From the Radio Today Site
Radio 2′s Jeremy Vine to do Bristol Q&A
BBC Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine is taking part in a special session for the Radio Academy South West Branch later this month.
The journalist and broadcaster will be in conversation with Academy Chief Executive John Myers in Bristol on 24th April.
BBC Radio celebrates William Shakespeare
Some of the BBC’s network radio stations are celebrating the work of William Shakespeare through a special season of programmes.
They’ll air on Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra during April and May as part of the BBC’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.
Community station wants Time 106.6 licence
Ofcom has announced a full re-advertisement of the FM local radio licence covering Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.
It follows a declaration of intent to apply for it from the people behind Slough’s community radio station, Asian Star Radio.
Radio Trent building reopens as youth centre
The former home of Nottingham’s Radio Trent has been reopened as a youth centre.
The building on Castle Gate – originally a women’s hospital – housed Radio Trent and Trent FM between 1975 and 2007.
Radio Trent building reopens as youth centre
Radio 4 runs digital radio design promotion
BBC Radio 4′s flagship Today programme has announced details of a competition to design a skin for a new digital radio.
The product will be sold in aid of Children in Need later this year and will be to commemorate the return of the breakfast programme to Broadcasting House.
Lakeland Radio signs up 10cc for gig
Kendal-based Lakeland Radio has announced 10cc as the headline act for its Lakeland Live open air family concert next month.
The gig is part of the ‘Country Fest’ weekend which takes place at the Westmorland County Showground on 26 and 27 May.
Corrie star Jennie returns to Key 103
Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine will once again guest present on Key 103 whilst regular morning co-host Chelsea takes a break.
She will be on the Breakfast Show with Mike Toolan starting today and the station is hoping for some inside Corrie gossip.
BBC Radio 1 producer joins Wise Buddah
Zane Lowe’s producer Clare Chadburn has joined independent production company Wise Buddah as executive producer.
She’ll work across Wise Buddah’s radio, TV and branded content, including Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra projects.
UTV Media has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League which will see it produce commentaries on every top
flight match in the English game for countries outside Europe.
talkSPORT becomes the global audio partner from August 2012 and will broadcast coverage of 380 games per season in
languages including English, Spanish and Mandarin.
The station says it will establish a network of radio partners across markets
including Asia, North America and Africa.
The deal doesn’t affect talkSPORT’s UK coverage of the Premier League, which
allows it to broadcast 64 matches each season.
Scott Taunton, Chief Executive, talkSPORT said: “This is a huge development for
talkSPORT which builds on the significant progress the station has made in the UK
in recent years. I’m really excited about the potential for talkSPORT as a global brand, invoking the same passion in
listeners and advertisers overseas as it does in the UK. We’ll be expanding our London office studio and production
space and I can’t wait to see the buzz on matchdays.”
John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said: “Since UTV acquired talkSPORT in 2005, we have invested
significantly in sports rights and presenters to successfully reposition talkSPORT as the brand leader for sports audio
content in the UK. Today’s agreement with the Premier League is part of UTV’s strategy to market talkSPORT globally.
We look forward to building on talkSPORT’s reputation for quality sports content with international audiences and
advertisers alike, backed up by UTV’s expertise in global digital delivery.”
BBC Radio 5 live and the corporations Local Radio stations have launched an appeal for listeners to help pick football
commentary highlights to feature in a new exhibition.
An archive of hundreds of the most memorable clips will be part of a display at the National Football Museum in
Manchester which opens later this year.
The exhibit will include memorable commentary clips from every Premier and Football
League team, along with highlights from the England national team. People are being
encouraged to nominate their favourite commentary moments for their club via the BBC
Radio 5 live Deputy Controller Jonathan Wall said: “This is a huge partnership between 5
live and BBC Local Radio with a chance for football supporters to help us select the
favourite clips. Memories will be evoked along the way and it will result in a treasure
trove of radio commentary for visitors to the museum to cherish.”
National Football Museum Deputy Director David Pearson said: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 5 Live
and BBC Local Radio to bring together such an astounding collection of clips, which are so integral to football supporters’
memories and experiences of football history. It’s such an impressive project to undertake and will feature some of the
greatest names in football commentary. We would very much like to thank the BBC for their help and assistance in
compiling this fascinating collection for our visitors.
The ‘BBC Radio Football Commentary Collection’ will feature in a special preview radio show on 5 live next month when
Colin Murray broadcasts from the museum ahead of its opening in July. The museum has relocated from its old home in
Preston to a new permanent base in Manchester.
Real Radio has raised £100,000 in one evening at its third annual ‘Easter Bash’ in aid of Children’s Hospice Association
The event at Glasgow’s Hilton hotel included appearances from singers Amy MacDonald and The Proclaimers.
Real Radio talent winners Double Trouble performed too, along with community
choir Soundsational. There was also an auction and raffle with prizes including a
car, holidays to the US and an original signed Tom Jones painting.
Easter Bash Committee Chairman Derek Mallon said, “We are absolutely blown
away by the amount of money we raised on the night, the generosity of everyone
attending was overwhelming. We’ve exceeded our expectations and are already in
talks to start planning next year’s event.”
Celador Radio has bought the FM local radio licence for Swindon from More Radio Ltd, taking the number of licences
owned by the group to 14.
The station originally launched as Brunel FM in September 2006 by TLRC and has since been known as TotalStar and
Celador bought More’s former sister stations in Warminster and Bath last year, and
also now owns another former TotalStar station in Bridgwater.
Celador currently runs 9 of its licences as The Breeze, with the latest two to join the
network being Andover Sound and Newbury Sound. It has 2 JACK fm stations in
Bristol and on the South Coast, while MidWest Radio – acquired just before
Christmas – still broadcasts under its old name.
The group says the Swindon station will continue to provide the existing service as More Radio for the immediate future
and will remain in the ‘Lime Kiln’ Wootton Bassett studios which were previously owned by Wiltshire Radio/GWR
between 1982 and 2005.
Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Radio told Radio Today that running a station like More in a competitive market like
Swindon on its own was very tough. “Heart couldn’t be any stronger anywhere than it is here,” he said. “I think that small
singly-owned independent stations are going to struggle hugely. Whenever they’re consolidated central resources mean
the overheads are able to be reduced and there’s more likelihood that they will become at least breaking even, if not
More Radio will come under the control of Steve Jones, Managing Director of Celador Radio’s south west region.
We’ve got more from our interview with Celador’s Paul Smith in this week’s eRADIO – out Wednesday morning at 9am!
Global Radio’s Capital FM network has revealed details of this year’s Summertime Ball.
The event will take place on 9th June at Wembley Stadium, although no acts for the concert have been announced yet.
Capital FM Summertime Ball will be sponsored by Vodafone this year with
customers of the mobile phone network and the station’s VIP website subscribers
getting advanced access to ticket sales from this Saturday. They go on general sale
from next Monday.
95.8 Capital Breakfast Show and Summertime Ball presenter, Dave Berry said; “As
if presenting to a packed Wembley wasn’t enough to get me going, I’ve now heard
the genuinely amazing line-up for this year’s show. I’ve been sworn to secrecy by
Capital, but I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep it quiet on air.”
A donation from the proceeds of the event goes to the station’s charity appeal, Help A Capital Child.
As headline partner to the Summertime Ball, Vodafone will be promoted on-air throughout the lead up to the Ball, with
teaser tag lines and live reads which will also be echoed digitally across the Capital FM website. Vodafone will also be
supported at the event itself with extensive branding and experiential activity.
Mike Gordon, Managing Director Commercial at Global Radio said: “It’s great to have Vodafone as our partner this year.
We’ve developed a great ongoing relationship with them and they know the results we deliver. We’re really excited by
this year’s event and we’re sure Vodafone’s customers and our listeners will be too.”
Danielle Crook, Director of Brand Marketing at Vodafone UK said “We’ve been working with Global Radio for a number of
years now through our sponsorship of the Vodafone Big Top 40. This latest partnership builds on that, giving our
customers early access to one of the biggest music events of the summer.”
Classic FM has announced the signing of broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell to present a series of three Sunday
Starting this weekend, ‘Joan Bakewell’s Lovers’ will air in the 9pm slot and explore the love lives of classical music’s
great composers and performers.
Joan is best known for her work on the TV documentary series Heart of the Matter in
the 80s and 90s, and is also noted for her role on BBC Two’s Late Night Line-Up in
the late 60s and early 70s. She has also worked as Arts Correspondent for
Newsnight and had a spell with Radio 4′s PM programme.
She said: “I’m very excited to be joining Classic FM with this intriguing series. Love
has inspired so much of the world’s greatest music-making and I’m happy to
Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “Joan is one of the UK’s most respected and acclaimed
broadcasters. We are delighted to welcome her to the Classic FM family as she hosts this unique, new series which will
offer a fascinating insight into the love lives of the world’s best-known composers and performers.”
In the first programme, Joan begins with Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, before looking at the musical marriages of
composers Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, along with Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim, as well as asking
why unrequited love led Mozart to compose some of his finest music.
LBC legend Clive Bull is going back to the station, more than 9 months after stepping down as long-serving host of the
He’ll be doing Sunday evenings as part of a schedule shake-up that sees Nick Margerrison, Simon Calder, Simon Beale
and Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire leave the station.
Last year, Clive announced he was ‘taking a break’ after 30 years with LBC, the last 16 of
them on the late show.
Also from next month, weekday evening presenter Iain Dale takes over the Sunday
morning 10am-1pm slot from Pierce and Maguire, while Cristo takes over weekend
overnights from Margerrison. Cristo’s weekday overnight slot is taken by Duncan Barkes.
Barkes’ Saturday evening show will be replaced by former talkSPORT presenter Ian Collins, who will be on 7-10pm.
Collins – who spent 16 years at talkSPORT and Talk Radio – will also do Friday nights, with Iain Dale just hosting
evenings Monday to Thursday.
LBC Managing Editor James Rea said: “Ian has a long and successful history in speech radio and I’m delighted that he
will be part of the team.”
Another new show will be a ‘best of’ Steve Allen show on Sunday mornings from 5am.
James added: “I’d also like to thank Andrew Pierce, Kevin Maguire, Nick Margerrison, Simon Calder and Simon Beale for
the roles they have played at LBC 97.3 over the years and we wish them the very best for the future.”