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talkRADIO
Logo for the upcoming talk radio station, talkRADIO.png
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FrequencyDAB+: 11A Sound Digital
SloganWe'll Get you Talking!
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTalk radio
Ownership
OwnerWireless Group
Talksport
Talksport 2
Virgin Radio UK
Times Radio
History
First air date
21 March 2016 (2016-03-21)
Links
WebcastRadioplayer
Websitetalkradio.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

talkRADIO is a national talk radio station in the United Kingdom, which was relaunched on 21 March 2016. Based in London and owned by Wireless Group, it is the sister station of national stations talkSPORT (itself originally known as Talk Radio UK), TalkSport 2, Virgin Radio UK and Times Radio.[1]

History

The original Talk Radio started in February 1995 using the AM wavelengths previously occupied by BBC Radio 1 (1053/1089 kHz). It saw a number of different presenters host shows in its first two years but settled down to a regular schedule with presenters such as Scott Chisholm, Anna Raeburn, Tommy Boyd and Mike Dickin. It failed to make sufficient revenue and in the late 1990s introduced sports output which increased. In 2000 the station changed its name to Talksport and almost all programming was of a sporting nature other than overnights and the mid-morning show. In March 2012, this 39-hour block of non-sporting content was axed from the station.[2]

The introduction of a new DAB multiplex enabled talkRADIO to be relaunched on DAB on 21 March 2016.[3] At launch, the station featured presenters Paul Ross, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Sam Delaney, Jon Holmes, Jonny Gould, and Iain Lee across its weekday schedule.[3][4] At weekends, the station features Alexis Conran, Eamonn Holmes, Bob Mills, Martin Roberts, Penny Smith, Jerry Springer, Anna Williamson, and Jake Yapp. The station offers news bulletins every hour. News bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried at weekends. Overnight programming was originally simulcast from talkSPORT until January 2018.

In January 2018, talkRADIO underwent a revamp to the weekday and weekend schedule in a bid to boost ratings and make the station more news-focused.[5]

In June 2020, talkRADIO announced that it would be moving from DAB to DAB+. The DAB+ signal began transmitting on 9 June alongside the DAB signal. The DAB signal ceased transmission on 26 June.[6]

Controversies

Presenter James Whale was suspended over a 30 July 2018 interview with an alleged sex assault victim that was said by the station to have “completely lacked sensitivity”. He was given a week’s suspension and his show returned soon afterwards, on 13 August. He apologised to the alleged victim.[7]

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom ruled in 2019 that two episodes of former MP George Galloway's show breached impartiality rules due to the lack of dissenting views to Galloway's own on the subjects of Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party and the Salisbury poisoning.[8][9] In June 2019, Galloway was sacked by the station for a tweet in which he praised Liverpool F.C. for winning the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final instead of Tottenham Hotspur, a team with strong links to the Jewish community; he wrote "No #Israël [sic] flags on the Cup!" Tottenham Hotspur and Jewish organisations condemned Galloway's comment.[10]

Notable presenters

Current presenters

Former presenters

References

  1. ^ "18 radio stations confirmed for new DAB multiplex". RadioToday. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (7 March 2012). "TalkSport to axe all non-sports content". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "talkRADIO uses DOOH ads to show realtime opinions". Outsmart. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Sturges, Fiona (24 March 2016). "TalkRADIO, review: Breakfast show boor Paul Ross proves hard to stomach". The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Welcome Holmes: Eamonn Holmes joins all-new talkRADIO". Talk Radio. 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ "How to listen live to talkRADIO and catch up on all your favourite shows". talkradio.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  7. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (13 August 2018). "Talkradio's James Whale back on air after suspension over interview with alleged sex assault victim that 'lacked sensitivity'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ "George Galloway radio show breaches Ofcom rules". BBC News. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  9. ^ "George Galloway radio show breached Ofcom rules". BBC News. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  10. ^ "George Galloway sacked by talkRADIO over allegedly anti-Semitic tweet". BBC News. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2020.

External links

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