John Peel’s son joins BBC 6 Music
John Peel’s son Tom Ravenscroft has agreed to follow in his father’s footsteps by championing new music on BBC radio.
The 30-year-old will host a new weekly show on digital-only station 6 Music, rather than join Radio 1 where his late father worked for 37 years.
From June 4, Ravenscroft will replace the outgoing Bruce Dickinson on the regular three-hour Friday night slot, reports PA.
“I’m thrilled that 6 Music have asked me to present a weekly show,” said Ravenscroft.
“It’s great to be offered a home on a station with such amazing DJs, who open your ears to lots of exciting music, both new and old. I intend to do the same and can’t wait to get started.”
BBC 6 Music editor Paul Rodgers added: “Tom Ravenscroft is a great young broadcaster with all the knowledge, passion and articulacy that you might expect from someone of his lineage.
“Tom is much sought-after and we are thrilled that he thinks that 6 Music is the best way for him to reach his audience.”
Ravenscroft previously acted as a DJ on Channel 4’s ill-fated move into radio before it was scrapped in October 2008. He also stood in for 6 Music host Tom Robinson on his show last July.
In other news, 6 Music has increased its online listeners by 50% in just 12 months, despite facing the axe under BBC plans.
I am amazed to see this piece of news. I normally approve of most of the BBC actitivies, but this is only going to benefit some tourists and workers in this area. It is not broadcasting so why are they doing this absurb light show!
BBC to beam election results on Big Ben
The BBC has revealed plans to project the general election results on St Stephen’s Tower, which houses Big Ben, for the first time ever.
Over the course of election night on May 6, the number of seats gained by the largest Westminster parties will be beamed onto the London landmark.
The projection will commence when the first results come in and keep updating until the final result is declared at around 5.30am on May 7.
According to the BBC, the initiative is designed to deliver a clear, simple and also visually striking source of information on one of the most interesting elections of recent times.
With just three days of campaigning left before voting begins, the opinion polls still suggest that the election is finely balanced, with no party holding an overall majority.
The projected graphic, which is to be beamed onto the side of St Stephens Tower close to the Houses of Parliament, will show a tally of seats won by Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, along with wins by smaller parties.
Speaking to BBC News, BBC Election Night editor Craig Oliver said: “We’re delighted Parliament is joining with the BBC to project the results onto Big Ben for the first time ever.”
Under a joint deal between the BBC, ITN and Sky News, details of an exit poll by NOP/Mori will also be beamed onto Big Ben shortly after voting closes on May 6.
A “winning line” will further show the 326 seats required for any party to secure an outright victory. The projection has been approved by parliamentary authorities and will not carry any BBC branding.