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Niall Horan joined Sam Thompson on Hits UK to talk about his new album, being a judge on The Voice AND he discovers that famous 'You Can' meme. Taken from "Hits UK", which aired on Hits Radio on 15th March 2023.

Tony Blair 'deceived himself' to justify Britain's invasion of Iraq. "[Robin Cook] did think that that Tony Blair and some other colleagues had gone through a process of self deception." Tony Blair wanted to ally the UK with the US, and sought to 'justify it afterwards,' says David Clark, former special advisor to Robin Cook.. From Times Radio on 19th March 2023.

Current UK Number 1 in the Top 40 Singles Chart and most played by UK radio stations: Miley Cyrus with Flowers. This will be the 9th week in the UK singles chart, but will she stay there with Pinkpantheress threatening to take the spot with Boy's A Liar? Find out in the Top 40 / Hot AC section.

Radio News

> 29.3.2023 - Paul O'Grady dies, aged 67
O'Grady, born in 1955, is synonymous in the radio world for presenting his own radio shows on BBC Radio 2 and being involved in Boom Radio. Paul was most famous on TV as himself for Blankity Blank and his alter-ego Lily Savage. He was such a fabulous DJ and amazing personality. RIP.

> 28.3.2023 - New Media Bill to cut red tape on stations
A new Media Bill has been published by the government, allowing radio stations to change the output of their station without asking Ofcom first. Right now, if a station wants to change from a speech station to a music station, for example, then they must first contact Ofcom (the media regulator) and ask for permission to change the station's format.

> 19.3.2023 - Former KL.FM DJ joins KL1 Radio
Another result from the Bauer mergers now, and former KL.FM radio presenter Kelvin Scott has joined digital radio station KL1 Radio, as he presents his weekend breakfast shows there. Scott had previously done work for North Norfolk Radio and more recently KL.FM, before they also had been bought out and taken over by Bauer to become Greatest Hits Radio.

> 08.3.2023 - Ex-Spire FM boss moves to Salisbury Radio
Ceri Hurford-Jones joins Salisbury Radio as "Creative Adventures Manager", after leaving Spire FM when it was taken over by Bauer and relaunched as Greatest Hits Radio. Salisbury Radio started life as an Internet radio station, but has since launched on Digital Radio in and around Salisbury, Wiltshire.

> 12.01.2023 - Scottish heritage stations to be renamed
Bauer has announced that seven heritage radio stations (which includes Clyde 2, Forth 2 and MFR 2) will be changing to Greatest Hits Radio in April 2023.

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