Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 22.12.17

With Christmas creeping closer, the blog will be taking a well deserved festive break. However, to ensure you’re still merrily up-to-date with all the happenings in UK radio, we’ve one final blog to wrap up under 2017’s tree. This week’s entry looks at JACK’s new station, Radiocentre’s recap of the year, the North West’s new host of community stations, plus much more... From everyone at Radio Results, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

So from one end of year blog to another, we encourage our readers to check out Siobhan Kenny’s blog from Radiocentre. It gives a detailed breakdown of 2017’s radio industry highlights.

Read Siobhan’s end of year blog here .


Staying with Radiocentre, this week they have welcomed confirmation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that they plan to make changes to relax commercial radio regulation.

The statement provides an overview of the responses received by the Government and highlights the intention to push ahead with the specific proposals set out in the consultation.

Read the key points here.


The JACK team in Oxfordshire is set to launch another JACK branded radio station next year, on the D2 national multiplex. The currently unnamed station will arrive before Easter and promises to be a format never heard before anywhere in the world. It’ll join Union JACK and both will be at 32kbps using DAB+.

Read more about JACK’s future plans here.


And finally, our last story of 2017...

Thankfully it’s one of good news for community stations in the North West. As Ofcom has awarded seven new licences to community radio groups, with five going to stations in the region. In Lancashire, Rossendale Radio, Blackburn Youth Radio and Leyland Community Radio will go on the air, while there are two new ones on Merseyside – Liverpool Community Radio and Mighty Radio in Southport. Caithness FM in Scotland and Great Driffield Radio in the East Riding of Yorkshire complete today’s licence awards.

Click here to read more about Ofcom’s possible new licence holders.


Podcast of the Week:

This week’s and 2017’s final Podcast Pick of the Week goes to the team behind Capital.

An improvised comedy podcast that boasts some of the UK’s most talented young comics - starring Adam Drake, Charlotte Ritchie, Liam Williams and Matilda Wnek. Devised by the cast, David Isaacs, Ben Rowse and Freddy Syborn.

Capital is a new satirical podcast about civil servants dealing with the fall-out of a referendum that brought back capital punishment with a 51% majority.

The Brexit-inspired satire takes place just after a referendum on Capital Punishment, which was introduced to appease right-wing factions of a minority government but has backfired horribly.

Having launched in the summer, this week saw the release of Episode 5. It has been a bit of a wait for each release but here's hoping 2018 welcomes with it a more frequent production.

Click here to listen.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor