Launched in November 2014, Share Radio is a financial radio station designed to help you through the money maze. Topics include:
• Small businesses
• Children’s finances.
By sharing ideas about money, the new radio station aims to provide the right kind of information to help listeners make informed financial decisions. Share Radio broadcasts on DAB, online and via mobile apps, and become a national digital broadcaster throughout the United Kingdom in March 2016.
It is commonplace knowledge that individual wealth ownership in the United Kingdom is very polarised. The ONS chart below, which is not cumulative but shows total wealth for each 10% of the population, shows this disparity clearly.
It is said that 51% of households struggle with their cost of living, and at the same time soaring house prices deny many young people the opportunity to own their own house: the average first time buyer age was 37 in 2013 compared to 24 in 1970.
So what is money? The root of all evil? A means of exchange? Or a store of value?
Many people spend most of their lives working for money, trying to keep their income in line with ever-growing expenditure. Others learn the art of making money work for them, seeing their income-producing savings and investments build and giving them increasing amounts of time for themselves.
There are two reasons for feeling anxious about money: not having enough to do what you need to do, and not knowing what’s going on with the money you do have. There’s one reason for being confident about money: building your knowledge of how it works, and being in control of your own finances.
Share Radio has been set up to enable more people to build that confidence, to make money work for them, and to enjoy straightforward investing. If we ever sound complicated or remote, let us know! We want to walk alongside our listeners, helping to interpret and explain the world of money.
Share Radio has been set up as an independent broadcaster by Gavin Oldham, who established The Share Centre 24 years ago. Based in Westminster in the same premises as Premier Radio, it is equipped with two state of the art studios and is operated by a team of 20 people. Initially broadcasts to Greater London on digital radio, and online across the United Kingdom and overseas (but not in the USA). We hope to provide nationwide digital coverage in 2016.
We’re a values driven organisation, and our five core values are:
- Respect for Others – walking alongside people
- Empowerment – democratising expertise
- Clarity – de-mystifying finance
- Enterprise – looking for opportunities, not problems
- Trust – being accurate, dependable and consistent.
We’re passionate about helping people from all walks and stages of life to achieve their potential and editorially independent.
We’re also, as all businesses should, aiming for commercial success: in radio we need to do that by gaining the support of sponsors. However because the content in our programmes relates well to these businesses, we hope that, far from finding such references intrusive, they add value to the information we provide.
In our view the United Kingdom has been woefully short of information about everyday money so far as broadcasting is concerned. We aim to redress that balance, and make Share Radio your first port of call as you make your money work for you.