Radio Newsbeat

|Pick of News from Radio Today

Student conference announced

07:15PM, 14 Nov 2010

The 2011 National Student Radio Conference will take place at the University of Hertfordshire, from 18th-20th April.

Radio 2 take Manics back home

07:01PM, 12 Nov 2010

Radio 2 are taking the Manic Street Preachers back to their hometown in Wales for their first gig there in nearly 25 years.

URN is student awards winner

11:13AM, 12 Nov 2010

The team from Nottingham’s URN picked up 9 prizes at the Student Radio Awards 2010, including Station of the Year.

Ex BBC presenter Mike Craig dies

10:38AM, 12 Nov 2010

Former BBC GMR presenter and Radio 2 producer Mike Craig has died aged 75.

BBC strikes next week are off

10:22AM, 12 Nov 2010

Next week’s strikes by members of the NUJ at the BBC have been called off after the corporation agreed to meet with unions for further talks.

Nic Pandolfi joins Town 102

02:29PM, 11 Nov 2010

Former BBC Radio Suffolk and Heart presenter Nic Pandolfi is to join Town 102 to host the breakfast show from next year.

L107 hands licence back to Ofcom

02:20PM, 11 Nov 2010

Lanarkshire station L107 has handed back its licence to Ofcom after switching off transmitters at lunchtime today.

Ofcom investigate off-air L107

12:33PM, 11 Nov 2010

Scottish station L107 is facing Ofcom action after nearly two weeks of failing to broadcast programmes and news.

Absolute’s Olympic faces bid

09:45AM, 11 Nov 2010

Absolute Radio are putting forward a proposal to get the faces of 700,000 Brits plastered onto the outside walls of the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

L107 hands licence back to Ofcom

Lanarkshire station L107 has switched off its transmitters and handed back its licence to Ofcom, RadioToday.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Earlier we told you the station had been contacted by Ofcom following nearly two weeks of failing to broadcast programmes within its format.

A spokesman for Ofcom told RadioToday.co.uk: “The Lanarkshire local commercial radio licence was this morning handed back to Ofcom by MD John Prendergast on behalf of L107 FM Ltd. They planned to cease broadcasting at mid-day today, so should already be off the air now.”

The Scottish station had prompted rumours on forums following periods of dead air over the last few weeks, followed by the appearance of non-stop music and adverts with no presenters or local news.

Presenter Scottie McClue told today’s Daily Record that the station’s transmitter had been ‘hijacked’ and replaced with an mp3 player, and that staff were turning up at the studios powerless to do anything.

Media Network News

Big L 1395 must wait for a new generator

The latest news from beleagured radio station Big L, which normally broadcasts from a mediumwave transmitter at Trintelhaven in the Netherlands on 1395 kHz, is as follows according to the official website:
“The old generator cannot be repaired, so we send it on vacation. After all these years of hard working it ended for our ‘Green Genny’ under the Big L mast in Lake IJsselmeer. We will install a brand new generator! The Big L will soon return on 1395, that’s a promise!!”
The news is accompanied by the picture on the right, which appears to have been taken in the past few days according to the state of the ground and the tree, showing two people working on the generator.

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