Real Radio drops Ryan Seacrest show
By Chris Cooke | Published on Monday 7 January 2013
Real Radio has stopped broadcasting the Ryan Seacrest show, according to Radio Today. The Real network started broadcasting Seacrest’s LA-made radio show, aired on over 150 stations in the US and beyond, in a late night slot in July 2011.
As previously reported, Real Radio, formerly owned by the Guardian Media Group, is in the process of being acquired by Global Radio, and – while technically in limbo as a standalone entity – a lot of downsizing has already occurred. And if the takeover is approved by the UK Competition Commission, many expect Global to wind down Real altogether and to use its frequencies to further expand the Heart and Capital networks. Which would make it foolish to continue paying for the bought-in Seacrest show in the interim.
Real Radio is yet to comment on the change to its late night schedule, but it seems like its evening show will be extended by two hours and its overnight show brought forward an hour to fill the gap left by the axed Seacrest show.