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Audio Production Awards 2020 winners announced

The winners for the Audio Production Awards 2020 have been announced during an online ceremony hosted by Jeremy Vine and Snoochie Shy. It was a good night for George the Poet and producer Benbrick as they collectively won four Gold awards for ‘Have you heard George’s Podcast?’ This included Benbrick winning ‘Best Arts Producer’ with the judges saying: “We were simply blown away by the originality of this audio. It mixed amazing topics with a unique soundscape, and was outstandingly creative”....
Tags: England, Top, Awards, Bbc, Production, Radio, Radio industry, Jeremy Vine, Lauren Laverne, Brixton, George, BBC Radio, Gareth Evans, Prison Radio, Jon Holmes, Annie Nightingale

BBC Radio Bradford service to launch in December

BBC Radio Bradford will launch next month as the area enters tier 3 in the Government’s new post-Lockdown system. The ultra-local station will have its own Breakfast and Mid-Morning shows, along with local news bulletins and sport output. In an email to staff on Thursday, Head of Audio and Digital Chris Burns says new funding has been made available to run BBC Radio Bradford, so staff at Radio Leeds won’t be required to take on extra work. “To get up and running as quickly as we can, we will ...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Radio, Bradford, Sunderland, Radio industry, Wolverhampton, Bbc Local Radio, Radio Leeds, Chris Burns, Digital Chris Burns, Bbc Radio Bradford, Mid Morning, BBC Radio Leeds Chris

BBC Local Radio drops networked late show plan

BBC Local Radio will retain its current structure of local and regional late shows in an apparent U-turn on the decision to introduce a networked late show. The corporation said in July that syndicated programmes would air across all BBC locals at 10pm each day, with more on weekends. But in an email to staff today, Head of Audio and Digital Chris Burns said: “As we look to increase localness across BBC England, we will now be keeping local and regional late shows. “I would like to thank all ...
Tags: England, Top, Digital, Bbc, Radio, Bradford, Radio industry, Bbc Local Radio, Chris Burns, Bbc Radio Bradford

Viamux completes bids for 1st Small Scale DAB round

Viamux has been helping applicants in more than half of the advertised areas in Ofcom’s first round of small-scale DAB licensing. The small-scale DAB solutions specialist has been offering free advice to many as well as supplying detailed coverage predictions and population stats using the latest planning tools. Niocast and its partners have put in applications for Leeds, Sheffield & Rotherham, Edinburgh, Cardiff and south Birmingham. The company has also been involved in and offered assista...
Tags: Top, David, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, John, Birmingham, Exeter, Digital Radio, David Duffy, Scilly Isles, Paul Nero, Radio Exe, Jonathan Morrell, Community Sector News, Viamux

Latest Ofcom diversity report on radio released

Ofcom is calling on the whole radio and television industry to broaden the geographic and social make-up of its workforce. The regulator’s annual study of the industry’s diversity shows that the social class and geographic background of TV and radio workers are poorly understood. While broadcasters are collecting more information on the socio-economic background of their employees than a year ago, there remains no such information for around 60% of employees. Ofcom’s analysis shows that TV an...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Pdf, Bauer, Bauer Radio, Vikki Cook Ofcom Director of Broadcasting Policy, Head of Organisation Development and Diversity

Magic Radio has flipped to 100% Christmas music

Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott were joined by Dolly Parton on Magic Breakfast Wednesday morning to help flip the station to a Christmas playlist. The 100% Christmas tunes will last till December 27th, and is the 3rd year in a row the station has dropped its usual playlist in favor of a festive one. Dolly played the first Christmas song along with a selection of songs from her new album, ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’. Speaking about the launch of 100% Christmas on Magic, Content Director Tony Mo...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Radio, Dolly Parton, Magic, Bauer, Dolly, Ronan Keating, Magic Radio, Station News, Harriet Scott, Tony Moorey, Facebook Watch Party

Free DAB promised for Tynemouth community stations

MUX ONE, a bidder for the Tynemouth and South Shields Small Scale DAB multiplex has promised free carriage for C-DSP licence holders. Following the closing date for applications on Monday, the new business says it has doubled the number of C-DSP allocations it will be required to offer, and will give them away for free. A C-DSP licence is obtained from Ofcom for any community radio organisation starting to broadcast on DAB. It will need to provide social gain and have a studio based within th...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Radio, Ofcom, Newcastle, Sunderland, Radio industry, North, Geordies, Digital Radio, DSP, DAVE ROBERTS, Fox TV, South Shields, Tyne, NTL

Nation Broadcasting submits Small Scale DAB bids

Nation Broadcasting has submitted a number of applications for Small Scale DAB multiplexes as itself and with others. The company has applied directly for licences in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and South Shields, and also in Salisbury, in a joint venture with BFBS. And as a minority shareholder, Nation has also joined a number of applicants bidding in other parts of the UK, including the West Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and South West. In addition, a new DAB consultancy and operation...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Glasgow, Radio industry, Digital Radio, DSP, Salisbury, North East, South Shields, Inverclyde, Bfbs, Nation Broadcasting, Ssdab, Ash Elford

Jeremy Vine & Snoochie Shy to host audio awards

BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and 1Xtra’s Snoochie Shy are to host this year’s Audio Production Awards live from London. The 90 minute radio show will be made at Spiritland Productions and starts at 7pm this Thursday, 26 November. It’s free to join and will feature montages of the last year, specially crafted audio packages and live calls to winners, including the Production Company of the Year, and the new Life In Lockdown categories. This year’s winners of the Lifetime Achievement and Gold Awa...
Tags: London, Top, Awards, Production, Radio, Radio industry, Jeremy Vine, Production Company, BBC Radio, Radio Academy, Aref, Snoochie Shy, Audio Production Awards, COVID, Spiritland Productions

Boom Radio set to launch for the Baby Boomers

Radio executives Phil Riley and David Lloyd are launching a new radio station aimed at the 55+ market in the UK. Boom Radio, named after the Baby Boomer generation, refers to those born between 1946 and 1964, so now aged 56 to 74. The station promises a mix of music, presenter personality and conversation and will initially be on DAB in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow. Phil Riley told RadioToday: “If 2020 has taught us anything in the world of media, it’s that radio still has a vital ...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, Radio, Glasgow, Radio industry, David Lloyd, Boomers, Baby Boomer, Boomer, Phil Riley, Boom Radio, UK Boom Radio, London Bristol Birmingham

BBC Radio London looking into caller’s use of n-word

The BBC is investigating a call to BBC Radio London on Saturday night after a caller made it to air voicing repeated offensive language. The caller, who claimed to be from Greece, spoke a number of offensive words with presenter Sunny but was allowed to continue unchallenged. Then the presenter seemed to completely ignore the caller talking about a board game that “kills n*****s and gays”. The caller then went on to repeat the N-word at least half a dozen times with the host sounding confused...
Tags: London, Greece, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London looking into malicious caller’s use of n-word

The BBC is investigating a call to BBC Radio London on Saturday night after a caller made it to air voicing repeated offensive language. The caller, who claimed to be from Greece, spoke a number of offensive words with presenter Sunny but was allowed to continue unchallenged. Then the presenter seemed to completely ignore the caller talking about a board game that “kills n*****s and gays”. The caller then went on to repeat the N-word at least half a dozen times with the host sounding confused...
Tags: London, Greece, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Radio London

Johnny Beerling returns to radio with Serenade

Former BBC Radio 1 Controller Johnny Beerling is going back to his roots as a radio presenter. Johnny will host an hour of the music he loves from the 40s, 50s and 60s on Serenade Radio each Sunday evening in Big Band Special. Speaking to RadioToday, Johnny says, “This may appear to be a far cry from my old BBC job but it gives me the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for my favourite music. I am a huge fan of Serenade with its broad appeal to the older audience, which is no longer catered f...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Dorset, BBC Radio, Johnny, Stuart Clarkson, Serenade, Johnny Beerling, RadioToday Johnny, Independent Radio

Chris Evans turns on the Christmas lights in Marlow

Chris Evans has turned on the Christmas lights in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, in the middle of the night as a surprise for residents. The Virgin Radio breakfast show presenter stopped by with his son Noah on his way to his radio show to perform the act without a crowd. Check out the video here.
Tags: Top, People, Noah, Radio, Chris Evans, Marlow, Virgin Radio, Marlow Buckinghamshire

Fairytale of New York is not banned at the BBC

BBC Radio 1 is to play an edited version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues this year, whilst Radio 2 will continue to play the original. A statement from the BBC confirms Radio 1 has not edited the song, contrary to reports, but has instead taken an alternative version provided by the record company. The song is not banned at the corporation, and each station is free to make a decision on which version to play. BBC 6 Music is letting its presenters choose which one to play on their own s...
Tags: New York, Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Radio, Pogues, Bbc Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Bbc Radio 6 Music

BBC to create temporary local radio services

The BBC is to create new temporary local radio output for new locations currently underserved by local radio stations including Bradford, Wolverhampton and Sunderland. These are not fully operational radio stations, but services to provide extra local content focussing on serving local audiences. Some will be broadcast and some will be online – but full details have not been released as yet. The BBC it will provide local news and information and invite our audience to get involved. A BBC spok...
Tags: UK, Top, Mark Carney, Bbc, Radio, Sunderland, Radio industry, Tim Davie, BBC World Service, Wolverhampton, BBC Radio, Gujarati, Asian Network, RadioToday, Bradford Wolverhampton, Bradford Sunderland

Clare Teal to leave BBC Radio 2 after 15 years

Jazz musician and presenter Clare Teal has announced that she’ll be leaving her Radio 2 Sunday night slot in the New Year. Clare has been presenting programmes on the station since 2006 including Big Band Special – and also took over Sunday evenings from Malcolm Laycock in 2009. She has covered the Cheltenham Jazz Festival for Radio 2 and also hosted programmes on digital station BBC Music Jazz. In 2016 she swapped to the earlier time of 7-9pm on Sundays while Claudia Winkleman was appearing ...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Bill Kenwright, Bill, Claudia Winkleman, Barry Humphries, BBC Radio, James Morrison, Clare, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2, Malcolm Laycock, Cheltenham Jazz Festival for Radio

Alnwick & Morpeth Small Scale DAB bidder announced

A new applicant for the forthcoming Small Scale DAB multiplex licence for Alnwick & Morpeth has announced its plans. C.I. Broadcasting, which is run by former SSDAB trial licensee and YOUR Radio owner Spencer Pryor, proposes an SFN to cover what is they say the second-largest geographical licence area in the current round of licences. Speaking to RadioToday, Spencer commented: “Our original intentions were to apply for the proposed Scottish Borders area, as we were the main instigators of th...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Digital Radio, DSP, Northumberland, North East Coast, Alnwick, Spencer Pryor, Small Scale DAB, Alnwick Morpeth, RadioToday Spencer

Graham Norton joins Virgin Radio UK for weekends

After news of his departure from Radio 2, Wireless has confirmed the signing of Graham Norton to do Saturday and Sunday shows for Virgin Radio. His new programmes will launch in the New Year and Graham will continue to present his Friday night chat show on BBC 1. During his appearance on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio breakfast show on 30th September, Graham had commented on how nice the studios were and how close they were to his home in Wapping. Evans went on to spend a large part of the hour-lo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Evans, Graham, Radio industry, Chris Evans, Graham Norton, Norton, BBC Radio, BBC Radio 2, Virgin Radio, Scott Taunton

Six Fellowships awarded during Radio Festival week

The Radio Academy has awarded six Fellowships during the virtual Radio Festival this week, including a second fellowship to John Dash. Four of the awards go to current or former people at the Academy itself, including the Chair and Deputy Chair, whilst the other two go to a former radio MD and a CMA Director. A second fellowship has been given to outgoing Academy Deputy Chair and voluntary CEO John Dash, to add to the one he received in 2015, in recognition of his work as a trustee of six yea...
Tags: Top, Awards, People, Radio, Radio industry, Cma, Academy, Bob Shennan, Radio Academy, Radio Festival, John Dash, Community Media Association, Dee Ford Group Managing Director Radio Bauer Media, Aradhna Tayal, Radio Techcon, Camilla Byk

Radiocentre’s Siobhan Kenny speaks at Radio Festival

Speaking at the Radio Academy Festival, Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny laid out the reasons behind that very special connection between radio and its listeners. Commercial radio was a fantastic friend in the room during the first lockdown, and has continued to support its listeners throughout the year. Exploring two Radiocentre reports released this year,   and Commercial Radio: a force for good, Siobhan looked at the rise in listening during the first lockdown, as more people worked from home...
Tags: UK, Top, Events, Bbc, Radio, European Commission, Siobhan, Radiocentre, Siobhan Kenny, Radio Festival, Gemma Atkinson, Pandora Christie Monty Panesar, Panjab Radio Hits Radio

Tailor Made to apply for Leeds Small Scale DAB

The Local Media Network and Positive Digital Media have joined forces to apply for the upcoming Small Scale DAB multiplex licence for Leeds . The company name, ‘TAILOR MADE DAB for Leeds’, reflects the city’s heritage as a hub of the tailoring industry. TAILOR MADE’s directors are former Radio Aire exec Dave Stankler, Corporate Barrister Partner Nick Hawkins, financial controller Phil Parry and CEO and Deputy Chair of the Radio Academy John Dash. The Local Media Network was co-founded by Lee...
Tags: Top, Radio, Radio industry, North, Leeds, Digital Radio, Network Rail, John Dash, Radio Aire, Dave Stankler, Stankler, Small Scale DAB, Nick Hawkins, Local Media Network and Positive Digital Media, Phil Parry, Radio Academy John Dash The Local Media Network

Rob Wills moves on from AudioSweets Company

Co-founder of production company AudioSweets, Rob Wills, has sold his share of the business to fellow co-founder Simon Prentice. Rob, who is also Head of Broadcast at kmfm and CEO of Loaded Production Music, left AudioSweets after agreeing terms in the summer. He told RadioToday: “I have had the best time making imaging, sound design and jingles for many radio stations but after almost 10 years driving the company alongside Simon, it’s time for me to step back. “I’ll miss it but I know that S...
Tags: Top, People, Radio, Rob, Simon, Nando, Simon Prentice, Manx Radio, Rob Wills, AudioSweets, AudioSweets Company, AudioSweets Rob Wills, Simon Prentice Rob

CMA wants BBC Sounds to include more outside content

The Community Media Association is calling on the BBC to consider opening BBC Sounds to community radio and independent producers. Ofcom is calling for evidence and information in relation to the market position and impact of BBC Sounds, and the CMA has created their response. You can read it in full below: “Radio and audio listening worldwide is in the process of rapid and accelerating change. What and when it’s listened to – and the platforms and devices being used. Unsurprisingly younger l...
Tags: UK, Top, Youtube, Cms, Bbc, Radio, Ofcom, Brighton, Radio industry, Cma, BCR, Mixcloud, Community Media Association, Bbc Sounds, Community Media Association CMA, Community Radio Fund

Facebook and NASA speakers planned for tech event

RadioTechCon will feature speakers from Facebook, NASA and The Infinite Monkey Cage this year when it takes place online at Monday 30th November. Delegates will learn how Facebook creates sound for Virtual Reality, discover the ins and outs of going Freelance, hear from the IET’s new president, Danielle George on the future of engineering and go behind-the-scenes of the BBC’s new headquarters in Cardiff. Robin Ince from The Infinite Monkey Cage and Matt Page will explain how the BBC developed...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Top, Events, Nasa, Bbc, Radio, Yorkshire, Cardiff, Radio industry, Watt, Houston Texas, Robin Ince, CPD, Matt Page, IET

Chris Burns shares vision on the future of radio

Maintaining live local news across England will continue to be a core part of the local radio offering in 2025, the BBC’s Head of Local Radio Chris Burns has said. Speaking in her session at the Radio Academy Festival, Chris gave her vision for local radio five years from now, and talked about how she thinks the BBC will sit alongside commercial and community radio, and how new technology will play a part. Chris said: “Events this year have shown the power of local radio. Coronavirus has bee...
Tags: England, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Devon, Radio industry, Chris, Radio Festival, Chris Burns, Liverpool City Region, Radio Devon, Radio Merseyside, Local Radio Chris Burns

Star Radio turns on additional transmitter in Haverhill

Ofcom has approved a new transmitter for Star Radio to cover the town of Haverhill on 107.9FM. Star recently switched its primary Cambridgeshire transmitter to the main Arqiva mast at Madingley and moved frequency to 100.7FM. This additional Haverhill transmitter, situated at Boyton Hall to the north of the town is on the frequency previously used by the station in Cambridge and grows Star’s coverage area by around 25,000 people in the west of Suffolk. Star Radio’s Managing Director Freddie ...
Tags: Top, Star, Radio, Ofcom, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Haverhill, Station News, Star Radio, Saffron Walden, Madingley, Freddie Scherer, Boyton Hall, Suffolk Star Radio, Light Blue Media Cambridge Limited

Graham Norton to leave BBC Radio 2 after a decade

BBC Radio 2’s Saturday morning presenter Graham Norton has announced he’s leaving the station next month after 10 years in the slot. His final programme will be the week before Christmas – on Saturday December 19th 2020. Graham says: “Obviously I’m sad to be stepping away from my Radio 2 show. I’ll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives. I’d like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I’ve worked with for a great decade of radio. H...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Graham, Salford, Charlotte Moore, Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Alerts, BBC Radio, BBC Radio 2, Wogan House, Grill Graham, Malcolm Prince

The Lockdown Awards are heading to BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 will host The Lockdown Awards to celebrate some of the most weird and wonderful moments of 2020. Greg James will dedicate his breakfast show on Thursday 26 November to the event, taking a look back at some of his favourite moments from the past twelve months, handpicking the nominees and eventual winners himself across a series of categories, including Favourite Live Performance, Biggest Zoom Fail and Fitness Inspiration of the Year. The Lockdown Awards will also feature live musi...
Tags: UK, Top, Awards, Radio, Radio industry, Greg, BBC Radio, Greg James, Bbc Radio 1

Audio Content Fund receives additional £400,000

The Audio Content Fund has received an additional £400,000 of grant funding from the UK Government. The money will continue to support public service content on commercial and community radio, made by the UK’s independent audio production sector. Earlier in 2020, the Fund repurposed £400,000 of its existing grant funding to provide immediate support to UK audiences and the independent audio production sector with a special Coronavirus Support Round. This supported 28 projects on a range of s...
Tags: UK, Top, Production, Radio, Fund, Radio industry, John Whittingdale, Sam Bailey, DCMS, ACF, Department for Digital Culture Media Sport DCMS, Audio Content Fund, Buddyline

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