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The last month saw some significant developments across the UK broadcasting landscape. Here’s a romp through the major stories which impact PRs going into the summer:

Traditional TV Stations Making a Comeback Against Online Streamers

Data shows that traditional broadcasters like BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 are growing faster than streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Broadcaster VOD services saw an 11% increase in viewer minutes, indicating a resurgence amid the competitive media landscape.


talkSPORT Goes All Out for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

talkSPORT will broadcast live from the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, featuring ten Team GB medal winners, including Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave. The coverage will include over 250 hours of live broadcasts, daily podcasts, and special shows on talkSPORT2.


Radio Exe Relaunches Christmas Station Radio ExeMas

Radio Exe has relaunched its Christmas station, Radio ExeMas, playing non-stop festive songs from now, six months before Christmas. The launch includes a live interview with Father Christmas and a contest for a luxury lodge break at Crealy Theme Park and Resort.


BBC’s Newscast Podcast Went Live for Election Coverage

The BBC podcast, Newscast, streamed live on BBC Sounds for election coverage. The Newscast Election All-Dayer ran from 11am to 5pm with Adam Fleming hosting. Representatives from seven political parties were interviewed. Additionally, the Newscast Election All-Nighter was live on Thursday from 10pm to 7:30am, featuring coverage on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, and BBC 5 Live.


BBC Radio 1 Extended Breakfast with Greg James Till 11am

Starting July 1st, Greg James’ breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 was extended by 30 minutes, airing until 11am. The new summer schedule also included new shows and changes in existing slots, with a focus on dance music.


New UK Travel Bulletin Service Launching Soon

My Radio Group is set to launch a new hourly updated travel news bulletin service for radio stations on Monday, July 15th. The service will offer regional and bespoke options, filling a gap left by the demise of Radio Travel News. Luca Marshall, a partner at My Radio Group, expressed excitement about the launch, emphasizing the service’s value for small, independent stations in the UK.


UK Community Radio Network Publishes New Manifesto

The UK Community Radio Network has published a manifesto seeking increased support for community radio, including more funding, continued development of analogue stations, and payment for airing government ads. They aim to secure future support from the next government.


Labour Warned Against Allowing BBC to Introduce Advertising

A coalition of commercial media businesses has warned the Labour Party against allowing the BBC to introduce advertising, stating it would harm the UK’s creative industries and reduce investment in content for audiences.


BBC Creates Global Director of News Role

Jonathan Munro has been appointed to the newly created position of global director of news at the BBC. Starting in September, he will oversee international services, the World Service, and BBC Monitoring, while continuing as deputy chief executive of BBC News and Current Affairs.


ITV News Appoints International Editor

Emma Murphy has been named the new international editor for ITV News, succeeding Rageh Omaar. Murphy brings extensive experience covering major global events and will lead ITV News’ foreign coverage with a fresh approach.


BBC Scotland Director to Move On

Steve Carson, director of BBC Scotland, will leave in mid-September to take a senior role at RTÉ in Ireland. Carson has been with BBC Scotland for 11 years and has overseen significant developments, including the launch of the BBC Scotland channel.


London Set for £9.5bn Film and TV Production Investment Boost

London is expected to generate £9.5bn in investment for film, TV, and animation production over the next five years, driven by support from Film London. This investment will contribute an additional £1bn GVA to the city’s economy, supporting its status as a global centre for the screen industries.


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