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Brize Norton is the first RAF station in the UK to have its very own British Forces Broadcasting Service radio station.

BFBS Brize Norton launched this morning on DAB digital radio, and will also be made available at RAF Benson, RAF Fairford, and at forces locations in Abingdon, Didcot and Shrivenham.

BFBS Brize Norton is the latest location to be added to the growing BFBS UK bases network, providing local shows along with the BFBS network. The Brize breakfast show on weekdays will broadcast music, local news and information for the region’s military community, but the daily schedule will also include live bulletins from British Forces News with national and international military stories.

Chris Pearson, Managing Editor of the BFBS UK Bases network said: “We’re really excited about adding Brize Norton to the network and can guarantee lots of exciting, locally focused, locally produced programmes which will get to the heart of this great community.”

BFBS Brize Norton is also opening its doors to volunteer presenters who might want to get involved. Email chris.pearson@bfbs.com for details.
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7:05 am by Radio Today UK.

Celador Radio Group has updated the on air sound of The Breeze network with a new package of jingles from ReelWorld Europe.

The Breeze 2014 combines jingles from the ReelWorld ONE AC service, Fresh, KVIL, and Radio Norge packages and airs on all 15 stations across The Breeze network.

James Stodd is Senior Producer at Celador: “Since introducing ReelWorld jingles last year they’ve become an integral part of our station sound. We decided to introduce a fresher sound for our new update and the team at ReelWorld made this process really simple.

“Whilst the cuts we chose are from a range of stations, from the US to Europe, they worked really hard to give the whole package a coherent sound. The vocal sound is fresher, the tracks more contemporary, and the finished results are fantastic!”

ReelWorld has also created custom out of break sequences allowing The Breeze to include show or sponsor credits in the branding.

ReelWorld’s European Managing Director Anthony Gay said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with James and the team at Celador again. The Breeze 2014 update shows the depth of our jingle library as well as the way we can customise re-sings exactly to the client’s tastes, even down to removing individual instruments if required.”

The company has also updated the websites for their Production Vault service with enhanced functionality as well as targeted European content.
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Radio Today UK

Bromsgrove MP and financial secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid has replaced Maris Miller as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Maria has left the position in a row over expenses claims after less than two years.

During her time she was responsible for making decisions on the takeover of GMG Radio by Global Radio, after her predecessor Jeremy Hunt instructed Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to carry out acquisition tests.

Maria said the merger did not warrant investigation on grounds of plurality based on Ofcom’s recommendation, but did refer it to the Competition Commission.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Radio Today UK.

The first three commercial partners for the Radio Academy Awards have been announced ahead of this year’s event on May 12th.

PRS for Music, SGPB Hambros and RCS will support the awards previously known as the Sonys.

They will once again be hosted by Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, and take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel with over 1100 guests representing the UK radio industry. 34 awards will be presented over the course of the evening, including the Gold and Special Awards which are in the gift of the Radio Academy Awards Committee. The ceremony will also see two live musical performances – further details will be soon.

Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy said: “We are pleased to introduce awards partners for this year’s event. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with these prestigious organisations.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music said: “Songwriters and composers have had a long standing relationship with the radio industry, providing the soundtrack to our lives. The Radio Academy Awards highlight the dedication of those who bring us great programming and music, and we are delighted to be partners in our centenary year.”

Eric Barnett, CEO, Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Radio Academy on the most renowned Awards in the UK Radio industry, especially at this exciting time as they celebrate 32 years of radio excellence. It is an absolute pleasure and we wish all of this year’s nominees the very best of luck!”

Jon Earley, Managing Director, RCS UK said: “As the world’s largest broadcast software company, RCS is proud to be partnering with The Radio Academy on the most prestigious awards for the UK Radio industry.”
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Radio Today UK.

After 14 years on-air in the North-East, the Three Legends have decided to call it a day on their radio programme.

The show made its name on Century and later Real Radio, but moved to local radio in recent years. The legends have been working without pay recently have said they can’t carry on without a sponsor.

The Legends are currently Dickie Ord, Bernie Slaven and Malcolm Macdonald, and are heard on Community Voice FM in Middlesbrough.

In a blog post, the legends attacked radio stations which just play non-stop music: “The bigger stations would rather have cheap bland wall-to-wall music than locally-produced topical talk shows and smaller stations can’t get the advertising.”

They continue: “It’s no secret that we’ve been swimming against the tide for the last few years looking tirelessly at ways of trying to make it work – the audience is there but the advertising isn’t.

“The truth is that we haven’t been paid for months, we’ve been doing it for the love of the show and we’re all gutted it has come to this.

“We’ve agonised over it for a while but we feel now is the time to call it a day.”

They went on to thank their loyal audience and regular callers and are hoping to do one final show.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Radio Today UK.

Former staff members of Viking FM are organising an unofficial party and reunion to celebrate the radio station’s 30th birthday.

The event will take place at Oscars Bar in Hull city centre on Thursday 17th April, thirty years to the day since Viking Radio launched in 1984. The station, which broadcasts to East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, previously hosted official parties to mark its 21st and 25th birthdays. Both social occasions brought together Viking staff with ex-employees.

Alana Ennis, who worked for Viking FM between 2005 and 2007, is one of the organisers. She told RadioToday: “Viking staff have always known how to party, so we couldn’t see the 30th birthday pass without having a proper celebration.

“The 21st and 25th parties were brilliant, so a few former colleagues have got together to organise this reunion and carry on the tradition.

“All those with both past and present links to the station are welcome to come along, catch up with old friends and enjoy a few drinks.”

Entry to the venue – which is situated on Silver Street in Hull Old Town – is free, with the event starting at 7pm. Attendees are encouraged to register through the ‘Viking Radio 30th Birthday’ Facebook event page, or by emailing vikingradio30@outlook.com.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Radio Today UK.

BBC Radio 1 is to count down ‘The Official All-Time Download Top 100’ of the past 10 years with presenters Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil.

The three will be on-air on Bank Holiday Monday 21st April from 12pm till 7pm, with Fearne and Scott starting the chart and The Official Chart host Jameela taking over for the final few hours to finish the countdown, reveal the Number 1 spot and the most popular download of the decade.

The legitimate digital music market took off ten years ago in 2004 and BBC Radio 1 was the first radio station to start including legal downloads in the Official Singles Chart.

George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra said, “Downloads started arguably the biggest revolution in the history of the music industry, transforming the way audiences discover and enjoy music. After a decade of legal downloading in the UK it’s time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation’s Top 100 most downloaded songs. Given how much choice and how quickly music fans can now access their favourite songs, there may be a few surprises in store!”

According to The Official Charts Company, the singles market in the UK is now more than 99% digital. There have been more than 1.17 billion single track downloads bought in the UK in the past ten years.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am by Radio Today UK

INRIX has signed up its first customer in mainland Europe after taking over Trafficlink UK in 2011.

INRIX serves the majority of the UK radio industry, including all BBC local radio stations and 200 commercial stations, and will now provide real-time traffic information and alerts to Talk Radio Europe.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Talk Radio Europe and the expansion of our successful INRIX Radio service beyond the UK,” said Nick Simmons, general manager, INRIX Media.

INRIX will provide Talk Radio Europe with a 24/7 live traffic news feed including full incident information and real-time traffic speed for individual segments of roads, plus the script editing tools to enable broadcast staff to quickly and easily compile traffic reports.

Nicola Chalmers Sales Director of English-language radio station Talk Radio Europe added: “We are equally delighted to be partnering with INRIX. We work hard to provide a voice to the large English speaking expat community in Spain and Mallorca and through the use of INRIX Radio we will be able to provide a comprehensive traffic and travel service to our listeners.”

INRIX reaches more than 150 million drivers globally across six industries covering nearly 4 million miles of road in 37 countries. As well as the BBC, almost 200 customers and partners including Audi, BMW, Ford and the UK Highways Agency use INRIX traffic and driver services.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Radio Today UK.

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