Radio Newsbeat and general chat


If you are concerned that your PC  may be in need of  a check up, Microsoft have a free tool which scans for viruses worms etc, and removes them.  There is one for a 32 or 64 bit pc, so download the correct one. Ideal to run once a month anyway. You have to download a fresh scanner after 10 days.

I notice that BBC Radio Northamptonshire has the same music beds that BBC Radio Berkshire use.  They must be generic tunes that any local station can use.

I now live on the borders of Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. I was amazed when for the first time in over a year I used my DAB radio, I got so many stations – some ok some burbled due to poor signal.   The signal on DAB is poor here generally.  I moved the radio into our kitchen, and put it right by the window. I got four multiplexes DBB Northamptonshire , Herts and Bucks, National and London 3.  I  got BBC Radio Northampton doing a local programme, when all the other BBC stations were sharing output regionally.

I find that Picasa, which is free software to edit photos, is a great boon in all of my web and personal photography.  Picasa  can be found to download at

Also another useful free piece of software is Malwarebytes, which is generally very good, although today to may amazement, my fully paid up antivirus spotted something that his program missed.

The standard check up software which has been free for ever so many years is CC Cleaner, it will even clean your registry, wipe out surfing traces, and much more.  It can also be set to turn off your PC when it has finished if you with to do this.

If you tune around the shortwaves you will be aware that China Radio International is one of the most prolific broadcasters in very many languages.  The Chinese also go to great lengths to jam out BBC Broadcasts to China and other areas.  They use Chinese Classical Music which is very noisy and broadcast this on a powerful transmitter near the target area of a BBC or other broadcast.  Here is a mix of this music which is on You Tube.  This was recorded digitally off a satellite feed.


Just in from the Guardian Website

The BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, has warned staff the corporation will face “naked bullying” and have its independence challenged in the run-up to the general election and the renewal of its royal charter.

Speaking to staff in central London on Wednesday, Hall said the corporation was at a moment of “high risk”.

He said: “And there may be some – I hope only a few – who try to use the impending charter review to influence our coverage of politics in this most sensitive of political years. We will never let that happen, because to do so would betray the public and the ideals of the BBC.”

Hall said he accepted the corporation would sometimes “get things wrong”, adding: “It’s inevitable – and we will reflect and put things right where we have. But we will never confuse justifiable complaints with naked bullying.

“There will be others who just want to join in a vital debate about public broadcasting with ideas for change and reform. I want them to know that we will listen and learn and reflect on what we hear.”

Hall appealed to staff to “help us make our case” by “spending every penny of the licence fee as if it were your own” and “by speaking up for the BBC against those who would bring it down”.

The BBC came under pressure last year over the future of the licence fee and culture secretary Sajid Javid has warned “more can and must be done” to make it more efficient.

It has axed hundreds of jobs in recent years in a bid to save hundreds of millions of pounds and warned the government not to rush into a review of the licence fee.

News selected from the Radio Today Website:

Viking FM Breakfast’s Sean Goldsmith gave a rugby themed Surprise Surprise to a local player recently.

Sean arranged the event after Adam Robson had an accident and spent an hour and a half laid out on the pitch during a game before a paramedic arrived at the scene and a further half hour for an ambulance.

23 year old Adam had broken his leg in two places and fractured his ankle, while playing for his local team, Beverley.

Sean Goldsmith made contact with Adam’s mum, a GP who was watching Adam play when the accident happened, taking her to air to get the latest on his progress.

Behind the scenes, Sean was in talks with Hull KR to secure tickets for Adam to catch his favourite team, Leeds Rhinos as they take on Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium in the first game of the new season.

Hull KR got behind Sean’s campaign not only supplying the tickets, but also producing an exclusive Hull KR shirt with ‘Get Well Soon’ written across the back.

Leeds Rhinos were also keen to show their support, getting the whole team to sign a rugby ball for Adam.

The activity culminated on Viking FM Breakfast this week as Sean called Adam to ask how his recovery was going only to have the call interrupted as Hull KR stadium announcer, Neil Rudd and mascot Rufus The Robin knocked on Adam’s front door to hand over the exclusive package, all captured live on-air.


Rona Fairhead confirmed as BBC Trust Chairman

Rona Fairhead confirmed as BBC Trust Chairman

Former Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group Rona Fairhead has been confirmed as the new BBC Trust Chairman.

Rona’s appointment as Chair will run for four years from 9th October 2014 to 8th October 2018, after being the Government’s preferred candidate for the job lastAugust.

Prior to joining FT’s parent company Pearson, Rona held a variety of senior positions in financial and global businesses including ICI plc, where she served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Group Financial Control, and at Bombardier Inc, where she was General Manager of UK Aerospace Services.

She is currently on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc and PepsiCo Inc and is Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Northern America Holdings Inc. She is also a UK Trade & Investment Business Ambassador.

Rona has an MA in Law from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is married with three children and lives in London.

In 2012 Rona was awarded a CBE for services to industry.


Indigo 106.6FM, a community radio station based in Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria has closed after six years on-air.

The station decided to surrender its licence last month after certain unspecified events compromised the sustainability of the service.

Paul Broadbent, one of the directors of the station, also applied for an additional community radio licence in an adjacent area to Indigo in 2013 but this was rejected by Ofcom.

Indigo launched in March 2008 covering many towns and villages in the South Lakes, North Lancashire & North Yorkshire area including Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton, Sedbergh, Casterton, Barbon, Clapham, Bentham and Caton.

It’s not known exactly when Indigo stopped broadcasting as the station’s website is still fully operational inviting visitors to listen live.


A community radio station in Scotland has surrendered its licence to Ofcom before it has even launched.

Sound of Mull Radio was granted a five year licence in 2012 and promised a launch in 2014, but instead has decided not to launch at all.

On winning a licence, the station said “Sound of Mull Radio will serve the islanders living on the Isle of Mull & Iona. It will reflect the unique island life, culturally, linguistically and socially, and will give a voice to islanders.”

It posted on Facebook: “It is great news For the team who put the application together 2 years of effort has not been wasted it is even better news for the people of Mull & Iona.”

The station had permission to broadcast via two transmitters – one in the north of the area at the Glengorm estate and one in the south in Fionnphort.

On award, Ofcom said: “Within the group there is good relevant experience of broadcasting, running a radio station and the third sector. The applicant has outlined appropriate proposals for catering to the tastes and interests of the island communities, and the service will broaden choice. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the needs of an island community and proposes an appropriate range of social gain. Membership of the station will be open to everyone, aiding accountability to the the target community.”

Around 25 community radio stations have ceased broadcasting in recent years, whilst over 200 are still on-air.

We’ve asked Sound of Mull Radio for comment and we are currently awaiting a reply.


The Government is about to announce details of a major expansion of local DAB transmitters, with 182 new transmitters across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The plan will also allow modifications to 49 other sites and will take the population coverage of local stations on DAB from 76% today to 91.2% within 18 months. The first new transmitters will be built in March 2015 and the programme will complete by September 2016. In total, nearly 40,000km of roads will be covered by the local DAB signal.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has committed to providing funding to Multiplex Operators up to a maximum total of £7.75 million for the plan. The sites getting new or improved transmitters include 12 in Cornwall, 12 in South East Wales, 11 in Tyne & Wear and 7 in Glasgow.

The work to build the new transmitters will be jointly funded by the commercial mux operators, Government and the BBC, and demonstrates significant progress and cross-industry collaboration since the signing of the local DAB Memorandum of Understanding in June 2012. The MoU identified 13 local DAB multiplexes that were due to be launched. In the last two years, 12 new local DAB multiplexes have been launched with Lincolnshire scheduled to launch in mid-2015.

Digital Radio UK welcomed the landmark agreement, and confirmed that details would be announced by Minister Ed Vaizey at the Drive to Digital: NOW event to be held at BBC Broadcasting House on 6 February. The event will also include announcements on digital radio policy and progress and speakers include Minister Ed Vaizey, BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden, Group MD of Radio for Bauer Dee Ford, and CSO of Global Radio Will Harding.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said: “We welcome this landmark agreement and the benefits of providing local radio stations on DAB to millions of households and thousands of miles of roads and motorways. This is excellent news for listeners and reflects the commitment from broadcasters and DCMS to delivering a digital future for UK radio. It also means that the Government’s coverage criteria for a radio switchover will have been met by the end of 2016.”

RadioToday has teamed up with an app and website company to bring free streaming for hospital and community radio stations in the UK.

My Radio Apps will provide free live streaming for all relevant stations from today, offering 50 free listener slots, using AAC or mp3 and up to 128kbps.

There’s no catch, just register and get started.

Andrew Barker, Technical Director for My Radio Apps: “The My Radio Apps Dashboard lets you manage your stream easily, access statistics and get useful complementary products such as stream monitoring via text and email and a listen live player.

“If 50 slots isn’t quite enough or there’s a desire to have AAC and mp3 options, stations can upgrade through to 1000 slots.”

This exclusive offer with RadioToday is open until August 1, 2015 to Ofcom licensed community stations (including RSLs) and members of the HBA. Free streaming lasts for as long as you have a free My Radio Apps account.


Former BBC Radio 1 and Smooth Radio presenter Simon Bates is joining BBC Radio Devon as breakfast host.


The Devon resident will replace Matt Woodley from January 12th 2015, who will become part of the management team at BBC Radio Devon.

His last on-air shift was at Smooth Radio, where he hosted breakfast.

Simon will be on-air each weekday from 7am till 10am. “I’m totally thrilled to be given the opportunity to present the breakfast show on BBC Radio Devon,” he said. “It’s a huge challenge and different to anything I’ve done before, because it’s right here in my home county. My neighbours will all be listening and I know they’ll give me a hard time if I get it wrong. I’m going to do my best to cover the whole county, helped by a great team of professionals at BBC Radio Devon.”

And yes, The Golden Hour will make a return, weekdays 9am till 10am.

BBC Radio Devon Managing Editor, Mark Grinnell, said: “Simon is one of the country’s most experienced and popular presenters, with a passion for Devon to match, he is an integral part of life on the Devon moors where he owns and works on his farm. I’m delighted he is taking over the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Devon and am sure that our listeners will welcome his knowledge, warmth and wit and will love waking up to his show every morning.”



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A radio enthusiast from the UK - but also includes humour and comments on a wide variety of subjects including music and photos. A hobby site

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