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The BBC will appoint two dedicated social media producers to look after BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra‘s social media platforms.

Ben Cooper, controller at the networks, said the role will involve acting as an author on the stations’TwitterFacebook and other social media, engaging in a consistent two-way dialogue with its audience.

The news comes a week after the BBC stated it intends to increase BBC Radio 1’s digital offering byintroducing a dedicated channel for the station on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 1 can be found tweeting @BBCR1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra @1Xtra.

From Media UK site and Guardian

There was a fair bit of excitement about the Woman’s Hour: Women in Music Special this week. Tasked with making sense of the momentum surrounding a certain hammer-licking pop star and, you know, all women in music in 2013, Lauren Laverne pulled together a panel to knuckle out the most damaging and irritating aspects of “the biz”.

Step forward Charlotte Church (who also delivered an admirably sane, commonsensical Peel lecture on Monday), original riot grrl Kathleen Hanna and the open-letter writingKickstarter-funded, New York artist Amanda Palmer.

“I don’t want to have the onus of perfection on me,” said Hanna, the debate’s chief sage. “That’s a real detriment to women making great art. We’re supposed to come out and be completely perfect lest we be judged a thousand times harsher than our male counterparts.”

Counterparts who, it turns out, were conspicuous entirely by their absence. I’m a massive fan of Laverne (more on that in a whole other column) and Woman’s Hour is my daily radio jam, but as nice as it is to listen to great women being great, surely this smart, creative, likable lot were preaching to the converted?

Empowering women to speak their mind and inspire other women – all this, I totally get. But sealing off the debate into a slot where men aren’t even expected to tune in, care, or contribute is reductive; addressing the imbalance of power in the industry and challenging sexism isn’t only a women’s issue. Sure, I wanted to hear from Lauren Mayberry, frontwoman of Chrvches, on her refusal to accept threats of rape from “music fans” as an industry norm. But I also wanted to hear one of those fans taken to task. Church relating her experience of being exploited by middle-aged, male music execs? Yes, let’s hear it. But get one of those guys on. Put them on air, pull them apart. Without that, the conversation is just a temperature check on an issue close to boiling over.

The very brilliant David Lynch is opening guest on a new series ofThe First Time (Radio 6). Lynch is, as expected, otherworldly; on air, he sounds like a midwestern, wartime radio announcer (perfect, really) and although it’s supposed to be a show about the music that means most to him, fewer songs and more of him talking would have been much more rewarding.


GARRY Spence presents the weekday drivetime show on Capital FM Scotland. He also writes travel pieces for various Sunday newspapers, in addition to DJ-ing all over Scotland. Garry started his career at Moray Firth Radio in his native Inverness and presented daytime shows in England at Vibe 105 (now KISS) before heading back to Scotland to join the team at XFM and then Galaxy.



Radio DJs in 24-hour charity challenge




BY 11am tomorrow, Friday, they might be struggling to keep going. Radio broadcasters, Des Clarke and Jennie Cook, are expected to have spent all night performing across Central Scotland, as part of a 24-hour charity fundraiser.

The pair – who present the breakfast show on Capital FM Scotland – began yesterday at 11am with the aim of performing 24 gigs in 24 hours.

The station’s Help a Capital Child campaign is seeking to fund specialist units and care for young people living with cancer across the UK, through the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Says the station, it is its biggest appeal of the year.

Continues a Capital media release: “Along the way they will be singing the national anthem at Hampden Stadium – where they launched the challenge – breakdancing in Glasgow city centre, performing a comedy show in West Lothian, singing the national anthem again at Murrayfield [stadium], taking part in group singing in a Motherwell care home, becoming club DJ’s in Bathgate, singing the dinner menu in a pub in Morningside, Edinburgh, amongst much more.”

Listeners can help them raise money by donating £3 by texting LIVE to 70766 during the challenge and next week.

A RADIO station run by students at the University of Edinburgh has been nominated in an UK-wide competition celebrating the best of student radio.

FreshAir has secured two nominations in the Best Event of Outside Broadcast category of the Student Radio Awards 2013, with the winners announced on the seventh of next month.

The shortlist reads as follows:

Best Event or Outside Broadcast

Varsity 2013, Xpress Radio

Oxford vs Cambridge Women’s Boat Race, Cam FM

Calum Macdonald, Fresh Air

EdQT Sabbatical Debates, Fresh Air

LSR presents The Leadership Race Results Night 2013, Leeds Student Radio

Arrival’s Weekend, Cam FM

Best Technical Achievement

GU2 New Desk and Studio Upgrade Project, 1350AM GU2 Radio

New Broadcast Architecture, Shock Radio

Show Planner, URY

The URN PiStreamer, URN

Talkback, URY

UK Radioplayer Console and Unified Station Management Application, 1449AM URB

The Student Radio Chart Show Award

Fly FM

1350AM GU2 Radio

One Media Radio

Forge Radio

1449AM URB

The Cat 1251

Best Specialist Music Programming

Jack Saunders, Breakout, Fly FM

Ellie Wright World Music, URY

Will Metcalf, Fly FM

Roya’s Celtic Show, Monster FM

Bos Tones, URY

The Urban Shift with Temi Jonah, Fly FM

Best Interview

Miles Kane with Dan Gibson, CSR FM

My Anorexia, URN

Michael Chessum KCLR Interview, KCL Radio

Joel Lewin interviews Simon Darby of the BNP, Cam FM

‘Music and Food’, Levi Roots at Grillstock, Hub Radio

Frank Turner, Shock Radio

Best Speech Programming

Trimble, URY

Doomsday Love Affair: The Future, 107 Spark FM

Stop The World – The Story of The Clash, Tone Radio

Carl Spurling, Shock Radio

The New World Order: Part 2: 1651, URY

A Seaside Town, Smoke Radio

Best Journalistic Programming

Binge Drinking Don, Scratch Radio

Twenty years on, the anniversary of the Warrington Bombings, The Cat 1251

Trent Talk, Fly FM

The Science Show, URN

Don’t Say Gay, CamFM

The Pulse: Who’s Protecting Who?, URN

Best Entertainment Programme

The Harry Whittaker Show, URY

Late Night Lovin’, Cam FM

The Morning Show with Giles Gear, URN

Phin’s Barmy Brunch, Cam FM

Rush Hour with Neil & Ed, Demon FM

Wake and Bake with Laurence & Gareth, Xpression FM

Best Marketing and Station Sound


Quest Radio

Purple Radio

Xpression FM

RaW 1251AM

Fly FM

Best Female

Jo Southerd, Xpress Radio

Emma Real-Davies, Surge

Olivia Jones, 1350AM GU2 Radio

Alex Burgess, 107 Spark FM

Charlotte Gay, Nerve Radio

Emma Jones, Fly FM

Best Male

Glen Scott, Pure FM

Chris Browning, Xpress Radio

Cornelius Mendez, CSR FM

Jonny Chambers, 107 Spark FM

Danny Fullbrook, Radio LaB 97.1

Harry Whittaker, URY

Best Newcomer

Jamie Lee, 1449AM URB

Aoife Allen, BiRST

Dom Stirling, 107 Spark FM

Harry Whittaker, URY

Sophie Hicks, 1350AM GU2 Radio

Ben Sheppard, Fly FM

Best Student Radio Station

Xpress Radio

Fly FM

RaW 1251AM


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