Radio News (from BDXC yahoo groups this time)

Further details have emerged about Global Radio’s plan to cut the number of
Heart stations from 33 to 15. It’s not only Heart which is changing, Gold
[on medium wave and DAB] is also being stripped of all local programmes from
Monday 28th June. Currently, a locally voice-tracked four hour show has to
be made each day, but under new Ofcom rules, this is no longer necessary.

Heart/Gold sites which will close before the end of the year are Bangor,
Barnstaple, Bedford, Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Colchester,
Crawley, Ipswich, Northampton, Oxford, Plymouth, South Hams, Taunton and
Torquay. Dunstable will also close once a new broadcast centre in Milton
Keynes is complete.

The move for Heart programming staff will start in less than six weeks, with
sales staff starting to move by the end of the year.

Further details http://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.6026

from Guardian Media this afternoon:

guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 June 2010 15.43 BST

Global Radio is to cut in half the number of its local Heart stations in a
reorganisation. The overhaul will see the formation of 15 Heart “super
stations” in place of the 33 currently run by Global. The new-look structure
will be as follows:

The new-look Heart radio stations
What the stations are called and where they will be based:

Heart West Midlands (based in Birmingham) – remains the same

Heart Sussex (based in Brighton) – currently Heart Sussex in Brighton and
Crawley-based Mercury FM, which rebrands

Heart West Country (based in Bristol) – currently two Heart stations in
Bristol and Somerset

Heart Cambridgeshire (based in Peterborough) – currently two Heart stations
in Peterborough and Cambridge

Heart Essex (based in Chelmsford) – currently two Heart stations in
Chelmsford and Colchester plus Ten-17FM in Harlow, which rebrands

Heart Devon (based in Exeter) – currently five Heart stations in Torquay,
Plymouth, South Hams, Barnstaple and Exeter

Heart South Coast (based in Fareham) – currently two Heart stations in
Bournemouth and Fareham

Heart Gloucestershire (based in Gloucester) – remains the same

Heart Kent (based in Whitstable) – remains the same

Heart FM (in London) – remains the same

Heart Home Counties (based in Milton Keynes) – currently four Heart stations
in Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Dunstable

Heart East Anglia (based in Norwich) – currently two Heart stations in
Norwich and Ipswich

Heart Thames Valley (based in Reading) – currently two Heart stations in
Reading and Oxford

Heart Wiltshire (based in Swindon) – remains the same

Heart North West & Wales (based in Wrexham) – currently four Heart stations
based in Bangor, Birkenhead, and Wrexham

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/21/heart-global-radio-restructure

see also article ‘Global Radio to halve number of local Heart stations’ at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/21/global-radio-restructure :-

Global Radio to halve number of local Heart stations
Restructure into 15 Heart ‘super stations’ will lead to loss of up to 200
full-time and freelance posts

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 June 2010 14.43 BST

Global Radio is to cut in half the number of its local Heart stations in a
reorganisation that will lead to the loss of up to 200 full-time and
freelance posts.

The overhaul, which was announced to staff today, will see the formation of
15 Heart “super stations” in place of the 33 currently run by Global. Two
other local Global stations will also be subsumed under the Heart brand.

These changes come after media regulator Ofcom announced newly-relaxed
regulations on the output of local radio earlier this year.

The 15 stations will have their own breakfast and drivetime shows, with all
other programmes networked out of London as is currently the case. Local
daytime news bulletins will be increased from 30 seconds to one minute every
hour. […]
Full story
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/21/global-radio-restructure

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