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Bauer programmer Dave Young joins TBI Media

Mon, 2018-11-19 17:54

Content executive Dave Young has been appointed into the newly created role of Director of Programmes at TBI Media.

Dave will report to TBI CEO Phil Critchlow and oversee all audio and visual production for an array of broadcasters, on-demand platforms and commercial partners.

Dave previously headed up the programming team at Bauer Media’s Box TV group, overseeing its growth from a single cable music TV channel to a music video network in Europe. In that time he also managed Channel 4’s buy-in to the company and the launch of 4Music.

Before that Dave worked as an audio programmer including producing 2 breakfast shows for Kiss. More recently he led editorial content and channels development for the tech-based social video and news supplier, Newsflare.

Dave said: “I’m hugely excited to be joining such a high-achieving and ambitious company as TBI and the incredibly talented team there. Their list of credits and the awards they’ve gathered speaks for itself – they’re genuinely world-beaters. I can’t wait to begin work with the team on their existing output as well as developing new and unique concepts. It’s an incredibly exciting time for independents, and with our ability to work across platforms, including events and non-linear alongside broadcast I’m expecting to be busy!”

TBI CEO Phil Critchlow said: “Dave brings a really impressive cross-section of experience as a programmer and cross-platform creative team leader. This will further allow TBI to take full advantage of the many and varied opportunities now open to us. Our portfolio grows by the month as we continue to deliver world-class content we’re really proud of into that sweet spot between the highest quality audio and visual production, alongside the best repeatable broadcast event formats.

“We’re certainly looking forward to welcoming Dave to what will be a busy time in our new Charlotte Street office.”

TBI Media will produce over 500 programmes and events this year for the BBC and commercial clients ranging from radio and television output for clients including the BBC, Sky television and BT Sport to long-running UK and international events formats with partners including the Bauer group, Disney and a range of commercial brands.

Media Show hosts special at the BBC Radio Theatre

Mon, 2018-11-19 16:20

The BBC is recording a special edition of the Media Show with Media Editor Amol Rajan in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.

Griefcast host and comedian Cariad Lloyd, and Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless Group, are among the guests looking at the future of radio.

Amol and his panel will ask what the future of radio will be like – and where will the revolution go next. There will also be a chance for audience members to ask questions.

The description of the programme is: “The choice of what we listen to has never been greater. DAB, music streaming and podcasts means many of us no longer listen to traditional radio stations. But where will the revolution go next? Will it be smart speakers that finally kill off FM radio? Are music DJs an endangered species when Spotify knows exactly what you want?”

The show is being recorded on Monday 3rd December at 2.45pm in London. See here to apply for tickets to be in the audience.

Ofcom resolves complaint over Hits Radio competition

Mon, 2018-11-19 13:02

Bauer has added an extra set of Terms and Conditions to a competition as a result of a complaint from a listener about the Sarah-Jane Crawford show.

Ofcom received correspondence alleging that a round of “Sarah-Jane’s Split Second Song” competition was conducted unfairly on 17 July 2018 at 19:00hrs.

Sarah-Jane asked for listeners to text into the normal none-premium studio number to guess what the song was, and after approximately seven minutes, the presenter brought the successful entrant to air to state what track they believed the music clip was from.

Bauer provided Ofcom with a list of the entries it had received during this round of the competition and the times at which it had received them. The Licensee confirmed that it had randomly selected the entrant to take to air two minutes after the presenter had invited listeners to enter, in line with its normal practice for this competition.

However, four entries had been received after this selection was made.

Bauer said that “it is standard industry practice for competitions of this nature to select an entrant and take them live to air without an explicit start and end time to the competition being read out on air, as these “Text The Studio” competitions are run within a matter of minutes…”.

It added that “the selected entrant is taken to air immediately, without delay, and so it is clearly communicated to listeners whether or not the competition is still open…”

The Licensee added that “it would have been clearer had it stated on-air that there was only a 2-minute window for competition entries and so any entrant after that time would be ineligible”.

Bauer now ensures that every day when the invitation to enter takes place on-air, the presenter states that listeners have a specific two-minute window in which to text the studio for a chance to play.

Ofcom considers the matter now resolved.

Russ & Jono reunited with daily show at Fix Radio

Mon, 2018-11-19 11:00

Former Virgin Radio Breakfast presenters Russ & Jono are being reunited for a daily show on Fix Radio from January.

It’s been 20 years since they’ve been heard on the radio each day, but recently set up a podcast together Russ and Jono Rebooted aiming to recapture some of their chemistry from the 1990s.

Their new show will include their classic features such as, ‘House Of Crap’, ‘Sad But True’, ‘Dumb Crime Of The Day’, ‘Probe the Globe’, ‘Lost In Showbiz’, the wayward newsreaders ‘Shanka & Edward’ and new features including, a film review, ‘Jono on the Kermode’ (commode) and Mike the Australian radio consultant – who will call up and tell the boys if they’re ‘nailing it’ or if the show need to be Fix-ed (Australian listeners may recognise Mike as the TV and radio presenter, Mike Hammond).

Fix Radio Programme Director, Graham Mack told RadioToday: “Russ & Jono are a perfect fit for Fix Radio’s blue-collar audience. A lot of them grew up listening to Russ & Jono. I can’t wait to hear them on the radio again”.

Russ & Jono said, “Thank you very much indeed… to Fix for Fixing it for us to be together on the radio again. We are going to ‘Nail It’ and unite the UK’s tradesmen and women”.

Fix Radio is on DAB around London, and will soon launch in Manchester. Further details of the new show will be announced soon.

Bauer backed campaign writes open letter to PM

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:02

A Bauer-backed campaign calling for Government to update health and safety legislation to protect mental health in the workplace has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister.

It was signed by more than 50 leaders of some of Britain’s biggest employers including Lord Sugar, PwC, Royal Mail, WHSmith, Mace, Ford, Kelly Hoppen MBE and Thames Water and is calling on the Government to prioritise its manifesto pledge to amend health and safety legislation to put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing.

Paul Keenan, CEO, Bauer Media UK & European Radio, said, “The impact of neglecting mental ill health in the workplace is two-fold: both an economic and human cost which we have the opportunity to alleviate. By investing in the physical and mental health of our people we will not only unlock human potential in the workplace but reduce astronomical costs to the economy. It is imperative the Government takes notice of U.K. employers and the public who are standing up and calling for change.”

The Open Letter follows the delivery of a petition of over 200,000 public signatures to 10 Downing Street as part of a mental health campaign called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE, Mental Health First Aid England and Bauer Media, which has received cross-party backing. MPs from across the political spectrum originally showed their support for the issue by signing an Early Day Motion tabled by Norman Lamb MP in October 2016.

Fionuala Bonnar, Chief Operating Officer, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England commented, “Today’s open letter shows that business leaders clearly recognise the need to support their employees’ mental health in the same way they do their physical health.

“The change in legislation we are calling for will establish a baseline for protecting mental health in the workplace, ensuring no one is left behind. This is just one part of improving approaches to workplace mental health, but it represents an important step forward. Ensuring that first aid support is there for the millions of people who struggle with their mental health every year will make a big difference to how we all think about our health as a whole.”

Supporters of the campaign can continue to sign the petition at

Podcast: David Lloyd on small scale radio and Roundtable #20

Sat, 2018-11-17 17:58

David Lloyd talks to Trevor Dann about his report for RadioCentre into small scale commercial radio and community stations.

Trevor then hosts our monthly roundtable discussion with guests Simon Crosse (Shooting Shark Productions) Nick Pitts (Jazz FM) and Suchandrika Chakraborti (podcaster).

James Cridland focuses on radio in the car and David Lloyd celebrates 7 years of the weekly RadioMoments review.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, or join in one of our regular round-table shows, please email

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the show.

Global enters Hold Separate with Exterion Media

Fri, 2018-11-16 17:53

Global has formally completed its acquisition of the Exterion Media Group on Friday 16th November 2018.

Now that the deal has been done, the Competition and Markets Authority has concurrently announced a hold separate, or an “Initial Enforcement Order” (IEO). This is standard practice for completed mergers over which the CMA have jurisdiction and Global tells RadioToday it has been pro-active regarding its engagement with the Authority.

The two companies, Global and Exterion will continue to operate as totally separate businesses pending the completion of the CMA’s review, as per the terms of the IEO.

Global was last placed in Hold Separate when it bought GMG Radio from the Guardian Media Group in June 2012. That process lasted almost two years and ended with the sale of eight radio stations to Communicorp, seven of which continued to operate under a brand licence for the Heart and Capital network.

Global bought Primesight, Outdoor Plus and Exterion Media Group to create a new division, Global Outdoor, within the last eight weeks.

Digital radio boost planned for Northern Ireland

Fri, 2018-11-16 11:30

A special project to boost digital radio take-up and increase digital listening towards 50% in Northern Ireland was announced today at the Belfast Media Festival.

The project, which is being coordinated by Digital Radio UK, will see Northern Ireland’s radio broadcasters, retailers and manufacturers collaborating on activity communicating the benefits of digital radio and how to listen at home and in the car.

Bauer Media, which operates a DAB only station Downtown Country in the area, and Wireless Group are backing the campaign.

The campaign activity, which kicks off on Thursday 22 November, will run across Wireless and Bauer’s Northern Ireland stations and includes aligned on-air commercials; listener and online competitions to win digital radios; on-air mentions and editorial explaining digital radio benefits and how to listen at home and in-car; as well as online and social media activity.

Participating retailers include Halfords and independent retailers throughout Northern Ireland who will be offering discounts on selected DAB digital radios. Point of sale materials will be available and staff training to explain the benefits of digital radio to customers. Digital radio manufacturers Ruark and VQ are supporting the project with the provision of product for listener competitions and give-aways.

Digital radio listening in Northern Ireland is making strong progress and growing faster than the rest of the UK, having increased to 39.4% in Q3 2018 from 30.2% in Q3 2016, with half of all adults in Northern Ireland now having access to a DAB digital radio at home. The availability of DAB has been transformed and coverage expanded, and there are now 54 stations, including local stations Downtown Country and U105, on DAB in Northern Ireland.

Despite this rapid growth, digital listening in Northern Ireland still lags behind the national UK-wide average of 52.4%, and it is hoped this programme of coordinated communications will help accelerate digital listening to over 50% within two years.

Announcing the activity during the Radio: Revolution? Evolution? panel session, Digital Radio UK’s Communications Director, Yvette Dore, said: “We are seeing more and more listeners in Northern Ireland switch on to the benefits of digital radio, but we know that there are some who are still unsure about digital radio. We’re delighted to announce this targeted activity in collaboration with Bauer Media and Wireless, and leading retailers and manufacturers, to help ensure listeners know there are 54 great stations available on digital radio in Northern Ireland and how to receive them.”

Mark Mahaffy, Regional Managing Director of Bauer Radio, Northern Ireland, said: “Digital listening in Northern Ireland is enjoying terrific growth and Bauer Media is proud and excited to be collaborating with our industry colleagues on this initiative to bring our portfolio of strong radio brands Downtown, Downtown Country and Cool FM to more listeners in Northern Ireland.”

Peter McVerry, Station Director, U105, said: “We’ve had a terrific response from listeners since launching U105 on DAB in July 2017, which brought the station to listeners from all across Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to be reinforcing our commitment to digital, bringing U105’s great music, news and sport to even more listeners, and working together with fellow broadcasters to spread the word on how to find us on digital radio.”

Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio network

Thu, 2018-11-15 12:47

Bauer is to replace its Bauer City 2 branding in England in favour of a new station name launching in January, called Greatest Hits Radio.

Stations in England which are part of the network will get rebranded, whilst its Scottish sister stations will retain their names whilst being part of the “Greatest Hits Network”.

In addition, the new network will sit within the recently launched Hits Radio Network, and operate from hubs in Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow. It will be added to the same local multiplexes as Hits Radio to cover most of the country.

Bauer’s 105.2FM licence in the West Midlands (currently Absolute Radio) will adopt the new name and a three-hour local show added.

Radio City 2 on 105.9FM, will rebrand to Greatest Hits Radio, as will the rest of the network including Metro 2 Radio, Rock FM 2 and Key Radio (see below for the full list). The service in England will have one breakfast show hosted by Simon Ross, currently on breakfast at Radio City 2.

In Scotland breakfast will be fronted by Ewan Cameron across the Greatest Hits Radio Scotland stations Forth 2 in Edinburgh, Clyde 2 in Glasgow and Northsound 2 in Aberdeen, Westsound 2, MFR2 and Tay 2 in Dundee and Perth.

Bauer introduced the City 2 network in 2015, which resulted in Manchester adding Key 2 and Key 3 to complement Key 103. With this and other recent strategy changes, all three stations have changed names or will be on January 7th.

Andy Ashton will take up the role of Content Director, Greatest Hits Radio. Andy has worked across the Bauer Hits Radio network for the last eighteen months, launching new breakfast shows in Leeds, Scotland and most recently Birmingham.

Commenting on the launch, Group Managing Director Hits Radio Graham Bryce commented: “The Greatest Hits Network has proved itself to be a popular format with great success in Scotland and Radio City 2 in Liverpool. This audience is ageless in attitude and seeking a station which connects to them and plays a real variety of upbeat classic hits. We know this Network is capable of being one of the biggest in the UK and are excited to roll it out nationally.”

Andy Ashton, Content Director, Hits Radio Network added: “I am thrilled to be heading up the launch and vision for a new national brand there is a genuine gap for. This audience is intelligent, funny and energetic, as well as being passionate about The Greatest Hits! I can’t wait for listeners to hear it.”

The station will also launch with a series of shows which will feature the Greatest Hits of the biggest and most iconic artists in the world, created by Wise Buddah and presented by Mark Goodier. It will feature artists like George Michael, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Prince, Elton John and The Beatles.

As Andy leaves Bauer in the Midlands, James Brownlow will take up the role of Content Director, Hits Radio Network Midlands – a new role overseeing Gem and Free Radio.

Here are the details of the station name changes in England:

Radio City 2 = Greatest Hits Radio Liverpool the North West and North Wales

Key Radio = Greatest Hits Radio Manchester

Rock FM 2 = Greatest Hits Radio Lancashire

Hallam 2 = Greatest Hits Radio South Yorkshire

Radio Aire 2 = Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire

Viking 2 = Greatest Hits Radio East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire

TFM 2 = Greatest Hits Radio Teesside

Metro 2 Radio = Greatest Hits Radio North East

Free Radio 80s = Greatest Hits Radio Coventry and Warwickshire

Free Radio 80s = Greatest Hits Radio Hereford and Worcester

Absolute Radio 105.2FM = Greatest Hits Radio West Midlands
Free Radio 80s = Absolute Radio Classic Rock

Free Radio 80s = Absolute Radio Classic Rock

Chris Evans to move his Radio 2 team to Virgin Radio

Thu, 2018-11-15 12:03

The new Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio will include most of the team currently working on his show at BBC Radio 2.

Vassos Alexander will continue his reign as sports reporter. Vassos has worked with Chris for seven years in which time, as well reporting from the frontline of the sports world, he has shared a passion for running marathons with Chris.

Radio 2’s guest booker John Dutton will continue to be responsible for booking all of the guests on the show and Rachel Horne will be expanding her role as the breakfast show travel guru – providing regular news bulletins as well.

Ellie Davis will lead the show as Executive Producer, having previously held the position of Producer for the outgoing Radio 2 show since August 2015, whilst producer Meera Depala will also take up her place on the team following her three-year tenure at BBC Radio 2.

Supporting Ellie will be David Brain (Producer) and Jayne Cheeseman (Assistant Producer) who produce the current show on Virgin Radio.

Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless, said: “We are thrilled that Chris is going to be joined by Vassos and Rachel alongside a stellar team of producers; all of whom will make waking up in January much easier!”

The current presenters of the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, Sam and Amy, will also take up their new posts from January. Sam will be presenting early breakfast, Monday – Friday 4am – 6:30am, and Amy will be presenting the late show, Sunday – Thursday 10pm- 1am.

New comedy programmes commissioned for BBC Radio 4

Wed, 2018-11-14 21:37

Radio 4 has announced some new comedy commissions, with programmes from new talent and well known favourites.

Getting new slots are Suggs, Bridget Christie, Twayna Mayne, Joe Lycett (pictured), Tom Allen, Rowan Atkinson, Geoff Norcott and Joanna Lumley.

Here are just some of the programmes announced by Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 comedy:

  • A Comedy Playhouse featuring 12 exceptional, brand new scripts from a mix of both established and new writers
  • Great new comedy talent with an assortment of stories to tell, including Rosie Jones, Twayna Mayne and Ellie Taylor
  • Stand Up Sunday returns for a second series, including shows from Phil Wang and Sofie Hagen
  • Brand new programming from well-known names such as Marian Keyes, Suggs, Rowan Atkinson and Hugo Rifkind

Several comics have secured their first radio series, including Rosie Jones, Twayna Mayne and Ellie Taylor.

Next year Suggs will present a four-part series, where the Madness frontman shares a love letter to multicultural London through music, history and comedy. Louise Ford and Yasmine Akram will write #GODSWORK, a comedy focusing on three different vicars, all played by Rowan Atkinson, whose churches are based in the North East of England.

Journalist Hugo Rifkind has his first Radio 4 series in Hugo Rifkind’s Search For Power which explores what it means to have power in modern Britain.

Anneka Rice stars in a one-off programme, The Clemmie Hart Years, which explores the mystery of Anneka’s agent, Clemmie Hart.

And Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam star in the first full series of Conversations From A Long Marriage, written by Jan Etherington. They play a couple who have been married for over 40 years. Children of the sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music – and each other.

Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, says: “Radio 4 is the home of comedy and once again we’ve got some of the biggest comedy names and writers as well as up-and-coming comedians from across the UK who are the stars of tomorrow. Our range of Radio 4 comedy attracts over five million listeners each week, and is hugely popular with a younger audience both on air and in our podcasts, which are regularly near the top of the charts.”

New Group role for Nick Hancock at UKRD

Wed, 2018-11-14 14:09

UKRD Group has appointed Nick Hancock to the position of Deputy Group Content Director – Promotions and Ideas.

Nick, who has worked at UKRD Group for almost a decade, will start this part-time position, which is in addition to his responsibilities as Content Director at Stray FM, on the 1st December, replacing Charles Dennett who is leaving the company at the end of the year.

“I am delighted that Nick will be joining the Group Content Executive Team as a result of this promotion” said Dave Coull, UKRD’s Group Content Director.

“With his Content Executive Team colleagues, Nick will be responsible for sharing best practice, initiating and implementing enhancements to the company’s content strategy, and specifically, assisting in the delivery of imaginative and engaging promotions and ideas that work for the Group’s listeners and clients” added Coull.

Commenting on his promotion, Nick said, “I can’t wait to get started. Building on the work Charles has done in the last 12-months and getting to work more closely with the teams at each of the Group’s radio stations are two things I am particularly looking forward to”.

Nation Radio rebrands with Ignite Jingles

Tue, 2018-11-13 16:56

Nation Broadcasting’s radio stations in London, Wales and Scotland have a new sound created by Ignite Jingle at MediaCtiyUK.

The new set of custom jingles and themes are now on-air at Nation Radio, reflecting its new AC-led playlist, covering a range of styles including Motown, ballads, piano pop and soft rock.

Neil Greenslade, Nation’s Group Programme Director, said: “Our brief was for a bold, classy package that matched our modern AC music proposition here at Nation Radio. Chris and the Ignite team delivered exactly that. It sounds great on air and our presenters love using it.”

Chris Stevens, Ignite Creative Director, added: “We’ve been lucky enough to create jingles for both of the UK’s new FM commercial stations recently; Nation Radio in Glasgow and Ipswich 102 in Suffolk. We love working with stations to help create the perfect sound for their output.”

Nation Radio’s new sound is just one of a number of projects undertaken by Ignite recently, with other packages on the air in Florida, Tenerife, Texas and Costa Rica.

RadioWorks hires Paul Cranwell as Managing Director

Tue, 2018-11-13 14:54

RadioWorks has appointed Paul Cranwell as Managing Director, replacing Emily Turnbull.

Emily is returning to New Zealand in January with her family after completing her contract but will remain with the business in a consultancy role.

RadioWorks says Paul will play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the RadioWorks Group including Maple Street Creative, Radio Trading Desk and Digital Audio Works, and report directly to Founder and CEO Michael Charnley-Heaton.

Cranwell is joining from independent agency The Specialist Works, where he was Head of Client Partnerships in the i-transact media division, charged with developing third-party revenue streams for leading retail brand partners such as Ocado, Boohoo and Debenhams. His former roles have been in commercial leadership positions in radio, outdoor and digital with Key 103, BRMB and, more recently, Exterion Media (now part of Global).

Michael Charnley Heaton, CEO said: “I am delighted to have Paul joining our team. I remember him as an outstanding leader in commercial radio and coupled with his vast experience in outdoor and digital media, I believe he’s the perfect person to lead our growth and deliver the best results for our clients in this rapidly changing media climate.”

Paul Cranwell said: “I am thrilled to be joining RadioWorks who have an exceptional reputation in the industry. With radio set to have another record breaking year, the rapid growth of digital audio and Global’s recent acquisition of Primesight and Exterion Media, the market’s certainly in an exciting place. I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with the team and our clients to continue to maximise these opportunities and grow RadioWorks as the specialist agency of choice”

Paul joins the business on December 3rd.

Emily Turnbull has worked in radio across the world. Now at @radiospecialist, she shares some of the best ideas she’s seen #nextradio

— RadioToday Live (@RadioTodayLive) September 18, 2017

Shortlist for BBC local radio Gillard Awards out

Mon, 2018-11-12 13:04

The nominations for the BBC Local Radio Gillard Awards have been announced, with Radio Humberside, Radio Merseyside and Radio Sheffield up for Station of the Year.

The winners will be announced at an event on January 24th 2019 in January and published on RadioToday.


BBC Radio Bristol – Emma Britton
BBC Radio Sheffield – Toby Foster at Breakfast
BBC Tees – BBC Tees Breakfast with Neil & Amy


BBC Radio Berkshire – Sarah Walker
BBC Radio Manchester – Mike Sweeney
BBC Radio Sheffield – The Naked Podcast


BBC Coventry and Warwickshire – Letitia George
BBC Radio Devon – Sarah Gosling
BBC Radio Stoke – Lucas Yeomans


BBC 3CR – Nascot Lawn
BBC Newcastle – Operation Sanctuary
BBC Wiltshire – Novichok Attacks


BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
BBC Tees


BBC Radio Bristol – St Pauls
BBC Radio Jersey – The Other Side
BBC Radio Northampton – Walter Tull Centenary


BBC Radio Lancashire – Accrington Stanley? Who Are They?
BBC Radio Leeds – Tribute to Dave Callaghan
BBC Somerset – The Cricket Show


BBC Radio Leicester – Sunday Breakfast with Jo Bostock
BBC Radio Nottingham – Frances Finn on Sundays
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey – Sunday Breakfast with Emily Jeffery


BBC Radio Bristol – St. Pauls
BBC Radio Lincolnshire – The Save a Life Campaign
BBC Radio Manchester – Manchester Together – With One Voice


BBC Radio Berkshire – Windsor Wedding
BBC Radio Lancashire – Funeral of Jimmy Armfield
BBC Radio Lincolnshire – RAF


BBC Radio Merseyside – An Accent Exceedingly Rare: A Love Letter to Liverpool
BBC Tees – Claire Throssell
BBC Radio York – I Live in the Car


BBC Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Sheffield

Changes proposed for Isle of Man radio service

Mon, 2018-11-12 10:12

A Select Committee of Tynwald in the Isle of Man has published its second and final report on Public Service Media in the Island.

The report makes 11 recommendations which, if implemented, are set to see big a number of changes to public service broadcasting in the Isle of Man.

The Select Committee’s first recommendation looks to redefine public service broadcasting, citing Lord Reith’s definition to ‘inform, educate and entertain’ as being no longer fit for the 21st century. In its place, public service broadcasting is to be replaced with ‘mandatory’ and ‘discretionary’ components, where mandatory components should be limited to impartial news and other distinctly Manx content. The other elements of the existing definition, such as entertainment which responds to the tastes, interests and concerns of the community, should be discretionary components and are considered to be already provided for by the marketplace.

The Committee goes on to propose that the public body that owns Radio Manx Limited (the Isle of Man’s Treasury) should, in future, play an active role in the strategic direction of the company including engagement with medium and long-term planning, and recruitment of the directors of the company.

In another recommendation, the Committee proposes that no public funds may be committed to public service broadcasting, and no broadcasting licence or station format may be issued or amended, in the absence of agreement between the Treasury, the Communications Commission, and the owners and directors of the public service broadcaster.

Anthony Pugh, Managing Director of Manx Radio told RadioToday: “The Isle of Man is looking to modernise public service broadcasting but fail to see that the cornerstone of PSB, a clear independence from Government, can’t possibly be maintained with the Select Committee’s recommendations and, if it were to be implemented, is likely lose the station its loyal following.

“In addition, a redefinition of PSB, without any reference to the people of the Isle of Man, suggests the Government is not only looking to take over editorial control of the station but is also looking to dramatically change the nature and character of the service.”

The Committee also recommends that the Island’s Council of Ministers should pursue negotiations with the BBC to increase financial support for Manx Radio. It the Council are unsuccessful, the Committee suggests the release of Isle of Man residents from any obligation to pay the BBC licence.

It is expected the report will be debated at the December sitting of Tynwald.

The full report is available here.

Podcast: International Radio Festival 2018 in Malta

Sun, 2018-11-11 16:16

Trevor Dann talks to BBC Radio’s Head of Editorial Standards, Paul Smith, on stage at the International Radio Festival 2018 in Valletta, Malta – and also catches up with the IRF organiser and delegates at the event.

Roy Martin joins host Stuart Clarkson to look at what’s been happening in the industry this week; James Cridland asks whether new technology is bad for radio and radio historian David Lloyd has our nostalgia slot, RadioMoments.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, or join in one of our regular round-table shows, please email

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the show.

Global requests new Ofcom boundary changes

Fri, 2018-11-09 18:49

Global has requested a number of changes to the new regional boundaries affecting some of its radio stations.

The new larger regions, published by Ofcom recently, allows radio stations within them to share all programming and studio locations. The regulator, however, said a station may also share its locally-made programmes with one or more other stations which are not in its approved area. “Any Format change requests seeking such permissions will not be approved as a matter of general policy, but instead will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to consultation,” Ofcom says.

Global has asked Ofcom for permission to share programmes beyond the approved areas – and delay any decisions till the new year.

In an email to staff on Friday afternoon, seen by RadioToday, Founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor said he and the board would like to take Christmas and the New Year to consider the implications the new Guidelines have for the company fully, and does not want to rush into any changes.

Ashley told Globallers that Ofcom has made ‘some slightly odd choices’ on where boundaries sit in their newly defined regions, which he’d like more time to consider.

He added that the requests have been put in so the company has options, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they will act on them.

Under the new approved areas, the current nine Capital stations in England could operate as a national station with a token three-hour show in four new areas: North West, Midlands, South, and West of England. One of Global’s options could be to ask for permission to add Brighton (now in the ‘south’ region) to network with the Southampton output, (now in the West of England region).

Similarly, the 19 Heart stations in England could operate as a national service if added to national DAB, with a three hour opt-out during the daytime in just five regions – East of England, Central, North West, South, and West. These five regions could be cut further if requests to change the boundaries are successful.

Locations revealed for small-scale DAB demand

Fri, 2018-11-09 13:14

Ofcom has today published details of the responses to the call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB locations.

Around 430 applications have been submitted covering approximately 313 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each application lists an unknown number of new or current radio stations to be carried on the multiplexes too.

The regulator has published three maps and tables showing the locations where parties have expressed interest in running either a small-scale DAB multiplex or radio service, or both.

The areas with the most expressions of interest to run minimuxes with additional services are Glasgow (8), Leeds and London West (6), Liverpool and London North (5) and Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, London East, London South and Southampton all with 4.

Other areas with three expressions of interest from multiplex operators and programme providers include Aberdeen, Andover, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Isle of Wight, Leicester, Maidstone, Manchester, Medway Towns, Middlesborough, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Reading, Wakefield and Warrington.

See the full tables and lists here.

The expressions of interest will help Ofcom plan the spectrum for small-scale DAB by indicating the pattern of likely demand. A consultation on the detailed implementation of the small-scale DAB licensing framework and a spectrum plan will be made next year, after the Government has put the necessary secondary legislation before Parliament.

Voice Tracker of the Year winner announced

Thu, 2018-11-08 15:11

Lyndsey Marie from America has been crowned Voice Tracker of the Year in a recent competition.

Over the last few months, Voicetracker Hub has been hosting a global talent search to find the world’s greatest voice tracker.

Announcers who voice track shows entered online for the chance to be recognised and win $500. And after much deliberation, the judges chose US-based Lyndsey Marie.

Amongst her many shows and stations, Lyndsey can be heard on on 93x in Minneapolis, and WFTK 96 Rock in Cincinnati.

The entries were judged by Australia based Programmer and Consultant Ronnie Stanton, MD of RCS UK Jon Early, National BBC Presenter, Talent Coach and Agent Sam Walker and US Radio Guru Joseph Cristiano.

Sam was particularly impressed by Lyndsey’s natural delivery: “Love her sense of humour and speech patterns – really natural and irreverent at the same time..” Similarly, Ronnie said: “Love the energy and her attitude fits in perfectly with her station format. Keeps it live and local sounding.”

You can hear Lyndsey’s entry by watching the video below:

Winner Announcement from Voicetracker Hub on Vimeo.