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Bauer offers secondment scheme for its production teams

Sat, 2022-07-02 18:28

Bauer Media Audio UK has launched a secondment scheme for members of its production teams at Wisebuddah’s recently relaunched production platform imager.

Initially offered to production team members within the Hits Radio Brand Network, the partnership allows them to spend one day a week working at imager as a way of honing and developing their skills.

Currently four members of staff working across the Hits Radio and Greatest Hits Radio Networks have undertaken the training opportunity, with placements available for future team members.

Chris Ward, Group Production Director for the Hits Radio Network worked with Phil Tozer, Managing Director, imager to develop the scheme.

Chris told RadioToday: “It’s been a pleasure to partner with Phil and the team to create this secondment and training scheme for our producers within the Hits Radio Brand Network.

“It’s an unrivalled opportunity which will see them to develop their skillset by learning from some of the very best composers and imagers in the industry and allow us to harness that new-found knowledge to make our stations sound world-class.”

Phil added “The Hits Radio Network is a long-term client of imager CHR, and this collaboration sees the imager team lock horns every week with the Hits Radio imaging wizards to produce regular content which raises the bar of creativity.

“With a focus on future facing branding and new ways to connect with listeners, it’s a project which we think will really cut through the noise.”

Scott Mills to leave BBC Radio 1 for BBC Radio 2 afternoons

Fri, 2022-07-01 17:02

Scott Mills is to host afternoons on BBC Radio 2 following the news of Steve Wright’s departure from the big show.

Scott will also leave BBC Radio 5 Live to concentrate on the new 2 till 4pm weekday show at Radio 2.

Sara Cox will host an extra hour of Drive, starting at 4pm.

Scott first joined Radio 1 in 1998 as host of the Early Breakfast Show and went on to host many different shows across the network before launching the Scott Mills Show in 2004 and The Official Chart Show in 2018.

Scott Mills says: “Time actually does fly when you’re having fun, and that’s certainly been the case over the past 24 years at my beloved Radio 1. The station I pretended to be on in my bedroom from the age of 6. The station I told my mum I wanted to work at, but never in a million years thought I would.

“There are too many people to thank from my Radio 1 journey. So to the immensely talented people I’ve worked with along the way, to our incredible listeners that have made us part of their everyday lives for so long and of course to Chris – not just my co host, but one of my best friends in the world, which of course he will be forever. THANK YOU.

“It’s also been an honour to start the weekend on BBC Radio 5 Live for the past three years. I’m so proud with what we have managed to achieve.

“I really cannot believe I’m going to be calling Radio 2 my new home! I’m beyond excited to be joining the team and working alongside my radio idols and friends at the legendary Wogan House.

“I would like to wish all the best to Steve, who is one of the finest broadcasters in the world and someone whom I look up to so much.

“Over the past few years the Radio 2 listeners have made me feel so welcome and I can’t wait to build new memories with them!”

Scott’s co-host Chris Stark is also leaving Radio 1 and 5 Live to focus on presenting ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ and his podcast with Chef Tom Kerridge ‘The Pirate Ship’, as well as a new project which will be announced in due course.

Chris officially joined the station in 2012 as Scott’s co-host.

Chris Stark says: “To wake up every day over the last 10 years and get to work with one of my best friends on a show I love is a dream come true. We’ve created some incredible moments: 24 years at the Tap End, Innuendo Bingo, and I still smile every time someone asks me if Mila Kunis ever did go to a Watford game. Scott, I love you mate and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.

“Radio 1 has sound-tracked the biggest ups and downs in my life, and I want to say thank you to the listeners that gave me this privilege and allowed a bang average lad from Watford to live his dream. You will never know what you have done for me and my family at times.

“I want to wish my colleagues at Radio 1 and 5 Live all the very best. Radio 1 will always be a special place to me, and hold the dearest memories. 5 Live is one of the best sports broadcasters in the world and to have been part of its Saturday line up has been a proud achievement.

“I’m excited for the next chapter. I’ve got some exciting plans which will be revealed soon. As one of my favourite artists would say… let’s push things forward.”

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1, says: “Scott is a broadcasting legend who has helped define Radio 1 over the past 24 years and is loved by everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him. Chris has also been an integral part of the Radio 1 family who has brought so much entertainment and laughter to Radio 1 over the years. I’d like to thank them both for everything they have done for the station and wish them the very best in the future. Scott and Chris will go out with some very exciting shows in August starting with a week live from Newquay – more details to follow.”

Scott and Chris’s last show will be on Thursday 25 August and the new hosts will be announced on Tuesday 5 July at 2pm on Radio 1.

Scott and Chris will also be leaving BBC Radio 5 Live, where they currently present the weekly 9-11am programme on Saturday mornings. They will present their last show on the network on Saturday 20th August.

Heidi Dawson, BBC Radio 5 Live Controller, says: “Scott and Chris have been a brilliant addition to our Saturday morning schedule and they will be missed. All of us at 5 Live would like to thank them for kicking our weekends off with joyful positivity and for always making us laugh. We wish them both all the very best.”

BBC Radio 5 Live will announce plans for their Saturday morning schedule in due course.

Steve Wright is leaving the afternoon show on BBC Radio 2

Fri, 2022-07-01 16:53

Steve Wright has announced he’s stepping down from the big show after 24 years at BBC Radio 2.

He started the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show in 1981 on BBC Radio 1 before a short stint on Breakfast in 1994 followed by a move to BBC Radio 2 in 1999 replacing Ed Stewart.

He’ll step down in September from the daily show but will stay at the station to host Love Songs and other shows.

More follows on this breaking story.

Kiss Radio replaced by Sonic in Vancouver after 30 hours of Rage

Thu, 2022-06-30 23:21

Following a 30-hour stunt playing Rage Against The Machine, SONiC RADiO has launched following the closure of Kiss Radio Vancouver.

The continuous playing of Killing In the Name Of by Rage Against the Machine attracted much attention in international media plus social media posts.

Hours earlier, the Kiss morning show hosts Kevin and Sonia said goodbye to listeners.

The alternative brand delivers an electric playlist featuring Florence & The Machine, Foo Fighters, 21 Pilots, The Lumineers, Green Day, The White Stripes, and more, along with a new lineup of local shows.

A soft-rock station in Vancouver has been playing "Killing In the Name Of" by Rage Against the Machine for hours on a loop.

Whenever someone calls in for a request, they deny it and replay the Rage song again. https://t.co/r2yhK0qTSi

— Tracey Lindeman (@traceylindeman) June 29, 2022

“We’ve seen huge success with our SONiC brand in Edmonton, serving listeners who are looking for an alternative to pop music. We know there’s an appetite here in the GVA and Fraser Valley to launch this exciting format, with a stellar lineup of new local shows.

“We can’t wait for listeners to meet this fantastic group of entertaining personalities who are unapologetically themselves, and all share a passion for alternative music,” said Christian Hall, Content Director, SONiC RADiO & JACK 96.9.

Debuting today is The Angela Valiant Show, Vancouver and the Valley’s first solo female-fronted morning show, airing weekdays 6 to 10am PT; followed by Alex Carr on middays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT); Carly Meyers and Jay Brody for afternoon weekday drive (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.); and Marc Michaels and Katlynn Millions (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT). Weekend programming includes hosts Graham Clark, Garner Andrews, Millions, Darren Worts, and Andrew Berridge.

To support the debut, SONiC RADiO will have a marketing campaign from launch through the remainder of the year across multiple platforms, including Television, OOH, Transit, Digital, Social, and Guerilla Postings.

SONiC RADiO joins its companion stations CityNews 1130, JACK 96.9, and Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver, plus Star 98.3 and Country 1071.1 in the Valley, offering advertisers several brands to reach listeners.

Today’s launch builds on the SONiC brand presence in Canada, with stations now in Edmonton and Vancouver.

Bauer Media Audio launches app for Meta Portal devices

Thu, 2022-06-30 14:22

Bauer has released its live Planet Radio radio app for Meta Portal, Portal Go and Portal+ devices.

The app will make live radio streams from Bauer Media Audio’s UK brands available on Portal in the UK.

Speaking on the launch, Shana Hills, COO Bauer Media Audio, Digital commented: “Bringing our live radio app to Meta Portal is an exciting step in our programme of innovation. As we expand our presence in the world of digital audio, it’s important that we explore new avenues for consumers to access our services.

“By doing this we can ensure that we’ll continue to provide value for audiences and commercial partners.”

The Planet Radio Portal App is available on Portal, Portal Go and Portal+.

Radio Academy planning more free summer social events

Thu, 2022-06-30 11:56

Two summer social events are taking place on the South Coast and North West of England this July.

The South Branch is inviting anyone who works in radio to join them for a night of socialising (and free drinks!) at Preez Bar in in the centre of Southampton on 14th July, with the Bionic Van making an appearance with the latest audio and radio equipment on show from Broadcast Bionics.

And the North West Branch is gathering at Oscars Bar on Canal Street on 19th July for drinks and a guest speaker supported by Local Radio Support Company.

Both events are free but require registration beforehand on the Radio Academy website.

They follow similar events in London and the West Midlands this week.

Bauer to leave One Golden Square for new Euston development

Thu, 2022-06-30 10:40

Bauer is relocating all of its radio and publishing brands to a brand new office development at The Lantern in Euston.

The existing London audio headquarters, One Golden Square, will be retained by Bauer while the move completes, with the phased transition due to commence this Summer and end by Summer 2023.

The lease of current London publishing building Academic House comes to an end this September and will be handed back to the owners.

Bauer says the new space has been designed with accessibility and sustainability at its core which will be fitted throughout to accommodate the company’s broadcasting operation, as well as featuring production suites for multi-media output, including a photo studio and live performance space.

Chris Duncan, CEO of Bauer Media UK Publishing said “This relocation marks a pivotal moment in the transformation of our business. The move helps us to set our sights on future growth, fostered by greater collaboration between our Publishing brands and with our colleagues across Bauer.

“We’re delighted to have found a building that is inclusive and sustainable by design”

Dee Ford said, Group Managing Director for Bauer Media Audio UK added: “Our new central London home will be a great place to do great work for our outstanding broadcast and commercial teams. The Lantern lends itself fantastically well to collaborative and creative work.

“We can’t wait to throw open our doors to welcome and work even more closely with our commercial partners, record labels and performing talent.”

Bauer has been in One Golden Square since 2014 after it purchased Absolute Radio. Before that, it was headquartered at Mappin House.

The Lantern is just meters away from Euston Tower, where Capital Radio was based before moving to Leicester Square.

RB1 Radio plans to join DAB digital radio multiplex in Rotherham

Wed, 2022-06-29 12:29

Digital station RB1 Radio is getting ready to launch on DAB next month.

Former Peak FM, Hallam FM and Rock FM presenter Craig Bailey is also joining the service to host weekday daytime.

RB1 Radio Program Director Stewart Nicholson said: “We are always looking for local and professional broadcasters to add to our amazing schedule of talent who know the area and that can deliver great local radio on the biggest local commercial radio for Rotherham and South Yorkshire RB1 Radio.

“We are also about to launch our brand new studios in Rotherham, so broadcasters can actually present a live show again instead of just voice tracking.”

BBC Radio 5 Live pays tribute to journalist Dame Deborah James

Wed, 2022-06-29 09:29

BBC Radio 5 Live has paid tribute to You, Me and the Big C podcaster Dame Deborah James who has died at the age of 40.

Presenter Tony Livesey has hosted a celebration of who Debs was, the remarkable things she achieved, the inspiration she gave others and her unmistakable legacy.

Many tributes have been paid to Deborah by listeners to the popular podcast and across social media.

In her final weeks, Deborah raised millions of pounds for cancer research via her Bowelbabe fund which currently stands at almost £7m.

Deborah’s final words in the podcast she hosted with Lauren Mahon (and previously Rachael Bland), were Check Your Poo.

5 Live wrote: “Our friend and colleague Dame Deborah James has died.

“She created an incredible legacy: breaking the poo taboo and raising awareness of bowel cancer.

“We are heartbroken, and our condolences are with her family.”

BBC Radio 5 Live Controller, Heidi Dawson said: “As colleagues and friends, we are all heartbroken at Radio 5 Live. Our deepest condolences are with her family. Dame Deborah James inspired a national conversation with You, Me and the Big C that has impacted millions of people. She was a naturally talented broadcaster, so funny, with a blunt honesty.

“She had the most incredible energy, a magnetism that drew you towards her. The messages from her listeners show the incredibly special connection she made. We were privileged to have her share so much with us all. Deb – and the legacy she leaves behind – will forever be a treasured part of our station.”

BBC Director-General, Tim Davie added: “This is incredibly sad news. Dame Deborah James was a true inspiration. We’re so proud to have worked with her at the BBC. The way she talked about, and faced up to her cancer, moved the nation, inspired change and undoubtedly saved lives. Our deepest sympathies are with her family, friends, followers and her 5 Live family.”

#YouMeBigC podcaster. Journalist. Fundraiser.

Our friend and colleague Dame Deborah James has died.

She created an incredible legacy: breaking the poo taboo and raising awareness of bowel cancer.

We are heartbroken, and our condolences are with her family. pic.twitter.com/Rg3uDvdeCe

— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) June 28, 2022

'All she wanted to do was save lives'
BBC 5 Live presenter Tony Livesey spoke to #BBCBreakfast about his friend Dame Deborah James who has died aged 40https://t.co/pgCLdtdvNU pic.twitter.com/VUSAjZqhr9

— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) June 29, 2022

Nation Broadcasting changes Breezy Radio South Coast plans

Tue, 2022-06-28 16:27

Nation Broadcasting is not adding Breezy Radio to DAB multiplexes along the South Coast despite an announcement about the brand extension earlier this month.

Breezy Radio was due to join the Now Digital South Hampshire DAB Multiplex and the Bournemouth Now Digital multiplex (which covers most of Dorset) from Monday 27th June 2022.

But the station was removed from the Nation Player app and never appeared on DAB yesterday. Instead, Nation Broadcasting is planning on adding Nation Radio UK to the same multiplexes.

Commenting on the changes, Nation Broadcasting told us: “Nation decided to firstly launch its primary brand, Nation Radio, in the south based on its impressive growth in other markets and given the importance of the south coast region in developing our wider business.”

Nation Broadcasting has also recently launched Nation Party on the small-scale DAB multiplex in Tynemouth.

Record online listening figures for BBC Sounds at Glastonbury

Tue, 2022-06-28 15:41

BBC audio content from Glastonbury played 2.3m times on BBC Sounds – the highest figure for the platform.

On BBC iPlayer coverage was streamed a record 34.1m times with 23m streams being live, the highest on record for a BBC programme brand.

Popular sets from the festival included Pyramid stage headliners Sir Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish, as well as performances from the likes of Crowded House, Diana Ross, Little Simz, Megan Thee Stallion, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Sam Fender.

Streams increased by 205% on BBC Sounds from 2019 when the festival was last held.

Lorna Clarke, BBC Director of Music says: “The BBC provided the ultimate armchair experience of the world’s best-loved festival this weekend with a dedicated Glastonbury channel on BBC iPlayer, 6 Music’s All Day Glastonbury coverage, performances from the biggest artists on demand on BBC Sounds and over 35 hours of coverage across our TV channels.

“The party isn’t over yet, with over 90 sets and key tracks from the five filmed stages available to watch on BBC iPlayer – including Pyramid Stage performances in Ultra High Definition.”

ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 has launched for 2022

Tue, 2022-06-28 13:01

The search has started for the UK radio and audio industry’s 30 brightest hopes as the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 opens for entries.

The annual list of 30 “ones to watch” in the business will be unveiled in November, and the scheme is open to entries from now until the end of August.

Each year, the 30 Under 30 lists people who The Radio Academy thinks show exceptional passion, skill, tenacity and who are on a trajectory likely to lead our industry in the future.

Chairing the 30 Under 30 Judging Committee for the 10th year, Bauer Media’s Steve Parkinson said: “In my time as chair of the 30 Under 30 I’ve had the honour of presiding over 270 young people joining its alumni. Many have gone on to build successful careers across the audio and media industry.

“I’m therefore delighted to chair for a tenth year and to bring a team of judges together to debate and decide on the next 30. So many previous winners have told me how they have used the accolade as a conversation starter with a prospective employer, and a proud headline in their CV.

“The entry is worth starting now to avoid disappointment!”

Managing Director of ReelWorld Europe Anthony Gay, added: “This is the 8th year that ReelWorld have supported the 30 Under 30 and it is a huge privilege to be part of this fantastic initiative. Talent has been heralded as the thing that will drive radio’s future success but that doesn’t just come down to the hosts and presenters – producers, journalists, editors, engineers, programmers, technologists, sales teams, audio dreamers and many more roles that haven’t been invented yet, are all taking the power of sound in new and exciting directions.

“The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 is about recognising and championing that talent and celebrating their creativity, innovation and connection with audiences. The initiative is a highlight of my year and I can’t wait to be part of the 2022 judging process.”

Entries for the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 are open from now until 31 st August 2022, and people can put themselves forward or be nominated by another Radio Academy Member.

Entries are via the Radio Academy website, where you can also find answers to commonly asked questions, and lists of all previous 30 Under 30 alumni.

Zeb Soanes to host Smooth Classics at Seven on Classic FM

Tue, 2022-06-28 11:31

Zeb Soanes is the new host of an extended evening show, Smooth Classics at Seven, on Classic FM.

The presenter and children’s author will start on Monday 4th July and be on-air from 7pm till 10pm weekdays in place of John Suchet.

Alongside his broadcasting work, Zeb presents concerts and live events for some of the UK’s leading orchestras, as well as the Royal Opera House and Royal Albert Hall.

He is a patron of the charity Awards for Young Musicians and author of the bestselling children’s book series, Gaspard the Fox.

Zeb Soanes said: “I am delighted to be joining Classic FM in its 30th birthday year. Performing with orchestras has become one the great pleasures of my life in recent years and I look forward to sharing their extraordinary talents and music with listeners every evening on Smooth Classics at Seven.”

Philip Noyce, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Zeb, one of the most reassuring and trusted voices on radio, to Classic FM as the host of Smooth Classics at Seven. Each weekday evening, Zeb will play the finest selection of classical music to help the nation relax and unwind after a busy day.

“Showcasing his passion for classical music and love of radio, Zeb is a welcome addition to the Classic FM line-up in this, our 30th anniversary year.”

Glastonbury 2022: How audio streaming reinvented live music for home viewing

Mon, 2022-06-27 18:48

Michal Marcinik, CEO and Co-Founder, AdTonos writes about the recent coverage of Glastonbury at the BBC.

Worthy Farm welcomed the world-famous Glastonbury Festival back for the first time post pandemic for a belated 50th anniversary last week.

The event is so integral to English culture that a ‘fallow year’ (a year to let the grass grow back) significantly impacts the summer economy, so after 3 years off, it was well received for fans, musicians, and the economy alike.

Once again, the BBC publicised the event on radio and TV, a partnership that initially began back in 1997. Music streaming and event coverage has come a long way since the early days, changing the way music is consumed forever.

Despite music platforms having transformed the industry, the continued – and ever-growing – success of festivals shows there is still plenty of room for live events.

Considering how digital and streaming technologies have reshaped the social, financial, and even creative dynamics of the music industry, it’s also worth thinking about tradition and legacy when it comes to a sphere as old as time itself.

1970 – 1995: Key moments in 25 years of Glastonbury

1970: Glastonbury, now a stalwart of the live music industry, and one of the most celebrated events of the world, first hit the fields just over 50 years ago. Inspired by the Festival of Blues and Progressive Music at the nearby Bath and West Showground in 1970 – headliner: Led Zeppelin – Michael Eavis hosted what was then the Pilton Festival on family ground, Worthy Farm.

Ticket price? One pound, with free farm milk provided. Although originally including The Kinks in their round up, some unexpected shifts meant that it was Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. Rex) who headlined the event, with other acts including Steamhammer, Duster Bennet, and more that played to a crowd of 1,500.

1971: The following year saw the inauguration of the famous ‘Pyramid Stage’ which pulled in more big names with performers such as David Bowie, Hawkwing, Traffic, and Quintessence. Free to enter, attendance grew by 700% to 12,000, and was financially supported by those who believed in the ideal of democratising music – a testament to the potency of the arts.

1994: 1994 was transformational for Glastonbury Festival as the partnership with Channel 4 brought intensive broadcast coverage of the performances to audience living rooms for the first time. It demystified the concepts of rave and dance music and not only revolutionised the genre’s reputation, but the UK music scene as a whole. Key acts of the year featured Orbital, Bjoyk, Manic St Preachers, and Lemonheads. The times they are a-changing

1997: Although the weather hailed “The Year of the Mud” – 90,000 festival-goers still advanced upon the 800-acre site in excited droves to see The Prodigy, Radiohead, Massive Attack, and more. Coverage involved BBC2 live broadcast alongside a daily newspaper published by Select. This was the year the BBC first came in as a major sponsor, starting an alliance between the public broadcaster and festival team that has been going from strength to strength since.

2022: Celebrating its 50 th anniversary (albeit a couple of years late), Glastonbury Festival has reached new levels of hype, drawing in the biggest names – new and old – of the music industry, such as Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Billie Eilish, and Kendrick Lamar. The collaboration between the BBC and Glastonbury Festival will culminate in 40 hours of coverage on BBC iPlayer, 60 hours of broadcast coverage across various BBC networks, all day coverage on BBC 6 Music as well as both pre-and post-Glastonbury shows full of previews, highlights, and exclusive interviews with musicians. Thanks to streaming, viewers who are unable or unwilling to go to the live event can still benefit from the ultimate, personalised armchair experience through a deluge of audio and video coverage (that doesn’t cost hundreds of pounds, unlike a ticket).

Streaming and the music industry

Music streaming has, without a shadow of a doubt, affected the music industry. A span of platforms has provided smaller musicians with more reach than they could have hoped to otherwise – yet at a price. Streaming has made music accessible to the point that individual album and single sales have plummeted – leaving live music events as one of the main sources of income for musicians. With ticket prices climbing from 0 back in 1971 all the way to £285 this year, attending the festival is a sizeable investment that many still find worth making.

Music festivals such as Glastonbury promise to endure because of the incredible experience they provide. Events such as this become their own microcosm – as south west England’s unofficial fourth largest city, Glastonbury Festival is almost a macrocosm – where crowds come together to enjoy music, support their favourite acts, and live in a state suspended from everyday life, where art, creativity, music, and performance all take centre stage: much like the festival’s roots.

Nevertheless, streaming and audio have their place within the music, media, and audio ecosystem. Whereas before, only those who attended the festival could truly experience its magic, whereas specialised broadcasts have opened the door to the world. It is also worth mentioning that Glastonbury Festival has spent years cultivating its own brand – one that has proved incredibly successful.

Audio has come leaps and bounds in the last 50 years, and it is through radio and broadcasting that this British festival could be shared beyond traditional borders, physical and analog alike. For many, live-streamed radio and broadcast TV will be as close as they can get, and while it won’t be quite the same as the main event, the power of sound can still transport many a listener somewhere slightly more extraordinary.

Adele Roberts reveals cancer free status via social media

Mon, 2022-06-27 18:16

BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts has revealed that she is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with bowel cancer last October.

Sharing the good news on Instagram, Adele wrote: “The day I’ve been waiting for. Hearing the words “you’re free of cancer” absolutely took my breath away.

“I keep replaying it in my mind. It was the most beautiful sound I think I’ve ever heard. Even though I was praying Dr Khan would say that to me I don’t think my head let me believe it until I heard it.

“Everything we’ve been through seems to be swirling around in my body and life feels a bit surreal at the moment… BUT I AM SO GRATEFUL! I am counting my blessings.”

The former Big Brother contestant went on to acknowledge the respect she has for anyone dealing with cancer – the courage, strength, determination and at times, humour that’s needed. She described how it sometimes took all of her strength to get out of bed to face the day, not knowing her fate, but knowing she’d never give up trying.

Thanking everyone who had messaged her with love or positive thoughts, Adele continued: “You’ve kept me going and helped me slay this beast. That’s one thing Dr Khan said to me. Your mind can go to dark places when dealing with cancer but that’s the one thing I knew I had control over. My body might have been dying – it’s still so sore now – but there was no way I was letting it destroy my spirit.

“If anything, it’s made me happier than I’ve ever been. Going through the darkness has given me the light. It’s transformed me, given me my little stoma Audrey, brought amazing people into my life and it’s time now for me to start really living.”

In addition to her thanks to Dr Khan and the NHS, there was a special mention for her partner Kate Holderness: “Thank you to my Kate. The reason I had the strength to get out of bed every morning. I will never leave you and I will always find you. In this life and the next.”

Since her diagnosis and treatment, Adele has been sharing updates on her condition with her followers on social media. She was recently honoured at the Diva Awards, picking up the Diva Choice Award for raising LGBTQ+ awareness in broadcasting, and for sharing her cancer journey.

Gaydio partners with four separate Pride events this year

Mon, 2022-06-27 16:40

Gaydio is working together with Pride in London, Manchester Pride, Brighton Pride and Birmingham Pride this year.

The partnerships will see Gaydio support each organisation with bespoke campaigns aimed at increasing the organisations’ presence in the LGBTQ+ community.

The season kicks off with Gaydio as a Gold Media Partner for Pride in London, commemorating and celebrating 50 Years since the first Pride took place in the UK.

This year’s Brighton Pride festival sees the launch of the Gaydio Dance Tent, whilst at Manchester Pride, Gaydio will be an official sponsor for the MancUnity Stage.

Rounding up Pride season, Birmingham Pride returns for 2022 with Gaydio as a headline partner for their Dance Arena across the weekend.

Afternoon presenter Alex Baker will be live from each city on the Friday before each Pride Weekend and Gaydio Breakfast’s Paris and Dave are covering activity on the Saturday of each event.

Kriss Herbert, Network Content Manager for Gaydio explains more: “Gaydio is ‘Where Pride Lives’ so we are to be able to have partnered with the four main prides for the first time this year. You’ll hear all the sizzle, sparkle and energy that Pride Festivals create whenever you tune in, wherever in the world you’re listening. We’ll bring you the sights and sounds of Pride live from the festivals when we chat to the real people soaking up the fun and the atmosphere… just say “play Gaydio”.

New BBC Radio 4 pilot to be recorded in front of an audience

Mon, 2022-06-27 14:11

A new BBC Radio 4 pilot show is being recorded in front of an audience in London next month.

Carbon Lifeforms is a brand new programme by unusual productions that shows what it’s like to be perfectly imperfect in a climate-changing world.

Not content to simply be carbon neutral, comedian (and actual Council Waste Education Officer) Jon Long teams up with scientist and TV presenter Tara Shine – along with an eclectic array of guests – for a new hybrid show that emits jokes, sketches, songs and irreverent facts as they aim to (carbon) capture all things climate and environment, demystify the issues, and help audiences make positive choices in their everyday lives.

In this pilot recording, Unusual Productions say they’ll be tackling ‘Food’ – the dirty, dangerous, and downright delicious. Featuring games of ‘Play Your Carbon Footprint Right!’, ‘Bless Me, Tara, For I Have Sinned’, and ‘Greenwash of the Week’.

Carbon Lifeforms will be recording at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on Tuesday July 12th at 7.30pm with special guests including comedian Sikisa, and broadcaster and food expert Jay Rayner.

Community radio station in breach for sponsoring local news

Mon, 2022-06-27 11:38

Cando FM in Barrow-in-Furness has been found in breach of its Ofcom licence for running a sponsor credit into its local news bulletins.

Following an investigation, the regulator found the sponsor tag wasn’t paid for but part of an agreement between the radio station and a local Business Improvement Bid.

The news intro, as broadcast on January 6th 2022, said: “And now on FM, online and DAB across South Cumbria, Cando FM Local News, sponsored by Barrow BID.”

After the news, the VO continued: “Cando FM Local News, sponsored by Barrow BID. Promoting Barrow town centre and keeping our local community informed”.

Rule 10.3 of the Broadcasting Code prohibits any commercial reference, or material that implies a commercial arrangement, in or around news bulletins.

Community service Cando FM told Ofcom it thought the tag would not be considered a commercial reference because the ‘Barrow BID’ is a government initiative and non-profit making organisation.

John Suchet leaves daily show on Classic FM after 12 years

Fri, 2022-06-24 14:51

John Suchet is stepping down from his weekday evening concert programme on Classic FM after 12 years on a daily show.

He’ll remain with the station for special shows and a replacement is expected to be announced shortly.

John hosted mornings on Classic FM for almost 10 years before moving to evenings in 2020. His last regular show will be on Friday 1st July.

John said: After a full-time career in TV News, it has been an utter joy for me to have a second career indulging my lifelong passion for classical music on Classic FM.

“But after 12 years presenting five radio shows a week (live!), writing five composer biographies, hosting a 52-part podcast series on Beethoven – the longest series ever on a single composer – I have decided it’s time to step away from the mic.

“Next Friday 1st July will be the final Classic FM Concert. I want to thank the Classic FM team who are simply the best. Most of all, to the listeners – their many emails, texts and tweets have made every minute worthwhile. Nula and I are now taking a long holiday. But it’s not farewell. I’ll be back later in the year with special programmes on Classic FM.”

Philip Noyce, Classic FM’s managing editor, added: “Following a career spanning six decades, John is undoubtedly one of the nation’s best-loved and most esteemed broadcasters. Ever since he joined Classic FM, he has shared our vision to make classical music accessible to all and has made an enormous impact on millions of people by introducing them to the wonders of the greatest classical music. He is a very popular and respected member of the Classic FM family and – most importantly – is loved by our listeners.

“It’s been an honour for us to work alongside John and we are hugely grateful for all he has done for Classic FM and our listeners. From presenting his weekday programmes and hosting Classic FM Live concerts to writing numerous composer biographies, his contribution has been exceptional. While we will miss him enormously as a regular presenter, he will host a number of short-run series on the station in the future. Everyone at Classic FM wishes John and his wife Nula a well-deserved rest and we look forward to welcoming him back on-air later this year.”

Calls for collaboration to maintain radio’s dashboard dominance

Thu, 2022-06-23 21:46

Leaders across the broadcast and automotive sectors have called for continued collaboration between the two industries, at WorldDAB Automotive 2022 in London.

Speakers emphasised the importance of working together to ensure that radio retains its place at the centre of the connected dashboard, and to continue to offer the best possible audio experience for drivers.

WorldDAB’s President, Patrick Hannon, set the tone in his opening speech, noting that DAB+ now comes as standard in 94% of new cars sold in Europe. “Users expect high-quality, free to air radio as a key feature,” he said. “Our job is to deliver the best possible experience today and in the future.”

Martin Koch, Head of Platform Steering Infotainment at CARIAD/VW Group backed this up. “The position of DAB+ in the car was never more solid than today, but FM could start to be in danger,” said Koch, noting that music and radio remain key in the car. “It’s in the core interest of the car maker to keep the key user cases of radio and navigation as simple as possible,” he added.

Sibyle Veil, Chief Executive Officer of Radio France made a passionate appeal to automobile manufacturers and suppliers. “Give radio stations an easy, direct, one-touch access on car software on-screen,” she urged. “As a media company we do not want our content to be curated and managed by a third party. Moreover, we need to get direct access to listeners to better understand our users and to improve our content.”

“Our goal is to offer the best possible quality to match the quality of your cars,” Veil added. “The way to achieve this is to give one-touch access to the best providers of audio content, especially radio stations.”

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT gave an overview from the manufacturing sector, noting that connectivity is growing in the vehicle parc. “What you’ll see is this continuing evolution of technology, increasing consumer choice and availability in the car,” he said.

Hawes noted this will increase potential driver distraction, and welcomed WorldDAB’s new Driver Distraction guidelines, presented for the first time at the event. “Safety is the number one priority for manufacturers,” he said. “We welcome the work of WorldDAB’s User Experience Group — ongoing collaboration is key to ensuring the best experience for in-vehicle.”

WorldDAB’s newly launched Driver Distraction guidelines have been produced with expert input from both the automotive and broadcast sectors, to ensure displays are safe for drivers while still providing the information listeners expect to see on their digital radio display. The guidelines cover four key areas for in-vehicle visuals: legibility, relevance, frequency and local legislation.

Other sessions at WorldDAB Automotive 2022 explored future priorities for the two sectors, such as personalisation and voice technology, including station name recognition, and improving search accuracy.

Speakers also noted the key role DAB+ digital radio can play in emergencies. “When incidents happen, the broadcasting network works because we have more redundancy when it comes to equipment, power supply and programme feeds” explained Håvard Wien of Norway’s NRK. TISA — the Traveller Information Services Association — similarly highlighted its new TPEG emergency alerts standard and trial.

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