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Sony pulls out of Radio Academy Awards

12/08/2013 – 16:39 |

Sony has ended its sponsorship agreement with the Radio Academy after 32 years as sole sponsor of the annual radio industry awards.

From next year, the event will be known as The Radio Academy Awards and a new sponsor will be sought.

Sony has hit the headlines over the years for losing billions in revenue and closing plants, so cutting back on non-essential deals such as radio awards is to be expected.

The “Golden Headphones Award”, introduced this year and won by BBC Radio 1 presenters Dan & Phil now looks unlikely to be repeated.


Ben Cooper, Chairman of The Radio Academy said: “The Radio Academy would like to thank Sony for their magnificent 32 year support of what has become the UK’s gold standard radio awards.

The Radio Academy Awards will continue to celebrate the very best of the UK radio industry, but the media landscape has changed radically from when the awards first launched in the 1980′s offering the Academy great potential for some exciting new partnerships and ideas.”

Chris Bowen, Country Head, Sony United Kingdom & Ireland said: “Sony has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the Radio Academy Awards for over thirty years, achieving huge recognition and respect within the British radio industry during that period. The awards ceremony itself has become an outstanding event showcasing the best radio talent on the air.

It is now time for Sony to move on and focus on other areas of the business. We wish The Radio Academy every success and we are delighted to have played our part in making these awards the most credible radio awards, not only in the UK, but worldwide.”

New opportunity for Student radio stations

13/08/2013 – 16:04 | Leave a comment

The British Council is offering six student radio stations the chance to produce and present their weekly radio show, The Selector.

Launched in 2001, The Selector showcases new music from the UK, covering all types of music from indie to dubstep, folk to electro. The show features interviews, mixes and live sessions and is heard in over thirty-nine countries around the world.

Production company Folded Wing are bringing the opportunity together, for anyone wishing to develop their radio production and presenting skills, and gain a break into the radio industry.

Each of the six chosen student radio stations will:

  • Be given a special Kit version of The Selector containing all the individual parts of the show (songs, jingles plus a script). This will enable each station to make their own bespoke version of The Selector, using their own presenter, and being as creative as they wish with all the fantastic Selector content
  • Receive an in-depth production training session from Folded Wing, the award-winning independent production company who currently produce The Selector for The British Council
  • Get the chance for a new Selector artist to come and perform at (or record a session for) their student radio station
  • Have the opportunity to become a regular content provider for The Selector

To apply, fill in and return Download The Selector Application Form 2013 by September 1st 2013, and return to


talkSPORT signs Johnny Vaughan weekends

14/08/2013 – 08:38 | 7 Comments

Former Capital FM breakfast presenter Johnny Vaughan is heading to talkSPORT to host a new weekend warm-up show.

He’ll take on the 11am till 1pm slot each Saturday – going head to head with 5 live’s Fighting Talk, of which he was the original presenter. Johnny will be looking ahead to the weekend’s games and talking to football fans.

He was last on-air at Absolute Radio last summer during the London 2012 Olympics and before that spent seven years at Capital FM on breakfast.

In other changes, Richard Keys and Andy Gray commence their new weekly Friday evening show this week, and Max Rushden will host ‘The Warm-up’ on Sundays.

Also, talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham joins former Newcastle, Portsmouth and Coventry footballer Micky Quinn as the new host of Weekend Sports Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday at the earlier start time of 7 till 11am. Mark Saggers will present Sunday Exclusive and Kick Off on Monday to Thursday nights.

The Match Day Live returns from 1pm bringing listeners all the goals from around the grounds plus talkSPORT’s live and exclusive Barclays Premier League commentary at 5.30pm on a Saturday and 1.30pm on a Sunday.

After the live action, starting with Swansea v Manchester United this Saturday, Call Collymore is back at 7.30pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday giving fans the chance to air their views on all of the weekend’s games on the fastest post-match phone-in, hosted by Stan Collymore.

On weekdays, Colin Murray’s new show between 10am-1pm will see him accompanied by guests each day to discuss the day’s sporting issues. Former England and Lions hooker Brian Moore and Perry Groves join him every Monday, Micky Gray and Des Kelly on Tuesdays, former German international Didi Hamann and Steve Bunce on Wednesdays, former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy and Olympic medalist Kelly Sotherton each Thursday and Perry Groves and Bob Mills rounding off the week each Friday.

talkSPORT Programme Director Liam Fisher said: “Undoubtedly the upcoming Premier League season promises to be one of the most exciting ever and our football rights allied with the best line-up the station has ever had means we are the number one destination for sports fans. The new additions to the talkSPORT squad give listeners superb insight, analysis and entertainment to help build on the station’s highest ever listening figures.”

Johnny Vaughan said: “If there is one thing I enjoy more than a Saturday afternoon at the football, it’s a Saturday morning looking forward to an afternoon at the football. The Warm-up with Johnny Vaughan will bring the buzz, the banter and the big dreams of a match day morning to a radio near you.”


Reading 107 goes digital with DAB spot

15/08/2013 – 06:27 | 1 Comment

The Reading And Basingstoke multiplex is getting a new station this weekend as Reading 107 launches on DAB digital radio.

The station is making a big deal about the switch-on too, with a countdown and launch in the half time break of Reading’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Watford at the Madejski Stadium.

Sir John Madejski, Chairman of Reading FC and owner of the radio station, will be leading the countdown.

Gavin Harris, Reading 107’s Programme Controller said: “With more and more radio devices and cars having DAB Digital Radio, this additional method of broadcasting will enable even more people to tune in to Reading 107 across Reading – and enable them to listen even further on their journeys out of Reading, whilst still hearing all of the local news and information for Reading.”

Sir John Madejski said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for all the people in Reading and the surrounding towns and villages to be able to have a truly local radio station. Reading 107 and DAB Digital is like a local friend dropping in”.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said: “This is great news for over 600,000 radio listeners in the Reading, Slough and Basingstoke areas. Working with the UK transmission provider Arqiva, the launch of Reading 107 on DAB means listeners can now tune in easily and listen in digital quality.”

At the moment, the Reading And Basingstoke multiplex, owned by Now Digital, only has five stations on it – BBC Radio Berkshire, Capital, Gold, Xfm and Heart.


Martine McCutcheon to cover Emma Bunton

15/08/2013 – 11:43 | 5 Comments

Global Radio has hired actress and singer Martine McCutcheon for two cover radio programmes on Heart this month.


It’ll mark her solo presenting debut on the radio when she stands in for Emma Bunton as host of The Saturday Show for the next two weeks, while the former Spice Girl takes a summer holiday.

Facebooking yesterday, Martine said: “Had a lovely time at heart and now I’m in town about to meet my manager for a good catch up. All exciting! Xx.”

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park commented: “Over the last year, Heart has introduced some of the UK’s biggest celebrities to radio and it is testament to the strength of the brand that we can attract personalities of Martine’s calibre to the network.

“I know that her great sense of humour and fun personality will be a hit with our listeners.”

Martine went on to say: “I’m a genuine fan and listener of the station, so I’m really proud to be part of the team.”


(Emma B has also been covering for Lyn Parsons on Smooth Radio this week)

Former BBC Radio 1 presenter DLT charged

15/08/2013 – 16:20

Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis has been charged with 12 sexual offences spanning a period of 30 years.

The former BBC Radio and Bauer Media presenter is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

DLT, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, was also inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1977 and 2007 and relate to nine victims aged between 15 and 29.

He’s been ordered to appear before a district judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday August 23.

FRIDAY UPDATE: DLT has released a statement saying he’s looking forward to proving that the sex attack claims are untrue. “To say the least, I’m very disappointed the police and the CPS have decided to bring charges.

“The allegations are not true. The only other thing I can add to that statement is that I’m very much looking forward to actually clearing my name on this.”

He was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the television presenter.

DLT, who had the nickname the Hairy Cornflake at Radio 1, spent 25 years on the national station before resigning live on-air in 1993.

On leaving Radio 1, he 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 hosted the DLT Show on Bauer Media’s Magic stations in the North of England each Saturday and Sunday morning till he was taken off air last November.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Saunders, of the Crown Prosecution Service CPS said: “Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Griffin to be charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

“These date from 1977 to 2007 and relate to nine complainants aged between 15 and 29 at the time of the alleged offending.

“The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP’s interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.

“We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.”

Smooth move: Email to Global Radio staff

12/08/2013 – 12:45 | 3 Comments

The announcement that Smooth Radio London is moving from Castlereagh Street to Leicester Square in London arrived via email to Global Radio staff.

Staff at Smooth Radio West Midlands are also on the move to Global’s new Brindley Place complex too, from October 1st.

In an email to Global Radio staff, Founder Ashley Tabor said he was pleased to be making changes over the next few months by moving the Smooth brand to Leicester Square. He said it was the first step in the Real and Smooth Ltd integration and broadening the Global portfolio.

Meetings were held in Manchester and London at Smooth Radio production centres, accompanied by a similar email from Real and Smooth Radio chief Mark Lee.

Here’s how staff at Global Radio got the news this morning:

Hi All,

Some big news for you this morning…

At the Company Meeting I talked about us starting the integration of some parts of RSL.

Today I’m pleased to announce that the following changes will take place over the next few months and will be completed by 1st October:-

– The Smooth brand will relocate from RSL to Leicester Square and all programming will come from Global’s HQ

– The RSL Direct Sales Team will integrate with Global’s Direct Sales Team here in London

– The RSL Direct Sales Team in the West Midlands will be moving into our new Broadcast Centre in Birmingham and joining our Direct Sales Team there.

As exciting as these changes are, in parts of Global and RSL it will mean that a few jobs are at risk, not many, but there are a few, so it goes without saying that we need to look out for those in this situation. However, if your role is impacted, you will know about this already (unless you are away on holiday) as everyone directly affected has already been spoken to this morning. If you have not already been spoken to, your role is not impacted.

This is the first step in the RSL integration and broadening the Global portfolio whilst we await our case hearing with Competition Appeal Tribunal at the start of October. By consolidating these teams it means they will have access to our group wide resources like digital, technology, press, marketing, events and a 24 hour news room and we can also start to offer new opportunities to our clients. It’s really important that the joiners from RSL feel part of the Global family as soon as possible, so please do help to make sure that happens as smoothly as possible.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you that in all other areas of the business we continue to be in ‘hold separate’, so there’s to be no sharing of any other information with RSL, its business as usual.

Here’s to the first step and adding a great brand into the Global family, welcome Smooth to Global! If you have any other questions, please talk to your boss or OCD.




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