UK Radio

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

Chris Owen | Posted 27.04.2015 | 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 22.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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 13.03.2015 | 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?

BBC Radio 1 - Don't Just Count Our Listeners

Ben Cooper | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Cooper

Sixty-three per cent of Radio 1 listeners over the age of 30 claim to be parents, so there will be a lot of shared listening with teenagers - as any frazzled parent will testify to keeping their offspring happy in the car or kitchen by putting their station of choice on. That issue of shared consumption really messes with judging the success of your brand by average age, just look at the average age of a CBeebies viewer who is 27 years old. So, if you are looking for a better way of assessing whether Radio 1 is successful at attracting 15-29yr olds, maybe you should look at mode, the most common age of a listener, which is 17 years old.

Why Radio 1 Moving The Rock Show to Sunday Night Is Smart. Really Smart.

Paul Piggott | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Piggott

Sunday 7 September 2014 saw the launch of Dan P Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show in its new (and brilliantly positioned) Sunday night slot on BBC Radio 1. It's a big statement, and one that should be congratulated, from the most important media outlet for new music in the UK.

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

Going to Ibiza for the First Time...

DJ Monki | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
DJ Monki

Today I joined Grimmy, Annie Mac, Pete Tong and MistaJam on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show to kick off the weekend... Ibiza is the world's most iconic dance music location and to be a part of Radio 1's infamous dance line-up on one of the biggest weekends on the island is crazy.

Why Everyone Benefits From the BBC's Bold Move to Open Up More to Indie Production

Jez Nelson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jez Nelson

Tony Hall has recognised that this model is unsustainable, old fashioned and just wrong. In an increasingly fragmented media world none of us can rely on audience brand loyalty, we have to always do the very best we can.

Test Match Special: The Pinnacle of Sports Broadcasting

Scott Thompson | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Sport
Scott Thompson

On paper, a group of ageing middle class men wittering on for eight hours about a sport where very little can happen for five days straight doesn't sound like radio gold, however the BBC has turned it into an art form.

Does Age Make You Less Impressed!

Livvy and Chrissie | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Livvy and Chrissie

We think it is very important to make a good connection with a person we are interviewing and aim to create an intimate atmosphere, even in a busy studio.....it's then surprising what happens and what comes out in the interview. The judges in the Radio Academy Awards said we had 'an innovative approach to topics interviews' and we like to bring in an unexpected twist, or a new angle.

Do the Oldies Love the Goldies?

Paul Marshall | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Having spent a large proportion of my working life in advertising, I now do all I can to avoid the commercials.

Internet Radio- It's a blast

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.

Discovering Music: How Personal Radio Opens the Door FM Radio Closes

Jyrki Rosenberg | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jyrki Rosenberg

Anyone who works in an office will be familiar with the scenario - half way through the afternoon you feel as if you've heard the latest track by this week's favoured artist enough times to make you never want to hear it again. It feels as if the same handful of songs have been on rotation all day.

My Thoughts on 'How Was Your Day Joe?' on BBC Radio 3

Jo Worgan | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

When scrolling through my twitter feed yesterday evening I came across a tweet by the lovely Mike from Talk About Autism, he was sharing the BBC Radio 3 program, "How Was your Day Joe?" that was available to listen to again via the BBC website.

You Can Be a Woman of a Certain Age and Change Your Career Successfully

Livvy and Chrissie | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Livvy and Chrissie

We are two women, BBC radio presenters, who have just won the Bronze award in the Best Entertainment category at the UK Radio Academy Awards. We were the only women duo in the Radio Academy Awards, and the only female nominees in our category. We present, produce, write and edit the show, and get all our own guests.

How Ed Miliband Can Avoid Future Goggling at Questions on Shopping and Swindon

Roz Morris | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Roz Morris

We can all have a bad day at the office, but when the Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, had a really bad day in the TV and radio studios by not knowing much about food shopping bills or anything at all about the Labour Party Leader in Swindon - he didn't just sound unconvincing - he broke a number of important rules of politics and of media interviews.