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French Kiss puts Caroline Community Radio in Breach

Tue, 2021-04-20 08:20

Caroline Community Radio has been found in Breach of the Broadcast Code for playing the song French Kiss by Lil Louis at 8.20 on a weekday morning.

A complaint was made about the broadcast of the song, which contains prolonged sounds of sexual moaning.

The station said it was in the process of transferring its music library from one computer system to another and that some scheduling restrictions that it had applied to songs had not been carried across to the new system.

It added that the material broadcast featured breathing in a similar vein to songs such as Big Love by Fleetwood Mac and Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer.

It also argued that as there are no vocals in the song, children would not have linked the breathing noises to sexual behaviour. However, the Licensee accepted that a child listener may have asked an adult for an explanation of the noises. As a result, it said it had removed the track from the station’s daytime schedules.

In conclusion, the community station reassured Ofcom that it did not wish to offend its listeners and confirmed that it was undertaking a review of its database to ensure all song information is correct. It added that its presenters have been reminded of the importance of checking all music tracks before broadcast.

Ofcom said it acknowledged the steps taken by the licence holder, St. Peter’s Studio and Community Radio Limited to remove the track from its daytime schedules and remind its staff to check music tracks before broadcast.

Nevertheless, Ofcom’s Decision is that the broadcast of this song was not appropriately scheduled, in breach of Rule 1.3.

Maritime Radio holds birthday marathon broadcast

Mon, 2021-04-19 20:16

Maritime Radio is marking its second birthday on 20th April by holding a 25 hour radio show.

Starting at 11pm on Monday 19th, the non-stop broadcast will see all the Maritime crew taking part in presenting right through until midnight the following night.

The station says there will be prizes to be won, as well as some surprise outside broadcasts throughout.

Duncan Martin, Maritime Radio’s Managing Director, said: “Two years have flown by! We’re so proud of what we have been able to achieve, bringing real local radio to thousands of listeners in Greenwich and across south east London and north west Kent.

“I hope everyone will tune in to listen to what is going to be a brilliant celebration of our second birthday.

“The Maritime crew live locally and all work really hard to broadcast our programmes and local news from Shooters Hill to the places and people we know. This last year has been very testing, as it has for everyone, but we were able to keep broadcasting and providing local news and information to our 30,000+ listeners throughout, from home, and from the studios.

“We hope to welcome even more listeners to the station as a result of this celebration.”

Maritime Radio is a local radio station for Greenwich, south east London and north west Kent on 96.5FM.

Helen Haslam joins RadioWorks Group as Business Director

Mon, 2021-04-19 15:09

RadioWorks Group has appointed Helen Haslam as Business Director.

Helen previously worked for Bauer Media, Communicorp, GMG Radio and more recently Wavemaker North in Manchester.

Helen will work RadioWorks’ team of audio specialists to help grow the business and further strengthen existing relationships.

Helen Haslam: “After working in audio advertising for twenty years, it’s great to finally be able to share my passion for audio with the incredible team at RadioWorks.”

“The buzz around the industry is palpable and I'm really looking forward to working with some familiar faces and supporting business growth during these exciting times.”

Emma Hill, Chief Operating Officer at RadioWorks Group said: “Having worked with Helen throughout my career in audio, I’m delighted that she’s joined the team at RadioWorks as Business Director. She’s an excellent addition to the team with her vast experience and knowledge of the audio marketplace.”

Local BBC radio stations gets back to business

Mon, 2021-04-19 14:00

Local BBC Radio is launching Make a Difference – Back to Business, to support the arts sector in England.

The initiative will run across 40 Local Radio Mid-Morning programmes and see presenters go behind the scenes of museums, galleries and theatres leading up to the eagerly-anticipated curtain-raiser in May.

Today, BBC presenters will shine a spotlight on the lengths venues have gone to ensure their survival while taking a closer look at preparations being put in place for the return of visitors.

Stations will be revisiting the venues for the official reopening date, many of which will take place next month.

The arts sector has been particularly hard hit since the country was first placed into lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic and many venues haven’t opened their doors since March 2020.

Stories from some of the most famous venues up and down the country including Leeds Playhouse, the Bolton Octagon, Museum of Liverpool, Ronnie Scott’s in London, The National Space Centre in Leicester, The Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Annes, the Belgrade Theatre and Theatre Absolute in Coventry as the city prepares to be UK City of Culture, and the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, among others will broadcast throughout the day as local BBC radio stations reflect back on a challenging year for the arts sector.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire is telling the story of Giffords Circus and how it was rebuilt following the death of its founder, Nell Gifford, which saw actress Helena Bonham-Carter deliver the eulogy at her funeral last year.

BBC Radio York will be featuring the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough as it prepares to reopen with its first production The Greatest Play in The History Of The World on 18th May.

While BBC Radio Sheffield visit the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster as well as going behind the scenes of the iconic home of snooker, the Crucible Theatre, hearing from Artistic Director, Rob Hastie, about how the pandemic has changed Sheffield theatres forever.

Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England, says: “This is a unique opportunity for us to tell the story of how local venues have survived the last year and how they are adjusting to life after lockdown and counting down to reopening.”

Stations will be doing a mixture of live and outside broadcasts from selected venues as well as reporter inserts which will feature across Local Radio during the Mid-morning programmes.

Chris Kamara joins Absolute Radio for Euro 2021

Mon, 2021-04-19 12:19

Chris Kamara is joining the team at Absolute Radio for the Euro 2021 tournament in June.

Chris will be on Breakfast with Dave Berry and Bush and Richie’s Hometime show to add the funny to the football in the build-up and during the tournament, giving his views on the daily games, focusing on the lighter side of the tournament.

Ahead of then in late May, Kammy will also launch a new podcast series where he’ll be talking to famous football fanatics about their love for the game, their first footballing memory, their fantasy team and the lengths they’ve gone to as a supporter.

When/if England, Scotland and Wales win their first games, the Absolute Radio schedule will be flipped at full-time so that Chris can host special shows which feature only artists from that country.

Chris said: “I thought I was going to get the summer off, but this sounded like too much fun. We all look forward to big tournaments and I’ll be cheering on England, Scotland and Wales with everyone else, I’ll just be doing it on Absolute Radio.”

Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester added: “We’re all looking forward to the Euros this summer and Chris is the perfect pundit for Absolute Radio because he doesn’t take it too seriously.

“His podcast series will also be light relief, giving comedians and musicians the chance to share their love for their team.”

New Chief Operating Officer for Radiocentre

Mon, 2021-04-19 09:41

Radiocentre Director of External Affairs Matt Payton is being promoted to a newly created role of Chief Operating Officer.

Matt will continue to oversee external affairs and regulation at Radiocentre and will work alongside incoming Chief Executive, Ian Moss, on a range of new responsibilities.

These will include supporting the Radiocentre Board with membership and governance issues, representing the organisation on cross-industry forums and deputising for the CEO.

Radiocentre’s advertising and research functions are unaffected, with Client Director Lucy Barrett and Planning Director Mark Barber continuing to report directly to the CEO.

Matt told RadioToday: “The team at Radiocentre do a brilliant job on behalf of commercial radio, enabling the industry to speak with one voice to politicians and regulators as well as advertisers. I am delighted to have the opportunity to carry on contributing to this work as Radiocentre COO, as both the organisation and the industry continue to evolve.”

Howell James CBE, Radiocentre Chair, said: “Matt has been an excellent External Affairs Director and richly deserves this promotion as the organisation transitions to new leadership under Ian. He has supported Radiocentre superbly, facing its many policy challenges over the last decade and the Board wishes to acknowledge his contribution in this way.”

Matt became Director of External Affairs at Radiocentre in 2010, having joined as Head of Policy in 2009. In the past year, he has overseen Radiocentre’s work on demonstrating the public value of commercial radio during the Covid-19 pandemic and has made the case for support from Government and regulators.

Previously, he secured greater operational freedom for commercial radio from Ofcom and Government, as well as formulating industry policy on the role of the BBC and securing new music licensing terms.

Since 2019 he has also held the non-executive role of Secretary General of the Association of European Radio.

Radio Academy appoints Sam Bailey as Managing Director

Fri, 2021-04-16 12:21

The Radio Academy has appointed Sam Bailey as its new Managing Director, effective immediately.

Sam, who is a former Trustee of the Academy, and was Chair of the ARIAS in 2020, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, and the continued development of its programming, membership schemes and events.

He will report to The Radio Academy Chair, Helen Thomas, and work closely with Deputy Chair Nick Pitts and the board of Trustees.

Sam was previously a Commissioning Executive at BBC Radio 1, the last in a number of roles he held over a 14-year career at the BBC. For the last two years, Sam has been the Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, a role he will continue alongside his Radio Academy responsibilities.

The Radio Academy has not had a permanent MD since Sean Childerley left in August 2019 after just nine months in the role.

At the time, the Academy said Deputy Chair John Dash will act in a ‘voluntary capacity as Chief Executive for a minimum of six months’.

Announcing the appointment, Helen said: “Sam’s passion for all things Radio and Audio is clear and he has an established track record delivering complex, high profile projects and events effectively and efficiently. The Radio Academy is uniquely placed at the centre of our industry and I’m looking to forward to working closely with Sam, Nick and the Trustees to ensure we maximise our position and deliver ever more impact and value for our Members.”

Commenting on his new role, Sam told RadioToday: “I’m really excited to be taking over this role at such a crucial time for The Academy, and to be joining an energetic leadership team with Helen and Nick. My focus for the year ahead is to massively increase the value of being a Radio Academy Member for everybody in the industry, with new event programming, new training and development programmes, and the hope of finally bringing people together again in one place before the year is out. The Radio Academy is an organisation that means so much to me, and I’m determined to make it the best it can possibly be.”

AudioUK and Mint & Co create new partnership

Fri, 2021-04-16 11:14

AudioUK has launched a new business affairs support service in partnership with Mint & Co, a legal and business affairs practice for the media, entertainment and creative industries.

From this week, Mint & Co’s team of specialist consultants will provide AudioUK member companies with support on all day to day legal and business affairs, from development through to production and exploitation of finished content and ancillary rights.

This will include a free consultation element and discounted member rates for further support.

Mint & Co has also drawn up a new set of 24 up-to-date contract templates for use in podcast, radio and other audio productions.

These, along with the advice service, will be for the exclusive use of AudioUK’s member production companies and to all companies which subsequently become a member of AudioUK.

Kellie While, Chair of AudioUK and Head of Creative, 7digital, said: “We’re really pleased to announce this new offer which we know will be of great benefit to all the podcast, radio and audiobook production companies which make up our diverse member base.

“It’s been great to work with Nicola and her team on creating this new service and up-to-date resources, which will save member companies a lot of time and money in their work.

“Our membership numbers are already at their highest level and we hope that this will be a major new incentive to more podcast and audio companies to join our community.”

Nicola Hartley, CEO and Founder of Mint & Co, said: “We’re delighted to team up with AudioUK to provide legal and business affairs support for members. We’ll be using our experience with audio clients to help them understand, protect and retain rights in their dealings with brands, broadcasters and platforms.

“Our podcast advisory work in particular has really grown over the last 12 months, leading to some really creative deal-making. And our experience across a wide range of creative industries enables us to leverage relevant knowledge, for example TV companies optioning audio formats is becoming increasingly common, as well as brands commissioning podcasts.

“I’m very excited and humbled for Mint & Co to be at the forefront of this booming industry and assisting AudioUK members.”

Wisebuddah creates new sound for Germany’s SWR1

Thu, 2021-04-15 19:38

German station SWR1 has commissioned a brand-new sound from London’s Wisebuddah.

The new Wisebuddah package is a complete overhaul of SWR1’s previous sound and features close to 50 bespoke compositions – comprising an abundant 30 Transition IDs, along with brand-new Show Openers and a full Information Suite. 

The SWR1 brand, which has individual stations for each state of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz (broadcasting from Stuttgart and Mainz respectively), attracts nearly two million listeners per day, and plays the greatest pop and rock hits from the last 40 years – with a particular focus on the 80s.

Regina Beck, Head of SWR1 Baden-Württemberg & Prof. Roland Welling, Head of SWR1 Rheinland-Pfalz, said: “The sound design fits like a perfect English tailor-made suit for SWR1.

“The compositions are modern, contemporary and absolutely coherent! We are thrilled with the creative, professional and uncomplicated collaboration with Wisebuddah”.

Wisebuddah’s Managing Director, Phil Tozer, said: “This has been one of the most expansive projects we have ever undertaken, so watching it all fall into place has been really rewarding. The recording landscape has changed significantly since our first meeting back in 2019, so I’m proud of how the entire team has adapted to deliver a comprehensive new sound alongside the super-talented team at SWR1.”

Check out the Wisebuddah website featuring this package and many more (including work for BBC Radio 1 (UK), Radio 538 (Netherlands) and Fun Radio (France) at

British Asian radio station name Club Asia returns

Thu, 2021-04-15 11:53

The Club Asia radio name is back running test transmissions as a DAB station in Birmingham.

It’s being run by former BBC Editor Ishfaq Ahmed as their Head of Operations.

Ahmed has over 30 years of experience within the radio industry, as one of the original creators of the first BBC national radio offering the Asian Network.

Club Asia will offer listeners the chance to hear great music from all genres, with an underlying focus on British Asian identity through music and speech.

Ahmed said: “In the coming weeks I will be head hunting established presenter talent from across the UK, who are a good fit with the values of Club Asia.

“I am keen to hear from the potential stars of tomorrow too. Do email me your showreel at”

Club Asia originally started broadcasting in 2003 on 963 and 972 AM in London but went into administration in 2009. launches imaging service for producers

Thu, 2021-04-15 10:00

A new audio branding company has launched today for producers, presenters, podcasters and streamers. has been created by Rob Wills of kmfm and Loaded Production Music, and is offering a free taster of fx alongside content for Pop, Dance, Alternative producers plus a ‘Branded Intro’ pack.

Alongside audio, the team involved is sharing tips, techniques and workflows as well as letting you delve into their toolbox of programmes, plugins and instruments.

The new website also has a showcase of voiceovers available for branding projects.

Rob told RadioToday: “After taking a year out from audio branding, imaging and jingles, I wanted to come back with a new service that sounds great and offers something different whilst also being affordable to producers/stations/podcasters.

“We won’t just be focusing on radio, we are creating audio you can use in podcasts, youtube videos, game streaming….well…anywhere really. We will also be collaborating with world-class producer friends across the globe and we launch with two packs available from Capital’s Jon Young. We are hyped to see this project evolve.”

Are you ready? #audio #branding #radio #presenters #podcasters and #streamers is now live with world-class audio, voiceovers, tips and tricks.

Grab a free taster now@radiojingles @RadioToday @CommunityRadioT @HospitalRadioT

— 4UD.IO (@4udioprod) April 15, 2021

Ten more stations turn off Medium Wave services

Wed, 2021-04-14 22:00

Ten more local BBC radio stations are turning off their Medium Wave transmitters for good this year.

BBC Essex, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle will be FM and digital only in May and June 2021.

In addition, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Gloucestershire will reduce AM coverage.

The BBC’s intention to close MW transmitters was first announced ten years ago in 2011.

In 2018 the corporation commenced with these and continued them in 2020 across Scotland, Wales, and England.

Kieran Clifton, Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development writes: “A large and increasing share of radio listening in the UK – including to the BBC – is digital, and the BBC is committed to a digital future for radio.

“In recent years we have made significant investment in local DAB expansion, all of our local radio stations are available on digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and we have transformed our online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds.”

UK’s Italian community help grow London One Radio

Wed, 2021-04-14 17:04

The UK’s first and only Italian radio station is widening its horizons after achieving record growth in 2020.

Tottenham Hale-based London One Radio has provided entertainment and information for the capital’s Italian community and beyond during the pandemic, with its audience figures rising 41% year-on-year according to its figures on Spreaker in terms of listenership and social media interaction.

Set up in 2014, the 24-hour independent digital station offers a mix of British and Italian music, bilingual shows and interviews with high-profile figures such as Sir David Attenborough, American-Italian actor Willem Dafoe, football legend Gianluca Vialli and UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls.

In January, it launched new sports show Football Talks, hosted by FIFA licensed agent Giulio Tedeschi, which has featured guest appearances from several footballers and experts including Chelsea Television director Nizaar Kinsella.

Bosses have now revealed plans to enhance the channel’s Covid-19 coverage by working with health professionals to analyse how the current situation in the UK compares with Italy.

Commenting on the station’s success to date, London One Radio founder and managing editor Philip Baglini said: “We are a bridge between two beautiful cultures, informing and entertaining both the Italian and the English communities with updates from the UK and providing insights and exclusive interviews with artists and entrepreneurs. I am proud that a streaming radio station can compete and attract the attention of illustrious people.”

London One Radio shows include its flagship current affairs programme London Calling (Monday to Friday, 6pm), Caffè Italia (Monday to Thursday, 3pm), which keeps expats informed about events in their home country, and a weekly dance music set by DJ John Spectre (Sunday, 6pm).

A BBC supplier, the station has attracted more than 76,000 fans across its social media channels and is reaching out to the UK’s live music industry as the business plots its recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

Baglini has revealed plans to organise a series of events for artists across the continent as soon as it is possible to do so.

He added: “We want to support all Italian and English artists during the pandemic by spreading the English and Italian musical culture.”

Radiocentre appoints Ian Moss as its new CEO

Wed, 2021-04-14 10:58

Ian Moss has been appointed as the new CEO of Radiocentre, replacing Siobhan Kenny who announced her departure last year.

Siobhan leaves Radiocentre after seven years as CEO at the end of June 2021.

Ian is currently Chief Executive of STM – the international association representing academic and professional publishers – and brings experience of politics, Government and the commercial world.

Previously, he was Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the BPI, representing the recorded music industry, and for many years was a civil servant, including a long period of working on economic, regulatory and competition policy, including broadcasting and spectrum, the 2003 Communications Act and the formation of Ofcom, first in Oftel, then in the Treasury. He has also worked in Parliament, including a stint in Tony Blair’s office during the 1997 election.

Ian Moss said: “I’ve loved radio and music all my life. As a schoolboy I’d go in the evening to help at Signal Radio – my local commercial radio station in Stoke and I always dreamed of working for the sector. I hope my experience will help create a bright and successful future for what is a fantastically popular and enduring medium.

“I’m lucky to have a great predecessor in Siobhan and I wish her every success in the future. She leaves Radiocentre in great shape for the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

As Radiocentre CEO he will lead the industry body and define its priorities in a post-Covid world, overseeing joint marketing and research activities with advertisers as well as all policy, regulation, and clearance functions. He will assume the role later in the year.

Announcing the appointment, Howell James CBE, Radiocentre Chair said: “Given the ever changing business and regulatory environment in which commercial radio operates, Ian is a tremendous appointment with his unique mix of highly relevant experiences.

“I’m delighted to welcome him to Radiocentre. Bidding farewell to Siobhan is hard – her vitality and passion has transformed Radiocentre over the last seven years.

“Her many friends in the radio sector will miss her at Radiocentre but know she will always be a vocal champion for us and for radio stations across the UK, small and large.”

Stephen Miron, Group CEO, Global Media and Entertainment said: “It was always going to be a challenge to find someone to build on the excellent work that Siobhan Kenny has performed over the last seven years, which is why we are absolutely delighted that Ian Moss has agreed to join the Radiocentre as our new CEO. “

Dee Ford CBE, Group Managing Director, Bauer Media said: “Radio is going from strength to strength and Radiocentre is a hugely successful partnership for UK Commercial Radio. Siobhan’s seven-year legacy is woven into every value-creating relationship enjoyed by our industry, from customers to Government and all points in between. Ian will lead the Radiocentre’s highly respected team and bring with him new ideas, passion and the energy to keep things moving at pace.”

Chelcee Grimes hosts new radio series on talkSPORT

Tue, 2021-04-13 16:50

Singer-songwriter, footballer and television presenter Chelcee Grimes is hosting a new series on talkSPORT called My Unsung Hero.

Chelcee will be speaking to a range of footballers about the heroes in their lives.

The brand new original series begins on Sunday April 25 with former Manchester United, Arsenal and France defender Mikael Silvestre, in conversation with Chelcee alongside his wife Sev.

Other guests in the series choosing their unsung heroes include England women’s captain, Steph Houghton, Reality TV star turned footballer, Mark Wright alongside his brother and footballer Josh Wright, Everton defender Ben Godfrey, England women’s legend Kelly Smith alongside her Dad plus the season finale with Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson.

Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton said: “Chelcee is a real talent and this series is a great listen. We so rarely hear about the people behind the stars and this deeply personal series will shine a light on the heroes behind the footballers we know and love.”

Chelcee Grimes said: “Sitting down with some of the biggest names in football and talking about their Unsung Heroes was such a fascinating process. The series really shows the support you need and celebrates the sacrifices so many make for athletes to succeed at the top level.”

My Unsung Hero airs on talkSPORT at 9.30pm on Sunday April 25.

Ofcom licence relaxations to end in September

Tue, 2021-04-13 15:42

All radio stations should be fully meeting all their programming and production commitments by the end of September, the regulator says.

Ofcom has issued a note to all licence holders saying all daily and weekly requirements should be met following a relaxation over the lockdown period.

Some stations and groups are currently not broadcasting exactly what their Formats require, including local news bulletins and locally produced content.

Community radio stations currently offering a skeleton service due to unavailability of volunteers or access to buildings should be working towards operating within their Key Commitments once again.

In addition, flexible plans have been offered with regards to paying licence fees. Ofcom will continue to provide alternative payment arrangements for those who find themselves unable to pay on time for the 2021/22 financial year.

Ofcom insists any station wanting flexibility after 30th September 2021 to get in touch. The note says: “If no attempt to contact Ofcom is made and a licensee subsequently fails to meet its programming and production commitments, we may commence enforcement action.

“We will continue to keep our approach under review and will update all licensees as necessary.”

Global escapes Ofcom action over DJ Tiiny incident

Mon, 2021-04-12 20:54

Ofcom has taken no action against Global or DJ Tiiny after it became apparent the presenter played music tracks in return for payment on his Capital XTRA show.

The regulator says it considers the matter resolved after investigating a complaint.

DJ Tiiny issued an apology for doing so, and Global says it terminated his employment at the radio station once it came to light.

Ofcom said: “The Broadcasting Code prohibits any payment that may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast. In view of the action taken by the Licensee when it became aware of the presenter’s actions, we considered the matter resolved.”

Global contacted Ofcom and confirmed the allegation, saying that it had been alerted to the matter on 27 January 2021 and that the presenter’s contract of employment had been terminated the following day.

After having its legal team investigate the matter further, Global established that “no producers or presenters at Capital XTRA, nor any other Global staff or freelancers, [had been] involved in, or aware of, the presenter’s activity”.

It said the presenter was dismissed from Capital XTRA because his conduct had been in direct breach of both industry ethics and his freelance presenter contract, relevant extracts of which were supplied to Ofcom and which confirmed that the presenter had been prohibited from engaging in conduct that would breach the Code.

In addition, Global confirmed that the presenter had “received compliance training during his time at Capital XTRA which reinforced the importance of a presenter’s obligations under the Code”.

DJ Tiiny released the following statement on 1 February 2021: “Over the last couple of days I have very quickly learnt a much needed lesson. I was given an incredible opportunity within radio and carelessly and irresponsibly took advantage of my position. I take full responsibility of my actions and fully accept the consequences as a result. I am very sorry to everyone this has affected and to those I have let down…”.

Global said that “seeking payments to influence music selection is culturally understood by those working at Global to be completely unacceptable, and this incident shocked its staff”. It added that “Global never encountered this type of behaviour from a presenter in its history, and this departure from this most basic standard was deeply disappointing…”.

Global said it had “acted immediately and responsibly in terminating the freelance presenter, and by doing so made it very clear that it did not tolerate such behaviour from any employee or freelancer”.

Ofcom said it took into account Global’s prompt response to the allegation it had received and the actions it took to prevent recurrence, and therefore considered the matter resolved.

Audio & Radio Emergency Fund gives out over £77,000

Mon, 2021-04-12 16:04

Organisers of the Audio & Radio Emergency Fund (AREF) are closing the initiative at the end of its current funding round after giving out over £77,000.

The Radio Academy created the fund in April 2020, to help those in the radio and audio sectors who were facing hardship because of the coronavirus crisis.

Since then, 165 grants of up to £1,000 have been given to those experiencing hardship or needing help to continue working from home.

AREF was a joint response to the pandemic from The Radio Academy and AudioUK, with significant funding from the BBC, Audible, The Whickers, Folder Media, ReelWorld and RadioToday.

Their support built on the existing Radio Academy Benevolent Fund, and was supplemented by £20,000 of generous individual donations through the Show You’re Listening initiative.

The need for AREF was made clear in the hundreds of applications received and assessed by the AREF funding panel, who were often confronted with the desperate and heart-breaking circumstances facing the industry’s freelancers.

One successful applicant wrote: “The moment COVID-19 struck the UK, my employment completely and utterly dried up overnight, leaving me with no income whatsoever, as I am a freelancer.”

Another wrote: “I cannot begin to explain what this means to my son and I. Thank you all so much for your help in what has just been the most horrible year. This will literally put food on the table.”

The chair of AREF, Radio Academy Trustee Dom Chambers, said: “There has been an amazing response to the fund at this time of national crisis, which reveals the deep levels of support individuals and organisations have for their fellow workers in the industry. A number of people have really stepped up to help out with their time and expertise.

I would especially like to show appreciation and thanks to Will Jackson, John Dash, Nicci Holliday, Aradhna Tayal, Dixi Stewart, Cathy FitzGerald, Ahmed Hussain, Stuart Morgan, Anthony Gay and Tim Pemberton. In AREF, we have now established a mechanism of grant making which can be revived in the future if it becomes necessary.”

AREF is currently open for its final round, which closes for applications on 26th April 2021. Any remaining funds will be held in the Radio Academy’s Benevolent Fund for future needs.

ReelWorld creates new sound for NPO Radio 2

Mon, 2021-04-12 15:03

The biggest radio station in the Netherlands, NPO Radio 2, has a new sound from ReelWorld.

The MediaCityUK-based jingle company has created a new package with 17 newly composed themes as well as news and utility elements.

Head of Imaging at NPO Radio 2, Guido Sprenger, said: “For Radio 2 we were looking for different imaging that really connected with the music that we’re playing and the diversity of sounds and voices that define our station.

“ReelWorld surprised us with jingles ranging from Motown to Grunge, from sounds like The Weeknd to Fleetwood Mac. Together we constructed a sound that is unique and extremely recognisable.”

ReelWorld Managing Director Anthony Gay told RadioToday: “NPO Radio 2 is a prestigious European radio brand with a clear vision. To support Guido, Basyl and the team with their objectives has been a huge honour. This package really kick starts our 2021 and there’s a lot more to come!”

The new sound is part of a long term partnership between NPO Radio 2 and ReelWorld which will see them create further updates over the coming years.

The MediaCityUK based production company with its roots in Seattle, USA, continues to develop the new sound for BBC Local Radio in the UK as well as RTE 2fm in Ireland and enjoys successful partnerships with Europe’s biggest broadcasters.

NPO Radio 2 joins the long list of European broadcasters using ReelWorld jingles and imaging that already includes Heart UK, NRK P1 Norway, BBC Radio 1, VRT Radio 2 Belgium, Los 40 Spain, and RTL Berlin.

Simon Phillips to host Drivetime on Magic Radio

Mon, 2021-04-12 14:15

A new Spring schedule at Magic will see Magic Soul presenter Simon Phillips join the main station to replace Richard Allinson on Drive.

Previously, Simon has worked at Choice FM, Capital FM, Galaxy, and joined Jazz FM to presenter weekend breakfast last year.

Other changes include new shows for Sonali Shah, Kat Shoob and Judi Love.

Escape to the Country host and BBC Newsreader Sonali Shah is a new addition to the Magic Radio line-up, as she takes over Sunday Breakfast from 7-10am.

Elsewhere on weekends, Richard Allinson is launching a new evening show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7-10pm, while Kat Shoob will present Saturday Afternoons from 1-5pm.

Comedian and TV personality Judi Love also joins Magic to present a 6-part series from 5-7pm.

Elsewhere across Magic Radio Network, West End Star Ruthie Henshall who presents Behind the Stage Door on Magic at the Musicals moves to a new slot of 10am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday, playing music from the world of musicals and sharing her stories from her career.

Simon Phillips told RadioToday: “Whether the Magic Radio listeners are working from home, picking the kids up from school, or travelling home from the office, I can’t wait to entertain them with the songs they love from 4pm every weekday.

“There will be a whole host of features too, from listeners filling us in on their fun stories about their good or bad days, as well compiling ‘The Essential 100’, the songs that they think every listener should love.

“It will be a bit different too as I will be broadcasting from my home, so I will be giving the UK a view of Leicester life.”

Speaking about the new schedule, Magic Radio’s Group Content Director, Tony Moorey said “The Magic Radio presenting team is the best in the UK and I am delighted to bring a new Spring schedule to keep our listeners entertained as we come out of lockdown and beyond.

“They are sure to enjoy Simon Phillips taking on a brand-new afternoon show, Sonali Shah joining Sunday mornings, Richard Allinson taking over the weekend evenings, plus a run of Sunday specials from Kat Shoob and comedian Judi Love.”

On her new Sunday Breakfast show Sonali Shah said “I’m thrilled about joining the Magic family and being able to hang out with the listeners every week. I’d also like to thank Magic for giving me my Sunday mornings back…I’ve certainly missed those since having kids!”