Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 01.09.17

This week we congratulate Spotify and Warner on a new deal, celebrate London’s thriving radio scene, and find out who’s on Ofcom’s naughty step.

This week Spotify has signed a new licensing deal with Warner Music Group. Following its deals with Sony and Universal earlier this year, this agreement is another step along the music streaming service’s journey towards going public. "It's taken us a while to get here, but it's been worth it, as we've arrived at a balanced set of future-focused deal terms," Warner Music Group chief digital officer, Ole Obermann said in an Instagram post.

Read more about the deal here.


Bauer’s “City 3 Network” - including stations such as Clyde 3, Rock FM 3, and Key 3 Forth - is to stop broadcasting and be replaced with The Hits on local DAB multiplexes. The twelve stations that make up the 3 Network all revert back to The Hits as of Friday, 1st September.

Read more on what Group Managing Director of Bauer City, Graham Bryce, told Radio Today here.


Time Out has shone the spotlight this week on London’s thriving radio scene, interviewing Rinse FM founder, Geeneus and Soho Radio’s Station Manager, Rachael Bird, amongst others.

‘We developed this culture out of nothing and kept on pushing until the mainstream embraced it’, said Rinse FM founder Geeneus. While not so long ago, the future of creative radio in London looked bleak; now there’s no denying that London radio is making waves in the capital.

Read the full feature here.


Russell Brand has been found to have breached broadcasting rules by Ofcom this week.

In a pre-recorded programme which aired on Radio X last Sunday, Brand asked an Elvis tribute act: "Have you ever had sex as Elvis?" The sexual references were found by the regulator to be "unsuitable for a time when children were likely to be listening". Global responded, describing the comments as a "fleeting moment"; however, it acknowledged that the ruling would be "taken on board for future shows".

Read more about the incident here.


Podcast of the Week:

This week’s chosen podcast has a spooky feel, perfect for those shortening days as Autumn begins to draw in. In fact, The Guardian has mused that this podcast might be “the world’s spookiest podcast”. Host Richard MacLean Smith takes a biweekly deep dive into mysteries that have never quite been fully solved, exploring - in his words - “the space between what we think of as real and what is not. Where the unknown and paranormal meets the most radical ideas in science today”.

The latest intrigues subjected to MacLean Smith’s careful and compelling analysis include a UFO-related disappearance, tricksy time-slips, and one of the most haunted roads in the UK.

So, go and listen to an episode. We dare you…


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor