It’s been announced that Bauer Media has bought the radio group Orion Media. Orion was created in 2009 from the enforced sale of several radio stations in the Midlands that were owned by Global Radio (and prior to that, by GCap Media). This deal will see Bauer take control of stations including Gem 106 and… Read More


With the next few months seeing both local elections and the EU in – out referendum, we’re already hearing a host of politicians’ voices. We’re not listening to their pitch (what they’re saying) but their pitch (how they’re saying it). Studies led by Rosario Signorello from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, found… Read More


That’s the question asked by researchers compiling the latest Midas survey published by Rajar. Now, more than ever before, radio lives beyond the radio set and this research offers some additional insight into all radio and non-radio, audio listening. Top line findings are: Live radio accounts for 84% of all in-car listening compared to 12%… Read More


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


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


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


Executive Summary – RAJAR Q1 2015 It’s RAJAR day today… the quarterly results for listening habits in Britain. And what better way to start our analysis than by entering the mindset of today’s listener? The simple fact, borne out by logic but also by the results that follow, is that things are changing and they’re… Read More