Radio Newsbeat


The test broadcasts from Caroline continue, but alas I cannot receive them as well any more in the Thames Valley.   The transmissions are intended for Suffolk and parts of Essex, but some people report reception from far away.

D-Lux radio are testing as well on the Internet, they are playing a great selection of music. With good quality at 128k in MP3 format. Ironic actually because it is intended to celebrate Luxembourg and good music radio.  At the time of making this post Mike Read is interviewing Eddy Grant about his music which is very interesting.  In the course of the past weeks they are also revealing some specialist shows with big names as well. Can they hold everyone in suspense successfully up until they launch in March 2018?

It seems that the Internet is providing more and more radio stations to listen to.  I found this streaming service on You Tube- back to back Christmas Music.  From a College?  It is seasonal so I have posted it here.  Naff or good? Smooth Radio and other stations have also got special Christmas stations on DAB radio in the UK

It is amazing that so many stations play music. Thinking back to when Radio Caroline came on air, there was no pop music station at all in the UK bar Radio Luxembourg which was overseas!   Needletime is no longer applicable to clear rights on records, it is just based on the number of listeners to each radio station, web terrestrial or satellite!

I find it alarming to find the power that the Government are giving to Ofcom who will also now have the BBC reporting back to them on their programmes.

I am pleased that Fearne Cotton has done so well in broadcasting.  It seems ages since we voted for her by phone on television years ago. Fearne was in the same class as my daughter at Junior School and came to her birthday parties.  I know her Mum and Dad as well.  She even visited my town recently to promote her latest book about Yoga for Babies, we didn’t attend that function!   I haven’t met Fearne since the 80s, but did see her Mum Linda and aunt in Pinner about 5 years ago.

News selected from the Radio Today Site


Ofcom lets talkSPORT keep national licence

Ofcom has concluded that nobody would be interested in talkSPORT’s national AM licence so has renewed it for five years for an annual payment of £10,000.

The regulator did the same deal for Classic FM and Absolute Radio earlier this year, saying entry costs would outweigh the potential profits. talkSPORT is also being offered a rate of 0% PQR – the percentage of qualifying revenue.

Ofcom said it concluded that a hypothetical new entrant would not be prepared to make financial payments in return for the right to broadcast nationally on analogue for the period under consideration – so the current licence holders would likely be able to retain their licences in a hypothetical auction for a nominal amount.

All three national stations got the same £10k deal seven years ago, prior to which they were paying much more. talkSPORT previously paid £100,000 a year for the licence.

talkSPORT was the only company to respond to the consultation, now needs to officially accept the terms to carry on broadcasting.

“This is what we consider a reasonable view of the approach the incumbent licensee would take to making nominal bids, looking at nominal cash bids made by bidders and those set by Ofcom in (real and hypothetical) auctions for television and other INR licences,” Ofcom said.


Rob Cowan swaps BBC Radio 3 for Classic FM

Classic FM’s new weekend schedule includes a new show from former Radio 3 breakfast host Rob Cowan.

Rob is returning to Classic FM, having been part of the original line-up. He’ll host his own Saturday evening music show (7pm to 9pm) from 6th January. Cowan’s Classics will include the Sure Shot, which first ran on Classic FM 25 years ago, in which Cowan champions a new recording which he tips for success.

Also, Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins is joining the station to present Sunday afternoons 3pm till 5pm whilst composer, broadcaster and former Classic FM Composer in Residence, Howard Goodall, will be in conversation with Andrew Lloyd Webber for a brand new six-part Saturday night series from 9pm to 10pm.

Rob Cowan said: “I’ve always said that, over the years, Classic FM has been responsible for bringing great music into the national consciousness. Now, after a creatively varied seventeen-year period of absence, I’m delighted to be going full circle, reaching out to a public that’s eager to be nourished by quality repertoire, whether familiar or unfamiliar, as performed by artists who are fully up to the job. I intend to have a ball – and hope my listeners will, too.”

Charlotte Hawkins said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Classic FM team and I can’t wait to share some of my most-loved pieces of music with listeners. I’ve always been a fan of the station and it’ll be wonderful to play some old favourites as well as discovering new gems. Having grown up with classical music as the soundtrack to my childhood, it’s so exciting to have this opportunity”.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s Managing Editor added: “Following our 25th birthday celebrations this year, 2018 on Classic FM will be off to a flying start as we welcome a host of new names – and old friends – to the station. These brilliant broadcasters share Classic FM’s vision to make classical music relevant to all, and we look forward to launching these exciting new programmes next month.”


Presenters Alex James and Charlotte Green are leaving the station at the end of the month.

Mid-morning presenter Clara Amfo is to join Fearne Cotton as co-host on the special Top of the Pops festive shows.

Clara will be the first new presenter of the TV programme in well over a decade, which will air over Christmas and New Year.

“I’m so happy and honoured to be presenting Top of the Pops alongside Fearne,” Clara says. “It’s an iconic show that I’ve grown up with and continue to enjoy watching, especially during the festive season. 2017 has been a rich year in pop and I can’t wait to celebrate it with the artists, Fearne and everyone at home.”


Mark Cooper, Head of Music Television, BBC Studios says: “Clara is a great champion of all kinds of pop music and she lights up the screen with her radiance. She’s a joy on Radio 1, she did a great job presenting on BBC TV at Glastonbury this year and now she’s co-hosting Top of the Pops! Clara and Fearne will be a formidable duo!”

David Holdsworth, Controller, English Regions, is leaving the BBC after 33 years at the corporation.

In an email to all staff today, James Harding, Director, News and Current Affairs, said: “David is one of the most influential figures in the modern history of local radio and regional TV in the BBC. In his thoughtful and determined way, he has expanded the breadth of our broadcasting, enlivened what we do on air and ensured we keep engaged with cities, counties and communities across the country. During his 33 years at the BBC, he has launched two radio stations, worked as a TV producer and TV editor and ran three regions: the North West, the East and the West Midlands.”

He leads more than 3,000 staff in local programme and news teams across England and is responsible for editorial leadership and overall management of 12 television regions, 39 local radio stations and online.

David ran the first pilot of local video online and on the red button and will continue to work on the delivery of all the local news partnership projects until he leaves in the spring.

James continues: “I am hugely grateful to him for helping me both to run BBC News these past years and to appreciate all that we do across the English Regions.

“We will advertise for a new Controller, English Regions promptly and the appointment will be made by the new Director of News and Current Affairs in the new year.”

David Holdsworth said: “Choosing to leave now has been a difficult decision because I have loved every minute of my job. But this feels like a good moment to hand over BBC English Regions. Our budget is secure and the importance of the services we provide is understood clearly.

“I am hugely proud of the teams I have led for nearly nine years. They make the most watched news programme on British television (the 6:30 BBC One regional bulletin), run 39 unique radio stations that attract six million listeners, produce some of the most innovative and engaging digital news content available and make England’s only current affairs TV programme Inside Out.

“The local media landscape has changed significantly since I first became a journalist 40 years ago. There has been a sharp drop in the number of journalists on local newspapers and there is less genuinely local radio or regional current affairs made outside the BBC. This makes the BBC’s local mission more crucial than ever. I will be cheering on my successor and the whole of English Regions once I have left.”

David implemented the BBC’s Women in Radio initiative which helped boost the number of women presenting on BBC Radio and he also oversaw the start of a transition of BBC Local Radio’s switch to a virtualised equipment and infrastructure entitled The Virtual Local Radio (ViLoR) project.

David joined the BBC in 1985 and was in the launch team for two new BBC local radio stations, in Shropshire and Hereford & Worcester.

Jazz FM’s Christmas schedule includes Christmas Day morning with musician China Moses and former Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin.

Claire joins Jazz FM to present a programme on Christmas Day afternoon with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band leader Pete Long, including a live performance from Claire herself on the Jazz FM Yamaha baby grand.

Wrapping up Christmas Day is a special edition of Dinner Jazz hosted by Gregory Porter.

Jamie Crick returns with Christmas Day Requests featuring requests from listeners and jazz musicians such as Jose Feliciano, Kandace Springs, Jose James, Bill Laurence, Seal, Cecile McLorin Salvant and many more.

As Jazz’s first one-hundred years pass, there are celebrations of legendary jazz centenarians including repeated programmes on Thelonious Monk and Laura Mvula’s listener countdown of the Top 10 Ella Fitzgerald songs. There are new programmes from drummer Ollie Howell with a fans-eye-view of Buddy Rich while British trumpeter Quentin Collins looks at one of his musical heroes – Dizzy Gillespie.

Finally, on New Year’s Eve following a Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show review of 2017, musician Emily Saunders provides a rhythmic Latin soundtrack before musician and producer Marcus Miller – regular host of the station’s Transatlantic Jazz – will welcome 2018 with his selection of jazz funk.

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts says “This is the brightest line up of jazz stars we’ve ever had on Jazz FM at Christmas. To be able to secure the cream of British jazz, international Grammy winners and global jazz masters like Gregory Porter to broadcast to our listeners with amazing music and subject matter is a real treat.”


Pat Sharp is taking over two weekend shows on P8 Pop in Norway, the national pop station broadcasting on DAB+.

P8 Pop is a part of Modern Times Group who also house stations like P4, Norway’s biggest commercial radio station, and a variety of other full-service stations for hits, country, oldies, rock and more.

Espen Thorpe from the station tells us: “P8 Pop is all about the biggest hits from 80s. We have many Norwegian radio personalities on air, and now we are VERY happy to welcome the decade-legend Mr Pat Sharp to our station.

“Pat is a big icon to very many Norwegians who watched Sky Channel in the 80s. It is therefore with great joy we now announce that Pat Sharp is going to be broadcasting on P8 Pop every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-6pm, Norway time (2pm-5pm UK time).

Pat has been on a number of stations recently, including My Music Radio, Thames Radio and Dragon Radio, since leaving full-time presentation at Smooth Radio in 2013 shortly after Global taking control.




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