Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 24.05.19

This week, Heart drivetime gets a makeover, JACK cosies up to the Spice Girls and we celebrate the winners of the British Podcast Awards.

Heart drivetime show presenters announced by Global

The Global brand starts a networked breakfast show on June 3rd, and this week has announced the new presenters of each of their regional Heart drivetime shows.

Their regional afternoon shows will be halved, and certain breakfast presenters will make the move to drivetime, while some current weekend and local drivetime presenters will shift too.

James Rea, Managing Editor of Heart, spoke to RadioToday: “Heart’s new drivetime shows will provide a burst of freshness across the UK, going live from Monday June 3rd. This morning’s announcement follows the news of Jamie Theakston & Amanda Holden hosting a brand-new nationwide Heart Breakfast show which launches on the same day. I feel incredibly proud to be able to unveil a full Heart line up so that every part of the UK can continue to turn up the feel good!”

Read more here.

JACK secures screen time at Spice Girls stadium tour

Union JACK and JACK Radio have made a deal for exclusive on-screen presence inside all stadiums hosting this year’s blockbuster Spice Girls UK Tour.

Video content will give fans an insight into their stations, while further info will be displayed on giant TV screens near the stage at all 12 concerts. JACK are also hosting a competition to win £10,000 by downloading either the Union JACK or JACK Radio app.

Read more here.

The final episode of the Radio Audio Week podcast

Sadly, this week sees the final episode of the Radio Audio Week Podcast. The episode features a number of winning children from the Young ARIAS on Friday, as well as host Matt Edmondson, presenter Abbie McCarthy and Scala newcomer Jack Pepper.

Then the second half of this episode features a showcase from British Podcast Awards, where we spoke to Laura and Deborah from the You, Me and the Big C podcast. Plus, the team behind My Dad Wrote a Porno team and the evening’s big winner, George the Poet.

Read more here.

Highlight of the Week: British Podcast Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the British Podcast Awards 2019, chosen by over sixty international and UK judges working in the sector.

Special huge congrats to Kit in the Audiobooks team here at Red Apple who won Best Entertainment Podcast.

Read more and listen to the winners here.

BY: Gavin Finney