Radio Newsbeat

To start of this news beat here is a clever You Tube video I have just found:

You can click on the genres of music and listen to different styles – by clicking on the buttons.

Very clever!

From the Radio Today website (selections)

Global Radio has hired Christian Smith to be Music Producer of 95-106 Capital FM.

Starting in the new year, Christian will be responsible for the music roll-out for both the Capital and Capital XTRA brands and will report directly to Capital’s Managing Editor Robert D’Ovidio.

Christian joins Global after eleven years at rivals Kiss, where he’s been Head of Music for the Kiss Network. Prior to that he worked at stations including Key 103 in Manchester.

Christian said: “I’m seriously excited to start the new year as a member of the Global team. To have the opportunity to work across both Capital and the recently launched Capital XTRA is a dream role and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Robert D’Ovidio, Capital’s Managing Editor, said: “To appoint someone of Christian’s calibre – with his experience as a music programmer combined with his enthusiasm and creativity – is great news for Capital and Global. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
BBC Radio Wales is to dedicate its daytime output next Thursday to the 50th anniversary or Dr Who, while digital children’s station Fun Kids will air a Dr Who story the same day.
It comes two days ahead of the worldwide broadcast of the special 50th anniversary adventure, The Day of the Doctor.

Radio Wales presenters Jason Mohammad and Eleri Siôn will do their shows live from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay with guests telling the Welsh story of the sci-fi character. Radio Wales will also be re-broadcasting the Doctor Who Prom that was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July this year.

BBC Radio Wales’s Editor, Steve Austins said: “I’m thrilled we’re going to celebrate this truly Welsh success story with the Radio Wales Doctor Who Day. Its return in 2005 marked the start of BBC Cymru Wales’ drama success story with programmes like Doctor Who now viewed by millions all over the world. It’s fitting therefore that we pay tribute not only to The Doctor but also to all those involved in making the series from our Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay. I’d say it’s one of the great Welsh success stories of recent years.”

Current companion Clara Oswald – actress Jenna Coleman – and writer Steven Moffat will be interviewed and take questions from listeners, and there’ll also be a feature behind the scenes with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ recording of music for the new TV episode.

Jason Mohammed, who has appeared in the series as a newsreader, said: “I still get mail from Doctor Who fans. I’ve got one letter which I’ve kept from a guy in New Zealand who said, ‘I’m not familiar with your repertoire – I don’t know what else you’ve done, but may I say you played the role of a newsreader very well’, not knowing that it was my job at the time.”

Fun Kids, meanwhile, will broadcast a story from the new Puffin book Doctor Who: 11 Doctors 11 Stories, which is out next week. The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage has been written by Derek Landy and is read by Ian Hanmore, who played Father Angelo in the 2006 Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw.

The story will be broadcast on Fun Kids in The Club everyday at 5pm next week. It’s thought it could be the Time Lord’s first outing on a non-BBC radio station in the UK.

Station Manager, Matt Deegan, told RadioToday: “We’re excited that Fun Kids is bringing these new stories to the radio before any other radio station. Our listeners love Doctor Who and we’re pleased to be able to support its 50th Anniversary.”


Iggy Pop is to present two programmes for BBC 6 Music this Christmas and New Year.

The station says the shows – on Christmas Day afternoon and New Year’s Day afternoon – will offer listeners an ‘exclusive insight into the mind of one of the most influential rock stars of the last 40 years’. In the first show he’ll explore the theme of Rockin’ Rebels, and Heartbreak and Heartaches in the second.

Iggy Pop said, “To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I’ve had to dig back to things that I haven’t heard in a long, long time, but that still carry memories of joy and compulsion. I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do.

6 Music will also air an interview with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Christmas Day, with the drummer chatting to presenter Matt Everitt. Boxing Day on the station will feature a two-hour special presented by Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from The Clash.

The station’s Head of Programmes, Paul Rodgers, said, “Iggy Pop, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones and Lars Ulrich are fascinating characters and have recorded some great shows, with a wide range of eclectic and exciting music choices which could only be heard on a station like BBC Radio 6 Music, and we hope they will delight our listeners over the festive period.”

Other festive highlights just announced include live OBs from Manchester city centre for Shaun Keaveny and Radcliffe and Maconie on 20th December; Brian Eno joining Jarvis Cocker on the last Sunday Service before Christmas and New Year’s Eve specials from Craig Charles and Nemone, who will welcome in 2014.

Nemone said, “I am thrilled to be manning the 6 Music decks this New Year’s Eve. It will be great to hear from listeners on the night. I’m going to put together a blinding playlist including some of the biggest tunes of the year, some old skool bangers and a few surprises as well. It’s going to be one helluva party.”


A day of fundraising broadcast across the BFBS radio network has raised more than £10,000 to support five forces charities.

The 2013 BFBS Big Salute auction day was broadcast worldwide, with lots including Wimbledon centre court passes and tickets to a showbiz awards after-party.

Throughout the 10-hour broadcast, on 1st November, there were also interviews broadcast with representatives of the five charities that the fundraising was supporting – BLESMA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks) and Veterans Aid.

Ernie Rowe, Head of BFBS Radio UK said: “The difference that the BFBS Big Salute makes to the lives of members of the Forces family can’t be underestimated, and I’d like to thank all of the businesses, organisations and individuals who supported us this year from the bottom of our hearts. It was a great effort that saw last year’s ‘on the day’ total smashed, and with continued help from the wider Forces community we hope to do even better next year. If you had a bid on the auction or donated an item or experience, thank you very much, it really is very much appreciated.”
talkSPORT will broadcast live commentary of every match from next summer’s football world cup in Brazil after signing a deal with FIFA.

The UTV station has become a licensed radio broadcaster for the tournament with rights to broadcast coverage to the UK. talkSPORT will also broadcast the draw for the first round groups, which is taking place in Brazil on 6th December.

Calum Macaulay, talkSPORT Managing Director said, “This FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil will be one of the biggest ever. For both our existing and potential new commercial partners this agreement is great news and reflects talkSPORT’s continued investment in our product and our desire to grow bigger upmarket sports audiences across all of our platforms – on air, online, on mobile and on social media.”

Liam Fisher, talkSPORT Programme Director, said: “As the UK’s only 24 hour sports station we’re perfectly placed to bring unrivalled coverage of what’s sure to be an exciting and vibrant FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. Last season we broadcast over 130 live football commentaries– and the FIFA World Cup™ is the pinnacle of the football calendar. With England now safely through to the finals, the whole station can’t wait for what’s set to be one of our biggest ever summers.”

Niclas Ericson, FIFA’s Director of TV, said: “FIFA looks forward to working with talkSPORT next year, so that radio listeners across the United Kingdom can experience all the excitement and drama of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Radio continues to play a huge part in FIFA’s commitment to bring the greatest sports event to the widest

Global Radio says it is disappointed by the decision to reject its appeal against the Competition Commission ruling that it must sell several stations.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed a challenge from Global, after the CC said Global should sell radio assets in seven areas of the UK, following the purchase of the Real, Real XS and Smooth stations from the Guardian Media Group last summer.

A Global spokesperson told RadioToday: “Obviously this is a disappointing outcome. We share the concerns of many within our industry, who believe the basis on which the Competition Commission formed their decision to be outdated.”

Global says it will now consider the decision further.
BBC Radio 2 has contributed more than £4 million to this year’s Children in Need appeal through a series of on-air and off-air fundraising efforts.

Live auctions on the Chris Evans breakfast show this week alone raised £2.7m, while over £100,000 was raised at a celebrity gala lunch at The Savoy hotel in London hosted by Sir Terry Wogan.

Earlier this month Ken Bruce took his Pop Master quiz to Manchester for an off-air evening event, while Jo Whiley visited a selection of projects funded by the charity with reports broadcast across the station to highlight where the money goes. Radio 2 has also been encouraging listeners to download audio interviews featuring the entire daytime Radio 2 line-up chatting to their heroes.

The station’s total at the end of a day of requests in return for pledges today on the BBC Children in Need Jukebox was £4,187,522.

Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “Once again the Radio 2 audience has shown just how generous they are. BBC Children in Need is an important charity which does extremely important work. So thank you to everyone who donated.”


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