Newsbeat

Here is my selection of radio news – sad to learn that the Media Network Blog from Radio Netherlands is closing this month.  Happy retirement to Andy Sennitt.  I have a feeling this is not the last we have heard of this creative man.

From Media UK site

Important announcement to all our readers
From Media Network Weblog. Posted March 8 2012, 8.32pm This Weblog will be closing on Saturday 24 March 2012. I shall be takingearly retirement from RNW at the end of April. Due to the new mandate ofRNW effective on 1 January 2013, it will no longer be possible for theorganisation to provide coverage of international media news.

Liza Tarbuck to join Radio 2
From BBC Media Centre. Posted March 8 2012, 3.33pm
BBC Radio 2 have announced that Liza Tarbuck will be joining the station on

May 12 as presenter of the Saturday evening slot (6-8pm).

AUDIO: How to overpay a mortgage
From BBC News. Posted March 8 2012, 5.17pm
Martin Lewis told BBC Radio 5 live that with interest rates still low, it could beworth overpaying your mortgage each month.

Gaydar Radio owner seeks investors to fund global expansion
From Media Guardian. Posted March 8 2012, 4.02pm
QSoft Consulting appoints Ashcombe Investors to help boost ‘world’spre-eminent gay brand’…

AUDIO: 17 year-old girl opens Devon shop
From BBC News. Posted March 8 2012, 5.24pm
Lucie Balchin told Radio 5 live about buying the lease on a shop next to aplace her mother owns when she was doing her A-levels.

BBC Radio 4 to record and broadcast thousands of conversations across UK
From Media Guardian. Posted March 8 2012, 1.58pm
The Listening Project, to be fronted by Fi Glover, is a joint venture with theBritish Library and BBC local radio.

Radio stations up for Music Week Awards
From Radio Today. Posted March 8 2012, 10.34pm
BBC gets seven nominations, Bauer four and Absolute two.

Liza Tarbuck gets Radio 2 Saturday nights
From Radio Today. Posted March 8 2012, 3.46pm Daytime stand-in presenter to take over from Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes.

Radio 4’s launches The Listening Project
From BBC Media Centre. Posted March 8 2012, 9.40am
BBC Radio 4 today launches The Listening Project, an ambitious newpartnership between the network, BBC Local Radio, the BBC’s national radiostations and The British Library which aims to capture the nation in conversation.

London event to discuss radio promotions
From Radio Today. Posted March 8 2012, 12.04pm
Radio Academy hosts session on competitions and creativity later thismonth.Gaydar Radio owner seeks cash investment
From Media Guardian. Posted March 9 2012, 12.35am
Company behind UK’s most popular gay dating site looking for buyers…

Tonga grants licence for new radio station
From Media Network Weblog. Posted March 8 2012, 2.07pm Tonga’s cabinet has granted a licence for a new radio station to benefit rural women. A spokesman for the Ministry of Information and Communications says an application was made to the government last year and yesterday’s granting of the licence coincided with International Women’s Day.

AUDIO: ‘Professional shoppers’ help Morrisons
From BBC News. Posted March 8 2012, 9.55am
Chief executive of Morrisons supermarket, Dalton Philips, talks to the Todayprogramme’s Simon Jack as the company announces profits are up by 8percent.

Just 9 Days Left To Buy Your Conference Tickets!
From Student Radio Association. Posted March 9 2012, 12.45am
The National Student Radio Conference 2012 – Monday 2nd April to

Wednesday 4th April.

From Radio Today Site

Jay-Z to headline Radio 1 Hackney Weekend American hip-hop artist Jay-Z has been announced as the headline act for the first day of Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend in June. Other acts on the bill for the East London event ahead of the Olympics include Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis and Will.i.am.Jay-Z to

Rob Wills to do single kmfm breakfast show kmfm Programme Manager Rob Wills has been announced as the station’s

new Kent-wide breakfast show presenter.The seven licences, which until today had six different breakfast showpresenters, will share all programming from Monday (12th March).

Rob Wills to do single kmfm breakfast show

Pete Morgan to do BBC WM breakfast

BBC Radio Stoke’s breakfast presenter Pete Morgan is heading back to

Birmingham to take over from Phil Upton at BBC WM.Pete has been at Stoke since 2007 and previously was breakfast producer for both Galaxy and Heart in Birmingham.

Arqiva Award entries close at midnight Today is the final day for commercial radio stations to submit their entries for this year’s Arqiva Awards. Station staff have until midnight tonight to put themselves and their shows forward for consideration by the judges across 28 different categories.Arqiva Award entries close at midnight

Host sleeps on street

BBC Radio York breakfast presenter Adam Tomlinson is sleeping rough onthe street in York next next week to get a first-hand look at life for the homeless. He’ll be presenting a live show on the station next Tuesday night to help highlight the growing problem of homelessness in North Yorkshire.

Radio stations up for Music Week Awards

Commercial radio group Bauer has four nominations in this year’s Music

Week Awards, while Absolute Radio has two.

BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music go up against Absolute Radio, Global

Radio’s Capital FM, and Bauer pair Kerrang! and Wave 105 in the Radio

Station of the Year category.

From Radio Netherlands Media Network Blog

I extend my grateful thanks to Andy Sennitt for all of his hard work on the

programmes at Radio Netherlands and also for this Blog which sadly is

closing (Wireless Waffler)

This time in full

Important announcement to all our readers
March 8th, 2012 – 20:32 UTC by Andy Sennitt. No comments yet
This Weblog will be closing on Saturday 24 March 2012.

I shall be taking early retirement from RNW at the end of April. Due to the

new mandate of RNW effective on 1 January 2013, it will no longer be

possible for the organisation to provide coverage of international media

news.

In April I shall be writing a series of articles reflecting on the changes in

international broadcasting since I started appearing on the Media Network

radio show in 1981, and looking ahead to the coming decade. The articles

will be published on the RNW English website.

If you have any memories of RNW or other international broadcasters that

you would like to share, I will be pleased to hear from you at

MediaNetwork@rnw.nl and I’ll try to include them in the articles.

The Weblog contains over 15,000 media news items published since

October 2003. It will remain online as a searchable archive. To prevent

spam, it will no longer be possible to add comments, but nearly 14,000

comments already received will still be available.

Andy Sennitt

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