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Peter Gordon does final show on Eagle Radio after 25 years

Eagle Radio breakfast presenter Peter Gordon has signed off for the last time, ahead of the station’s rebrand to Greatest Hits Radio in a few weeks’ time. PG launched 96.4 The Eagle on 4th January 1996 when it first went on air. His first words on the station were “Hey, I’ve landed”, referencing Neil Armstrong use of ‘the Eagle has landed’. Today PG ended his breakfast show with the words: “After landing all those years ago, it’s time for me to take off again. Thank you for listening, and for...
Tags: Top, People, Radio, Peter Gordon, Neil Armstrong, Eagle, Eagle Radio, The South of England

Chris Sigsworth leaves Yorkshire Coast Radio after 27 years

Yorkshire Coast Radio’s Managing Director, Chris Sigsworth, is leaving the station today ahead of its change to Greatest Hits Radio next month. Chris was one of the original presenters when the station launched on 7th November 1993 and became Programme Controller and Station Manager. Since 2010 Chris has been Managing Director of YCR under UKRD’s ownership. Bauer’s acquisition of the group along with three others last year means many stations are rebranding to Greatest Hits Radio from 1st Sep...
Tags: Top, People, Radio, Chris, Bauer, UKRD, Yorkshire Coast Radio, Chris Sigsworth, Bauer Radio Dee Ford CBE

Radiocentre launches new app for sales staff

Radiocentre has launched a brand new training app and is looking for sales staff from its member stations to try it out. The app distils a wealth of research on radio advertising into creative and educational modules. The aim of the project is to help member radio sales teams in their client conversations, by providing easy access to Radiocentre’s research resources in a practical and easy-to-digest format. Lessons include how to use radio to target the right people at the right time, radio...
Tags: Top, Sales & Marketing, Radio, Radio industry, Judith, Radiocentre, Judith Spilsbury Radiocentre

Faron McKenzie named Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced Faron McKenzie as the new Head of the station. Faron has been with the BBC since 2017 and has recently led the corporation’s first ever Creative Diversity Xperience (CDX) which took place on 28 – 29 July 2020 and brought together iconic stars, cultural disruptors and influencers to showcase the vibrancy, innovation and leadership of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent in the creative industry. As Marketing Manager for Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network he was a...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Three, BBC Radio, Annie Mac, Helen Thomas, Faron, Bbc Radio 1xtra, Asian Network, Lorna Clarke, CDX, BBC Popular Music

Kofi Smiles to host Breakfast on BBC Radio Humberside.

BBC Radio Humberside has appointed Kofi Smiles as its new breakfast show host from next month.
Tags: Top, People, Radio, BBC Radio Humberside, The North of England, Kofi Smiles

Asian FX could replace Love Sport on 1584 AM

The North London AM licence currently used by Love Sport could become Asian FX if a Format request change is approved.
Tags: Top, Radio, Radio industry, Kelvin MacKenzie, Love Sport, North London AM, Asian Fx

Breakfast with Greg James extended to 10.30 at BBC Radio 1

Greg James is getting a new time slot of 7am till 10.30am as BBC Radio 1 returns to a new regular schedule from 1st September.
Tags: Top, Radio, Radio industry, Alerts, BBC Radio, Greg James, Bbc Radio 1

Former Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper joins Bauer

Eight months after leaving the BBC, former Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper is joining Bauer Media as Group Director, Content and Music. In this newly created role, Ben will ‘add further energy to Bauer’s strategy and ambition to develop differentiated creative audio products, grow audiences and offer access to valuable audiences for advertisers‘. Ben has over 20 years of experience in radio, including 16 in management at the BBC. At Bauer he will sit on the Radio Exec UK Board and will work wit...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Ben Cooper, Alerts, Ben, Bauer, Chris Moyles, Dee Ford, Bbc Local Radio, Hereford Worcester, CBE Group, Bauer Radio UK, Bauer Media as Group, Radio Exec UK Board

Additional weekend show for Moira Stuart on Classic FM

A new programme starts on Classic FM this Sunday 9th August called Moira Stuart Meets. Moira will host the eight-part series programme in addition to her Saturday afternoon show. Broadcast every Sunday at 9pm, Moira Stuart Meets… marks her first-ever interview series, as she chats to well-known names from the worlds of the arts, politics, sport and entertainment. Katherine Jenkins is the guest on the first show followed by Sir Tim Rice. A second eight-part series of Moira Stuart Meets… has a...
Tags: Top, Global, People, Radio, Classic Fm, Moira, Tim Rice, Katherine Jenkins, Moira Stuart, Phil Noyce

Radio Academy Chair demands action on diversity

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, the chair of The Radio Academy, has challenged the UK’s radio and audio industry to do more to address diversity and inclusion within the sector. “When I took on the role of chair I said we needed to diversify or die but progress has been slow. Recent events have put diversity and inclusion back into the spotlight but unless we follow up with meaningful action, nothing will change. Saying you support diversity and inclusion is not enough, action is crucial,” said the f...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, Radio, Manchester, Radio industry, Academy, Thompson, Sra, Will Jackson, Radio Academy, John Dash, Aradhna Tayal, RadioAcademy, Yvonne Thompson, Student Radio Association

Nick Ferrari picks up Gold at the IRN Awards

All the winners have been announced for the IRN Awards 2020, including the Gold Award going to LBC’s Nick Ferrari. Nick won the IRN Gold Award to mark his outstanding contribution to commercial radio news. Viewers of the online event were played a montage of Ferrari’s best interview clips in which he challenges Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dianne Abbott, the former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. Accepting the award, Nick said: “Thes...
Tags: UK, Top, Scotland, Awards, European Union, Aberdeen, Radio, Liverpool, Ferrari, Boris Johnson, Green Party, Radio industry, Sky News, LBC, Metropolitan Police, NICK

Welsh radio presenter Andrew Tommo Thomas has died

Welsh radio presenter and stadium announcer Andrew Tommo Thomas has died suddenly. Tommo has worked at the BBC and Nation Broadcasting stations, with spells at BBC Radio Cymru, Radio Ceredigion, Radio Carmarthenshire, Radio Pembrokeshire, Bridge FM and Nation Radio. He was also a stadium announcer at Wales’ home football matches and at Parc y Scarlets […]
Tags: Top, Wales, Bbc, People, Radio, Tommo, Andrew Tommo Thomas

5 Live sports voices reunite for new podcast series

Former 5 Live sports presenters including Mark Pougatch and John Inverdale have teamed up for a new podcast series looking at the emotions of sport and sports broadcasting.
Tags: Podcasts, Top, People, Radio, John Inverdale, Mark Pougatch, Jonathan Overend

BBC Radio 1 puts corona blimp above Cardiff

BBC Radio 1’s Up Yours Corona promotion has taken a new turn today with a blimp emblazoned with the slogan on appearing above Cardiff. Photographed 60 metres in the air this morning from the grounds of Cardiff Castle, the blimp’s flight commenced as the search to find 193 people from 193 countries enters its final 24 hours. Led by Greg James, the station wants people from all over the world to deliver their ‘up yours’ on Radio 1 in time for the end of the breakfast show (10am) on Wednesday 2...
Tags: Top, Wales, Radio, Cardiff, Station, Greg, BBC Radio, Cardiff Castle, Greg James, BBC Radio Wales, Bbc Radio 1, Lottie Morley

New London event announced for podcasters

Details of a new event, The Podcast Show, have been announced today by AV Media & Events, a joint venture between SME London and GetOnMedia. The festival is planned to take place at The Business Design Centre London on 26th & 27th May 2021. Held over two days, the Spotify-sponsored event says it will feature a series of industry panels with over 250 speakers, workshops, masterclasses, live podcast matinees, major industry keynotes, international networking, ‘In Conversation With’ discussions...
Tags: Spotify, UK, London, Podcasts, Top, Bbc, Radio, North America, Islington, Jason Carter, BBC Amazon, Steve Ackerman, The Podcast Show, The Business Design Centre London, Jonathan Wall Controller BBC Sounds

Tributes paid to BBC Radio Wales presenter Chris Needs

Legendary BBC Radio Wales late show presenter Chris Needs has died aged 68, following a short period of ill health.
Tags: Top, Wales, People, Radio, Radio industry, Chris, BBC Radio Wales, Chris Needs

Stimulus cheques: Millions of Americans to get another $1,200, top Trump aide vows

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has revealed that millions of Americans should expect another $1,200 stimulus cheque in their bank accounts and mailboxes this fall.“Don’t forget, there’s a $1,200 check coming. That’s going to be part of the new package,” Mr Kudlow said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
Tags: News, Top, White House, Cnn, Trump, Larry Kudlow, Kudlow

Former TFM and Smooth NE presenter Tom Davies found dead

North East radio presenter Tom Davies – who hosted shows on stations including TFM, Magic, Smooth and Star Radio – has been found dead by police after being reported missing last week. Tom, who was 54 and lived in Sunderland, notably hosted ‘Tom’s Talk In’ amongst other shows on TFM and was the first voice on Magic 1170 in 1997. He returned to TFM in 2003 in the late night slot, followed by spells at Century and BBC Radio Newcastle. He joined Smooth Radio North East as its breakfast show pres...
Tags: London, Top, People, Radio, Sunderland, TFM, Radio industry, Northumbria Police, Tom, Bauer, Darlington, Tom Davies, BBC Radio Newcastle, Star Radio, Newcastle Crown Court, Liberty Radio

Former TFM & Smooth Radio host Tom Davies found dead

North East radio presenter Tom Davies – who hosted shows on stations including TFM, Magic, Smooth and Star Radio – has been found dead by police after being reported missing last week. Tom, who was 54 and lived in Sunderland, notably hosted ‘Tom’s Talk In’ amongst other shows on TFM and was the first voice on Magic 1170 in 1997. He returned to TFM in 2003 in the late night slot, followed by spells at Century and BBC Radio Newcastle. He joined Smooth Radio North East as its breakfast show pres...
Tags: London, Top, People, Radio, Sunderland, TFM, Radio industry, Northumbria Police, Tom, Bauer, Darlington, Tom Davies, BBC Radio Newcastle, Smooth Radio, Star Radio, Newcastle Crown Court

Rob Littlejohn leaves BBC Radio 1 to join Beats 1

BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Editor Rob Littlejohn is leaving the corporation after 15 years to head up production on Fire in the Booth and as the Charlie Sloth Rap Show at Beats 1. “Hip-Hop Radio is in my DNA and it’s a privilege to join Charlie Sloth and his team. After an amazing journey with the BBC, I am proud to be joining what I consider to be the world’s leading platform for the MC and Hip-Hop culture,” said Rob. Rob Littlejohn is currently Content Editor for BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Rob, Beats 1, BBC Radio, BBC Asian Network, Charlie Sloth, Rob Littlejohn, Rob Rob Littlejohn

Jenni Murray to leave BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

The longest-serving presenter on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray, is leaving the show after 33 years on the air. Before joining Woman’s Hour in 1987, Dame Jennifer Susan Murray DBE worked at BBC Radio Bristol before becoming a newsreader and presenter on BBC South’s nightly television news programme. She took over from Sue MacGregor as presenter of Woman’s Hour in 1987 and became a Dame in 2011. Jenni also presented Radio 4’s The Message and written for magazines and newspapers includi...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Bbc Radio 4, BBC Radio, Jenni Murray, Jenni, Bbc Radio Bristol, BBC South, Sue MacGregor, Mohit Bakaya, Dame Jennifer Susan Murray DBE, Daily Mail Tony Hall

Building a creative, diverse future for BBC Radio & Music

Following news that BBC Radio and Music has allocated £12 million of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years to be spent on diverse and inclusive content, James Purnell, Director BBC Radio & Education writes about Building a creative, diverse future for BBC Radio & Music. “On Sunday 31 st of May, I got a text from Lorna Clarke, the Controller of Pop at the BBC. She was updating me on the work her teams had done over the weekend on how to respond to the death of George Floyd....
Tags: UK, Top, Opinion, Bbc, Radio, James Purnell, Alerts, BBC Radio, Lorna, Clara Amfo, BBC Radio and Music, BBC Radio Music, Lorna Clarke, Renay Richardson, BBC Radio amp, BBC Radio Education

BBC announces £12 million diversity budget for radio

BBC Radio and Music has allocated £12 million of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years to be spent on diverse and inclusive content. The money covers new programmes commissioned by its national radio stations and BBC Sounds from 2021-22 – and will be able for both independent production companies and in-house BBC teams to compete for. The BBC says it will ‘create content across criteria including diverse stories and portrayals, diverse production teams and talent, and di...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Radio, Radio industry, BBC Radio, BAME, BBC Radio Music, BBC Radio Education, BBC Radio James Purnell

UK Afrobeats Chart to launch on BBC Radio 1Xtra

A new countdown is heading to BBC Radio 1Xtra this weekend with the launch of the Official UK Afrobeats Chart. The Top 20 weekly rundown will spotlight the fast rising Afrobeats scene in the UK, initiated by the Afro Nation festival and compiled by the Official Charts Company. It will use UK sales and streaming […]
Tags: Music, UK, Top, Radio, Station, Official Charts Company, BBC Radio, Bbc Radio 1xtra

Ofcom agrees to Bauer’s own Approved Areas

Ofcom has agreed to Bauer’s request to create two new approved areas in the south and west of England. Format requests have also been agreed for 55 radio stations, mostly to bring them in line with the rest of the radio industry when it comes to sharing programmes within their own or new approved area. Some stations, such as The Breeze have removed the need for community-based progamming, whilst Fire Radio has increased its target age range from 15-34 to 15-44 year olds and removed the need t...
Tags: England, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Radio industry, Bauer, Fire Radio

RAJAR on hold whilst reporting options are reviewed

RAJAR is on hold whilst the research body looks at new options for reporting on radio listening in the future. “The development of an upgraded system is underway with RAJAR’s research partners, and a number of options have presented themselves,” the company said in a statement on Monday. RAJAR’s face to face, door-to-door method has been on hold since Lockdown began in March, meaning there is no data available for Q2, 2020. The RAJAR Board has taken the decision that until a new measurement s...
Tags: Top, Radio, Radio industry, Rajar, RAJAR Board

Mark Strippel moves on from 1Xtra & Asian Network

Head of Programming at BBC Radio 1Xtra & Asian Network Mark Strippel is leaving to join BBC Radio & Education. Mark has worked in Radio and Music for 17 years, starting his BBC career as part of the original 1Xtra DJ line-up in the 2000s, returning to the station as Head in late 2017. He joined the BBC from London community station Westside Radio and was signed as a Music Producer to Def Jam in the early 2000s, co-producing music for Ashanti, Beenie Man and Mariah Carey. Mark also led BBC Ra...
Tags: London, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Def Jam, Mark, Lorna, Asian Network, Mark Strippel, BBC Radio Asian Network, BBC Radio Education, BBC Radio 1Xtra Asian Network, BBC Radio Education Mark, Westside Radio, Ashanti Beenie Man

Foxy returns to the radio with Sunday chart show

Neil Fox is joining United DJs to host a Sunday afternoon chart show every week. The former Magic, Capital and Pepsi Chart Show host returns on July 26th from 1pm till 3pm for the Heritage Chart Run Down. Foxy says: “When Tony Prince and Mike Read approached me about hosting the brand new weekly Heritage Chart, it felt like a perfect fit. “I love doing countdowns and I love being on-air. I can’t wait to get back to doing a weekly run down!” The chart will be compiled each week by the station...
Tags: London, Top, Global, People, Radio, United, Neil Fox, Radio Academy, Mike Read, Thames Radio, united DJs, Tony Prince, Pepsi Chart Show, Heritage Chart Run Down Foxy, Heritage Chart, Neil Fox Neil

Fifty years of Bob Harris on air to be marked at Radio 2

Greg James will interview radio legend Bob Harris about his 50 years in broadcasting as part of the BBC Radio 2 summer schedules. The programme called ‘Bob And Greg’ airs on Saturday 22nd August at 9pm. The Radio 1 Breakfast presenter grew up with Bob’s famous whispering voice coming out of the radios at home as his father, Alan, has been a fan since Bob’s first broadcast on Radio 1 in August 1970. Greg will talk in depth to Bob about his life – including writing sleeve notes for an unknown E...
Tags: England, Bruce Springsteen, Top, John Lennon, US, Bbc, Radio, New Jersey, Elton John, Bob, Bob Marley, Craig Charles, Alan, Station, Aloe Blacc, Oasis

Radio Aire to become Greatest Hits Radio

Bauer is closing the Radio Aire brand in West Yorkshire and rebranding it to Greatest Hits Radio from September. Radio Aire is currently broadcasting as part of the Hits Radio Brand, with a local breakfast show presented by Caroline and Ant followed by network programmes from Hits Radio in Manchester. Bauer Media says one staff member at Radio Aire is being put into consultation whilst one freelance contract is coming to an end. 96.3FM will morph into Greatest Hits Radio complete with nationa...
Tags: UK, Top, America, Radio, Liverpool, West Yorkshire, Magic, Radio industry, West Midlands, Leeds, House Party, Alerts, Rosie, Bauer, Caroline, Paul Gambaccini