Fun Kids

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Fun Kids logo.png
City London
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Format Children's Radio
Audience share 350,000 (children and adults) (March 2015, [1])
Owner Folder Media
Website www.funkidslive.com

Fun Kids is a national children's digital radio station in the United Kingdom with associated websites, YouTube and podcast channels. It has previously been the winner of the Sony and Arqiva Digital Radio Stations of the year. It is operated by Children's Radio UK Ltd which is owned by Folder Media. It broadcasts on DAB Digital Radio across the UK as well as online and mobile.

Background[edit]

Fun Kids (formerly Fun Radio) was created by GCap Media, Hit Entertainment and the children's radio campaigner Susan Stranks.[1] It went on-air in May 2005 and then was acquired in September 2008 by Folder Media.[2]

Changes to platforms[edit]

Fun Radio was initially launched on DAB digital radio in London and some areas of the South East alongside being broadcast on digital television. In January 2008, the line ups of a number of local digital multiplexes changed, with Fun Radio being removed as a service from those outside London. In summer 2009, Fun Kids launched temporarily on the national Digital One multiplex from 27 June until 3 October,[3] thus everyone in the United Kingdom was able to listen via DAB. Fun Kids was removed from Virgin Media channel 926 on 1 December 2009 and also from Sky Digital channel 0171 on 16 December 2009.

In February 2016 it was announced that the station would start broadcasting nationwide by joining Sound Digital's national DAB digital radio multiplex.[4] It launched, alongside the multiplex's other radio stations on 29 February.[5]

Presenters[edit]

Fun Kids has been a training ground for many young radio presenters including James Barr, Tim Dixon, James Beckingham, Matt Kot and Luke Franks.

Its current presenter line-up includes: Sean Thorne, Frankie Vu, Jamie Mason, Josh Divney, Bex Lindsay and Dan Simpson.

There are also two licensed shows on Fun Kids, Beanotown based on The Beano and Bin Weevils based on the Bin Weevils online game.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Meg (8 June 2005). "New station bids for a chance to switch children on to radio" – via The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (23 September 2008). "Folder Media buys GCap's Fun Radio" – via The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Fun Kids goes nationwide on DAB". Radio Today. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Fun Kids to go national as DAB+ radio service – RadioToday". 
  5. ^ "A national radio station for children is launching – with DJs from The Beano". 3 February 2016.