UK Radio

Rolling With The Big Boys

The Huffington Post UK | Indigo Ellis | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student radio personality has been nominated for an award at the Radio Academy Awards, and is pitched against industry professionals. Phin Adams,...

My Top Ten 'Eltons'

Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy

In the process of producing the documentary, I revisited many of Elton John's early albums and this has been a truly joyous rediscovery. There are so many amazing tunes and the musicianship is astounding. See if you are able to hum along to my personal favourite "Eltons"...

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

Obsessive Personality Test Disorder

Geoff Lloyd | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Lloyd

Personality tests are enjoying an online resurgence. Previously a staple of tabloids, they fell out of favour as sceptics began to doubt the veracity of the 'If You Answered Mostly B...' scoring system... We're embracing these quizzes like someone who's filled in a 'Which Online Meme is For You?' questionnaire and got the answer 'Personality Tests'.

Peter Young, DJ: A Master of Spin

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.

Ex-Rockers Jarvis and Matthews Go Head-to-Head for Broadcaster of the Year at BPG Awards

Maisie McCabe | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Maisie McCabe

In this blog last year I challenged the commercial radio industry to ensure that one of their number was among the list of nominees for the BPG Radio Awards in 2014. I am delighted to say that for the first time in many, many years there is a commercial nominee included among some wonderful nominees from the BBC...

Why Is Ellen DeGeneres in a Den With Three Bears... and a Wolf?

Jyrki Rosenberg | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Jyrki Rosenberg

Like millions of people around the globe who have no interest in American football, I found myself drawn to the world of Super Bowl TV commercials. As you would expect, I wasn't able to avoid seeing the Ellen DeGeneres fronted ad for Beats Music.

Long Live Radio

Caroline Feraday | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Feraday

Every week still it seems that I hear that something new will "kill the radio star". Spotify will kill off radio, Pandora streaming will kill off radio, Nick Grimshaw will kill off radio. It won't. Technologies change, but radio isn't a piece of technology. It has a soul, it's a connection... it's my friend.

Audiences to Takeover BBC Radio 1's Studios During 'Access All Areas' Month

Rebecca Frank | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Frank

Just to get mushy for a minute, it's projects like these that make you proud to wear your BBC lanyard. Having the freedom to design a celebration around something as human as openness is pretty amazing, it's something only Radio 1 and 1Xtra would and could do.

World Radio Day: Empowering Women Through Radio

Melanie Smith | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Melanie Smith

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates radio as a way to communicate and promote access to information, freedom of expression, gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

Behind The Scene: Sian Anderson

Bwoywonder | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

I left my Rinse FM show in June 2013 and have been on 1Xtra covering Clara Amfo and Adele Roberts from December 2013 - now. I've got a show coming up on Radio 1 on March 8th for International Women's Day 9-11pm, check it out.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2014 - My Cervix and Yours

Vicki Blight | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicki Blight

Three years ago, at the age of 29, after taking up the invitation for my regular cervical screening, I received my first abnormal result. The re-test showed mild changes to the cells of my cervix and so I was referred to the hospital's colposcopy clinic for a biopsy. First thing I did? Worry myself stupid!

Why Every Manager Should Go Back to the Shop Floor

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

One of my best experiences last year was doing a week's unpaid work experience for Kerrang! radio. Working in a real radio station, and hanging out with the DJs (I was sat next to Johnny Doom) gave me a sense of possibility around working in radio that had seemed fleeting previously.

Don't Be Afraid of Change: Don't Fix It If It's Not Broken!

Kamran Assadi | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamran Assadi

Change is a common process that happens throughout all our lives. It's necessary and important - it has to happen, regardless of what we think. Sometimes, we have no say on what changes and how it does that. It's easier to accept it and change with it.

In Defence of a Friend

John Parish | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Parish

Polly Harvey is my best friend and I know her to be meticulous and considered in everything she does. The amazing line up of guests for Today she was able to draw from is testament to how well thought of she is.

Did You Know Your Christmas Lights Might be Interfering With Your Broadband?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

Most households will be lit up with a few Christmas lights this week (or perhaps getting carried away with more than a few), and it also happens to be the time of year when we at thinkbroadband see more people moaning about slow broadband.

The Pantomime Villain: Anjem Choudary Invited on BBC Radio 4 Today

Imran Awan | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Imran Awan

Terrorism is a disease and we need to find a cure for it, but we need to start this process by engaging with serious people who can make a difference to the counter extremist narrative and not invite the likes of Choudary or organisations such as Quilliam who do not speak for British Muslims.

Was Simon Amstell's Point on Apartheid Taken Out of Context?

Edward Adoo | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Comedian and Broadcaster Simon Amstell guested on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and was pressured to apologise and branded a racist across on twitter and other social media networks after making an apartheid reference about Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!

Edward Adoo | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Gil Scott Heron said "The Revolution will not be televised". He was right in some sense. It will certainly not be televised but digitalised on the radio. Although that might not happen for quite some time as the government, BBC and commercial radio have been bickering for years on scheduling a date to switch from analogue to digital.

Moving Part One: Prelude to the Horror

Nick Abbot | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

I am moving flat. This has led to a massive upheaval, mostly in my cupboards. My cupboards contain what must be the world's largest collection of things that no-one could ever want or need. There are things in there that make a video cassette player look useful. And there's a video cassette player.

Radio 1 Is Chris Morris' Biggest Joke Ever

Gareth Ellis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Gareth Ellis

The genius behind this massive endeavour is Chris Morris, who orchestrated it all from his lavish secret office under BBC Broadcasting House.

Technology and Football: A Match Made in Heaven

Lucas von Cranach | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Lucas von Cranach

The football season's fully underway and we're getting back into the thick of the action again. I'm just so thankful to technology that I now have the luxury of keeping up-to-date with every second of the game with news, stats, videos and more via the press of a button in the palm of my hand - as opposed to pulling my hair out waiting for the paperboy!

With Google Translate I Thee Wed?

Alan Dein | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alan Dein

I first met Bryan online nearly two years ago, during a series of interviews for a BBC Radio 4 series called Don't Log Off that has been on the air since January 2012. The concept of the show is to seek out people's stories from all over the world - not by traditional or conventional research methods.

Do Inheritance Laws Make Second-Class Citizens of Women?

Mary Morgan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mary Morgan

Much has been made of the recent legal battle in Botswana in which a group of elderly sisters successfully fought off their nephew to hold on to the family property...

Cancer Has Given Me an Inner Strength I Would Never Have Found Otherwise

Rachel Robyns-Laird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Robyns-Laird

"It's not good news I'm afraid, Rachel, I'm sorry to have to tell you, you have cancer." It was exactly 11.30 when my doctor called me through. That sentence is all I remember about the appointment... One year later and I am loving life! I have not let cancer define me and I am finally getting my life back on track!