Dave Pearce for Radio 2 Saturday nights

Monthly Archives: March 2012

Posted by on 26 March

Dave Pearce for Radio 2 Saturday nights

BBC Radio 2 is to air a dance music show on Saturday nights at 10pm from next month, hosted by former Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce.

Dave Pearce: Dance Years will be a 2-hour show featuring current tracks as well as new mixes and club favourites from the 70s to the present day.

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Posted by on 26 March

Star Radio NE plans Queen day for jubilee

UKRD-owned Star Radio North East is to play 24 hours of nothing but music by the band Queen, to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee in June.

The station, which covers Darlington, Durham and Northallerton, says it will play all of the group’s singles chart hits as well as many of their album tracks.

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Posted by on 25 March

New Editor for BBC Hereford and Worcester

Jeremy Pollock has been appointed the new Editor of the BBC’s local radio service for Hereford and Worcester.

He’ll take over from James Coghill who announced in January that he was leaving the corporation after 23 years’ service

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Posted by on 24 March

Rihanna joins Radio 1 Hackney line-up

BBC Radio 1 has announced Rihanna as the headline act for the second day of the station’s Hackney Weekend in June.

She joins Jay-Z who is the top artist on the Saturday 24th June, and others including Tine Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Professor Green and Leona Lewis.

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Posted by on 23 March

Blackburn & Read join DLT on Magic AM

Former BBC Radio 1 presenters Tony Blackburn and Mike Read are joining Bauer’s network of Magic stations in the north.

They’ll join DLT for a new weekend line-up, with all three of them hosting one show each from April 1st.

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Posted by on 23 March

Radio Leeds duo canal challenge nears end

BBC Radio Leeds breakfast show presenters Adam Pope and Katherine Hannah are into the final day of a 127-mile pedalo trip down the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

They’ve already raised around £30,000 for Sport Relief, almost trebling their original target.

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Posted by on 23 March

Honorary degrees for Murray and Thompson

BBC Director General Mark Thompson and Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray are being given honorary doctorates by the University of Salford today.

The awards are being given for their contributions to the media industry and form part of the college’s official opening at MediaCityUK by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Posted by on 22 March

Olympic torch OBs for BBC Local Radio

BBC Local Radio will use a special bus with an on-board studio to do live OBs as the Olympic Torch relay progresses around England this summer.

Between May and July the relay will go through every county, with presenters taking to the streets to broadcast.

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Posted by on 21 March

Sony Award nominations out next Friday

The shortlists for this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards are to be announced in a special lunchtime webcast a week on Friday.

Capital FM London breakfast presenters Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon will host the announcement, which will be streamed via the awards’ website.

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Posted by on 21 March

Feature: These are defining times in radio

The focus this week in the industry has once again been on local commercial radio. In many cases, small stations are struggling to make ends meet, and for some the only option is to consider whether there’s a better option than handing back the licence and depriving local advertisers of a marketing outlet that’s needed more than ever in these tough economic times.

In a special comment piece, Radio Today Editor Stuart Clarkson considers whether full-service local radio has had its day and whether it’s time to quit the moaning and move on.

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Posted by on 21 March

Smooth Radio adds Donny Osmond to line-up

Smooth Radio is to air Donny Osmond’s American radio show in place of Graham Torrington’s Sunday Night Love Songs.

Other changes at the national station include afternoon presenter David ‘Kid’ Jensen taking over drive from Carlos, who will move to Jensen’s old slot from 1-4pm.

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Posted by on 21 March

Minister talks digital radio with retailers

The government minister responsible for broadcasting has met with leading retailers to talk about how they can support the move to digital radio.

Ed Vaizey has held talks with firms including John Lewis, Dixons group, Comet, Argos and Halfords – and was accompanied by BBC radio boss Tim Davie as well as Digital Radio UK CEO Ford Ennals.

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Posted by on 20 March

O’Connell does first live theatre show

Absolute Radio breakfast presenter Christian O’Connell has done his first live late-night radio show in front of an audience in a West End theatre.

The unscripted hour-long programme, ‘Man on Wireless’ featured no adverts or music – but did include appearances from audience members sharing their secrets and strange life stories.

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Posted by on 20 March

Fatboy Slim signs for 10 shows on Xfm

Fatboy Slim – aka Zoe Ball’s husband Norman Cook – is joining Xfm to present a Saturday night show from the end of this month.

We’re told the 10-part series, ‘On The Road To Big Beach Bootique 5′, will feature hour-long mixes of floor fillers, clasic breaks and beats, mash-ups, old skool anthems and Fatboy Slim classics.

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Posted by on 20 March

Profits up at talkSPORT owner UTV Media

UTV Media’s Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2011 show pre-tax profits are up around the group by 10% to £23.3m.

In the Radio GB division, revenue has grown 6% to £12.4m whilst Irish Radio Revenues are down by 4%.

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Posted by on 19 March

Mark Thompson to leave BBC in autumn

The BBC Director General Mark Thompson has announced he will step down from his position later this year.

Mr Thompson will leave the corporation after almost eight years in charge and becomes the longest-serving DG since the 1970s.

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