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US Public Radio Live Streaming Drops 6%

The listening to internet streams of US public radio has dropped since last years. But the popularity of podcasts continues to grow.
Listening to internet streams has increased slowly for several years, but now that development seems to have been broken. In the first quarter of 2015, the total listening hours to the live streams of 239 US public radio stations was down 6% year-on-year. Both music and news streams are falling.

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Record Audience for BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra has become the largest digital-only radio station in the UK, according to the latest survey from Rajar.
BBC Radio 4 Extra, which is broadcast on a national DAB network, has increased its weekly audience from 1.66 to 2.17 million in one year. It is now more popular than BBC’s classical and culture station BBC Radio 3, which is broadcast on FM in addition to DAB.

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Bauer Media Buys SBS Discovery Radio

The German media group Bauer Media is to acquire SBS Discovery Radio from Discovery Communications.
SBS Discovery Radio is the largest owner of commercial radio in Scandinavia and controls radio stations including Sweden’s Mix Megapol, Norway’s Radio Norge, Denmark’s Nova and Finland’s Iskelmä.

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Radio Advertising Up 7.2% in the UK

Radio advertising revenue grew 7.2% in the UK in 2014, according to a report from Advertising Association and WARC.
The 575.4 million pound revenue in 2014 is the biggest for commercial radio in the UK since 2007.

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Norway to Shut Down FM Radio in 2017

Norway will become the first country to end broadcasting on FM, the Norwegian culture minister Thorhild Widvey announced on Thursday.
The national channels of public broadcaster NRK and commercial radio groups P4 (owned by MTG) and SBS Discovery Radio will switch off their FM networks in 2017. Small local radio stations will have the choice to continue on FM for a few more years.

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CBS CEO Retires

CBS Radio’s CEO and president Dan Mason has announced his retirement, All Access reports.
”After an unforgettable eight years leading CBS Radio, I am announcing today my retirement at the end of April. Witnessing all that we’ve accomplished and knowing the bright future ahead four our company has not made this an easy decision. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president and CEO and I want to express my gratitude to all of you” Dan Mason said.

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More Advertising on Radio France – Commercial Radio Protests

Organizations representing France’s commercial and independent radio stations have protested against expected proposals for allowing more advertising on public service radio.
Public service broadcaster Radio France is allowed to carry 30 minutes of advertising a day. This and other restrictions could be lifted in a proposal which would strengthen Radio France’s finances.

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KIIS Has the Highest Revenue in the US

KIIS-FM in Los Angeles is the new number one on BIA/Kelsey’s list of the top revenue-producing radio stations in the US.
KIIS, which is owned by iHeart Media, sold advertising for 65.9 million USD in 2014. Hubbard’s news station WTOP in Washington DC, which topped the list during four years, drops to second place with 63.5 million.

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Sound Digital Wins Second National Multiplex in the UK

The UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom has awarded the license for the second national network for digital commercial radio to Sound Digital.
Sound Digital is owned by Arqiva, Bauer Media and UTV Media and won the license in competition with Listen 2 Digital. The company plans to launch within a year and will have a 73% coverage of the UK.

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News Corp Buys into Radio in Australia and New Zealand

News Corp has bought 14.99% of the Australian media group APN, which owns radio stations in Australia and New Zealand through Australian Radio Network (ARN) and NZME.
News Corp describes the holding as an ”investment stake”. News Corp isn’t allowed to have more than 15% APN, because News Corp chairman Lachlan Murdoch owns 100 percent of the competing radio company Nova Entertainment. But with 14.99% of the shares, News Corp will have a veto if another company tries to acquire APN.

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