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iTunes Radio in September?

Apple looks set to launch its iTunes Radio streaming-music service in the US in September. iTunes Radio’s exact launch date has not yet been announced by Apple, beyond promising a debut in the autumn – but advertising industry site AdAge suggests that September will be the US launch for the service after claiming that McDonald’s, […]

August 21, 2013

Moto GP on Sirius XM

In time for the weekend’s action Stateside, Sirius XM Radio and rights-holder Dorna Sports revealed an agreement to make SiriusXM the exclusive North American radio broadcaster of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), marking the national US radio début of the world’s premier motorcycle racing series. SiriusXM’s coverage started over the weekend […]

August 19, 2013By Colin Mann

Kiss Fresh to broadcast on Freeview

Bauer Media UK has announced its digital radio station Kiss Fresh is to broadcast into almost 20 million homes on the Freeview platform, effective immediately. Andy Roberts, Group Programme Director at Kiss, said: “This increased distribution for Kiss Fresh is firmly in line with our ambition to grow the Kiss brand across multiple platforms. Kiss […]

August 6, 2013

SiriusXM borrows $600m

SiriusXM is borrowing $600 million which it will largely use to pay down existing debt.  The bonds will only be available outside the US. The bonds will offer interest of 5.70 per cent, and used to pay down debt due in 2015 with an interest rate of 8.75 per cent. There is no suggestion – […]

July 31, 2013

SiriusXM sees more impressive numbers

John Malone-controlled pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM reported 715,000 net new subs in Q2, with revenues for the quarter at $940 million (up 12 per cent on 2012) and saw the operator crash through the 25 million subscriber number (up 9 per cent) and the best quarterly gain since Q4/2007. Just about every metric was beaten, including […]

July 25, 2013By Chris Forrester

BBC: “We’ll learn from incredible highs and desperate lows”

The BBC is determined to learn the lessons from a year of “incredible highs” and some “desperate lows”, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten pledged today. Launching the BBC’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13 with Director-General Tony Hall, Lord Patten highlighted the success of the BBC’s Olympics coverage which surpassed all expectations, with 2,500 hours […]

July 16, 2013

Global Radio appeals GMG sell off

Global Radio is fighting to keep control of GMG Radio, owner of the Real and Smooth networks, and is submitting an appeal against the competition regulator’s order to sell off stations across the UK. The UK’s largest radio operator, owner of network radio brands including Capital, Heart and Real, intends to make a submission to […]

June 14, 2013

Greek TV and radio goes dark

ERT, or the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp, went dark late on June 11th. The decision to pull the plug on all state broadcasting was not unexpected, but most locals doubted that the threat would be carried out. Some 3,000 staff are affected, and the government has said that employees can now start re-applying for their jobs […]

June 12, 2013By Chris Forrester

Half of UK listens to online radio

Forty-eight per cent of adults in the UK listen to audio or radio online each week, an estimated weekly audience of 25 million, according to results from the first Audiometrics market research to measure listening behaviour. The survey of 3,000 UK adults (aged 15 and over) found that the weekly reach of online audio and […]

June 12, 2013

iTunes Radio from Apple

Apple has announced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and catalogue of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features tied in to iTunes’ functionality. The announcement, made at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, confounded suggestions that the service would be called ‘iRadio’. Users tuning into iTunes Radio on their iPhone, […]

June 11, 2013