Radio news selected from the Radio Today website:
Good to read that the BBC have appointed a new Director General. Meanwhile until March at the BBC Tim Davie the deputy DG will continue in post. He has recently written to all staff and ex staff appealing for information about Jimmy Savile, and apologising if anyone was molested by him. It is sad that Jimmy Savile is not around to speak for himself and face any music he may or may not deserve.
The BBC Trust has appointed Tony Hall – Lord Hall of Birkenhead – as the Director-General of the BBC, following the departure of George Entwistle.
Lord Hall is currently Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, was Chairman of the board for the Cultural Olympiad and was head of BBC News and Current Affairs from 1996 to 2001. He launched Radio 5 Live, BBC News 24 and BBC Parliament and is currently Deputy Chairman of Channel 4.
Lord Hall is expected to start in early March and in the interim period Tim Davie will remain as Acting Director-General.
Announcing the appointment, which was unanimously agreed by Trustees at a meeting this morning, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten said: “While there are still very serious questions to be answered by the ongoing inquiries, it is in the interests of licence fee payers that the BBC now starts to refocus on its main purpose – making great programmes that audiences love and trust.
“In doing this it will need to take a long, hard look at the way it operates and put in place the changes required to ensure it lives up to the standards that the public expects. Tony Hall is the right person to lead this and I am delighted that he is taking on this role. For its part I want to make sure that the Trust gives Tony Hall whatever help and support he needs to re-build the BBC’s management around him.
“Tony Hall has been an insider and is a currently an outsider. As an ex-BBC man he understands how the Corporation’s culture and behaviour make it, at its best, the greatest broadcaster in the world. And from his vantage point outside the BBC, he understands the sometimes justified criticisms of the Corporation – that it can be inward looking and on occasions too institutional.
“But perhaps most importantly, given where we now find ourselves, his background in news will prove invaluable as the BBC looks to rebuild both its reputation in this area and the trust of audiences.”
Lord Hall will take up the post on a salary of £450,000 per year.
Lord Hall said: “I believe passionately in the BBC and that’s why I have accepted Lord Patten’s invitation to become Director General.
“This organisation is an incredibly important part of what makes the United Kingdom what it is. And of course it matters not just to people in this country – but to tens of millions around the world too.
“It’s been a difficult few weeks – but together we’ll get through it.
“I’m committed to ensuring our news services are the best in the world.
“I’m committed to making this a place where creative people, the best and the brightest, want to work.
BBC Audio and Music is inviting members of the Community Media Association to its radio stations for two radio events.
The Community Radio Open Evenings are to be held at New Broadcasting House in London on 6th December, and MediaCityUK in Salford on 16th January.
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s newest signing, Yasmin Evans, will be at both sessions to talk about her journey from community radio at ALL FM in Manchester to BBC national radio.
In addition, Nihal from the BBC Asian Network and Mary Anne Hobbs will be in London and Salford respectively, speaking about their careers in the industry.
There will also be a session on the importance of community radio in the developing world and the work of BBC Media Action.
The events are free-of-charge to Community Media Association members. Click here for more details.
“And I know from my first days here as a news trainee, to my time as head of news and current affairs, to my time now at the Royal Opera House, that I can’t do it on my own. Having the right teams working together, sparking off each other, is key.
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been arrested by officers from Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree at his home in Leighton Buzzard.
Reports say the Magic AM network presenter was taken to Aylesbury Police station at 7:45am after being arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
He is the fourth person to be arrested as part of the investigation which began after allegations were made against fellow Radio 1 host Jimmy Savile.
DLT spent 25 years on the national station before resigning live on-air in 1993.
On leaving Radio 1, Travis hosted a networked Sunday morning show across some of the UK’s commercial radio stations.
He also worked at Garrison Radio and Classic Gold, then went back to the BBC to host Sunday mornings on BBC Three Counties Radio in 2003.
He now hosts the DLT Show on Bauer Media’s Magic stations in the North of England each Saturday and Sunday morning.
The Metropolitan Police would not confirm the identity of the person arrested, but said they came under the ‘others’ strand of the investigation.
UPDATE 10PM: Dave Lee Travis has been released on bail to return to police on a date in early January.
Mike Vitti is to leave his post as Programme Controller of Jazz FM after four and a half years at the national digital station.
An email from station CEO Richard Wheatly says “Mike has worked as part of the original team that brought Jazz FM back from The Guardian Media Group in 2009 and in those three years has built and led an excellent Programme Team to whose credit are the latest audience figures for the station.
“Mike and I have been discussing the future for some time and he feels that now with the station at an all-time high with its audience, is the right time to seek a new challenge. We understand this, wish him well and thank him for all he has done for the company.”
Speaking to RadioToday.co.uk, Mike said: “I’ve had an amazing four and a half years at Jazz FM. I’ve realised most of my musical ambitions, met nearly all of my idols and had the honour of working with some exceptionally talented people. It was a difficult decision but it’s the right time for me to move on. Not sure what the future holds yet. Maybe a long holiday. The programming team is in great shape, we’ve just enjoyed record audience numbers and I’m certain that this group of people will go on to enjoy even further success.”
Mike has worked in radio for 23 years, starting at Red Rose Radio as a presenter in 1989 and Radio Aire in 1991 followed by a stint at Radio Wave and a return to Rock FM. Mike programmed CN Group stations until he joined The Local Radio Company in December 2005. In 2008 following the purchase of Jazz FM from GMG Radio Mike joined to programme the station.
“And I want to build a world-class team to lead a world-class BBC.”
The appointment was made following a direct approach from the BBC Trust to Lord Hall. The Trust did not approach any other candidates. Lord Hall did not apply for the job when it last became vacant as a result of Mark Thompson’s departure.
Commenting on the process of appointment, Lord Patten added:
“Just over four months ago the Trust completed a thorough recruitment process. Tony Hall wasn’t available then but I am delighted he has agreed to come on board now.
“Of course we might have considered going through the whole lengthy recruitment process again with a new round of advertisements and another global hunt for candidates. But I believe the approach we have taken is ultimately in the interests of the BBC and, most importantly, licence fee payers as we have got the best candidate and he will help the organisation quickly get back on an even keel.”
A number of presenters on BBC Radio 5 live are returning to the area they were brought up in to reflect on local changes.
From Monday, the presenters will look at the key economic, political and cultural changes that have emerged in recent years and reflect on the changes since they lived in the area.
On Monday, Peter Allen goes back to Basildon, where he began his career as a journalist as a junior reporter at the local newspaper. Broadcasting from the local sporting village, he’ll be joined by Team GB bronze-medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock. Peter will meet three generations of the same family who have been employed by a local tractor factory, ask if New Towns have been a success, and explore the rise of the ‘Essex Man’.
On Wednesday, Richard Bacon takes over an empty shop in Mansfield shopping centre. He goes back to the town to look at the state of the High Street in 2012. He’ll be joined by famous Mansfield resident Rebecca Adlington.
On Friday – St Andrew’s Day – Nicky Campbell is in Edinburgh looking at Scottish Independence and football finance – as well as meeting a few blasts from the past.
Later that evening and overnight, in Up All Night from 1am, Dotun Adebayo broadcasts from the Bernie Grant arts centre in Tottenham with a local audience and local MP David Lammy. Dotun retraces his old walk to school to see how his neighbourhood has changed. He’ll also host a special Tottenham flavoured World Football phone–in taking calls from around the world.
On Saturday, Stephen Nolan broadcasts from Belfast with an audience and special guests. He’ll report on the high rate of suicide amongst young men in Northern Ireland, speaking to families who have lost loved ones and counsellors who try to help.
Reggae presenter David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss after 22 years following his show being moved to the midnight slot.
In an announcement on his website, David says he has quit in protest over what he called its “continued marginalisation” of the genre.
He said: “I write this to inform you that today I have resigned from my position as a broadcaster on Kiss FM. I’ve been with station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and its with great sadness that I’ve come to this decision.
“Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option but to make a stand for my passion and the music I love so dearly.”
The show was previously broadcast an hour earlier at 11pm.
A statement from Kiss owner Bauer Media said they were “very sad and disappointed” to confirm Rodigan’s departure.
“We have the utmost love and respect for David both personally and professionally, and he leaves with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved with Kiss.”
David was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2005. He also broadcasts on BBC Radio 2.
Following its trend to launch on as many devices as possible, Absolute Radio has now launched an app for Xbox Live.
The app, which launched today, offers Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers instant access to live streams of Absolute Radio’s network of stations. Users will now be able to hear programmes including the Frank Skinner Show, the Ronnie Wood Show and exclusive live commentary of Premier League football games.
Paul Brown, Technology Director at Absolute Radio said: “There are millions of Xbox users in the UK that are slap-bang in the middle of our target demographic of reluctant adults, so launching on this platform is a significant moment for our business and brand. Yet again, Absolute Radio is breaking new ground to make it as easy as possible for our listeners to use and interact with our content and services.”
The Absolute Radio app, the first on Xbox by a commercial station, will live-stream the Absolute Radio main station along with its network of decade stations including Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock.