This post is a selection of news posted by other sites on the internet as a service for our blog visitors, it is by no means a comprehensive news service
First from the Media UK email/website
Former offshore radio DJ receives a knighthood
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 2.03pm
Roger Gale MP, who has represented the Thanet North and Herne Bay constituency in the UK House of Commons since 1983, has been given a knighthood in the Queen’s New Years Honours announced today. In the 1960s Sir Roger, as he will now be called, worked on several offshore radio stations. (more)
Ian McFarland CDs now available online as MP3 files
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 9.57am
Ian McFarland, formerly of Radio Canada International, writes: “I just wanted to let you know that the CD project that has been going on for the last 4-5 years via the DXer.ca website, has now headed off in a new direction. (more)
Special DX Test from Costa Rica
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 9.39am
Radio Miami International, in cooperation with its client Radio Republica, will be conducting a special DX test at 2000-2100 UTC and 2300-2400 UTC on 7 January, and 0200-0300 UTC on 8 January, 2012 on the frequency of 5954 kHz from Cariari, Costa Rica. (more)
Côte d’Ivoire: Radio, television authority warns against cession of frequencies
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 9.28am
Text of report by state-run Ivorian TV on 29 December Before continuing, here is a communique: Reports repeatedly reaching the Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority [HACA] say that some promoters of radio stations have been suggesting the cession of their media houses to others. (more)
Dutch giraffes to chill to the soothing sounds of pop
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 10.45am
Keepers at a Dutch zoo have found an unorthodox solution to calm down skittish giraffes spooked by the sound of thousands of end-of-year fireworks going off: playing them pop music. (more)
Radio Pakistan seeks 1.7 billion rupees
From Media Network Weblog. Posted December 31 2011, 1.45pm
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) management has sent a request to the finance ministry seeking Rs1.7 billion (US$18.9 million) bailout package to overcome its financial woes. (more)
Melvyn Bragg bounces back with feast of radio and TV shows
From Media Guardian. Posted January 1 2012, 12.07am
Veteran presenter marks 2012 with revived South Bank Show and new BBC programmes… (more)
Rewind radio: Today; The Infinite Monkey Cage – review
From Media Guardian. Posted January 1 2012, 12.04am
Guest editor Mo Ibrahim gave Today listeners a compelling picture of African success and western corruption… (more)
Next from the Radio Today site
Guildford’s AM station County Sound Radio will drop live programmes on Friday.
The final show will be breakfast with Dave Johns after which the station will offer “locally produced content” rather than live presenters.
Managing Director Paul Marcus told RadioToday.co.uk of his plans: “Over the past two-years we have been exploring a number of ideas as to the strategic direction of our services. As a result there will be changes to the programming on County Sound Radio with the introduction of some innovative, unique and locally produced content.
“Not only will the new schedule provide great choice for the listener, we are excited to be introducing a pioneering, revenue-generation mechanism which we believe could help viably-sustain commercial radio in the future.”
The station, which is owned by UKRD, broadcasts on 1566AM covering Surrey and north-east Hampshire.
It launched in 1983 on FM and AM then in 1988 became the first UK station to split its frequencies to create two stations, Premier Radio on FM and County Sound Gold on AM. The station as we know it today was re-launched by current owners UKRD in 1996 with sister station The Eagle operating on FM. In the early 90s the service was known as Mercury Extra.
Paul adds: “UKRD have very ambitious future plans to provide a truly multi-platform offering for radio listeners in Surrey and North Hampshire and we hope to announce further details early in the New Year.
“I would like to thank Dave (Johns) for over eight years of loyal service to both the radio station and to the UKRD group”.
RadioToday.co.uk can exclusively reveal that GMG Radio will introduce a new national 70s station on Digital One.
The new service, to be called Smooth 70s, will start on December 27th on the channel currently used by Smooth Xmas.
The station will begin life as a non-stop music service without adverts, features or programmes. Just station imaging will identify the station between songs.
The move follows Absolute Radio’s recent launch of Absolute 70s on November 29th, which currently brands itself as “The UK’s Only 70s Radio Station”, although only available on DAB in London.
Smooth 70s first started life in the summer as a steam on we7.com, along with Smooth 60s and Smooth Soul.
Published on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 8:49 am
From Radio Netherlands Media Network BlogJanuary 1st, 2012 – 12:58 UTC by Andy Sennitt.
“During 2011, CRI made constant progress, witnessing the rocketing growth of new media and expanding its overseas broadcast platform. We believe there is not much distance between China and the rest of the world. The launch of China International Broadcasting Network at the start of 2011 marked the apex of CRI’s 70 years of fully stepping into a new media era.
“CRI’s FM radio station in Rome began broadcasting at the end of 2011. It is the 70th metropolitan radio station that CRI has launched overseas, giving local listeners access to CRI’s broadcasts in Italian.
“To date, CRI presents more than 3,000 hours of programmes in 61 languages on a daily basis. In addition to the 70 overseas full-frequency radio stations, CRI also has 24 overseas programme production studios, 40 correspondent bureaus in other nations, 15 on-air Confucius Classrooms, as well as 4,112 listener’s clubs. All our efforts have paid off. We received a total of 3.23 million letters and emails from listeners and netizens in 2011 alone.”December 31st, 2011 – 10:45 UTC by Andy Sennitt.
Keepers at a Dutch zoo have found an unorthodox solution to calm down skittish giraffes spooked by the sound of thousands of end-of-year fireworks going off: playing them pop music. “We have tried a few things to calm the giraffes down over the years,” Amersfoort Animal Park spokeswoman Josien van Eijk told AFP. “We found that pop music works best to calm the animals down and the bangs become more background noise,” she said of the five giraffes at the park in Amersfoort in the central Netherlands.
Ms Van Eijk said giraffes in an enclosure at the 18-hectare (45-acre) zoo were the only ones of the park’s around 130 animals badly affected. Staff will again tune into the Netherlands’ popular public Radio 2, Ms Van Eijk added, so the animals can listen to its Top 2000 hits countdown. “We have already started playing the music to get them used to it and will perhaps just turn it a little louder over New Year,” she said.
The giraffes did not show a liking for any particular genre of pop “but I would imagine that a calm ballad every now and then also would not do any harm,” said Ms Van Eijk.