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Issue no. 18, dated 12 March 1993, of 'Radio News' weekly newsletter for the UK radio broadcasting industry, written and published by Grant Goddard in March 1993.

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  1. 1. ......... ............. IlDOOOO = <XXXOXOJ DJ ... EEEEEEEEE .... .... .... SSSSSSSSS RRRRRRRRR AlAAIIIIAA" IXlJIJIJIlI) = OOOOOOOOJ DO m EEEEEEEEE .... .... .... =RRR RRR .... .... IlDD 000 = <XX) <XX) .... m f.EE .... .... .... = No • 18 RRRRRRRRR .... .... DOO OOIJ = <XX) OOJ ........ ... .... .... .... =RRRRRRRRR AAAAABIIU !lOO !lOO ill OOJ OOJ ......... E~t: .... .... .... ~ ..... u'III1AAAAA !lOO !lOO = <XX) <XX) ......... EEF..EEEEEE .... .... .... sssssssss ...... .... .... ID) DID = <XX) <XX) INN lO0OIII f.EE .... .... .... sss 12 MlR 93 RRR ... .... .... 00Il IlDD = OOJ OOJ ... .... EEl: .... .... .... sss ... RRR .... .... IlOOOOIl = OOOOOOOOJ ... ... EEt:t:EEEEE liIIMilliIIliliill••illl =RRR ... .... .... IJIXXJI) = OOOOOOOOJ ... NIl EEEHEEEE IllIlIloUlllliUJ sssssssss THE WEEKLY UPDATE ON THE UK RADIO INDUSTRY VIRG I N IN ALBUM CHART RIFT New national rock station Yir9in Radio has bit out at Radio One's decision to introduce a weekly album charl rundown only weeks before its own 30 Apr launch. Addressing the Ninth AnIlual Music Radio Conference, Virgin1 s Joint PD Richard Skinner said his station had earlier announced plans for an album chart on Sunday evening in direct canpetition ~ith both Radio One and ILR's singles countdowns. "I would like to congratulate Radio One on their sudden and surprising conversion to the importance of tile album chart," said Skinner. ''The news this week that Radio One is introducing such an album rundown starting just two weeks before we go on the air, and a mere twenty-five years and seven fOOI'lths after they started broadcasting, is to say the least flattering. I 'm sure the imitations won't end there either. I tbink we'll all have to check out the amount of album rock ~hich gets onto the air of other radio stations between now and April 30th." But Radio One's Head of Music Department Chris Lycett replied that his station's plans had not been influenced by the arrival of Virgin Radio. " It ~as probably eighteen IIlO!Iths ago 1 went into print," said Lycett, "to say that we were looking at ways of increasing our alblJlll output by the introduction of the albuu playlist and lIIilIly (other] aspects of our daytime output. The implementation of the chart is only a further progression of that." Richard Skinner explained that Virgin's progranming will focus on album tracks rather than singles. "Singles will not fiqure in our equation," he said. ''We firmly believe that, outside of specialist areas like dance, singles have had their day. They ' re serving nostly as a pt:tm:.'ltionaJ. tool now:adays to boost album sales. Nowadays Il'IOst people buy their music longfonn - cassettes, CDs and albums are the biggest selling records by a factor of three to one over singles." Skinner said that Virgin will have a "total coon.itment" to playing tracks by new acts: "I'd like there t o be artists that are totally associated with us as a radio station being the people who broke them through. Which is why our playlist is going to have a lot of new artists mixed in with established superstars doing new stuff. That [new) music has to sit alongside the old stuff, otherwise we've got no futw-e as a business, either radio or records . We've got to create some new stars and that's part of our job." "sked how Virgin defined music" it is licensed Skinner replied: "1 the "rock to play, have no definition of rock really. We're playing excellent music off albums [ran the past twenty-five years. I refuse to define it beyond that, except that it won ' t be Kax Bygraves, it VOIl' t be Des o·Connor and it won't be classical. But if you want to hear Sade, you will hear black music on our station. There was a lot said in the early days by other people [sacked Virgin PO Andrew Marshall] that 1 disagree vehemently with." Skinner said that Virgin would be the first ever national opposition to Radio One "and I suspe<:t they know it as well. Canpetition sharpens the mind and if (BBC Oirector General] John Birt allO'rfs Radio One to compete with Virgin, 1 think this is going to be quite a fight. We're going to be offering a radically different mix of music and it's gratifying to see how much the reports of our music policy are already affecting radio in the m: today." Virgin Communications has bought out half of TV-AM's 50 share in the station, in partnership with ventw-e capital firm Apax Partners who acquire the other 25. Vitgin CCmnunications Chairman Robert Devereux replaces TV-AM's Bruce Gyngell as Chairman of Virgin Radio. Gynge11 remains on the Board, thougb the other TV-M Board member Paul Vickers is replaced by Apax Partners' Barbara Hanfrey. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4' radio news 1993 page I
  2. 2. RADIO ONE REVAMPS EVENINGS Radio One has substantially restructured its weckdaJ evening schedule, only weeks before the launch of competitor Virgin Radio. The BBC says the changes, to be impleaaented 00 13 Ape, will introduce new snows " aimed at a lOUIl9 adult lIudieoce" and signify "8 further IIIQve away from Top 40 prograuing in favour of highlighting new young bands." TV pC'eSeDler Norask.i joins Radio ODe for a new Thursdar night half-hour show Radio Dance Energy, a product of the BBC' s hi-media policy wh.1cb requires TV and radio departments to work on joint projects. The show illustrates the detemination of BBC youth qUIll Jaoet Street Porter, who COImIissloned Nonnski ' s TV series, to play a leading role in the "louth-ificatioo" of Radio One, particularly after her failure to win the BBCl TV Controller post. Two other evening shows are to be introduced: '!'be Big HoI)' One, a half-hour look at social and IOOral issues ",ith Simon Mayo on Mooday; and 'l'be Guest List, a ooe-hour OOIlte.porar)' arts review presented b)' Kark Radcliffe. '!'be latter replaces the In Concert series 'oIhich IOOves to Saturday evenill9s. A.ll the new shows are produced fraJI the BBC's "Centre for Excellence In YOUIl9 People ' s Prognmnes" in Kanchester. ''We're delighted to be able to use so l1l<I0)' goo:l. new progroone ideas ftOOl Kanchestet"," said Radio One Controller JohMY Seeding. ''The new shows will eMble us to highlight IOOre new music, as well as reflecting the broader interests of our YOllfll adult audience. " PLUS CHANGE __ The r:esulls of the first round of Radio Authority lioonoe re-advertisements are remarkable. only [or their reinforcement of the status quo. Radio Clyde subsidiary Horthsound Radio has been re-awarded both the AM and F'M licences for Aberdeen; Essex Radio has similarly been re-aWMded the AI'! and FM licences for Southend/Chelmsford; and Chiltern Radio subsidiary Galaxy Radio will upgrade its Bristol flI dance service to cover the whole Severn Estuary C9g'ion. Despite receiving two oUIet" bids for the Aberdeen AM. licence and four others for the Severn Estuary, the . Authority has opted for i ncunbents in all cases. Following its decision to extend Galaxy's survey area frm 459,000 t o 1.6 million, the Aut horit)' has said it will defer the re-advertisement of the station's RADIO DIARY In other changes, the nightly Hews '93 bulletin starts bal{-an-bour earliet" at 6p"; Mark Goodier's HegaHi ts show is dropped, but his nightl y two-hour evening show starts half-an-hour earlier at 6.3Opmi Steve Edwards' t"ecently launched Wednesday night soul show is extended by half-aa-hour; and presenter Liz Kershaw rejoins Radio One to present a series of six debates on social issues relevant to yOIHl9 people. No changes have been announced to tbe station's daytime schedule, despite tabloid speculation that Simon Mayo, Simon Bates and Mark Goodier are about to be reshuffled. Last IIIOIlth, Today newspaper splashed 8 full-page expose that the average age of Radio One OJs is forty, whilst the average age of a pop music fan is a mere fourteen. existi&g Bristol liceoce, scheduled for next A.ugust, to "a later date to be decided". In olher A.uthority news, 8 new FM licence has been advertised to serve 135,000 adults in A.ylesbury, and two applicants have bid for a new Scarborough licence reachiDQ 65,000 adul ts on AI'!. at" rH - Sunderland-based Ul Music Radio and Scarborough-based Yorkshire Coast Radio. 16 IWI WHAT fUTURE f'OR LIVE MUSIC? debate at Carmittee ROOIII, House of Conrnons 6-7.3Opft. Voice Of '!'he Listener & Viewer, lot Kings Drive, Gt"8vesend, Kent 0,1.12 5BO tel: 0474-352835 16 JIAR NORTHWEST ENGLAND closing date for new regiooal FM licence set'Ving 4.3 Ilillion adults. Info: Radio Autborit)' 18 MR FOCUS OH RADIO (2 ) debate on Speech Radio at BT Confereoce Ceotre., Newgate Street, London ECI. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 2/3/4 lPR WHAT FUTURE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING? - A GLOBM. ENQUIRY f'OR LISTENERS & VIEWERS conference i n London. Voice Of The Listener &Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent 0,1.12 5BQ tel : 0474-352835 6 &PR COVENTRY closing date for licence re-applications for AM & Fl! services sening 620,000 and 530,000 adults respectively. I nfo : Radio A.utbority 6 !PR OUNDEE/pERTIl closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 280,000 and 240,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 20 APR FOCUS ON RAOIO (3) debate on lIusic radio at BT Conference Centre , Newgate Street, Loodon ECl. I nCa: 'nle Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WlA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 19/20/21/Zl 1PR HMI 93 or93llised by the National Associatioo of Broadcasters at the Las VQ(JaS Convention Centt"e. Info: 202-429-5350 20 &PR LONOONDERRY closing date for new local FM licence serving 100,000 adults. InCo: Radio Autborit)' 30 APR VIRGIN RADIO launches natiooally on 1215 AM 4 PlAY NORTHEAST ENGLAND closing date for new rC9ional rH licence serving 1.':h adults. Info: Radio Authority ., MY PETERBOROUGH closing date for licence re-applications for AM & ~'M services serving 575,000 and 225,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 11 PlAY WHAT P.BOUT THE I.QRKERS? (3) at BBC Pebble Hill, Birmingham. Info : The Radio Acacieny, PO Box 4SZ, London WlA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 1 JUlI 8OURNEHOl1l'H closing date for licence re-applications for AM & rH services serving 460,000 and 450,000 adults respectively . Iofo: Radio Authot"ity 1 JUH BRISTOL closing date for liceoce re-applications for AM & FM services serving 1.0lm and 610,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 1 JUN CARDIfF closing date for licence re-applications for A.I'I & FM services serving 370,1XlO and 550,000 adults respectively . 1nfo: Radio Authority 1 JUJI NEWPORT closing date for licence re-applications for AI'! & FM services serving 360, 000 and 190,000 adults respectively .. In~o: ~o .Autboritf RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 .. radio news 1993 page 2
  3. 3. THE GREAT RADIO ONE DEBATE U l ast week's Ninth Annual Music Radio Conference, PW[' ChainDan l'ete Waterman delivered to an audience of record company and radio executives a roosing speech in defence of Radio When I saw the first gli.Rrner of [BBC Director General] John Birt's consenSIlS of bow BBC Radio and Television should go to the Govenwent to (renew] the BBC charter, the first thing that stood out like a sore t hlDb was tbat this was the easiest way t o chuck Radio One to the wolves. Easy! "It' s only pop music. Who gives a shit? Them spotty teenage pimply buggers, they don't add anythlng to the econauy. It ' s not elC3Ctly art. And somebody will think soroewhere along the line we're clever by doing this." Wheo I read the Green Paper and when I read the E:deDding Choice paper, I knew what i t's all about. And I've heard two Radio One debates, both of which I ' ve taken part io, tbat bave focused on totally the wrong thing. I'm not here t o stand up and say that what Radio One plays is the best music. The argument is not about what music Radio One plays. The opposite. The argtMOOnt is more far reaching than that. Three years ago I wrote a l etter to Music Week..... . that said the record industry must stay out of radio. The reCClrd industry must not tell radio constantly how to run its own business. And it has. It's told you that the single is dead. Bullshit ! I 've sold a million since Xmas. It ' s told you that vinyl is dead. Bullshi t ! 32% of every sale is on vinyl. It ' s told you that there are only going to be three formats. Bullshit ! If Sony want to go t hat way, so be it. Nobody else does. You cannot tell an industry as powerful as the radio iooustry what is wrong with our i ndustry and then bl<Wne them when we cock it up. And we have cocked it up. Part of the problem yOu are facing is a l ack of good music. It's not your job to do the reCClrd companies' A&R policies. It ' .<: our job to gi ve you records that entertain people. It's our job t o make sure that your listeners are satisfied and do not touch the dial . And the argllllent about playing alblll1 tracks and not playing singles simply doesn ' t wash. We've been there, done that, seen it, and at the end of the day, that's why there ' s a programme caJled the 'lop Forty 00 Radio One on a Sunday afterooon that ' s t he biggest radio show jn Great Britain. That is oot what this debate is all about. I have seen Radio One unable to defend itself since t he John Birt paper... "...The great thing is that we're very lucky in Great Britain to have a radio station that walks a very good straight line in general . One . His conrnents, made in view of reccmnendations for t he network's future contained in the Goverment ' s Green Paper and the BBC document Extending Choice, stimulated a lively SooEtimes it deviates, sanetimes it goes slightly the other way, but in general, Radio One has walked a ntiddle path in music for the last twenty-f i ve years and done it very well. To suddenly say t hat, because it treads a middle popularist path, it sbould not be a government station becatJSe it does not appeal to the higher values of llllsic, is nonsense. The danger i s - and I'm already seeing this at Radio One - that tlley are trying already t o make excuses for themselves. They don 't need to lISke excuses. We as an industry must not allow Radio One to make excuses. They do what they do brilliantly. They don' t i nterfere with anybody in this room. In fact, i n anything, they help us because they are the one station that cannot be bribed or bought . They have no probleG1 with playing Suede and Kylie Hinogue back-to-back. They do not have Coca Cola saying "that product does not suit our audience and therefore if you persist in playing this sort of music we will not sponsoc your show." If we do away with Radio One, if there cannot be a station that does not have to think about the comnercial aspects, then we will be poorer. Or if we put bracelets on that station and make i t do only what [conneccial radio] doesn't want to do, if we only let thefll (serve) the market that nobody else is i nterested in, then there is 00 point in having Radio One . When we talk about the record industry and the effects of taking Radio One out, nobody considers that it's probably as serious as [the closure of] DAF Leyland. Because it 's daft pop records, nobody takes it seriously, but I'm sorry - it is serious. This country earns billions of pounds a year f rem the reCClrd industry. It employs thousands upon thousands of people. It 's probably one of the biggest employers in Great Britain. If we do away with it, wbat are we 90nDa play [on Radio One]? Half of you out there [in coornercial radio] say "we can do the role of Radio One" but you can ' t. Because, as sure as god made little eggs and the recession is biting deeper, it ' s harder t o sat.i.<:fy your sponsors.. .. ....your sponsors want you to deliver an audie:1ce for their product. Radio One doesn't have that problero.. They can walk down the middle. And why should we give progranmes like the [Radio One] Chart Show to soroebody else? Why should ---------continued over------------- debate on an issue of importance to everyone i nvolved in the music industry. inbct, then _I the ~_<c;.;; aspects, its associatioo with ~es like Arqos and Peugeot and ill the other ~ ventures involved at the {Radio One] RoadsiJow and adverts being sboIIIl 00 the scree:O. We would be quite happy tn entertain it within our industry, the radio industry, but they do have sponsors and they do bave ~ inteJ:eSts. ne BLAllLL. PRODUCER. RADIO (I(t: Peqlle Wo arc Eking decisions about Radio One the tIPs, the intellectuals and the people in that area of society - are the kind of peql!e that would know the difference betweeo Classic t1I and Radio Three. To E, classical .usic is classical .usic. I'. not really sure vby these people sbwld be in dJa.rqe of directing our" future. I ImS standing behind a groop of IFs at the Brits (Awards] , aDd the ~c bad just. .started, and these quys {said] "listen tn that roe. roe. txx.'" aDd they bad clear1J DO idea of what IIilS going 00. over Radio ODe's future) Cl Elter of interest not only for the record industry and the radio industry, but for the public at tx.e. It has tn be aD educative process, whether it be within the upper ecbe10ns of the BBC, or whether it has to be in ~t or in IlaDJ other areas. !bero is a cultural eli~. If you look through ~t.s such as the Green Paper and E:x1:eDdi.og Cboi~, "pqI" is always vrittell lIith inverted ~. Yly? It is looked doIIo upoo as the "thIIIP th~ .usic" and that's the Essaqe lie all have to get across for all our benefits, llherever _ a:.e fn.......We baore to get acros:s the fact that llUSic can be public servi~ just as _11 as lIOrthy speech. We do that and _ provide the British public lIith a oo.patihle servi~ lIith our independent colleagues. .....t1WI IDlRISII We have l o educate the Gov~t that if (ylie Itinogue is 1011 culture (and I don't -an that in aDy perjorative sense), then that 1011 culture is worth defending in exactly the S<De way that Vaughan Willia.s is high cultuce, and clearly the Goven.eot thinks that is worth defending. YJat _ bave tn make sure evecybody reoognises is that Radio One, and Ractio One alooe, has tn be the guardian of pqW.ar culture. That is very .iap:)rtant for the ~ to take 00 board. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4" radio news 1993 page 3
  4. 4. Steve Wrlght be taken off and put OD a CCMRnercial radio station? Why? The words ''Public Service" are a misncmer, because if people didn ' t like [Radio One) the)' wouldn't listen. You can't take awy Radio One, you can' t force tbea. to go the way the)' are hIIvinq to go now to appease John Birt and his 1IOb. Because what we'll end Idth is a station that, in the end, has got nothing to protect and tben tbe),'ll sa)' "lieU, we alwa),s said Radio One was a pile of crap, so w'll chuck it oH anyway." There ace a lot of argI'IeIlts people can level over Radios One and Two, but we can ' t allow somebody to throw them to the wolves, but keep Radios Three and Four, and BBCl and BBCl {TV] untouched. Radio ODe is as important as Radio Four is. But of course it doesn't have Med>ers of Parliament or people with higher education in its power, talking on its behalf. Nobody will talk on Radio One ' s behalf. (Radio One) can' t Ba)' ''we' re doing a wonderful joo, aren't we wonderful?" We have to all see that, without Radio One, our lives would be less easy. We need somebody t o walk that llliddle path, and the)' have to walk it on their own. They should not be looldng over their shoulder and trying to caapete Id.th (COm'Iel'cial radio]. That is not their joo. '!'be arqtDent should stop here and DOW about this debate over what Radio One plays. We are diluting tbe argment if we start to say tbat Radio One should be playing more this or lIOn! that . It is unimportant to this ar-gtITIE!nt . The argmlent must be that Radio One stays as a mainstream Top Forty pop station, straight down the middle. That ' s why it vas brought on the air by the Govenvnent. That's its role in life. That's my argument. DlIVID VtRCOF., HEM! OF MUSIC. RADIO ""I don't think the criticiSll should necessarily be levelled at [BBC Director General) John Birt. The problE!ll with Radios One and ')'wo is that the people in power and influence in this country do not listen to those two radio stations. Therefore the perception is that they are doing the scne as every other popular music radio station. !od therefore they should not exist. Radio Four is different. Radio Four is not duplicated b)' Dal'kct forces. Radio One is, if you believe that arqmlent . Radio Two is. are much more mainstream in the music we play. I think it would be really nice if ILR did have the budget, but it's just not possible to create new programnes fran live sessions like Radio One does. It's just not practical, particularly for so many of the stations that · ·"are outside London..... •Radio One is really the one that breaks all the new interesting talent and, on the whole, ILR does seem to 90 with singles rather than cassette (deoos) of new was set up t o a young audience, a youth audience in t he way that other Public Service Broadcasting in the country was not doing. It would appear to me that Radio One has grown old with that audience. If there is a role for Public Service Broadcasting for young people, it's not as well served by Radio One of the type that Pete [Waterman] is acvocati..ng, whicb is " let the market forces and Radio One's direction take them there." I think that Radio One should be quite clearly targeting 15·24 [year old) young people which Q'JfII'IIeCcial radio, because of its marketing strategy, isn' t going to be doing in a ver}' big way. JON~'ftWf WJRRISH. MO , SOHY MUSIC If anybody hasn't read [BBC docll!lent] Extending Choice, UIe)' really should because throughout there is an attitude towards pop music that siJlply is quite disgusting. For those of you who didn't bear (Heritaqe Secretary) Peter Brooke on the [Radio One) Nicky Campbell show about four weeks ago, he had to be told b)' Nick}' the difference between what Radio One does as Public Service Broadcasting and what the cocmereial stations do, and I found that absolutely appalling. tie acbitted that the Cabinet didn't listen to Radio One. I find it very disturbing that this attitude does exist. SaDehow it's okay for Radio Three to be promoting new writers because that is in the name of art. Somehow, when it comes down to Radio One, there is this Idnd of nasty smell of coomerce in the air when lIS record canpanies get involved. Everybody in this rOO'll has a task to educate the Govenvnent in terms of an attitude towards pop music because, as an industry, we do make this country serious S.lllS of """",. JErr YOUNG. HEM! OF 1.QI, MCA RECORJ)S When I was luckJ eoough t o be at Radio One for three years, the thing that I picked up was that the people within the BBC are also like the Govenvnent . It ' s like "oil my god, there's those chaps at Radio One with all that noisy bloody pop music." There's this thing where tlMi!y want Radio One to be The Times of broadcasting and t hey're saying "don't worry, chaps. You be The Times of broadcasting and if nobody listens, it doesn't matter." But the reality is that if Radio One did become The Times of broadcasting and got no ratings, they ' d fucking chuck them off. It's even {fOre frightening that Radio One aren't getting support within the BBC because the buggers that rWl that don't understand either. over the years, the at times been accused of great arrogance in deciding what progranmes, what channels and what networks it should have, witbout taking enough notice of the rest of the industry and, crucially, of listeoers and viewers. There has to be a national debate. If the BBC, in its docment, had silqlly said "we'll have this this and tbis", that accusation could have been made again. The BBC has decided to establish 11 mlllber of principles which it thinks probably establish Public Service Broadcasting for the future . But then crucially it ssid "now we ' re going to listen and let the debate happen" and we want a debate•..... . PETE WlITERJ9.N The problem is that if you ask fifty people what Radio One should be doing, you'll have fifty cmpletely different opinions. If you ask fifty diffecent people what is their favourite record, you'll have fifty different records. 'l'be problem is that the geoeral public don't koow what they want.. _.•.the great danger is that if we let t his debate go too far iDto the public [dcDain) it IOO't go anywhere. It will sboot itself in the root. Because I don't want to go and take part in a [Radio ODe) debate•.....and listen to a lot o[ students telling Radio One they sbould be playing IIIOre rave 1IllSic. We do not need that. We need people of the calibre of this room talking about it, givi..ng ideas, and the only way to educate the KPs is for people in the industry t o make 11 spe<!Ch . I know [MPs] love talking to the puhlic, but the great problem is th~t the public have no idea about radio...... the debate l!IUSt be aoongst the professional fraternity that understands what this job is. We must not take this debate to the public because they don't know what we're t alking about. And this Government has cocked up enough stuff already. It ' s about t o ~lete]y put a bol1ocks on railvays. Rai]ways and Radio One are "'y two favourite things in lire. Let's not have botb o[ t hen! fucked up, for Christ ' s sake. Thank ,00. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel OS] 427 6062 fax OS] 861 2694 4 radio news 1993
  5. 5. Sane ~nts f['()QI the Music Radio Conference. PWL's Fete Waterman asked if the radio industry is not too male-dominated: '''The largest group with leisure t~ to spend listening to the radio is female . The largest purchaser of goods is female. The largest group of people with passion is womeo. You are not addressing WOOIeO bJ talking about plaJing albllll cuts of rock bands" **"'** David Vercoe, Radio 2's Head of Music, OD the BBC Director General 's tax avoidance scheme: "Far be it frOO1 me to sit here and support Kr Birt. I don't tbink he's even joined the BBC staff Jet" "'*"'- Pete Waterman 00 bis past ccameots that Radio 1 producers are "a bunch of 40-year old tossers": ''What I failed to see was that nnst of the tossers that were producers were 40 and not SS. In fact, it was the SS-year olds that were putting some sense in. So I was wrong and I apologise to the 4O-Jear old tossers" "'*"''''''' Asked how his station survives without supporting live music, Red Rose/Preston PO Jeff Graham replied: "I think the bottOOl line is we rely on Radio I" "'''''''*''' Fete Watennan on the state of the American radio industry: "In 1985 I went to the Billboard Disco Conference and a well known radio station in America was ilJ>ked why it wasn't playing Got My Kind Made Up by Instant Funk on its breakfast show. And the answer was 'Bl ack people do not eat breakfast cereals . ' Is that what we really want [here]?" """*""" Responding to Pete Waterman' s accusation that conmercial radio's progranning is influenced by its carmercial sponsors, Piccadilly Radlo/Manchester Head of Music Keith Pringle retorted: "I think that's a very cheap cheap shot. Our biggest sponsor in ccmnercial radio is our audience, and if JOU ever try t o get RADIO WAVES an audience by doing what the sponsor thinks you should do, it doesn't work. 'loo don't get any audience and then the sponsors trot off to SOOIebody else. You've got to get the audience right first and I think that's what conmercial radio is doing very well" "'''''''*''' Pete Watenaan 0(] the price of success: ''The most annoying thing in the world is when you've gone to bed at four o ' clock because you've been all night working or dancing. Md the milkman walks up Jour path whistling your bloody song. That's something you people never have to suffer. Have j ail ever heard someone singing 'I Should Be So Lucky' at five in the morning? Coz my bloody ndlknlao does. It drives me up the sadding wall" *"'''"''''' Ex-Virgin lID Jon Wehster on the PPL/AIRC royalty dispute: "I feel greater efforts could still have been made by all concerned to reach a settlement without going to a tribunal that is essentially outside of our industry. That eKtra ndle is after! hard to walk but it can be very neo3ssary" "''''''''''''' Nick from RCA Records expl~ how radio was ir!itially r:esistant to playing 'rake That: "Demographics were always brought up. It did seem that no radio station wanted jOung listeners. The last thirlg they wanted was anyone aged between 8 and 13 listening to the radio" """"''''''' Jon Webster on the defection of ten GLR/Londoo staff to the OK r s new rock station: "I feel I've already heard Virgin Radio because I've heard it being born over the past few years on the 94.9 frequency in London. I'm still tryirlg to work out if GIJI: is going all-speech because of sane whim of {BBC Director General] John Bm or because most of the music presenters have left to go to Virgin" "''''''''''''' Espousing 'I'hatcherite virtues of imaginary family life, Chiltern Radio Head of Music Clive Dickens said: "We'd like to get the younger people [listening] because we helieve they have input and influence over the rest of the household in terms of listening habits. You know, the family situation, and we are a country of families" *"'''''''''' Virgin Radio Chief Executive David Qwpbell: ''Britain has a great mllsical heritage, a heritage that is disproportionate to the size of this country. However, Britain does not have a great music radio heritage" "''''''''''''' The only wo:nan in Virgin Radio' s DJ line-up announced to date, Wendy Lloyd: "In 1993, it's not really politically correct to have a radio station without a felllale presenter:" "'''''''*''' David Campbell again: "Paul Robinson of Radio One said 'AM. is already a thing of the past' . Paul Robinson, I'm sorrJ but Jou ' re not reading your RAJAR. In the coornercial sector, in roost of the major metropolitan areas including Birmingham, Kanchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the AM service outperforms the FM service" "'*"''''* Asked by If1ILondon KO Sanmy Jacob if the alternative music station had influenced Virgin Radio's prograome plans, Joint PD Richard Skinner replied: ''No. The modern music I see us plaJing is the music I've been associated with since the early 80s with Radio One and GLR. But IF!I has definitely underlined and proven the need and the fact that there's a real audience for that music - a bigger audience than was ever thought of before" "''''''''''''' David Campbell said there were thcee more DJs to announce: "At least two of the ncnes to cane will be well known to you. One of the three is a weekdaJ sequence presenter on Virgin 1115 and is a well known national name" *"'''''''* RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 radio news 1993 page 5
  6. 6. AREA BAIID TS. ADVERTlSED CLOSED BIllS ">RI) WIlINtR !'ORM.T OIl AIR FREQUENCY REGIONAL LICENCES ME Engl and FI! 1,900,000 22 Jao 93 4 May 93 1 Sep 94 NW England FI! 4,300,000 a Doe 91 16 Mac 93 I""'''Seveen Estuary '" 1,600,000 30 Sep 92 5 Jan 93 5 4 liar 93 GlLlIY RADIO[Chiltern1 ..... 1 Sep 94 RE- ADVERTISED LOCAL L ICENCES London AM 7,100,000 3 Mac 93 8 Jun 93 1 Jan 9S 558 AM I London FI! 6,200,000 3 Hac 93 8 Jun 93 1 Jan 95 100 FI'J London fI! 6,200,000 3 Mac 93 8 Jun 93 1 Jan 95 102.2 FM London '" 6,200,000 3 Kae 93 8 Jun 93 1 Jan 95 104.9 FM London AM 7,300,000 3 I'Jac 93 8 Jun 93 a act 94 1152 AI'J London FI! 6,500, 000 3 Kar 93 8 Jun 93 8 Oc:t 94 97.3 FM • •..port AI! 360,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 1 Jan 9S 1305 AI! Newport '" 190,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 1 JaD 95 97.4 FM cardiff AI! 370,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 1 Jao 9S 1359 AI'J cacd.iff FI! 550,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 1 Jao 95 103.2 FM Bristol All 1,010,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 29 Oc:t 94 1260 AI! Bristol '" 610,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 "act" 96.3/103 FM Bournemouth AM %0,000 26 Fab 93 1 Jun 93 1 Jan 95 828 AM BoucDe!!Outh FI! 450,000 26 Feb 93 1 Jun 93 1 Jan 95 102.3 FM Peteeborough AM 575,000 4 Feb 93 4 May 93 1 Jan 95 1332 AM Peteeborough FI! 225,000 4 Feb 93 4 May 93 1 Jan 95 102.7 FM Coventry AI! 620,000 7 Jan 93 6 Ape 93 1 Jan 95 1359 AI'J Coventry '" 530,000 7 Jan 93 6 Ape 93 1 JaIl 9S 97/102.9 FM INndee/Perth AI! 280,000 7 Jan 93 6 Ape 93 1 Jan 95 1161/1584M ",""",/Put, '" 240,000 7 Jtm 93 6 Ape 93 1 Jan 95 96.4/102.8flf Ay' AI! 510, 000 4 Oec 92 2 Kar 93 16 Oc:t 94 1035 AM Ay, FI! 220,000 4 Oec 92 2 Mac 93 16 Oc:t 94 96.9 FM Nortbal!pton All 540,000 2 [lee 92 2 Mac 93 IS Oc:t 94 1557 AM Noctha/nptoo '" 320,000 2 Dec 92 2 Mac 93 IS Oc:t 94 96.6 FM Luton/Bedfocd AM 1, 030, 000 2 Dec 92 2 Mac 93 15 Oc:t 94 792/828 AI1 Luton/Bedfoed FM 680, 000 2 Dec 92 2 Mac 93 IS Oc:t 94 96.9/97.6f'H ""'" All 1,230,000 4 Nov 92 9 Feb 93 2 1 Sap 94 828 AM ""'" '" 770,000 4 Nov 92 9 Fah 93 2 1 Sep 94 96.3 FM Southend/Chlmsfd AM 1,530,000 6 Hov 92" 9 Feb 93 1 4 Mac 93 BRU.l.E All {Essex] oldies 12 Sep 94 1431/1359AK Southend/Chlmsfd FM 770,000 6 Nov 92 9 Feb 93 1 4 Mac 93 ESSEX RADIO top 40 12 Sep 94 96.3/102.6FM "",roe." All 230,000 8 Oc:t 92 12 Jan 93 3 4 I'Jac 93 NOR'lHSOIJIID 6OLI)(Clyde ) AC/easy 29 Jul 94 1035 AM '"''''''''' '" 230,000 8 Oc:t 92 12 Jao 93 1 4 Mac 93 IKllm9XJJW FM (Clyde] top 4O/AC 29 Jul 94 96.9 FK AIRMAIL PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA! 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 { eadio news 1993 .... 6 •