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CMU’s One Liners: Nick Grimshaw, UTV, Radio Festival, more

By and | Published on Monday 22 February 2016

Nick Grimshaw

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Nick Grimshaw has confirmed he will not return to sinking ship ‘The X-Factor’ in a judging capacity. He insisted he “loved” the show and his decision not to stay with it for a second series was “not a diss”. Presumably it’s because he’s not that confident a swimmer.

• The sale of the UTV television business in both Ireland and Northern Ireland to ITV plc should complete next Monday, the deal having received regulator approval. The remaining UTV radio business will then announce a new name. Belfast’s business card printers excitedly await the day.

• The Radio Academy’s recently revamped Radio Festival will return to the British Library in London town on 27 Sep, it has been confirmed.

• Azealia Banks has released a new single, called ‘The Big Big Beat’. Listen here.

• Bat For Lashes has released a new track, ‘I Do’. Attached is a note that reads: “Save the date, 1 Jul 2016. Til death do us part”.

• Protomartyr have shared the video for ‘Dope Cloud’ and announced that they’ll be touring the UK in April.

• Vaults have released a new single ‘Midnight River’. They’ve also got UK live shows coming up in April.

• Ant & Dec have confirmed that this week’s BRIT Awards will be their last as hosts. Which presumably means in 2017 it’ll be Sam & Mark’s turn?

• Oh, for fuck’s sake. We’re entering this tedious cycle again, are we?

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