Radio Newsbeat

What terrible rain and weather we have been experiencing. Condolences to those who have lost their home or business to the floods. On a less serious note, the lack of offshore radio in the UK had possibly prevented a catastrophe on a radio ship at sea.

A lovely old radio in a hotel abroad when I was on holiday

A SELECTION OF RADIO NEWS FROM THE RADIO TODAY SITE

Moyles’ memory continues as Grimmy starts
24/09/2012 –

As #TeamGrimmy starts, and Chris Moyles gets on with his role as King Herod, loyal fans at ChrisMoyles.net want #TeamMoyles trending on Twitter.

It’ll be 12+ months before any true listening figures give us any results, so until then we can only judge by feedback on Twitter and other platforms to find out how many fans Nick Grimshaw gains. The quarterly RAJAR figures will of course be analysed in full when they are published.

“In a bit of a friendly dig at Radio One and #teamgrimmy, we thought it’d be nice to get #TeamMoyles trending alongside #TeamGrimmy – just to remind everyone that Chris may be gone, but is far from forgotten,” the website said.

In one of many pre-show interviews, the BBC had “Five Minutes with…” and asked him what he thinks of himself, and Moyles. “I’ve always been a show off, loud, scatty, erratic and thickle,” he says. He went to university to study business and media but says he was “awful” at the business side of things.

But who did he listen to when he was growing up? “I remember listening to Zoe Ball but being obsessed with Sara Cox, listening to her on the way to school. I love Chris Moyles – always loved him and always listened to him. When I started working in radio I realised how good he was.”

Grimmy says he wants to retain loads of things Chris had, but play more songs. Asked if he’ll be trying to bring in younger listeners, he says it’s not in his agenda: “I think you’e just got to be real and do what you do… so no, if I plan it people will see.”

“When I was growing up all I wanted to do was the Radio 1 Breakfast Show so it’s very insane that it’s happened so quickly.”

You can hear Nick Grimshaw weekdays from 6:30 on BBC Radio 1 and follow the new station-owned breakfast twitter account at @R1Breakfast

BBC local radio celebrates The Beatles
24/09/2012

All 39 BBC local radio stations are holding their own My Beatles Story Day on October 5th, when all stations will air listeners memories.

It’s to celebrate the 50th anniversaty of the release of The Beatles’ first top-20 hit, Love Me Do, which was released on 5 October 1962.

The BBC has also commissioned a Local Radio survey in which 12,000 people across the UK are being asked to pick their favourite Beatles track. Each station will announce the local results on 5 October.

Loss-making station Planet Rock for sale
25/09/2012

Malcolm Bluemel, the owner of Planet Rock, is reportedly looking for a buyer for his national digital radio station.

He’s ran the station since buying it from GCap Media in 2008, and has since invested £3m of his own money which The Guardian says is losing between £200,000 and £300,000 a year.

Four potential buyers have shown an interest, according to the report, in which Malcolm said: “Digital radio has come of age and Planet Rock is at the forefront of that.

“I have put four and a half years of my life into this and £3m of my own money. Some people might say that I was lucky to have it in the first place, but I am not going to walk away from that lightly.”

One potential bidder could be the new TEAMROCK service started by John Myers and Billy

New role created for ex-Radio 1 Editor
25/09/2012 –

Jason Carter has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Popular Music, Live Events, for BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

He’ll be responsible for delivering all live music events and concert coverage across the four stations, with his new role replacing his current title of Event Director at Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra. Prior to that he was Editor of the two stations.

The new role is part of the BBC Audio & Music’s strategy to create a central team responsible for the range of music events including Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and 1Xtra Live, alongside a wide range of concerts and performances throughout the year.

Following his appointment, Jason will assemble a new central live music team and structure, and build the live music strategy for the division’s events portfolio.

During his time at Radio 1, Jason has been responsible for the creation of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, 1Xtra Live and Radio 1′s first teen concerts, now titled the Radio 1 Teen Awards. He has also led BBC Introducing for the corporation since 2007, the proposition supporting new and emerging musicians across the BBC; he will continue to do so in this new role.

Jason says: “I’m delighted to be appointed as the lead for all Popular Music events across the audio and music division. It’s a real privilege to head up the central team delivering the BBC’s live annual music events calendar. One shared team supporting the radio networks will provide even more specialist events expertise as we look to the future and more ambitious concert coverage, as well as also providing more clarity with the wider music industry.”

He will report to Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Popular Music. Shennan says: “Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and live music experience and, with the success of Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend newly under his belt, I’m looking forward to working with him and his new team to make our popular music events even bigger and better than ever.”

He joined Radio 1 in August 1997 as an events co-ordinator, and soon became an events manager, looking after Radio 1 event branding, promotion and external media partnerships.

Before moving to Radio 1, Jason spent time as a music agent, label manager and artist manager before stepping into live music promotion at one of the biggest UK music promoters, The Mean Fiddler (now known as Festival Republic).

Anderson. But Myers told us: “At that level of losses it’s hard to determine value – if any.”

The station has just under a million listeners according to the latest RAJAR figures.

On-air trails are asking audiences not only if they saw any of the early gigs, but also whether they ever saw a fresh-faced young Paul McCartney out and about, or if they might have served John, George or Ringo in a pub or shop, or given them a lift in a taxi. It is hoped everyone’s memories will come flooding back for a golden day of Beatles nostalgia right across the BBC’s Local Radio network.

Stuart Maconie is also presenting an hour-long documentary on BBC Four, which is being made by the BBC in the North West. Love Me Do – 1962 will go out on BBC Four on 7 October, with a shorter version going out on BBC One (North West only) on 1 October.

BBC Radio 2 will also mark the anniversary with a Beatles Season starting on 3 October, which includes a Blaggers Guide To The Beatles with David Quantick and The Casbah Club: Birthplace Of Merseybeat – an exploration of the story of the famous Liverpool club, presented by Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr.

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