UK Radio

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.

Thank God I'm Not Jamelia

Jameela Jamil | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jameela Jamil

Why should a size 20 or 30 girl not be able to go out and buy the same clothes that her size 10 friends can? What good do we expect to come from it? We have had specialised plus size clothing stores for over a decade now. Has the world buckled and conformed to traditional healthy BMI standards? NO. Is the situation actually worse than ever now? Apparently so.

Norway Will Be The First Country To Turn Off FM Radio

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Tech

Starting on 11 January 2017, Norway will become the first country to stop using FM radio. In a rollout that'll take a little under 12 months the count...

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Women in Music - There's Still a Problem (and I'm Part of It)

Lliana Bird | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lliana Bird

There are currently six women presenting solo shows at Xfm London. There are fourteen men. So comparatively we are bucking the trend at 30% females (versus the national average of 20%). Imagine a male DJ joining a station and finding himself one of only six men amongst fourteen female presenters. Do you think for one moment he would proclaim to his friends that he is "lucky to be amongst so many male presenters"?

How Do you Keep A Radio Show Full Of Celebs And Pop Hits Running?

Melanie Hick | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Christian Williams is a radio presenter with Capital FM in London and spends his days with celebrities and chart-busting musicians. So when he’s pla...

BPG Awards 2015: Old Voices, But Plenty of New Voices Too

Maisie McCabe | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Maisie McCabe

When the Broadcasting Press Guild's radio committee reconvened at the end of last year to talk about who we might honour in 2015 many of the old voices came up. But there were also some new ones as well. Alongside the obligatory documentaries and comedies from Radio 4 we had suggestions of shows and presenters from Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC...

The Moment Union Boss Completely Loses The Plot In 'Wife-Beating' Radio Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK

A transport union boss launched into an "offensive" rant on live radio that promoted LBC radio host Nick Ferrari cut him off saying: "I never wish to ...

What's Your Definition of Success?

Jenny Garrett | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

I recently delivered a talk on the rise of female entrepreneurship. How women were supporting women to achieve, even though it may difficult to gain funding and they may be juggling caring responsibilities alongside their work.

Radio Station Apologises For Live On Air Rimjob

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK

A radio station has been forced to apologise after a disc jockey had his anus licked live on air. Chile's 40 Principales DJ Paul Hip asked listener...

SERIAL: Brilliant/Frustrating/Life Changing - But Fear Not, I Have All the Answers... Perhaps

Alfie Evers | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alfie Evers

Without doubt I am immersed in the podcast. With each episode I lie on my bed and listen as Sarah Koenig brilliantly takes us on a journey of genuine mystery. In a world of Netflix and Sky Go, it seems almost archaic to make time to sit and listen to an audio broadcast.

Why Do the Media Assume the Bishops Are Our Only Moral Guardians?

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

The 'Thought For The Day' slot is often (not always) given to religious professionals of various types. Or at least there seem to be a majority of speakers from the various faiths. Other people's thoughts are not seen as valuable or moral perhaps?