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The Radio Advertising Bureau hires Lucy Barrett

The Radio Advertising Bureau has hired Lucy Barrett, the communications director at JWT, as client director.


Q magazine joins forces with Absolute Radio for CD of bands

The synergies within Bauer Media's newly expanded music portfolio are starting to be realised, with monthly music magazine Q partnering with Absolute Radio to create a CD featuring some of the biggest names in live music.


Media Week Awards 2014 video: The biggest night of the year in 155 seconds

Footage from last week's Media Week Awards 2014 extravaganza, including interviews with some of the big winners on the night The Guardian, Maxus and PHD.


Media Week Awards 2014 celebrates outstanding talent and creativity

The UK's vibrant commercial media sector celebrated the year's best work at the Media Week Awards last night, attended by 1,400 executives from agencies, media owners, advertisers and production companies.


Rajar Q3 2014: Heart London breakfast crashes into sixth place

London's commercial radio stations have taken a pummelling to their weekly audience figures, with the big four all shedding listeners year on year and Heart's breakfast show sliding to sixth place.


Rajar Q3 2014: Real stations keep Heart beating above 9m

Heart has been keeping a tight grip on its nine million weekly listeners, according to the latest Rajar radio audience figures.


Global 'Makes Some Noise' charity raises £1m

Global made radio history yesterday, when it united its brands across the UK for its new charity Make Some Noise, and raised more than £1 million for disadvantaged children.


Does radio deserve more spend?

Radio is facing up well to new digital challengers, but budgets and listening figures don't tally, David Benady says.


Things we like: Sky's #SOHK, RAB MIDASplus and Sunday Times Business at 50

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 3 October, and one thing we didn't...


Bauer Media takes Magic national as part of digital push

Bauer Media is planning to expand its digital offering, transforming Magic into a national radio brand and introducing new younger-focused stations to its regional portfolio.


Sorrell warns of Scotland becoming an 'outlier' and the UK 'diminished' by a Yes vote

If Scotland votes yes to independence tomorrow, its major cities would become outliers, London will become more of a competitor for business and the remaining UK will be diminished, warned Martin Sorrell, chief executive and founder of WPP.


Private Hear: September 2014

Paul Domenet, founding partner and executive creative director, Johnny Fearless and Vicki Maguire, deputy executive creative director, Grey London gave us their take on a selection of ads from the month just gone.


Things we like: 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy

Sky 1 s series sees the Irish radio and TV personality Baz Ashmawy (pictured) take his pensioner mother on a global quest to do dangerous activities, such as participate in a drug raid and a skydive. This is not an attempt by Ashmawy to kill his moth...


Former FT chief executive Rona Fairhead hired as BBC Trust chairman

Rona Fairhead, the former chairman and chief executive of the Financial Times Group, is set to become the next BBC Trust chairman.


Paddy McGuinness joins Bauer Radio for Sunday morning show

Bauer Media has hired Paddy McGuinness, the host of ITV's 'Take Me Out', to present a Sunday show across its radio stations in the North of England and Scotland.


Experian signs first AFP deal with LBC

Experian, the credit score information company, has signed a six-figure deal with LBC, Global Radio's national speech station, for its first ad-funded radio show.


Things we like: Downton Abbey/WaterAid tie-up

The inclusion of a plastic bottle of water in the publicity shots for the new series of ITV's Downton Abbey sent social media into overdrive.


Leo Burnett wins most creative radio ad with Homebase

Leo Burnett's radio ad for Homebase was the most creative of those tested by the Radio Advertising Bureau in the first half of 2014.


Media Week Awards 2014 shortlist

The shortlist for October's Media Week Awards 2014 can now be revealed, and following more competition and entries than ever before, all the companies to have made the cut have reason to celebrate.


BBC iPlayer usage up 9% as TV on demand increases

A shocking BBC Three drama, David Beckham, 'EastEnders' and the World Cup helped the BBC iPlayer report 260 million requests in June, up 9% on the same month last year.


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