BBC and Digital Radio UK launch new character D Love as part of new campaign from RKCR/Y&R
Digital Radio UK and BBC have partnered with RKCR/Y&R to launch a cross media campaign highlighting the benefits of digital radio. Starring D Love – a 15-inch tall, smooth dressing soul puppet from Stockport – the fully integrated campaign sees the diminutive soul man spreading the love for digital radio with his pet dove and encouraging others to join the movement. As well as TV advertisements the campaign will feature a music video starring D Love, interviews with his dove, posters, online banners, in-store digital radio guides, and radio ads which will be aired across the BBC Radio network and on over 60 commercial radio stations. D Love will also be interviewed by the likes of Fearne Cotton, Richard Bacon, Suzie Klein and Clive Anderson as part of the campaign launch. Speaking of the campaign, head of marketing at BBC Digital Radio, Felicity Bardell, said: “We’re incredibly excited to have joined up with the radio industry on this campaign. There is a big year ahead for digital radio and we think that through DLove we will engage audiences with the benefits of a digital listening experience.” Jane Ostler, communications director at Digital Radio UK, commented: “People love the great choice of stations on digital radio. D Love’s role is to act as an advocate for digital radio and to spread the love, and in the lead up to a Government decision on radio switchover later in 2013, D Love will drive digital listening by spreading the love of digital radio benefits, as well as raising awareness of the availability of digital radio in-car.” Executive creative director at RKCR/Y&R, Tony Talbot, added: “Digital radio has transformed our listening pleasure in the UK. And with the countdown now on for an announcement on digital switch over, we needed a suitable personality who could spread the word of digital. “There's nothing smoother than the sound of digital radio. And to our mind, there's no one smoother than D Love. He's a great fit. Just like digital radio, you will see this little soul legend pop up everywhere in the coming years.” D Love was created by Al Brown, Algy Sharman and executive creative director Tony Talbot, along with Peter Martin, directors at Sweet Shop, and model makers Millennium FX, and was produced by Red Bee.