BBC creates Glasgow 2014 radio station
A four-week online radio station, BBC Commonwealth Voices will launch in July to celebrate Glasgow 2014.
The station, which lacks the national DAB coverage enjoyed by London 2012, will be produced by BBC Scotland but only stream for six hours a day.
Launching on 16 July, BBC Commonwealth Voices will be based at the Forge Shopping Centre in the east end of Glasgow and will offer local people from the area a chance to gain skills in research, broadcast and social media, as they make content which tells the cultural story behind the Games in their home city.
Morning presenter Cat Cubie says: “Summer 2014 is going to be amazing in Scotland. I’m so excited to be part of BBC Commonwealth Voices and to be hearing from the people of Glasgow as their city comes to life.”
The station, which is in collaboration with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, will share content with public service broadcasters from around the Commonwealth and will broadcast every day from 10am-4pm. It will also be re-broadcast overnight on BBC Radio Scotland Digital and Medium Wave.
Cat Cubie will start the day from 10am – 12noon, with Colin Kelly taking the early afternoon programme from 12noon – 2pm, and BBC Radio Scotland’s Ian Hamilton ending the day from 2pm – 4pm. Meanwhile, presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli will be the voice of the station, to be heard on jingles and stings throughout the four-week period.
Editor of BBC Commonwealth Voices, Colin Paterson, says; “This is a real opportunity for local people to get their teeth into the broadcasting industry, to develop skills, but more importantly to have fun and really feel part of the cultural activity in Glasgow.”
The presenters on the three live programmes, will be partnered with someone from the local community looking to gain broadcasting skills. The programmes will have a mix of music and speech, with music having emphasis on Scottish artists, but also on music from around the Commonwealth.
BBC Commonwealth Voices is part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.