I have been listening in to the short waves for the first time in a few years. Still Radio China International pops up all over the bands in English and a myriad of different guises. I miss the Passport to World Band Radio for identifying stations in a foreign tongue. I use the British DX Club logs frome members in it’s monthly bulletin called Communication, also the list of short wave stations in an old World Radio TV Handbook.
Picked from the excellent Radio Today Site
A new country music radio station will launch with an exclusive interview with rising star of the American country scene, Kacey Musgraves.
The UK-based online station is the work of radio producer Chris Stevens, who has interviewed the chart-topping artist for a special one-off show.
The singer, whose new album Same Trailer Different Park is currently number 2 in the USA and top of the iTunes UK country chart, recently played her first UK headline gig in London, and appeared on BBC Breakfast.
Talking about her UK visit, Kacey says: “It’s awesome – I think it’s cool that country’s gone to a bunch of different places other than the US, and it’s cool to see fans here.”
The one-hour special, entitled “Up Close And Personal with Kacey Musgraves” is being broadcast this Saturday 27th April at midday on Chris Country, online at chriscountry.co.uk and via the TuneIn radio app.
The BBC iPlayer Radio is now available as an app on Android devices, with some additional features since the iOS version.
The dedicated radio app was released on Apple devices last October and had over one million downloads in the first two months.
But now James Simcock, executive product manager for BBC iPlayer Radio (across platforms) blogs that the Android version comes with some improvements that, as an Android user, makes it even better.
“We’ve followed a slightly different design pattern for the Android version of the app which not only leans heavily into the navigational paradigms of the platform (making it familiar to most Android users) but also makes it quicker than ever to discover more content offered by most of our radio stations,” James said.
“On iOS some content is tucked beneath the ‘currently-playing content’ area on the screen, revealed by swiping upwards to show a ‘carousel’. However, on Android simply swiping horizontally will take you through all the content from the currently selected station.”
The app might not work on some phones though, because of an issue with Samsung firmware. This means that some owners of the Galaxy S3 device may not be able to stream the new HLS audio in the short term.
This applies specifically to some Galaxy S3 devices on EE, Vodafone and Three and the BBC expects these networks to roll out a fix in the next month.
“Other differences between the Android and iOS versions of the app include the use of the notifications panel which appears at the top of the screen when you are elsewhere on your phone, making it easy to get back to the app,” James continued.
CN Group’s Kendal-based radio station Lakeland Radio has added another FM frequency to serve the town of Keswick on 101.4 MHz FM.
The station already covers Kendal on 100.1 and Windermere on 100.8 since its launch in 2001 and is giving away prizes to market the new frequency.
The station says: “If you live or work in Keswick / Threlkeld / Braithwaite / Portinscale / Bassenthwaite we’ll have the latest Local News for the Lake District, dependable Traffic and Travel News, the Fell Top Forecast, What’s on Community Events and all your favourite hits from the 60′s to the present day!”
The BBC will consult on proposals for a redundancy & severance pay cap of £150k for all senior managers, Tony Hall has announced.
Under the proposals, changes will be made to redundancy, severance entitlement and notice periods for all senior managers including the BBC Director-General himself.
Tony Hall said: “The BBC cannot be deaf to concerns about BBC staff pay-offs. These are difficult economic times for people across the country and the BBC is not immune from them. The financial settlements of the past cannot be justified in the future. We will consult on these proposals over the coming weeks but I believe they represent a fair way forward for staff and for licence fee payers.
“I appreciate that making changes to existing contracts is never easy. But it is to the great credit of the senior leadership team at the BBC that there is broad recognition of the need for change.”
The proposals would entitle senior managers to redundancy of one month’s pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 12 months’ salary or £150,000 – whichever is the lower. This brings the BBC into greater alignment with other industry comparators and the Civil Service who have a similar eligible pay cap.
As part of the new guidelines, all BBC Executive Board members would have their notice period reduced from 12 months to 6 months. Where staff resign or are made redundant they would be expected to work their notice in full.
Where termination discussions were already underway for those senior staff members planning to leave between now and September the BBC will not seek to impose these new conditions and we are working with these individuals to find the best way forward. In a small number of cases this may mean some staff leaving with settlements above £150,000 but these negotiations are ongoing.
The BBC will consult on the new proposals with relevant staff and unions which are planned to come into force from September 1st 2013.