Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

Happy 50 years Radio Caroline!

My new local radio station Radio Berkshire which booms into my part of Oxfordshire is superb. Breakfast with Andrew Peach is superb and very newsworthy as well, but not in a stuffy fashion.

Later on in the news below are Noel Edmonds views on the BBC, who does he think he is doing this I ask?

News from Radio Today website:

Global Radio’s Gold network is to become a non-stop music service outside breakfast, with four presenters leaving the station, RadioToday can reveal.

Paul Coyte, Dean Martin, Eamonn Kelly and Andy Peebles will all leave Gold as their contracts draw to a close, with David Andrews keeping Saturday breakfast and his new early weekday breakfast show on the growing Smooth Radio brand. Eamonn Kelly will also host his new Sunday Breakfast show on sister station Smooth and Shaun Tilley will continue as cover jock.

Gold will come off most of its AM frequencies and DAB multiplexes across the UK on March 23rd, leaving the station only transmitting in London, East Midlands and Manchester.

The More Music Breakfast Show with Tony Dibbin continues, weekdays from 6am to 10am. Tony will also host the Sunday breakfast show and Simon Hirst will also continue presenting ‘Vinyl Heaven’ every Saturday afternoon, from midday.

A statement from the station says: “As part of the changes, Gold will be playing even more of the Greatest Hits of all Time, including non-stop ‘Music Marathons’ throughout the week.”

A new, as yet unnamed service with a similar format description to Gold – “playing music from the 70s, 80s and early 90s with particular appeal to audiences aged 35-54″ – will launch on national Digital 1 shortly.
Posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Radio Today UK.

Isle of Wight Radio has been granted a Format change from Ofcom, allowing the station to reduce the amount of locally made hours.

Previously, the station was committed to at least 10 hours a day during daytime weekdays (must include breakfast) and at least four hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays.

Now the station has a Format more in-line with other stations of its size, with commitment for only seven hours local per weekday.

The station says new Format will give them a degree of flexibility when operationally it is needed, but it is intended to carry on providing more than seven hours of locally made programmes each weekday.

Paul Topping, Programme Director tells RadioToday.co.uk: “We are keeping all of our localness, including our 2 daily extended news programmes and local news bulletins from 6.30am to 9pm and we have more live, local coverage than ever before lined up.

“This year we are the official media partners of many more local events, big and small including The Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Isle of Wight gigs with Little Mix and Tom Jones. We have just launched our brand new news and programming website that allows for even more local listeners interaction.”
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 2:44 pm by Radio Today UK.

San Francisco’s Latino Mix 105.7 has been playing Nelly’s It’s getting Hot in Herre on a loop ahead of a rebrand to Hot 105.7.

The station started playing the song on Friday and is still going strong today.

The idea is getting lots of media reaction in America too, which was no doubt the aim of the well-tested-stunt. USA Today, ABC News, Entertainment Weekly and more all reporting on the repeating loop.

By Saturday morning #Nelly1057 had become one of the top social media trends in the country before hitting the mainstream media. Read how the hash tag started trending with this article from radioINSIGHT, which also says the station will stop playing Nelly on Monday night and relaunch the station.
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 5:06 pm by Radio Today UK.

Revenue at UTV Media’s GB radio division us up 7% for the first three months of 2014, whilst Radio Ireland division is up 9% and TV is up 5%.

The figures are part of the latest performance results from the company, which owns local stations including Wish FM, The Pulse, Signal and Swansea Sound.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc, said: “The contrasting performances of the first and second halves of the year are evident in these results, with Group operating profit down 36% in the first half of the year and up 10% in the second half. The improvement in market conditions continues into the current year, with all of our divisions recording good growth in the first quarter of 2014.”

UTV Radio is continuing to expand talkSPORT internationally and helping to launch a new television channel in Ireland.

The company is also selling some of its non-core activities to focus more on broadcasting. “Our three portals, Propertypal, UTV Drive and Recruit NI, have been sold or are held for sale and we are in the process of divesting of UTV Connect, the company said today.

“The remaining parts, Tibus and Simply Zesty, of what had been our New Media division provide support for our broadcast businesses and have been subsumed into our Television division. We also restructured Simply Zesty under new management to focus its activities on an all-Ireland basis and at the same time implemented an efficiency savings plan throughout the Group.”
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Radio Today UK.

Recently-troubled London Turkish Radio been given special permission from Ofcom to drop local news and programmes.

In a recent Format change request, the station asked to go from at least four hours a day London made programmes to at least 10 hours of programmes a day made within England.

The station also now has no requirements to provide any local news but should feature UK-wide information.

Ofcom decided to exercise its discretion to agree to the change saying the station is still providing a service for London’s Turkish and Turkish Cypriot community.

LTR stopped broadcasting in October last year after the power was cut to the station’s premises for non-payment of an electricity bill but the station is now back on-air.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Radio Today UK.

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey has hired in some well-known cover presenters for the next few weeks, including David Kid Jensen.

The Kid, most recently host of Smooth Radio’s afternoon drive show, will cover the Saturday Mid-Morning Show on 19th and 26th April.

David started his career at Radio Luxembourg, before moving to BBC Radio 1. He then went on to present at stations including Capital and Heart.

In addition, David Hamilton will cover the Sunday Request Show from Midday-3pm on Sunday 6th April.

Finally, Jeni Barnett will present the Mid-Morning Show for three weeks from Monday 31st March, whilst regular host Danny Pike covers BBC Sussex Breakfast.

Commenting on the news, Jeni said: “I couldn’t be happier! Brighton has the sea, a perfect French coffee shop next to the studio, a great team, and superior listeners I’m told. I can’t wait to get going”.

In recent years, Jeni presented the Afternoon Show on LBC, before moving to BBC London.

Commenting on the news, Assistant Editor Mark Carter told RadioToday.co.uk: “I’m delighted to welcome such high profile presenters to BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey. They are all local, so really know the area that they are broadcasting to and I’m sure they’ll prove a hit with listeners old and new”.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 4:53 pm by Radio Today UK.
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In the on-going coverage of Noel Edmonds wanting to buy the BBC, the former Radio 1 presenter says he would cut local radio if he had his way.

Talking on BBC Radio 5 live after his comments yesterday about buying the BBC under “Project Reith”, Noel told Richard Bacon he would re-think the way the BBC does local radio.

He would turn the BBC into a CIC, a not-for-profit company, introduce adverts and start product placement.

“The BBC spent £48m serving the dying Welsh language, and why should you pay for BBC Radio Devon when you live in Newcastle”, he said.

“The funding has to reflect the world that we’re moving into.”

Richard Bacon asked: “Are you saying for this place (the BBC) to work, and for it not to waste money, that you would put adverts in, you would cut the Welsh language service, parts of the World Service and you would cut local radio?”

Noel replied: “Yes, broadly, I’m saying that certainly in the case of local radio that could be handled in a totally different way.” Does that mean you’ll get rid of it?, Richard asked. Noel never replied.

The BBC is “sleepwalking to destruction”, Noel said as he explained his hope to buy the corporation along with a consortium of investors.

He said only an injection of outside influence could make the broadcaster “relevant to the internet age” and admitted that he did not presently pay for it via the licence fee as he uses catch-up services online.

Noel made no mention of cutting services such as Radio 1, where he found fame in the 1970s.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 5:29 pm by Radio Today UK.

A number of new presenters have been hired by Global Radio to take on the breakfast and drivetime slots for Smooth Radio.

Eight new presenters have been recruited to host breakfast and drive in the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and North East from Monday.

Smooth Radio in Glasgow will continue with its current breakfast host John McCauley, minus Sharon Oakley who co-hosted the show, and Smooth London has new recruit Andrew Castle replacing Simon Bates.

In the North West, current Real Radio network presenter Darren Parks will make the move to the studio next door at Laser House Salford Quays to Smooth Radio Breakfast – in the same studio Smooth Radio used to broadcast from until late last year when operations were moved to London. In the afternoon, former Smooth Radio evening show host Carlos returns for the drivetime slot. “After seven years with Smooth it’s so exciting to be part of our new line up here in the North West.” Carlos said.

In the North East, Steve Coleman takes on breakfast. He was most recently on Magic AM evenings and has previously worked at Century Radio North East and on Metro FM breakfast in the 80s. Former Metro/TFM presenter Clive Warren gets drivetime. Clive was with Metro since 2009, before which he was at Century FM North West, Heart, Virgin and BBC Radio 1.

Speaking about his move to Smooth Breakfast, Steve said; “Smooth has established itself as a great music station, playing a relaxing music mix, and I can’t wait to be part of it. Not only will I be waking up listeners, but all the many friends I have made over the years.”

In the East Midlands, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Gareth Evans gets breakfast and Capital FM’s Emma Caldwell takes on drivetime. Emma says: ““I’m thrilled to be back on air in the East Midlands on a station that I love.”

In the West Midlands, Nigel Freshman from Free Radio is joining Global to host Breakfast. “I’m really looking forward to joining Smooth. It’s a fantastic station with a great vibe and I get to hang out with a whole bunch of friends everyday over coffee and great music. I have the best job in the world”, he says.

At drivetime, Charlie Jordan is returning to Smooth having previously presented weekends on the station. Charlie has previously worked on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BRMB. She says: “I can’t wait to be back with my Smooth family in the West Midlands. After a busy and often hectic day for our listeners, I’ll be helping them relax and de-stress on their way home and into the evening.”

Each regional Smooth station will take the output of London outside breakfast and drivetime hours – which now includes Kate Garraway on mid-morning, Paul Phear on afternoons (soon) and Chris Skinner in the evening. Weekend presenters include Myleene Klass and Tina Hobley.

All changes take place from Monday 24th, with breakfast running 6-10am and drivetime 4-7pm.
Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:12 am by Radio Today UK.

ormer Planet Rock boss Jonathan Arendt has been appointed Managing Director of Jazz FM.

Jonathan said: “This is an exciting but challenging time for Jazz FM. The plans that the company has will see a step-change for the business and whilst there is a long road ahead, the opportunities are numerous and attractive.”

He’s been in commercial radio for over 25 years, and is founder of marketing and research agency Hallett Arendt. Jonathan has also been a director of Planet Rock, LBC, XFM, NME Radio and a number of independent stations across the UK. He left Planet Rock in January 2012 to set up his own digital media firm.

Richard Wheatly, Chairman Jazz FM said “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Jonathan’s calibre and experience to join us. We have big plans for the brand and Jonathan is the right person to deliver them. There’s a lot to do, and we believe Jonathan’s energy and skills will allow us to move things forward at pace”.

Jazz FM removed itself from national digital radio multiplex Digital One at the end of last year and has continued on the London multiplex plus online and TV.
Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by Radio Today UK.

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