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Jensen leaves Gold for Smooth

01:28PM, 10 Dec 2010

David Jensen is joining Smooth Radio to present the weekday afternoon show.

Aspel talks to community station

12:23PM, 10 Dec 2010

Former Capital, LBC and BBC Radio presenter Michael Aspel has given an interview to his local online community radio station.

Archers to mark 60 years

12:07PM, 10 Dec 2010

BBC Radio 4’s long-running drama serial The Archers is to celebrate 60 years on air in the New Year with a double-length episode.

Radioplayer prices announced

11:38AM, 10 Dec 2010

The costs for radio stations to go on the new UK Radioplayer have been announced, with small stations able to be part of it from £90 a year.

Prep? There’s an app for that

11:11AM, 10 Dec 2010

A new iPhone app, designed to help radio presenters and producers with content ideas for their shows, has launched in the App store..

Jamie Oliver on 5 Live menu

10:58AM, 10 Dec 2010

Jamie Oliver’s joining the festive line-up for BBC Radio 5 Live and will be featured in an interview about his life as celebrity chef.

Howard Stern stays at SIRIUS XM

02:50PM, 09 Dec 2010

Howard Stern has re-signed a new five year contract to keep him with satellite radio operator SIRIUS XM.

UTV want 5 Live review too

10:36AM, 09 Dec 2010

UTV Media – owners of talkSPORT say they want 5 Live to be included in a cost-efficiency review of BBC networks.

Andi Durrant joins Capital

09:43AM, 09 Dec 2010

Galaxy specialist music presenter Andi Durrant is staying with the station as it becomes Capital FM across the UK next month.

Absolute Classic Rock goes North

09:31AM, 09 Dec 2010

Digital station Absolute Classic Rock – previously only available on DAB in London – is to be added to multiplexes across the North of England.
From Radio Netherlands Media Network Blog

UK Parliamentary motion supports Radio Caroline on mediumwave

UK broadcasting regulator Ofrom is being criticised for refusing a mediumwave licence to Radio Caroline, Britain’s first offshore broadcaster. The Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch has tabled a Commons Early Day Motion*, criticising the decision, saying it means the station is only available on the internet. [In fact it is also available on satellite, at Sky Channel 0199]. She says Caroline “pioneered commercial radio in the UK” and for the last decade has been been “a fully licensed broadcaster”.
The MP urges Ofcom to “exhaust all avenues” to allow Caroline to celebrate its fiftieth birthday in 2014 by allowing it back on the medium wave, where it began in 1964. She says mediumwave appears to be “unwanted” by the BBC and independent stations in the drive towards digital radio.
The motion in full reads:
That this House expresses its disappointment that, having pioneered commercial radio in the UK and for the past decade being a fully licensed broadcaster, Radio Caroline, a cornerstone of British radio history, has been denied by Ofcom the opportunity to secure a medium wave frequency from which to broadcast; regrets that as a result its devoted listeners are confined to listening to Radio Caronline via the internet [sic] and unable to enjoy its musical offerings in transit; and calls on Ofcom to exhaust all avenues in making the provisions  available for Radio Caroline to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014 by broadcasting on a medium wave frequency which, it appears, is unwanted by both BBC and commercial operators as a broadcast platform.
(Source: Paul Rowley via Mike Barraclough)
* An early day motion (EDM), in the Westminster system, is a motion tabled by Members of Parliament for debate “on an early day” (namely an unspecific date in the future). They are only very rarely debated on the floor of the Chamber of the House.
This is apparently an initiative of Radio Caroline itself. The station’s website now has a large banner linking to a supporting Website called It says “Radio Caroline is seeking your assistance with our campaign to be allocated an AM/Medium wave frequency.”


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