For many businesses, this week heralds the start of the new financial year. Even though prospects for both the UK and world economies remain uncertain, there’s no doubt that the business of commercial radio is in excellent health. For the first time in 15 years, commercial radio now has more listeners than the BBC who are… Read More


The clocks move forward this weekend, marking the start of British Summer Time. We’re all looking forward to warmer weather, but both the UK ad market and commercial radio have seen things hotting up for some time. The UK was recently cited as the stand-out ad market in Europe, with advertising spend this year forecast… Read More


This week is English Tourism Week, the visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England and the sector is the third largest employer supporting 2.6 million jobs. Across the UK the Travel and Transport sector spent £43 million on radio in 2015 (source: Nielsen) – that’s a massive 24.9% increase year on year. It’s… Read More


The wait is over –  the second national digital multiplex (D2) will go live on Monday. Its launch will bring 18 national commercial stations to a new broadcast platform. In total, there will be eight specialist music stations, three talk stations, three Asian stations, three Christian stations and one for kids. The stations are: talkRADIO… Read More


The RAJAR results for Q4 2015 are in and our team of experts have been analysing them so you don’t have to. The big headline for commercial radio as a whole is that, with its highest ever audience, it now has more listeners than the BBC. Overall, more people are listening to radio with total… Read More


On Monday, Scots around the world and in the UK will celebrate the life of one of Scotland’s most famous sons, Robbie Burns. This annual tradition will provide the chance to reflect on last year – a significant one for Scotland after the devolution vote and a big win for the SNP in the general… Read More


Happy New Year. The UK has been back at work for a week now but, according to a new Job Exodus report, 49% of us are looking to change jobs in 2016. This is a problem for companies who need to fill the vacancies created by this restlessness, however, it’s a problem radio can solve.… Read More


Black Friday is over and the Christmas campaigns are running… so now’s the time to start thinking about the New Year. The first calendar month of the year is a great driver for change. Getting fit, booking a holiday somewhere sunny and searching for a new job are all activities that often take place in… Read More


Welcome to RAJAR day – the day when the results of radio listening are published for quarter 3. And it’s clear from this set of results that the increasing use of digital devices is helping to ensure radio surges forward in a multi-media world. These are just three of the big headlines in commercial radio’s… Read More


The big news on the big picture from Q2 2015 RAJAR is that overall radio listening has increased across the UK, and commercial radio in particular has made great gains so is now almost neck and neck with the BBC. Overall reach is up 1% and hours are up 3%, with commercial radio now boasting… Read More