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Andrew Peach on Radio Berkshire was off sick from Monday to Friday with Bronchitis. Martin Stanford and Paul Coia sat in for him. Both are very competent broadcasters but nobody can speak as fast or change voice frequency quite as much as Andrew Peach!

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21 groups apply for London radio licences
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21 groups apply for London radio licences
A total of 21 groups have applied to operate a community radio station in London and other areas within the M25.

They include a number of specialist music services, including Mi-Soul, House FM, Greekbeat Radio, and Hot Digital Radio which plays the ‘finest in Ghanaian Music’.

There are a number of proposals to run local services, such as Wandsworth Radio for the London Borough of Wandsworth, Starpoint FM for the East London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, and Radio Harrow.

Other applicants include Zone One Radio – community radio for central London, Fusion FM, Flames Radio and AIMS FM in Hounslow.

See the full list below. Ofcom is expected to announce which groups will be awarded a licence in the new year.

AIMS FM (Hounslow, West London)

Danaq FM (Gants Hill/Ilford, and London Boroughs of Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest)

Flames Radio (London Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham)

Flex FM (London Boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton, Croydon and KingstonUpon-Thames)

Fusion FM (London: from Edmonton in the north, to Woolwich in the East, Streatham in the South and Ealing in the West)

Greek Beat Radio (North London: Southgate and surrounding areas of Palmers Green, Oakwood, Cockfosters, Bounds Green and Wood Green)

Hot Digital Online (London Borough of Newham, East London)

House FM (London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest)

Krystal FM (Brixton, Clapham, Tulse Hill, Streatham and surrounding areas within the London Borough of Lambeth)

Maritime Radio (London Borough of Greenwich)

Metropol Radio (London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey and Enfield)

Mi-Soul (London Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Greenwich.)

New Generation Radio (London Borough of Newham)

Nomad Radio (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham)

Quasar (London Boroughs within the M25)

Radio Harrow (London Borough of Harrow)

Radio Minhaj (London Borough of Newham)

Rainbow Radio (London Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, west Greenwich and part of Wandsworth)

Starpoint FM (East London: London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham)

Wandsworth Radio (London Borough of Wandsworth)

ZoneOneRadio (Central London – Transport for London’s ‘zone 1’)

Radio Caroline applies for AM radio licence

Radio Caroline has applied for a full-time medium wave licence to serve Suffolk.

The legendary pirate is currently broadcasting online and via a number of outlets including DAB and Manx Radio’s AM transmitters, but this would be the first time Caroline would own and operate its own full-time community radio AM service, legally in the UK.

The application comes along with 10 other radio groups around the UK who have applied to Ofcom to run a station using AM.

They include Leicestershire Community Talk Radio, AM-Rock in Thanet, Canterbury and Dover & East Kent, Ark FM in Glasgow and Radio Central in Birmingham.

It’s all part of the Ofcom Region 11 application process, which invites any radio group to apply for a community radio licence anywhere in the UK outside London, but on AM only.

Here’s the full list of applicants. Each station’s proposed coverage area in the list below is taken from the application.

AM-Rock (Thanet, Canterbury and Dover, East Kent)

Ark AM (Glasgow)

Carillon Wellbeing Radio (West Leicestershire)

Indus Radio (Birmingham)

Leicestershire Community Talk Radio (Leicestershire)

Panj Baani Radio (Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire)

Panj Pani Radio (Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire)

Radio Caroline (Suffolk)

Radio Central (Inner city Birmingham)

Radio Ninesprings (Yeovil and the District of South Somerset)

Radio Seerah (Inner city Leicester)

Steve Lamacq puts on a Christmas Ska Party
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Steve Lamacq puts on a Christmas Ska Party

Steve Lamacq has announced he will be hosting a Christmas Ska Party live from the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios on Tuesday 13 December from 4-7pm.

Joining Steve to toast the festive period will be ska legends The Beat featuring Ranking Roger, 2 Tone titans The Selecter, Glaswegian sound system Mungo’s Hi Fi and the don himself, David Rodigan.

The three-hour live music show will feature new and classic tracks played by The Beat who will perform Mirror in the Bathroom and Tears of a Clown, along with The Selecter who will play On My Radio and Missing Words. Alongside them will be Mungo’s Hi Fi and David Rodigan providing the soundtrack of rare records and festive tinged ska favourites on the turntables.

Steve Lamacq says: “A couple of years ago, I was quite surprised to find a really good compilation of Ska Christmas songs, which is what gave us the idea for the party. And it seemed a terrific opportunity to reunite a couple of our leading 2 Tone era bands, because they’ve both been gigging recently.

“I saw The Selecter at Glastonbury a couple of years ago and all the energy and the drive is still there. I think what they do is incredibly inspiring and infectious.

“And the DJs will be excellent. David Rodigan is my reggae hero and his sets are always a celebratory snapshot of the scene, past and present, while Mungo’s Hi Fi will be bringing their new brand of old school reggae as well.”

Radio 5 live to put 100 women on-air in a day
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Radio 5 live to put 100 women on-air in a day

BBC Radio 5 live is aiming to feature at least 100 women on air in one day to report the news through the eyes of women around the world.

The station’s ambition is to hear from at least 100 female contributors, experts and reporters during the course of Thursday December 8, to highlight research which says women are still significantly under-represented across the media.

The line-up will remain the same and male contributors and callers will still be on-air. But the aim will be to tell news stories from a female perspective with every effort made to ensure those contributing – such as reporters, programme guests and callers – are female.

Rozina Breen, head of news at BBC Radio 5 live, says: “100 Women on 5 live is designed to challenge ourselves about the stories we choose and how we tell those stories. This is a bold idea that has come about because we recognise women are under-represented in the media and we want to do something both positive and practical about it.

“Gender inequality in news reporting is an industry-wide problem across the news media. It won’t be addressed in one day but this gives us a clear aim and is part of range of activities we are doing to better ensure our output is representative of the whole population.

“I hope the day will be both challenging and inclusive and leave us with a lasting legacy of great new talent.”

The day will start with business news programme Wake Up To Money broadcasting live from Reykjavik in Iceland. The country was recently named the best place in the world to be a working woman.

Later in the day guests will include author Jeanette Winterson, singer Martha Wainwright and a Chicago mother who has become an anti-gun campaigner following her son’s murder. The youngest and oldest female MPs in the House of Commons – Mhairi Black and Ann Clwyd – will discuss life in parliament for women.

Elsewhere on Thursday, the wider BBC is working with Wikipedia editors around the world to hold a 12 hour global edit-a-thon on to encourage more female editors on the site and increase articles about women. Edits will be recorded and live tweeted, with the shared hashtag #100womenwiki. The event will be shown on the BBC’s live page, and on its social media platforms over the course of the day.

The edit-a-thon will mark the end of this year’s BBC’s 100 Women season which has seen three weeks of broadcast and online special reports, debates, programmes and journalism, running online at, on BBC World News TV, and on the 29 global language services of BBC World Service Group, as well as network news.


Uptown Funk replaces the Radio 2 Sunday Hour
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Uptown Funk replaces the Radio 2 Sunday Hour

The Sunday Hour this week on BBC Radio 2 was more like the Sunday Half Hour after the station went to emergency back-up for 30 minutes.

It happened at 6am on Sunday, 4th Dec, when Diane Louise Jordan was scheduled to play an hour of uplifting spiritual music with hymns, gospel and choral classics. Instead the station was playing Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In the Dark, Lukas Graham’s 7 Years, David Bowie’s Modern Love and Yes, Owner of a Lonely Heart. Plus the occasional “we’re having technical problems” messages.

On-air, the back-up audio kicked in instead of the news at 6am, until part 2 of the show appeared just after 6.30am. The show was pre-recorded so no mention was made of the fail.

The BBC told “We experienced a technical error which led to the emergency back-up tape playing out. Normal service resumed within a short time.”

The full show, however, is now available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer.

Ofcom urged to licence 3rd Manchester multiplex
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Ofcom urged to licence 3rd Manchester multiplex

Local DAB operator MuxCo is calling on Ofcom to advertise a second city-wide multiplex in Manchester, in addition to current Bauer mux and the small-scale DAB service already operating.

The three shareholders of MuxCo already run a number of multiplexes in the North West, including the adjacent Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool service. They say the current operator, Bauer Media, has made no attempt to offer solutions such as DAB+ and a second city-wide mux would provide fresh new stations.

Gregory Watson, Managing Director of MuxCo, says: “Manchester is a thriving media market and its current multiplex is full. It is inequitable that whilst London has three local multiplexes offering a fantastic array of stations, Manchester has just the one city-wide multiplex. We already have enough interested operators to comfortably make a second Manchester multiplex viable”.

Jason Bryant, Executive Chairman of Nation Broadcasting said; “Competitive media markets such as Manchester are important to Nation Broadcasting’s future strategy. The current Manchester multiplex is full and its current operator has no ambition to upgrade to DAB+, stifling innovation. A second city wide multiplex would open up competition for local businesses and provide listeners with a fresh variety of new services”.

Dee 106.3 Director Chris Hurst said “Manchester did have two multiplexes – with the original MXR North West multiplex and the citywide one. It is a fact that choice has actually reduced for listeners and prospective radio operators and we want to fill the market gap that clearly exists”.

Niocast Digital operates the minimux in Manchester. John Evington from Niocast adds: “We support the case for a second Manchester-wide multiplex. Niocast has proved beyond question that demand exists from new and established operators and we look forward to any new opportunities that may enable us to build on the success of the trial”.

MuxCo Manchester Director Jason Bryant will be giving further details of MuxCo Manchester’s plans at tonight’s Radio Academy Manchester digital radio event “Doing the DAB” at Texture Bar in the city’s Northern Quarter, which will be broadcast on inRadio on Friday at 7pm.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe and Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has pressed the big button to officially switch on another DAB transmitter in Kent.

He and many others from the local area and the world of radio gathered at a special event at Sandgate Primary School in Folkestone Friday morning, as the last of nine new transmitters was switched on, completing a major programme of work bringing local stations to over 800,000 more listeners on DAB digital radio in the county.

Pressing the big green digital radio switch at 9.30am, Mr Collins officially turned on the final of the nine new transmitters for Kent listeners in front of pupils and staff from Sandgate Primary School and representatives and presenters from the seven stations available on local DAB digital radio in the county – BBC Radio Kent, kmfm, Heart Kent, Smooth Kent, Capital, Gold, and Encore Radio.

The launch of the final transmitter, located at Turnpike Hill, completes a programme of work to expand local DAB coverage to 95% of households and roads in Kent, doubling the number of listeners able to access Kent’s local radio stations to over 1.6 million listeners from 800,000.

Damian Collins said: “Today we are celebrating an important landmark by launching here in Folkestone the final transmitter of nine which have collectively transformed the coverage of local stations on DAB digital radio across the county. I am delighted that a further 800,000 listeners across Kent will now be able to hear these much-loved stations, which play such an important role in serving the local community, on digital radio.”

Matt Green, Head teacher, Sandgate Primary, said: “We’re so proud to have hosted such an exciting occasion for the county at our school and to have welcomed our local MP and Kent’s local stations. The pupils have loved the big green switch and finding out more about digital radio.”

In addition to today’s transmitter, over the past six months eight further new transmitters have launched across Kent at Wrotham, Swingate, Etchinghill, Benfleet, Creteway Down, St Marks and Dunkirk. Collectively the transmitters have expanded and boosted local DAB coverage across the county, and brought local DAB digital radio to listeners in the South East of the county for the first time along the coast from Dungeness to Deal, including Hythe, Folkestone and Dover, and across the South Downs.

Geraldine Allinson, Chairman, KM Group, said: “With our integrated multimedia portfolio, the KM Group is the premier media group in Kent, and we have evolved by supporting and developing in all areas of digital media. Digital distribution is integral to kmfm and I’m delighted that 800,000 more listeners in the county can now hear our great shows and presenters, including kmfm breakfast line up Garry and Laura, on DAB digital radio.”

Stuart Davies, Managing Editor, Heart Kent, said: “At Global we’re excited to be introducing even more of our stations into the homes of Kent listeners on DAB digital radio. New additions include the UK’s three biggest commercial radio stations, Heart, Capital and Smooth as well as Gold. Heart Kent has already proved to be popular in the county so we look forward to welcoming new listeners.”

Gordon Davidson, Managing Editor, BBC Radio Kent, said: “BBC Radio Kent has been central to life in Kent over 30 years with local, news, sport and conversation from Kent’s biggest personalities and the best music. Today’s switch on will allow us to bring that in to many more homes and cars on local DAB and that’s great news.”

Gregory Watson, Chairman, Encore Radio, said: “Having launched as recently as October, bringing music from the stage and films to theatre lovers and people who enjoy music from the stage and films, I’m delighted that even more people can now tune into Encore Radio in Kent.”

Richard Johnston, Head of Commercial Radio, Arqiva, said: “I am delighted that the local DAB coverage expansion programme is nearing its successful completion with Kent being the latest area to receive a digital boost. By helping to build Britain’s digital infrastructure in this way we’re bringing local stations to millions more listeners on DAB digital radio.”

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “Digital radio is already very popular in Kent with 60% of homes having a digital radio and 47.5% of listening to digital so it’s great news that 800,000 more listeners will now be able to enjoy all their favourite local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time.”

The new digital transmitters have been built by communications infrastructure company Arqiva and are part of an industry and Government programme of work to build a further 182 local DAB transmitters that will complete at the end of this year. This will extend local DAB coverage to more than 91% of the population, bringing eight million listeners across the UK into coverage and adding over 4,160 miles of roads.

Photo: Stuart Davies, Heart; Ford Ennals, Digital Radio UK; Garry Wilson, KMFM; Damian Collins MP; Geraldine Allinson, KMFM; Laura Nevitt, KMFM; Gordon Davidson, BBC Radio Kent; Pupils from Sandgate Primary School