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1 July 2020

Wireless and Bauer Media’s Octave Audio launches with campaigns from the UK Government, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, VOXI and Vision Express

Octave Audio – the joint venture from two of the UK’s leading commercial radio operators News UK’s Wireless and Bauer Media – has now launched, having secured campaigns with the UK Government, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, VOXI and Vision Express.

The new digital audio company was established to give brands and advertisers the opportunity to target premium, engaged audio audiences powered by first-party data at exceptional scale, in a transparent and brand safe environment. Advertisers will be able to communicate with the connected audiences of leading radio brands including talkSPORT, KISS, Absolute Radio, Virgin Radio, Magic Radio, Hits Radio and Greatest Hits Radio, plus on-demand catch-up shows, all in one place.

The UK Government was amongst one of the first brands and organisations to take advantage of Octave Audio’s unique offering. It will harness Octave Audio’s audience-driven advertising solutions to communicate their test and trace messaging, in aims of reducing the spread of coronavirus.

Leading car brands Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have also booked campaigns, utilising Octave’s Audience Forte; a selection of first-class audience groups sourced from Bauer Media and News UK’s quality brand portfolio. Both brands will benefit from the ‘Auto Intenders’ audience segment, directly reaching listeners who have previously shown an interest in cars – visiting sites like Parkers, Car and Sunday Times Driving in the last 30 days – for more precise targeting of premium, engaged audiences. Volkswagen will be promoting its ‘Big Volkswagen Event’, highlighting great offers across their range of New and Used Car models, whilst Mercedes-Benz will use Octave to drive consumers to its Online Showroom and promote its new A-Class model.

Similarly, telecommunications service provider VOXI and eyesight specialist Vision Express will benefit from Octave’s Audience Forte, targeting ‘Entertainment Enthusiasts’ and ‘Savvy Shoppers’ respectively. VOXI will specifically target the 18-34 audience within the segment, communicating its unlimited social media data usage package, whilst Vision Express will inform audiences that its shops are open again and assure listeners that all the right safety procedures have been put in place.

Charlie Brookes, Director – Revenue, Octave Audio, commented: “At Octave we want to change digital audio for good; introducing a safe, transparent and highly targeted environment for brands to advertise with confidence. We want to help our clients talk to audiences that matter – whether that’s by reaching demographic audiences at scale or by filtering to specific audiences like Passionate Parents or Destination Dreamers – utilising our first party data and iconic brands. It’s great to see that the Government and multiple high-profile brands have already recognised the potential that Octave promises, and we can’t wait to see what the coming months present.”

A spokesperson from Volkswagen, said, “We are excited to maximise the benefits of Audience Forte’s new audience selection functionality, allowing us to direct our messages to our prime target audience in the most efficient way.”

James White, Brand Director, Vision Express, added: “We know digital listening is hugely relevant right now and it’s important our brand reaches our customers across multiple listening touchpoints, and we’re always keen to test new tech and platforms.”

Bauer Media’s and News UK’s News IQ audience insights identifies engaged and quality listeners based on behaviour, emotion, opinion and habits for precise targeting across the partners’ digital audio products.

To find out more about Octave Audio, visit or contact

The campaigns were brokered by Manning Gottlieb OMD (the UK Government), PHD Media (Volkswagen), OMD (Mercedes Benz), Dentsu Aegis (VOXI) and the7stars (Vision Express).


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Notes to Editor:

About Octave Audio

Octave Audio is a targeted audio advertising platform and joint venture of News UK’s Wireless and Bauer Media. Advertisers will be able to reach the audiences of live radio broadcasts including talkSPORT, KISS, Absolute Radio, Virgin Radio, Magic Radio, Hits and Greatest Hits Radio.

Octave uses News UK’s News IQ audience insights to identify engaged and quality listeners based on behaviour, emotion, opinion and habits for precise targeting.

For media enquiries contact Lucy Figiel, MWWPR on 020 7046 6080 or / or Chris Taylor, Communications Director on 07980 221942 or 


About Bauer Media 

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

For further press information, please contact: 

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director 

T: 07932 746 363 / E:


About News UK 

News UK is one of the leading media businesses in the UK and Ireland. Our news brands include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sun on Sunday.  

Wireless, our audio business, comprises the national radio stations talkSPORT, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio – home to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky – as well as market-leading local stations across Ireland. It will launch a major new national digital station – Times Radio – later this year. 

News UK is owned by News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV), a global, diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content. 

For more information on our brands please go to or follow us on Twitter @NewsUK. For media enquiries contact Helen Collier, Deputy Director of Communications on 0207 782 6158 or 


Media contacts

Contact Chris Taylor, Communications Director

07980 221942 

Lucy Figiel, MWWPR

020 7046 6080 /

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