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The weather has been variable, with lots of rain.  The rain seemed to affect my DAB reception on the new National Multiplex.  Plenty to listen to on the first National Multiplex, Radio 4 which is a fantastic speech station, still LBC and now Talk Radio fail to emulate the quality of Radio 4’s output.  I do realise that Radio 4 has a massive staff and the programmes range from news to documentary and drama, with the bonus of panel and specialist shows.

Amazed today to read that Tony Hall DG of the BBC earns £450,000 a year.  There are plenty of people who travel from Henley on Thames where he lives to London, and pay a fortune to British Rail for the privilege.  Am I merely jealous of someone who earns that amount. Fortunately not, just think it is so unfair when talented staff in the BBC think themselves lucky on £26,000 upwards, but not up to £450,000.

News selected from the Radio Today Site

Memorial service planned for Sir Terry Wogan
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Memorial service planned for Sir Terry Wogan
BBC Radio 2 has announced a Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan will take place at Westminster Abbey later this year.


The event is taking place on September 27 – the 50th anniversary of Terry broadcasting on the BBC as he began presenting on the BBC Light Programme on 27 September 1966.

Further details will be announced soon by the BBC.


Jazz FM celebrates BBC Radio Awards win
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Jazz FM celebrates BBC Radio Awards win

The team at Jazz FM are celebrating their most recent award win, at the internal BBC Radio Awards this week.

They won as part of a collaboration between Jazz FM and BBC Music taking home the Best Collaboration Award the first time a commercial radio station has been part of a winning entry.

BBC Music Jazz was a pop up digital radio station broadcast on both Jazz FM and the BBC during the EFG London Jazz Festival last November, capitalising on an existing BBC Radio 3 partnership with the festival. It featured programmes from BBC personalities Jamie Cullum, Claire Teal, and Alan Shipton, while Chris Philips and Helen Mayhew provided exclusive versions of Jazz FM’s content. Helen also co-presented the Top 50 Greatest Jazz Artists public vote programmes with BBC Radio 3’s Jeffrey Smith highlighting the collaborative approach on air.

Jazz FM’s launch concert from 1990 with Ella Fitzgerald was re-broadcast while “Neil and Dud – the Other Side of Dudley Moore” was aired to much praise and acclaim. This programme is also nominated at next week’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts, who collected the award with BBC Music Editor James Stirling and BBC Music Jazz Executive Producer Lindsay Pell told RadioToday: “Jazz is all about collaboration – different skills working together in harmony. How apt that our collaboration with BBC Music has been honoured in such a way. It is fantastic that such a trail blazing project has been recognised. I’m really proud of this achievement.”

James Stirling, BBC Music Editor commented: “The audience reaction to BBC Music Jazz was fantastic and to have been recognised by our peers as well is truly gratifying. The Jazz FM collaboration was the first time the BBC had partnered with a commercial radio station and we wanted to do it both for jazz fans and those curious about the music. It seemed a natural fit to work with Jazz FM and luckily for us, they all felt the same!”

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3: “At BBC Radio 3 our mantra is to bring remarkable music and culture to our audiences and we are always on the look out to work with the industry because at the end of the day we’re ‘all in it together’! BBC Music Jazz was a fantastic opportunity to curate content from our commercial radio friends at Jazz FM, other jazz content across the BBC and it capitalised on Radio 3’s existing jazz strands and partnership with Serious for the EFG London Jazz Festival. I’m delighted it’s been recognised as a model of good working by our colleagues and we continue to work together to this day!”
Notes to Editors:

In photograph: Mim Shaikh (1xtra/award presenter), Nick Pitts (Content Director, Jazz FM), Lindsay Pell (Executive Producer, BBC Music Jazz), James Stirling (Editor, BBC Music).

BBC stations join UKRD’s Local Radio Day
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BBC stations join UKRD’s Local Radio Day

BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex have added their names to those already celebrating Local Radio Day on May 27th.


Together with several community stations and almost two dozen local commercial stations, the two BBC local radio stations add further to the momentum the day is gathering as more stations get on board.

Assistant Editor of the BBC stations, Mark Carter said, “I’m delighted that BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are supporting this initiative, celebrating all that is great about local radio. In a multi-media world, there is most definitely still place for stations like ours, guiding listeners through the news stories that really matter to them.”

The website set up to promote Local Radio Day is filling up rapidly with station endorsements, political and celebrity support and information about the day itself.

“We are delighted that we are seeing some serious traction for this initiative and it’s great that so many stations delivering local radio to their communities are coming together to mark and celebrate all that is great about this part of our industry,” said UKRD’s Chief Executive Officer, William Rogers.

“BBC local radio plays an important part in the radio landscape and it’s terrific to have some of their stations on board with this initiative,” he said. “We have been amazed at the level of interest and there are many others who are talking to us about getting on board. It’s great that the operators of proper local radio can come together in this way.”

“This must be the first time, possibly ever, that local commercial, local BBC and local community stations have all come together to celebrate what they do and trumpet the successes of everything local,” said Rogers

Digital Radio Tick Mark installers hit 1000

Digital Radio Tick Mark installers hit 1000

There are now over 1000 registered Digital Radio Tick Mark installers at car retailers and dealerships across the UK.

The news was announced by Digital Radio UK today at the World DAB Drive to Digital conference in Brussels.

Speaking at the conference, Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said the 1000 installers are the first to have completed a training and accreditation programme verifying their ability to fit digital radio in vehicles and qualifying them to use the Digital Radio Tick Mark when promoting their services as fitters of in-vehicle digital radios and adapters.

Supported by Government, the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and the automotive industry, the Digital Radio Installer Tick Mark was introduced in June 2014 to provide consumers with greater assurance when choosing an installer to fit a DAB digital radio into their vehicle. The accreditation scheme for aftermarket retail installers is managed by the professional association for the sector, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

The first 1000 registered installers are comprised of fitters at Halfords stores, independent retailers, Vauxhall dealerships and Volkswagen dealerships, with many more to follow. Halfords are committed to ensuring a registered Tick Mark installer is available in all of their 470 stores.

Digital Radio UK has launched a Digital Radio Installer Tick Mark Store Finder to allow drivers to find their nearest registered Digital Radio Tick Mark installer. The Store Finder will feature in the digital radio Summer communications campaign voiced by motoring broadcaster Suzi Perry, highlighting the availability of digital radios and adapters, and directing drivers to the website to find a registered Tick Mark installer near them.

Over 33 million drivers listen to radio in their vehicles but only 20% of listening in vehicles is to digital, as compared to 49.3% at home.

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: “Reaching a thousand registered installers is a terrific milestone. With the majority of new cars now coming with digital radio as standard, our priority is to let drivers know that it is simple to convert their current vehicle to digital radio, and ensure that the help they need to enjoy the benefits of digital radio on the road is at hand.”

Radio Lancashire’s 24 hour emergency broadcast
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Radio Lancashire’s 24 hour emergency broadcast

All day Thursday, BBC Radio Lancashire is on a 24 hour mission with continuous coverage of Lancashire’s emergency services.

The station starts at 0600 Thursday and will continue till the same time on Friday with reporters broadcasting live with police, fire crews, and paramedics throughout the 24 hours, following events as they happen. There will also be special reports from the county’s lifeboat crews and mountain rescue teams.

Some of the key moments expected throughout the day include:

  • Breakfast, presented by Graham Liver, will come live from Lancashire Police HQ at Hutton, looking behind the scenes with fire-arms and dog units.
  • From 0930, Sally Naden and Brett Davison will officially open the new Broughton Ambulance Station live on their show.
  • At 1200 John Gillmore takes the helm live from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Training Centre at Washington Hall in Chorley. He’ll see firefighters put through their paces on exercises and have a go himself.
  • Gary Hickson from 1600 will be live at Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team’s HQ in Burnley discovering how the volunteers risk their lives to save others every year.

Through the evening and overnight there will be reporters across the county showing the reality of what Lancashire’s emergency services have to face.

Then the next day, on the Friday morning (13th), BBC Radio Lancashire will talk to the chief constable, chief fire officer and a director of the ambulance trust about any issues the day highlights.

Pop Up Radio service to cease on DAB digital radio
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Pop Up Radio service to cease on DAB digital radio

The Pop Up radio service on 18 DAB multiplexes across the UK is to close in its current format.

Ofcom has given the go-ahead for the changes, once Angel Radio has ended its run on the channel on May 15th.

Over the years, Pop Up Radio has broadcast the Manx Grand Prix, a French radio station and Celtic Music Radio.

The service has been available in Ayr, Berkshire and North Hampshire, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Coventry, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Wales, Sussex, Swindon and West and South Wiltshire, Wolverhampton and Shropshire but not used as often as its owners would have anticipated.

Pop Up Radio tells us they are still open to running Pop Up Radio stations in the future on an ad-hoc basis but the current structure will no longer operate.

Pete Waterman joins two BBC local radio stations
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Pete Waterman joins two BBC local radio stations

BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire 94.8 have hired Pete Waterman to host a weekend show during the summer.

Pete will present his new show from next Saturday from 4-6pm on the two stations. The show is called “Pete Waterman – Back to my roots” and will celebrate the very best of Birmingham & the Black Country with memories, guests, music, and listeners phoning-in.

Pete Waterman was last heard at Smooth Radio where he hosted a weekly disco show across the UK.

He says: “I care passionately about the West Midlands – it’s where I started and it’s the part of the country with the very best people. I can’t wait to talk to listeners to and share some stories”

BBC WM’s Editor Sarah Harness said: “The listeners are in for a huge treat – Pete oozes passion for the West Midlands” She added, “Pete is a legend, it’s a show that I’m sure listeners will love!”

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Editor Andrew Bowman added: “I’m thrilled that Pete will be joining the station. The show will be packed with brilliant nostalgia and memories”. He added, “Pete is a Coventry legend, it’s a show that I’m sure listeners will love!”


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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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