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So much radio at the moment both on 648 khz with Caroline, and this coming weekend the link up with Manx Radio on 1368 Khz.  Delux radio is continuing its test programmes, also Tony Prince has jumped ship and is now starting off his own station United DJs. No links yet so we can hear this new station though.

News selected from the Radio Today Site

 Christian O’Connell to leave Absolute Radio

The UK’s most awarded commercial radio presenter, Christian O’Connell, is leaving  after a 12-year stint on breakfast.

Christian joined the station for breakfast when it was known as Virgin Radio as a replacement for Pete & Geoff, and has won almost a dozen Sony Radio Academy Gold awards along with six Arqivas.

He’s previously worked at Xfm, Juice Liverpool, 2CR and 5 live.

He announced the news on-air today, the 12th anniversary of the show, just after 8am, confirming he’s leaving the UK for a new adventure. He didn’t say where he was going but RadioToday understands he’s got a new radio show in Australia, as previously reported by our colleagues at Radio Today Australia. He’ll be leaving “in a couple of months”.

On the move, he told RadioToday.co.uk: I love working here and my decision to leave has been the hardest of my radio career. Absolute Radio has given me the freedom to carve out my little place in the morning. To say goodbye to Richie and our amazing listeners is really so hard and very emotional for me. It’s never been just a radio show to me. I only wanted to leave for something amazing and that’s what I’m doing.

“Heading off somewhere new for a big new adventure for me and my family. Soon I’ll be able to say more about where I’m leaving the UK for and I know Absolute Radio will have something great lined up to replace my show. I hope they love it as much as I have the last twelve years of my life.”

His co-host Richie Firth will remain part of the Absolute Radio family, the station says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian is one of the most reported-about radio presenters on RadioToday. Over the years, we’ve reported on his live show from a taxi, his home, and even the BBC. We told you about the time when Tony Blair made a surprise call to the show, and when he played the non-radio edit of Boulevard of Broken Dreams by mistake.

We followed his Soapbox Race which he and Richie won, his trip to Switzerland with a bunch of listeners, and that time he started throwing tennis balls at Neil Fox’s studio window. And who can forget that time when David Cameron swore twice on the breakfast show, saying Pi** and Tw**, later to be cleared by Ofcom.

He has hosted many a radio awards, and has featured in a number of radio events including being part of sessions at the Radio Festival and Radiodays Europe.

Commenting on the news, Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester said, “Christian is one of the most successful broadcasters of his generation with countless award wins and a record-breaking audience. His contribution to Absolute Radio is unquestionable and the relationship he’s forged with his listeners is unparalleled. While we are naturally sad to see him go, we understand the time is right for him to start a life-changing adventure with his family. He leaves with our very best wishes.”

The move leaves a rare high-profile breakfast show vacancy on a national analogue radio station – and Absolute Radio tells us an announcement will be made in due course about a replacement.

Listen to Christian announcing the news to listeners:
https://embeds.audioboom.com/posts/6613886-christian-o-connell-announces-he-s-leaving-absolute-radio/embed/v4?eid=AQAAAC7vZlp-62QA

 

A long list of famous radio presenters who previously worked on  have joined a different online station to one they were due to be part of.

Names including Mike Read, Tony Prince, Emperor Rosko and DLT will now be presenting on a station called ‘’, which says it will use the strapline ‘Station of the Stars’ with full and exclusive permission from RTL.

Another station – Delux / Deluxe Radio – had previously announced a similar list of presenters for its streaming station, which is also using the strapline ‘Station of the Stars’.

An announcement from United DJs said: “There have been all kinds of revolutions across the years but now stand by for a DJ revolution. Somewhere along the line the radio industry decided to junk that title and along came ‘The Presenter’. And if the first radio revolution could be deemed the one in the UK headlined by Radio Caroline, then UNITED DJs will register as the second radio revolution, this time entertaining an enormous global audience.”

United DJs says its logo pays tribute to another pioneer of radio – Radio Caroline – and says its DJs will be ‘playing and saying what they like’ as ‘streaming comes of age’.

The full list of DJs announced by the project is: Mike Read, Tony Prince, Shaun Tilley, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, The Emperor Rosko, Dave Lee Travis, Adrian John, Mike Hollis, Rob Jones, Eddy Grant, Graham Dene, Peter Antony, Pearly Gates, Mike Knight, Enda W. Caldwell, Bob Lawrence, Paul Newman, Kenny Tosh, Alton Andrews, Les ‘LA Mix’ Adams, Ian Shirley, Tony Blewit, Stuart Busby, Chantilly, Peter ‘DMC’ Roberts, Cutmaster Swift and Laurie Holloway.

Please note this list of presenters has been supplied to us from “United DJs” and we have been unable to confirm with each individual if they have officially signed up for the new station. Please contact us if your name should not appear above.

A long list of famous radio presenters who previously worked on Radio Luxembourg have joined a different online station to one they were due to be part of.

Names including Mike Read, Tony Prince, Emperor Rosko and DLT will now be presenting on a station called ‘United DJs’, which says it will use the strapline ‘Station of the Stars’ with full and exclusive permission from RTL.

Another station – Delux / Deluxe Radio – had previously announced a similar list of presenters for its streaming station, which is also using the strapline ‘Station of the Stars’.

An announcement from United DJs said: “There have been all kinds of revolutions across the years but now stand by for a DJ revolution. Somewhere along the line the radio industry decided to junk that title and along came ‘The Presenter’. And if the first radio revolution could be deemed the one in the UK headlined by Radio Caroline, then UNITED DJs will register as the second radio revolution, this time entertaining an enormous global audience.”

United DJs says its logo pays tribute to another pioneer of radio – Radio Caroline – and says its DJs will be ‘playing and saying what they like’ as ‘streaming comes of age’.

The full list of DJs announced by the project is: Mike Read, Tony Prince, Shaun Tilley, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, The Emperor Rosko, Dave Lee Travis, Adrian John, Mike Hollis, Rob Jones, Eddy Grant, Graham Dene, Peter Antony, Pearly Gates, Mike Knight, Enda W. Caldwell, Bob Lawrence, Paul Newman, Kenny Tosh, Alton Andrews, Les ‘LA Mix’ Adams, Ian Shirley, Tony Blewit, Stuart Busby, Chantilly, Peter ‘DMC’ Roberts, Cutmaster Swift and Laurie Holloway.

Please note this list of presenters has been supplied to us from “United DJs” and we have been unable to confirm with each individual if they have officially signed up for the new station. Please contact us if your name should not appear above.

https://t.co/xM0Ris5FPI the real home of United DJs with a team that is growing day by day #uniteddjs

 has published a short consultation proposing to update the definition used to assess how much ‘new music’ is played on  and 2.

In the BBC Operating Licence, published in October 2017, Ofcom placed a requirement on the BBC to ensure that a significant proportion of BBC Radio 1 and 2’s airtime was dedicated to ‘new music’.

Today’s consultation proposes to amend the definition of ‘new music’ to better reflect how music is distributed today.

Ofcom says: “In recent years, however, physical sales have increasingly given way to downloads and streaming services, and we consider it appropriate to amend the definition of New Music to take account of these changes.

“This licence variation consultation seeks views on our proposals to update the definition of New Music used to assess Radio 1 and Radio 2’s compliance with their respective requirements and to adjust the associated new music obligation for Radio 1.”

Views on the proposals are invited by 20 February 2018.

 

Bristol Sound has applied for the re-advertised Bristol licence, saying the current station fails to cater for local tastes and interests.

The bid is from Nation Broadcasting, which first applied for the Bristol licence in 2006.

Jason Bryant Executive Chairman of Nation and Launch Director of Bristol Sound said; “We are confident we will significantly improve the audience of local commercial radio in the great western city of Bristol. After seven years on air, the incumbent is the least successful station in Bristol, achieving just 1.5% of all listening (Q3 2017 RAJAR). Self-evidently, it fails to cater for local tastes and interests. The Breeze is a radio station for the few, not the many. It is a failed brand in this market.”

Bristol Sound is proposing to be based in the city with Bristol-led news and information and a classic oldies format targeting an adult audience aged 45+. Bristol news will be provided in partnership with Bristol based news agency, South West News Service.

Celador, which operates The Breeze on 107.2 FM, is also bidding to keep the licence.

The licence was originally part-owned by UKRD when it launched in 1999 as 107.3 The Eagle, a name similar to two other of UKRD’s stations in Guildford and Cambridge. It rebranded in 2001 to Star 107.3 and in January 2004, the frequency moved to 107.2 MHz FM. It was bought by Tomahawk Radio in 2009 then again to Celador in 2011.

Nation Broadcasting is also a 33% shareholder in Ipswich FM, which has also submitted an application to Ofcom today rivaling Celador’s licence in Ipswich.

 

Applications have been submitted to Ofcom today for the re-advertised Ipswich FM radio licence.

Ipswich FM has confirmed to RadioToday that it has submitted an application, to rival Celador’s current service Town 102.

The Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has given his backing to the rival bid, saying it would rather have a local station broadcasting locally rather than from Norwich.

“As MP for Ipswich I am convinced of the need for a viable commercial local radio station to complement the service from the local BBC Radio Suffolk. It is essential that this should be a genuinely local station, based among its audience, and broadcasting content which is determined by and sensitive to the needs of Ipswich people,” Sandy says.

“I do not believe Ipswich people would welcome a radio station that was based in Norwich, nor would they regard it as local. The Ipswich FM bid gives the opportunity for Ipswich-based broadcasters, with a proven track record, to help to deliver a genuinely local radio station and I fully support their bid.”

Ipswich FM submitted its proposals this afternoon (17th January) to Ofcom. Its plans include local studios in Ipswich, local programming from Ipswich and Ipswich based presenters and radio journalists. Ipswich FM expects the licence to be awarded in the Spring.

Ipswich FM Chairman Michael Betton, who started his career at the original Ipswich station, Radio Orwell, in 1975 said “We passionately believe that local radio for Ipswich can’t and should not be delivered from our great, rival city of Norwich. We are delighted that Sandy and other stakeholders – advertisers, presenters and listeners – support and champion the localness of our submission to Ofcom.”

Celador has also confirmed it has submitted an application, which will be available on the Ofcom website in due course. Ipswich FM has made its application available online here.

Union JACK is introducing a new show hosted by an Andy Murray soundalike.

Andy Murray’s 15-0 songs starts this Sunday 21st January at 11am, with play love songs, dedications and requests.

It’s actually hosted by viral impressionist, Josh Berry who has appeared on BBC television, UNILAD, and radio. He’s been working with Union JACK radio since summer 2017.

Programme Manager, Giles Gear, says – “What a coup! We’ve always been a fan of Andy’s charisma, energy and all round passion, so who else to host a new show on Union JACK? Since hurting his hip, he’s been looking for something else to do – stand-up comedy / motivational speaking – but this really is his calling. He’s a natural”.

Jimmy Armfield, who spent almost 40 years on air as a BBC radio football pundit, has died following a battle with cancer.The former England football captain and Blackpool player went on to become as famous for his radio work as his footballing skills after joining the BBC in 1980.

He was regular voice on commentaries and match reports over several decades on Radio 2, Radio 5 and 5 live.

5 live Controller Jonathan Wall said: “Today 5 live Sport mourns the loss of one of our true legends and friends. Gentleman Jimmy Armfield. A very sad day but filled with so many warm memories. Talking football which I did for the first time as a 13 year old and for the last time just a few weeks ago was one of life’s great pleasures. His passion for the game was infectious and his generosity of spirit second to none. He was a brilliant broadcaster, an even better man.”

Speaking on 5 live, the BBC’s Football Correspondent, John Murray, said: “This is extremely sad news for us, it will be extremely sad news to hear for everyone who knew Jimmy because he was such a popular man, such a friendly man. And certainly for all of us at BBC Radio Sport – all the commentators and the football producers who have worked with Jimmy over many many years – over decades. I think Jimmy was quite proud of the fact that he’d worked as long in his career broadcasting about football as he did as a player and a manager.”

Sports broadcaster John Helm – the man who first hired him for the BBC – told 5 live: “I got to know Jimmy when he was manager of Leeds United… we used to do the Daily Telegraph crossword – cryptic of course – together on flights abroad. When he’d left Leeds United I met him at a Manchester City game, they were playing Bristol City, I just bumped into him in a corridor. We were chattering away and I just thought this guy’s knowledge, his dry sense of humour, his wisdom, that lovely voice, his avuncular nature – was absolutely perfect for Radio 2 as it was in those days. And I said ‘Jimmy would you fancy doing a bit of broadcasting for us?’ He said ‘I’d love that’, and from the following Saturday that was it – he became one of the great voices of BBC Radio.”

Jimmy did an in-depth interview with 5 live’s Mark Pougatch last year – the station is broadcasting it in full again tonight at 10pm

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast a brand new choral commission to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

The Pankhurst Anthem is a choral work with music by composer Lucy Pankhurst and text by women’s rights activist and writer Helen Pankhurst (pictured), based on words by her great-grandmother Emmeline.

Written to be performed in two parts, Echoes of Emmeline is followed by Anthem, which features a melody designed to be easily learnt, sung by any number of voices and especially composed with the view to encouraging music-lovers across the UK to perform the piece themselves to mark the anniversary year together.

The BBC Singers conducted by Hilary Campbell will perform The Pankhurst Anthem in an online premiere available to view on the BBC Radio 3 website from the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage on Tuesday 6 February.

To enable audience participation and involvement, vocal scores of The Pankhurst Anthem will be available to download free of charge from the BBC Radio 3 website from Tuesday 6 February. Audiences are encouraged to send BBC Radio 3 photographs of themselves learning and performing the work, and to share recordings via social media.

BBC Radio 3 will invite audiences to join amateur choir Voices of Hope for a performance of the complete work on the opening day of the station’s Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead on Friday 9 March, broadcast live on Radio 3.

Additional programming on BBC Radio 3 marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage will include The Drama of the Suffragettes – a chance to hear extracts from some of the provocative plays written by the Actresses’ Franchise League and female campaigners which were integral to promoting the Suffragette cause in the Edwardian period (Sunday 11 March).

On the date of the 100th anniversary itself (Tuesday 6 February) BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast programme will launch 30 on 30; as a series of well-known figures will select music by a female composer whom they particularly admire, including conductors Marin Alsop and Sakari Oramo and broadcaster Sue MacGregor. The series will run until International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March), when BBC Radio 3 will present a day of programming dedicated to female composers.

Helen Pankhurst says: “I am delighted to have been involved in Radio 3’s commission for the centenary of the vote. The piece that Lucy and I have created has a component reflecting on the struggle a hundred years ago, using Emmeline’s words as inspiration. The second part is an upbeat anthem, taking us forward, with community choirs encouraged to take part. It’s been a privilege to be part of such an inspiring initiative.”

Lucy Pankhurst, Composer, says: “I am absolutely honoured to have been asked to create the music for the Pankhurst Anthem. Working with Helen has been such a wonderful experience. Her stirring words, derived from those of Emmeline Pankhurst, are so powerfully emotive – setting them to music was a very humbling experience.

“The first section is entitled Echoes of Emmeline – with the ‘echoes’ being reflected not only in the words, but by the setting of the music and different vocal effects. It is quite introspective in places, before breaking free into The Anthem. The relevance of the words today is highlighted in this second section of the piece, where we look to the future from our current perspective. Full of hope and determination.”

Edwina Wolstencroft, Editor, BBC Radio 3 says: “In early 2017 I heard the inspirational Helen Pankhurst speak at an event related to her great-grandmother and thought how great it would be if BBC Radio 3 could work with Helen on a creative project to mark the 2018 centenary of women’s suffrage. It’s been a privilege to realise that ambition and hear this wonderful piece with a powerful text set to beautiful music by composer Lucy Pankhurst.”

 

 

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