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'Radio News: No. 10, 15 January 1993' by Grant Goddard

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Issue no. 10, dated 15 January 1993, of 'Radio News' weekly newsletter for the UK radio broadcasting industry, written and published by Grant Goddard in January 1993.

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'Radio News: No. 10, 15 January 1993' by Grant Goddard

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  2. 2. VIRGI N POS TPONES LAUNCH '!'be launch of oew natiooal IllUsic station Virqin Radio has been postponed by five weeks until the end of ~pril to allow l1llle for the cootpallJ' s new business plans to be ilIplemented. These involve changes to the man~nt tem. that were announced last leek, as well as a new studio location and redsed ownership structure. Intervention by Richard Branson .eans the station is !'IOW moving its studios back to London and out of the disused Wok.ing ~lex owned bJ Allied Radio that it had intended to upgrade. The policy change directlJ cont radicts AREA BAHIl TS. ADVERTISED Mational AI! National AI! 47. NW Englaod '" 4,300,!XXI 8 Dec 92 Severn Estuary '" 1,600,000 30 Sep 92 Virgin Radio MD John Atzronier ' s pronouncement just before X/IIas that "as we are a national station we did DOt feel the need to be London based." AU'IIOnier is reportedly consideriog his future with the canpany, {ol1owin9 Virgin' s internal appointmeot of new Chief Executive !}avid Campbell to tuIl the company, and to whom AlKIIOnier is now accountable. Virgin ca.un.icatioos i s also considering 11 buJ-out of TV~AH's 50 stake in the station, following the CLOSED BIllS AWMD !!!!!!ill! NATI ONAL LICENC ES 4 Feb 92 5 13 Mar 92 mGD 1WlI. REGI ONAL L I CENC ES 16 Mar 93 5 Jan 93 5 television COI'lIpaDJ's decision to close its operations, dispose of its assets and distribute residual profits t o sharebolders. TV-All ChaiI'lllan Bruce Gyngell is to return to Australia as Chairman of TV Channel Hine there. "Things are really IIIOving !'IOW," says Virgin Radio spokespe["SOf} E111 Sodtb. "It 's so -.x;h better - IIIOre is happening !lOW. Everybody is terdbly enthused." AD announcement of the statioo's precise launch date and first DJ signing; should be made next week. FORMAT ON AIR fREQUENCY 'p••"h Spdng 95 1053/1089AM rook Kor 93 1197/1215»1 1 Sep 94 1 Sep 94 R E ADVERT ISED LOCAL L ICENCES Coventry AI! 620,000 7 Jan 93 6 Apr 93 1 Jan 95 1359AK Coventry '" 530,000 7 Jan 93 6 lopr 93 1 Jan 95 97/102.9FM ~/Perth AI! 280,000 7 Jan 93 6 Apr 93 1 Jan 95 1l61/1S84AK Duodee/Pil:["th III 240,000 7 Jan 93 6 Ap[" 93 I Jan 95 96.4/102.8Fl! ',e AI! 510,000 < Dec 92 2 KM 93 16 Oct 94 1035 AM ',e '" 220,000 4 Dec 92 2 Mar 93 16 Oct 94 96.9 FM No["thamptoo AI! 540,000 2 Dec 92 2 Mar 93 IS Oct 94 1557 M! North;q>too '" 320,000 2 Dec 92 2 Mar 93 IS Oct 34 96.6 fM Luton/Bedlo["d All 1,030,000 2 Dec 92 2 Mar 93 15 Oct 94 792/828 AM Luton/Bedfo["d '" 680,000 2 Dec 92 2 Mar 93 15 Oct 94 96.9/97 .6FP! ""'" AI! 1,230,000 4 Nov 92 9 feb 93 1 Sep 94 828 M ""'" III no,ooo 4 Hov 92 9 feb 93 1 Sep 94 96.3 FM Southend/ Chlm.sfd AM 1,530,000 6 Hev 92 9 Feb 93 12 Sep 94 1431/1359AK Southend/Chlmsfd f14 770,000 6 Nov 92 9 Feb 93 12 Sep 94 96.3/102.6f'M _dee. M 230,000 8 Oct 92 12 Jan 93 3 29 Jul 94 1035 AM Abe["deen f'II 230,000 8 Oct 92 12 Jan 93 I 29 Jul 94 96.9 FM NEW LOCAL L I CENCES Londoodee" III 100,000 15 Jan 93 20 Ap[" 93 , Scadllxough ""Ill 70,000 'Z1 Nov 92 9 Mar 93 High WJcombe AM ? 7 Aug 92 17 Hov 92 4 7 Jan 93 Radio Wye 1170 AM Pembrokeshire FM 85,000 1 Jul 92 20 Oct 92 1 7 Jan 93 {no award] We}'lllOUth III 80,000 8 Jun 92 8 Sep 92 5 6 Nov 92 Regent Radio/Orchard FK North Wales AH/~'M 130, 000 12 ""1 92 2S Aug 92 3 1 Del 92 Marcher Coasl FH/Karcher Sound Carlisle FI< 150,000 TI Apr 92 28 Jul 92 4 7 Sep 92 CRf'II spring: 93 Glenrothes III 260,000 7 Ap[" 92 21 Jul 92 3 7 Sep 92 [no award] Colcheste[" '" 120,000 7 Feb 92 19 Hay 92 6 2 Jul 92 Colchester FI1/SGR-FM S]ougliftlindsor FI< 390,000 31 I'Sar 92 , 2 Jul 92 TrislM Bdcstng spring 93 Had"" '" 100,000 24 Mar 92 I 7 Sep 92 ta["low Radio/Essex Radio Morecambe Bay III 180,000 10 I'.ar 92 2 14 Hay 92 BAY RADIO AC spring 93 96. 9 FM Monl9CflJe["yshire All ? 18 Feb 92 I 4 Jun 92 RADIO RAI.WrJ coornunity spdng 93 756 '" Cheltenham All ? 14 Jan 92 5 6 Mar 92 aJ 603 AC ""93 603 All RADIO NEWS PO BOX 5]4 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 ["wo news 1993 , , " ,.
  3. 3. Three applicants for the readvertised Mlerdeen licence include incumbent JorthsouDd Radio **"''''''' Radio Wye wins the new High Wycombe licence "''''''''''''' The Radio Authority makes no award for the Pembrokeshire licence despite one application from Haveo Radio "'***'" A new Londonderry fl'I licence is advertised this week """,** MTV Europe and American network !BC are planning a pan-European radio operation and exploring options of syndicated shows, a 24-hour satellite radio service and investments in individual stations "''''''''''''' Owen Orston is reported to be preparing a bid for the regional Northwest England licence, despite retaining 29% of Trans World ~cations which already owns Pi ccadilly/Hanchester and Red Rose/preston within the same area "''''''''''''' HP Gerald Kaufman tells The Times he despises Radio 3' s new fonnat: "There is now a high proportion of mindless chatter, and the standard of literacy is falling" "'Ill"''''''' Roray firth Radio/Inverness replaces weekend news bulletins with presenter-read headlines, making redundant two news staff and one presenter. Sports Editor Donald Fraser, departed to BRMB/Binniogham, is replaced by a freelancer """"""* Why was Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates allowed to make persistent hints about the irrqlend.lng announcement of BBC top management changes in his Monday naming show? "I think it ' s a terrific idea," Bates tala a baffled audience unaware what the idea actually was *"'*"'''' Virgin Radio appoints ~athy Leppard as Music Industry Consultant "handling a special pre-Iaunch advertising sales package" "'**** A demonstration march • RADIO WAVES on Broadcasting House i.s rescheduled for April by The Save Radio 4 On Long Wave C~gn, launched last year by Winchester schoolteacher Nick MacKinnon and now co-ordinated by Racbel Mawhood 'It*"''''* Jazz; PII/London's excellent Helen Kaybew evening show Dinner· Jazz has secured a £im sponsorship deal 111*"''''''' TV presenter NoI.1lSki is piloting the Radio I version of Dance Eneryy later t his year *"""** But is it ethnic? SpectnB RadiO/London introduces daily early rooming bulletins for the newstrade industry in conjunction with Retail Newsagent magazine "'***111 Hospital station Radio Brocltley/Stanmore raised £197 in a Xmas raffle to improve its studio at the Ro),al National Orthopaedic Hospital **"'''''' GlB/London t s Fana Freud replaces 1nl's holidaying Nicky Campbell for two weeks "'**** Radio Cracker is not repeating its fundraising network of restricted service licences next Xmas "'*"'*'" Trans World c.:-micat.i<xu; appoints The Radio Sales Company to handle its stations' sponsorship and pranotiOllS ***"* Accountability or farce? Radio 2' s annual opportunity for listeners to have their say was billed by Radio Times in ~l print under the Jin'rny Young show only as "Radio 2' s Controller Frances Line answers listeners ' questions." No mention that it was part of the BBC's Call The Controller series, no address or phone number for questions, and Line chose not to speak directly to a single caller. She did say that the Dept of National Heritage is "particularl:' keen" to hear from the audience for Radios I and 2 because "sometimes our listeners are a bit quiet." Liz Forgan could start by asking why, in London, the station's share has "quietened" by 50 in six years ***** LBC/London phone-in doctor Steve Curson writes an advice colUIDD in new magazine Top Sante Health & Beauty "''''*** 21-year old Classic "' presenter Petroc Trelawny admits to The Sunday Times: "I had never introduced classical music before and did lIilke horrendous mistakes. We all did." "'**** This year's Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show is held 4 Nov at the Metropole Hotel, Bi.ndngham (0491-38575) *"'*"'''' BBC World Service is recruiting for its two-year Production Trainee scheme (081-749-7000) and needs a Deputy Section Head for its Brazilian service (071-240-3456 x2514) and an Assistant to the Somali Section Head (ditto x2734) "'***'" BBC Radio Swt1and needs a Finance & Business Planning Manager (081-749-7000) "''''*''* BBC Radio Sussex needs a Progranme Assistant to replace its drivetime preselter who moves to BBC Radio Surrey's breakfast show "'*"'** BBC Sports Unit needs a Radio Producer (071-580-4468 x5993) *"'*** Radio 4' s Wcmm's Hour needs a Production Assistant (ditto x4791) "'''''''** Ibr to turn a negative into a positive? Radio Mercury/Crawler/Guildford' s simulcast anonylR:ms non-stop music between Boxing Day and the New Year was billed proudly as " the m:'s longest continual music special" "'**** Bunfight on the broadsheets? The Observer' s Russell Twisk proclaimed "last year belonged. to Cl assic nI." Noting this, The Guardian' s Kichael Billington reSXlflds that "Classic PII, by and large, is awful." ***** RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAI 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f radio news 1993 page 3
  4. 4. RADIO D I ARY "i5/7£j'Il m fIIIDfJII RADIO at Palais Des Festivals, Cannes, Fr:ance. InCa: International Exhibition Orqanisation, Metrqlolis House, 22 Percy Street, London WIP 9YP t el:071-528-0Q86 25 JAIl RAJAR first audience research figures frOOl joint BBC/ILR system released publicly Zl JAM WHAT fUTURE FOR RELIGlOOS BROAOCASTIHG? debate at Abbey Centre, London SW] lO.3Oam-4..3Opm. Voice or The Listener &: Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DAl2 580 le1: 0474-352835 9 t'EB LEEDS closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM licences sening 1.23111 & 770,000 adults respectively, starling 1 Sep 1994. InCa: Radio Authority 9 rFJI SOUTHDID!CHELMSFORD closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM licences serving 1.53m and 770,000 adults respectively, starting 12 Sep 1994. InCo: Radio Authority 10 FEB LICENCE TO fILL conference an applying for Radio Authority licences at The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 SED. E76.38 roembers/£88.13 non-OOtVers. Info: The Radio 71cademy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIll 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 10 fEll WHAT f'lJTURE FOR REGIONAL BROADCASTD«i? debate at Coornittee ROOOI, House of Cannons 6-7.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 ) 5 fEB RADIO ACADEMY DINNER in the COIl"q)aIly of John Dn.mroond with introduction by David Mellor at The Council Chambers, Broadcasting House, London Wl. 6.3Opm. £35.25 members/£47 non-members. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ TeI: 071-323-3837 16 fER f'OCUS ON RADIO (1) debate 011 BBC Green Paper at RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N GEZ. E11 .75. Info: The Radio AcadEYDy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ TeI: 071-323-3837 17 fEB WHAT FUTURE FOR EDUCATIONAL PRCXiRAMKES? debate at Abbey Centre, London SWl 10.3Oam-4.3Opn. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DAI2 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 2 lIAR LUTON/BEDFORD closing date for licence re-applications for M: & FM services serviog 1.00m and 0.68m adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 2 IW! NQR'ntAMP'I'ON closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 540,000 and. 320,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 2 fWI AYR closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 510,000 and 220,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 3 lIAR RADIO ACADEMY MUSIC CONFERENCE at The Brewery, London ECl. E116.32. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WlA 4SZ. tel : 071-323-3837 3 lIAR WHAT FU'I'l.ffiE FOR LIVE MUSIC? debate at Coomittee ROOOI, House of Conm::ms 6-7 .3Opn. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent OA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 9 IW! SCARBOROUGH closing date for new licence serving 65,000 adults on AM or FM. Info : Radio Authority 10 lIAR WHAT flITURE FOR rARHlNG & RURAL PROORAMHES? debate at Abbey Centre, London SW1 2-4.3OJxn. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ te'}: 0474-352835 16 lIAR NORTHWEST ENGLAND closing date for new regional FM licence serving 4. 3 million adults. Iofo: Radio Authority 2/3/4 APR WHAT FUTURE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING? - A GLOBAL ENQUIRY FOR LISTENERS & VIEWERS cooference in London. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DU2 550 tel: 0474-352835 6 !PR CQVEN'I'RY closing date for licence re-applications for At'! & FM services serving 620,000 and 530,000 adults respectively. I nfo: Radio Authority 6 APR DUNDEE/PERTH closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FH services serving 280,000 and 240,000 adults respectively . Info: Radio Authority 19/20/21/72 APR NAB 93 organised by the National Association of Broadcasters at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Info: 202-429-5350 AIRMAIL PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 Of radio news 1993 page 4

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