It’s been another busy week in the world of radio. We’ve rounded up the main talking points for you below:
Campaigner and social activist, Nimco Ali OBE, is joining LBC to host a new 10-part podcast series. Common Ground with Nimco Ali, will see Ali tackle the difficult conversations that often surround race, religion and gender and the series launched this week with an in-depth and personal interview with Home Secretary Priti Patel, in which Patel discusses her childhood and career, as well as violence against women and her own recollection of racism and inequality.
Podcast Radio has been added to DAB in Birmingham, in addition to London, Surrey, Manchester and Glasgow. Podcast Radio launched just over a year ago and recently announced an equity investment and airtime sales agreement from US podcasting company Evergreen and is now producing its own original podcasts. Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards says:
“Our mission is to help people discover and choose podcasts from the millions available using that most trustworthy of media – radio. We’ve had an incredible first year and we have plans to grow even more both in the UK and internationally in the next 12 months.”
Greatest Hits Radio Replaces Absolute London
The last two years have seen plenty of growth for the Greatest Hits Network of stations and soon Greatest Hits Radio will shortly also become available to listen on FM in London, taking over the 105.8 frequency from Absolute Radio which will continue to broadcast on AM and DAB. Ofcom says: “Having secured our approval, the station will rebrand as ‘Greatest Hits Radio’, broadcasting “classic pop and rock hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with specialist features, music documentaries and a classic album tracks show, plus local news and information aimed at 25-54 year old Londoners”.