Radio Newsbeat

From an email sent to me by Radio Today, follow the links for more on each item

Feature: Is JACK the future?

Next month, the UK’s getting its fourth Jack FM station as Solent regional station The Coast 106 flips to a classic rock format and changes its name to match its Celador sister station in Bristol.
Radio Today Editor Stuart Clarkson tuned in and chatted some of the people behind JACK’s success in the UK to find out what all the fuss is about.
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Radio 2 overnights go to indies

Independent production companies Wise Buddah and Somethin’ Else have been selected to produce the two weekday overnight shows on Radio 2.
Wise Buddah will make Janice Long’s midnight to 2am programme, while Somethin’ Else will take over the production of Alex Lester’s 2am-5am show.

Parfitt defends Glastonbury staffing

As the BBC announces its coverage for this year’s Glastonbury Festival later this month, Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt has defended the number of people from the corporation working on the event.
BBC Radio 6 Music leads the radio coverage with non-stop broadcasts from the site over a number of days, with plenty more content due to air on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and Radio 4. There’ll also be TV coverage on BBC 2, BBC 3 and BBC 4.

Unique win second Radio 2 Saturday commission

Independent production company Unique have won Radio 2′s commission to produce the Sounds of the Sixties programme on a Saturday morning.
They already produce Pick of the Pops on a Saturday lunchtime.

Radio Production Awards

The awards take place on June 13th at 229 The Venue in central London. Find out more about the RPAs 2011 here.

Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2011 will be handed out in London on July 6th. Find out more and book tickets here.

RAJAR Q2/2011

The latest listening figures are released on 3rd August 2011 to stations.

RAJAR Q3/2011

The latest listening figures are released on 26th October 2011 to stations.

Radio Festival 2011

It’s back in Salford Quays for another year – with the dates to be announced soon. Watch this space for more details!
Media Uk News from their site

Media UK

The most popular radio stations in London

May 12, 2011

Who are the listeners of Britain’s capital city listening to?

British radio is made up of national, regional and local radio stations, so direct comparison in many cities across the UK is difficult. However, London is unique in that it has a lot of local and national radio stations which are measured across the same London transmission area.

Here, then, are London’s most popular radio stations, in terms of total listeners.

BBC Radio 4: 2,840,000
BBC Radio 2: 2,259,000
Capital FM: 2,179,000
Heart: 2,107,000
Magic: 1,998,000
BBC Radio 1: 1,917,000
KISS: 1,821,000
Classic FM: 1,438,000
BBC Radio 5 live: 1,368,000
LBC 97.3: 935,000
talkSPORT: 765,000
Absolute Radio: 724,000

Source: RAJAR, Q1 2011

Radio 2 overnights go to indies

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 11:27

Independent production companies Wise Buddah and Somethin’ Else have been selected to produce the two weekday overnight shows on Radio 2.
Somethin’ Else will make Janice Long’s midnight to 2am programme, while Wise Buddah will take over the production of Alex Lester’s 2am-5am show.

This follows the news we brought you yesterday that Saturday breakfast show Sounds of the 60s with Brian Matthew is to be produced by Unique.
The three shows were put out to tender back in March, as part of one of the most mainstream rounds of commissioning for the UK’s largest radio station for many years. We’re told there was a very competitive round of pitching meetings over the last couple of months.
Bob Shennan, Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music, told RadioToday.co.uk: “These commissions confirm our commitment to supporting Independent production in the UK and the hugely important part they play in the network’s success.”

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Branson bid for Absolute Radio in £20m takeover

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group could team up with the owners of Absolute Radio to take control of the station in a deal valuing it at £20m.

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Taking the mic: Frank Skinner has been one of Absolute’s star names

It is understood that Times Infotainment Media (TIML), a subsidiary of the Times Group – India’s largest media company and owner of The Times of India – may retain a stake in the station after it is sold, having acquired it from Scottish Media Group in 2008 for £53.2m. The sale seems likely following a review of the business. Jefferies bank has been appointed to handle the auction.
If the Branson deal goes through, it would put him back in charge of the station he created in 1993 and which bore the Virgin name until 2008.
TIML did not buy rights to use the Virgin brand and changed the name to Absolute, before developing a number of digital stations and signing celebrity presenters such as Frank Skinner.
Global Radio has pulled out but Branson and UTV Group, which owns the radio station Talksport and the Ulster ITV franchise, are understood to be bidding.
But Absolute is likely to be valued at far less than TIML paid. Latest available figures, for 2009, reported a loss of £4.3 million, and TIML took a £7.9m writedown on the value of its UK radio business. Its continuing annual losses are understood to be in the high single digits.
Nevertheless, UTV is thought to be keen to acquire the company, since it could make considerable cost savings by merging it with Talksport. Virgin, meanwhile, could revive the Virgin Radio name, which it has retained for its radio stations overseas.
Absolute has an FM licence for London and a national AM licence for England, Scotland and Wales as well as various digital stations.

From the digital spy site

Fevola “struggled” with first day of radio job

Wednesday, June 8 2011, 04:21 BST

By Rebecca Davies, Entertainment Reporter
Brendan Fevola
© Rex Features

Brendan Fevola has started his radio career.

The former Australian footballer, who did his first morning slot on Gold 104.3 alongside presenters Grubby and Dee Dee yesterday morning, said that he found it tough getting out of bed at 5.15am.

Fevola told listeners: “[I] struggled a little bit this morning, but I’ll get used to that.”

Grubby said that the radio team were “all pretty happy” and “relieved” that Fevola’s first shift went well. He also admitted that they did worry that the sports star might “roll over and go back to sleep” during the show.

Afterwards, Fevola told the Herald Sun: “It’s pretty cruisy. It’s nine o’clock and the day begins I suppose.”

When he landed the job last month, he said: “I’ve just been a footy player so now that has all finished it is back in the workforce. I am really looking forward to it. I need something to get me out of bed early in the morning.”

Fevola also revealed that his estranged wife Alex, who left him after he revealed his gambling addiction, has been “really supportive” and believes that his move into broadcasting is a “great” idea.

Earlier this year, the former Brisbane Lions and Carlton star revealed that he tried to commit suicide in 2010.

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