In radio news, the Community Radio Awards are set to return for 2017. The Community Radio Awards were setup to celebrate community radio and all the hard work and time that volunteers involved in community radio put into their stations, shows and communities. The awards are open to those involved with any Ofcom licensed Community Radio station and are accepting entries until the 30th of June.
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The former IBA Director John Thompson has, sadly, passed away. An experienced broadcaster, editor and businessman. He has often been called “the father of independent radio”, and would have turned 89 in June.
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In more local news, Oxford’s Destiny 105 plans to rebrand as The Fox. Originally known as OX105, the change is scheduled for May 30th. Bosses say the name “Destiny 105” was originally chosen due to links with local music groups and to demonstrate that as an independent station it “controlled its own destiny".
In the streaming world, Spotify have added 4 new directors to its board. The appointed directors are former Walt Disney chief operating officer Tom Staggs and Shishir Mehrotra, a former executive at YouTube. The other new directors are Cristina Stenbeck, the owner of Swedish investment company Kinnevik, and Padmasree Warrior, the chief executive of the US branch of electric car firm NIO. The appointments will require shareholder approval and follow Spotify’s announcement to its board.
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And finally, this year’s Radio Festival, has been postponed due to recent tragic events in Manchester. The event will now be held on June the 21st, at the British Library. Roger Cutsforth, Chief Executive of Radio Academy and organiser of the Radio Festival said: “We took the difficult decision to postpone Radio Festival on the morning it was due to take place. It felt wrong to be holding a celebration of our industry against the backdrop of such a tragic event. It also would have been disrespectful to many of our members who were covering the story”.
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