Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 14.12.18

This week’s blog takes a look at the value of commercial radio, the new KISS Breakfast presenters, Santa’s new podcast, plus much more as always.

Parliamentary report reveals commercial radio’s impact.

A new report from a cross-party group of MPs and Peers has revealed the value of commercial radio to all parts of the UK.

Click here to read the fascinating report.

Tom Green & Daisy Maskell to host KISS Breakfast.

KISS evening presenter, Tom Green and 4Music television presenter, Daisy Maskell are the new hosts of KISS Breakfast.

Tom and Daisy will replace Rickie, Melvin & Charlie who are leaving the Bauer station after a decade to join BBC Radio 1.

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It’s December which means Santa Claus is getting ready for his big day! And in preparation, he has jumped on board the podcast train.

‘The Santa Daily Podcast’ sees Santa giving children updates on his plans for the big day, special features on the science behind Christmas, as well as daily competitions.

As well as being available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify, children around the world can ask Alexa to “play Santa Podcast” and it will play the latest episode from the series.

Click here to listen to the latest episode of the The Santa Daily Podcast.

Highlight of the Week:

The BBC celebrates 40 years of its radio comedy writers' bursary this year, and with exciting/sad news, our very own creative comedy genius, Catherine Brinkworth (pictured on the left), is one of this year’s recipients! Catherine will be working across a whole range of BBC radio comedy shows, as well as shows she’s previously contributed to in the past, such as Newsjack and The News Quiz.

Previous bursary winners include Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, Steve Punt, Angus Deayton and John-Luke Robert.

We will of course be sad to see our Brinky leave, but more than anything, we wish her the best and a huge success on her new adventure.

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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor