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MEDIA RELEASE: 10/10/16

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PORTSMOUTH FIRST TO GET ROLLING NEWS RADIO SERVICE

A radio station with non-stop news has launched in Portsmouth this morning.

News Radio UK is a new experimental service operating on the Trial Portsmouth DAB Digital Radio platform for the next 12 months, and owners are hoping to take the service national if it attracts a substantial audience and investment.

The station, which is also available via apps for phones, tablets, TVs and more, has news, sport, travel, business, showbiz and weather in 10 minutes, every 10 minutes.

The station is a venture between local company Radio Response, national news providers Radio News Hub and radio industry website RadioToday.

Jamie Fletcher of Radio NewsHub says: “We’re really excited to launch the service in Portsmouth first. Listeners will probably have to press the 'retune' or 'scan' button on their DAB radio to receive the service.”

Southsea resident David Harber from Radio Response added: “We are teasing listeners with a sample right now and we're inviting interested parties to get in contact.  I'm proud to have this service launch in Portsmouth before any other UK city.”

RadioToday’s managing editor Roy Martin explains more: “The subject of news has been more prominent than ever over the last few months, but a simple format of rolling news isn’t available from any of the current national broadcasters. News Radio UK will be filling that gap in the market, working towards launching on a national terrestrial platform.

“The station aims to provide a snapshot of the day’s news whenever you listen, with the one-minute round-ups updated all day, every day.”

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For more details, contact Roy Martin. Logo attached.

roy.martin@radiotoday.co.uk / 07962 440012