Radio Newsbeat


I know that the first item below is old news, but I have included it just for the record.  It is amazing how much money the BBC has, it is our licence fees that we pay of course.  If the BBC has a system of making good interest on money received monthly from the licence fee, then they should make it available to the listeners and viewers.  Inflation has been on hold for too long now and savings get no interest now.

Listening to the Radio Mi Amigo RSL, the web stream is having occasional problems.  Not all of the presenters are professional, which is a great pity. Also they do not have a phone link into the studio for the public. I am impressed by Gary Lee, he is a real live wire.  Some of the other presenters are not very good in my opinion, but they do link the show together properly. Bart Serlie the Dutch presenter also is interesting to listen to. Roger Day is the only ex Offshore presenter to do a show for the station.  I am all for new people getting into radio, but surely a tribute to the pirates should have some authentic people on it?

I quite often tune off Radio 4 to 5 Live during the weekdays when they do not have news or something I am interested in.  5 live has some good magazine style programmes during the week.  I am not that keen on sport so avoid listening to 5 live when that is on during weekends. LBC is also a good listen on occasions on DAB.

Radio News news selected from Radio Today site

Chris Evans named as highest-paid BBC presenter – disgusting that the BBC pays people so much money and neglects paying their backroom staff far less (waffler)

Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans was paid more than £2.2 million by the BBC last year, making him the corporation’s highest-earning presenter.

Chris was given between £2.2m and £2.249m by the BBC in 2016-17, according to figures published today in the BBC’s Annual Report which details salaries for talent earning more than £150,000.

Several other Radio 2 presenters are on the list – which shows amounts within £50,000 brackets – including Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine, Steve Wright and Claudia Winkleman. Many of them do work for a variety of BBC programmes and outlets – for example Jeremy Vine also presents the Eggheads quiz show, Points of View and Crimewatch on BBC One and is part of the election night coverage. Claudia Winkleman does one weekly show for Radio 2 alongside television presenting work. It’s understood Chris Evans’ pay for last year includes his work for Top Gear.

Radio 4’s Today Programme presenter John Humphrys is in the 600-650k bracket, which will also include pay for other duties such as presenting Mastermind. His co-presenters earn significantly less – Nick Robinson received £250k+, Mishal Hussain got £200k+, Justin Webb £150k+, while Sarah Montague does not appear on the list so was paid under £150,000 last year.

Other BBC Radio stars missing from the list include Radio 4’s Jane Garvey and Dame Jenni Murray.

Steve Wright, who only works for Radio 2, was paid £500-500k, while 5 live’s top earners are Nicky Campbell and Stephen Nolan, were both paid more than £400,000 during the year for their work across the BBC.

Radio 1’s highest paid presenter is Nick Grimshaw, on more than £350,000 last year. Scott Mills falls into the £250,000-£300,000 bracket, while drivetime presenter Greg James was paid £150-200k.

Names from BBC Nations and Regions on the list include BBC London’s Vanessa Feltz, Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan and Radio Wales presenter Jason Mohammad – all of whom do network radio shows and TV work.

Here we list BBC presenters who do programmes for BBC Radio, with the caveat that their main job may be on television or that they have income from television work on top of their radio income.

£2,200,000 – £2,249,999
Chris Evans (Radio 2)

£850,000 – £899,999
Graham Norton (Radio 2)

£700,000 – £749,999
Jeremy Vine (Radio 2)

£600,000 – £649,000
John Humphrys (Radio 4)

£500,000 – £549,999
Steve Wright (Radio 2)

£450,000 – £499,999
Claudia Winkleman (Radio 2)

£400,000 – £449,999
Nicky Campbell (5 live)
Stephen Nolan (5 live/Radio Ulster)
Andrew Marr (Radio 4)

£350,000 – £399,999
Vanessa Feltz (Radio 2 / BBC Radio London)
Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1)
Simon Mayo (Radio 2 / 5 live)

£300,000 – £349,999
Lauren Laverne (6 Music)
Eddie Mair (Radio 4)

£250,000 – £299,999
Ken Bruce (Radio 2)
Scott Mills (Radio 1)
Trevor Nelson (Radio 2/1Xtra)
Zoe Ball (Radio 2)
Evan Davis (Radio 4)
Jason Mohammad (Radio Wales / 5 live)
Nick Robinson (Radio 4)

£200,000 – £249,999
Mark Radcliffe (Radio 2 / 6 Music)
Mark Chapman (5 live)
Jools Holland (Radio 2)
John Inverdale (5 live)
Mishal Husain (Radio 4)
Martha Kearney (Radio 4)

£150,000 – £199,999
Adrian Chiles (5 live)
Greg James (Radio 1)
Shaun Keaveny (6 Music)
Moira Stuart (Radio 2)
Jo Whiley (Radio 2)
Jonathan Agnew (5 live)
John Pienaar (5 live)
Justin Webb (Radio 4)

The figures have been published as part of the requirements of the latest BBC Charter from the government, with the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley saying publishing the salaries of stars would bring the BBC “in line with the civil service” on transparency.

The BBC Director General, Lord Hall, disagrees with the requirement to publish the salaries, and urged caution when comparing rates paid to different individuals, saying their responsibilities may vary widely even if their on-air roles appear similar. The BBC says the £150,000-plus salaries represent “less than a quarter of 1%” of its talent contracts last year.

It’s also important to note that the figures are only for work carried out directly for the BBC. For example, Graham Norton’s total includes work for Radio 2, Eurovision and Saturday night entertainment shows, but not his BBC One Friday night chat show which is made by an indie.

BBC Management Pay for 2016-17

Also included in today’s Annual Report are the latest figures on executive pay at the BBC.
BBC Director of Radio and Education James Purnell and Director of Radio Bob Shennan both received pay in the £250-300k bracket. The former Director of Radio Helen Boaden received renumeration for 2016-17 in the £350-400k band.

Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper, Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey and Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams’ pay was all in the £150-200k band, as was the Controller of English Regions David Holdsworth.

You can see the full document listing talent and management pay here.


Heart Four Counties breakfast show co-presenters Stuart Miles and Katy Hill are leaving the station this Friday.

The hosts announced news of their sudden departure on Wednesday morning, saying they will be hosting their last show this week.  

On Thursday morning, the pair announced the show will be hosted by Ivan Berry who appeared live on-air in a civilised chat about the takeover. Ivan hasn’t worked on radio before but is currently a television presenter with London Live.

Singer Nicki French tweeted Stuart saying: “Just listened to @Stuart_Miles’ announce he is leaving his breakfast show – his lovely words about @dreurovision made me emotional! #love”

Katy has been hosting the show with Stuart for the last two and a half years, whilst Stuart has been there since 2010. They also worked together on Blue Peter in 2000.

Mark Sadler, managing editor, Heart Four Counties: “Ivan Berry will be joining us for a brand new Heart Breakfast show launching late August. Ivan is an exciting talent, having presented shows for MTV and Nickelodeon’s online platforms among many others. He’s also MC at his beloved Fulham FC on match days.”

Details of Ivan’s co-host will be announced shortly.

Date set for BBC Radio 4’s new theatre show

Radio 4 has announced more detail on its new theatre show Opening Night, starting on 5 August.

Opening Night will broadcast from a new town or city each month reporting on the latest productions, highlighting writing and performances. It meets the actors, writers and directors as they head towards the first performance of a production and discusses the challenges facing the industry.

James Runcie, BBC Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Arts, says: “Opening Night will travel all over the United Kingdom to showcase the depth, range, experiment, originality and diversity of theatre work across the country. It’s our ambition to seek out new voices, different points of view, and alternative ways of telling stories – to listen to audiences as well as performers, to maintain a critical understanding, to surprise and enlighten, amuse and entertain.”

In a major commitment to reporting on theatre across the country, Opening Night will cover an industry worth £460 million annually with an audience of over 18 million.

Starting in Edinburgh on 5 August at the beginning of the Edinburgh festivals, the first episode will be hosted by BBC Radio Scotland presenter and arts journalist Janice Forsyth. Guests in August will include the Director of Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, writer Zinnie Harris and Jackie Wylie, artistic director of National Theatre Scotland.

Opening Night will have a rolling cast of presenters, whose local knowledge and love of the theatre in their respective cities will give each programme insight and access into that area. In September, the programme comes from Leicester and the East Midlands, where it will be hosted by presenter and arts reporter for BBC East Midlands Geeta Pendse. It will go behind the scenes of the forthcoming production of Sunset Boulevard, directed by Nikolai Foster at the Curve Theatre. In October, listeners are taken to the Belfast International Festival with Marie-Louise Muir.

Venues range from the Festival city of Edinburgh to some of Britain’s smallest spaces, like Cardiff’s only pub theatre The Other Room and Exeter’s The Bike Shed Theatre.

Opening Night is one of a suite of arts commissions on Radio 4 announced earlier this year by Commissioning Editor James Runcie and is part of the BBC’s commitment to the arts.


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