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Inevitably, technology revives everything
"music with personality"

Lucky are those who find technology the breath of fresh air necessary to eliminate the musty. Digital media has fewer rules (sometimes) and far fewer legacies. New things can happen, even when they’re old things. Less fortunate are those who don’t know the difference.

A new radio station has popped-up in the UK. Delux Radio is on the web, with appropriate mobile apps. According to founders and funders, it is “music with personality,” defying the entrenched format definitions prescribed by media regulator OFCOM. Alas, being an internet radio station means not having to pay too much attention to OFCOM rules. (See the Delux Radio launch statement here)

A bevy of well-known UK radio DJs have signed up for service. Many were at their pinnacle of popularity during the pirate radio days - Radio Caroline, - before commercial radio was legal. Significantly, they still have fans who miss the serendipity of playlists greater than 208 tunes and DJs unencumbered by liner-cards. (See more about media in the UK) (See more about internet radio here)

Innumerable internet-bourn radio stations pop-up every week somewhere, some actually borrowing the popular pop-up/flash retail phenomenon. Do not sneer at that “flash in the pan;” it may be a trend.

Record year for advertising, regulator sends message about rules
spot check

Commercial radio broadcasters in Sweden are bracing for a spot check from regulator Press and Broadcasting Authority (MPRT - Myndigheten för press, radio och tv). It’s about spots. The MPRT is choosing a “random sample” of ten broadcasters to check compliance to advertising and sponsorship rules under the Broadcasting Act.

Three years ago RBS Broadcasting, licensee of the NRJ Stockholm franchise, was busted for “extended commercial time” and “formulating sponsorship messages the wrong way,” reported Dagens Media (March 24, 2015). The fine was SEK 150,000 (€15,000). The current review will also look at excessive promotion.

In January ad spending results for 2017 from the Swedish Media Audit (Sveriges Mediebyråers) showed 25.6% year on year growth in radio advertising to about SEK 98 million (€9.8 million). It was the biggest growth rate for any media sector. (See more about media in Sweden here)

All licenses for analogue commercial radio in Sweden expire at the end of July, with a few changes. There will be three national commercial radio concessions (MTG, Bauer Media and RBS) and 35 local/regional concessions. Licensing and renewals are allotted the old fashioned way; just bring cash.

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