|First air date||17 October 2011|
Monocle 24 is a mainly speech-based internet radio station, broadcasting from Monocle's headquarters at Midori House in London. On weekdays, the station produces four hours of live, current affairs-based programmes. It also broadcasts weekly shows on business; culture; design; food and hospitality; print media and urbanism. Music fills out the rest of the schedule, hosted by Monocle staff. Monocle 24 was launched in October 2011 and broadcasts in English, primarily from London, but with an international focus. It is a brand extension of Monocle Media Company, founded in 2007 by Canadian journalist and entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé, with a circulation of 73,000 per edition.
The Monocle Weekly
Monocle 24 itself grew out of The Monocle Weekly, a podcast which first appeared on 28 December 2008. Hosted by editor Andrew Tuck and culture editor Robert Bound, it covers topics such as politics, business and culture and featuring interviews with big names across several disciplines, and eventually hit download figures as high as 250,000 per month. The Monocle weekly is now a one-hour weekend show on the station.
Monocle 24 officially launched on October 17, 2011 with four live shows on weekdays: The Globalist, The Briefing, Midori House and The Monocle Daily, as well as several extra shows over the weekend. Surrounding those shows were music hours known as The Continental Shift and The Atlantic Shift, as well as hour-long themed shows Culture with Robert Bound, Section D, The Entrepreneurs, The Urbanist and The Menu. The station was branded by bespoke music idents, including a number featuring the voice of pop star Kylie Minogue and the Quiet Nights Orchesta.
The station is influenced by the BBC World Service, as another global current affairs station with editorial programming on subjects all over the world. Tyler Brûlé said “From the point of view its ambitions for global reach and coverage of world affairs, Monocle 24 will probably resemble and sound like many commonwealth public service broadcasters, including BBC World Service, as well as shades of ABC and Canada’s CBC. We are hoping to create a station which follows the tradition of the great Commonwealth broadcasters. It’s no surprise that we have drawn a lot of great people from the BBC World Service.”
Changes to the schedule since its launch have included the introduction in August 2012 of The Stack, a 25-minute-long show on magazines and print media hosted by Tyler Brûlé on Saturday mornings. For around the first 18 months of the show's existence, it was 50 minutes long. In January 2014, the running time was cut to 25 minutes. In April 2013, The Globalist was split into The Globalist and The Globalist Asia, with the latter focusing more on listeners in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Globalist Asia was last broadcast on December 27, 2013.
Saturday and Sunday also feature the Weekend Edition, a mix of news, interviews, music and highlights.
Monocle 24 also broadcasts from political, business and cultural events.
The station is live 24 hours a day at monocle.com/radio and also sees 2.5 million downloads per month of its programmes through its website and iTunes.
Between midnight and 5am London time, the station broadcasts ABC Radio news bulletins.
Past programmes and content
Monocle 24 newscasts originally included weather forecasts with Tomasz Schafernaker, but they were later dropped. Aperitivo (16 Sept 2013 - 15 November 2013) was a short-lived news-based talk programme, trailed as a "relaxed blend of conversation and analysis." The Globalist, a show on international news and political issues, was originally two hours long. It was later split in two, the second hour becoming The Globalist Asia, but the show was later cancelled. The Review, was a weekend show which featured stories about books, movies and theatre.
Some programmes are sponsored, by such companies as Grundig, Südtirol Marketing, Rolex and Pictet. Previous sponsors include Kuoni, Krug, J. Crew, GE, Lexus and Blackberry.
Some of the most frequently heard voices on Monocle 24 are those of magazine staff, such as Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Robert Bound, Steve Bloomfield and Sophie Grove. However there are also regular radio staff, such as News Editor Tom Edwards, and producers Markus Hippi and Phil Han, whose voices can be heard across many shows. Freelance staff often appear on the station, such as Georgina Godwin, Nancy Durham, Emma Nelson, Dominic Reynolds, Andrew Mueller, Clemency Burton-Hill, Tadhg Enright, Poppy Trowbridge and Ted Kravitz. Jonathan Wheatley is one of the station's newsreaders.
There are also regular contributions from Monocle staff and guests at the organisation's bureaux in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Zürich and Toronto.
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