Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

I was basing my criticism of BBC Radio 2’s Sunday programmes on my memory of what they used to be.  They now appear to be a good variety of popular music with reasonable presenters.  I don’t know why we need Elaine Page or Michael Ball to present shows.  Maybe they could give the chance to some new name presenters for a change?

Selections from the Radio Today Site:

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are to host Christmas Specials on 

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are to host Christmas Specials on UTV Media’s local radio stations.

They’ll be on together on Christmas Day morning from 10, with Christmas tunes and an insight into their musical careers and family lives.

The shows will go out on Signal in Stoke, Pulse in West Yorkshire, Tower FM in Bolton, Wish FM in Wigan and St Helens, Wire FM in Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn, Peak FM in Chesterfield, Swansea Sound and The Wave in South Wales, Radio Wave in Blackpool and Signal 107 in Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, and Kidderminster.

There will also be a one-hour special on disco legends Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring original band members Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson, talking about their 40-year career and playing their biggest hits including ‘After The Love Has Gone’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘Star’ plus many others. They also reveal the secret behind their enduring success.

Group Programme Director for UTV, Terry Underhill told RadioToday: “It’s great to have such musical talent hosting the Christmas specials for UTV’s local stations, as they will all bring their unique style and some festive cheer to the airwaves.”

(C) RadioToday

 

Jazz FM leaves national DAB digital radio

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After much speculation, Jazz FM has announced it will be removing itself from the national DAB platform Digital One later this month.

The station will move from D1 to Switch Digital in Greater London in addition to online platforms from January 1st 2014.

Speaking to RadioToday, Jazz FM CEO Richard Wheatly said the station could potentially lose 150,000 from its record 700,000 listener base.

“Most of our audience listen to us on digital radio in Greater London – 400,000 people – and around 30% are listening on platforms other than DAB across the UK,” Richard said.

RadioToday can also reveal the station entered into profit last month for the first time since its relaunch.

The station is advising listeners to re-tune in London or listen via

Real Radio Yorkshire’s Managing Director of 11 years Steve South is leaving the station to focus on new projects.

He’ll be concentrating on two new business projects he’s been working on recently but says it will be sad to leave the station after so long.

“I’ve made some amazing friendships and worked with some of the best people in the radio industry during my time at Real Radio, it’ll be sad to say goodbye to the most important part of any business, the people. However, I’m really looking forward to bringing together some of the plans and thoughts I’ve had for a while now, and getting stuck into new and exciting opportunities,” Steve said.

In addition, Real Radio North East Managing Director Michael McIntyre will move back to Real Radio North West next week to head up the regional agency business. He was previously MD of Real Radio North West before moving to the North East.

Meanwhile, Pauline Peniche has taken up the role of Station Director across Real and Smooth Radio North East. Pauline has nearly 20 years of experience within the North East radio marketplace including time at TFM and CFM in Carlisle.

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or its app, or via satellite services Sky (0202) and FreeSat (729)

A message on jazzfm.com says: “As we have recently announced, one of the five ways Jazz FM transmits is changing. But don’t worry! There is absolutely no reason why if you listen to Jazz FM now, you won’t be able to still. The main change is to our DAB feed across the UK”

Earlier this year RadioToday ran ads from Digital One owner

Real Radio Yorkshire’s Managing Director of 11 years Steve South is leaving the station to focus on new projects.

He’ll be concentrating on two new business projects he’s been working on recently but says it will be sad to leave the station after so long.

“I’ve made some amazing friendships and worked with some of the best people in the radio industry during my time at Real Radio, it’ll be sad to say goodbye to the most important part of any business, the people. However, I’m really looking forward to bringing together some of the plans and thoughts I’ve had for a while now, and getting stuck into new and exciting opportunities,” Steve said.

In addition, Real Radio North East Managing Director Michael McIntyre will move back to Real Radio North West next week to head up the regional agency business. He was previously MD of Real Radio North West before moving to the North East.

Meanwhile, Pauline Peniche has taken up the role of Station Director across Real and Smooth Radio North East. Pauline has nearly 20 years of experience within the North East radio marketplace including time at TFM and CFM in Carlisle.

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. We’ll update you as soon as we know if an alternative jazz station will be made available on Digital One as per its licence requirement, or if a change has been requested with Ofcom.

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Real Radio Yorkshire’s Managing Director of 11 years Steve South is leaving the station to focus on new projects.

He’ll be concentrating on two new business projects he’s been working on recently but says it will be sad to leave the station after so long.

“I’ve made some amazing friendships and worked with some of the best people in the radio industry during my time at Real Radio, it’ll be sad to say goodbye to the most important part of any business, the people. However, I’m really looking forward to bringing together some of the plans and thoughts I’ve had for a while now, and getting stuck into new and exciting opportunities,” Steve said.

In addition, Real Radio North East Managing Director Michael McIntyre will move back to Real Radio North West next week to head up the regional agency business. He was previously MD of Real Radio North West before

Real Radio Yorkshire’s Managing Director of 11 years Steve South is leaving the station to focus on new projects.

He’ll be concentrating on two new business projects he’s been working on recently but says it will be sad to leave the station after so long.

“I’ve made some amazing friendships and worked with some of the best people in the radio industry during my time at Real Radio, it’ll be sad to say goodbye to the most important part of any business, the people. However, I’m really looking forward to bringing together some of the plans and thoughts I’ve had for a while now, and getting stuck into new and exciting opportunities,” Steve said.

In addition, Real Radio North East Managing Director Michael McIntyre will move back to Real Radio North West next week to head up the regional agency business. He was previously MD of Real Radio North West before moving to the North East.

Meanwhile, Pauline Peniche has taken up the role of Station Director across Real and Smooth Radio North East. Pauline has nearly 20 years of experience within the North East radio marketplace including time at TFM and CFM in Carlisle.

(C) RadioToday
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Meanwhile, Pauline Peniche has taken up the role of Station Director across Real and Smooth Radio North East. Pauline has nearly 20 years of experience within the North East radio marketplace including time at TFM and CFM in Carlisle.

(C) RadioToday

 

Ex LBC’er James Max joins BBC London 94.9
James Max is joining BBC London 94.9 for Early Breakfast from the new year, four months after leaving LBC 97.3.

The former talkSPORT presenter told RadioToday: “I am really pleased to have been given such a great opportunity to return to the radio airwaves to do what I love to do… talk and share stories with London and Londoners about the big (and sometimes small) stories of the day!”

James left LBC 97.3 in August by announcing his departure on Twitter saying he’s left the station after seven years on-air after his contract wasn’t renewed.

Other schedule changes, in addition to James Max hosting 3am till 6am from January 2nd, include current early breakfast host Harriet Scott moving to weekends to present a Sunday morning show with Chris Rogers 9am – 12pm, replacing Fiona Phillips.

On a Saturday, Jo and Simon’s breakfast show will finish at 10am with Robert Elms doing 10am till 1pm. Gaby Roslin’s entertainment and showbiz programme moves from Saturday to Sunday and extended by an hour from 3pm to 6pm and Tony Blackburn gets an extended programme from 12pm to 3pm each Sunday.

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