TV listings magazine Total TV Guide has restored radio listings after controversial changes a year ago that saw the listings removed in favour of a highlights page.
The publication revamped its listings last year, in a move that saw more of its listings mirror the format and text of sister magazine TV Choice. It removed its daily radio listings page, leaving just the RadioTimes with detailed listings and What's On TV with a summary of the main radio stations.
As part of the revamp, described as making the magazine "bigger and brighter" by editor Jon Peake, the magazine has created a page dedicated to on-demand TV in addition to a Total Radio Guide following the TV listings. Alongside a weekly highlights page, daily listings cover BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 4Extra, 6 Music and Classic FM. But instead of including BBC Radio 1 or 5 Live in the listings, the new radio section lists Magic and Absolute Radio, meaning the guide is no good for checking sports coverage on 5 Live.
Incidentally, Magic and Absolute Radio are operated by Bauer Media Group while Total TV Guide is published by H Bauer Publishing, both part of the international Bauer media empire founded in Germany.
While it's the first time that national DAB station Magic has been given a prominent space in a UK listings magazine, newer DAB stations aren't often covered in any listings guide, despite the higher profile of stations such as LBC, which have benefited from joining national DAB. RadioTimes' radio listings pages have changed little for the past decade, broadly reflecting what were the main DAB stations in 2008, when many of the first generation of digital stations closed down.
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