News from Radio Today
Elton swears on BBC again
09:15AM, 28 Jan 2011
Choice offers gig with Ne-Yo
08:54AM, 28 Jan 2011
Manx to run Games Station
08:43AM, 28 Jan 2011
New agency tool promotes radio
01:12PM, 27 Jan 2011
Bauer leads IRN nominations
06:00AM, 27 Jan 2011
Wagner applies for Beacon job
10:48PM, 26 Jan 2011
Radio 1 producer for conference
02:58PM, 26 Jan 2011
Somethin’ Else cover BRITs
01:16PM, 26 Jan 2011
Cooney is Global Scotland MD
01:07PM, 26 Jan 2011
World Service cuts confirmed
12:22PM, 26 Jan 2011
The BBC have confirmed that 650 jobs at the World Service are to go over the next three years, with around 480 lost in the next 12 months.
Vanessa Feltz has been accused of bullying a student who was doing work experience on her BBC London show.
Beverley Nesbit, 19, claims that she was reduced to tears after a series of incidents involving the presenter in July. She secured the post after winning a £120 bid arranged by Feltz’s daughter Saskia Kurer at a university charity event.
“I basically paid to be abused by Vanessa Feltz for a week,” she told the Daily Mail. “Vanessa was really brash, not like the bubbly person you see on television, but in a rude and arrogant way. She barely acknowledged me, and when she did she said everything I had done was rubbish.”
Recalling one incident, Nesbit said: “Vanessa turned to me and said, ‘Beverley, which is your favourite poem by Yeats?’ I’m not a stupid person, but I was honest and told her I’d never heard of Yeats and didn’t have a favourite. She was really rude and said something like, ‘That’s ridiculous, write me a 2,000 word essay on Yeats by tomorrow’. I thought she was joking.”
Feltz apparently requested the essay the following day. “I had to admit I hadn’t done it,” Nesbit added. “I couldn’t believe it. In the end I went to the toilet and just cried. I just wanted to go home. I couldn’t believe how rude and horrible she had been. In the end a producer came and asked me if I was okay.”
Feltz didn’t respond to the paper’s requests for a comment. A BBC spokesman said: “This was a private visit arranged by Vanessa and not part of the BBC work experience scheme.”
Sir Elton apologises for Radio 2 profanity
Sir Elton John apologised this morning after he swore live on BBC Radio 2.
The singer was being interviewed by Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show when the profanity occurred.
When Evans mentioned that Jools Holland likes to play the piano when he wakes up, the 63-year-old responded: “Oh f**king hell.”
Reprimanded by the presenter, he explained: “I was just exasperated with that, I mean I can’t think of anything worse than getting up and playing the piano. I mean, its what I do, I play over a hundred shows a year. Sorry about that. The remark was just so ‘uh’. I’m very, very sorry for that awful word that I said.”
The pair apologised again after the 9am news, with Sir Elton reiterating that he was “really, really sorry” for the slip-up.
A BBC spokesperson commented: “Both Sir Elton and Chris apologised many times on this morning’s live Chris Evans Breakfast Show for the language used by Sir Elton. The BBC apologises if any offence was caused.”
Smith ‘making doc about porn for 5 Live’
It has been announced that Jacqui Smith is making a documentary about pornography for BBC Radio Five Live.
According to The Guardian, the former MP for Redditch will interview porn actors, filmmakers, politicians and feminist academics for ‘Porn Again’, a one-hour show.
Smith said: “As I know from my personal experience, porn fascinates us – media and public alike. But we actually know very little about what it’s like to work in the industry and what porn is doing to our society, our children and our relationships.
“In making this programme, I’ve been able to challenge my own views and attitudes and I want others to have the chance to join the debate too.”
The former Home Secretary resigned from the Cabinet in 2009 after a newspaper revealed that two pay-per-view adult films were submitted as part of her expenses claim.
Smith was not at the family home on the two nights the films were viewed and her husband Richard Timney said that he had ordered them.
The documentary is due to air on March 3. Smith will also make a live appearance on Tony Livesey’s show that night to take questions from listeners.
Moyles ‘banned from discussing sexism row’
Chris Moyles has reportedly been banned from discussing the recent Sky Sports sexism row on his Radio 1 breakfast show.
According to The Sun, BBC bosses are concerned that the DJ may attract controversy if he shares his opinion on the scandal.
He is said to be the only Radio 1 DJ to receive such a ban, after colleagues Greg James and Scott Mills already featured the topic on their respective shows. Moyles has apparently told friends that Andy Gray and Richard Keys are “idiots” for demeaning women with their comments.
An insider said: “Chris isn’t happy. His humour is near the knuckle – but what Gray and Keys did is bang out of order as far as he’s concerned. It would have made a perfect discussion piece for his show. He’s been unfairly singled out.”
Gray was recently fired from Sky Sports after making sexist comments about a female assistant referee, while Keys resigned from the broadcaster.
Big L has closed down its Dutch mediumwave outlet
Big L, which launched in 2005, has struggled since its launch due to lack of money and advertising, and its weak daytime signal in the UK. Its use of 1395 kHz has been spasmodic. Its most recent re-launch on that frequency was in December 2009, with sponsorship from Dutch-based KBC Radio that provided nighttime programming. Many of its programmes were produced free-of-charge by volunteer DJs. But various technical problems in recent months prevented the station from building up a measurable audience of regular listeners.
Some of Big L’s output has been broadcast on 102.7 FM in Costa Blanca since December 2010. It’s not yet clear what the future holds for the station. Programming continues on its website.