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May and June saw some significant developments across the UK broadcasting landscape. Here’s a romp through the major stories which impact PRs going into July:

LBC Hosts Election Phone-ins with Sunak and Starmer

LBC will feature exclusive election phone-ins with PM Rishi Sunak and Opposition Leader Sir Keir Starmer on June 18 and 19, respectively. “Britain’s Next PM,” hosted by Nick Ferrari, promises direct audience interaction with the candidates. Additionally, LBC’s extensive election coverage will include live broadcasts of exit polls and results across digital billboards, TikTok, and YouTube.

Ronan Keating Leaves Magic Breakfast

After seven years, Ronan Keating announced his departure from Magic Breakfast to refocus on his music and family. His final show will air on July 31.

Andrew Neil Joins Times Radio Early

Originally set to start in September, Andrew Neil will now join Times Radio on June 3 to cover the upcoming general election. His new show will feature high-profile interviews and political analysis.

Authentic Storytelling Key for Younger Audiences

Karen Greenfield of National Geographic emphasized the importance of authentic storytelling to appeal to younger viewers, highlighting the new series “Erased: WWII Heroes of Colour.”

BBC’s Anti-Algorithm Commissioning Strategy

Clare Sillery, BBC’s documentaries chief, outlined a strategy focused on distinctive, high-quality British stories, prioritizing new and impactful storytelling approaches.

Labour Pledges Positive Relationship with BBC

Labour’s manifesto promises a constructive relationship with the BBC, focusing on supporting creative industries and public service broadcasters.

BBC Sport Director Faces Backlash

New BBC Sport Director Alex Kay-Jelski faces criticism for past comments on transgender athletes, leading to tension with prominent BBC Sport personalities like Martina Navratilova and Sharron Davies.

ITV Orders Post Office Scandal Follow-up

ITV commissions a documentary exploring the aftermath of “Mr Bates vs The Post Office,” highlighting ongoing struggles for justice and financial compensation for affected subpostmasters.

STV Sees Advertising Revenue Rise

STV reported a 5% rise in advertising revenue for Q1 2024, with expectations of further growth due to Euro 2024. The company is on track to meet its 2026 revenue targets.

ITN Boss Warns of AI Election Coverage Threats

ITN’s Rachel Corp warned about the risks of AI-generated fake images impacting election coverage, emphasizing the need for trusted journalism and technological safeguards.

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