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Wireless Waffler:

Russell Brand must be an acquired taste, Katie Hopkins called him a naughty child when he burst in on her programme at LBC.  I think he is childish as well, Kenny Everett was OTT, but not silly like Russel Brand!

Just returned from a lovely break in Cyprus.  I managed to see a transmitter site at Cape Greco.  There were masts there for medium wave transmitters aimed towards the Middle East.  Here are some pictures I took Radio Sawa the US ARABIC Station are sited there,.  Also Radio France International and Transworld Radio.

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Financial news station Share Radio to close

National DAB business and financial news station Share Radio is to close on May 5th, RadioToday understands.

Presenters and staff were told of the upcoming closure of the station at a meeting held this morning.

Share Radio went national last year, taking the slot reserved for “talkBUSINESS” on the Sound Digital SDL multiplex.

Since it launched in 2014 on DAB in London, it has applied to Ofcom for a London AM licence, and called for more shares to keep the service going. Last year it cut six full time jobs whilst looking for new investment of £2.5m.

SDL is currently obliged to provide a Business and financial news radio station under its current agreement, but can apply for that to be changed with Ofcom. The Government is currently consulting on whether Ofcom approval of changes to multiplexes should still be required.

In a statement to RadioToday, founder and financier Gavin Oldham says he has taken the decision following difficulties in building sufficient revenue and in attracting external investment.

Gavid said: “Share Radio has many supporters in the financial services industry but unfortunately this has not extended sufficiently into working with us as sponsors and advertisers, or indeed financiers. It is therefore with great regret that I have decided to disband our excellent team and close the business.

“I am particularly grateful to our very talented and experienced team, several of whom have background experience in the BBC and financial media. We also particularly appreciate those in the financial services industry who came forward as sponsors for such an early stage business to support our aim of explaining finance to a wider audience. These include Henderson Global Investors, The Share Centre, NS&I, the London Stock Exchange, Equifax and, more recently, JP Morgan.

We’re also very grateful to the very large number of guests and contributors who have made our output so special, including Simon Lambert and the This Is Money team, Claer Barrett and Lord Lee from FT Money, Lyndsey Cook and her Money Fight Club, the Open University, and Tim Evans from Middlesex University – and so many others who sprinkled stardust on Share Radio.”

Brian Matthew, long-serving presenter with BBC Radio 2, has died at the age of 88.

Brian presented a final edition of his Sounds of the 60s programme in February, after news at the start of the year that he was to leave the show following a period of ill health.

He had hosted the 60s-themed programme since April 1990, and before that presented Radio 2’s arts magazine Round Midnight from 1978 to 1990.

Brian was due to present some Bank Holiday specials called The Brian Matthew Years, the first of which would air at Easter on 16th April. The BBC says this programme was postponed due to Brian’s ill health and so in its place will be a show broadcast in 2007 where Brian looks back over his career and remembers some of his classic interviews.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 added: “Brian was one of this country’s most popular and best-loved presenters, delighting millions of listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on Sounds of the 60s for 27 years. On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and our best wishes to his family at this difficult time.”

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, and former BBC Radio 2 Controller says: “Brian was a radio legend. For decades, his voice was the sound of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to listeners on Sounds of the 60s with his wit and warmth. He will be sorely missed.”

Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC said: “Brian Matthew was an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations. He had a wonderful style of delivery and a real connection with his listeners. Brian was a true broadcasting great. We will all miss him and of course, that voice.”

Brian joined the BBC Light Programme in the late 1950s, presenting Saturday Skiffle Club, later Saturday Club and then Easy Beat from 1960. Other shows he was involved with include The Beatles Story in 1972 for Radios 1 and 2, and weekend afternoon programme My Top 12 on Radio 1 from 1973. He was given the Radio Academy’s Gold Award at the Sony Awards in 2008.

Click here to read radio historian David Lloyd’s obituary piece on Brian Matthew.

Brian’s death was announced accidently on Wednesday, after the BBC received incorrect information. A correction was broadcast later the same day saying he was alive but critically ill. Here’s how it was announced on BBC Radio 2.

George Shelley & Lilah Parsons leave Capital Breakfast

Dave Berry’s co-hosts George Shelley & Lilah Parsons have left the Capital London Breakfast show.

Dave, who hosted his last show on Friday, is joining Absolute Radio to host a yet unannounced daily show. George and Lilah are not leaving altogether though – a Capital spokesperson says they’ll appear elsewhere on the schedule. The spokesperson also said “We wish Dave lots of luck for the future” and that details of a new breakfast show will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, The Sun is reporting Roman Kemp, currently on evenings, will take over the breakfast show full time.

Former 1Xtra and KISS presenter Will Manning & Capital early breakfast show host Aimee Vivian are hosting the show on Monday morning and are on the schedule for all of next week. Will joined Capital 12 months ago originally to host a number of cover shows. He now hosts Drive.

Russell Brand invades Katie Hopkins on LBC

It appears Russell Brand has an Access All Areas pass at Leicester square since starting his new weekly Radio X show, as this week he invited himself into Katie Hopkins on LBC.

He filmed the entire invasion, leaving Radio X, walking pass Classic FM and Smooth Radio studios, and ending up at LBC’s new state of the studios at the back of the Global building.

Russell said he wanted to lure “Hatie Kopkins” back to humanity and went on-air at LBC whilst Katie was talking to a caller. She told him to leave, calling him a naughty child.

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