Radio Newsbeat


PY the Pork Pie continues to do an excellent Soul Cellar from 3pm each Saturday.

Interesting to read Helen Boaden’s email to staff, on her appointment to BBC Radio, which is in the news below.  You would have thought that someone who worked in News could have been more succinct.  I remember when working at the BBC in the 60s that typewritten memos were the norm.  I expect staff printed out this memo or spent time reading it, which could have been used for programme production, and thus saving costs?

From the Radio Today Site

Children’s radio station Fun Kids has released its own version of One Direction’s Kiss You video, whilst keeping listeners up-to-date with its progress.

The video was released via and YouTube on Saturday following on-air updates about the production of the video throughout the week.

Presenter Josh rounded up fellow weekend presenters Hannah, Sean and Jamie to join him in making the video.

Station Manager, Matt Deegan says: “It’s always fun to hook listeners with an evolving story. This was a great opportunity for presenters to appear in different dayparts of the radio station and introduce themselves to new listeners.

Matt continues “We’re also always keen to tell new people about Fun Kids and we hope the video is shared by young 1D fans who’ll get to learn about Fun Kids and that we love them as much they do”.

As well as the main video, the Fun Kids website has a full behind the scenes section with photo gallery, making of video and information about all the presenters who took part.

Southend Radio and Chelmsford Radio’s Wake Up Essex breakfast team swapped the studio for some live broadcasting from a fun park this week.

adventurebreakfastThe trio of Dom, Nick and Nat broadcast audio whilst riding on various attractions at Fun Park, Adventure Island, for a competition to promote its new annual passes.

The launch was supported by the breakfast Show, with four annual passes being given away daily.

Wake Up Essex presenter Dom said: “This a great chance for families to save some money and that is really important in these financial times. The rides are amazing and it’s a great day out for all the family, and with an annual pass you get to do it all again and again.”

Southend Radio and Chelmsford Radio, which share all programming from Southend-on-Sea, are both owned by Adventure Radio.

Magic 1170 breakfast presenter Alan Ross is leaving the station, making way for a new networked breakfast show from Magic 1152 in Newcastle.

Alan hosts the breakfast show in Teesside on the Bauer Media station but will leave at the beginning of March. Anna Foster, Magic 1152’s current breakfast show will be syndicated from Newcastle starting March 4th.

alanrossAlan has been with the station for 14 years and will take early retirement.

On his profile page he says: “It’s a show exclusively for County Durham, Teesside, and North Yorkshire – for Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Richmond, Middlesbrough, Crook, Northallerton & Bishop Auckland – and designed for everyone who lives and works in the Magic 1170 area – just like we do.”

Bauer North East managing director, Cath Ellington said: “Over the years Alan has continually astounded us with incredible audience figures, with average hours at one point of 14. Over the last six and a half years he has built up a huge following with his Breakfast show on Magic. He has been passionate about the Magic brand and a brilliant ambassador both on and off air.

“In addition to his presenting role, he has always taken an active interest in our Cash for Kids charity and given his time to help us raise money for local sick and underprivileged children in the area.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Alan, he will be missed by his colleagues and listeners and we wish him well for the future. He will take with him our huge respect and fond memories.

“We are determined to continue to offer our engaged Magic listeners unrivalled local programming specific to the North East, whilst at the same time remaining fiercely competitive in the market place. Our offering to advertisers across the region will remain unchanged, so businesses targeting audiences specifically in the North or the South of the region can continue to do so.”

All eight Magic AM stations in Humberside, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, South Yorkshire, Teesside and Tyne & Wear can share local content and have no requirement for local news after an Ofcom ruling two weeks ago.

Smooth Radio has secured a deal with Sky Movies to sponsor the radio station’s weekly weekend film show, Smooth Radio at the Movies.

The partnership begins tomorrow and Sky Movies will use the platform to support the launch of its seasonal Sky Movies Oscars channel.

smoothradioThe launch of the three-month sponsorship deal will be supported by a promotion in the weekday breakfast show hosted by Simon Bates. Activity will also include live reads and features across the week.

Real and Smooth Solutions Director John Walker said: “With the Oscars around the corner, this is a perfect partnership and provides an opportunity for Smooth’s listeners to interact on a subject they love via the online competition and ‘Pick of the Week feature.”

Bob Suppiah, Director of Promotions and Partnership Marketing for BSkyB ltd, said: “We are looking forward to working with Smooth Radio. This sponsorship will allow us to showcase the range and quality of the films available to Sky Movies customers.”

Helen Boaden is taking up the new role of Director, BBC Radio from April. Here’s her email to staff saying goodbye, and hello.

Dear All,

Today Tony Hall has announced the shape of his new top team and as you will know, I am moving to become Director of Radio at Easter. I confess that it is a bitter sweet moment for me. Everyone knows that I love Radio and always have. I have championed our radio programmes in News and visited every one of our Local Radio stations across England. So naturally I genuinely relish returning to this cherished and uniquely creative part of the BBC, especially under a new DG who is passionate about its importance.

But leaving News and all of you is undoubtedly a wrench. I believe I may be the longest serving Head of News over the past 25 years. Certainly I have presided over the most radical change as we have gone multimedia, started full integration of Network News first with English Regions and then Global News, launched fresh services and programmes and moved into amazing buildings great and small – Salford and NBH; Cambridge and Delhi – all designed to foster collaboration and innovation. When the News Channel and the BBC One Bulletins move into NBH in mid-March, “One BBC News” will no longer be a pipe dream but an increasing reality.

All this proves that we are good at pulling off big, difficult change without making a fuss about it. We should celebrate that. But change is only important because we can use it to deliver even better journalism on all platforms for our audiences, the people we proudly serve every day. The people who trust us to get it right.

There are simply too many major stories and moments over the past eight years to list even a fraction of them but looking back I think of the Asian Tsunami, the banking crisis, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Uprising, the civil war in Syria, the Fukushima catastrophe, UK devolution, the BNP Question Time, the Leaders’ Debate, the Raoul Moat and Derrick Bird killings, Panorama on Winterbourne View, those extreme weather stories which all audiences love and the amazing coverage across England of the Olympic Torch relay.

And then there have been those huge historical shifts which reshape the world like the rise of China and India and the impact of the global economic crisis which will play out over many years at all levels of life. What an amazing time to be in charge of BBC News. I am hugely proud of all we have achieved together.

But I also remember some very dark times. Kate Peyton was murdered in Somalia within six months of my arrival, joining a tragic roll call of our journalists who have been killed on assignment. Other colleagues like Frank Gardner, Stuart Hughes and Mohammad Ballout have survived their injuries while the release of Alan Johnston who was kidnapped for 114 days in Gaza was genuinely one of the best days of my professional life. I learned very early in this job never to take for granted the bravery and determination of our teams in the field, be they in a foreign war zone or the English riots.

Indeed, I have tried hard never to take any of you for granted or the work that you do. That goes for our wonderful, creative and dedicated journalists of course, but also the people who support our journalism with vital skills and experience like the magnificent High Risk Team, the brilliant training staff of the College of Journalism, our committed managers, our highly skilled operational and craft teams as well as the vital Technology, HR, Finance and support colleagues on whom we depend.

BBC News in all its manifestations is a very special part of the BBC. I have learned so much from you all and I hope I have given you something of value in return. From Local Radio to the Language Services, from Newsbeat to Newsnight and the News App, from School Report to Media Action and BBC Monitoring – and everything in between in all its glorious diversity and journalistic richness – you are a great, great team. What’s more, as I discovered during the past gruelling five months, whilst you may look at life with certain scepticism, you’re also profoundly generous and supportive when times are really tough.

Moving forward, Fran will take over as Acting Director of News on 19th March, while I begin my new role as Director of Radio after Easter.

It has been a huge privilege and an absolute pleasure to lead you. Thank you for having me.

Best wishes





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