I did a radio newsbeat several days ago, and mysteriously the whole post disappeared, and I think it was after I had saved it as a draft!
From Radio Today’s web site
Saturday night Propaganda arrives at Xfm
Xfm is introducing a new show each Saturday night called Propaganda, whilst comedians Elis James and John Robins will host Sunday mornings from 10am until 1pm.
‘Propaganda on XFM’, will be hosted by the club night’s resident DJ Gabby Sanderson, playing indie-rock tracks from its club nights starting this weekend.
Elis James and John Robins join the weekend schedule too, with a mix of music and chat, following in the footsteps of fellow comedians Ricky Gervais and Adam and Joe.
Propaganda DJ Gabby Sanderson said: “I’ve grown up listening to XFM so hosting a Saturday night show on the station is a real privilege. Propaganda is one giant rock ‘n roll party. Listeners can expect to hear future floor fillers from the hottest Propaganda DJs, big indie disco numbers, plus guest DJ sets and backstage banter from loads of XFM bands.”
Elis James and John Robins said: “We’re delighted to be taking over the Sunday morning slot on a station that’s championed British comedy over the years. If we can re-create just one per cent of some of our all-time classic chats then hopefully minds will be blown across the UK. GAME ON!”
XFM’s Managing Editor Chris Baughen said: “These two fantastic shows are a welcome addition to XFM’s line-up. Propaganda is the perfect partner for us, sharing the same attitude and passion for music, while fresh young comedy talent like Elis and John will entertain our listeners, like many of the comedy greats who have gone before them.”
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 12:19 pm by Roy Martin. (C) RadioToday
Name the Beer for Mix96′s 20th birthday
(Johnny Lewis used to brew beer on board the Ross Revenge! Waffler)
A local brewery is making Mix96 beer to celebrate the station’s 20th anniversary and running a Name the Beer competition.
The beer will be available throughout April in pubs around the region, and at the Chiltern Brewery Shop, and 5p from every pint sold will be donated to Mix96’s chosen charity, St Tiggywinkles.
“As Bucks best radio station it’s great to be working with Bucks best brewery to create the brand new Mix96 beer. I can’t think of a better way of celebrating 20 years of broadcasting than raising a glass of our own brew” said Max Hailey, Managing Director of Mix96.
The person who wins the naming competition gets a Brewery Tour for two at The Chiltern Brewery plus a VIP invite to the official launch of the beer.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Roy Martin. (C) RadioToday
Community radio station Stroud FM closes
Gloucestershire community radio station Stroud FM is to close after operating for almost six years on FM.
The station launched in March 2008 but started life a decade ago aiming to broadcast to the area full time.
It filled the gap left by Star Radio Stroud when UKRD closed the station in 2006, and was staffed by a large number of volunteers.
Bosses say the station is now no longer viable due to a projected shortfall of £8,000.
A spokesman from Stroud FM said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Open House, Forrest Green, Stroud Town Council and Stroud District Council, as well as many local businesses for their considerable support over the years, to our listeners both in and outside Stroud, and of course to those volunteers who have given their time and energy.”
“At its peak, the station was reaching out to over 1,000 listeners, both live and online. Some 60 presenters regularly recorded and broadcast programmes each week, ranging from music shows to talk shows covering a wide range of topics and local news. We have looked at every way we can to continue, but with a projected shortfall of almost £8,000 the station is simply no longer viable as it stands.”
In March 2010 former Stroud and Labour MP, David Drew, officially opened a brand new second studio at the station with the help of a grant paying for this to take place.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 2:40 pm by Roy Martin. (C) RadioToday
Pixie Lott opens new Signal 1 & 2 studios
Singer Pixie Lott has officially opened the new Signal 1 and Signal 2 studios on-air during the Martin Lowes drivetime show.
Senior Programme Controller Chris Buckley: “We’ve had an amazing past 12 months celebrating our 30th birthday, introducing new breakfast and drive presenters and an incredible Q4 2014 Rajar result gaining 15,000 new listeners and 477,000 hours in this quarter. Having Pixie Lott officially open Signal 1’s studio just topped it all off.”
Station Director Rachel Austin: “Signal continues to go from strength to strength, we have a great team who work really hard to deliver results and having artists such as Pixie Lott to open our new studio’s is just fantastic.”
Rachel is taking maternity leave soon and will be covered by Mark Matthews, who is moving from Real Radio XS in Manchester to join the UTV station.
Photo: Chris Buckley, Pixie Lott & Rachel Austin.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Radio Today Staff. (C) RadioToday
Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio is to receive a single identity across all stations, with a new sonic logo created by Wise Buddah Jingles.
The new station sound starts on Monday, along with a new strapline: Your Music, Your Life and marks the end of sung jingles for most of the stations in the portfolio. The strapline will also appear on station logos on marketing and websites. Wise Buddah won the contract after a four-way pitch last year.
Owen Ryan, the Place Portfolio’s North of England and Scotland Group Content Director, led the production and imagery for the project; whilst Catherine Gort, Marketing Director, led from an insight and branding perspective. Chris Ward, Head of Production for Bauer Place, led the development of all the imaging with Wise Buddah and his in-house team for all 16 stations.
These include Top of Hours, Power Intros, Sweepers, Out of Breaks as well as a brand new set of News and Sport imaging.
Owen Ryan said the company spent months researching the new station sound and strapline with listeners. “We know that it feels personal and relevant to them, making them feel connected to their local radio station,” he said.
“This new suite of imaging, and one shared sonic logo, has allowed us to create a contemporary, powerful and engaging sound across the whole Place Portfolio, whilst still absolutely reflecting the stations’ local identities. No other radio group has such a joined up suite of imaging and we’re very proud of the results. We’re sure the new fresh and dynamic sound will appeal to our millions of listeners across the UK.”
Mark Goodier, founder of Wise Buddah added: “Put simply, the clear focus of our brief was to create something original and different to anything else in the industry. We wanted to create a sound that would stand out, as well as excite, inspire and connect with the Place Portfolio audience wherever they were and however they were consuming the brands. We’re really proud and excited to be working with the talented Bauer team, and believe that collaboratively we’ve created something world-class.’
The stations taking the new sound are Key 103, Radio City, Rock FM, Radio Aire, Hallam FM, Viking FM, Metro Radio, TFM, CFM, Clyde 1, Forth One, West FM, Northsound 1, Tay FM, MFR and Radio Borders.
Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis has been found not guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault with the jury unable to reach verdicts on two other charges.
The former BBC Radio and Bauer Media presenter was accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault. A hearing on February 24th will decide if there should be a retrial, and until then DLT is on bail.
DLT always denied the allegations which were alleged to have taken place between 1977 and 2007 and relate to nine victims aged between 15 and 29.
He said at the time: “The allegations are not true. The only other thing I can add to that statement is that I’m very much looking forward to actually clearing my name on this.”
He was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the television presenter.
DLT, who had the nickname the Hairy Cornflake at Radio 1, spent 25 years on the national station before resigning live on-air in 1993.
On leaving Radio 1, he hosted a networked Sunday morning show across some of the UK’s commercial radio stations.
He also worked at Garrison Radio and Classic Gold, then went back to the BBC to host Sunday mornings on BBC Three Counties Radio in 2003.
He hosted the DLT Show on Bauer Media’s Magic stations in the North of England each Saturday and Sunday morning till he was taken off air last November.
DLT, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, was also inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.
107 JACK fm Berkshire, the station replacing Reading 107, has hired Robin Banks for breakfast.
The former Star North East programme director will also head up their new Media Academy. Robin has also worked on-air at Virgin, Kiss 100, XFM, brmb, Beat 106 and others.
Robin said; “I’m going to do another radio first on JACK. Everyone thought I was mad with my 10 Formats in 10 Days idea at my last radio station and I proved them all wrong… well this one is even better; we’re going to pay people NOT to listen!!”
Sue Reynolds, MD of JACK fm Berkshire says; “We saw and of course heard what Robin Banks can offer a radio station both on and off the air and we just had to have him! I called him, he said yes. An integral part of working here will be setting up our Media Academy and I’m genuinely delighted the students will have a teacher like Robin”.
Robin will be joined by Neal Veglio who will also head up JACK fm Berkshire’s news department.
“Robin Banks? Sh*t!” was Neal’s comment.
Robin and Neal will start working on-air together when the new 107 JACK fm Berkshire launches.
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Roy Martin. (C) RadioToday
Valentine’s Day dog stunt at Free Radio
Free Radio presenters Foxy & Giuliano hosted what they call a radio first this morning – a dog wedding.
The Valentine’s Day event saw Rufus and Lady tie the knot in a special ceremony after the story unfolded on-air across the last week, with the dogs enjoying dates at the cinema, a ‘stag-do’ at the local dog track and a pamper day at local pooch parlour for the ‘hen-party’.
The whole thing was officially overseen by registrar Anne Clark and an Elvis impersonator sang the classic “Hound Dog” for the first dance.
Meanwhile, at Free Radio in the Black Country, Fresh & Cat helped Lindsay Beddows propose to her long term boyfriend Gerard Fletcher by securing an advert on Europe’s biggest digital poster site that stands beside the M6 in Walsall. Gerard from Wolverhampton said “I’ve known this lady for over 20 years and she never fails to amaze me. What she has done for me today is incredible. The answer is most definitely – yes!”
And in Worcester Hursty & Helen helped deliver flowers for loved ones in the city, taking them via shuttle bus and celebrated local businesses that were still open braving the weather for Valentines night. In Coventry, JD is about to become best man for a listener, a listener he’s only met once and that was at the suit fitting.
JD announced on-air that he’d never been a best man and Groom-to-be Gav from Bedworth rang in and offered him the chance to step in.
Group Editorial Director David Lloyd said “Valentine’s Day means different things to our listeners across the patch, one thing’s for sure, today proved that there’s Never a Dull Moment at Free Radio”.
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 11:34 am by Roy Martin. (C) RadioToday
The BBC has angered unionists in Northern Ireland by playing part of an Irish rebel song commemorating the IRA hunger strikers during the Radio 1 Top 40 rundown.
“The Roll Of Honour” by the Irish Brigade has entered the Official Top 40 at number 33. Originally released in the 1980s, the song celebrates the lives of 10 Republican prisoners who died in 1981 at the Maze Prison.
The song has entered the charts after a campaign by Celtic fans opposed to anti-sectarian football legislation introduced by the Scottish Government.
The ballad expresses anti-establishment anger through lyrics which brand England “a monster” and laud Bobby Sands – the IRA member who died in the Maze Prison in 1981 while refusing food – as “gallant” and “brave”.
The Democratic Unionist MP Gregory Campbell called for the song to be banned. He said there was a duty for the BBC as a public service broadcaster not to broadcast material promoting terror.
“If the BBC was faced with any other song that commemorated murder, and on occasions multiple murders of innocent people, they would take an executive decision not to promote such a recording,” he said.
Radio 1 presenter Jameela Jamil played the instrumental intro and the first two lines of the song. She explained that the protest song was a chart entry as a result of a campaign by Celtic supporters opposed to the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communication (Scotland) Act. The Irish Brigade was asked by the supporters group Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) to re-release the song to highlight opposition to the legislation.
The song sat uneasily alongside the likes of Rihanna and Ellie Goulding in the Top 40.
A BBC source said: “We believe it would be wrong to ban the song outright as free speech is an important principle and a ban would only give it more publicity.”
The BBC followed the same policy it adopted when it played a five-second clip of the Wizard of Oz song “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”, when it charted at number two last year after a download campaign following the death of Margaret Thatcher.
From Today’s Observer paper – speculation about the World Service Funding
As the waters rise, the sands run out for BBC funding
The international aid budget is under pressure as floods hit close to home. The analogy with World Service cuts is hard to ignore
It’s a cruel equation, under water or under pressure. Where do you spend the money in hard times: home or abroad? Well, we know what the British public (and the Daily Mail) think about that at the moment: 73% of them want UK “aid millions” switched from Pakistan to Chertsey. But try the same equation in an adjacent neck of the woods – the BBC World Service.
Tony Hall, keeper of the flame, was doing his valiant best last week. Come April, the Foreign Office grant that sustains the service – all £245m of it per year – stops short. The BBC and Lord Hall will have to find that money from licence-fee payers (with £700m in wider cuts looming). Yet “beyond just protecting the World Service’s budget, I want to look to invest more to fund its digital future so that we can reach half a billion people around the world by 2022″.
Factor in warm praise for reporters in South Africa and Syria, still warmer words for “impartial and independent news” and rather chilly contempt for editorial competitors – China, Russia and the rest – depending on millions from government to keep them going. Then hope that, overseas at least, a newly sanctioned ability to take “limited” sponsorship cash will offer lifelines – though Lord H doesn’t sound very enthusiastic. “Advertisements will never get in the way of our output, nor be a dominant part of it. Commercial activity will remain a small part of our funding.” But needs must …
Move much closer to home, though. David Dimbleby, we know, thinks the BBC is “too big”. So does John Humphrys – and, rather embarrassingly, Roger Mosey, who might have been Hall’s right-hand man. Now a chorus comes from a culture select committee hearing at Westminster. Michael Grade, ex-BBC chairman, concludes that his old charge is “virtually unmanageable”, in need of a “dramatic” slim. Gavyn Davies, chairman before Grade, doesn’t think the licence fee system can last. Greg Dyke, ex-DG, sings the same sour song.
And here’s where truly hard choices begin to kick in. What does £245m amount to at current funding rates? Try Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4. Or mix and match: say goodbye to Radio 4, BBC4 and Radio 1. In crude terms, the loss of the FO grant leaves a giant hole. And all the Agincourt speeches on Earth surely can’t keep the service itself ringfenced for long. So far the “too big” brigade have mostly talked about folding BBC4 into BBC2, or cutting BBC3 way down to size. But such savings are simply too small. The licence fee operates, in quasi-democratic mode, by public consent. This is going to be an almighty strain.
So let’s be clear-eyed. Many of us – me included – honour the World Service’s 80 years. It has been, and remains, a good deed in a bad media world. It deserves to survive. But how, once the rhetoric fades? Journalists’ unions can’t stop this world and get off.
We know rolling TV news channels are running out of time. Professor Richard Sambrook, who once headed BBC News and the World Service, argues convincingly here. Digital opportunity is digging their grave.
And if that’s true of Sky News and the BBC News Channel, it’s also true of Al-Jazeera et al. In the end, you won’t bring news to the world from TV studios churning away as heretofore. Cumbersome clutter. Smaller, faster and hi-tech cheaper will be the only way out of the biggest bind of the lot.
■ Every TV picture tells a story, of course. But what if it’s almost exactly the same story night after night? A housing estate under water and, front of camera, Fiona/George/Jeremy in gumboots and waders? It almost makes you wish Downing Street was a flood plain, too, so Nick Robinson could sink along with government popularity.