New financial radio station to launch on DAB

By James Cridland for
Posted 11 September 2014, 7.29am edt

James Cridland

In July 2000, Bloomberg Radio launched onto DAB Digital Radio in the UK. A mix of programming from the Bloomberg TV channel as well as original radio programming, it closed on 15 December 2002, though Bloomberg still has a radio station in New York, Boston and SiriusXM.

Since that time, there has been no specific financial programming on UK radio, with the exception of BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money programme and podcast, and a new, ad-funded programme on LBC.

All this might change, with a promised new radio station called Share Radio. Its website claims it is launching this Autumn on DAB in Greater London, and its planned programme schedule is "24/7 operation, with news, views and interviews covering the full spectrum of everyday finance and investing".

Managing Director Gavin Oldham is Chief Executive of retail stockbroker The Share Centre and an elected member of the General Synod.

Share Radio was issued with a DSP licence by Ofcom in July. Looking at the DAB multiplexes, both London 1 (jointly owned by Global and Bauer) and London 3 both have space for new services. lists Share Radio's contact details.

James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.