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Alex Scott will join The Sun as a football columnist ahead of the Women’s World Cup.

The retired Lioness and Arsenal player – who has earned 140 caps for England – joins The Sun’s roster of stand out pundits, including Alan Shearer.

Trailblazer Alex, who already works as a broadcaster for the BBC and Sky Sports will join The Sun to deliver world-class football content across The Sun and its fantasy football offering, Dream Team.

Working with Dream Team, Alex will create a variety of inspiring content. Her first video series, named Hometown Glory, sees her take footballers – who are currently playing – back to their hometowns to see where their story began.

Alex will also appear on the cover of Fabulous on June 9th, as part of a women in sport special edition.

Alex Scott said: “The Sun is renowned for its stand-out football coverage, and I’m proud to be joining such a talented team. Millions of football fans are kept up to date with the latest news from behind the scenes with The Sun: it’s an honour to be able to share my story and those of others within the game.”

Shaun Custis, Head of Sport at The Sun, said: “We’re thrilled Alex is joining our top team for what promises to be a fantastic footballing summer.”

Will Martin, Head of Sport Marketing at The Sun said: “Alex is a massive signing for us and she arrives at a great time. The Sun are committed to championing Women in Football and Alex is the perfect person to help us lead this. It’s also a very exciting time for Women’s Football with the upcoming World Cup in France, and across our brands we’ll be doing more and more to get behind the game. I’m excited to see what we can all achieve. Alex is already leading the field in her work across football and we’re all thrilled to have her on board.”

Other Women’s World Cup activity at The Sun:

  • The Sun will run a series of features from in the paper and cover the World Cup in full as the Lionesses aim for glory
  • Dream Team are partnering with The Female Lead to create a series of videos shining a light on inspiring women in football
  • Samantha Miller will be The Sun’s ‘fan on the ground’ with takeovers of its social channels
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Emma Gannon – Columnist, The Sunday Times. Photographed at London Bridge, 23rd May 2019.
Picture by Tom Stockill.

The Sunday Times today announces Emma Gannon, best-selling author, speaker and podcaster, is joining as a columnist in the business section from this weekend.

Gannon hosts the no.1 careers podcast in the UK, Ctrl Alt Delete, which has reached nearly 5 million listeners. She is also an author: her second book ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method’ is a business bestseller, endorsed by Richard Branson and cited as an empowering asset with which to embrace the future of technology and work.

Gannon’s awards include Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35, Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media and Marketing, Telegraph’s ‘Multi-Hyphen Millennials’ and a prestigious WEBBY award.

Oliver Shah, business editor of The Sunday Times said:

“I’m excited to welcome Emma Gannon to The Sunday Times business section. She is one of the most dynamic and fresh-thinking writers on the nature of work today, and she will bring a new perspective that I hope our readers will enjoy.”

Emma Gannon said:

“I am so thrilled to be joining The Sunday Times in this new columnist role – it’s a dream job. I’m really looking forward to contributing each week, and hopefully bringing a new perspective to the business section that readers will enjoy.”

She is also known for her campaigning for women’s equality in the workplace, having led RBS’ 100 Women campaign, as well as working with brands and charities such as Google Pixel, Amnesty and the Prince’s Trust. Gannon’s first column will appear in this week’s business section of The Sunday Times.

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News UK today announces that Sun Savers has hit the significant milestone of 1,000,000 members.

Launched in 2017, the loyalty scheme is designed to build a closer relationship between The Sun and its print readers, and help families to do more, see more, and enjoy more on a budget.

Offering Family Value is a key editorial pillar for The Sun and helps to drive readership as its audience look to the brand for money-saving advice.

Membership has grown by 43% in the last year, following the launch of The Sun Raffle and accompanying TV campaign, and hiring Sun Savers editor, Giselle Wainwright in October 2018.

In line with The Sun’s focus on value, the app and web-based scheme rewards loyal readers with £5 for every 28 codes – which are found in the paper – they enter on a daily basis. Readers amass their cash in a wallet and are able to withdraw the money as cash or use it for offers within the app.

Sun Savers also delivers value to its savvy savers through promotions and competitions with the paper’s commercial partners, such as Superdays and Hols from £9.50. The Sun Raffle – with £50k up for grabs every month – offers more chances for Sun Savers members, based on the number of codes they enter.

Members have also donated more than £50,000 of the money in their wallets to The Sun’s charity partners, including the premature babies charity Bliss and Chances for Children. Across the course of a year, the maximum amount that can be collected is £60: the average Sun Savers charity donation is £7, and the highest is £97.

Justine Salter, head of loyalty at The Sun said: “Sun Savers is not your average loyalty scheme. We have built a community of bargain-hunting Sun readers, and we work hard to deliver them cost cutting tips, promotions and competitions day-in-day-out, on top of their free fiver.

“This achievement is testament to that: from Giselle and the editorial team’s first class money saving advice, to our award-winning technology team, building and developing our user-friendly Sun Savers platform.”

As well as driving reader engagement, Sun Savers has allowed The Sun to build a deep understanding of its audience, their demographics and preferences.

Justine continued: “We know that two-thirds of Savers are home owners and half have kids at home, which has helped inform our partnership strategy and brought on board brands such as Habito and Just Eat.

“We know our savers – who they are and what they want – inside out, which means that we can offer our members, readers and commercial partners better value than ever before.”

The Sun will roll out a new version of the app and website later this year which will include opportunities for larger commercial partnerships and advertising within the platform.

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Chris Evans at the News building for his first Virgin Radio breakfast show.
Pictures by Dan Charity
  • Chris Evans drives seven-fold increase in Virgin Breakfast audience (YonY) and trebles Virgin Radio UK reach (YonY) in its first ten weeks on air
  • Virgin Radio UK is the fastest-growing national station in reach and hours (YonY)
  • The Breakfast Show drives innovation through its ad break-free partnership with Sky, a UK commercial first

Virgin Radio UK has delivered its first RAJAR results since DJ Chris Evans joined the station on 21 January 2019. The results – which cover January to March 2019 – underline Chris’s immediate impact, as he returns to his spiritual home and reels in new listeners to the show and the station.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show secured 1.05 million weekly listeners across the Virgin Radio network in its first ten weeks on air, accounting for 4.5 million weekly listening hours. This represents five-fold growth quarter-on-quarter and seven-fold growth year-on-year in the breakfast slot.

Chris has also provided a boost for the whole Virgin Radio schedule – the network has trebled its reach quarter-on-quarter to 1.4 million listeners and 8.6 million listening hours.

Chris Evans said: “Last year, I said I wanted a new mountain to climb. And the view from the top of the News Tower isn’t half bad. But really this is just base camp. I’m back in my spiritual home and loving every minute of it.”

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show has also driven broadcasting innovation, partnering with Sky to create the UK’s first ad break-free breakfast show on commercial radio. Highlights in the first ten weeks have included exclusive Sky Game of Thrones and F1 competitions, a raft of A-list guests from Kiefer Sutherland and Lena Headey to Andrew Garfield and Julia Stiles as well as live acts including Richard Ashcroft, Mike & the Mechanics, Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi.

Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky Chief Marketing Officer, said: When we started to talk with Chris and the Virgin Radio team, the ambition was to create a brand new listener experience. Creativity sits at the heart of this partnership and we are proud of what we have jointly achieved so far. We look forward to building on the initial success with new ways of bringing the brilliant shows on Sky to life. Starting next week with a live OB direct from the French Riviera, as we launch season two of our hit show Riviera. Listeners will literally live the experience through the show plus a lucky few will be joining Chris and the team as they live the dream in Monaco.

Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said:This is an exceptional set of results for the new Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky. The breakfast slot has grown its audience to over one million listeners – seven times what it was in the last quarter – while Virgin Radio UK has trebled its overall audience year-on-year thanks to Chris and our friends at Sky. This is the first milestone in our ambition to become the UK’s leading commercial digital station and we are all delighted.”

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  • Wireless national brands now reach 4.9m listeners with listening hours up 8.5m at 31.5m
  • Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky debuts with more than one million listeners
  • Virgin Radio is the fastest-growing UK station in reach and hours (YonY)
  • Chris Evans drives seven-fold increase in Virgin Breakfast audience (YonY) and trebles Virgin Radio UK reach (YonY) in his first ten weeks on air
  • talkSPORT’s network delivers record results, with listeners increased to 3.3m, while listening hours were up 12% on the year to 21.5m
  • talkRADIO delivers a record audience of 339k

The latest round of RAJAR results – covering January to March 2019 – show record results for Wireless national brands, reflecting continued investment in talent and sports rights.

Across Virgin Radio UK, the talkSPORT network and talkRADIO, Wireless now reaches 4.9million listeners – a gain of 1.2m listeners quarter on quarter. The good news extends to listening hours, up 8.5m in the period to 31.5m.

Virgin Radio UK has delivered its first RAJAR results since DJ Chris Evans joined the station on 21 January 2019. The results underline Chris’s immediate impact, as he returns to his spiritual home and reels in new listeners to the show and the station.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky secured 1.05 million weekly listeners across the Virgin Radio network in its first ten weeks on air, accounting for 4.5 million weekly listening hours. This represents five-fold growth quarter-on-quarter and seven-fold growth year-on-year in the breakfast slot.

Chris has also provided a boost for the whole Virgin Radio schedule – the station has trebled its reach on the quarter to 1.4million listeners and 8.6 million listening hours.

talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 continue to benefit from investment in talent and sports rights. Following its exclusive and award-winning coverage of the England series with Sri Lanka, the talkSPORT network delivered more exclusive cricket in the quarter, broadcasting every moment of England’s tour of the West Indies.

The quarter has also seen the stations breaking Premier League stories, delivering the best commentary and analysis and playing host to the cream of UK sporting talent – including England manager Gareth Southgate, who joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough for an exclusive interview on the day talkSPORT took up residence in its new studios at the News Building.

The talkSPORT network delivered record results, growing reach, with listeners up 5% on the quarter at 3.3m, while listening hours in the year grew 12% to 21.5m.

talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, alongside sister station talkSPORT 2, will now offer more live Premier League games than ever before in a new deal which will see it become the destination for live action on Saturdays. The network will also be broadcasting every England and Scotland game throughout next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, with coverage led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show – and a European double as Chelsea take on Arsenal in the Europa League and Spurs face Liverpool in the Champions League Final.

As Brexit continues to dominate politics, more listeners are turning to talkRADIO to make sense of things. The station’s reach increased by 23% in the last twelve months to 339k, while in the last quarter listening hours grew 6% to 1.4m as speech radio fans tune into a daytime roster that includes Julia Hartley-Brewer, Matthew Wright and Eamonn Holmes.

Scott Taunton, Wireless CEO, welcoming the latest set of RAJARs said: “This is a superlative set of results for Wireless, reflecting our investment in talent and sports rights. Chris Evans has driven huge growth at breakfast and across the whole station, and that’s in just ten weeks.

“talkSPORT is reaping the benefits of our award-winning live coverage of major sporting events – including our investment in cricket and football rights – and talkRADIO is increasingly the destination for those looking to make sense of Brexit. With the backing of News UK, our growth strategy is ahead of expectations, with one million more listeners joining Wireless in the last year. We’re delighted with this performance.”

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The Times today launches its ‘Clean Air for All’ campaign, with the aim to tackle Britain’s air pollution crisis and demand the Government takes urgent action to update the Clean Air Act.

The campaign launched this morning with a clean air manifesto and the revelation that  millions of children are breathing dangerous levels of air pollution.

A new online tool allows parents in London to check the air pollution levels of their child’s school and compare to others.

John Witherow, editor of The Times, said:

“The Times has a proud history of campaigning journalism. We are not just reporting on change, we are providing solutions and fighting to make a difference. Cleaning Britain’s air is in the highest public interest.”

The Times’s Clean Air for All campaign manifesto in full;

1 A new Clean Air Act to confer a legal right to clean air for everyone in the UK

The first Clean Air Act, introduced in 1956 in response to the Great London Smog, was a world first. Britain has since lost its mantle as the world leader on tackling air pollution. The new Act should adopt tighter pollution limits based on World Health Organisation recommendations and give local authorities extra powers and resources to tackle all sources of pollution.

2 Ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 and reverse cut to green car grants

The government’s 2040 target for banning sales of new diesel and petrol cars is weaker than that of China, India and Ireland, all of whom aim for 2030. Britain should match this date. Some analysts say hybrid and fully electric vehicles will remain more expensive for at least another five years — others say it could be far longer. The government must reverse its £1,000 cut to green car grants, which were reduced to £3,500 in November.

3 Temporary traffic bans outside schools at drop off and pick-up times

All vehicles except buses should be banned from roads beside schools for 45-60 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon. The ban, which would not apply to main roads, can be enforced by automatic number plate recognition cameras. As well as improving air quality, more children will walk to school, reducing obesity, and there will be fewer road accidents.

4 Extend pre-2016 diesel and pre-2006 petrol pay zones to other cities

Only London and Birmingham have imposed or promised charges on the most polluting cars. Dozens of other cities with illegal air quality, including Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Newcastle, Bath and Derby, are failing to restrict these cars.

5 Pollution monitor in every postcode — 3,000 in all

When people are given precise and up-to-date information from live local monitors about the level of air pollution near their homes, they will be empowered to take action, seek changes to benefit their health and hold politicians to account for promises to clean up the air.

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News UK by Harry Neicho - 1M ago
News UK’s video marketplace company Unruly has sealed a new global partnership deal with Formula1.com, the official online presence of the FIA F1 world championship.

The partnership means Unruly is the exclusive supplier of outstream video advertising across the entire Formula1.com website.

Formula 1 is the most watched annual sport globally, with 21 races in 21 countries across five continents and broadcast in nearly 200 territories worldwide.

The media and entertainment brand has a cumulative audience of 1.76b viewers and receives more than 506m unique viewers, including a UK reach of 27.73m.

Commenting on the partnership, Unruly COO Kenneth Suh said: “The F1 audience is both enormous and enormously passionate, and that makes it the perfect platform for advertisers to reach a highly-engaged audience. We’re thrilled to welcome F1 to Unruly’s family of premium, brand-safe publishers.”

Frank Arthofer, director of digital and licensing at Formula 1, said: “Unruly’s polite ad formats and commitment to brand safety make it a natural partner for a premium sports brand like F1.

“We look at everything through the eyes of our fans, and the F1 audience expects a high-quality experience across our live and TV broadcast

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  • talkSPORT becomes exclusive rights holder for Saturday 12.30pm football matches – a commercial radio first
  • talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 retain existing packages for 3pm and 5.30pm on Saturday, creating the destination for game day listeners

  • The talkSPORT network consolidates its position as the UK’s only national commercial radio rights holder for the next three seasons

  • talkSPORT stations to broadcast more Premier League games than ever before

talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, alongside sister station talkSPORT 2, will now offer more live Premier League games than ever before, as well as become the destination for live action on Saturdays.

The Wireless network has today been awarded three Premier League live radio broadcast rights packages for the next three football seasons to 2022.

talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 have rights to broadcast Premier League games across three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more game day listeners than ever.

talkSPORT has also picked up exclusive rights for all matches scheduled to kick off at 12 noon on Sunday.

Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said: “talkSPORT is now the game day destination for live Premier League action. We’ve consolidated our position as the Premier League’s only national commercial radio partner, winning more games and a key new slot on Saturday lunchtime, meaning we’re the only radio network delivering live coverage from the first kick to the final whistle on Saturday.

“talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 are providing best-in-class live commentary and coverage to millions of football fans across the UK. Our hugely talented teams now have an unrivalled opportunity to deliver Premier League football to more listeners than ever.”

The talkSPORT network also has an exclusive global rights partnership with the Premier League until 2022, meaning talkSPORT can provide official live and on-demand audio coverage of all 380 Premier League matches to listeners around the world outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland. The network is also  the exclusive home of the EFL – including the play-off finals – as well as holding rights across the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup in the UK.

With nearly three million listeners, talkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station and has been winning exclusive rights across a variety of sports, including football, cricket and boxing, ranging from the FIFA World Cup to Anthony Joshua’s biggest bouts.

From Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist at breakfast through to live coverage of the biggest games with the voice of football himself, John Motson, as well as Sam Matterface, Jim Proudfoot, Stuart Pearce, Ally McCoist and Ray Houghton, talkSPORT is the station for football fans.

The station delivered coverage to listeners all day and all night at last Summer’s FIFA World Cup with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.

talkSPORT’s sister station talkSPORT 2, has won plaudits for its England cricket coverage of the Sri Lanka tour, bagging the Best Live Sports Broadcast Award at the Sports Journalism Awards. The coverage won plaudits for the quality of its output, delivering uninterrupted live play. The station also has the exclusive rights for all of England’s major overseas tours until 2021.

In January, Wireless appointed Lee Clayton – formerly Head of Sport at the Daily Mail Group – as Head of talkSPORT, with a remit to ensure the best coverage of the greatest sporting fixtures in the UK. And the two stations recently moved into new start-of-the-art studios in The News Building, welcoming England Football Manager Gareth Southgate as a guest on day one.

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Reactions as The Sun’s Clemmie Moodie wins Showbiz Journalist of The Year
  • The Times won Daily Newspaper of the Year, The Sunday Times won Sunday Newspaper of the Year and Sun Online won Best News Website
  • A further 11 News UK journalists were highly commended in their categories

At last night’s National Press Awards, News UK titles scooped a record 15 category wins for work published in 2018.

The Times won Daily Newspaper of the Year, The Sunday Times won Sunday Newspaper of the Year and Sun Online won Best News Website.

The Times was praised for its “immensely powerful” work, The Sunday Times for its “terrific Brexit scoops” and reinvigorated magazines, and The Sun Online for its investment into original journalism and blending serious investigations with celebrity gossip.

The Times’ chief reporter Sean O’Neill took Scoop of The Year for his investigation into Oxfam staff’s treatment of Haiti survivors. The story unveiled senior aid workers’ use of prostitutes in the earthquake torn region, and led to an inquiry into the humanitarian sector.

In total, The Times secured seven awards, along with four for both The Sunday Times and The Sun. A further 11 journalists were highly commended in their categories.

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK said: “Every day we strive to create the best stories and finest editorial, telling our readers the stories that matter. We invest in quality journalism that sets the agenda.

“We are enormously gratified that our talented and dedicated editors, journalists and photojournalists have been recognised with a record number of wins for News UK.”

  • The Times won Daily Newspaper of The Year, which was praised for its “immensely powerful” investigation into Oxfam.
  • The Sunday Times won Sunday Newspaper of The Year, for its “terrific Brexit scoops”, reinvigorated magazines and investigations.
  • The Sun Online won News Website of The Year, commended for its investment into original journalism and blending serious investigations with celebrity gossip.
  • Supplement of The Year was given to T2, lauded for its bold comment offerings and ability to secure provocative exclusives.
  • Magazine of The Year was awarded to The Times Magazine, which was praised for its “astute ideas, prescience of topical issues and underlying wit”.
  • Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times political editor won both the Political Reporter of the Year and Political Commentator of the Year accolades.
  • The Times’ chief reporter Sean O’Neill, who broke the Oxfam staff paying Haiti earthquake survivors for sex scandal, won both Scoop of the Year and News Reporter of the Year.
  • Clemmie Moodie of The Sun on Sunday was named Showbiz Reporter of the Year, with her exclusive story on Pippa Middleton’s pregnancy earning praise from judges.
  • Decca Aitkenhead of The Sunday Times Magazine was selected as Interviewer of the Year – Broadsheet. Judges were impressed with her “fearless and razor-sharp questioning”.
  • Described by judges as “absolutely in touch with her readers”, and praised for “laugh-out-loud” columns, Deborah Ross of The Times won Broadsheet Columnist of The Year.
  • Judges declared they were “mightily impressed” with The Sun snapper Richard Pelham’s entry that saw him land the Sports Photographer of the Year accolade.
  • The judges described The Sun’s Jane Moore’s delivery of the tragic story that Barbara Windsor had Alzheimer’s as ‘pitch-perfect’, winning her Scoop of the Year for Popular Life.
  • Veteran war zone reporter Anthony Loyd of The Times scooped the Foreign Reporter of the Year award. Loyd, currently in war-torn Syria, was praised by judges for “his knowledge of the Syrian crisis”.
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The Sun Hols from £15, which offers Sun readers bargain holidays at more than 290 holiday parks across the UK and Europe, has launched a new campaign to promote its 2019 offering.

Created by News UK’s in-house agency Pulse, the campaign is centred around getting the most out of your holiday and will feature user generated content across digital channels. Using snaps from real Sun readers’ Sun Hols, it captures unforgettable memories forged on their getaways.

Rolling out from Saturday March 30, the campaign will feature across The Sun in print and online as well as on its social channels, and through a CRM campaign including direct mail and email marketing.
 

It will also be supported by Sun Savers editor and money saving guru, Giselle Wainwright, who was appointed in October, to scour supermarket aisles, holiday sites and everything in between to “put the good stuff within reach” for hard-pressed shoppers. Sun Hols content will be published on the Sun Savers app and column in the paper and online.

Nathan McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer at The Sun said: “Our readers’ memories are at the heart of this campaign because that’s what The Sun Hols all about – getting away at an affordable price to have fun with the people that matter most.

“We’ve sent 50 million people on holiday since 1990. It’s this focus on family value and our readers’ experiences that makes The Sun Hols the UK’s biggest short break travel company.”

The launch follows The Sun Hols from £9.50 campaign in January, which will be sending nearly one million people on holiday this year.

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