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Radio Insight to launch job board, expand ratings coverage

The move comes as competitor All Access prepares to shut down in mid-August.

The move comes as competitor All Access prepares to shut down in mid-August.

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Radio industry publication Radio Insight says it will expand its coverage of ratings and launch a new job board as a competing website begins to wind down its business.

In a note to readers, Radio Insight publisher Lance Venta directly attributed the expanded coverage to the impending shutdown of All Access, which offered daily analysis of Arbitron (and, later, Nielsen) ratings along with a robust job board that helped further the careers of thousands of radio professionals.

“As All Access prepares to sign off next month, we are expanding to further meet the needs of the community, beginning with the launch of two most-requested features,” Venta said.

Earlier this month, All Access publisher Joel Denver announced the website would shut down after nearly three decades in operation. Denver cited a downturn in the advertising market, which slowed revenue to the point that he felt it would be difficult to continue operating All Access with the same standard of coverage that readers came to expect.

The decision to close All Access will impact around 20 staff writers and other positions, according to a person familiar with the matter. The website will continue publishing daily news until at least mid-August.

Radio Insight has been in publication since at least 2006, according to a review of the Internet Archive. It has its roots in two other websites: The Mid-Atlantic Radio Board, an online messaging board founded by Venta, and a now-defunct industry blog called Radio-Info.

Radio Insight offers day-to-day coverage of the most-important people and programming decisions affecting the radio industry, including new hires, programming changes, format launches and regulatory filings made by broadcasters. With the impending closure of All Access, Radio Insight primarily competes in the business of radio news against just a handful of other websites, including Inside Radio, Radio World and Radio Online.

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