Media Relations: What the Papers say - DAB radio poses snag for GCap

GCap Media's recently appointed CEO Fru Hazlitt is under increasing takeover pressure from media heavyweight Charles Allen, former ITV CEO and now chairman of Global Radio. Hazlitt tried to build a defence by announcing plans to back out of digital radio, but her presentation to shareholders was 'far from compelling', said Peter Thal Larsen (FT, 12 February). With a limited listener base, Planet Rock and theJazz will be closed down and GCap's stake in the Digital One platform sold.

There were some positives however, as GCap finalised its deal to stream radio to iPod Touch and Nokia handsets. This is the first deal of its kind anywhere in the world.

The BBC and C4's 4Digital both responded strongly with positive statements about their commitment to DAB and intention 'to maintain radio's popularity in the digital world' (The Guardian, 11 February). However, the dreaded 'new Betamax' tag has started being applied to digital radio (Daily Mail, 12 February) as listeners find more radio sources via broadband.

Based on 44 items from 9 - 12 February 2008

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

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