'Radio News: No. 19, 19 March 1993' by Grant Goddard


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Issue no. 19, dated 19 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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'Radio News: No. 19, 19 March 1993' by Grant Goddard

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  2. 2. • NORTHWEST LICENCE BIDS Bidders for the Radio Authority's Northwest England regional licence are notable [or their sheer mJllber (eleven), tbe involvement of several large radio groups, and the unwieldy station names selected by applicants . The winner, to be announced withio three months, will launch i n Septenber 1994 and serve 4. 3m adults in t he largest of the Authority ' s five new reqiooal licence areas. 'Ibe bidders, in alphabetical order, ace: Apollo FM proposes "a nellow blend of conteapXary and classic easy listening, with light entertalrrnent" aiMd at "8 mature audience aged 35+" and including "subsidiary strands of country music and nostalgia." The group is backed by Southern Radio (51 ) and the Apollo Leisure Group (49), and its non-executive Chairman is Robert Sperring, presently Chairman of Southern Radio. f'11FM is a "classic rock radio statioo targeted at the 35+ age group" and its .usic rill be "drawn fran the vast catalogue of material frm 'rock survivors' woo have sold a.lbdns in the same quantities as today's new acts sell singles." Its shareholders include a oompaDJ called TGPl56 (held by publishers Hit & Run Music) with 20, and a fll}'sterious "Investor X" with 30. Non-executive Directors ioclude Jeremy Lewis, MD of Inevitable Records, and Phil Easton, Head of Presentation at Orchard FM. Fortune FM prcaises "high quality easy listening llUSic tarqeted at an audience of 1isteoers in their late 3Os, 40s and older ," but there will be "no heavy base [sic] beat, no noisy amplification, no ' loud' records." The bid is backed by Allied Radio (49), French network Europe 1 (10) and Radio Investments 00%), and its Chief Executive is ex-Piccadilly Radio MD (and Kinster SowKI Director) Colin WaIters. Heart FM MS an adult conteqlOf'llrJ format, plftying "softer, current songs and older standards." It will target 25-44 year olds who, its applicatiOl! arQUeS, are "an age group not specifically served by other stations in the region." Its main investors are the. Chrysalis Group (42.5 ) and Iceland Frozen Foods (42.5), and the. Board includes cricketer Clive LIoyd, Virqin Radio Director Charles Le.vison and Iceland's Chief Executive Kalcolm Walker. Jazz FM is backed entirely bJ Golden Rose Conmmications, owners of the Londoo statiOl! of tile saoe name. It will pl ay "jazz llUSic in its widest sense" but praaises that proqrmmes will DOt be mer ely a relay of its sister station. ChairIIan is David Maker, and tile Board includes Katy Turner, the Hon Robe.rt Rayne and Graeme Horeland, all from the London operatioo. Northern Lite FP! promises easy listening, country and oldies aimed at the over-35s, with the emphasis OIl ''melody, batIIony and those lDIlSical qualities which continually establish songs as 'standards' and perforroers as favourites. " Backers include Radio Clyde (40), Media Ventures Investments (20) and French network NRJ (23). MD/pO designate is Tony Ingham, ex-Station Kanager of Buzz FM. North West Country Radio would play "a broad nrix of countQ" music from classic hits to today ' s country stars" for an audience over 40. It would be a ''music-led station wi t h personality presenters and appeal across both sexes." Shareholders include Trans World Connunications (20) aoo tbe Guardian & Manchester Evening News (20), and MD designat e is Mark Hatthews of Piccadilly Radio. North West. Live FM plays adult oril!ntated and easS' listening lIIusic for 30-55 year aIds, and promises "quality music and quality speech with a crystal clear quality of sound which will be unique in tbe NorthWest ." The bid is backed by Owen OystOll, deposed Trans World Chairman, who would hold 93 of shares, and the applicatiOl! lliee-""", dlrectorsbips COlIpanies. includes his fullsane CV, including of several dozen North West Radio would tarqet 35-54 year olds with "country and country-led llllUSic, featuring songs and ballads fCOOl the nrid-l960s t o date, where melody and intelliqent lyrics, rather than beat or transient fashion, plasr the dominant role." PD designate is Peter Baker, ex-PO of nl'l and ex-country DJ on Piccadilly. Producers include Joe Fisb, ex-country DJ on GMR and Piccadilly. and llUSic journalist Kick Middles. North West Voice FM would broadcast ''predan.inantly speech, news and talk with a prograrrmill9 format which appeals to all ages and demographic groups." Backed by Border TV (26), North West Radio ConsortilP (21 ) and Radio Investments (13), MD/PO designate is Julian Allitt, presently MD of Bay Radio. The Dream is a "dance/soul IlIlsic station with tbe ainilua of speech" whose bid arose because "the directors of Sunset Radio realised that the lllUSic format now in place at Sunset would be very valuable one to extend across the Nortb West." Sunset would hold 20 of shares and the Chairman is cricketer Clive Lloyd. In other licence news, tbe Authorit y has advertised the fourth of its five new regional FM licences, covering 2.:zr. adults in the West Midlands. Applications cost £1475 and close on 6 July, the winner to be annowlced withln three IIIOOths. The re-advertisement of the Birutinghan FM incremental licence, presently held by Buzz rH, has been postponed fron July to October this year to allow applicants to lake account of the format operated by the eventual West Kidlands winner. Instead, the Kettering 1JoI licence of Mellow 1557, will be re-advertised this July, rather than October as originally scheduled. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 l·iidio news 1993 ,
  3. 3. / Wilt re-advertisement of London licences simply mean re-award? Radio Authorit1 Head of Development David Vick admitted: "In the case of LBC and Capital, a track record of nead! twenty years of broadcasting is going to have to be one of the factors that the Radio Authority takes into account. We know that radio stations COImIaIld a degree of loyalty from their listeners which far exceeds the l oyalty that a television channel attracts fram its viewers. Clearly that is sanething we will have to take a view on, as well. " *"''''** And on the prospect of temporary Restricted Service Licence holders winning permanent licences, Vick told The Independent: "It's very difficult translating a 28-day licence where everything runs on enthusiasu ioto an eight-year licence where the bills have to be paid" "'"*"''''* DJ Simoo Bates responded to BBC Head of Youth Department Janet Street Porter's COII'l1lent lhat Radio 1 needs to play music that young people want to hear: "It seems she would like us to broadcast ghetto music to appeal to her idea of the youth culture......Is she saying that Rod Stewart is finished and Eric Clapton too old for Radio I?" Hip and trendy Bates will soon be celebrating his 45th birthday ",**u The Broadcasting Standards Council has upheld two compl aints against GLR's Sunday morning Paul Ross show for offensive remarks against GeI1llilllS. Also upheld were three COOIPlaints about a Daily Star bingo advert all~ to be "sellist, offensive and very degrading to wcmen" because it compared numbers to the female form . The Council dismissed ccxnplaints about Radio 4's interview with convicted murderer Denis Milsen on Today; and its Sell In The Head series which complainants branded as RADIO WAVES "sickening" and "verbal pornograpby" ****'" Virgin COnmunications is reported to have paid £l!m to buy out TV-M's 50 share in Virgio Radio *"'*** PiccadillJ [eJ l03/Kanchester is running a £125,000 prorootion for its new breakfast show DJ Steve Penk. Devised by American company Filmbouse (who also work with CapiW/Londoo), listeners phone-in at 8.1Sam if their birthday matches that contained in each day 's envelope. Sill 3O-second ads on Granada TV targeting 15-34 year aIds are backed by 48-sheet posters, bus sides and ''massive on-the-groWld activity." The station has appointed ell-Hanmersmith Odeon Marketing Manager Chris Reed to develop their local concert prorootions u*** The BBC is to appoint a marketing person within the next two months to co-ordinate campaigns for network radio, following recent disastrous poster campaigns for Radio 4 ("If your IQ is lower than our frequency, then we're not for you" ) and Radio 2 ("It's all for you 00 • •• ") which cost £5m ***** A correspondent to the Radio TilIIes has pointed out that Radio 4' s FM frequency is actually 93,500,000 cycles per second which, corupared to IQs of maximum three figures, qualifies nobody t o listen to the station ***** London's Evening Standard has revealed that Radio 4's Today is the capital 's IOCISt popular breakfast show with a peak audience of 659,000. It is followed by CapiW FM's Chris Tarrant with 618,000; Radio l's Sill1Cln Mayo with 457,000; Radio 2 on 397,000; Capital Gold' s Tony Blackburn with 279,000; LBC 'l'alkback's Douglas Cameron with 230,000; Relody Radio 119,000; LBC Newstalk 116,000; Kiss fit T! ,000; GLR 59,000; Radio 3 50,000; Radio 5 48,000; Jaz:z FM 31,000; and Spectrum 27,000 ***** Virgio Radio ls describing its weekend. breakfast presenter Graham Dene as "Princess Diana's favourite DJ" ***** Astra satellite station Eurooet is telling l isteners its closure on 31 Mar is a result of having been omitted from RAJAR diaries, making the station unable to prove the size of its audience. Sceptics are asking - what - audience? ****~ Also on Astra, Dutch Top 40 network Power FP] has been replaced. by ballad-formatted Love Radio ****~ Capital Radio PO Richard Park. on inmincnt canpetition fraa Virgin Radio: "1 'm looking forward to it. ..... it looks as though their output will be mucb more like GUI's t han ours, with mor@ AOR" **~~* Amongst several oddities on Music Week's newly published Radio Map is the inclusion of A.irport InfOllDatioo Radio which closed more t han a year ago uu* Despite the threat of heavy fines, there is lots of pirate fI1 activity in Dublin, including dance station Active 101 and love song formatted Radio Dublin **~** And in London, the resurgence of pirate popularity is exemplifi ed by reggae/soul forroated StatiOll FM to extend its hours fro:n evenings/weekends right through daytimes ***** The Guernsey States Broadcasting Coornittee has objected t o BBC Radio Guernsey's decision to abandon its policy of always lcading hourly news bulletins wi t h a l ocal story. A 700-signature petition and letter to BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey has had no effect, leading island Deputy (equivalent to MP) Pat Me110r to cClm!ent about Hussey: "He does not seem t o have grasped the basic principle of the thing - people in Guernsey rate what happens here above the rest of the world" "'**** RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 radio news 1993 page 3
  4. 4. RADIO DIARY 2/3/4 APR WHAT fUTURE fOR PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING? - A GLOBAL ENQUIRY FOR LISTENERS & VIEWERS conference in l.oodon. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Orive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ te1: 0474-352835 6 APR COVENTRY closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM ser vices serviDg 620,000 and 530,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Autbority 6 APR DUNl)EE/pERTH closing date for licence re-applications for AM & f'I'l services serving 280,000 and 240,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 20 !PR FOCUS ON RADIO (3) debate on music radio at BT Conference Centre, Newgate Street, London Eel. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WlA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 19/'lD/21/Tl. !PR NAB 93 organised by the National AssociatiOll of Broadcasters at tbe Las Vegas Conventioo Centre. Info: 202-429-5350 20 APR LONDONDERRY closing date for new local Ft! licence serving 100,000 adults. Info: RadiQ Authority 30 APR VIRGIN RADIO launches natiOllally on 1215 AM. 4 RAY NORTHEAST ENGLAND closing date for applications for DeW re<;lional fItf licence serving l.1ln adults. Into: Radio Authority 4 PlAY PETERBOROUGH closiog date for licence re-applications for AM & fItf services serving 575,000 and 225,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 11 MY WHAT ABOIIT THE WORKERS? (3) at BBC Pebble Mill, Birmingham. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W!A 4SZ Tel: 071- 323-3837 1 JUI BOURNEMOUTH clOSing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving %0,000 and 450,000 adults respectively. IDfo: Radio Authority 1 JUH BRISTOL closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 1.01.11 and 610,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 1 JUH CARDIFF closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 370,000 and 550,000 adults respectively . Info: Radio Aut hor ity 1 JUH NEWPORT closing date for licence re-applications for MI & Ell services serving 360,000 and. 190,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 8 JUH LONOON closing date for applications for four AH and four Ft!. services, six of which are re-advertisements and two of which are new, serving 5.&n to 7.5m adults. Info: Radio Authority 15 JUM AYLESBURY closing date for applications for new FM licence serving 135,000 adults. Info: Radio Authority 2S JUN APRS 93 at Olympia 2, London 6 JUL WEST MIDLANDS closing date for applications for new regional licence serving 2.&1 adults. Into: Radio Authority 12 JUL (X)o!MlIN!TY RADIO - TRAINING GROUND? pre-Radio Festival conference on training, run jointly with the Cormnmity Radio Association. lofo: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, l.ondoo WIA 4SZ Tel : 071-323-383"1 13/14 JUL RADIO FESTIVAL at International COnvention Centre, Birmingham. InCo: Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ tel :071-323-3837 3/4 NOV TECHCON & SBES at Metropole Hotel, Birmingham 9 DIe PATRON LUNCH at The Savoy, London WC2. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ Tel : 071-323-3837 I AIRMAIL PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 tax 081 861 2694 4radio news 1993 page 4