Commercial radio

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LBC draws level with 5 Live as BBC loses ground to commercial rivals
As commercial radio stations have invested and poached stars such as Andrew Marr, audiences have grown

Jim Waterson Media editor

26, Oct, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Capital owner told journalists not to report Tim Westwood accusations, staff say
Presenters were also advised not to discuss sexual misconduct allegations against DJ on air, according to staff

Jim Waterson Media editor

04, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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BBC’s grip on news programming shaky as commercial outlets pick off journalists
Broadcaster struggling to retain talent when big pay rises and faster career progression are on offer

Jim Waterson Media editor

27, Feb, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Andrew Marr vows to ‘ruffle feathers’ on LBC after quitting BBC
Former BBC political editor’s new programme to start on 7 March

Jim Waterson Media editor

24, Feb, 2022 @2:25 PM

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The rise of LBC’s owner Global and how it is now poaching BBC stars
Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel became the latest high-profile presenters to join the commercial radio giant

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

24, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel leaving BBC to front new podcast
Newsnight host and outgoing North America editor will join media group Global and also host LBC radio show

Caroline Davies and Jim Waterson

22, Feb, 2022 @1:49 PM

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Mitch Churi: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)
The comedian is also a nightly radio presenter, which means he knows all about pointless countdowns. This one includes grape ladies, fake news and a literal high school musical

Mitch Churi

09, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Cracker factory records: the surprising story of United Biscuits' radio station
Playing Bollywood soundtracks and songs about safety shoes, this shopfloor station made stars out of Dale Winton and Nicky Horne, and paved the way for UK commercial radio

Kieran Morris

05, Nov, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Ofcom to review BBC Sounds over claims it is damaging competition
Concern in commercial radio sector that BBC is using substantial funding to crowd out rivals

Jim Waterson Media editor

24, Sep, 2020 @5:56 PM

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Bauer closes dozens of regional radio stations in England and Wales
Replacement of stations with single national outlet described as act of ‘breathtaking cultural vandalism’

Jim Waterson

31, Aug, 2020 @12:17 PM

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Female British artists underrepresented on UK radio, survey finds
Fewer than one in five songs in top 100 airplay chart so far this year were by British female acts

Laura Snapes

21, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Leave means leave, Nigel! Now Farage is out, will LBC stop hiring toxic blowhards?
The Brexiter was shown the door after comparing Black Lives Matter protesters to the Taliban. But he’s far from the radio station’s only problem

Stuart Jeffries

12, Jun, 2020 @2:20 PM

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