Radio Newsbeat


It is incredibly wet today, it has rained since I woke up.  A good day for listening to the radio or watching television, or reading a good book.  I baked some Muffins this morning which was a good diversion.

BBC Radio Berkshire of a weekend continues to be superb.  Howard Hughes, veteran of LBC and many other stations, gets a whole show early on Saturday Morning, and today Suzanne Courtney, Andrew Peach’s feisty reporter was presenting a show as well.  We are also fortunate to get a repeat of Tony Gilham’s Gilham Gold on Sunday’s.  Paul Miller sounds a little bit of an “old lady” to me, he presents the BBC So uth section of the station.  A lady in our local Cancer Research Show confirms that she enjoys this, and is beginning to know some of the old ladies that phone in to the show.  John Peel said that BBC Three Counties was the jewel in the crown of local radio. I would endorse this because I used to be a regular occasional listener to their programmes. I would like to say that BBC Berkshire is worthy of that title as well.  I thought that their promotion for their coverage of Reading Football Club was clever, when they sung over a commercial song. From memory I think it was Nothing Compares to U by Sinead O’Connor.

The Radio Ship station on the Internet continues to be a good listen. I recently heard a documentary about the day Radio Caroline was raided by the Dutch.  Clever idea to use clips of announcers from a variety of offshore stations mixed in with music.

The shortwaves seem to be dominated at times on all bands to programmes by China Radio International in English.  Clever the way that they use English presenters, at first listening you could mistake it for AFN or the BBC.

I am pleased to see that Radio Today rightly acknowledged Richard Attenboroughs excellent work with Capital Radio.

From the Radio Today website


Former BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson has died at the age of 69 after a long illness.Gerry was broadcasting for 30 years, most famously on Northern Ireland stations BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle. The Director of BBC Northern Ireland Pete Johnson has paid tribute to him saying he was a “true legend of the industry.”He’ll be remembered for his banter with co-host Séan Coyle and having use of the word “gobshite” approved.

He had a spell on BBC Radio 4 in London too, but soon returned home, and was inducted into the UK Radio Hall of Fame by the Radio Academy. He left his daily radio show two years ago but last November made a return after a year off.

Tributes are being made on social media, including by fellow broadcaster Colin Murray who tweeted: “Gerry Anderson. My broadcasting hero. Nobody done it better. Passion, humour, intelligence. A unique connection with his audience. So lucky to have met him + worked with him. A complete one-off. An inspiration 2 me on a weekly basis. Be yourself. Always. Gerry was. #love”

TV politics presenter for BBC NI Mark Carruthers said: “So sad to hear that Gerry Anderson has died. A dazzling talent as a broadcaster & a gentleman too. What a gaping hole he leaves behind…”

Peter Johnson told the BBC: “This is a day of great sadness for everyone at Radio Foyle, Radio Ulster and BBC Northern Ireland, and of course our thoughts are with Gerry’s wife and family. Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief, but he also brought great wisdom and insight to what he did.

“Of course, he’ll be sadly missed by all of us, but also by all his loyal listeners, for whom he often brought light on dark days over the decades.

“I had the great pleasure of being in London on the occasion when Gerry was awarded the Hall of Fame for the UK Radio Academy, which just demonstrated what a true legend of the industry he was, a really significant figure.

“I think in Gerry’s case – it’s often said lightly but in his case truly, I don’t think we’ll ever see his like again.”


F-bomb dropped on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime

Simon Mayo’s live programmes from the Big Blue Tent at the Edinburgh Festival have resulted in one or two swear words this week.One particular incident on Tuesday heard special guest Sofie Gråbøl, who was talking about filming a television show scene said: “Give me my f***ing jumper”, to the amazement and amusement of the audience. Simon interrupted and said “It’s my job to say at this point..” Sofie then apologised and said “I meant bloody”

John Lloyd, producer of BBC Radio 4′s The Museum of Curiosity, was also on the show as a guest, and came up with excuses for the swear words saying they were types of food in Danish.

Sofie again apologised later in the show saying “I won’t even swear in Danish now”.

Simon then turned to John Lloyd to talk about his show, who joked he was going to talk about Jeremy Hunt, former Culture Secretary.

A BBC Spokesperson told RadioToday: “The guests were all briefed ahead of the programme to remind them that this is was a live broadcast. But after Sophie accidentally swore Simon, of course, immediately apologised to listeners.”

Simon is live from the Edinburgh Festival all this week on BBC Radio 2 from 5pm till 7pm.


Traditional youth broadcasters must adapt or die, says Radio 1′s Ben Cooper as he introduces new talent to the station.

From September, a number of young video bloggers will join BBC Radio 1 to present a new weekly show alongside Dan and Phil that will be fully visualised and streamed online.

The show – thought to be the first of its kind – will see vloggers Zoella aka Zoe Sugg (5.7 million YouTube subscribers), Tyler Oakley (5.1 million), TomSka aka Thomas Ridgewell (3 million), Troye Sivan (2.5 million), ThatcherJoe aka Joe Sugg (2.7 million), Sprinkle Of Glitter aka Louise Pentland (1.6 million), BritPopPrincess aka Patricia Bright (0.5 million), Marcus Butler (2.9 million), Caspar aka Caspar Lee (2.9 million) and Jack and Dean aka Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs (360,000) guest presenting each Monday between 9-10pm.

Dan and Phil, who both arrived at Radio 1 thanks to their YouTube posts, said: “We’re both extremely excited about our new show. We feel like proud parents introducing the spawn of the internet to the people of the radio. Each personality will bring something totally different and seeing what they do with their episode and what music they play will be a really interesting, great experience!”

BritPopPrincess (pictured above) said: “So excited to do a YouTuber takeover on Radio 1. So glad to see the wider community embracing what we do, I love music and talking – a perfect mix for me and I can’t wait!”

The YouTube stars have over 27 million subscribers to their channels between them.

Ben Cooper said: “Traditional youth broadcasters must adapt or die. It would be short-sighted to dismiss the importance of vloggers and ignore the new breed of presenting talent that are so influential to young audiences.”

Dan and Phil will host the first show at 9pm on 1st September, with their fellow vloggers taking over the following weeks. Further details will be revealed on Radio 1.


Capital’s Richard Attenborough dies at 90


Capital Radio’s first Chairman and Life President Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

He was the first voice on-air at Capital in 1973, saying those now famous words “This, for the very first time, is Capital Radio” which was followed by the Capital Radio theme jingle. He was part of the IBA licence bid and effectively launched legal independent music radio in the UK.

Founder of Capital’s current owner Global Radio, Ashley Tabor, has paid tribute: “Very saddened to hear of the death of Richard Attenborough. He started @CapitalOfficial and steered it through some very tough times in the early days. You will be missed, sir. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP” Richard Park added: “without him commercial radio wouldn’t be in the robust health that it is today”.

Of course Lord Richard was most well known for his careers as an actor and film director, spanning six decades and include Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, The Great Escape and directing Gandhi. He was also President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Richard was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, who was an executive at Alfa Romeo.

He was Chairman of Capital Radio from 1972 to 1992, then Life President from 1992 onwards.

He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son has just confirmed to BBC News.

John Humphrys joins the Radio 1Xtra crew


Radio 4′s John Humphrys will host a special edition of Mastermind on BBC Radio 1Xtra as part of celebration of Hip-Hop.

Hip-Hop Month includes a Hip-Hop themed edition of Mastermind, where 1Xtra DJs Semtex, Target and A.Dot alongside rapper Lethal B will brave the famous black chair of the BBC2 programme. The Radio 4 Today Programme host will quiz the four contestants on their Hip-Hop themed specialist subject and Hip-Hop general knowledge in-front of a studio audience.

Hip-Hop Mastermind will be available on Monday 22nd September on BBC iPlayer.

Features across the month also include MistaJam investigating the seminal Hip-Hop albums from 1994 in his weekday show on 1Xtra (Mon-Thurs 7-10pm), 48 hours of strictly Hip-Hop across the weekend of 6th and 7th September and replays of archive interviews from some of Hip-Hops biggest stars with 1Xtra’s resident Hip-Hop guru, DJ Semtex.




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