Radio Newsbeat

From Media UK  site

KMFM boss Steve Fountain made redundant
From Radio Today. Posted January 5 2012, 2.25pm
KM Group’s Head of Radio leaves post after nearly six years.

Steps’ Lisa joins UK radio duo in Dubai
From Radio Today. Posted January 5 2012, 11.41am
Lisa Scott-Lee joins Tom and Dan on Dubai 92 drivetime from this week.

Tributes paid to radio man Mike Briscoe
From Radio Today. Posted January 5 2012, 9.16pm
Much loved former North West radio programme controller has died suddenly.

TuneIn Radio talks apps, cars, discovery and streaming rivals
From Media Guardian. Posted January 5 2012, 4.00pm
With 30m active users around the world, company is keen to keep innovating..

Only one-in-three pay licence fee in Poland
From Media Network Weblog. Posted January 5 2012, 10.08am
Sixty five percent don’t pay the TV and radio licence fee in Poland, despite it being one of the cheapest in Europe, according to data released by the National Broadcasting Council.

BBC World Service to run ads on some websites and radio stations
From Media Guardian. Posted January 5 2012, 3.23pm
BBC Trust approves plan after government asked World Service to generate £3m from commercial activities by 2013/2014.

From Radio Today site

James Allen to do 5 live F1 commentary

Former ITV Sport commentator James Allen is joining BBC Radio 5 live in time for the 2012 Formula One season.

He replaces David Croft who has left to be part of the Sky Sports F1 team.

Radio 4 show to air in Australia on ABC

Radio 4’s In Our Time presented by Melvyn Bragg is to be broadcast by Australian state radio provider ABC though a deal with BBC Worldwide.

48 episodes will air through this year with the show’s summer break being filled by programmes from the archives.

RAJAR Q4, 2011

The next set of listening figures for UK radio will be released to stations on Wednesday February 1st 2012.
IRN News Awards

Commercial radio’s news awards take place on Tuesday 27 March 2012 and entries are now open for the 8 different categories. The closing date for entries is 16 December. See the IRN Awards website for full details.
Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012

The date has been set for next year’s Sonys – and it’s Monday 14 May 2012. Stick it in your diary now!

From Media Network, Radio Netherlands

First HD radio station in Bangladesh launched 1 Jan
January 6th, 2012 – 12:06 UTC by Andy Sennitt. No comments yet

On 1 January, Dhaka FM powered up a new Broadcast Electronics (BE) FM 10S transmitter and began broadcasting on 90.4 MHz, ringing in the new year as the first FM station to broadcast in HD Radio™ in Bangladesh.

The event marks the first commercial HD Radio station in Bangladesh as part of the country’s phase II of FM commercialization authorizing new FM broadcast licences there. Present for the inaugural event were noted dignitaries from information and telecommunications branches of the Bangladesh government.

(Source: Broadcast Electronics)

US asks DR Congo to permit RFI broadcasts to resume
January 6th, 2012 – 11:44 UTC by Andy Sennitt. 1 comment

The United States demanded on Thursday that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) permit the resumption of French radio broadcasts that were cut in protest over post-election coverage. “We are concerned about these reports of Radio France International having been shut down. We urge the relevant Congolese authorities to reinstate RFI’s frequencies immediately,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Kinshasa has temporarily cut RFI’s signal to protest its post-election coverage in the country where incumbent Joseph Kabila was proclaimed president even though international observers denounced the polls as flawed. The cut in broadcasting, which was supposed to have lasted until at least Tuesday, continued on Thursday. From July 2009 until October 2010, Kinshasa totally shut down RFI, which was accused of demoralizing the army.

(Source: AFP)

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I last reviewed The Worldwide Listening Guide by John Figliozzi in July 2009. That edition comprised 112 pages. The new edition, published in December 2011, is considerably thicker at 160 pages, but the price is unchanged.

The book focuses on programme content rather than distribution platforms, and contains some 4,000 individual English-language broadcasts. These are presented in time order, but also indexed by subject category, so if you’re looking for a programme on a particular topic, you don’t have to look through the entire list. Music programmes are sub-divided into categories such as Folk and Traditional Music, Rock Music etc. A brief description of each programme, indexed by title, is also included.

Venezuela telecoms agency closes 27 radio stations in 10 states in 2011
January 4th, 2012 – 17:46 UTC by Andy Sennitt. No comments yet

A total of 27 FM radio stations were shut down in Venezuela in 2011 by the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel). Five of the stations were closed in the state of Zulia, and a similar number were shut down in the state of Miranda; Monagas (4), Nueva Esparta (3), Táchira, Falcón and Carabobo (2) and Barinas (1).

The Venezuelan telecoms regulatory agency said that such stations were illegally using the radio spectrum. However, some affected private radio operators disagree with that statement. For instance, Ricardo Hernández, director of Carabobo Stereo station claimed after the closure of his radio station, that it was operating legally. He stated that Conatel had inspected the radio station in 2010, and made no warnings about the alleged illegal use of the radio spectrum.

On Monday, 31 October, a group of Conatel technicians visited Cosmopolitan 107.9 FM radio station located in Valencia, the capital of the state of Carabobo and took it off the air arguing that they were executing an “administrative procedure.” Conatel denied that the radio station had been shut down. However, Cosmopolitan is no longer on the air and the radio station Frenesí 107.9 is now using the frequency.

The Venezuelan Chamber of Broadcasters is pleased with the measures taken by Conatel. In the words of Enza Carbone, the president of the Chamber, “2011 has been a very positive year for broadcasters, who are satisfied with the measures taken by the Executive Office against underground radio stations.”

There is extended information about what the author calls ‘The Big Six’ English-language public broadcasters – the BBC, ABC Australia, CBC Canada, RTE Ireland, RNZ New Zealand and NPR USA. For these, information is given about domestic networks that are streamed worldwide as well as their international services.

The main target market for the book is those in North America who want to listen to broadcasts from outside the US, but a substantial part of it is relevant worldwide, so times are given in UTC as well as Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and in the local time of the broadcaster. The use of EDT rather than Eastern Standard Time (EST) is “because it is now used eight months out of the year.”

There are concise and well-written explanations of the different delivery platforms used by the broadcasters: AM/FM radio, shortwave, digital radio, WiFi Internet radio, and satellite radio. The main consolidated listing by time includes all the platforms used for each broadcast that can be received in North America, so the frequencies of those stations that still use shortwave are included alongside newer platforms.

The one disadvantage of this approach is that if you only have a shortwave radio, there’s no easy way to pick out the shortwave transmissions at a glance. But that’s where the 2012 World Radio TV Handbook comes in. As I noted in my review of the Handbook, that publication now briefly mentions international broadcasts via Internet, but doesn’t have the space to give any details. In that regard, the Worldwide Listening Guide is the perfect companion to the WRTH. Indeed, the author John Figliozzi is a long-time user of the WRTH and has clearly gone out of his way to make his book a complement rather than a competitor to it.

There is now also a website for the Worldwide Listening Guide, on which will be posted a consolidated programme listing sorted by station, so that users interested in listening to specific stations can more easily find programmes of interest to them. The website will also publish changes and additional relevant information that becomes available.

At the end of the book are some “Listeners Log” pages in which the user can add listings of additional stations and updates to the published information. There are also details of where to find more information on related subjects of particular interest to the reader.

The wire-bound format of the book makes it perfect for placing beside a computer or radio. Once again I heartily recommend it as a book worth buying regardless of where you live. It can be ordered on the Internet through major book and electronics suppliers.


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