) now join two other satellites (SXM-9 and 10) already under construction by Maxar. SXM-9 and 10 were ordered in 2021. SXM-11 and 12 will launch around 2026-27. The new craft will have […]

November 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

AudioUK calls for more government action for audio sector

Trade body AudioUK has set out a raft of measures it says are needed to put audio production on to the same footing as other creative media content production, such as TV, film, games and animation. Speaking at a Westminster Media Forum event on the future of the radio and audio industries, Chloe Straw, Managing […]

November 18, 2022By Colin Mann

Italy: DAZN, Deezer partnership

Deezer, the music streaming service, is partnering with the live sports streaming and entertainment platform DAZN in Italy. This alliance brings together the passions for music and sports, allowing DAZN subscribers to listen to their favourite tracks, albums and playlists on Deezer. Subscribers will benefit from user-friendly music streaming features, including SongCatcher, Lyrics with translation […]

November 16, 2022

MPs to question BBC on local radio cuts

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question BBC executives on the proposed cuts to local radio provision. The corporation announced plans at the end October 2022 for greater programme sharing among local stations, with a shift in investment away from broadcasting to digital content. Overall, the changes will result in […]

November 11, 2022By Colin Mann

SiriusXM subs growth slows

SiriusXM’s financials for its Q3 were healthy, but net additional subscribers were at just 187,000. This time last year they were 616,000. This still means the North American pay-radio broadcaster has 32.2 million paid users (and a total of 34.2 million when promotional subscribers are added). SiriusXM also owns the Pandora subscription music service and […]

November 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

Mini-budget pulls record traffic to BBC Sounds

From July to September 2022 there was an average 4.3 million weekly people using BBC Sounds, with a record weekly 4.53 million coming in the week following the UK’s mini-budget – particularly to Newscast to help make sense of the economic crisis. This quarter BBC Sounds launched Local To Me, a new feature that helps […]

October 24, 2022

Gangs of London launches official podcast

Inside Gangs of London: The Official Podcast launches today (October 17th), ahead of the return of the award-winning Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic on October 20th, becoming one of Sky’s first major companion podcasts for an original drama. Inside Gangs of London will serve as an essential companion to the main series, offering an […]

October 17, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Spotify acquires Kinzen

Spotify has acquired Ireland-based Kinzen, a specialist in protecting online communities from harmful content. Spotify says that its current partnership with Kinzen, which began in 2020, has been critical to enhancing its approach to platform safety. The company’s technology is particularly suited for podcasting and audio formats. “We’ve long had an impactful and collaborative partnership […]

October 6, 2022

Law&Crime launches SiriusXM channel

US pay-radio service SiriusXM has announced the addition of Dan Abrams’ TV network, Law&Crime, to its streaming channel lineup. The simulcast of the TV network features daily live trial coverage, expert legal analysis, and original true-crime stories. The channel is available to stream immediately on Law&Crime channel 793. Law&Crime features live trials along with expert […]

October 3, 2022

Whitehall signs podcast deal with Audible

Audible, a specialist in spoken-word entertainment, has announced a deal with comedian, actor and presenter, Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Jungle Cruise, Travels with My Father)for a new Audible Original comedy series,Jack Whitehall’s Safe Space, set to launch on November 21st. Jack Whitehall’s Safe Space isall about awkward moments and embarrassment. Joined by producer, comedy writer and the James […]

September 29, 2022