Old radio revisited

From the 1927 edition of Pittmans Radio Year Book

As foreshadowed in the Preface to the 1926 Edition of the YEAR
Boox, the British Broadcasting Company has now been taken
over by the Government and will in future be administered by,
a body known as the British Broadcasting Corporation. We
are glad to learn that the Executive will remain substantially
as before-because we believe that the staff which has built up
the broadcasting service to its present high standard is the one
best fitted to maintain and improve the service.
Two events stand out in what might be called the Radio
History of 1926-
(1) The fine work done by the Wireless for Hospitals’ Fund
which was started by the Daily News in 1925, and through
the medium of which nearly 40,000 beds in London hospitals
have been provided with headphones to enable patients to listen
to the broadcasting during their tedious hours of suffering or
(2) The successful demonstration by Mr. J. L. Baird of television, or seeing by wireless, as distinct from the wireless transmission of photographs or of shadowgraphs. Whether apparatus
which will enable listeners to see the artists whilst they are broadcasting will be obtainable within twelve months remains to be
seen, but we have the inventor’s word that this is highly probable.
(3) As regards commercial wireless, the completion of Rugby
and the beam stations for direct communication between this
country, Canada, Australia, South Africa and India make the
year 1926 one of notable progress.
Mr. James Swinburne, F.R.S., in an article entitled ” A Pessimistic View of Broadcasting,” gives some really original views
on the subject. We leave our readers to judge how far Mr.
Swinburne intends these views to be taken seriously.
Our thanks are due to many correspondents and certain reviewers for helpful criticisms and suggestions.


One of my favourite Goon Show clips!

(errrors reproduced are in the original text is seems)

THE issue of this edition of THE RADIO YEAR BOOK synchronizes
with the change over in the control of the British Broadcasting
Company, which will henceforth be known as the British Broadcasting Corporation, thus preserving the magic initials
” B.B.C.” with, it is hoped,
some of the traditions of the
old Company.
In its Report, which was
issued in March, 1926, the
Broadcasting Commit t e e
(1925) recommended, among
other things-
1. That the broadcasting service
should be conducted by a public
corporation acting as trustee for
the national interest, and that its
status and duties should correspond
with those of a public service.
2. That the Corporation should
consist of not more than seven nor
less than five Governors, all nominated by the Crown. the first Governors to hold office for five years.
3. That the Governors should
be persons of judgment and independence, free of commitments,
with business acumen and experienced in affairs.
4. That the entire property and ChairmaCorporation f the Broadcasting
undertaking of the British Broadcasting Company as a gong concern
should be vested in the new body, and that all existing contracts and staff o’
the British Broadcasting Company should be taken over.
5. That the Postmaster -General should remain the licensing authority and
be respdnsible for collecting the licence fees.
6. That the fee of ton shillings for a receiving licence should be maintained.
7. That the first charge on the revenue from licence fees should be the
; that
by the
paying e eGovernors
thGovernoan income thoroughly
adequate to enable then to ensure the full and efficient maintenance and
development of the service, any surplus should be retained by the State.
S. That the claims of those listeners who desire a larger proportion of
educational matter, though relatively few innumber, should, if possible, be met.
9. That every effort should be made to raise the standard of style and performance in every phase of broadcasting, and particularly in music.
10. That although Parliament must retain the right of ultimate control,
and the Postmaster -General must be the Parliamentary spokesman on broad
questions of policy, the Corporation should be vested with the maximum of
freedom which Parliament is prepared to concede
11. That the Corporation should present an annual report to Parliament.
The British Broadcasting Company regarded the essential
recommendations of the Report as the natural result of the
policy it had endeavoured to follow during the period in which
it had exercised the stewardship of the broadcasting service.
Although the B.B.C. was technically a trade organization.
composed of a large number of wireless manufacturers, and its
Board, with the exception of the Chairman and Managing Director, was composed of manufacturers, it aimed constantly to
interpret its functions as those of a public service. Although the
preliminary capital required for the establishment of organized
broadcasting in this country was provided by wireless manufacturing firms, the directors who represented those firms on the
Board of the B.B.C. not only refrained from exploiting the broadcasting service to their own commercial advantage, but also
declined to offer evidence to the Broadcasting Committee (1925)
in respect of a continuation of the licence of the B.B.C. as then
In his evidence before the Broadcasting Committee (1925), the
Managing Director of the British Broadcasting Company emphasized the importance of greater latitude in every respect. He
suggested that while some existing restrictions might be removed,
it should be left to the new authority to continue to expand its
scope in consultation and agreement with other interests.
With Lord Gainford, the former Chairman of the British
Broadcasting Company, as Vice-Chairman of the Corporation and
Mr. J. C. W. Reith, Managing Director of the British Broadcasting Company, still in office as director- general of broadcasting,
many of the former traditions will presumably be maintained.
The full list of Governors of the British BroadcastingCorporation was announced by the Postmaster-General in the House of
Commons on October 25th, 1926, as follows : The Earl of
Clarendon (chairman), Lord Gainford (vice-chairman), Sir John
Gordon Nairne, Dr. Montague John Rendall, and Mrs. Philip

Radio Newsbeat


Paul Rusling’s Caroline Bible has been published and distributed. Many congratulations to Paul on this splendid book. It will have to wait to be read, because I am currently reading Ray Clark’s new book about Radio Caroline, which is in paperback and an interesting read.

Radio Caroline Bible front cover


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Jim Rosenthal becomes the new voice of Union JACK

Written By RadioToday UKNovember 20, 2019 – 11:19 am 0

Union JACK has signed broadcaster Jim Rosenthal as the new voice of the station following the death of the station’s former voice, actor Paul Darrow.

Rosenthal is best-known for his work in sport, becoming a household name through his coverage of many sports including football, rugby, boxing and athletics. His presenting plaudits include eight FIFA World Cups, three Rugby World Cups, two Olympic Games and more than 150 Formula One races.

Jim says: “This is one of my biggest challenges yet – Paul Darrow was a legend. I’m delighted to have been asked to take over his microphone and look forward to the fun and games of working with the ever so slightly anarchic Union JACK Radio!”

Ian Walker, CEO of Union JACK Radio, added: “Finding a new voice for Union JACK Radio was always going to be hard following the death of our good friend Paul Darrow – whose voice will also remain on the station for the foreseeable – but we couldn’t be happier with our recruitment of the British broadcasting icon that is Jim Rosenthal.

“As well as sharing our provenance, Jim crucially shares our sense of humour and will be bringing it to life with his intelligent and quick-witted style of presenting.”

A new online service could launch next year using Capital Scotland’s original on-air name, Beat 106.

Richard Wilkinson, who is planning to bring back the name 20 years after it originally launched, tells RadioToday about the project: “A lot of the great Beat 106 DJs have agreed to come on board and I’m looking forward to being able to announce some huge Club 106 live events very soon.”

“It’s so exciting to announce the return of Beat 106 Scotland next year. For a while it was THE radio station that everyone that loved dance music listened to. Everyone involved as part of the original station launch in 1999 was always being asked, ‘When’s it coming back?’.

“It’s early days yet but the plan is to launch the station in summer 2020.”

Global kept the registered trademark for the name when it rebranded it to XFM Scotland in 2006, and has renewed it ever since, until recently. The Scottish regional service is currently owned by Communicorp and branded as Capital.

Now, project founder Richard Wilkinson has applied to trademark the name and a logo for Beat 106, which is currently in Pre-Publication to enable the launch of the service.

Ofcom has agreed to change its policy on granting short-term restricted service licences, following a consultation.

The changes, which apply immediately, allow the same applicant to be granted more than two SRSLs in a single year, subject to certain conditions.

SRSL applications can now also be considered for services that offer similar content to existing commercial and community radio stations in the same area.

Ofcom will still have the power to refuse awarding more than two SRSLs per year, giving priority to any new applicant.

Also, on Monday 25 November 2019, Ofcom will open an application window for any potential applicant for an SRSL hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive – an anticipated period of high-demand. The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Ofcom says: “Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria and must use the current version of the application form. SRSL applications submitted using previous versions of the application form will be rejected.”

Short-term radio licences are granted for analogue services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage of particular events such as music or religious festivals, or sporting events.


Footballer turned radio host Stan Collymore joins Fix Radio

Written By Stuart ClarksonOctober 24, 2019 – 2:49 pm 4

Former talkSPORT and 5 Live presenter Stan Collymore is to take over a Friday afternoon slot on digital station Fix Radio.

“The Last Word With Stan Collymore” will be broadcast on Friday afternoons 2-4pm from next week (1st November).

The station – which is aimed at tradespeople and broadcasts on DAB in London and Manchester – says Stan will be joined by ‘some of the biggest names’ in football – including current managers, players and legends of the game.

Until his departure in 2016, Stan was at talkSPORT with his Call Collymore phone-in for 8 years and before that was on 5 Live. As a professional footballer, he played for clubs including Nottingham Forest and Liverpool as well as earning 3 caps for England in the mid-90s.

He currently hosts a podcast, The Last Word With Stan Collymore, which is released weekly. The Fix Radio show will include material from the podcast along with a few extra bits recorded for the radio show.

Fix Radio Programme Director, Graham Mack, told RadioToday: “Stan’s a straight talker and doesn’t shy away from sharing his opinions. I can’t wait to hear him tear into the latest football stories on Fix Radio.”

Meanwhile, the station has announced plans to play only British music for 24-hours next week in the lead up to the current (at the time of writing) Brexit deadline. Foreign artists will be dropped from midnight on 30th October until midnight on 31st October.

Graham tells us: “Brexit is an issue that’s divided Britain, we’re in danger of becoming the Former United Kingdom. We don’t want to become the F.U.K.! Some of the best music of all time was made in this country so we’re taking back control and playing nothing foreign.”

BBC Radio 2 has so far raised over two million pounds in aid of this year’s BBC Children in Need.

The station has held a number of fundraising events, competitions and – new for this year – a 24 hour karaoke challenge, completed by Radio 2 presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.

The Great Ka-RY-oke Challenge saw Rylan sing karaoke for 24 hours non-stop, from 9.15am on Tuesday 12th November to 9.15am on Wednesday 13th November and raise £1,086,261 for BBC Children in Need.

Rylan sang 236 karaoke songs over the course of the day and was joined by many surprise guests including Craig David, who sang his hit song – and Rylan’s favourite ever karaoke tune – “Fill Me In” live on air, Nicole Scherzinger, who sang “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes, Rick Astley who joined Rylan for a rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up” and Michelle Visage, who sang “Vogue” by Madonna. Other guests included Bjorn Again, Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and Saffron Barker, Beverley Knight, Dani Dyer, S Club and Emma Willis.

Rylan also duetted with his fellow Radio 2 presenters including Jeremy Vine, with whom he sang “Always on my Mind” by Elvis Presley and Dermot O’Leary, with whom he sang “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbara Streisand.

The marathon sing-a-along took place at Radio 2 studios in Wogan House London and was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Sounds and streamed live on BBC Red Button and the Radio 2 website.

On hearing the total amount raised had exceeded a million pounds, Rylan tweeted “Woke up to this. No words. (Also no voice). I’m so happy. Thank you so, so much to everyone who’s donated and been a part of it all. (Literally) speechless #KaRYoke”

New radio station

Vintage Music Radio is launching on Monday 4th November 7.00am, with former Radio 1 Breakfast Show Presenter Mike Read hosting at the breakfast helm.

Vintage Music Radio will be playing great music from the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. The core value and commitment of Vintage Music Radio is to play a great depth of songs beyond the standard top hits that get recycled from other radio stations. The playlists from this era are thousands of records deep, reviving the fantastic sounds that ignited great times.

Mike Read, former Radio 1 and Capital Gold DJ said “I’m delighted to be part of Vintage Music Radio from the very start. It’s important and exciting for me to be able to play such a broad catalogue of music from this era. There is still a great demand for a dedicated station such as VMR”

Vintage Music Radio will broadcast in London and the Southeast on DAB digital radio and globally online and via mobile apps, smart home devices and streaming via the website.

During this era the variety of music aided the birth of a variety of great youth cultures around Punk, Hip Hop, Disco, Goths, New Romantics and many more. Youth culture driven by music is no longer there, so Vintage Music Radio will remind us all of the good times from great music.

Colin Rowland, Operations Director for Vintage Music Radio said “This is just the start for the Vintage Music Brand, a first class radio station, with great music and DJ’s which will also be followed up by dedicated TV channels showing not only music videos but fantastic content including, concerts, interviews and other programmes around the brand. There are exciting times ahead for Vintage Music”

To find out more about Vintage Music Radio, its presenters, music and how to listen, visit:

Website: www.vintagemusicradio.com

Email: studio@vintagemusicradio.com

Text: 07520 634484

Radio Newsbeat


A new book is due out in October, called the “Radio Caroline Bible” and has been compiled and written by Paul Rusling. Paul as anoraks will know is a the business and technical wizard behind Laser and other stations around the world. Paul was also on the Mi Amigo in the 70s doing shows under the name of Paul Alexander.

The new Radio Caroline Bible

The Radio Caroline Bible is now available and tells the inside story of Radio Caroline, from the very beginning – right up to date. A story packed with disasters, boardings, adventure, excitement and copious amounts of skull-duggery. 

Over 500 pages long, there are many inside tales about the major events from all of Caroline’s four eras. This story is different – it’s told by many of the key people who made Radio Caroline happen. It contains unique content & many ‘never published before’ photos among the 340 illustrations. It’s chronologically correct, fully indexed and will surely become a real collector’s item.

It has a gorgeous full-colour cover showing the Ross Revenge in all her magnificence with the tall tower at the Falls Head anchorage, site of her final broadcasts at sea.

The Wireless Waffler has ordered a copy and will review it sometime in October!

Background notes

“This is a real look behind the microphone, exploring many of the operational secrets of the Caroline organisation,” says author Paul Rusling. He has worked in the radio industry (including a period with Radio Caroline) for many years. He has written a dozen books, half of them about radio including three about Caroline’s rival, Laser 558. 

“Caroline’s activities have always had to be cloaked in clouds of mystery. The original team, including aristocrats and a member of the Royal family, didn’t want others to know they were involved. Once UK legislation made it illegal, even tighter security methods had to be deployed as the Radio Caroline team played ‘cat and mouse’ with the authorities. 

Radio Caroline is the world’s most famous offshore radio station. It began in 1964, has used five different ships and once had over 20m listeners. The station was responsible for many innovations in music radio and was Britain’s first all day music station, the first album station and has helped launch the careers of many major music stars. Caroline’s last radio ship is now moored in an Essex river and broadcasts daily on medium wave, DAB and online.  

There are contributions from all the major players in the Radio Caroline story, not just Ronan O’Rahilly but all the key secretaries, PAs, and station managers in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It looks at those who funded the ships and explains why they did so.  

° Full details can be found on the Caroline Bible’s own web site.

In September BBC Berkshire visited Swiss Farm Camp Site situated in Henley on Thames and presented a show about the “Great British Holiday”. The presenter with the microphone and headphones, is Sarah Walker one of the many great people behind Radio Berkshire

News selected from the Radio Today site

There are four new regular programmes being added to the BBC Radio 3 schedule, whilst new presenters are also joining the station.

There are two new late-night shows, Night Tracks with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Hannah Peel, and a new jazz programme.

Late Junction, to be hosted by incoming presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan along side Verity Sharp will be reduced to one show a week.

Plus, Unclassified, Radio 3’s new programme celebrating ambient and neo-classical music genres goes weekly presented by Elizabeth Alker, whilst Early Music Now, a new programme dedicated to exploring the world of contemporary Baroque performance will appear in the schedule.

BBC Radio 3 is to partner with MoMA for the first time for a landmark series ‘The Way I See It’ featuring contributions from names including Steve Martin, Roxane Gay, Margaret Cho and Zac Posen.

In Slow Radio, writer Horatio Clare travels to Greenland for the station’s most ambitious sound walk yet, and upcoming Slow Radio commissions to include the sound of rain on rooftops from around the world and a sonic journey down the River Thames from central London to the estuary.

The national station is also to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in a year-long focus, Beethoven Unleashed, in 2020 featuring 25 editions of Composer of the Week dedicated to the composer over the course of the year.

Other special programmes include M1 Symphony: The 70th anniversary of Britain’s first motorway to be documented in an upcoming commission, combining recorded sounds and voices and a specially-commissioned score by composer Alex Woolf, performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Early Music Now will air on Monday afternoons from 4.30 – 5pm, beginning 16 September.

Night Tracks will air Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11pm – 00.30am, and on Thursday evenings from 11 – 11.30pm, beginning on 30 September.

Unclassified will air on Thursday evenings from 11.30 – 12.30pm, beginning 3 October.

The new jazz programme will air at midnight on Saturdays, beginning 2 November.

Music Planet will move to a brand new prime weekend slot on Saturday afternoons at 4pm, beginning on 5 October.

Jazz Record Requests will move from Saturdays to Sundays from 4 – 5pm, beginning on 6 October.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 said: “At Radio 3 we want to connect audiences with remarkable and adventurous music and culture and to provide nourishment for inquiring minds; from classical at our core to new ambient and experimental music, jazz, sound art, electronica, Slow Radio and our breath of arts content.”

He continued: “We want Radio 3 to be a haven where listeners can come to take time out from today’s often-frenetic world and discover something new and follow it in depth – and with that in mind I’m so excited to be announcing our new-look autumn schedule, featuring three new regular programmes, focussing on musical adventure and reflecting cutting-edge and experimental music being made across the UK and internationally. I am also looking forward to bringing audiences some of our most ambitious seasons and programmes to date; from a year of Beethoven to a partnership with MoMA in New York, an Arctic Sound Walk and the specially-commissioned M1 Symphony.”

BBC Radio Manchester is to broadcast live from a high street shop in Wythenshawe for a week in September.

Called We Are Wythenshawe, the station will move into an empty unit in Wythenshawe town centre from September 9th until September 15th. It will broadcast live from 6am to 6pm every weekday with the mid-morning show coming live from the shop over the weekend.

Presenters including Chelsea Norris, Mike Sweeney and Phil Trow will all present their shows live from the town – meeting people from across Greater Manchester who want to share their Wythenshawe stories.

Throughout the week, Mike Sweeney will discuss the perception problem the town faces as well as the aspirations of young people.

A live newsroom will be based in the shop which will take people’s stories each day and turn them into radio content. There will be behind the scenes reports from Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Airport. And the station will follow a DIY makeover of Norbrook Youth Centre with a call to arms for people to help out.

In addition, BBC Introducing acts will perform live from the shop each day; artwork from local artists will be displayed; and local poets will be performing their work.

There will also be a pop-up café in the shop, run by Rachel Parkinson from Salutem coffee. She will be operating fully independently from Radio Manchester but will take up residency in the shop to welcome BBC Radio Manchester listeners.

Kate Squire, BBC Radio Manchester Editor, said: “We want people who live in Wythenshawe to tell us what life is really like for people in this part of the city. We’ve met some great people who deserve to share their stories on the radio, and we want to put down roots in the community not just for our We are Wythenshawe week, but connections that will go on and on as part of BBC Radio Manchester. We’re proud of Wythenshawe.”

We Are Wythenshawe is the idea of BBC reporter Andy Bell who lives in Wythenshawe. He said: “There seems to be a perception of Wythenshawe that simply doesn’t match up with what I’ve experienced while I’ve been living there! You get out and talk directly to people and you quickly find out there’s a truckload of great stuff going on and the people I’ve met are so passionate about where they’re from.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun being right in the thick of it and helping the community share their stories and experiences.”

Wireless Telegraphy

Many thanks to Norman Topsom, who found this gem in the Henley Standard Archives

TALES FROM OLD HENLEY..HENLEY STANDARD, FEB 6TH,1914…WIRELESS IN HENLEY..It will come as a surprise,no doubt,to many of our readers to know that there is an efficient wireless telegraphy installation in Henley. This is situated at Greyholme,the residence of Mr W.W.Walker,and has been erected by his son, Mr O.W Walker,who has for some time been keenly interested in Mr Marconi’s great invention. After careful reading he decided to put in a small installation,but this was onlysufficient to whet his appetite,he has now a very efficient installation which has a receiving range of about 1.000 miles,messages being picked up from Pola in Austria,and Soller,in the Mediterranean .A short time ago a representative of the HENLEY STANDARD visited Greyholme where Mr Walker explained the working of his apparatus. On taking the receiver our representative heard Greenwich meantime signals,which were being sent out from the Eiffel Tower in Paris,and messages from Madrid,Norrdeich ( Germany),ships on the ocean,and stations in the British Isles. By practise one can tell by the note of the signals whether a message is coming from the Eiffel Tower,From Madrid,Norrdeich,Clifden,or Warships at sea. The messages are sent out by morse code,but as warships have special code it was impossible to say whether the warship,whose messages came along that morning,was warning the Admiralty of an impending invasion or not. Mr Walker is not content with working at home,and,not long ago,whilst on a visit to the North East coast of Ireland,he fitted up a temporary station,and it was from his own instrument ,right up in a remote part of the Emerald Isle,that he gathered,from the air,the result of the Reading election. Mr Walker’s demonstration gave one a somewhat canny feeling,for it showed that,as we walk about,messages,some of great importance, are flying all around us,AND WE SHALL NOT BE SURPRISED IF,ERE LONG, PEOPLE ARE SEEN MOVING ABOUT WITH A SMALL BATTERY IN THEIR POCKETS,A BIT OF WIRE ON THEIR HATS,AND A RECEIVER,PICKING UP MESSAGES FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.

Radio Newsbeat

Wireless Waffler

The Atlantis Gold station that has been going out on the Cyber Gold frequency on DAB and on the Internet, is a very good listen. Some excellent 60s music on there. Not sure how much longer they will be operating for. https://www.radioatlantis.eu

Radio News Selected from the Radio Today Site

Listener sends letter to radio station after death

Written By Roy MartinJuly 5, 2019 – 3:40 pm 4,407

A listener to BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast in Dorset programme recently arranged for a letter to be sent to the team after he died.

The listener, known as John from Weymouth, wrote a note to “all the team” thanking them for their show and hoping they continue for many years to come.

Steve Harris, presenter of Breakfast in Dorset – an opt-out from BBC Radio Solent on weekday mornings – posted a photo of the card on social media.

The letter said:

“To All the Team:When you read this card I will have departed from this earth.Just a message to thank all of you for all your programmes, full of local interest, news, travel, weather, interviews, brain teasers, music, plus more general world news and sport since you started in July 2013.I hope your coverage will continue for many years to come.

Thanks for everything, from John xxx.”

Steve Harris said: “Well, this has knocked our socks off at BBC Radio Solent. One of our most faithful listeners organised for a card to be sent to us after his death…”

BBC Radio Solent newsreader Charlotte Foot also tweeted: “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t shed more than a few tears at this today. Every Christmas, every Easter – John would always remember. Even my wedding day. You’ve touched our lives John as much as it seems we touched yours. Thank you for being there.”

Steve Harris@SteveHarrisDJ

Well, this has knocked our socks off at @BBCRadioSolent. One of our most faithful listeners organised for a card to be sent to us after his death…

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Night Owls and Alan Robson move to Greatest Hits Radio

Written By Roy MartinJune 27, 2019 – 11:38 am 12,491

Metro Radio’s late night phone-in show Night Owls is moving to Greatest Hits Radio in August.

Metro tweeted the news on Thursday morning, along with a video testimonial from Alan Shearer who thanked Alan Robson for introducing him to Newcastle United.

The final show on Metro/TFM is taking place tonight at the earlier time of 7pm, after it was announced the show would be ending after almost 40 years on the air in the North East of England.

A number of community radio stations in the NE have announced they will also be broadcasting the last Night Owls show at the same time – for reasons unknown.

Metro Radio/TFM, Regional Content Director, Tom Haynes told RadioToday: “It’s Alan’s last show tonight on Metro tonight with a special highlights show running from 7pm-2am. As revealed to listeners on air this week, Alan will be looking to move his Night Owls show to Greatest Hits Radio North East for a Sunday super show. We look forward to welcoming Alan to our sister station later this summer.”

Metro Radio✔@metroradiouk

Nicky Morgan appointed new DCMS Secretary of State

Written By Roy MartinJuly 24, 2019 – 10:07 pm 2,324 2

Nicky Morgan, Chair of House of Commons Treasury Committee, has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Jeremy Wright.

The Loughborough MP previously served as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities (2014 – 16); Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2014); Minister for Women (2014); Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2013 – 14); an Assistant Government Whip (2012 – 13); and the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister for Universities and Science (2010 – 12).

Nicky was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Loughborough in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and, in July 2017, she was elected by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons as Chair of the Treasury Select Committee.

On moving to the new role, the MP said: “An enormous privilege to take on this fabulous role – although I’m sad to move on from Commons Treasury which I have absolutely loved chairing. Thank you to my fellow Select Committee members & committee staff.”

UK Prime Minister@10DowningStreet

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan @NickyMorgan01 has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport @DCMS

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Revolution 96.2 to expand service area to Manchester

Written By Roy MartinJuly 24, 2019 – 7:25 pm 2,502 4

Oldham-based Revolution 96.2 is extending its official coverage area to serve all then Greater Manchester boroughs.

The station’s owner, Credible Media, has engaged with Ofcom to rubber-stamp the plans, which will involve a major marketing campaign across the city centre.

Currently, the station covers the metropolitan boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom told RadioToday: “Our FM signal is one of the strongest in the area. We broadcast from the region’s highest borough, and on top of a fifteen-storey building. Our FM coverage is crystal clear and reliable across the whole of Greater Manchester.”

Content Director Kevin Bailey said: “The big corporates are pursuing their vision of radio, developing national brands and consolidation of programming. Credible Media has a passion for local radio and is proud to be a local media company living, working and playing in Manchester.

“We’re eager to reflect the character and spirit of Manchester on commercial radio in the city.”

The station will continue to serve the audience in East Manchester, and says it has no plans for significant programming changes. Revolution will continue to broadcast output and news from its Oldham studios.

The company tells RadioToday it has engaged with radio professionals with the ambition to create a board of directors with significant skills and experience across the commercial radio sector.

Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom said “The team currently live and sleep Manchester and will want to continue to super-serve our local clients, and audience.

“We have been broadcasting on a DAB trial out of the city centre for nearly three years and we’re looking forward to making that permanent.”

Credible Media purchased Revolution 96.2 in 2015, and subsequently bought local newspaper the Oldham Evening Chronicle which they transformed into a digital breaking news service.

It’s understood that following discussions with Ofcom, the plans will be actioned later this year.

Julian Clegg to leave BBC Radio Solent Breakfast

Written By Roy MartinJuly 23, 2019 – 11:05 am 3,218 3

BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast presenter Julian Clegg is leaving the station on his 60th birthday after hosting the show for 22 years.

Julian announced his news this morning just after 8am, saying it was time for a lie-in.

“For those of you keeping a very tentative dairy, you’ll know on 5th December this year I have a very special birthday – I am going to be 60 – and that is going to be my last show, and last breakfast show, on BBC Radio Solent,” he said.

BBC Radio Solent managing editor Sarah Miller said: “I think it goes without saying that to present a breakfast show for so many years requires a very special, talented and resilient person.

“He’s a rare breed of presenter who can guide listeners from the tough, dark news to the funny and inspiring stories with a radio craft hard to achieve, but he makes it sound so easy.”

BBC Radio Solent has two breakfast shows – the other covers the county of Dorset from studios in Dorchester, and his hosted by Steve Harris.

Phil Williams returns with a week on talkRADIO

Written By Roy MartinJuly 22, 2019 – 1:02 pm 3,428 11

Former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Phil Williams has been hired by talkRADIO to host Drive for a week.

He’ll be on-air Monday 22nd July to Thursday 25th July from 4pm till 7pm, covering for Eamonn Holmes.

His colleague, and talkRADIO breakfast presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted that he’ll also be live from College Green on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phil left 5 Live in May after 18 years, where he presented the Late Show since 2013.

Before 5 Live, Phil worked at BBC Radio 1, GMR in Manchester and XFM


Radio minister Margot James resigns from government

Written By Stuart ClarksonJuly 18, 2019 – 2:14 pm 2,897

The minister responsible for radio in the UK, Margot James, has resigned and voted against the government as part of efforts to stop parliament being suspended.

She had been the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries since January 2018, taking over the job from Matt Hancock when he became Culture Secretary.

Today’s vote in the House of Commons saw Margot James and 16 other Conservative MPs vote against their own party to ensure that parliament has a say on a No-Deal Brexit. The government was defeated by 41 votes in its efforts to allow the incoming Prime Minister to be able to suspend Parliament.

Ms James has been heavily involved in recent debates in the Commons about local radio and only this week put forward legislation that will enable the licensing of small-scale digital radio multiplexes.

Listen to Margot James talking to RadioTodayat the Radio Festival in May:

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Caroline in trouble with Ofcom?

A radio forum lead me to this note in an Ofcom publication. Looks like the Lady has been naughty and not provided the local output it agreed to. I can only receive the station on 648 rather weak at night and sometimes in the day. But lets hope they manage to hang on to this licence, otherwise it could be condemned back to the Internet only.

Broadcast Licence Conditions cases In Breach Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd, March 2018 to March 2019 Introduction Radio Caroline is a community radio station licensed to provide a service for “Suffolk and northern parts of Essex”. The licence is held by Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd (“Radio Caroline” or “the Licensee”). Like other community radio stations, the Licensee is required to deliver ‘Key Commitments’, which form part of its licence. These set out how the station will serve its target community and deliver social gain (community benefits), and also include a description of the programme service. In March 2019, Ofcom received a Key Commitments change request form from Radio Caroline, requesting a reduction in the required hours of original output1 from 144 hours per week to 120 hours per week. In the request, the Licensee stated that it had been failing to deliver the previous minimum requirement of 144 hours of original output per week for at least 12 months before the request was submitted. Radio Caroline calculated its weekly original output on the service during this period as 126 hours. The request from the Licensee to reduce its original output requirement was agreed by Ofcom. However, we considered that the fact the Licensee had not been meeting its previous minimum weekly requirement for the 12-month period prior to the request being submitted raised potential issues under Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to Radio Caroline’s licence. These state, respectively: “The Licensee shall provide the Licensed Service specified in the Annex for the licence period” (Section 106(2) of the Broadcasting Act 1990); and “The Licensee shall ensure that the Licensed Service accords with the proposals set out in the Annex so as to maintain the character of the Licensed Service throughout the licence period” (Section 106(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990). Response Radio Caroline did not provide any representations on Ofcom’s Preliminary View. However, the Licensee indicated to Ofcom through earlier correspondence that its failure to meet the previous minimum requirement was due to a “misinterpretation” of the definition 1 Original output is defined by Ofcom as output that is first produced for and transmitted by the service, and excludes output that was transmitted elsewhere before. Original output can be live or voice-tracked. Repeat broadcasts of original output and continuous music with no speech content other than advertisements, station idents and/or outsourced news bulletins (i.e. news bulletins produced by a third party) does not meet Ofcom’s definition of original output. Issue 383 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 22 July 2019 100 of original output on its part. Radio Caroline said that it “hadn’t appreciated that automated output was excluded”. In its Key Commitment change request, Radio Caroline reiterated its commitment to maintaining its service and to complying with its Key Commitments in the future. Decision Reflecting our duties to ensure a diverse range of local radio services, community radio licences require the provision of the specified licensed service. This is the fundamental purpose for which a community radio licence is granted. While Ofcom acknowledged Radio Caroline’s explanation that it had misinterpreted the meaning of original output, the Licensee failed to deliver the minimum amount of original output required in its Key Commitments for a period of at least 12 months prior to the Key Commitments change request being submitted. Ofcom’s Decision is therefore that Radio Caroline is in breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4). Breaches of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to the community radio licence held by Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd (licence number CR101725BA)