Radio Newsbeat

I have obtained a good active FM indoor aerial made by Greentek, which sorts out my FM reception here.  It does not receive digital tv as promised, but does bring in Radio Jackie from the edge of Oxfordshire, a little hissy but there!

A quick recommendation. If you are interested in radio, the I recommend that you consider joining the British DX Club. They have an excellent monthly publication called “Communication”. It contains news on all the domestic radio developments in the UK, also shortwave, alternative radio stations, am and fm programmes. Here is a link to their site, and how to join. I am a member and have been since the 1980s!

I have not put a video on the blog for a while. Here is a great video made by a hospital TV radio station! It was made when Caroline was 40 years old, this year the old girl reaches 50 years. Pity she is only on the Internet now but she is being run by an enthusiast band of lads and lasses – long may she broadcast and entertain the world and UK!


News picked from Radio Today Site;

Juice launches new Brighton Nights show

Juice 107.2 starts a new show today called Brighton Nights – a show dedicated to Brighton’s live performance, arts and culture scene.

The station has hired comedian Romesh Ranganathan for the gig and content will include local guests and what’s on information.

Romesh Ranganathan is a Sussex born stand-up comedian and actor has appeared on Mock the Week, Soccer AM, Russell Howard’s Good News, and Sweat the Small Stuff. He was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and is currently a regular on Stand Up for the Week.

Romesh said: “I started off my stand-up career in the venues of Brighton and have had so many brilliant experiences here. I’m really looking forward to broadcasting to the good people of Brighton every week night.”

Programme Manager at Juice 107.2 Tony Marks told RadioToday: “We’ve been fans of Romesh from the local comedy scene for ages now and always knew it was only a matter of time before we started seeing him all over the TV. We are delighted to welcome him to the Juice 107.2 team and have no doubt that his show will be a brilliant listen.”

The show is sponsored by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, where CEO Andrew Comben said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Juice 107.2 to bring this new and exciting arts and culture resource to the city. We are sure that it will be an exciting platform to showcase both touring and local talents and give arts and cultural organisations across the city a great opportunity to reach new audiences and help us to jointly develop fantastic content for the show. We hope that lots of people will tune in to hear more about all the great range of events taking place here in Brighton & Hove.”

Jason Edge, Marketing Director at Mayo Wynne Baxter said: “We have worked with Juice 107.2 for many years now and we are delighted to be associated with this exciting new show.”

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 1:12 pm by . (C) RadioToday

RAJAR: Bauer leads with digital listening

Bauer’s new station Absolute Radio has regained listeners this quarter to take it back to where it was this time last year – with 1.76m listeners.

Nationally Bauer’s Passion Portfolio has reached 10m listeners for first time as Kiss gets five million listeners across the UK.

Digitally, Bauer owns the top three most listened to commercial stations, with Absolute 80s, Planet Rock and Kisstory.

Other stats from the latest RAJAR results show Absolute 80s has dropped slightly from 1.20m to 1.18m, but is still up on 12 months earlier which was just under 900,000 weekly listeners. Absolute 90s posts a record high of 568k listeners.

In London, Magic and Kiss are down in numbers (as are most FM stations) with Kiss dropping from 1.97m to 1.82m listeners and Magic going from 1.96m to 1.75m.

Kiss Fresh hasn’t had the automatic inheritance of listeners it might have expected from Smash Hits on digital platforms, with the service reporting a drop from 887k to 387k weekly listeners. It is a complete change of name and format though so not completely comparable. The service is listed by RAJAR as Kiss Fresh (formerly Smash Hits).

Planet Rock remains above a million listeners but sees a slight drop this quarter.

Steve Parkinson, Managing Director, Bauer Radio London, said: “Breaking the 10 million listener mark is a great moment for the Passion Portfolio teams. The ongoing national success of Kiss plays a big part in this, with its new channels Kisstory and Kiss Fresh performing way beyond expectations. The programming teams are rightly celebrating having five out of the top ten most popular digital stations in the UK.”

Across the country, Key 103 has recovered from recent all-time low figures and is now back up to 570,000 listeners from 395,000 three months ago and Wave 105 recorded its best performance for a decade for both reach and hours, reaching 438,000 listeners. There’s no major difference with TFM now it’s networked from Metro – the station has 172,000 listeners – down this quarter but up year-on-year.

Dee Ford, Group Managing Director Radio, Bauer Media, said: “With impressive growth from Kiss and Planet Rock to Absolute Radio and Key 103, Bauer’s commercial audience continues to grow, helping our commercial partners get just what they need from one media owner – delivery of big, high-impact campaigns that reach millions of potential consumers. Through our ambitious digital strategy, we can also offer brands targeted communications across a range of demographics.”

Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 12:18 am by . (C) RadioToday

New Dorset breakfast presenter for Solent

BBC Radio Solent has a new breakfast presenter covering Dorset.

Steve Harris starts his new show on March 3rd, broadcasting on 103.8FM, moving from afternoon drive.

He tells RadioToday: “I’m thrilled to be the new Breakfast in Dorset presenter. Breakfast in Dorset is such an exciting prospect – a breakfast show targeted directly at West Dorset residents. I think it’s really important that we get loads of local stories on-air. I’m really looking forward to travelling around towns and villages and businesses and schools in the patch, meeting listeners and bringing their stories to a wider audience.”

A dedicated breakfast show for Dorset launched in July 2013 covering Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Wareham, Blandford Forum, Wool and many of the villages in between.

Sarah Miller, Managing Editor, BBC Radio Solent says: “I’m delighted that Steve will be joining Breakfast in Dorset, he’s an extremely warm, friendly, talented presenter with bags of personality who is passionate about the area.” .

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 10:55 am by . (C) RadioToday

Global Radio sale: Who is Communicorp?


Communicorp has suddenly become one of the biggest radio groups in the UK after buying seven regional radio stations and one local from Global Radio.

The group is owned by Irish Billionaire Denis O’Brien who set up the company in 1989 at the start of independent radio in Ireland. Communicorp owns 19 radio stations in eight European countries, including Ireland’s national stations Today FM and Newstalk.

In 2004 Communicorp acquired the Metromedia radio group adding presence in Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland and Hungary. In late 2008 Communicorp launched its first stations outside of Europe with that of SPIN Jordan and Ayyam FM in Jordan to complement Spin 1038 in Dublin and Spin South West.

He later bought Today FM, FM 104 and Highland Radio from Emap but only kept hold of Today FM due to a competition authority decision.

According to the Sunday Independent’s Rich List 2012, O’Brien has made himself a fortune of €3.0 billion.

The company is Chaired by Lucy Gaffney who is also a founding director in the phone company Digicel and its CEO is Gervaise Slowey.

Communicorp’s radio division has over 3.5 million listeners per week covering many formats from Hot AC to Chart/Dance, from News to Country.

Now Mark Lee joins the company as CEO for the UK division, after running Real and Smooth Ltd for the past 20 months. Mark will oversee Heart in North Wales and Yorkshire, Smooth in the North West, North East and East Midlands, and Capital in South Wales and Scotland.

Communicorp’s Group Programme Director Liam Thompson recently left Dublin to take up the position of Content Director for Bauer Media’s Magic 105.4 in London.

Read more recent stories about Communicorp on our sister site,

Poste on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 11:44 am by . (C) RadioToday

Today, Global Radio confirmed it has sold eight radio stations to Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp group, based in Dublin.

Communicorp has been approved by the Competition Commission as a suitable owner of the divested stations, but the sale is also subject to the approval of the Competition Authority in Ireland.

Today we found out what was widely speculated:

  • Real Radio stations in the North West, North East, Wales and Scotland will become Heart and run by Global Radio.
  • Smooth Radio stations in the East Midlands, North West and North East will stay as Smooth Radio but will be run under a franchise agreement with Communicorp. These stations will have regional breakfast and drivetime shows but take programming from Global Radio-operated Smooth Radio London off peak.
  • Heart North Wales to become Capital and run by Global Radio.
  • Smooth Radio will replace Gold on AM frequencies across England, with the exception of London, Manchester and East Midlands where Smooth already operates on FM.
  • Real Radio in Yorkshire and North Wales will become Heart under franchise agreement with Communicorp.
  • Capital South Wales and Capital Scotland will stay as Capital and be run under franchise agreement with Communicorp.
  • Real Radio XS in Glasgow will remain with Global Radio and be turned into Xfm
  • Real and Smooth Radio CEO Mark Lee will remain in charge and continue to lead the business.
  • Hold Separate will continue across the two companies until the deal has been cleared by the Irish Competition Authority.

Here what we don’t know

Timescale: We presume Global and Communicorp will want to start things moving as quickly as possible but no dates have been confirmed for any of the changes. Global is hoping the Irish review will take less than two months.

Real Radio XS Manchester: This station has been sold to Communicorp but details of what this station will become has not been confirmed.

Formats: The format of Heart North Wales is somewhat different to that of Capital. We’ve asked Global and Ofcom for details on how Heart North Wales can become Capital.

Formats: Similarly, if Real XS Glasgow is to become Xfm – a format change will be required.

Digital One: With Gold coming off AM, it’s highly likely that Smooth’s Digital One slot will be taken over by Gold.

More on this story as we get it at

Rod McKenzie moved to BBC local radio jo

Newsbeat’s former editor Rod McKenzie is moving from BBC Radio 1 to a new job as development editor of BBC local radio.

An email to staff from David Holdsworth, Controller of English Regions, said: “Rod is looking for a new career direction after recent events at Newsbeat. He will bring loads of experience and wisdom to the job at a time when we are keen to further sharpen our production and journalism. I am sure you will make Rod welcome and I know he intends to get round some stations as soon as possible.”

The Guardian reports Rod was moved from his job after complaints from more than 30 people about his alleged bullying management style. He denied any wrongdoing in the inquiry which lasted a year.

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by . (C) RadioToday


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