Radio Newsbeat

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Barbara Windsor radio series to celebrate female comics
From The Stage. Posted June 16 2011, 6.10pm
  From Media Guardian. Posted June 16 2011, 1.40pm
Rush Limbaugh trumps rival shockjocks with a new line on Weiner: the poor guy was ‘kitty-whipped’ by liberal women… (more)
London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad lines up orchestral festival | Mark Brown


From Media Guardian. Posted June 16 2011, 12.52pm
BBC launches Music Nation project featuring concerts across Britain… (more)
Dutch Internet portal fights demand to pay copyright


From Media Network Weblog. Posted June 16 2011, 11.25am
Tomorrow, 17 June, a Dutch court will hear the arguments in a lawsuit that could have a major impact on many Internet sites, portals, search engines, widgets, gadgets and mobile apps that link to other websites.



106.1 Rock Radio plans a double wedding
From Radio Today. Posted June 16 2011, 10.52am
The GMG station plans to marry listeners along side its breakfast producer. (more)
ESAT accuses China of complicity in jamming signals
From Media Network Weblog. Posted June 16 2011, 10.11am
Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), which resumed transmissions to Ethiopia last week after nearly two months of interruption, has urged the government of the People’s Republic of China to desist from providing technology, training and techn… (more)
‘Arab spring’ breaks state monopoly on information
 

From Media Network Weblog. Posted June 16 2011, 10.02am
Social networking sites have allowed young protesters behind the “Arab Spring” revolt against the old guard to break a state monopoly on information, even if credibility is at times in question. 


Intelsat to launch four new satellites for Asia-Pacific
From Media Network Weblog. Posted June 16 2011, 9.56am
Intelsat SA today confirmed its upcoming launch schedule for four satellites, part of a $1.3 billion fleet investment program in the Asia-Pacific region. The program is designed to refresh and expand satellite capacity in the region. (more)
 

Kiss FM London founder launches Mi-Soul
From Radio Today. Posted June 16 2011, 7.03am


Gordon Mac has quit Colourful Radio to set up a new soul station. 

Radio Today’s brief headlines 

106.1 Rock Radio plans a double wedding
Kiss FM London founder launches Mi-Soul

BBC launches Music Nation for London 2012
Absolute Radio puts Bon Jovi festival live
Sky News Radio appoints Exec Producer
GMG Radio launches new research unit
Radio 2 compiles best live music moments
Central Radio gets stung by 107 The Bee
Myers: Radios 1 & 2 could share more
Real Radio Wales goes red for the day
Danny Baker given all-clear from cancer
Folded Wing named Indie of the Year
 
Gordon Mac has quit his position as MD of Colourful Radio to set up a new soul and dance community.

The founder of Kiss FM and former managing director says Mi-Soul will provide access to everything related to Soul music on every broadcast platform, scheduled to go live by the end of this year.

Martin Stivens & Gordon Mac

Gordon, who set up Kiss FM as a pirate in the 80s and ran the station for 13 years, told RadioToday.co.uk: “I have not been so excited about the opportunity to create a multi platform Soul brand dedicated to Soul and Dance fans everywhere, since the deregulation of broadcast media in the late 1980s which gave birth to Kiss FM”.

Since leaving Kiss in 1998, Gordon has maintained his passion for music and, while running his successful Bar and Restaurant he kept his ‘toe in the water’ with a weekly show on Choice before taking the reins at Colourful Radio as Station Manager to help establish the brand over the last three years.

Now, following two years of research, Gordon, working with his business partner Martin Strivens (ex Commercial Director of Kiss FM), and a team that includes Deanna Hallett, Sháá Wasmund, Roy Marsh, Chris Phillips and Jon Mansfield, is developing Mi-Soul which will provide ‘Everything Soul Everywhere’.

From the Dutch Media Network Site 

Dutch Internet portal fights demand to pay copyright
June 16th, 2011 – 10:25 UTC by Andy Sennitt. 2 comments

Tomorrow, 17 June, a Dutch court will hear the arguments in a lawsuit that could have a major impact on many Internet sites, portals, search engines, widgets, gadgets and mobile apps that link to other websites. The music copyright organisation Buma/Stemra is trying to get the radio portal website Nederland.FM to pay copyright fees, which it has so far refused to do.

Nederland.FM is a collection of hyperlinks to the audio streams of Dutch radio stations. Stations that broadcast online must pay a portion of their earnings to Buma/Stemra. The organisation is demanding that Nederland.FM also pays copyright fees, but its owner Jim Souren argues that “Manufacturers of radio sets have never have to pay a licence fee, so why should Nederland.FM?”

Mr Souren also points out that his radio portal doesn’t produce its own music streams, but links to the sites of radio stations that have received permission to embed their audio streams, and already pay copyright fees. If Buma/Stemra wins the case on 17 June, this will impact on many Internet sites, portals, search engines, widgets, gadgets and mobile apps that link to other sites.
 
 
 Scientists predict rare ‘hibernation’ of sunspots
June 15th, 2011 – 16:00 UTC by Andy Sennitt. No comments yet

US scientists say the familiar sunspot cycle seems to be entering a hibernation period unseen since the 17th century, a pattern that could have a slight cooling effect on global temperatures. For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite.

The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots and slower activity near the poles, said a trio of studies presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“This is highly unusual and unexpected,” said Frank Hill, associate director of the National Solar Observatory’s Solar Synoptic Network. “But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.”

Solar activity tends to rise and fall every 11 years or so. The solar maximum and solar minimum each mark about half the interval of the magnetic pole reversal on the Sun, which happens every 22 years. Experts are now probing whether this period of inactivity could be a second Maunder Minimum, a 70-year period when hardly any sunspots were observed between 1645-1715 known as the “Little Ice Age.”

“If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate,” said Mr Hill. Solar flares and eruptions can send highly charged particles hurtling toward Earth and interfere with satellite communications, GPS systems and even airline controls. [They also disrupt shortwave broadcasting].

Geomagnetic forces have been known to occasionally garble the world’s modern gadgetry, and warnings were issued as recently as last week when a moderate solar flare sent a fiery coronal mass ejection in the Earth’s direction. However, the temperature change associated with any reduction in sunspot activity would likely be minimal and not enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases on global warming, according to scientists. “Recent solar 11-year cycles are associated empirically with changes in global surface temperature of 0.1 Celsius,” said Judith Lean, a solar physicist with the US Naval Research Laboratory.

If the cycle were to stop or slow down, the small fluctuation in temperature would do the same, eliminating the slightly cooler effect of a solar minimum compared to the warmer solar maximum. The phenomenon was witnessed during the descending phase of the last solar cycle. This “cancelled part of the greenhouse gas warming of the period 2000-2008, causing the net global surface temperature to remain approximately flat – and leading to the big debate of why the Earth hadn’t (been) warming in the past decade,” Ms Lean, who was not involved in the three studies presented, told AFP.

Less sunspot activity means the Sun will radiate lower levels of energy, ultraviolet rays, solar wind and a weaker magnetic field, explained climate scientist and author Rasmus Benestad of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. “Historical data suggest that solar activity, however, only appears to have a weak effect on our climate,” said Mr Benestad.

A study in the March 2010 issue of Geophysical Research Letters explored what effect an extended solar minimum might have, and found no more than a 0.3 Celsius dip by 2100 compared to normal solar fluctuations. “A new Maunder-type solar activity minimum cannot offset the global warming caused by human greenhouse gas emissions,” wrote authors Georg Feulner and Stefan Rahmstorf, noting that forecasts by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecast a maximum 4.5 degree Celsius rise by this century’s end compared to the latter half of the 20th century.

“Moreover, any offset of global warming due to a grand minimum of solar activity would be merely a temporary effect, since the distinct solar minima during the last millennium typically lasted for only several decades or a century at most.”

Other experts were skeptical about whether the latest data actually predict a long-term solar minimum. “There is no compelling reason to think that the Sun is about to go into hibernation,” said Yi-Ming Wang of the Naval Research Laboratory. “On the other hand, we don’t understand the solar dynamo well enough to make any reliable prediction about what cycle 25 will be like.”

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