Smooth Radio had Emma B, ex Spice Girl, sitting in for Lyn Parsons all of last week, she did a good job. However when Lyn came back this morning and started her show off with her “Hello you”, and then proceeded with the programme, I realised how good Lyn is!
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The BBC is putting its current headquarters in Cardiff up for sale this autumn as part of plans to relocate BBC Cymru Wales.
All services including the two radio stations operated by the BBC in Wales will move to a new purpose-built broadcast headquarters elsewhere in the capital by 2018.
The relocation plans have been developed in response to the growing technology difficulties facing programme-makers at the Llandaff headquarters.
The BBC will consider a number of potential sites for the new development and is working closely with the Welsh Government and a number of other partners.
The final plan – and the value for money it offers – will be subject to approval by the BBC Executive and Trust next spring once the project team has selected a preferred site and developer.
Anne Bulford, Managing Director of BBC Operations and Finance says: “We believe these exciting proposals could significantly strengthen BBC Cymru Wales’ role as the national broadcaster for Wales whilst also opening up new and exciting opportunities for the wider creative and media sector in Wales.
“The ageing infrastructure at Llandaff is clearly reaching the end of the road – and it is time to look to the future.
The Director of BBC Cymru Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, says: “This is excellent news and provides the opportunity to develop a new broadcast centre that can act as a real catalyst for the whole creative sector in Wales.
“We will now work with our property team and strategic partners to identify our preferred site and to prepare a detailed business plan that provides the best possible value-for-money for BBC Licence Fee payers.
“We are also continuing detailed discussions with S4C to see whether it is feasible to collaborate at the new centre, and we are grateful to the Welsh Government for their on-going support in this major strategic venture.
“The BBC’s experience in Salford clearly shows that we can play a leading role in helping to develop the wider creative economy. The new centre in northern England has brought together broadcasters, universities and other digital production companies. It’s an exciting environment that encourages collaboration – and it’s a model we are keen to realise here in Wales.”
The BBC has been looking at its detailed property requirements in Cardiff since an initial feasibility study was approved in November 2011.
Absolute Radio presenter Ian Wright is joining 5 live as part of a number of changes ahead of the new football season starting this month.
It’s unknown at this stage of Wright will continue at Absolute, where he reviews matches each Saturday afternoon.
On 5 live, he’s signed up to host 606 on a Sunday night along with Kelly Cates.
Chris Waddle also joins the 5 live team as a regular pundit, whilst John Hartson will feature across 5 live & television and Dan Walker will host the Friday night preview show.
Dan says: “I can’t wait to get stuck into this show on 5 Live. It’s exciting to host such an important slot which will explore some the big stories, the characters behind them and – with the help of some top guests – provide the perfect warm-up for the sporting weekend”.
A new simulcast show on BBC One and 5 live, called MOTD2 Extra will commence, to be presented by Mark Chapman each Sunday at 12:20pm for 40 minutes.
Alan Green, Mike Ingham, John Murray and Ian Dennis once again lead the station’s live commentary.
Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra, says: “It’s going to be another great season of football coverage from Radio 5 live, and I’m delighted to welcome Ian Wright, Kelly Cates and Dan Walker to regular slots on the network.
“Kelly’s knowledge of the game coupled with Ian’s experience as a player will make the new Sunday 606 a really engaging and entertaining listen. Dan’s journalistic credentials and his big guests will ensure that Friday nights become the flagship start to the sporting weekend. These shows, alongside our live commentary of 128 Premier League games, with new regular pundits Chris Waddle and John Hartson, mean our listeners will be able to get right to the heart of the footballing action and debate this season.”
5 live Sport schedule:
Saturday 12.00pm-6.00pm Mark Pougatch/Mark Chapman
Sunday 12.00pm-6.00pm Ian Payne
Monday 7.00pm-10.30pm Monday Night Club – Mark Chapman
Tuesday 7.00pm-10.30pm Mark Pougatch/Mark Chapman
Wednesday 7.00pm-10.30pm Mark Pougatch/Mark Chapman
Thursday 7.00pm-10.00pm Eleanor Oldroyd
Friday 7.00pm-10.00pm Dan Walker
Absolute Radio has informed RadioToday they will confirm Ian Wright’s future at the station on Friday.
The Hospital Radio station serving Morecambe Bay Hospitals has been successful in obtaining a grant for £8,700 from the Big Lottery fund.
The Grant is being used by Bay Trust Radio to purchase Comrex Access which will allow the station to broadcast live events from anywhere using 3g, 4g, Wi-Fi and broadcast those events live back to patients.
John Williamson, President and Station Manager told RadioToday: “We are delighted that our application to the National Lottery has been successful. We are excited that over the coming months we can be broadcasting from events around the county.”
Bay Trust Radio is a local charity that has over 35 members, and provides bedside entertainment to patients at all the Morecambe Bay Hospitals and to those former patients listening at home.
Yorkshire’s Capital FM breakfast show, Hirsty’s Daily Dose, celebrated Yorkshire Day by broadcasting live from The Woolpack in Emmerdale.
Hirsty, Danny and JoJo were joined by a studio audience and some of Emmerdale’s cast during the show, which was also streamed online in vision.
Charley Webb, who is at the heart of the soaps main storyline at the moment with her character Debbie Dingle stopped off for a chat, along with Steve Halliwell who has played Zak for nearly 20 years.
Nearly 3,000 watched the show via Ustream.
Free Radio listeners have had a thank you card from the Kensington Palace to say thank you for the cards and gifts sent by the station.
In the letter the Private Secretary to HRH The Duke of Cambridge wrote to thank Free Radio and everyone in the West Midlands very much for the spectacular card which was sent to Their Royal Highnesses on the occasion of the birth of their son Prince George. He went on to say that the couple have been overwhelmed by the incredibly kind messages they have received.
The specially produced 6ft x 4ft gift card was created by Free Radio and toured around the West Midlands for the public to sign to leave their messages of congratulations. The card stopped off in Coventry, Wolverhampton, Worcester and Birmingham city centres on its tour the day after the birth of Prince George was announced, before being packed up and driven down to London to be hand delivered to Kensington Palace on Wednesday 23rd July 2013.
Over 250 families signed the giant baby card including Free Radio presenters Sam & Mark, Dan Morrissey and Russ Morris. Its journey around the region and to the palace was followed on Twitter via the #GiantBabyCard and despite the crowds around the royal home the card found its way into the palace, where it was
Free Radio presenter Russ Morris said of the delivery ‘With so much going on in their lives right now it was lovely to receive a message of thanks on behalf of everyone who signed the card, hopefully there will be a royal visit to the West Midlands soon and they’ll be welcome at Free Radio.’
Three presenters who hosted shows on West Sound, including breakfast presenter Kenny Campbell, are joining a new community radio station in Irvine.
Irvine Beat FM has also attracted former country and western DJ Tommy Truesdale and talk show host Peter Lockhart.
The presenters won’t get paid with it being a community radio station but they’re all ready to go from August 12th on 107.2FM.
The station says: “Kenny was the longest serving breakfast show host in Britain, Tommy was Westsound’s longest serving presenter, playing country and rock and roll music and Peter hosted the Talk In Sunday show.”
The Daily Record reports there are now eight former West Sound presenters involved with the station, including station director Jack Bennie who was kicked out in 2009 after five years on the lunch-time show.
Smash Hits Radio is to close after 11 years of online and digital broadcasting, to make way for Kiss Fresh on Freeview.
The station launched in 2002 and received record audience figures, attracting over a million listeners soon after launch. It was removed from DAB in 2007/8 and from Sky in 2009. The magazine which it took its name from has also closed.
Kiss Fresh, one of the extra brands from Kiss along with Kisstory, starts on Freeview 712 at 2pm today (Monday).
The station, is already available via the Kiss Player and through the KissKube iOS app, plays non-stop new beats including hip-hop, R&B, EDM, House and garage. It also airs hour-long mixes from a range of new DJs and specials from artists such as Daft Punk.
Andy Roberts, Group Programme Director at Kiss, said: “This increased distribution for Kiss Fresh is firmly in line with our ambition to grow the Kiss brand across multiple platforms. Kiss Fresh has had a successful launch and can now champion new music and artists to even bigger audiences across the UK. It’s yet another example of Kiss’ successful ‘Hear It, See It, Share It’ strategy to push content across platforms people want and to be ‘always on’ in all the right places.”
Karen Stacey, Head of Broadcast Sales and Bauer Access, added: “Kiss Fresh being available on Freeview gives our commercial partners a fantastic opportunity to engage with a pure, passionate, 15-34 year-old national audience. It proves that the Kiss brand continues to go from strength-to-strength, with its content available to millions of consumers nationally across multiple platforms – radio, TV, mobile, tablet and desktop.”
The Smash Hits brand will continue with the Smash Hits TV channel, one of the seven Box TV music channels, a joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media.
Absolute Radio has been around for five years, after Times of India bought Virgin Radio for £53m in 2008 and spent another £15k rebranding it.
Paul Keenan, CEO, Bauer Media UK, said: “We are looking forward to working with the award-winning team at Absolute Radio and have great respect for what it has achieved. We are excited about welcoming this complementary music radio business with renowned digital assets into Bauer. Absolute Radio and its sister brands are loved by millions of UK consumers and by advertisers. This acquisition will be an opportunity to learn and share across both businesses.”
Donnach O’Driscoll, CEO, Absolute Radio, said: “The Absolute Radio business has never been in better shape as we approach our fifth birthday. Bauer Media UK is a business that really cares about building famous media and entertainment brands and music radio in particular. This brand will continue to thrive as part of the Bauer group
Earlier this year Bauer Media purchased Planet Rock and proceeded to close down Kerrang! Radio’s building in Birmingham and replace the output with Planet Rock from London.
Former Absolute Radio COO said Absolute Radio will thrive under its new owners.
This news will be in the public domain at 10.30am this morning. Please treat as confidential until then.
Even though this agreement has been signed, the business remains wholly owned by Times of India until all relevant regulatory approvals have been secured. As a result, the senior management team including myself will remain at the helm and we, along with yourselves, will continue to focus on our ongoing projects here at One Golden Square.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Bauer Media, they are a multi-platform media group with two main divisions, magazines and radio. Their business is built on influential media brands with millions of personal relationships with engaged readers and listeners.
The Absolute Radio Network has never been in better health and we are currently trading on record audience and hours numbers, and we are set to have a record year for branded content revenues.
Bauer Media have stated in the press release they have a huge respect for the Absolute Radio brand and the team here at OGS and recognise the high regard the industry has for us.
We appreciate this is an unsettling time, but it’s essential we remain focused and driven to continue to demonstrate why we win so many awards and most recently have been voted the most creative business for the second year running in the face of continued speculation.
Steve Parkinson, MD of Bauer Media London will be coming in at 4.30pm this afternoon, and will say a few words to all staff. I’m sure you have will have many questions, and we’ll aim to update you as openly and regularly as we can as we progress through this process.
Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line, or come and talk to me if you have any questions.