Radio Newsbeat

Selected from the Media UK site and the Radio Today sites – and other sources they quote.


John Osborne is taking over the breakfast show on Jazz FM, replacing Chris Phillips who is moving to mid-mornings.

The digital station has also hired James Tormé, the son of well-known jazz singer Mel Tormé and Hollywood starlet Janette Scott for a weekly programme.

He takes over the Discovery Show, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm.

James Tormé said: “From the outset, Jazz FM and I have had a very special relationship. So I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to officially join the Jazz FM broadcasting team.”

In other changes at the station, broadcasters like Jeff Young and Peter Young get longer programmes and Robbie Vincent continues to “relax your rhythm buds” on Sundays.

Jazz FM’s Station Manager Nick Pitts said “James pedigree, knowledge of the genre and likeability makes him perfect for Jazz FM. I’ve gotten to know him over the last year and he is a legend in waiting and we can’t wait for him to start his programme this weekend.”

The station currently broadcasts on Digital One nationally but it’s unknown at this point if the station will continue on the DAB platform in the new year.





The winners for the annual BBC local radio awards ‘The Gillards” have been announced in Windsor, with BBC Radio Humberside winning Station of the Year.


The win for Humberside comes just months after winning Station of the Year (300,000 to 1 million) at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Noticeable winners include BBC Radio Oxford, taking home three Gold awards, for Sport, Coverage of a News Story and Station Promotion Campaign.

And presenter Tony Snell from BBC Radio Merseyside took home two Gold awards – for Best Breakfast Programme and Best Presenter.

“What do I say now”? says Gerald Jackson – the first time he’s been speechless after winning the Outstanding Contribution to Local Radio award.

The awards were given out by Lord Patten, along with broadcasters Anne Diamond and Tony Blackburn. The event was held in Windsor as BBC Radio Berkshire won the main award last year.

The winners in full are below:

Station of the Year

GOLD BBC Radio Humberside

SILVER BBC Radio Leeds



Breakfast Programme

GOLD BBC Radio Merseyside: Tony Snell

SILVER BBC Radio Leeds: Liz Green

BRONZE BBC Guernsey: Jim Cathcart


Programme Presenter

GOLD BBC Radio Merseyside Tony Snell

SILVER BBC Three Counties Radio Jonathan Vernon Smith

BRONZE BBC Radio Berkshire Andrew Peach


Original Journalism

GOLD BBC Radio Sheffield across the station

SILVER BBC Radio York across the station

BRONZE BBC Radio Humberside “NEETS” and Job Scams


Coverage of a News Story

GOLD BBC Radio Oxford The Bullfinch trial on grooming and child sexual exploitation

SILVER BBC London 94.9 The murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich

BRONZE BBC Tees Katrice Lee – a family’s battle to find out what happened to their missing daughter


Journalist of The Year

GOLD BBC Radio Leeds Tracy Gee

SILVER BBC Radio Lancashire Steve Becker

BRONZE BBC Radio Cumbria Julie Clayton



GOLD BBC Coventry & Warwickshire “Just the Job”

SILVER BBC Radio Kent “The Dementia Diaries”

BRONZE BBC Hereford & Worcester “The Lifeline Campaign”


Best Mid-Morning

GOLD BBC Three Counties Radio Jonathan Vernon Smith

SILVER BBC Essex Dave Monk

BRONZE BBC Radio Cumbria Kevin Fernihough


The Ultimate Hot Seat

GOLD BBC Radio York: Jonathan Cowap’s Big Conversation

SILVER BBC Radio Suffolk: The Mark Murphy Show

BRONZE BBC Three Counties Radio: The JVS Show



GOLD BBC Radio Oxford: The Team That Never Was – the story of millionaire publisher Robert Maxwell’s plans to merge Oxford United the club with local rivals Reading FC in 1983.

SILVER BBC Tees: Spennymoor Town at Wembley – the story of how a team from a town with a population of 18 000 won the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium.

BRONZE BBC London 94.9: Football League Final Day  – after a year in which some of the biggest sport headlines happened in London.


Best Programme

GOLD BBC Radio Suffolk Britten on the Beach

SILVER BBC Radio Humberside The Kick Murphy Letters – A Victorian Teenagers Life at Sea

BRONZE BBC Radio Bristol The Laura Rawlings Show live from the set of “Springwatch”


Faith Programming

GOLD BBC Radio Lancashire

SILVER BBC London 94.9 – Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola

BRONZE BBC Radio Nottingham


Station Promotion Campaign

GOLD BBC Radio Oxford – Big Tour of Oxfordshire

SILVER BBC Hereford and Worcester – A Flag for Worcestershire

BRONZE BBC Radio Humberside – The Class of Radio Humberside


Outstanding Contribution Award

Gerald Jackson, BBC English Regions and BBC Radio Lancashire


The veteran TV and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has criticised female presenters who complain that they lose out on roles in their later years – because they “used their good looks” to get the best jobs when they were young.

Defending what some see as a culture of sexism within the TV industry, Sir Terry said that there are “no permanently pensionable positions”, and that he expects “lovelies” currently in favour like Tess Daly and Holly Willoughby to be replaced.

Sir Terry was speaking to the Sunday Mirrorabout Children in Need, which he will present for the 33rd time this year.

“For the past few years they have brought out lovelies like Tess and Fearne (Cotton) to keep me company. I love the girls and there is always this talk about chemistry between co-presenters but I think it’s a lot of old rubbish. But what there is is panic. As soon as we start, we are already running a minute late.”

“For some reason I have remained the only constant, but I have no idea why,” he says.

Discussing the issues of ageism and sexism which have dogged almost every high profile TV appointment in recent years, Sir Terry made it clear he feels woman cannot have it both ways.

“Presenters like Tess Daly and Holly Willoughby are having their time now but they will go on to be replaced,” he told the newspaper.

“Female presenters shouldn’t complain about not getting work later in their careers because they used their good looks when were young to land roles.

“There are no permanently pensionable positions. There is no point in anyone thinking they can do it for ever.”

“The likes of Julia Bradbury, Kate Humble and Clare Balding shouldn’t ever complain as there are more of them than us.”

Sir Terry also drew attention to a number of older presenters whom he admired, saying: “I saw Sue Lawley the other day and she is still as attractive and as bright as ever. Selina Scott is a stunning beauty and Anna Ford is beautiful.”

He said that despite the large number of beautiful women he has worked alongside over the years, he has never been tempted to cheat on his wife Helen, who he described as his “rock”.

“I have never had another TV presenter throw themselves at me,” he joked. “I don’t know whether to be offended or complimented.”


TuneIn has agreed a partnership with Sony to be a featured app on its Playstation 3 and PS Vita consoles, as it reaches 100,000 stations.


The app and website now lists 100,000 stations from around the world and serves more than 40 million monthly listeners.

Some of the most recently added stations include NPR’s This American Life, Radio Disney, South Korea’s MBC, Chris Country and JingleMad Radio.

TuneIn blogged saying: “We also added every Pac-12 game, helping to make TuneIn Radio the largest free college football offering available.”

Listen to a recent RadioToday Programme below with TuneIn’s VP of Product Kristin George, talking about the future of the app with Trevor Dann.


Paul Gambaccini’s regular Saturday night show will not be on-air this weekend, the BBC has confirmed in a statement.

The last minute change follows reports of the presenter being arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by officers investigating Operation Yewtree.

Paul has just recently celebrated 40 years on BBC Radio and is a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. In September, a special Podcast was recorded where he talks about music, presenters and the Jonathan Ross / Russell Brand saga, along with his love of radio.

He was a long-time host of the Sony Radio Academy Awards before Chris Evans took over in 2009.

A BBC Spokesperson said: “Paul Gambaccini has decided that, in light of today’s media attention, he would rather not be on-air at present and we respect that decision.

“Therefore, Paul will not be presenting on BBC Radio in coming weeks and replacement programmes for the period will be announced soon.”

Instead of Paul’s show, from 8pm, BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting “Johnnie Walker Meets Art Garfunkel”.


BBC Radio 3′s weekend breakfast presenter Clemency Burton-Hill is taking over from Sara Mohr-Pietsch on weekday breakfast.

Presenter and musician Clemency Burton-Hill will start her first show on December 2nd and will alternate the morning shifts with Petroc Trelawny.

Clemency fronted BBC Young Musician, the BBC Proms and Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme since 2011, as well as making regular appearances on BBC Two’s The Culture Show, BBC Four’s The Review Show. She is also the classical curator of BBC Four’s Modern Classical Archive.

“I have loved every minute of presenting Radio 3’s weekend breakfast for the past two years, and it is such a tremendous honour to join our national classical breakfast show,” Clemency said. “I’m a great believer in starting the day with a taste of classical music and I hope the works I’ll be playing will set the tone for an inspiring and stimulating day. I can’t wait to bring my passion and my own everyday musical discoveries to our Radio 3 breakfast audience, who never fail to amaze with their own curiosity and engagement with these magnificent works.”

Sara, who has been on the show for seven years, will leave the morning programme in order to be the new voice of The Choir each Sunday and to lead BBC Radio 3’s live from Wigmore Hall lunchtime concerts on a Monday.

Speaking about her move, Sara Mohr-Pietsch commented: “It’s been a pleasure to be the voice that Radio 3’s listeners wake up to for the past seven years. The warmth and intelligence of our community of listeners has made Breakfast a joy to present, and I was hugely proud of our Sony nomination last year.

“But after all those early mornings, I’ve decided I’m finally ready for a lie-in and a new challenge! I’m incredibly excited to be working across two distinctive strands in the Radio 3 schedule: The Choir, and Wigmore Hall live lunchtimes, featuring the world’s finest chamber musicians. I’m also passionate about choral music, having studied and sung it myself, and it’s been fascinating coming up with ideas for The Choir.”

Sara’s last breakfast show is Friday 15th November, and she will begin presenting live from Wigmore Hall from Monday 2nd December. Sara will present The Choir from Sunday 5th January 2014, and plans include regular live programmes every month.

Breakfast on Radio 3 is operated on a sharing shift system, with two presenters working alternative weeks.


Justin Fletcher MBE is heading to Fun Kids for a new daily radio show, each weekday morning from 9.

The Justin’s World radio show, written by the creators of the Justin World’s apps, combinies entertainment and education for youngsters. The show features Justin as he presents a series of phonics riddles, Justin’s World News along with jokes and games.

Fun Kids Station Manger Matt Deegan told RadioToday: “We’re incredibly excited about Justin’s World coming to the station and our Fun Kids Junior slot. Our pre-school programming includes great music for kids to sing and dance along too, stories from Thomas and Friends and Disney and now it has one of the biggest children’s stars too. Justin’s World is going to be loved by our listeners.”

Justin’s World starts on Fun Kids on Monday November 4th at 9am and continues every weekday morning at the same time.

Justin Fletcher says “I’m really excited about the Justin’s World radio show! I love entertaining children and their families, and my Justin’s World apps are hugely popular so it’s brilliant to be able to bring a piece of them to Fun Kids every morning”.



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