UK Radio

Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament' Is Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary - I Take a Look Back...

Sean Curran | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Sean Curran

Now, in spite of all the TV temptations and digital distractions, Today in Parliament attracts more than a million listeners every week. In times of crisis it is even bigger. In 2003 as parliament debated the case for military action in Iraq, the weekly audience neared three million.

Selena Gomez, I'm So Sorry to Hear Your News

Olivia Jones | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Jones

News has now broken that pop sensation, Hollywood actress and teen idol Selena Gomez has been suffering with lupus and has been treating it with chemotherapy. This is another bit of evidence that you needed to believe that celebrities, even at the dizziest heights of fame, are real people.

Latest U2 Product Available Now!

Andy Bush | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

It's the 'Bono Play 2000' - 16 yards of perspex tubing leading to a cozy plastic house filled with the finest bedding - look at Bono's little face - he's loving it: PRICE TBC

Who Killed Elsie Frost?

Jon Manel | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Jon Manel

It was shortly after lunch when Elsie Frost said goodbye to her father, Arthur. She was 14 and was on her way to a lake not far from her home. It was to be a special occasion. She had been asked to help teach a group of younger children how to sail...

Mars: Space Lido

Andy Bush | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

I love the fact that NASA have discovered flowing water on Mars. All these Sci-Fi fantasies we've had about an arid, brutal desert planet, are complet...

Let's Talk About X! Is It Wrong to Target a Male Radio Audience?

David Spencer | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

Is chasing a male audience worse than targeting 25 to 45 females, or teenagers, or over 50s (if only there was such a beast in commercial radio!!)? All define their priority audience. It is sensible marketing.

I Am Obsessed With Prince

Andy Bush | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessed with Prince, he's an enigma. The man is clearly a music legend, he's sold millions of records and has an army of adoring fans across the world. I play a lot of his records on my Absolute Radio show, and when I do I always sit back and imagine what it must be like to be Prince in real life.

Why I Don't Feel Excluded by Radio X

Jane Ireland | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

As a female I am clearly not in Radio X's highly publicised target demographic stated ahead of their launch a week ago; added to that the fact that I'm also nearly outside the upper age range of 25-44 years and you get the idea that Radio X is just not for me. Or that's what social media would have us think.

Chris Moyles Drafts In Noel Gallagher For His Radio X Debut

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

Chris Moyles, the former Radio 1 DJ, has returned to broadcasting with a flagship new breakfast show on new station Radio X. Moyles took the helm o...

CV or Not CV - That Is the Question

David Spencer | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
David Spencer

A recent conversation with a colleague, who is Managing Director of a publishing company led to a fascinating revelation. He told me that he never looks at the CV of applicants for jobs in his company...

Radio Station Offers £20,000 Towards Gender Re-Assignment In Competition

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK

A Canadian radio station is offering £20,000 towards gender reassignment surgery to one lucky winner in a new competition called 'The New Normal'. ...

XFM Set to Disappear From London's Radio Airwaves

Edward Adoo | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

XFM has roots, it has history. The rumour circulating about the station's future indicates it's due to close and rebranded as Radio X on Saturday 21st of September with Chris Moyles pencilled in to host the Breakfast show. It's worrying and highlights greed and lack of creativity at the top end of commercial radio.

Batman's Worst Nightmare

Andy Bush | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

I think about Batman a lot, I kind of feel sorry for him - it must be exhausting all that being at the 'beck and call' of Gotham City lark. I imagine ...

Role Playing Can Make You Happy

Sarah Brett | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brett

Anybody who thinks this is about sex, keep reading. It's not, but keep reading anyway - it might just make you happy. We're right in the middle of Happiness Week on BBC Radio 5 live...

We Were Never Given a Chance to Become Entrepreneurs in Brixton

Edward Adoo | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

When I recently interviewed Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots on Mi-Soul Radio he reflected on what life was like being a Rastafarian, living in Brixton which inspired him to release his latest album 'Rise Above'.

Sharing Your Experience - The Power of Mentoring

David Spencer | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
David Spencer

But the 'tricks' that made that difference were only possible to understand by having experience. They might seem obvious to a 46 year old, but not to a 22 year old. I find it hugely rewarding to use this experience in the industry to help others start or improve their media career

Shift Terrors - The Health Dangers of Working Unsociable Hours

David Spencer | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Spencer

This week on Radio 4, Today's Sarah Montague presented a half hour exploration of the health risks of working these unsociable hours. Getting up to present the BBC's flagship radio news programme at 0330 was her inspiration.

A Vision of the Dystopian BBC-less Future

David Mooney | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
David Mooney

You sit back in your armchair, pick up the television remote control and click the screen on. After a moment of warming up, the picture displays itself into your house, with the volume slightly too loud from the last time you were watching telly, and you hurriedly press the minus key to try and get the sound to pipe down a bit. It only works after you smack the batteries on the back and jab a little bit of life into them...

Remembering 7 July 2005 From the Sky News Basement

David Spencer | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
David Spencer

For all journalists these type of events will occur a number of times during a career. Some make their name from how they report or handle them. Most, like me, just do a job and move on. Hearing the stories of that day ten years ago reminds me that for many 'moving on' is not really an option.​

Danish Radio Host Who Beat and Killed Baby Rabbit on Air Should Be Prosecuted

Libby Blanchard | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Libby Blanchard

Animal rights and animal welfare debates are important, and there is a hypocrisy that exists within pet lovers who are also meat eaters. But debates about animal rights and their welfare but should never be sparked with cruelty and unnecessary suffering.

Radio's Hardest Job?

David Spencer | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Sport
David Spencer

As the football season draws to a close in the UK, it is time for fans, players and managers to take a break from the frenetic nature of the sport. It is also a time for many commentators to lay down their microphones and rest their voices for a few weeks. Football commentary is the radio job I always wanted to do. I used to run around the garden commentating as I kicked a ball into a makeshift net.

Oh Buggles - My Radio Daze

Adil Ray | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adil Ray

Most mornings I do almost pinch myself. I feel very fortunate to be filming a comedy on the BBC. It feels like a bit of a dream. However there's something missing - my first love. I know we can't have everything, but what I would give to be transmitted back to those hazy radio days for just a few hours.

Radio 1 - Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Ben Cooper | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Cooper

Looking at today's Rajar figures is like a publisher only looking at the book sales from a high street bookshop, rather than taking into account how they are doing on Amazon. Or nearer to home, a singer who only looks at CD sales, rather than taking into account digital downloads, streaming and ticket sales. Young people still love music, young people still love hearing about what is important in their lives and young people still love Radio 1 - they are just consuming it in different ways. Radio 1 is the biggest radio station in the world on YouTube.

Remembering Why Radio Is Magic

David Spencer | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
David Spencer

I believe that the internet and subsequent apps and social media have given radio a huge challenge of course. But embracing them and using them as part of output needs to be carefully considered.

Men's Hour is a wasted opportunity to tackle deep-rooted problems

Chris Owen | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Owen

On the face of it, BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Men's Hour' is a perfect platform for some of the biggest issues facing half the population right now, in the same (obvious) way in which the excellent 'Women's Hour' has done for nigh on 70 years for the other fifty per cent.