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Entertainment

Does the UK really need a 'men-only' radio station?

Depending where you reside in the UK, you may be a listener to XFM. The original home of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, its format has largely been studenty, with a playlist dedicated to indie guitar bands, and a presenter roster of music buffs...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Entertainment

Could Fubar Radio be the future of online broadcasting?

UK radio is in surprisingly good shape. As the first electronic media mankind ever enjoyed, we might reasonably expect it to have been overtaken or eradicated by something more futuristic. In fact, listening figures are pretty robust and, although...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Tune Out. What use is radio to young people?

Recently it was announced that Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra would be shedding a cross section of their DJs. Controller Ben Cooper has handed Mike Davies, Jen Long, Ally McCrae, CJ Beatz, Crissy Criss and Robbo Ranx their cards, and his actions are blamed...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Smooth operators. Whatever happened to real radio presenters?

The BBC notwithstanding, and a peppering of community outfits aside, there aren’t really any independent radio stations left in the UK. It’s all ‘networks’ - which is a rather overexcited way of saying a large corporation...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Mother claim 'Most Creative Radio Ad' for their Boots Christmas spot

The 'Radio Advertising Bureau' has recently announced the results of their 'RadioGauge' from the latter half of 2013. The RAB's bespoke tool tests campaigns throughout the year against 11 statements which match the 5 'creative Ls' which are...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Why internet radio has failed to make a big noise.

Do you listen to the radio via the internet? Quite possibly. Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Live, 6Music, Capital, Smooth - they're all there, streaming away. But, when was the last time you listened to an internet-only radio station? One that's online rather...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

How to... Write a great radio ad

by John Fountain. Tony Hertz is an award winning radio producer. Over the past 40 years there have only been two D&AD Black Pencils for radio and Tony has won both of them. Today he runs Hertz Radio, but many years ago he ran a company called The...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Design

Top 5 London exhibitions to inspire graphic design: June 2015

London is over-stuffed with gallery choices, one of the many great things about the city. But where to go when you want a dash of visual inspiration or a calligraphy calm down? We've scoured around for the best design-led exhibitions on in London...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The Week In Advertising

Capital FM - Biggest Hits I'm not overly fond of Capital Radio. Over the last decade they've set about eradicating truly local music radio, and ensuring its replacement is nothing more than banal yammering. But what of their advertising? Well, not...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Why the news is always bad.

Earlier this year, Jeremy Paxman suggested some editions of Newsnight should simply inform the viewing audience there was nothing much to talk about, before rolling the closing credits. Knowing Paxo, he was probably just being provocative, or even...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Where's the glamour? They said there'd be glamour!

As the footer of this column will tell you, I’m a copywriter. And a blogger. I also dabble in journalism and podcasting. These are all quite enjoyable and satisfying things - at least from time-to-time - and I’m pretty lucky to do them...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Back to advertising.

I'm always impressed by people who plan their career. Or rather people who plan their career and realise those plans. Planning stuff is easy, making it happen is something else - particularly in this business. Let's say, on your first day in the ad...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

Bad reception. Why the worst thing about DAB isn't the advertising.

'Share the love!' says a one and half foot, massive headed, dead-eyed creature in a white jump-suit. Ordinarily the shock of this vision would wake you from your nightmare. You'd slope off for a wee and crawl back into bed. But this isn't a bad...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Job Description - Broadcast Journalist

What is the work like? Broadcast journalists research and present news items for broadcast on radio, TV and online. Their job is to tell each story in a compelling way - combining the facts with the most apt sounds or pictures. Many journalists...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Job Description - Broadcasting Engineer

What is the work like? Broadcast engineers use their technical expertise to put shows on the air. They make sure programmes are broadcast at the right times, and at the highest quality level. Engineers are involved in all kinds of production,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why creative jobs aren't always a bowl of cherries.

by Magnus Shaw. I work as a copywriter and blogger. I also do something I call consultancy - advising people on their writing, marketing or branding, really. Sometimes, I produce or present radio programmes too. These are all very enjoyable and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - The voice over artist

by John Fountain Successful voice-over talents often earn thousands in session fees and residuals, and more frequently than not, in less time than a half hour of work. Becoming a successful voice-over talent for television and radio commercials,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

The Gate records radio ad on world’s biggest slide for Chiltern Railways

The Gate London (part of MSQ Partners) has launched its new summer campaign for Chiltern Railways, featuring a radio advert recorded at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, home to the world’s biggest slide. The advert forms part of a wider campaign to promote...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Commercial radio enjoys biggest advertising revenue figures in 2016

Commercial radio is celebrating a record-breaking year for advertising revenue, boosted by increased investment in the medium by online retailers. Figures from Radiocentre, the industry body for UK commercial radio, reveal that commercial radio took...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Awards Highlights: Why is creativity in radio advertising dying?

A roundup of the most important news of the week in the advertising awards world... Advertising Week 2016: 26-30 Sept This week was Advertising Week in New York. Attendees of the week-long event got to hear Carolyn Everson, Imran Khan, Wendy Clark...

Posted by: TheNextGag
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Features

What PR lessons can we learn from Brexit?

Brexit: the PR disaster that simply won’t go away. Heads have rolled, reputations have been severely tarnished, promises have been made and broken, and all the while the UK public has been left scratching its proverbial head trying to work out...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Feeling twitchy? How the ad industry is upping its game through Twitch

It’s all just fun and games until something wins a Cannes Grand Prix. Then it might be worth taking more seriously. Below, our deputy ECD, Jason Cascarina, reveals what makes live streaming video platform Twitch so appealing to the masses and...

Posted by: Proximity London
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Trends

Why personalisation is key for property marketers

“When it comes to video - and pretty much everything else - the more personalised the content, the higher the chances of conversion.” John Rampton, entrepreneur. What is personalised marketing? Personalised marketing is the creation...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Keeping calm with MoneySuperMarket

Earlier this year, creative agency Engine launched a new campaign for MoneySuperMarket signalling a fresh direction for the brand. The work was unveiled alongside a new logo and visual identity and encouraged consumers to ‘get money...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

6 steps for positioning a new brand

We've all heard of the term 'positioning', but people sometimes don’t understand it quite correctly. It's all about striving to find a place for your brand in the minds of your customers. Therefore, it's highly recommended that you start...

Posted by: Liam Smith
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Advertising

Match.com makes commitment cool and desirable in these ads

A new campaign created by French agency Marcel and Meetic based on quotes from seven ex-singles presents seven reasons why commitment leads to real relationships for dating site Match.com. The work suggests that moving in together, sharing a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Subway set disrupted in ad to promote new menu

Subway and Above+Beyond have launched a new campaign promoting the wide selection of choice available at the sandwich maker with an ad that sees the set get ruined. The spot begins by presenting appetising shots of the ingredients available on...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

adam&eveDDB shows what happens when you win the lottery

Anyone can win the lottery, but most people don’t believe they’re lucky enough to experience that life-changing moment. A new ad from creative agency adam&eveDDB visualises the ecstasy as winners try to put into words what they intend to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Restoring Faith for ŠKODA

When it came to launching a new campaign for automotive brand ŠKODA recently, the client pointed to the success of its work with Paloma Faith last year for inspiration as it sent sales through the roof. But the Fallon creative team on the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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