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Owners of 2DayFM Australia has suspended all advertising on the station after discussions were held with with sponsors.

It follows backlash about the royal phone call prank from Tuesday and the death of the nurse who answered the call.

CEO Ryhs Hollerman said the company was very confident the station had not done anything illegal, and said that all at the station were “deeply saddened”, adding that what had happened was “incredibly tragic”.

Adverts on the station stopped from Saturday afternoon (Australian time).

The station had earlier lost support from companies Telstra and Coles, while other companies including Woolworths and Optus were reportedly considering withdrawing their adverts from the station.

A nurse at the London hospital who took a hoax call from two 2Day FM radio presenters about the Duchess of Cambridge has been found dead.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a statement they were “deeply saddened” by the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha.

A statement from 2DayFM has been issued saying the presenters will not be returning to air until further notice:

“Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world.

“Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy”

Jacintha was the first person heard during the prank call, who was initially thought to be a receptionist at the hospital.

The radio station’s Facebook page is getting hit with messages from people disgusted with the actions of the two Hot 30 presenters and Twitter is trending with such phrases such as DJs and Prank Call, whilst users are sending messages to the station’s @2DayFMSydney account

Reports say the radio station was still playing out and promoting the prank call after news of the nurses death was announced – presumably because the station was automated overnight.

The woman’s unconscious body was found at an address not far from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked.

On arrival, paramedics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The hospital have issued a statement, in which they said: “Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.”

John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at the hospital, says: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”

Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of the hospital, says: “This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.”

The DJs, Mel Greig and MC posed as the Queen and Prince Charles in a call early on Tuesday morning.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has said it had received complaints about the call on the station which has previously been in trouble for incidents including one when a 14-year-old girl revealed on air that she had been raped.

Reports claim Chris Moyles was offered the late show on BBC Radio 1, but refused it despite his contract with the station till the end of 2013.

The Sun says he was also offered a weekend show again is unlikely to take it.

A source told the paper: “Radio 1 wanted Chris to do that show but he didn’t want to. They hoped they could change his mind as they would like to have at least a fraction of the audience of eight million who tuned in to his Breakfast Show.

“He’s now unlikely to stay with Radio 1 or indeed with BBC Radio.

“He is a massive geek and his head is full of ideas about how to broadcast to his fans without using traditional means. It’s early days, but it’s expected to be a digital proposition for the smartphone generation.”

He is now expected to launch a multi-media company to broadcast his own show directly via smart phones.

Chris is back on-tour with a second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar next March.

A new industry digital radio campaign running on TV and radio starts tomorrow, but the majority of UK radio stations are not spreading the D Love.

The campaign, running on BBC TV stations including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four and BBC News positions digital radio as the perfect Christmas present.

In addition the Christmas D Love radio campaign will run on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Live, many BBC local radio stations and on major commercial radio stations including Capital, Heart, Classic FM, Magic, Kiss, talkSPORT, Smooth, Absolute Radio and many digital-only stations.

However, the majority of UK radio stations are not running the campaign, either because they have not been asked or because they refuse to do so. Some BBC local radio stations aren’t running the promos simply because their output is not available on digital radio, whilst others such as commercial group UKRD are not supporting the campaign. Group CEO William Rogers even labels it “an expensive waste of time and money” saying he wants his 16 radio stations to have nothing to do with it.

He said: “We remain of the view that it is quite wrong to ask people to purchase a DAB radio which, potentially, may not work well enough in the area they live in or indeed, be able to pick up the very station that they heard the advert broadcast on. It’s morally suspect at best.

“It also undermines those stations which are being denied the opportunity to migrate as a result of picking a platform for the migration of local radio which is wholly inappropriate and could even be outdated by the time this shambles gets sorted out. This campaign is an expensive waste of time and money and certainly not in the interests of either the consumer or local radio sector. We will have nothing to do with it.”

D Love will run on 104 out of over 300 stations in the UK.

The creative has been made by advertising agency RKCR/Y&R, responsible for Marks & Spencer and Virgin Atlantic advertising. In the TV campaign, D Love encourages Clive to give his wife a digital radio for Christmas, saying that he “cannot romance a lady to the sounds of a toaster”, and pointing out that digital radio, with “its smooth sound quality and fine choice of stations will make her go weak at the knees.”

It’s part of a 2-year £10 million radio industry campaign overseen by Digital Radio UK that runs through to the Government switchover announcement later in 2013.

Whilst reception of digital radio remains an issue in some areas, improvements are being made with the launch of new local digital radio services in 4 regions. These new local DAB multiplexes are being launched by Arqiva with the support of Global and the BBC, and bring local DAB stations to an additional 1.5 million people for the first time. The first new local DAB region is Oxford which will be switched on later in December by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

The Minister has confirmed that he is planning to make a radio switchover announcement during 2013, and is encouraged by progress being made on digital listening and the fitting of digital radio in new cars.

Digital Radio UK CEO Ford Ennals says: “There has never been a better time to buy a digital radio thanks to the great range of digital stations and the improvements made to digital coverage, and we are delighted that the new digital radio campaign is getting such great support. We believe that D Love will really break through the Christmas clutter and communicate that there is no better way to spread the love this Christmas than by giving a digital radio.”

BBC Radio 1 Late Show goes to newcomers
05/12/2012 – 14:32 | 5 Comments

Nick Grimshaw’s former 10pm – midnight show on Radio 1 will be taken over by newcomer Alice Levine and recent station signing Phil Taggart.

Annie Mac will also host a new solo show on Sundays, from 10pm to midnight, and will feature “mellow and feel good tunes”.

That is in addition to her current role presenting the Friday night 7pm to 9pm show featuring drum and bass, house and disco.

It was previously speculated that Chris Moyles would be given the late slot to see out the remainder of his contract, which says he’s signed to the station till 2014.

Levine describes her new role as a “dream come true” and says she “can’t wait to get started”.

Her new co-host says that he has “been a total Radio 1 geek” for as long as he can remember.

“It’s a total privilege to be given two hours, four days a week to play brand new music that I am really passionate about and the fact I am doing it with Alice is a complete dream job,” added Phil Taggart.

“She’s sharper than a safety pin and genuinely funny.”

Ben Cooper, controller of Radio 1, says he is pleased with the new slots.

“Signing Alice and Phil to the 10pm-midnight show and confirming Annie as the new host of late Sunday evenings rounds off an incredible year for Radio 1 – from Jay-Z and Rihanna on stage at Hackney to launching a brand new breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw.

“With Phil, Alice and Annie we have a great set of talented DJs who will continue to champion the best in new music.”

Phil Taggart and Alice Levine’s new show will start on Monday 7 January 2013.

Isle of Wight Radio offers top wildlife tips
05/12/2012 – 06:15 | Leave a comment

Isle of Wight Radio has teamed up with TV’s Chris Packham to bring listeners wildlife tips and information to help look after and appreciate local wildlife.

The advice was written and recorded by Chris himself for Isle of Wight Radio to highlight how easy but enjoyable it can be to look after and get closer to nature by following some simple steps this Christmas time.

The Isle of Wight Radio ‘Chris Packham Countdown to Christmas’ promotion is supported by the Isle of Wight Zoo.

Isle of Wight Radio’s Programme Director Paul Topping said: “When it comes to wildlife and broadcasting it doesn’t get much better than Chris Packham. We were looking for an alternative to refresh the normal Christmas feel to our programming, so working with the Isle of Wight Zoo and being able to work with Chris to record these features gave us a real alternative countdown to Christmas.’

A number of special programmes will feature on Classic FM this Christmas including a three hour show with Katherine Jenkins.

The station, which celebrated its 20th birthday this year, gives Katherine her first national show, where she’ll be playing a selection of her favourite festive music, including tracks from her new album of Christmas carols, This is Christmas.

Also, Margherita Taylor presents An Evening at Downton Abbey – playing music from the TV progranmme and classical pieces composed in the Downton era. Margherita will be joined by cast members Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Penelope Wilton (Mrs Crawley), plus the show’s creator Julian Fellowes and its composer John Lunn, in this must-listen Christmas special.

Other programmes include a special on ‘King of Waltz’ Andre Rieu with John Suchet, called the Magic of Andre Rieu, an interview with John Williams, and three special carol concerts.

Classic FM’s Managing Editor Sam Jackson said: “Classic FM really is the home of Christmas music – and in this, our 20th birthday year, we’re delighted to offer so many special seasonal programmes. From exclusive carol concerts to special interviews with everyone from Andre Rieu to the cast of Downton Abbey, Christmas on Classic FM is set to be unmissable.”

Schedule of highlights:

Sunday 16th December, 12pm: Christmas at Katherine’s, hosted by Katherine Jenkins.

Friday 21st December, 8pm: An Evening at Downton Abbey, hosted by Margherita Taylor.

Monday 24th December, 8pm: The Parliament Choir’s Christmas Carol Concert.

Tuesday 25th December, 1pm: The Nation’s Favourite Carols Top 30, hosted by John Brunning.

Tuesday 25th December, 3.05pm: The Carol Concert for the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Nicholas Owen.

Tuesday 25th December, 8pm: The Nordoff Robbins Christmas Carol Concert.

Thursday 27th December, 7pm – John Williams at 80: A Classic FM Interview Special, hosted by Tommy Pearson.

Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th December, 9pm: Robert Winston On…

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th December, 3pm: Wynne Evans’ Guide to Opera

Sunday 30th December, 12pm: The Best of The Classic FM Interview with Nick Ferrari.

Monday 31st December, 8pm: The Magic of Andre Rieu, hosted by John Suchet.

Monday 31st December, 10pm: Classic FM’s New Year’s Eve Party, hosted by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.


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