Broadcasting

  1. 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 ...

  2. Study: 4 Million HD Radios to Hit Marketplace by Year's End

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Consumer acceptance of HD Radio may have had a slow start, but that seems to be improving, according to a new study of digital radio by ABI Research. By the end of this year, ABI is forecasting that there will be about 4 million digital radios in ...

  3. BBC 6 Music Ratings Up Again

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. modern rock and alternative station BBC 6 Music has continued to grow its audience despite a tough few months for those working on the network. It is now hitting a weekly audience of 1.19 million listeners. The digital station was under threa ...

  4. Sirius XM Eyes Stern Renewal

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sirius XM Satellite Radio hopes to have an update on the future of shock jock Howard Stern, whose contract is up at the end of this year, before its next earnings conference call, which is in about three months. "We hope that prior to the thi ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Feds Fine Univision $1 Million In Payola Case

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have together fined Univision Radio and the now-defunct Univision Music Group $1 million to resolve payola-related allegations, the government agencies announced today. The FCC and J ...

  7. NME Radio Returns To Digital TV, DAB To Follow

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NME Radio will return as a DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) service shortly, following a new licensing agreement. The network, which plays alternative rock, stopped broadcasting on digital TV and DAB in June after licensee DX Media terminated the ...

  8. Thinking Un-Conventionally About Radio

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 35th Conclave Learning Conference took place July 15-17 in Minneapolis. Helmed by executive director Tom Kay, radio's longest-lasting summit affords those who've dedicated their careers to the art of radio the invaluable experience o ...

  9. E! Co-founder Launches Celebrity Website

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The co-founder of E! is launching a celebrity-focused online network complete with several programs in the hope of establishing a new brand in the entertainment programming space. Alan Mruvka created E! (then called Movietime) 23 years ago with La ...

  10. Sirius XM Boosts Full-Year Guidance

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sirius XM Radio is adding subscribers at a healthy clip despite a dreary economy for new cars. The nation's only satellite radio company said it added 583,000 subscribers in the second quarter, an astounding accomplishment when compared with ...

  11. U.K. Govt May Delay Digital Switchover

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s coalition government has today (July 8) signaled its support for digital radio and the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) system. As Billboard.biz reported yesterday (July 7), culture minister Ed Vaizey is still aiming for digital sw ...

  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. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  15. Arbitron Unveils New PPM

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron is unveiling this week its next generation portable people meter device. Dubbed PPM 360, the new sleeker device allows Arbitron to wirelessly upload listening data, rather than waiting for panelists to return home to dock the meter. Arbit ...

  16. Frank Flores Exits Spanish Broadcasting System

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frank Flores, chief revenue officer for Spanish Broadcasting System's radio segment and GM of the company's New York stations La Mega 97. FM and Amor 93.1 FM, has left the company according to published reports. Flores was a vocal critic ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. MTV, Indies Forge New Aus Partnership

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Australia and independent labels association AIR have finally struck a licensing arrangement that will see the broadcaster pay to play indie videos, Billboard.biz can reveal. Through the new deal, MTV will service the Australian trade ...

  21. Sirius XM Raises 2010 Outlook

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sirius XM Radio has boosted its subscriber and financial outlook for 2010, following a recent set of better-than-expected first-quarter results. The satellite radio company now expects net subscriber additions of approximately 750,000, up from &qu ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Sirius XM Radio Posts Profit, But Shares Slide

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sirius XM Radio posted its second consecutive quarterly profit as it increased subscribers to its pay radio service and said its full-year results would be bolstered by improving car sales. Its shares fell nearly 10% in early trading after rallyin ...

  24. Arbitron Settles With PPM Coalition

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's travails with minority broadcasters over its portable people meter ratings system may finally be winding down. Following four months of dialog, Arbitron and the PPM Coalition announced the two have "settled their outstanding d ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. SBS Starts Encoding Again

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System began encoding its radio station signals for Arbitron's portable people meter ratings service last Thursday evening (April 8), putting its nine stations back in the ratings. The change of heart followed a meeting w ...

  27. MTV Networks Germany Cuts Jobs

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Germany in Berlin has laid off 20 employees and adopted a strict cost-cutting course. Shows previously produced in Germany for MTV and VIVA are now being externally sourced from Berlin-based production company Strandgutmedia, which is ...

  28. Univision Plans Upfront Showcase In N.Y.

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After skipping a big New York showcase event during last year's upfront season, Univision will return to that format this year, the network confirmed today. Separately, budding Spanish-language network Estrella TV said it would put on its fir ...

  29. Univision Plugs PPM Back In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from Arbitron's portable people meter system, Univision Communications is finally plugging back in. As of 5 a.m. Thursday (April 1), Univision's stations in Miami, San Diego, Phoe ...

  30. SBS Pulls PPM Encoders Again

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System has pulled the encoders from its stations again, leaving its ratings performance in the dark for advertisers. The broadcaster disconnected from Arbitron's portable people meter system soon after a New York Supreme ...

  31. U.K. Committee Criticizes Digital Radio Switchover

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An influential Lords committee has hit out at the British government's plans to switch the majority of U.K. radio stations from an analog signal to digital transmission within a five-year time frame. Published this week, the House of Lords Co ...

  32. Business Matters: Merlin, Virgin, Sirius XM, Tower Records and More

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- As the gateway to the Internet, record labels see ISPs as a natural partner for music services. But nobody said it was going to be easy. Case in point: Indie label alliance Merlin has not reached an agreement with Virgin Media for the ISP’s upc ...

  33. WOXY.com Off Air

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WOXY.com, an online indie rock station based in Austin, TX, announced it was suspending operations this morning (March 23). "The current economic climate" was the reason provided for the shutdown. WOXY started out as a terrestrial statio ...

  34. Australia Embraces Digital Radio

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australians are tuning in to digital radio at a surprising rate, new data suggests. According to the inaugural Digital Radio Industry Report, published today by trade association Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), 449,000 Australians are listening ...

  35. Madrid To Host MTV EMAs 2010

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International has unveiled Madrid as the host country for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards in 2010. The ceremony, televised live across Europe and also broadcast internationally, will be held on Nov. 7, 2010. It is the second time t ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento' Competition Returns To Estrella TV

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Liberman Broadcasting's Estrella TV network is bringing back its "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento" competition for a second 10-week season, beginning March 1. The show's two-part finale -- in which a winner is awarded $100,000 and ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Sirius Posts Profit, Sees Big Subscriber Growth

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sirius XM Radio Inc posted its first quarterly profit since its merger and said it expects to add 500,000 new subscribers in 2010 as the recovery in the car market boosts demand for satellite radio. The results suggest that the company, run by med ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Updated: N.Y. Court Orders SBS to Encode

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish Broadcasting System must continue to encode its signals for Arbitron's portable people meter service in five markets. The ruling came Tuesday (Feb. 16) in the New York Supreme Court for the County of New York, which let stand the temp ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  47. Arbitron Wins Restraining Order Against Spanish Broadcasting System

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arbitron announced late Thursday (Feb. 11) that the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York issued a temporary restraining order requiring Spanish Broadcasting System to resume encoding its broadcasting signals for Arbitr ...

  48. Howard Stern On 'American Idol' Judge Rumors

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners Monday morning (Feb. 9) that the rumor is true: "American Idol" producers are, in fact, considering him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the show. What's more, he's tempted t ...

  49. Ratings Setback For U.K. Digital Radio Switchover

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The outlook for digital switchover for U.K. radio in 2015 has taken a blow with the latest audience research figures. Digital Radio U.K., the trade body established by the publicly funded BBC, digital network owner Arqiva and the commercial radio ...

  50. Who Can Afford Howard Stern?

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Howard Stern has begun negotiating a new radio contract. Perhaps not technically, but Stern's on-air mentions of his exclusive Sirius XM Radio deal winding down at year's end, and his hedged proclamations of competing offers, are what on ...

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