Radio archive

  • Geneva WorldRadio DAB+ review
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    Geneva WorldRadio DAB+ review

    By 3 April 2013

    DAB radios are ten-a-penny these days, from car stereos through to tiny pocket radios powered by a couple of AAA batteries. Given the choice, it means choosing a radio can be quite a daunting, so what you need is something that looks good, sounds great...

  • Sony XDR-S40DBP digital radio brings colour to your listening
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    Sony XDR-S40DBP digital radio brings colour to your listening

    By 11 March 2013

    Sony has announced the XDR-S40DBP portable digital radio. Hardly an easy to remember name, we know, but that potential £50 price tag should jog your memory. The compact Sony unit is just 180 x 95 x 36mm in size and weighs only 445g, making it an extremely...

  • BBC Radio 1 hires YouTube sensations as part of massive station shake-up
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    BBC Radio 1 hires YouTube sensations as part of massive station shake-up

    By 9 November 2012

    British YouTube vloggers Dan and Phil have been signed by the BBC to host their own Sunday night Radio 1 show as part of a clearing of the decks by the UK's top radio station. Long-standing radio presenters Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates will be leaving...

  • Apple plans online streaming radio service for early 2013
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    Apple plans online streaming radio service for early 2013

    By 26 October 2012

    Apple is said to be in advanced talks with major record labels about introducing a new online radio streaming service. It’s thought a deal could be struck by mid-November, with the service launching early next year.  According to Bloomberg, the service...

  • Doctor Who helps BBC iPlayer top 199 million requests for September
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    Doctor Who helps BBC iPlayer top 199 million requests for September

    By 19 October 2012

    The BBC iPlayer recorded its highest ever number of requests in September, breaking its previous record set during the London 2012 Olympics.  A total of 199 million requests were made throughout the month, while the BBC iPlayer also achieved its highest...

  • Philips Original Radio pictures and hands-on
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    Philips Original Radio pictures and hands-on

    By 30 August 2012

    Philips started with radio back in 1927, but it's most classic radio is the Philetta 254, released in 1955. Not one to ignore the retro trend, Philips has released the Philips Original Radio at IFA 2012, and we've laid our eyes on it, and lent it our...

  • View Quest's Retro Radio gets Wi-Fi, meaning even more choice of stations
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    View Quest's Retro Radio gets Wi-Fi, meaning even more choice of stations

    By 26 June 2012

    It may be retro in name and design, but View Quest's latest radio offering is far from being a relic. The company has now added Wi-Fi capability, meaning users can search for multiple internet radio stations.  As well as Wi-Fi radio, the View Quest Retro...

  • Pure is searching for owners of its first Evoke digital radios
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    Pure is searching for owners of its first Evoke digital radios

    By 28 May 2012

    Pure is ten years old and is celebrating by giving away a patriotic Evoke Mio Union Jack emblazoned radio, complete with commemorative plaque. The prize will be awarded to the owner of the oldest Pure Evoke-1 digital radio. Pure is asking owners to send...

  • i-deko TV sound system hands-on
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    i-deko TV sound system hands-on

    By 3 May 2011

    The i-deko is a slick TV stand that doubles up as a speaker system, DVD player, radio and iPod dock and we managed to track it down at the Grand Designs Live show at Excel in London for a closer look. The product comes in two halves which fit together...

  • BBC launches new HD Sound service
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    BBC launches new HD Sound service

    By 18 October 2010

    High-quality radio is on its way to the BBC courtesy of the newly announced HD Sound service. Launching initially via the BBC Radio 3 website stream, the service will offer "improved encoding and higher bit rates to offer the BBC's highest audio quality...

  • Radio news transmitting to We7
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    Radio news transmitting to We7

    By 13 July 2010

    We7, the browser based music streaming service, has announced a tie-up with the Guardian Media Group (GMG) whereby it will broadcast radio news broadcasts in between songs. The real-time, integrated news bulletins will allow you to keep up with what's...

  • Government aims for 2015 digital radio switchover
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    Government aims for 2015 digital radio switchover

    By 8 July 2010

    Communications minister Ed Vaizey is expected to give a speech that confirms that the new coalition government is going to stick with Labour's plan for a complete digital radio switchover in 2015, although reports suggest the planned date may have to...

  • BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output
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    BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output

    By 26 February 2010

    It's being reported that the BBC's Director General, Mark Thompson, will soon announce a drastic cutback of the corporation's public offerings. It's set to include the closure of DAB stations 6music and Asian Network, a halving of web output, a cap on...

  • Radio execs to offer analogue trade-in scheme
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    Radio execs to offer analogue trade-in scheme

    By 1 February 2010

    Digital Radio UK, the organisation behind the analogue/digital radio switchover in Britain, has revealed that industry executives are considering a "scrappage scheme" for analogue radios that mirrors the Government's offer of a grant to car owners who...

  • Motz introduces tiny wooden FM radio
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    Motz introduces tiny wooden FM radio

    By 25 January 2010

    Either our hands have suddenly got a lot bigger, or a Korean manufacturer called Motz has built what might be the smallest, dinkiest, radio in the world. It measures just 1.45 x 0.75 x 1 inches. It's made of wood, comes with an LED indicator, aerial,...

  • Radio 1 to reveal best-selling songs of the Noughties
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    Radio 1 to reveal best-selling songs of the Noughties

    By 28 December 2009

    As the Noughties draw to a close, BBC Radio 1 is set to unveil the charts of the decade – revealing which singles and albums have sold the most in the UK in the last 10 years. Radio 1 will count down the Top 100 best-selling singles and albums of the...

  • NME Radio launches on DAB platform
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    NME Radio launches on DAB platform

    By 21 December 2009

    NME Radio has announced it is to launch on national DAB increasing the station's availability across the UK for an 8-month trial period from Tuesday 22 December. "Since launch, NME Radio has strived to increase distribution with constant requests for...

  • Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day
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    Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day

    By 10 December 2009

    On Friday 11 December 2009, listeners in the United Kingdom can send free picture messages to the Radio 1 messaging number for a chance to see their images featured on the Radio 1 website. "Picture Messaging Day" is said to be designed to help young listeners...

  • Pure Siesta Flow DAB radio   review
    Audio 3 out of 5

    Pure Siesta Flow DAB radio review

    By 9 December 2009

    The Siesta Flow is a bedside radio alarm clock with DAB digital radio, internet radio and wireless connectivity built-in, it even has FM too. At around £99 it's on the pricey side for an alarm clock radio, but there are plenty of features included in...

  • Pure shifts 3 million DAB units
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    Pure shifts 3 million DAB units

    By 30 November 2009

    Hot on the heels from the DRDB's announcement earlier today that the digital radio platform has seen 10 million sales, it's been revealed that 3 million of them belong to Imagination Technologies' Pure. Pure has officially announced it has reached the...

  • Online UK Radioplayer plans revealed
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    Online UK Radioplayer plans revealed

    By 19 November 2009

    The BBC and commercial radio companies have unveiled the new online radio player we brought you news of recently, that "aims to offer the output of every licensed UK radio station and to let users search this content by subject, musical style, or even...

  • Internet radio portal planned for the UK
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    Internet radio portal planned for the UK

    By 26 October 2009

    An online portal that will offer the entire output of the British radio industry could go live in the first half of next year. While only 2% of radio listening in the UK is currently done online, the plan is hoped to offer a boost to the radio industry...

  • MagicBox Nocturne XP-1 launches
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    MagicBox Nocturne XP-1 launches

    By 30 September 2009

    MagicBox has launched the Noturne XP-1 with the claims it stands out from the crowd with a slide-open iPod dock. A DAB and FM radio too, the Nocturne is operated via a touch sensitive panel, boasts a blue on black display with backlight, and comes complete...

  • Digital Radio UK group announced to manage DAB switchover
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    Digital Radio UK group announced to manage DAB switchover

    By 23 September 2009

    The radio industry has announced a new group tasked with getting the UK ready for the digital radio "upgrade". "Digital Radio UK" is the name of the newly formed organisation that will see the end of the Digital Radio Development Bureau (DRDB) and also...

  • Douglas Adams' "Last Chance To See" radio available online
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    Douglas Adams' "Last Chance To See" radio available online

    By 16 September 2009

    The original radio series which sparked the new BBC Two series "Last Chance To See" with Stephen Fry has been released online. The Fry-front telly effort echoes the original radio series (and book) in which zoologist Mark Carwadine was joined by Douglas...