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  1. BBC 6 Radio Has Highest Numbers Two Years After Nearly Getting Axed; Digital Radio Up 5%

    May 18, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Listeners to the BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music grew to a record high in the last quarter, attracting an average weekly audience of 1.45 million in the first three months of 2012, according to the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audi ...

  2. UK Musicians' Union, Artists, Labels Protest BBC Canceling Scottish 'Global Gathering' Show

    May 01, 2012 12:58 PM EDT The BBC has once again got the music industry up in arms following plans to axe the Scottish-themed Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering, a long-running music program on the regional broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland. Global Gathering, which has ...

  3. John Peel's Extensive Record Collection Goes Online

    February 23, 2012 5:02 PM EST Part of the late venerable radio DJ John Peel's extensive record collection will be available online via a British Arts Council project called The Space, according to the BBC . The John Peel Centre, located in Stowmarket, England, has set out ...

  4. June Tabor Wins Big at UK BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

    February 09, 2012 7:15 AM EST Folk veteran and erstwhile performer June Tabor was queen of the scene at the U.K's 13th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last night in Salford. The 64-year-old English singer-turned-librarian-turned-singer waltzed away with Folk Singer Of The ...

  5. BBC 6 Music Records Highest Ever Listening Figures, Digital Listening Increases

    February 02, 2012 3:53 PM EST The BBC's digital alternative station BBC 6 Music has recorded its highest ever listening figures in the latest RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) figures, published today (Feb. 2). The music-dedicated station, which the BBC toyed with axi ...

  6. BBC to Launch International Version of iPlayer as Subscription App

    June 15, 2011 7:59 AM EDT LONDON -- It has proved the most popular TV catch-up service in the U.K., regularly attracting over a million users per week. Now, an expanded version of the BBC's iPlayer will be launched internationally as a subscription app costing around ...

  7. BBC To Close 200 Websites In Cost-Cutting Move

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Britain's state-backed public broadcaster the BBC said Monday it would close 200 websites over the next two years in a drive to slash costs and reshape online content. The move, which includes the loss of 360 jobs, is part of a raft of cost-c ...

  8. BBC's Urban Station Grabs New Listeners

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban station BBC 1Xtra has registered its highest audience share to date, attracting over 800,000 weekly listeners in the third quarter, according to the latest RAJAR figures. The digital network increased its audience from the 600,000 it lo ...

  9. U.K. Radioplayer To Launch In December

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Around 50 radio stations will be available on a new U.K. Internet service, the Radioplayer, which provides access to BBC and commercial networks via a single online destination. Listeners will be able to search by station, program and genre and th ...

  10. Report: BBC Mulling New Music Show

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has begun discussions about launching a new weekly music TV show, according to the Times. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster canceled its weekly chart show "Top of the Pops" in 2006 after 42 years, following a slide in ratings ...

  11. U.K. Digital Radio Sales Climb

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of digital radio players in the U.K. have hit a record high for the month of June, according to figures released by trade body Digital Radio U.K. Over 114,000 digital radios were sold last month throughout the United Kingdom, says Digital Ra ...

  12. U.K. Govt Set To Confirm Digital Switchover

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government is reportedly preparing to confirm plans to switch off the analog radio network. The previous Labour government had a target date of 2015, which looked increasingly hard to achieve given the slow take up of DAB (Digital Audio B ...

  13. Stay Of Execution For BBC 6 Music

    July 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following a public consultation, the BBC Trust has rejected management proposals to shutter U.K. modern rock and alternative station BBC 6 Music. It's good news for the U.K. music industry, which has campaigned to keep the network since the c ...

  14. NME Radio Taken Off DAB, Digital TV

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NME Radio will no longer be broadcast on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio or via digital TV. The network, which plays alternative rock, will continue via the NME.com website. But the departure from the two digital platforms is a blow for the ...

  15. Deadline Day For BBC 6 Music Consultation

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25). The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the propo ...

  16. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  17. BBC 6 Music Audience Soars To 1 Million

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has unique problems with the latest RAJAR figures: the digital station that management wants to close increased its audience by 50%, while the surprise ratings boost for Radio 2 's breakfast show will enrage commercial rivals. New aud ...

  18. Controller 'Enormously Proud' Of 6 Music

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BBC 6 Music controller Bob Shennan says he is "enormously proud" of under-threat digital radio station. There is now less than three weeks left of the public consultation on the closure of 6 Music. Labels trade body the BPI sent a delega ...

  19. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  20. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  21. 'Mr. World Music' Charlie Gillett Dies

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charlie Gillett, a champion of world music on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service, has died aged 68 after a long illness. His family confirmed to the BBC that he died Wednesday (March 17) in a London hospital. He contracted an autoimmune disease and ...

  22. 8,000 Complain To BBC About 6 Music Closure

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has received almost 8,000 complaints about the plan to close digital radio station 6 Music. The modern rock and alternative network will be closed by the end of 2011, along with the Asian Network, as part of the publicly-funded broadcaster ...

  23. BBC Might 'Rethink' 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, has reiterated that the governing body might tell BBC management to "rethink" the planned closure of modern rock digital station 6 Music, depending on the public consultation. The Facebook ca ...

  24. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  25. Update: BBC Confirms 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has confirmed that it plans to close modern rock digital radio station 6 Music, following a strategic review of the BBC's digital services. The review, titled "Putting Quality First," was officially unveiled by director-gene ...

  26. U.K. Biz Backs BBC 6 Music

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has come out in support of under-threat BBC 6 Music, the modern rock digital radio station. U.K. labels trade body the BPI and indies counterpart AIM have voiced their concern about the potential closure of the station . Al ...

  27. BBC 'To Axe 6 Music'

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC is reportedly planning to axe modern rock digital radio station 6 Music as part of the corporation's strategic review of digital services. The Times reports on its front page that BBC director-general Mark Thompson will close BBC 6 Mu ...

  28. BBC Worldwide Snags Universal Music TV Content

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music has confirmed a long-term deal with Universal Music U.K. to distribute all of the major's television content. Billboard first revealed that a deal had been negotiated in 2009 (Billboard, Aug. 8, 2009) to distribute Univers ...

  29. BBC Radio 2 Told To Reach Older Audience

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A BBC Trust review has concluded that U.K. national AC network Radio 2 needs to be more distinctive and should offer more content for the over-65s. The review found that the station was highly regarded by audiences but should use its scale to be m ...

  30. BBC's U2 Promo 'Inappropriate'

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has been criticized by its editorial complaints unit over its coverage of U2 for its "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) campaign. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster breached guidelines by using a "U2=BBC" on ...

  31. Jonathan Ross Quits BBC

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. TV and radio host Jonathan Ross has announced he is quitting the BBC after 13 years. His BBC One TV show "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" was named the No. 5 most important U.K. platform for music in Billboard's Maximum Exposu ...

  32. Terry Wogan Signs Off From Breakfast Show

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran U.K. presenter Terry Wogan hosted the final edition of his hugely popular Radio 2 breakfast show on Friday, telling listeners it was a sad day that he had been dreading. "I'm going to miss you. Thank you. Thank you for being my f ...

  33. BBC, Commercial Radio Unveil Web Radioplayer

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The publicly-funded BBC and the U.K. commercial radio sector have collaborated on a new online radio player. The U.K. Radioplayer, due for launch early next year, is intended to offer the output of every licensed U.K. radio station and to enable u ...

  34. BBC, MPA Deal Boosts Classical Audience

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new deal signed between the British Broadcasting Corporation and the MPA (Music Publishers Association), acting on behalf of its members, is enabling the BBC to grow its global audience for contemporary classical music. The agreement was brokere ...

  35. Robbie Williams Concert Breaks Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams rocked his way into the record books and gave BBC Worldwide the boast of being the distributor of a history maker. The singer's BBC Electric Proms performance -- broadcast to more than 250 cinemas across 23 countries by BBC Wo ...

  36. Robbie Williams Is U.K.'s Latest Giveaway

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams is the latest artist to give away his music through a tie-in with a U.K. national newspaper. The Oct. 11 issue of the weekly Mail on Sunday newspaper will contain a free Williams compilation titled "Songbook." The album f ...

  37. BBC May Sell Off Part Of BBC Worldwide

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC director general Mark Thompson said that selling off part of the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide is being considered as an option. Thompson told the Guardian that a part-privatization of BBC Worldwide is being mulled as a part ...

  38. Terry Wogan To Exit Radio 2 Breakfast Show

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan is to step down from his long-running breakfast show on national AC network BBC Radio 2. Wogan, who announced his departure live this morning (Sept. 7) to listeners following media speculation, will be replaced ...

  39. Last Night Of The Proms To Hit Cinemas Worldwide

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Last Night of the Proms, one of the most famous classical music events in the world, is to be broadcast live via satellite from London's Royal Albert Hall to cinemas across the world next month. BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial ...

  40. U2 Equals Global BBC TV Sales Push

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has unveiled two major new U2 shows that it is making available for sale to international broadcasters. The programs include the Irish band's roof-top performance on ...

  41. BBC Worldwide: Huge Demand For 'TOTP' Return

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Three years after it was pulled from the BBC schedules after 42 years, BBC Worldwide says there is "huge demand" for the iconic weekly music countdown "Top of the Pops" among global TV broadcast partners. The show ended on July ...

  42. Lady Gaga Tops BBC Interactive Glasto Results

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga was the most popular artist on the BBC's online Glastonbury service, as the U.K. broadcaster achieved record numbers for its interactive coverage of the British festival. Viewers could watch 'on demand' through the dedicat ...

  43. BBC's 'Big Weekend' Builds Interactive Audience

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster BBC has released figures that show national Top 40 station Radio 1's Big Weekend event - held May 9 to 10 in Swindon and available on Web and digital TV platforms as well as via radio - was the most interactive to date. The n ...

  44. BBC Worldwide Bolsters Music Portfolio

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide has increased its catalog of BBC rock and pop output and archive programming, a move which the broadcaster's commercial arm says has led to a "surge" in international music program sales. According to a statement, a &q ...

  45. BBC, Commercial Radio Partner On Digital

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC and the commercial radio sector have forged a partnership designed to secure the future of digital radio in the U.K. The initiative between the license fee-funded BBC and commercial networks is set to establish the Radio Council, a body wh ...

  46. 'Big Weekend' For Lily Allen, Snow Patrol

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lily Allen, Snow Patrol and Kasabian will headline U.K. national top 40 station BBC Radio 1's "Big Weekend" festival in Swindon on May 9 and 10. The free music event has a line-up of more than 50 U.K. and international artists. Othe ...

  47. Radio 1 Rapped Over Coldplay Tour

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has upheld a complaint from the U.K. commercial radio sector that the publicly financed national top 40 station Radio 1 appeared to be endorsing the Coldplay tour. It comes as Radio 1 unveils its live music and events program for 2009, inc ...

  48. BBC Axes Awards For World Music

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC is to axe its Radio 3 Awards for World Music, one of the leading international showcases for the genre. A BBC Radio 3 spokeswoman said in a statement today that the awards would not be staged this year as the broadcaster "felt it was ...

  49. Elbow Tops BBC 'Red Button' Ratings

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST A filmed performance of U.K. indie-rock band Elbow for national AC network Radio 2 has become the most viewed music session on the BBC's interactive 'red button' and online services. The recording took place with the BBC Concert Orc ...

  50. New BBC Radio 2 Controller Announced

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller for national U.K. A/C network BBC Radio 2. Shennan succeeds Lesley Douglas, who left the BBC last October amid the scandal over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's prank calls to actor Andrew Sa ...

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