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Gem cuts listener fuel costs

Orion Media’s Gem 106 has marked Budget Day by giving listeners the chance to buy petrol at the price it was a decade ago.

106 listeners in the East Midlands filled up for just 76p a litre this morning as part of the Retro Petrol promotion on the Sam and Andy breakfast show.

Theakston’s Rio trip for Heart

Heart London breakfast presenter Jamie Theakston’s to do his show live from Brazil as part of a movie promotion.

Global Radio are working with Twentieth Century Fox on a campaign for new 3D animated film, Rio.

Moorlands unveils new schedule

Staffordshire community station Moorlands Radio has announced a new schedule, which will include an early breakfast slot for the first time.

The Leek-based station is also moving around the time slots of some of its specialist programming.

Radio 5 Live adopts two towns

BBC Radio 5 Live is adopting two towns for a year – one in the North, one in the South – to assess the impact of this week’s Budget.

The station will follow residents of Falmouth and Chorley to find out what the Chancellor’s financial announcements mean to their day-to-day lives.

Record profits for UTV Media

talkSPORT owners UTV Media have announced group pre-tax profits of £21.1m for 2010, up 17 percent from the previous year.

The radio division’s operating profit was 18.7m, with 11.7m from British stations and the remainder from its portfolio in Ireland.

BBC unveils new indie plan

BBC Director of Audio and Music Tim Davie has announced a five-point plan to improve the commissioning process for the independent radio production sector.

Speaking at the UK Radio Production Conference at Salford Quays, he said the new process would make it simpler and more consistent to pitch for BBC productions.

Campbell guest presents on LBC

Tony Blair’s former communications director Alastair Campbell is to guest present the evening show on LBC tonight.

He’ll talk about his recent role on Channel 4’s Dream School and will be joined by a couple of the young people he tried to teach on the show.

Celador wants to rock The Coast

Celador Radio has applied for a format change to allow its Solent regional station The Coast to play classic and contemporary rock.

The station wants to drop its commitment to play Adult Album Alternative music but continue to serve the over-40s.

Fi Glover leaves Saturday Live

Fi Glover is to present her last edition of Radio 4’s Saturday Live this weekend, with regular deputy Rev Richard Coles taking over.

Fi has been with the magazine show since it started five years ago as a replacement for John Peel’s Home Truths programme.

Community radio event at PRS

Community radio stations are being invited to a free seminar next week which will cover the issue of music licensing in the sector.

Hosted by PRS for Music, the event takes place in London on Tuesday 29th March.

Ofcom reminder on TX breaks

Ofcom is to write to all community radio licensees to remind them about the need to notify the regulator of any likely breaks in transmission.

It follows the case of west London station Westside FM, which ceased broadcasting for four weeks, before airing a month of pre-recorded programmes because of a studio move.

Orion offers to run BBC WM

Commercial radio group Orion Media are offering to run the BBC’s local radio service for the West Midlands – and say they would do it at half the current cost to the licence-fee payer.

It follows an idea earlier this month that would see BBC local radio stations taking 5 Live for much of the day and only broadcasting locally-made programmes at peak times.

Ofcom breach for Kiss ‘unfair’

Bauer radio station Kiss says a breach recorded against its licence by Ofcom over unclear competition rules is ‘unfair’.

The regulator followed up a complaint that prizes in last year’s Kissmas giveaway were offered outside of the hours that some entrants thought they would be.

Absolute scores go on Android

Absolute Radio’s Rock N Roll Football Live Scores smart phone app, which gives real-time access to match coverage, is going live on the Android platform.

It’s already been available for iOS devices and provides dynamic official data for all Premier League matches as well as a stream of Absolute Radio Extra’s commentaries.

Jazz FM goes national on DAB

For the first time in its history, Jazz FM is now broadcasting nationally using capacity on Digital One.

The station is now available to a potential audience of over 50 million people, and adds another welcomed specialist music channel to the national DAB multiplex.

New shows planned for 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra, due to launch on April 2nd, will bring with it new presenters and new programmes.

Comedians Rufus Hound, Arthur Smith and Andi Osho will join the schedule, along with current programmes already heard on Radio 7.

BBC Wiltshire presenter dies

Tributes have been made to former GWR and BBC Wiltshire presenter Sandy Martin who has died at the age of 53.

Sandy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November of last year and passed away on Thursday evening, and is survived by his wife, young twins and a grown-up daughter.

From the Radio Netherlands Media Network Blog
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Dutch radio market shares Jan/Feb 2011

The Dutch radio market shares for Jan/Feb 2011 were published this week. These are the first figures for 2011 which don’t include the Christmas period when some stations boosted their shares with special programming. For example, Radio 2 has gone back to its ‘normal’ share after playing the Top 2000 in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This has allowed Radio 538 to return as market leader, and increase its share over Dec/Jan by an impressive 0.8 percent.
By contrast, Sky Radio’s share fell by the same margin. It too was playing seasonal music within its playlist during December. Radio 3FM lost 0.6 percent, but is still up by a healthy 1.5 percent year-on-year. News/talk station Radio 1 continues to do well, its further gains no doubt being due to coverage of major ongoing news stories in Japan and Libya amongst others.
Radio Veronica seems to be struggling these days, and is down by more than 1 percent on its share a year ago. Rival oldies station Radio 10 Gold, on the other hand, has gained some new listeners since returning to mediumwave, and is now 0.4 percent up year-on-year. Arrow Classic Rock has struggled since losing its FM frequencies, while its sister station Arrow Jazz FM has managed to retain a loyal, though relatively small, audience.
The market shares for Jan/Feb, (Dec/Jan) and [Jan/Feb 2010] were as follows:
  1. Radio 538 1.0 (10.2) [10.5]
  2. Radio 2* 10.4 (12.4) [10.4]
  3. Radio 3FM* 10.1 (10.7) [8.6]
  4. Sky Radio  8.4 (9.2) [8.9]
  5. Radio 1* 8.1 (7.8) [7.5]
  6. Q-music 6.7 (6.6) [6.4]
  7. Radio Veronica 4.9 (4.8) [6.0]
  8. 100%NL 3.9 (3.6) [4.3]
  9. Radio 5* 3.3 (2.8) [2.9]
  10. Radio 10 Gold 2.8 (2.7) [2.4]
  11. Radio 4* 2.1 (2.1) [2.0]
  12. Slam!FM 2.0 (1.8) [1.8]
  13. Classic FM 1.8 (1.9) [2.5]
  14. Arrow Classic Rock 1.0 (0.9) [1.4]
  15. BNR Nieuwsradio 0.8 (0.8) [1.0]
  16. Kink FM 0.5 (0.5) [0.4]
  17. Arrow Jazz FM 0.4 (0.4) [0.4]
  18. Radio 6* 0.3 (0.3) [–]
* Public network. Others commercial.
  • Regional public radio (cumulative) 11.8 (11.2) [12.5]
  • Regional commercial radio (cumulative) 4.1 (4.0) [4.0]
  • Other stations (cumulative) 5.5 (5.4) [5.5]
A special radio service for Sri Lanka’s fishing community will be launched today by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art fish trade center at Peliyagoda on the outskirts of Colombo city. The radio service, named Sayura (ocean) FM, will cater for the working fishing community from 12 midnight to 4am daily. It is sponsored by the Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and broadcast by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
Relentless jamming by President Robert Mugabe’s forces is depriving Zimbabweans of a wide array of free entertainment sources provided by foreign governments. Music and soccer have become the latest battlefronts, with talented musicians forced to sing praises of Mugabe while footballers play in tournaments named after him. But the latest deployment of Chinese-made jamming has forced even the VOA to acknowledge routinely in its Zimbabwe broadcasts that the waves are jammed.
An announcer is now regularly heard to say: “This is Studio 7 for Zimbabwe broadcasting on 909 AM, but due to jamming your best reception would be on Shortwave…” Zanu (PF) made external broadcasts a major issue during the negotiations for a settlement in 2008, demanding that they be banned.
Recently, the controversially-appointed Broadcasting Authority announced it was ready to take applications, which would be a first step for the so-called pirates to come home. None of the big players have taken up the offer, citing continued insecurity in the country and the sheer economics of setting up independent broadcasting in a collapsing economy.
Surprisingly, Zanu (PF) officials are clamouring to be heard on the Voice of America Studio 7, which is virtually banned in Zimbabwe by Mugabe’s government. Recently, senior Zanu (PF) and pro-Mugabe officials Rugare Gumbo, Joram Gumbo, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu and Attorney General Johannes Tomana have freely given interviews to the ‘pirates’.
(Source: The Zimbawean)
Ethiopia has detained dozens of political activists as part of what opposition groups say is a crackdown aimed at preventing a North African or Middle Eastern style popular uprising. Bekele Gerba, deputy leader of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement, says recent Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts have been audible, except for loud noises that disrupt the signal when political issues are discussed.
“We have a lot of problems even to listen to the VOA,” he said. “The jamming. There are experts who are standing by and ready to jam the wave every time if there is any political issue. Immediately the jamming starts. It has become virtually impossible to listen to the VOA on the radio.  It is only possible on the Arabsat satellite.”
VOA last year began broadcasts to Ethiopia by the Arabsat satellite after Prime Minister Meles authorized jamming its short wave radio signals. The VOAnews.comwebsite is also blocked to Ethiopian internet users. VOA is the only international radio service broadcasting in three main Ethiopian languages, Amharic, Afan Oromo and Tigrigna.
On Saturday 26 March, the BBC Russian live weekend programme, Pyatiy Etazh (Fifth Floor) broadcasts from the studio in Bush House, London, for the last time. Airing at 1830 UTC, the final programme signals the end of the BBC’s 65-year history of traditional radio broadcasting in Russian.
In a week of special programming in the run-up to this milestone date, BBC Russian is featuring special multimedia content, looking back at the radio journalism that has made the BBC a household name, from Vilnius to Vladivostok, and also looking at future shape of media.
Head of BBC Russian, Sarah Gibson, says: “This is a sad time for all of us at BBC Russian. We are also proud of the unique heritage our broadcasts have left behind – in the hearts and minds of millions of radio listeners. As we move on, we will continue to serve our audiences through online and mobile services. Our website bbcrussian.com will continue to bring global stories to the Russian audience, and put Russian stories in a global context.”
The BBC started regular Russian-language broadcasts to the Soviet Union on 24 March 1946. Throughout the years, the BBC radio brought independent news and analysis to Russian-speaking audiences. In its special programming, BBC Russian looks again at the key stories it has covered – reporting the cold war and the perestroika, the attempted putsch of August 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two Chechen wars and Beslan, the Russia-Georgia conflict and everything else that has mattered to its audiences in the region.
Highlights from the 65 years of broadcasting also include the BBC voices that have been well known to listeners, ground-breaking interactive interviews with Margaret Thatcher and Paul McCartney, both speaking to audiences in the Soviet Union, as well as unique archive material such as Joseph Brodsky’s first radio interview, hours after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987.
Key Russian media, political and business personalities share their views of the BBC’s work over the years – including the businessman and owner of The Independent, Alexander Lebedev, leading Russian journalists such as Yevgeniy Kiselyov, Dmitriy Muratov, Leonid Parfyonov, Vladimir Pozner and Mikhail Rykhlin, human-rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, writer Dmitriy Bykov, and President of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow Sate University, Yasen Zassurskiy.
The BBC looks at what its broadcasts to the Soviet Union, and then to Russia and other post-Soviet states, meant for the people in those countries, and its influence. Putting its work in the wider context of foreign broadcasting, BBC Russian also looks at how the Western views of the importance of broadcasting to the USSR and post-Soviet states changed over the years, and what these changes mean for politics and the media in Russia. Another focus looks at how the media in Russia is changing, the role the internet is playing in the current media landscape, and the rapid changes in media consumption.
The BBC is closing three of its Russian-language radio programmes – Ranniy Chas (Dawn), Utro na Bi-bi-si (Morning with the BBC) and Vecher na Bi-bi-si (Evening with the BBC). However, BBC Russian will continue to produce BBSeva, Vam Slovo and Pyatiy Etazh which will be available for listening via the website bbcrussian.com as well as for FM partners outside Russia.
BBC World Service is also stopping its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Russia in English.
(Source: BBC World Service Publicity)
Irish public broadcaster RTÉ Radio has launched its first Android Apps. On the new RTÉ PocketPlayer you can listen to all 4FM stations, RTÉ1, RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ RnaG. Also included are RTÉ digital stations 2XM, Pulse, Choice, Junior, Gold and Radio 1 Xtra. You can also check out their Twitter and Facebook pages from the app.
The RTÉ Documentary On One app features multi-award winning radio documentaries from Ireland. The ‘Documentary on One’ unit is currently the most successful radio documentary department in the world, and produces stories about real life.
(Source: RTÉ)
From the Digital Spy Site
Howard Stern has claimed that he was left with no other choice but to sue his current employers SIRIUS XM Radio to recoup unpaid stock options.

Earlier this week, the DJ filed suit against his bosses for failing to pay him stock optionspromised in his original five-year deal with the organisation.

While addressing his decision to sue the satellite radio company on The Howard Stern Show, Stern charged that SIRIUS XM put him in an unenviable and painful position.

“It’s true that I am suing Sirius,” he said. “I have never, ever gotten on the air and discussed my financial situation… I’m an honest guy who believes in fairness. I believe that I’ve been dealt with unfairly.”

Stern has famously battled the FCC and media conglomerate Infinity Broadcasting Corporation over the course of his lengthy career, but he insists that his grievance with SIRIUS XM marks a new low.

The radio host explained: “It causes me great pain to sue the company I work for… Nevertheless, I had to do it. Suffice it to say, there’s a dispute and I believe I haven’t been given what is mine. 

“There’s obviously a disagreement here and it will be settled in a court… I have encountered things that are disturbing before [in my career], but never like this. It’s a business argument and that’s that.”

In December 2010, Stern signed a new five-year contract with the satellite radio company and recently revealed that he plans to take on a less strenuous schedule in the coming months.

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