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Radio 2’s OB from C2C now a studio based show after festival cancellation

Fri, 2020-03-13 11:57

Following the cancellation of C2C at London’s O2 tomorrow (Saturday 14 March), BBC Radio 2’s live outside broadcast from the event won’t be happening.

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has forced the organisers of the Country to Country Festival 2020 to postpone it. They say that they hope to reschedule it at a later date.

Radio 2 was due at the event to broadcast the full headline set from Darius Rucker plus music and interviews from Old Dominion, Old Crow Medicine Show and Runaway June.

The live outside broadcast scheduled for Saturday evening on Radio 2 will now be a special themed show presented by Bob Harris, Bobbie Pryor and The Shires’ Ben Earle from Wogan House.

It will feature live performances from The Shires, Twinnie, King Calaway and Kezia Gill plus exclusive session music from various acts originally scheduled to play at C2C, including Luke Combs, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, The Cadillac Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brett Young, Tenille Townes, Eric Paslay, Temecula Road and A Thousand Horses.

Radio 2’s Country Festival will be aired on the station tomorrow (Saturday) 8pm – 11pm.

Tara Mills & Declan Harvey to host Radio Ulster Drive

Thu, 2020-03-12 22:54

Television news presenter Tara Mills and former Radio 1 journalist Declan Harvey are to take over BBC Radio Ulster’s drive time news programme.

Tara has been a familiar face on BBC Northern Ireland for many years as a BBC Newsline presenter and reporter.

Declan joined BBC Northern Ireland three years ago after working as a news journalist for BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

Adam Smyth, Head of BBC News, NI, says: “Tara and Declan are great broadcasters and seasoned journalists. They will breathe new life into our drive time news programme on BBC Radio Ulster, as they bring listeners making their way home each evening all the news of the day. They’ll make a great presenting partnership and we’re excited to see what they bring to the programme.”

Tara says: “This is an incredible opportunity to mix my BBC Newsline role with BBC Radio Ulster. There are very big shoes to fill and I’ve been an Evening Extra listener for as long as I can remember.

“I’m particularly looking forward to working with Declan and keeping people company on their way home from work or while they’re getting dinner ready at home. I’ve been working at the BBC for 20 years and feel really passionately about how we deliver our news. Technology has changed so much in that time but what hasn’t changed is the importance of bringing the story and its consequences to our listeners.”

Declan says: “Following in the footsteps of broadcasters like Seamus McKee is an amazing opportunity, and doing it with Tara is an added bonus. She’s a formidable journalist, and also great fun to be around.

“I hope the new programme will be able to make the audience think, or think differently. It’s a huge platform and I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to her career with the BBC Tara worked as a reporter for the County Down Spectator and for Radio Clyde in Glasgow.

Declan moved to London from Donegal when he was 19 to work at LBC where he was lead correspondent covering the July 7 Bombing Inquests, the preparations for the London 2012 Olympics and the Stephen Lawrence murder trial. He also reported for Classic FM, Heart and Capital FM.

In 2012 Declan joined BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat and later became the programme’s politics reporter covering two UK general elections, broadcasting from the United States during the 2016 presidential election and around the UK ahead of the Brexit referendum. His original stories have appeared across all of the BBC’s major news programmes.

In 2017, having left BBC Radio 1, Declan became a frequent relief presenter on Newsday for the BBC World Service and also fronted BBC Minute, the global news bulletin aimed at younger adults. He relocated to Belfast in 2017 and became a senior reporter for BBC News NI. He has since become a regular stand-in presenter across all of BBC News NI’s programmes on radio and television, including BBC Newsline, Good Morning Ulster, Evening Extra and Talkback.

Evening Extra is on BBC Radio Ulster Mondays-Fridays from 4pm-6pm. Tara and Declan are expected to begin their roles towards the end of April.

Hold separate to end as Bauer takeovers are approved

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:23

The Competition and Markets Authority has given its approval to Bauer Media’s takeover of around 50 radio station licences acquired by the purchase of four local radio groups last year.

It means that the ‘hold separate’ process will soon end – although it’s not clear from what date Bauer will be able to take full control of the stations purchased from UKRD, Wireless, Lincs FM and Celador. It could be a few weeks before the legal process is completed and Bauer is able to have discussions with staff at the acquired stations about the future.

One of the main sticking points in the investigation by the CMA has been national sales representation, since Bauer’s purchases mean it now owns 50% of First Radio Sales along with Wireless.

The CMA is therefore putting in place a ‘remedy’, which means that Bauer will have to offer national sales representation to FRS member stations for the next 10 years on the same terms as they are current receiving. The CMA said Bauer’s purchase of the four radio groups would take away over half of FRS’ business, leaving it unviable and meaning independent stations could end up paying higher commission rates.

Bauer is not required to sell any of the radio stations bought last year, after the regulator agreed there were no competition issues in local markets.

Dee Ford CBE, Group Managing Director at Bauer Radio UK, told RadioToday: “This is great news for listeners and for commercial radio, and we are looking forward to welcoming Lincs FM, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless to Bauer. Audiences love and trust radio because of its compelling quality content and those stations joining Bauer will benefit from greater digital coverage and better access to national advertising. We are also looking forward to working with the independent stations currently represented by FRS and will be working closely with the CMA to implement the agreed remedy.”

Stuart McIntosh, CMA Panel Chair said, “It’s really important that independent radio stations have good access to representation for national radio ad sales as it is an important source of income for those stations. Without the CMA’s remedy, it’s likely that these stations would have to pay over the odds for national advertising representation.”

Bauer announced its purchase of Celador and the Lincs FM group in February last year. Later the same week it bought the local radio division of Wireless from News UK, and then the following month acquired UKRD.

All four acquisitions were then referred to the Competition and Markets Authority, who had originally said that there were local advertising competition issues in a number of areas, including Bristol, Yorkshire and the West Midlands. The regulator later conceded that only Wolverhampton might see a substantial lessening of competition as a result of the takeovers, before finally agreeing with Bauer that there wouldn’t be an issue.

You can read today’s report from the CMA in full here.

Chris Country Radio sold to country brand CountryLine

Thu, 2020-03-12 08:30

CountryLine, the global fan club app for country music, has acquired Chris Country Radio from Chris Stevens and Nation Broadcasting.

CountryLine operates a country music fan app and provides video and audio content for audiences around the world.

Launched in 2018 by media entrepreneurs Simon Walker and Nathalie Cox, and backed by Sir Elton John, CountryLine says it has built a strong brand in the industry, especially in Nashville, where artists, labels, managers, and promoters are hungry for an international partner.

Currently live in the US, UK and Ireland, CountryLine has plans to roll out around the world over the next 24 months.

Nathalie Cox, CountryLine’s Creative Director, comments: ‘Country music has the best fans in the world – they are passionate about the music of course, but they also love the whole Nashville lifestyle. We created CountryLine to help fans live their best country lives, and teaming up with Chris Country completes the package.’

Chris Stevens, Chris Country’s Founder, told RadioToday: ‘Country is growing fast around the world. Joining forces with CountryLine means we can deliver an even better experience for audiences and artists alike.’

As part of the acquisition, Chris joins the CountryLine team as Head of Global Audio, and will continue to programme and manage Chris Country Radio.

In addition, Chris will continue to run his production services Devaweb and Ignite Jingles.

Smooth Extra and Heart extra replaced on Digital One

Thu, 2020-03-12 00:16

Global has closed Smooth Extra & Heart extra and replaced them with Smooth UK & Heart UK respectively.

Smooth Extra joined the national DAB multiplex D1 at the end of 2014 and had a strapline of Your Refreshing Music Mix – making it slightly different from the main station playing Your Relaxing Music Mix.

The ‘Extra’ tag made it distinguishable from Smooth stations around the UK, but carried mostly the same playlist and shared some programmes with Smooth London.

Heart extra launched nationally at the same time and also carried some of the same programmes as Heart London including Breakfast.

Global tells RadioToday the move will make Heart and Smooth more accessible and will cover the whole of the UK on the national DAB multiplex.

A Global spokesperson said: “Smooth Extra and Heart Extra have been replaced with the national Smooth and Heart broadcast. Listeners will continue to hear all the great music from Smooth and Heart accompanied by our presenters throughout the day and can find even more of their favourite music on Global Player which has playlists from Smooth, Heart and our other stations.”

The national services will be known as Smooth UK and Heart UK, whilst the local and regional services will continue with their own programmes at Breakfast for Smooth and Drive for Heart.

Smooth UK and Heart UK switched over at midnight on Digital One, Global Player and Radioplayer.

Ofcom approves double FM power for Radio Exe

Wed, 2020-03-11 13:51

Radio Exe has been given permission to increase the power of its 107.3 FM transmitter to better cover its rural patch in Devon.

The independent station can now double its power to 2 KW ERP, giving out 1KW horizontal and vertical to reach more of the population.

Radio Exe’s managing director Paul Nero told RadioToday: “Recently we received the news that more people than ever are listening to Radio Exe; 35,000 adults every week.

“They can do that through a free app, or on DAB digital radio, but FM remains the prime way that people tune to us, so this is a welcome boost and we hope more listeners from Axminster to Zeal Monachorum will give us a try.

“There’s still a bit more technical work to do, which should be completed by 20 March, which will provide an extra bit of oomph, so it’s worth checking the coverage where you are now, and then again in a couple of weeks.”

East Devon MP Simon Jupp, a former broadcaster, says he’s thrilled Ofcom have granted the power increase. He wrote to Ofcom in January to support the station, saying: “Radio Exe is a superb service which goes above and beyond to provide local news, travel updates and emergency information.”

Late night schedule changes at BBC Radio London

Wed, 2020-03-11 13:42

Salma El-Wardany and Lionheart are taking over the Late Show Monday to Thursday on BBC Radio London, replacing Duncan Barkes.

The overnight show with Dotun Adebayo is also changing. BBC Radio London will no longer provide a live and local 24-hour service, instead taking BBC Radio 5 Live from 1am till 5am.

But Dotun will continue to air in London, as he moves to host Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live instead.

In other changes, Jason Rosam will host Early Breakfast Monday to Friday 5-7am and Judi Love will present the Sunday morning show from 9am to 12noon starting on April 5th.

David Robey, Editor of BBC Radio London comments, “I am thrilled that our new talent search has proved such a success that we’ve found the next generation of top presenters bringing a unique sound to the station. We have uncovered presenters who truly represent the rich diversity of London.”

Judi comments: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be hosting and developing a new Sunday Show. This is a great opportunity and journey to be on with BBC Radio London”.

Salma comments: “I’m so excited to be bringing a brand new Late Show to BBC Radio London with my co-host LionHeart. One that is centred around the personal stories of Londoners, the creatives at the heart of the city and the arts and culture that reflect who we are.”

Lionheart adds: “It’s one of those moments where you’re beyond thrilled to build something new, to build on the BBC Radio London legacy.”

NEWS!
I’m leaving BBC Radio London & the 10pm show after 5 years. In that time we took the slot to an all time high historic audience figure. Best ever. Job done. Thank you to all that contributed. I also enjoyed my dalliances with Five Live & the World Service. Let’s crack on..

— DUNCAN BARKES (@DuncanBarkes) February 10, 2020

UK radio stations start restricting guests and visitors

Wed, 2020-03-11 11:11

The BBC has implemented a new policy for all visitors to the BBC requiring visitors, guests and contributors to declare themselves fit before entering its buildings.

The corporation is also taking preventative measures to allow more flexible or home working, and has increased the number of cleaners.

A dedicated Coronavirus Support Line is launching today for staff and team leaders who might need advice.

In the commercial sector, Global is limiting guests to its buildings, and trialing a remote working operation for a number of employees.

A Global Spokesperson told RadioToday: “Alongside many other companies, as part of our business continuity planning in relation to Coronavirus, we will be trialling a remote working operation for a number of our employees.

“All Global staff are equipped with excellent remote working equipment and associated connective technology and therefore business will continue as usual. In addition, we will also put reasonable measures in place to contain non-essential movement and travel of employees as well as to limit guests from entering our buildings.”

At Bauer, a spokesperson tells us: “We are closely following the latest government advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19 in order to ensure the safety of our people and guests.

“We have introduced a number of new measures within our buildings, issued travel guidance and are constantly reviewing the way we work as part of our business continuity plans.”

talkSPORT and Virgin Radio UK owner News UK has halted all domestic and international business travel, including travel between different News UK locations. Luckily, all of its radio stations are in the same building in London.

Earlier this week, Broadcast Radio offered its remove voice-tracking service Myriad Cloud Anywhere free of charge to its customers to allow presenters to work from home.

Other playout systems in use by UK radio stations also provide the facility to remote-host radio shows, including Zetta2Go by RCS and Playout ONE Pro’s WebVT.

IRN Awards postponed due to Coronavirus COVID-19

Wed, 2020-03-11 11:00

This year’s IRN Awards have been postponed in light of the current health risks associated with coronavirus COVID-19.

The awards event was due to take place on the evening of Thursday 26th March at Sky Cinema HQ in London but will now be rescheduled.

Organisers tell RadioToday: “IRN and Sky News have decided to postpone the event scheduled for 26th March 2020 at Sky Cinema until a later date. Whilst it is disappointing to have to take this decision, the health and safety of all guests and participants is of paramount importance.

“We will aim to reschedule in the coming months and we will update you as soon as possible.”

You can email The IRN Awards Team at irnawards@me.com with any questions.

Radiodays Europe – the annual conference attracting 1500 radio professionals from around Europe and beyond – has also been postponed ahead of this year’s event on March 29th.

You can keep up-to-date with which radio industry events are on via our dedicated events page at RadioToday.co.uk/events.

Chris Burns: ARIA wins are testament to power of local radio

Wed, 2020-03-11 10:00

Chris Burns, Head of BBC Local Radio, writes about the recent wins for BBC Local Radio at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards.

“When a BBC local radio reporter decided to tell the story of a homeless man who died on a freezing winter’s night, the last thing on his mind was winning an award for his work.

Lee Stone simply wanted what all local radio journalists want: to get under the skin of his community and to tell important local stories.

So when 31-year-old Kane Walker passed away in January 2019, he knew what to do.

“It shocked me,” he tells listeners to the one-off documentary, which can be found on BBC Sounds. “Most of my media colleagues reported on Kane Walker’s death. I really wanted to report on his life.”

Lee’s spell-binding, hour-long documentary won Best Factual Single Programme at the Arias, seeing of competition from dozens of nationals stations.

There were 23 winners at last night at the awards ceremony, and it was great to see so many colleagues from Local Radio having their work recognised by the rest of the industry. This year we took gold awards in Best Local Station of the Year, Best Speech Breakfast Show and Best Factual Single Programme.

We took silvers in Best Local Radio Show and Best News Coverage, and bronze in Local Station of the Year, Best Local Radio Show and Best New Show.

It’s great to see the breadth and the depth of the work you do being rewarded in this way and I won’t lie it was also lovely to see us taking a bow for the excellence of our work.

The last few weeks have really highlighted the importance of local radio in the lives of our audiences.

As multiple storms raged across England, local radio journalists went beyond the call of duty to keep their listeners updated on the latest safety information, road closures and weather forecasts. Our schedules were turned upside down and many stations went through the night. Reporter Nicola Goodwin worked a 16 hour shift, coming live from knee deep water in her own home.

For those presenters and producers who made their way to the London Palladium last night it was a night of glamour they won’t forget in a hurry. But today, it’ll be business as usual: creating great radio that resonates with listeners across their regions.

I’d just like to say well done to everyone who won or was nominated at the ARIAS 2020, it’s great to be part of the Local Radio family and all that we stand for.”

This article first appeared in eRADIO – the weekly radio industry newsletter by RadioToday. Register for your own copy via RadioToday.co.uk/register

Roman Kemp and Greg James retain TRIC awards

Tue, 2020-03-10 16:32

Roman Kemp has retained the Radio Programme award for Capital Breakfast whilst Greg James is once again voted best Radio Personality at the TRIC Awards.

It’s the second year in a row both radio presenters have won the same award – see last year’s article.

Roman’s dad Martin Kemp surprised Roman for his award him by presenting it to him on stage.

5 Live’s The Peter Crouch Podcast won Best Podcast.

Television & Radio Industries Club event was held the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday afternoon, which also handed out a number of awards for television programmes and personalities.

Previous winners include Dermot O’Leary, Christian O’Connell, Jamie Theakston, Emma Bunton and Chris Evans.

@TRICawards 2020 winner of best Radio Personality goes to @gregjames sponsored by @arqiva pic.twitter.com/ul8LgP2M6D

— TRICawards (@TRICawards) March 10, 2020

@TRICawards Winner of Radio Programme of 2020 sponsored by @YamahaUK #MakeWaves goes to Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp – huge congrats to @romankemp @Global @CapitalOfficial pic.twitter.com/4lyk0IPUes

— TRICawards (@TRICawards) March 10, 2020

2020’s Winner of best podcast of the year sponsored by @Kantar goes to @PeterCrouchPod @petercrouch pic.twitter.com/AtDXDhyQnQ

— TRICawards (@TRICawards) March 10, 2020

The Cat radio puts on charity show to raise money

Tue, 2020-03-10 12:20

Cheshire community radio station The Cat has raised over three thousand pounds after organising a ‘Sunday Night at the Lyceum’ fund-raising variety show.

The money will be going to Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity for the ‘Lost Little Ones’ baby bereavement suite.

The event, at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre on the evening of Sunday 9th February 2020, was put on by the radio station with acts and performers giving their time for free.

The event raised £3,058 from ticket sales with The Cat covering the cost of staging the show and with the help of sponsors.

Chris Cadman, Managing Director, The Cat community radio said: “We really want to thank all the performers for their fantastic performances and support. The show highlighted what great talent we have in the area, which The Cat is keen to promote.

“We would also like to thank the sponsors who made it possible to stage the show and give all the ticket money to the ‘Lost Little Ones Appeal’. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the show.”

Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the fantastic event and to be able to thank The Cat team, all the performers, sponsors and everyone who bought tickets.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support the appeal has achieved, it’s clear to see how important this kind of facility is and even if people haven’t been affected by baby loss within their own families, they are very keen to help when they hear what we’re trying to do.”

York radio station in breach for offensive language

Tue, 2020-03-10 11:14

Jorvik Radio, a community station in York, has been found in breach of the Broadcasting Code for the use of offensive language.

Ofcom received a complaint about two uses of the word “f**king” during a conversation between the two presenters at 15:40 on a Sunday afternoon in December.

But Ofcom then found more offensive language during the same show, which was a pre-recorded programme called Noise, in the form of a Christmas song.

Jorvik Radio said an unedited version of the show was broadcast and the offensive language was unintentional, offering an apology to Ofcom.

Following this incident, the station said that it had implemented “additional checks to ensure only files with the correct naming convention are uploaded” for broadcast. It has also reminded staff of their responsibilities in relation to compliance and had commenced additional compliance training externally at a university for its presenters.

Jorvik Radio said that while Noise had not been broadcast since it was made aware of the complaint to Ofcom, it would return to air following the presenter’s completion of compliance training and an apology would be broadcast.

Ofcom concluded that the broadcast of the word “f**k” and variations of it between 15:00 and 16:00 on a Sunday was a clear example of the most offensive language being broadcast on radio at a time when children were particularly likely to be listening and found it in breach of Rule 1.14.

Former BBC Radio 1 DJs join NOW 70s TV channel

Mon, 2020-03-09 15:58

A number of former BBC Radio 1 presenters are hosting programmes on the new NOW 70s television channel on Freeview, satellite and cable.

Pat Sharp, Simon Bates, Mark Goodier, Tony Blackburn and David Jensen are just some of the well-known names who have recorded links for the service.

Ed Scott, Executive Producer for NOW 70, NOW 80s, & NOW 90s TV tells us more: “To have Tony and David on board along with our team of NOW 70s presenters can only be described as sensational! They join Pat Sharp, Simon Bates, Mark Goodier, and Robin Banks on-air – surely a dream line-up for any programmer to have at their disposal!”

Tony Blackburn says it was sensational to record the shows: “I was so excited to hear when the team at All Around The World TV approached me to be part of their new NOW 70s channel allowing me to play my favourite music from that amazing decade and say whatever I want in between!

“And now the channel is on Freeview so everyone can tune in – truly sensational!”

David Jensen adds: “We all had a lot of fun recording our programmes for the NOW 70s and NOW 80s channels. Tony Blackburn was my side-kick and when it comes to pure energy, Tony is unsurpassed and remains the King of all he surveys from his golden mic!”

NOW 70s is available across the UK on Freeview channel 78, as well as Sky 373, and Virgin 348.

New Wheatstone AoIP mixer with intelligent routing and control available from PRECO

Mon, 2020-03-09 14:00

Featured: A new AoIP enhanced console engine mixer with built-in Ethernet switch is bringing intelligent routing and control to stations on a budget, available in either 8 or 16 fader versions.

The new DMX digital console technology will now be marketed under the Audioarts Engineering brand and become fully WheatNet-IP audio network compatible, available from PRECO in the UK.

The DMX console’s mix engine provides direct connectivity into the WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories and virtual tools used in radio stations around the globe.

Adding Wheatnet-IP to this console effectively brings Wheatstone’s Intelligent Network routing and control to stations on a budget, allowing them to automate functions they couldn’t approach before.

This enables them to run leaner, more efficient operations overall, and opens a pathway to the new world of AES67 interoperability,” commented Jay Tyler, Wheatstone’s Director of Sales.

The console’s mix engine includes a built-in 5-port Ethernet switch. No external switch is required to create or join an existing WheatNet-IP system, making DMX one of the more affordable entry-level IP audio networked consoles on the market.

Features include local microphone, analogue and digital inputs and outputs, EQ and dynamics, any source on any fader and AoIP. Audio inputs and outputs can be extended by simply adding more Razor I/O modules on to the AoIP network.

If you’d like more details or to have a demo for yourself, contact PRECO.

This article was sponsored by PRECO for RadioToday.

Radiodays Europe Lisbon 2020 has been postponed

Mon, 2020-03-09 13:05

Radiodays Europe has been postponed until later this year due to the increasing health risks in many countries associated with Coronavirus COVID-19.

The decision comes after extensive consultation carried out by the event to ensure the health and safety of participants, speakers, commercial partners and staff.

Organisers say: “As the global Coronavirus crisis escalates and concerns regarding travel, large gatherings etc increase, it makes it impossible for Radiodays Europe to hold an event at this time.

“We are aware of the impact of this decision and acknowledge and express our thanks for all the support of our participants and partners throughout the years that have made Radiodays Europe the meeting place for the world of radio and audio and the largest event of its kind in Europe.”

Further details on the new dates for Radiodays Europe will be released at a later date.

Radio New Zealand partnership for Podcast Radio

Mon, 2020-03-09 12:46

The newly launched Podcast Radio in London has announced its first international content partnership.

The deal with Radio New Zealand will allow Podcast Radio to broadcast sample episodes of seven of RNZ’s most popular podcasts including the true-crime podcast Gone Fishing.

Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards announced the Radio New Zealand partnership at the RAIN (Radio and Internet News) Summit in New York on Wednesday 4th March.

He said: “We’re excited to sign our first content partnership with such a prestigious international broadcaster. I started my career in New Zealand and know what brilliant, high quality, beautifully produced programmes RNZ make.

“These podcasts are fantastic and we’re so proud to showcase and share them on Podcast Radio.”

Apart from Gone Fishing, the other RNZ podcasts to be aired across London will be mental health podcast Eating Fried Chicken In The Shower (starting tonight (Monday) at 9pm); The Lost featuring true stories of missing people; true-crime parody KillJoy; Black Sheep on the history of infamous New Zealand villains; The Long Way Home with the story of a trek across the country; and the story of The Worst Sitcom Ever Made.

Tim Watkin, Executive Producer, RNZ Podcasts and Series, says: “We’re thrilled some of our amazing podcasts can now be heard on the radio in the UK. RNZ podcasts are known for pushing boundaries so we’re really impressed with what Podcast Radio is trying to do. We look forward to a fruitful partnership that showcases the best of what we do and encourages people to download the whole series and browse our other shows.”

Broadcast Radio helps stations during COVID-19 outbreak

Mon, 2020-03-09 12:01

Broadcast Radio is offering its remote voice-tracking software Myriad Cloud Anywhere free to stations for at least the next three months.

The move is to help stations continue to provide a service in the event of a serious COVID-19 outbreak.

Liam Burke, Commercial Director told RadioToday: “In order to support Myriad 5 users through this difficult time, we have ‘fast tracked’ Myriad Anywhere Cloud through internal testing and will make it immediately available for all Myriad 5 customers, totally free of charge for three months.

“Hopefully, by then we will be over the worst of any potential outbreak and be looking back and wondering what all the panic was about! But if not, and stations are still facing heightened challenges with running stations on minimal or no staff by June, we will review the situation and extend the free use period accordingly.”

Broadcast Radio is releasing its software before it has fully completed internal and public beta testing, so hopes customers will forgive any problems they might encounter.

“Our aim here is simply to provide as much support as we can to stations during this concerning time. By allowing stations to provide simple, Remote Voice Tracking and Log Editing for presenters in isolation, we hope that stations will be able to continue to deliver the service their listeners will rely on.”

For more details, email hello@broadcastradio.com or visit broadcastradio.com for more information.

Sara Cox & Frankie Wells host equality podcast series

Sun, 2020-03-08 11:02

BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox and podcaster Frankie Wells are the hosts of a new series of podcasts to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Each for Equal, produced by PodcastWorks, brings together women from the worlds of journalism, business and entertainment; including Katie Thistleton, Mariam Khan, India Willoughby, Shola Kaye, and Helen Lederer.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, each episode will focus on a particular issue, deemed most relevant by each guest, concerning female equality in 2020.

Host of the Each for Equal podcast Frankie Wells said: “What I gained in 15 minutes listening to these women on a range of topics has changed my perspective, empowered me and made me very proud to be a woman.

“Although from different worlds with different views, it was amazing to come together with these different women to listen, challenge and move forward together for IWD. Everyone should be listening.”

Head of PodcastWorks Ally Lang told RadioToda: “The UK often looks down at other countries for their lack of liberalism, but hate crimes and domestic abuse in this country continue to increase. This podcast has given us an opportunity to discuss each other’s experiences and thoughts on the most pressing issues facing women today, and a platform that could communicate layered topics without reducing them to a news-length soundbite.”

The Each for Equal podcast can be heard on all major platforms from today, Sunday 8th March.

It is a PodcastWorks production, produced by Anouszka Tate. The recordings took place at Maple Street Studios.

Local radio past and future featured in TV documentary

Sat, 2020-03-07 07:27

A new television documentary featuring contributions from local radio broadcasters across the UK has been broadcast on the BBC News Channel.

The programme, created by BBC Solent’s Richard Latto, includes rare archive, much of which hasn’t been seen since its original transmission.

Contributors include Johnnie Walker, Kid Jensen and Bob Harris who reflect on their opinions in 1973, in an archive piece recorded just before the start of local commercial radio in the UK.

Five decades later they have a chance to reassess their previous discussion, which includes the idea that “one day there might be as many as six stations across London”.

There are also new interviews with Les Ross (BRMB), Martin Kelner (BBC Radio Leeds), Louise Churchill (Plymouth Sound), Tony Gillham (Black Cat Radio), Duncan Warren (Goldmine) and Chris Burns (BBC Local Radio).

Producer Richard Latto says: “This isn’t a definitive history of local radio, it’s a flavour of local radio and a chance to reflect on how it has changed and evolved over the years. With all the recent changes, especially in the commercial sector, local radio has generated a lot of discussion from both industry insiders and listeners, who have heard it evolve at great pace.”

“Everyone I’ve met while making this programme has been incredibly passionate about the medium. There are strong opinions about certain aspects of the way the industry is changing, but the majority of experts are keen to indicate the future is bright, so long as stations continue to evolve.

“The documentary is called The Village Loudspeaker, which is the nickname the late broadcaster and programme controller David Bassett gave to Plymouth Sound when it first started in 1975. It captures the sense that there’s an emotional bond between the soul of a local radio station and its listenership. I wanted to explore if that spirit is still there in local radio today.”

The Village Loudspeaker first aired on the BBC News Channel on Friday 6 March at 9.30pm and will be repeated at 2.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 7 March. It’ll then be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

There’s also a radio version being broadcast on BBC Radio Solent on 8 March at 6pm, which contains lengthier material from contributors. This will then be available on BBC Sounds after its broadcast.

Watch: https://www.bbc.com/programmes/m000g2m2

Listen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p082ytg6

Clips: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p082ytg6/clips

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