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BBC Radio 3 is returning to WOMAD – the annual festival of world music – for a series of special broadcasts.
The broadcasts will include specially-curated performances selected by BBC Radio 3 from across the globe on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage.
Regular World On 3 presenters Lopa Kothari and Mary-Ann Kennedy will present the Radio 3 coverage from 29 July to 31 July and folk performer Kathryn Tickell will join them. Kathryn won Musician of the Year at the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013.
Cerys Matthews returns to WOMAD, presenting her BBC Radio 6 Music programme from 10am on Sunday 31 July. Also, following a collaboration in 2015, BBC Radio 3 will team up with Cerys for a joint broadcast which will go out simultaneously on both stations from 11.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday 31 July. Special artists featured will include Dom La Nena and Bafula, who were discovered by BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Introducing World Music 2016.
Minimuxes and the future of DAB broadcasting in the UK is the topic of conversation at an upcoming Radio Academy South Branch event.
FAB on DAB is taking place in Portsmouth – home of one of the ten small-scale DAB trials – on June 30th, at the University of Portsmouth.
On the panel – the DAB FOUR – is Sam Bonham from Digital Radio UK, Tony Smith and Ash Elford from Angel Radio, plus Chris Stevens, who runs Chris Country on a number of local DAB multiplexes.
The night will be hosted by David Harber from Express FM, Portsmouth’s community radio station. Radio Response is sponsoring the event, making it possible to take place in the University’s Live Lounge from 6.30pm for a 7pm start on Thursday June 30th.
David Harber is also Managing Director of Radio Response. He says: “We are dedicated to supporting the small-scale radio sector, particularly stations on the DAB minimuxes. Having delivered over £150,000 for hyper-local radio in the past 12 months and development in progress for a new audience research system, we are excited to support this event in Portsmouth”.
The evening will continue in a nearby pub once the panel discussion has finished, around 8.30pm.
Andy Collins is taking over breakfast on BBC Three Counties Radio, as a full time replacement for Iain Lee.
Andy is best known for his work on the TV, as the warm up act for Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and The Jonathan Ross show and has appeared as the comedy half-wit character in pantomimes at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Iain Lee left the six months ago under a cloud of controversy after *that* interview with with a Christian Concern campaigner.
Justin Dealey has been covering the breakfast show ever since.
“I’m looking forward to kick-starting the day for the people of Beds, Bucks and Herts. We’ve a number of new features which should put a smile on their faces first thing, while celebrating our wonderful county.”
Laura Moss, editor at BBC Three Counties Radio, said: “We’re excited to have Andy join our weekday schedule. He has a strong connection with the local area so I’m looking forward to hearing him establish a relationship with our listeners.
“I know he will be a real asset to the team.”
Jane Garvey is returning to 5 live for a new Sunday evening 7.30 – 10pm programme, reuniting with Peter Allen.
The pair fronted 5 live Breakfast and 5 live Drive together for 13 years.
In other changes, Emma Barnett will take over Peter’s three daily shows from September. She’ll host the programme on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Adrian Chiles will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Emma’s been a regular voice on BBC Radio 5 live since 2014, when she began presenting The Hit List.
Also joining 5 live’s daytime line-up is BBC Asian Network presenter Nihal Arthanayake, who will present Afternoon Edition Monday to Thursday alongside Sarah Brett. Nihal takes over from Dan Walker, who joined BBC Breakfast earlier this year.
Nihal will end his daily show on Asian Network, but continue Friday 10am – 1pm in addition the the new 5 live job.
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 live, says: “I couldn’t be happier that we’re reuniting radio royalty. Jane Garvey and Peter Allen are two of the best broadcasters in the business and their original partnership on 5 live was the perfect radio pairing. I’m sure our listeners will love having them back together every Sunday.
“Peter, with his wealth of experience and expertise, will continue to be a significant voice on the station.
“We’re also introducing two of the most exciting talents in UK radio to our daytime line-up. Emma Barnett has done a great job since she started on 5 live in 2014 and deserves her own programme in the heart of our daytime schedule. I’m looking forward to the energy and edge she will bring to 5 live Daily.
“Nihal is already a multi-award-winning broadcaster who knows how to connect with listeners, as he demonstrates daily on his Asian Network show. He’ll join Sarah Brett on Afternoon Edition. Sarah has done an outstanding job since she joined the station nearly two years ago. I think Sarah and Nihal have the potential to be another brilliant 5 live partnership.”
Jane Garvey says: “Working with Peter for 5 live’s 20th anniversary reminded me of how annoying he is. And it brought home how much I’d missed working on the station I’ve never stopped listening to.”
Peter Allen says: “It’s hard to believe it’s nine years since Jane and I hosted a regular programme together – harder still to imagine that partnership lasted 13 years before it collapsed.
“I did rather fancy the idea of joining her on Woman’s Hour. I am sure I could have helped but the management seem curiously reluctant to accept that.
“So it’s back to 5 live for both of us – cross your fingers on my behalf.”
Emma Barnett will present 5 live Daily on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from September. The programme goes out between 10am and 1pm.
Emma says: “I can’t wait to get started on my new daytime show on 5 live. I want my programme to be a place where people share strong views and have conversations that would normally happen in private. I plan on taking the 5 live listeners to some very unique places, landing major interviews that pack a journalistic punch and – of course – having a good laugh along the way. Listeners to my Sunday evening show, the 5 live Hit List, will know I’m fond of irreverence, and keen to get to the crux of a decent story. Roll on September…’’
Nihal will join Sarah Brett on Afternoon Edition, which airs on Mondays to Thursdays from 1pm until 4pm.
Nihal says: “I love radio and I am lucky enough to have been both a music DJ at Radio 1 for over a decade and then a speech broadcaster for the BBC Asian Network where I learnt so much, so for me 5 live is the perfect place for me to evolve further. I genuinely couldn’t be happier at being asked to present Afternoon Edition with Sarah. I love listening to 5 live and, ever since I worked on the Commonwealth Games coverage, I’ve wanted to be a fully fledged team member. It’s a big move for me, but I’m excited about bringing my mic skills to the station.’’
Wireless Group’s three North West stations Wish FM, Wire FM and Tower FM are going back to local daytime shows.
The 10am till 2pm show has been networked for the last few years, hosted by Tony Horne. Tony remains on the slot for Wish FM only, whilst Wire FM and Tower FM get new programmes.
The show on Tower FM will be hosted by Bolton born Saeed Atcha whilst Wire FM’s will be hosted by Dominic Walker. Dominic moves from the breakfast show which is now hosted by former Juice Liverpool presenter Baz Todd.
Group Programme Director for Wireless Group’s Local Stations, Terry Underhill told RadioToday: “Having reviewed our output at our three North West stations, it became clear that we could offer an even better local service to our three separate areas by separating these shows.
“As a group, we’re committed to providing the very best in local radio and these improvements to our output are part of that commitment.”
From Digital Spy’s broadcasting news
While many DJs and radio execs seem very concerned about those quarterly listener figures, one man who doesn’t seem all that bothered is Chris Moyles.
While the Moyles of old may have kicked off about it, the Modern Moyles took it on the chin with a pair of humours tweets this morning.
“On air at 06:30,” he wrote before the show. “Tune in .. Please 🙏 😂😂😂”
He added after he went off air: “Chris Moyles recently lost 130,000 listeners in London.
“If you find one, please send them back. Thank you.”
The rebranded Radio X – formerly Xfm – launched last September and is averaging 1.2 million across the UK, which is the same as the last quarter.
Meanwhile Nick Grimshaw, Moyles’s breakfast show replacement on Radio 1, also lost listeners in the first three months of this year – dropping from 5.87 million to 5.44 million.
Radio 2’s breakfast DJ Chris Evans saw an increase from 9.4m to 9.7m week-on-week.