From Radio Today. Posted October 6 2010, 4.09pm
Aled Jones is taking over from Lynn Parsons as the stand-in presenter on BBC Radio 2’s early breakfast slot.The programme becomes just 90 minutes long from next week, with Chris Evans starting his breakfast show half an hour earlier at 6.30am. (more)
From Radio Today. Posted October 6 2010, 3.34pm
Canadian Amanda Borg has joined Brendan Kearney as co-host of breakfast on Southport’s Dune 107.9.The 21 year old had some presenting experience in her home country before moving to Merseyside two years ago. (more)
From Radio Today. Posted October 6 2010, 3.11pm
Radio Aire’s breakfast team JK and Joel are to present a new 10-part series for CBBC where kids take control of a celebrity for the day. (more)
From Media Network Weblog. Posted October 6 2010, 1.12pm
In April 2010, UK media regulator Ofcom invited ‘preliminary expression of interest’ relating to the operation of short-term digital radio services in London during or around the period of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (the London 2012 Games). (more)
From Media Network Weblog. Posted October 6 2010, 1.05pm
Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council has issued a decree banning both live broadcasts and taped recordings of court sessions by all media outlets. (more)
From Media Network Weblog. Posted October 6 2010, 12.51pm
Distinguished journalist Christian Caryl has been appointed Chief Editor of the Washington, DC bureau of Radio FreeEurope/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). (more)
From Media Network Weblog. Posted October 6 2010, 12.38pm
Televisa, the soap opera powerhouse that is Mexico’s top media company, is raising its bet on the fast-growing US Hispanic market by investing $1.2 billion in debt-laden broadcaster Univision. (more)
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 12.37pm
Few stations can have been reinvented quite so often. (more)
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 12.01pm
Media regulator Ofcom pulls plug on London-only digital station projectPlans for a special London Olympics radio station to broadcast in the capital during the 2012 Games have been scrapped. (more)
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 11.47am
BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills remixes a colourful exchange on Radio 5 live to a dance beatRemember Nicky Campbell’s Ryder Cup interview with the female golf fan who had drunk a little too much champagne? BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills Show put the exchange to a banging dance track with impressive results. (more)
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 11.03am
The funny bits temper The Write Stuff’s inevitable moments of well-read smugnessA few key things redeem The Write Stuff (Radio 4) and temper its inevitable moments of well-educated, well-read smugness. (more)
From Daily Telegraph. Posted October 6 2010, 8.56am
Gamu Nhengu, the X Factor contestant whose departure from the show caused a national outcry, has been ordered to leave the country. (more)
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 7.31am
BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast readings from the columns of Cassandra, the Daily Mirror’s renowned columnist during the years of its greatest circulation. (more)
Radio head: Tony Blackburn
From Media Guardian. Posted October 6 2010, 7.00am
The veteran DJ takes over Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops from next month. Hooray!ªIntroducing a Stevie Wonder track on this week’s edition of The Best of Soul & Motown (BBC London 94.
By John Plunkett
5 October 2010
Media regulator Ofcom has said it will take into account the potential
financial burden of broadcasting in digital as well when it sets the cost of
the analogue licence fees for the three national commercial radio stations,
Classic FM, TalkSport and Absolute Radio.
The licences for the three analogue services are being renewed for another
seven years, as set out in this year’s Digital Economy Act. The decision to
rollover the licences was a controversial one, with TalkSport owner UTV
having argued that they should be opened up to the highest bidder.
All three broadcasters are expected to argue for a reduction in the fees
they currently pay, reflecting the increased competition in the digital era
and slump in advertising revenue since they were last set four years ago, as
well as the advent of “quasi-national” stations, which do not have to pay
the extra cost of a national licence.
Classic FM currently pays a £50,000 annual cash sum and a percentage of
qualifying revenue (PQR) – applied to advertising and sponsorship income
attributable to national analogue listening hours – of 6%.
TalkSport and Absolute Radio, which both broadcast on analogue on medium
wave (Absolute also has an FM licence in London) both pay a flat fee of
£100,000. All three stations also pay an additional fee to Ofcom in respect
of regulation and licensing.
Each of the three national analogue stations also broadcast on national
digital operator Digital One, a condition of their licence rollover.
Ofcom, in its licence renewal document published today, said: “Where the
proportion of revenues associated with the DAB simulcast … is such that it
exceeds the costs of providing the DAB service then this will be excluded
from the valuation of the analogue licence since it will be assumed to
indicate that the decision to simulcast on DAB can be justified on a
commercial basis, distinct from ownership of the analogue licence.
“However, if the revenues associated with the DAB simulcast are less than
the costs associated with providing the DAB service … then it will be
assumed that the decision to simulcast on DAB cannot be justified on a
commercial basis and that the decision to simulcast is due to the
obligations which result from ownership of the INR licence.
“In such circumstances, the net losses associated with the DAB simulcast
will be taken into account in the valuation.”
The fees are collected by Ofcom on behalf of the Treasury and are calculated
to reflect what the media regulator thinks the licences would be worth if
they were being auctioned, minus start-up costs.