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Latest News BBC Radio 2 Changes
Some of BBC Radio 2’s one-hour documentaries and specialist music shows are moving from weeknights to weekends in the new year.
The Radio 2 Rock Show with Johnnie Walker and Jools Holland’s show will now move from Monday nights at 9pm to Saturday nights at 8pm. Each of the shows will be broadcast alternately in quarterly series throughout the year.
Radio 2’s one-hour specials and presenter-led genre programmes, which have previously included Levi Roots on reggae, Top Brass with James Morrison and Will Young’s Essential R&B, will now be broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm.
Clare Teal will continue to play swing and big band in a new hour-long format to Radio 2 listeners on Sunday nights at 10pm, whilst Moira Stuart and Don Black will continue to share the 11pm Sunday evening slot with laid-back jazz and classic songwriting.
The Cerys Matthews Blues Show (Mon), Jamie Cullum (Tues), The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe (Weds) and Bob Harris Country (Thurs) will all move from 8pm-9pm to 9pm-10pm.
The changes form part of a new weekday evening show hosted by Jo Whiley from 7pm till 9pm, and a new late show with Trevor Nelson playing Soul, R ‘n’ B, Dance, Disco and Reggae from 10pm.
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Latest News Heart extra Xmas returns for festive season
Christmas radio stations are starting to reappear for 2018, including Global’s Heart extra Xmas service
Heart extra Xmas is available nationally on digital radio, and replaces Heart extra till December 26th.
Global says: “It’s the UK’s biggest national radio station devoted entirely to playing the best festive hits all the way through until midnight on Boxing Day (December 26th)! Get ready to turn up the festive feel good!”
UKRD’s Christmas stations launched on November 1st: Eagle Christmas, KL.FM Christmas, Pirate FM Christmas, Mix Christmas, Spire FM Christmas, Stray FM Christmas, Wessex FM Christmas, Yorkshire Coast Radio Christmas, plus Mince Pie FM in York and Christmas Spirit in West Sussex.
In addition, Wireless spin-off stations Signal Christmas, Wave Christmas and Pulse Christmas are returning on DAB, along with new online Christmas services for Peak FM, Radio Wave, Signal 107, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and U105 from November 16th.
Reports suggest Bauer’s national offering, Magic Christmas, will also return.
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Latest News HRH Prince Edward plans visit to Radio Tyneside.
HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will visit Radio Tyneside to present the hospital and community radio station with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
An annual award presented to groups in the voluntary sector that provide outstanding work within their community, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group.
Dave Nicholson MBE has been volunteering at Radio Tyneside for over forty years and today acts as chairman for the station
He said: “This year has been really exceptional for Radio Tyneside. Not only did we win five awards at the National Hospital Radio Awards, we also secured a license from OFCOM to broadcast on FM, allowing us to expand our reach and promote health and wellbeing across the Tyneside area.
“Pulling everything together in time to officially launch on the 5th July, in time for the NHS’ 70th birthday, was tough, but it is a testament to all our wonderful volunteers that we managed to do it".
“Now for us to be receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on top of that, and to have it awarded to us in person by HRH Prince Edward himself, is an honour and a privilege I could never have dreamed of.”
Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Margaret Winfield MBE, added: “Hospital radio provides a vital service to many at a time when they are most vulnerable and the fact that Radio Tyneside has been doing this on a totally voluntary basis for nearly 70 years is an incredible achievement.
“I am absolutely delighted for such a wonderful community organisation in the North East to be recognised for their voluntary service, and to be awarded it in person by HRH Prince Edward himself is a real honour".
The visit will take place on Thursday 18th October latest news from my community radio.
Locations revealed for small-scale DAB radio demand.
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.
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.
Ofcom awarded two new radio licences for Manchester and Leicester.
Ofcom has awarded two new community radio licences and rejected eight applications today.
FM licences have been awarded to Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre), Whalley Range and surrounding areas in Manchester, and to Radio2Funky (2Funky Arts Limited) in Leicester.
Heritage Radio’s programming will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave (AM), which it will surrender when the FM service commences.
Radio2Funky will serve 16 to 35-year-olds who have an interest in urban music and the arts in Leicester.
The stations rejected by the regulator are:
And Ofcom decided not to consider an application from Talk Manchester Ltd.
Demand for Small Scale DAB Radio.
Ofcom is now taking expressions of interest from people wanting to operate small-scale DAB multiplexes and radio stations wanting to broadcast on them in the future.
Groups and individuals have until 21st September to complete a form and send it back to the regulator, setting out the area they would like to cover. The expressions of interest aren’t binding, and also don’t mean that an area asked for will be licensed for a small-scale multiplex.
DCMS has been consulting on a new approach to licensing digital radio multiplexes to cover small areas, following trials in a number of areas of the UK. Ofcom says it is doing preparatory work by asking for expressions of interest, so that it can plan frequencies and be a position to “proceed promptly if and when the Government introduces the necessary secondary legislation.”
Ofcom says: “The expressions of interest are indicative only; they are non-binding and will not confer any rights to parties that respond. Submitting an expression of interest provides absolutely no guarantee that a proposed location, or the person submitting the proposal, will subsequently be offered a licence. It will help Ofcom to best match the available spectrum resources to the expressed pattern of demand, but the eventual licensing of the multiplexes will be an open competitive process in which the previous submission of an expression of interest will confer no advantage.”
The closing date for the submission of expressions of interest is 5pm on 21 September 2018. You can find out more on the Ofcom website.
Sheree Murphy and Ritchie Neville join Hits Radio
Former Emmerdale actress Sherree Murphy and boy band singer Ritchie Neville are among the presenters on the Hits Radio weekend schedule.
Sherree teamed up with Wes Butters for her first show on the station this morning 9am-12noon, while Ritchie – who was in the group 5ive – hosts Hits Throwback, which airs on Sunday nights 7-10pm playing music from the 90s and 00s.
Sheree Murphy said “The weekends are precious – join our Sunday squad, enjoy our brilliant music and let’s have a laugh together.”
Richie Neville added, “This is going to be such a fun show, with all the very best throwback songs from the 90s and 00s – two of my favourite decades and a whole host of memories“.
Hits Radio Content Director Chris Pegg told RadioToday: “Sheree is a brilliant and relatable broadcaster, with a life she is very happy to share with the listeners. Ritchie was a huge boy band star in the 90s and 00s and has the ultimate throwback stories – these are set to be fun shows to celebrate the weekend.”
The station – on FM in Manchester and digital across the UK – is not taking the Big Top 40 show from Leicester Square, instead it’ll have a show presented by Sarah-Jane Crawford called ‘This Week’s Biggest Hits’.
Ipswich FM Wins Radio licence today!
Town 102’s radio broadcasting licence will be handed over to a new group and relaunch as Ipswich FM after a decision by Ofcom.
The station launched in October 2006 under the control of Tindle Radio, and has since been operated by the Anglian Radio Group and more recently Celador.
own 102 faced a challenge from Ipswich FM upon renewal of its 12-year
licence, with the new group a partnership between Lincs FM Group, Nation Broadcasting and Muxco – which runs the Suffolk DAB multiplex.
In its decision, Ofcom highlights the Ipswich FM application’s commitment to broadcasting on DAB, giving the station a greater number of potential listeners. The regulator noted that Town 102’s application didn’t indicate any plans to broadcast on DAB.
Ofcom also notes that Lincs FM Group Ltd and Nation Broadcasting Ltd are “cash generative”, and that all three shareholders are “currently profitable and have positive shareholder funds, thereby providing – between them – a solid foundation for the business.” It also recognised the ‘considerable combined experience’ of the board of directors of Ipswich FM of running similarly sized local radio stations elsewhere in the UK.
Ipswich FM’s Chairman is Michael Betton, the CEO of Lincs FM Group, who started his career at Ipswich’s first commercial station Radio Orwell (now Heart) in the 1970s.
You can read the Ipswich FM licence application here – it was submitted to Ofcom back in January this year.
Today’s decision to award a licence to a challenger instead of the existing licence holder is the first time it’s happened since Ofcom took over as radio’s regulator.