Rupert Murdoch-owned News UK has announced plans for the launch of Times Radio, a new digital radio station.
The station is a partnership between The Times, The Sunday Times and Wireless, which was acquired by News UK in 2016.
The station will bring together the journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with the speech radio and podcasting experience of Wireless, the company behind talkSPORT, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio UK.
It will launch later this year and broadcast on DAB, online and via app and smart speakers.
The station will be ad break free, with commercial opportunities for sponsors across the schedule.
News UK Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks said: “We acquired Wireless in 2016 with a clear ambition to bring their audio expertise to our newsbrands.
“The Times and The Sunday Times deliver world-class journalism to a substantial and highly engaged audience. Times Radio will create a new speech radio outlet to reach an even broader audience who want quality reporting and trusted, expert commentary in real time.”
News and commentary
The digital station will provide a daily schedule of news, analysis and commentary with a line up of high profile presenters, as well as contributions from the rich pool of expert commentators from The Times and The Sunday Times.
Editor of The Times, John Witherow, said: “Times Radio will provide provocative, well-informed, entertaining and useful discussion covering the key stories of the day, and informing the national conversation. Infused with our world-class journalism, it will be the perfect complement to our print and online offer.”
Tim Levell is named as Programme Director. Latterly Editor of the award-winning Emma Barnett Show at Radio 5 Live, Tim has 25 years’ experience in radio and TV. This includes programming BBC Radio 5 Live’s evening and overnight schedule; editing both Newsround and Blue Peter, and producing at Sky News.
He began his career as a broadcast journalist for BBC North and BBC Breakfast News.
As Programme Director, Tim will work with Launch Director, Stig Abell, and a team from across The Times, The Sunday Times and Wireless, including Wireless Director of Strategy Jimmy Buckland and Wireless National Speech Radio Controller Liam Fisher, to create the schedule, manage the presenters and production staff and format the station.