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Van Klaveren won’t move North
BBC Radio 5 live controller Adrian Van Klaveren will not be moving to Media City at Salford Quays with his family when his station does next year.Instead, he’ll rent a flat at BBC licence fee payers’ expense during the week, and return south at weekends.

All change on the South Coast
It’s a sad day for radio listeners along the south coast of England as no less than five radio stations are closing or have closed.Today is the last day of broadcasting for services previously known as 2CR, Ocean FM, The Quay, Win 107.2 and The Saint.

Amnesty takes 10,000 radios
Data from the Radio Amnesty has been released, and reveals that over 114,000 digital radios were sold in June 2010, with retailers reporting sales up by 20 per cent.10,000 of those sold were as a result of trading-in fully working analogue FM radio sets.

New home for Radio Caroline
Former pirate Radio Caroline has moved in to the British Music Experience at the 02 Dome with an exhibition of the station’s history.Part of a series of events with the title, London Sixties Week, the residency was due to end on July 26th but has been extended in to August.

Totally 80s goes live for Palm
Blue Revolution took their pre-recorded weekly eighties show Totally 80s and turned it in to a live outside broadcast for Palm 105.5.The event, which took place in Paignton on Saturday night, was part of the stations Party on the Green.

MD appointed for RadioPlayer
Radioplayer, the much hyped online console for the radio industry, has appointed Michael Hill as managing director.Hill, who has been leading the project since May 2009, will report to the Radioplayer board. He has previously worked 5 live and Channel 4.

Breeze leaves Portsmouth deal
Commentary of Portsmouth Football Club games will no longer air on 107.4 FM once The Quay re-brands as The Breeze this Sunday.New owners Celador Radio Broadcasting said the costs far outweighs any income which could be generated from the deal.

John Myers appointed Chairman
GMG Radio founder and former chief executive John Myers has taken on a new role – as chairman of Radio Tyneside.The hospital radio station, which serves patients in Newcastle and Gateshead, welcomed John to the team after he took early retirement last year.

Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 4
Content and talent company Somethin’ Else is producing a documentary series for Radio 4 on the history of the Post Office.The series, which contains 15 x 15 minute packages, will air in late 2011.

S2Blue Imaging has the Spirit
Spirit FM has commissioned S2Blue to create their latest jingle package.The package features what S2blue describe as their “fresh new sound” with new beds and vocals – breaking away from their traditional packages.

Strap-line battle hits Cornwall
Two radio stations are operating with an identical strap-line in the South West of England, just weeks after a similar situation in Manchester.Now, Atlantic FM and Pirate FM are both claiming to be the “original more music station”

Telford FM becomes The Severn
Telford FM is to be renamed as The Severn later this year, and share all output with sister stations The Severn in Shrewsbury and Oswestry.The move has been approved by Ofcom, and was made possible due to the recent Digital Economy Act.

Sports Report returns to 60
BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra are gearing up to the start of the next football season with live coverage and commentary, including 128 live Premier League matches.Sports Report will also return to its regular 60 minute slot at 5pm Saturdays.

Mercury fans upset at Heart
A group of listeners are attempting to bring back Radio Mercury, after it was replaced by the output of Heart Sussex on Monday morning.Facebook has hundreds of comments from angry listeners, who have noticed the lack of local news and information on the Global Radio service.

Big Top 40 takes the top spot
Apple has introduced a radio section of the app store – listing all available apps streaming radio stations to the iOS platform.And top of the popularity list is Global Radio’s Big Top 40, with Absolute 80s at number 4 and Xfm at 5.

No bids made for GMG Radio
It turns out GMG has not received any bids for its radio division, despite a newspaper report on Sunday suggesting otherwise.The Sunday Telegraph story, which was also highlighted at RadioToday.co.uk, said UTV Radio and Orion Media both made offers for the Real, Smooth and Rock Radio stations.

Radio 1 surgery goes nightly
Radio 1’s teen help show The Surgery is marking the start of the school holidays with a week-long series of shows every night – simulcast on both Radio 1 and digital station BBC Radio 1Xtra. The Summer Surgery hosted by Aled Haydn Jones kicked off with a show live from Newquay in Cornwall last night (Sunday).

Kelner back at Radio Leeds
Martin Kelner is back at BBC Radio Leeds for the third time in his career – this time on breakfast. The radio veteran started on the show this morning (Monday), along with new co-presenter Katherine Hannah who joins from BBC Tees.

Hobbs to leave Radio 1
Mary Anne Hobbs is leaving the BBC after 14 years at Radio 1. She presented the Rock Show and leftfield dance show Breezeblock during her time at the station – after being headhunted from XFM in the mid 90s. She’ll to take up a job teaching and mentoring students at the University of Sheffield.

Absolute make Wright signing
Ex-footballer Ian Wright’s to join Absolute Radio as the station gets ready to launch its coverage of Premier League football at the start of the new season. He’ll be joined by talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot and current Absolute stalwart Russ Williams.

GMG rejects bids for radio
The Guardian Media Group has reportedly been approached by UTV and Orion Media for their radio division.The broadcasters are understood to have made preliminary approaches for GMG Radio in the past two weeks. However, parent company GMG has rejected both bids for being lower than their £115m valuation.

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BBC mark Nightingale’s 40 years

Friday, July 30 2010, 17:44 BST

By Andrew Laughlin, Technology Reporter
Annie Nightingale

BBC Radio 1 has confirmed plans to run a special night of programmes in September celebrating DJ Annie Nightingale’s four decades at the station.

Since becoming Radio 1’s first female DJ in 1970, Nightingale has consistently promoted cutting-edge music on the station, from punk rock to acid house to modern breaks.

Over her career, she has also been on the road with British bands, such as The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Police, and presented BBC TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test.

She was awarded an MBE in 2002 for her services to music and was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2004. Nightingale, who is now Radio 1’s longest-serving presenter, currently hosts a weekly show on the station every Friday from 2am to 4am.

On September 9, Radio 1 will air A Night With Annie Nightingale from 7pm, starting with two-hour profile documentary The Story Of Annie Nightingale, presented by fellow Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

The biographical programme will feature contributions from Irvine Welsh, Cassius, Primal Scream, Underworld, Shaun Ryder, Andrew Weatherall and Beth Orton.

The celebration will continue at 9pm with a three-hour tribute concert from Maida Vale studios, featuring a lineup of artists personally selected by Nightingale.

Contributors will include Fatboy Slim, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Sub Focus, I Blame Coco, Bookashade, DC Breaks, Freestylers and special guests Primal Scream.

From midnight till 4am, The Decade Mixes will showcase the wide variety of music played by Nightingale over the last 40 years.

Nightingale said that working in the “best job in the world” at Radio 1 has meant that the last four decades have “flown by”.

“Being able to bring exciting new music to listeners every week is a joy and Radio 1’s role in discovering and championing new music continues to be crucial to bringing enjoyment and appreciation to our listeners and maintaining the UK’s reputation of nurturing some of the most innovative, exciting and original new music in the world,” she said.

“I’m always looking forward, planning the next show, the next guest mix, the next festival broadcast. So this night will be a chance to celebrate some awesome milestones and the truly amazing musical soundtrack of my life at Radio 1.”

Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt added: “I have been a long-term fan of Annie’s since I worked with her as a Radio 4 producer many years ago.

“She has prodigious energy and enthusiasm for music-making that grows stronger over the decades – truly open-minded and never puts herself as DJ above the music or the artists – she is an inspiration to many of our DJs and a much-loved member of our BBC family.”

BBC Four will also celebrate Nightingale’s broadcasting career with an hour-long documentary, with more details to follow shortly.

Radio 5 Live boss ‘declines move north’

Friday, July 30 2010, 13:11 BST

By Andrew Laughlin, Technology Reporter
BBC Radio 5 Live logo

BBC Radio 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren will not be permanently relocating his family north to the BBC’s new Salford Quays headquarters, it has emerged.

Around 2,300 BBC roles will relocate to the BBC North base, including parts of the future media and technology, children’s, learning, Radio 5 Live and marketing teams.

According to The Guardian, the BBC has confirmed that Van Klaveren will rent a flat for two years close to Salford Quays under the corporation’s relocation programme, paid for by the licence fee.

A BBC spokesman said that Van Klaveren has opted against a permanent relocation as he does not want to disrupt his children’s education, which is at a critical stage.

After the two-year period in rented accommodation has been completed, the spokesman said that Van Klaveren will “review the situation and make arrangements at his own cost”.

The development follows news this week that Peter Salmon, director of the BBC North facility at Salford Quays, will also not be moving his family north in the foreseeable future.

Salmon’s wife, former Coronation Street actress Sarah Lancashire, is understood to have told friends that she is staying at the family home in Twickenham.

In a further blow to the relocation plans, the BBC said yesterday that BBC North chief operating officer Richard Deverell “still hasn’t made a decision” on whether to move from Surrey with his wife and children.

Earlier in the month, the BBC confirmed plans to relocate BBC Breakfast to Salford Quays in a move that has reportedly angered staff on the morning programme.   

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