October 25, 2014

Capital FM snubs One Direction after Brits gaffe

Radio Today understands Capital FM has dropped One Direction songs from its playlist after the boyband thanked rival station Radio 1 on stage at last night’s BRIT Awards.

The X Factor group were picking up the Best British Single prize – after being voted winners by Capital FM listeners and iTunes users.

On stage at London’s O2 arena – and in front of millions watching on TV at home – Harry Styles from the boyband said: “And a massive thank you to Radio 1″.

People took to Twitter straight away to point out the gaffe, since the award they won was supported by Radio 1’s commercial rival Capital FM.

Radio 1 breakfast presenter Chris Moyles wrote: “Best British single voted by listeners to Capital FM, One Direction. Harry Styles said “a massive thank you to Radio 1″ HaHa Nice one!”

Moyles’ colleague Scott Mills added: “@edsheeran Is a lad. And thankful for Radio 1 breaking him. As are one direction. During the award voted by capital listeners. Thanks 1d!

Capital FM’s owners Global’s talent division manages fellow boyband The Wanted who were also shortlisted in the Best British Single Category but missed out to One Direction.

Radio Today understands that a planned appearance by the group on Capital FM today was shelved as well as promotion for their upcoming arena tour.

At the time of publication a spokeswoman for Global Radio declined to comment.

Update at 5pm Wednesday 22nd February 2012:
A statement from One Direction has been issued by PR firm Hackford Jones. It reads: “One Direction forgot to thank the Capital Radio listeners last night when picking up their BRIT Award for Best British Single. This was an oversight as the boys were caught up in the excitement of winning. The band would like take this opportunity to thank Capital Radio and all their listeners for their support and for voting for them.”

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 am by .

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116195871 Robin Morton on Facebook

    Quite right too. Boybands are not renowned for their intelligence but you’d think they could get the name of the station correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/len.groat Len Groat

    This is all VERY predictable; a radio station marketed at young people with immature music tastes, behaves immaturely itself.

    So all those who voted are not going to hear the ‘group’ on Capital, so they’ll presumably tune over to Radio 1 !

    • Nigei

      Very true

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721525109 Paul Bodman on Facebook

    to be fair, radio 1 have given them more exposure than Capital – who gave more to The Wanted who are signed to Global’s record label.. so Radio 1 deserve more credit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002592902919 Len Groat on Facebook

    This is all VERY predictable; a radio station marketed at young people with immature music tastes, behaves immaturely itself.

    So all those who voted are not going to hear the ‘group’ on Capital, so they’ll presumably tune over to Radio 1 !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751002795 Martin Haskell on Facebook

    They just had an eye on the wider market… :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosspatzelt Ross Patzelt

    Capital needs to grow up.

  • Djmutley05

    Hahaha! Love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518925241 Giovanni Posteraro on Facebook

    Think this should say capital fm unplaylist one direction songs because they are shit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708726825 Glen Hunt on Facebook

    The quiz question is…. Who are the bigger kids here? One Direction? Or Capital taking their bat and ball home with them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726526592 Peter O’Connor on Facebook

    I haven’t listened to that station since 1985 when Grahm Dene was on breakfast. I can remember it clearly – it was on at work. I disagree with the station name being used in parts of the country other than London, so see this issue as payback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002592902919 Len Groat on Facebook

    Peter O’Connor “I disagree with the station name being used in parts of the country other than London” Exactly! In the changes Leics and Derby had their local stations closed completely, Nottngham has just 4 hours a day ‘local’ and in Scotland ‘Capital’ is in Glasgow even though THE capital is Edinburgh !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002592902919 Len Groat on Facebook

    Glen Hunt: One Direction are nearly identical musically / visually to The Osmonds; so why don’t stations such as Capital play THEIR music instead, there is plenty of it and it’s techniclaly better!

  • Lyn White

    In 1D’s defence, remember they are young, inexperienced, and probably a bit naive. They were excited, living the moment of their first big success, they had probably tried a few alcohols… They possibly had a slip of the tongue in the heat of the moment, or just didn’t realise how big the gaffe would be if they didn’t mention Capital FM too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708726825 Glen Hunt on Facebook

    Can’t see Capital targeting people of your age Len, who thought the quality of music was better in their day. It’s a youth station. Always has been. And this reaction from them after the Brits goes to show how childish they can go

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666281415 Stuart Southwell on Facebook

    Capital FM sponsor best single, One Direction win it and thank Radio 1. As sponsors Mastercard would say priceless….

  • Michael

    I’m assuming Capital werew hoping that thie rown band The Wanted would be winning.
    Tabor must be fuming – who said it was a bad night hahahha – who would 1D rather be playlisted by Radio 1 or Capital? I think the former is more critical.

  • Chris

    They could hardly drop them from their playlist when they hadn’t playlisted them in the first place! Capitol have been happy to promote One Direction on their tweets and on their web page to bring in traffic from their fans but not happy to playlist them. Don’t they know that the UK can cope with more than one boyband at a time ?  I wonder what will happen when X factor comes round and Global management are looking for a slot on the show for The Wanted.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682584417 Clive Roper on Facebook

    If its not a stunt, its childish by Capital. Mind you was listening yesterday to some Capital online and I though its really cheap and poor sounding compared to how it was a few years back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1556185658 Jared Jackson on Facebook

    They are changing their name to radio one direction!

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  • Cardav

    All u hear on capital is what makes u beautiful never once heard got to b u or one thing, always the wanted or riannaha or adele. The wanted r played like every other song

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=206057369491355 MrSevernSoundFm on Facebook

    One Direction Are A Disgrace For Doing This Terrible Insult At Capital FM And That Is True Now

  • James Lawson

    Look, if 1D have been taken of the playlist for a little while.. then they’ve just received me as a listener for a little while.

  • christopher mockridge

    First One Direction snub Capital listeners, then Capital does! #DontBotherVotingOnCapital

  • Martin

    Capital have probably got more  publicity from this than they would have done had OD thanked them at the beginning!

  • christopher mockridge

    And Capital thank active listeners by removing their favourite artist… there were 2 fails that day #SmallMinded 

  • Guest

    That’s funny, as One Direction weren’t on the playlist in the first place…

  • beatlesandbeyond

    Serves Capitol right for promoting a ‘boy band’ who’ll soon be forgotten. Serves THEM right for not being a REAL group who can play instruments and write decent songs. No sympathy to any of them