'Radio News: No. 7, 20 November 1992' by Grant Goddard


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Issue no. 7, dated 20 November 1992, of 'Radio News' weekly newsletter for the UK radio broadcasting industry, written and published by Grant Goddard in November 1992.

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'Radio News: No. 7, 20 November 1992' by Grant Goddard

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IlIJDOO III ro:=:m NNlI NNII [[EttEEEE ftMT"'.......".u"".:w sssssssss THE WEEKLY U PDATE O N T HE ilK RADIO I NDU STRY FOUR B I D S FOR HI GH WYCO~E f"our applicants, includiDq one backed by the GWR Group, have sublUtted bids to the Radio Authority for the new High Wycombe licence to serve Soutb Buckinghamshire on 1170 All. Beech Radio was formed in 1989, following amalgamation with rival bidder Bucks Aft. 'l1le GWR Group, whose 21O/Reading AH/FM stations Cringe the Hiqh WJcombe area, holds 20 of the ~y ' s £2S0,0IXl capital, tbe rtIIIIainder raised througb the Business Expansion ~ and from the bid's directors. Eight Cull-lille staff, with three DJs, produce 13 hours/day of live progr~ with a classic hits format, including a nlqbtly one-hour magazine show, supplemented by an overnight relay of 210. HD Mark Flanaoan, ex-PD of Southern Sound/Brigbton, is breakfast DJ, and local resident Barbara Windsor presents a Sund"y IlIOrninq request show. Cbairmm John Stepbensoo is experienced in satellite ccmr.m1cations, Deputy Challma.o Roger Marshall has woded in the cable TV industry, and the station's Advisory Board includes the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Buck.iDghamshire. South BuckingbMslU.re Radio targets 25-55 year aIds with easy listening lIIlSic, local news and discussion progrlllllleS. The group combines SIne shareholders involved in earlier unsllCcessful bids by Ruby ROOio and Kagi(; flI for the nearby Windsor lil.;enoe, awarded earlier this year. !be group's Etlll share capital is subscribed. by 8uctinghatlshire Bt'OItdcastiDq (30) , Ruby R&dio (30), 31 (27), Chainaan Sir Hogh CUnningham, and other local investors including Jan Leeluing, John Craven, Laurie Kolloway, Mar} Parldnson and Marioo Montgcmery . The station's 15 staff will ioclude SJ..:xJ Yates and Paul Oavis, OJs with Sunrise/Hounslow, and joint Executive Directors Brian CulllDgford and Gurmit Hunjan. !be RDdio Wye bid dates froca March 1990 when local Cltristians dedded they vere "coocerned about scme aspects of the existing media", accortling to group spoirespe[900 Jeff Curtis. He sals the station "will be owned b7 Christbns and run as a full coonnmitr service with the interests of the COl'IIIWIit y as its first priority". The station's twelve paid staff produce a formal that cooblnes easy listening arusic witb significant local speech content, including a half-hour evening news progranme. £230,000 start-up capital is raised frail gifts 4Ild interest-free loans provided by local individuals, businesses, charities and churches. I1D Kark Austin sold his local business interests to devote his time to ccmnunity work and is presently Sales & Karketing Manager of Wbickham Wanderers Fe . Any profits !Jade will be distributed to local charities. The fourtb bid, South Bucks BroadcastiDq, is headed by Aylesbury resident Sir HeIlrJ Aubrey·Fletche.r, though no details vere available at press time. The Radio Authority will IlIlIlOIlOCe its decision witbin two IIIOOths • B B C P ROMOTI ON W I NNERS The BBC captured the IIIIIjO[ radio awards at the third annual Broadcast Praaotioo & Marketing Executives oonference, winniDq seven Gol ds, five Silvers and two Bronzes. Radio ODe led the field with five Golds for it.-! Madonna and llicbael Jack30n posters, the 3l Days In May competition, the Race Throuqh The 90s social action campaign, and its Pop Mt Show. Radio 4 won Golds for its Hearing Is Believing TV advert and the trail for its On The Hour series. In the CODercial sector , CapiW fl!/London achieved the 1IOSl, rioniog 11 Gold for the Che1s Tarrant show's Bong Game, two Silvers and two Bronzes. Two further Golds were won by Piccadilly Key 103jKanchester for its Name ' Em & Claim' Em prOllX)tion and BOO f'M/Birmingham for Ten Years ~~~"-. --,,", R ADIO CONTACTS or Walkathon. Tbe judges failed to find Gold lfinners in four of the fourteen radio cateqories, following a switch to award by merit rather than the firtrt. past the post system of previous years. Tbe two-day London oonference attracted 400 delegates. BEIOI RlDIO Kedqerows, Hyde Heath, Alnersbam, Bucks HP6 SRH. tel : 0494·77552) John Stepheoson, 0213-494253 Kaek Flanagao (applicant for High WyOODbe licence) SOOl'H ~ RADIO ro TaplOll House, TaplOll, South :8ocIcs. tel: 06211·73337 !rian CUlliogford, 0895-254.247 GlII1lit H~njan (applicant [or High Wyoombe licence] oounl BIJC(S BimDClStlJIG Town Hill FaCII, Chilton, Aylesbury, Bucks HP!B 9LR. tel: 0844-208196 Sir Henry Aybrey·F'let(;ber [applicant for High Wycombe licence) RADIO WYE 5 East Drive, Totteridge, High Wycombe, B~(;ks HPl.3 f>JN . tel: 0494-472100 Mark Austin, 0494-524857 Jef[ Curtis {applicant foe High Wycombe licence] RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 tax 081 861 2694 '1'","""""0, ......'"'"99""--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Di~ 1
  2. 2. .... .... EBENEZER NOT SO GOODE? ~ CCJnIillaint against Radio 1nl over drug references in The Sbarnen's chart-topping single E:beoezer Goode has been upheld by The Broadcasting Standards Council. 'I1le BBC's defence that the song oontllinS warnings against drug abuse was rejected by the Council, who concluded "the words of the song are sufficiently clear to a large ~r of tbe audience", though it has no legal powers to impose an airplay ban . 1FM listener Hr WIrlffen of DeYOD bad complained that the record promoted the use of the drug t:cstasy, but the BBC argued that 11 decision to ban the song would only IIttnct additional publicitJ. In lIIlDOUIlCing its verdict, the Council cited its Code of Practice which says prograames IlUSt not encourage "tolerance t.ovards the takiDg of drugs in Britain Ol' tbe view that taking tbem was socially IIcceptable" . Another recent complaint against l FK sulnitted to the Cowlcil by three PVC manufacturers about a teall for Hews '91 that bad OlMlIeOted "fear is fashion qear aMie of PVC" vas partially upheld. And a ~laint against a Moray Firth RadiO/Inverness phone-iD host's corrments about the Duchess of Yock was upheld, baving alreadJ been coosidered and upheld by the Radio AutboritJ. But the Cotmcil dimis.sed a COlIPlaint about a sex scene in an afternoon radio pl ay, on the grounds tbat "the portrayal of sexual activity was unlikely to have caused Widespread offence IIIODgSt the Radio 4 audieooe". 85 CHRISTMAS CRACKERS The lJ('s Iat'(}Ut. cbaln of temporary stations, launched hJ Radio Cracker to raise funds for Third World charities, takes to the air Sal 28 Hev for one month. Eighty-five individual licensees, all broadcasting to very local areas between ff1 and 101 FM, will use the slogan ''Tune In, Pay OUt" to beal the Eim raised in the first lIilrathon broadcast l ast Christmas . . A lauocb ceremooJ, to be beld two days earlier at the top of LooOOo's BT Tower I will be attended by Radio AuthoritJ Cha.inIan Lord Cbalfont aDd UlI DJ Steve Wright who will report on the event live in Sinon Bates' show. Tbe 'rover provides Cracker wltb a BT uplink to the Astra satellite f rOll its Harrow studio, where news bullet ins and an overniqbt sustllining service are produced [OE: the rest of the network. "Craek:er is 11 treaendous cballenge to young people," explains Christaas Cracker Trust Hatiooal Director Rev. Steve Chalke. ''TheJ not on.1J raise lDJDey but learn about the business of broadcasting, and theJ are being led in the initiative by a network of local church groups" . Tbe local stations IIOUld be very pleased to ceoeive donations of music product to be played onMair and auctioned or raffled to raise funds for charities. Advertising is also available to l ocal lllUSic shops and venues. Contact tile Hational Office on 021-633·0813 for details of your nearest station. CAPITAL RESULTS capital Radio prel1a1nary results for 1991/92 show a fall in group pee- tax profit to £8.811 from the previous rear 's £<1.&, and advertising revenue down in real terms. iut the plc has healthy cash balances of £19.5111, including £I.Srn net profit mde frail the sale earlier this year of London' s Duke Of York'l1leatre. ''Thb has been 11 difficult Jear," alb.its Chainaan lan Irvine. ''The results reflect tbe continuing depressed stale of the eeonorry and, iD particular, a very short tern advertising urtet". Despite 1.ocreased competition in the London radio IIIM'Ket, Capital FM has maintained its l ead position and increased its listen1.ng share to 18 , four points ahead of its nearest cival. Capital Gold ranks fifth with 9, a position it is seeking to RADIO DIARY improve vitb a buge 'IV, press and bus-side campaign in the current WAR survey period. The statioos' Uproved listenership has not prevented stagnation of their advertising and sponsorship incane, whose 3 i ncrease iD IIODe} tenns Irvioe credit s to national sales that acoount for two thirds of the total. 21 IOV THE TELEPOONE IH BROADCASTD«l conference at Sedqwick Centre, lldgate, London . £40 registratioo. ID(o: '!'be Radlo Ac.adecy, PO Box 4SZ, London WlA 4SZ tal: 071-323-3837 28 JOY RADIO CRACKER 85 local statioos start one IIIOOth of flI ~ting to raise funds [or Third World charities. Info: Oasis (West K1dlands), Cornerstone House, 5 Ethel Street, Birmingham B2 -tBG Tel: 021-633-0813 7 [)[C IlIDEPENDEN'I' RADIO ADvtR'I'ISDIG AW~ at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park [.&ne, London t el:011·799·1565 8 or.c I.lJOLWlCH YOUNG RADIO PLAYWRIGIfl'S COKPmTIOfl (L8C/IRDP) Presentation of Finalists at 'lbe Purcell 1t0Cll, South Bank, Londoo . Infa: Woolwich' . Watling Street , Bexleyheath, Kent OA6 7RR tel: 081-298-5488 "!!!!!!!!~!!!!_ I~. ~ Lup.~h~.t.XbE! .S:oo:l1,.../..2.tlPoo· Iqdiyidui1 p'iSft",u'l, t,blp ,·for tell £123.....1nfo: :;;; ~ cmy ~~ 07r-323M 3631 --- ., 14 DEC RADIO new ~ryslVJlb carmercial station starts broadcasting 00 96.6/103.3 FM. Info : Unit 6E, Science l'ark, Cefnllan, Aberystwyth tel : 0910-62662£ 16/17/18 Dt:C VIVE LA RADlO ooofereoce in Paris of Association llationale des Radio I JU RADIO Atn'HORITY new tariff rates for licences CClIIP. into force. !nfo: Radio AuthoritJ 5 JU SEVERN ESTUARY closing date Cor licence applications for first regiooal FM station 8erVill9 1.6 millioo adulu in Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Somerset & West Wiltshire . InCo: Radio AuthoritJ. 12 JU ABERDEEll closing date for re-l.Ipplicatioos for AM " FM licences serviog 230,000 adults, starting 29 Jul 1994. InCo: Radio AuthoritJ 24/'15/26/Zl/1B JU MIDEM RADIO at Palats Des Festivals, Cannes, france. Info: InterDational Exhibition Organisation, Ketropolis House, 22 Percy Street, London WlP 9rr tel :07I-528MOO8& '15 JU RAJAR first audience research Ciqures frail joint BISC/lLR system released publiclJ RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f radio news 1992 page 2
  3. 3. BBC Radio Leicester lIarlted its 25th anniversary with a live rendition of Happy Bi rthday by a 25-piece choir assetlbled around the city ' s clocktOlfer, each person representiDQ one aspect of Leicester's multicultural camrunity. The station was the first in the ut: to use [lOOne-in shows Ult** Radio S's Afropop Worldwide celebrates its fifth anniversary as a weeIt.ly syndicated show produced by America' B National Public Radio aod broadcast by 200 stations. Rykodisc release five CDs of live perConnances recorded for the show, startiDq with Kanda Bongo Man u**", Pirate interference to t€qlOrarUy licensed Raiders """London has beeD successfully purged by the 0Tl Itltltltlt Sad to report the death of 11& Hereford & Worcester Manager John Pickles, after a short illness, on the same day as BBC local radio ' s 25th birthday * ult* Radio letberlaods is providing foreign radio stations with three canpilalioos of new {)Jtcb pop and classical acts 1t* **1t I.ast week's Genesis concert in aid of the Prince' s Trust was relayed to local stations using SIIS satellite and ISDN (Inteqrated Services Digital Network) phone lines for the first time U*d Fei 21 Nav is Mayday on 30 local stations running individually recorded interviews with Brian May and OIXI1lE!titions organised by OO/Parlophone Regional Prmolioos u*u Radio 2' s Ken Bruce Show offers a pri:re trip to Graceland to a wi lUli DQ listener sending in their favourite Ehis tUlle dd/t 1be CcMt&Shm for Racial f.qoalit y is invitiDQ radio entries for its Rece In The Kedia Awards (071-CJl2-5212) **ltU Radio Authority Chief Executive Peter Baldwin ' s tenure is extended frOCD 1993 to the end of 1995 ltuU A coach load of car manufacturers wer e giveD ill denonstration of DAB tecbnoloqy on the IlK)ve, listening to tests frooa BBC tr8Jl.S1litters in Surrey OIl Band III VHF It**** Italian daoce station PaRr RVI/Turin broadcasts ill Saturday night show House To House RAD I O W A V ES ADd Back To Black from Loodoo production cxnpany <:He _*Ult A survey of I118IketiDQ staff in 44 COI!IIIercial stations finds IIOre than half think Radio 1 should go COIIJIercial. Are they hoping [or jobs? ItUU The impending Green Paper on the lIBC's future does not apparently suggest closing Radios 2 and 5 It Ud Unique Broadcasti.ng is running pCOllOtiooal packages 011 14 stations to promote new Warner Ikothers filJiS, including '!be Badr Guard, t o 16-24 year olds ItUu Spot the difference? '!be BBC's School, Children &. Youth ProgrilllDt'S Radio Dept. is renamed Children, Youth &. Daily Sequences, Radio 5 d U * Dutch satellite station Pwer PR seems to have dropped its DJs in favour of IIOD-stop music 1t1t*1t* New research finds 11-12 year oIds spend. only an hour a day listening to the mio, but 19-20 year olds listen dailr for four hours ItUd BBC Radio Derby Progr<mDe Organiser llex trelinski takes over as Kanager next .::Jnth when Bl"}'an Karris retires *""**'" South Loodoo catmunitJ statioo f irst l.OYe i s broadcasting 00 101.8 flI wi th a temporary licence until t he end of the JD:l(lth I t _ BBC Local Radio boss Ronald Heil sa, s his 39 stations have a target of 100 speech and no music at peak listening times ItUIt* Pioneering 60s Scandinavian offshore pir ate Radio Syd, now based. 00 l and in The Gambia, has a DeWnsnesake iD Spain, backed by a Swedish publisher targeting SWedes living in I'Iarbella /tu ",* How does OIoice fJI's evening presenter feel about the station ' s local DellS bulletin reconmanding listeners lratcb a B3C TV progr8mlle that night? "'**11111 Iadlo 2 and t he Office Of Fair Trading publish a one-off free IMgazine fair Play filled. with COI'ISIDer advice lt1t1tfl1l' Classic "' is to Bold Creatives ' Oay IrIOr ksbops to help advertising agencies produce better radio carmercials ItU1t1t BBC Radio Berkshire needs a breakfast show PreseDterjProduoer (081-749-7000) 1t1tltU capi W Radio seeks a PR Trainee (071-379-0333) 1t1t*** Sainsbury is selling ginqerbread ... -'£!'-- Pudsey bears in aid of the BBC Children 10 Need appeal (and very lastr ther are too! ) ****** Radio 4's In Business progr<¥!llle wins the Radio Industrial JournaliSlll of the Year prize 1t1t**1t 1",'5 Hel p! (Sat 21 2-3pm) casts a sceptical ere over the charity fWldraising gig pbeocaeoon 1t1t**1t Robert Paltner perfoI'lllS songs fran Ridin' Hi9h Ifith the BBC Big: Band In Concert on Radio 2 (Sat 21 7.30-9pm) It* *** Radio 5's ACropop Worldwide looks at jazz/African fusions (Sat 21 9- lO:a) Hd lt llW's Rockli.De (SWl 22 2.3O-4p:11 ) RUts Take '!'bat! in the oolseat for listeners' questions hlt h Radio 2 ' s The Singer & '!be Song (Wed 25 9 .45-l()pl) talks to 60s hit.aker F,.mlle ford of What Do You Want To Hake Those Eyes At Me For? fallle 1t1t1t* 1t Ifllil's I n Concert (Thu 26 ,}-l()p1) features Buff y St Marie at the Hamnersmitb OdeoD ****'" Shirley Caesar joins Gl oria Gaynor ' s Gospel Train ('l'bu 26 9.45-l0.3Opm) 01 Radio 2 " lt h UII' s Andy Kershaw appraises the CD reissue bocat (Sat 28 2-Jpm) uu* In Radio 2' s new series Behind The Hits (Sat 28 7·7 .3Opm) Ben E King reveals he recorded Spanish Harlen only because other auditioo candidates were stuck iD 11 snowstorm *lt1t1t* Gilbert O' Sull1van is iD concert on Radio 2' s Night Ride (Sat night 28 2-3aa) H ltU Richard Mane is I"" s Roddi.De (Sun 29 2.30-4p:!1) guest **",It* A DailJ Telegraph survey of 12,0CKl readers found 88 listen to Radio 4 on longwave, 94 do not want the proposed. all-news service, and 85 want it allocated to FM. But lIOII ' t IIIOSt of the ageiDQ Tel egraph readership be dead anJlf<ly by the tinle the DeW station arrives in 1994? dUIt A new radio travel infonnation service needs presenters. Tape & CV to: Jill TOOd, 11th Floor , Alembic House, 93 Albert F.IIbaokment, Londoo SE1 7T'Y UftU wnIO/St Louis PD Mark TOOd was fired after bis IIOrning presenters put a couple on-air having sell next to their oile phone. fOOd II3S on holiday at the time /tlthlt 300 staff at JBC/Jamaica are on str ike ewer thirty proposed job cuts Ud* . _=" M ORE R A DIO W A V ES Foorinist presents Angeles, outrages attorney Gl oda Allred. a weekly rant on DBC/Los naming perpetrators of against If(lI1'Ien, called Read My Lipstick H ltft lt Tem;lted to clooe Selector? Software OIfIler RCS was awarded $JOO,ooo darMges after t he OIfner of JliOO/Sacramento If8S found guilty of bootlegging station's systea UH* another RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 radio news 1992 [!
  4. 4. ARtA B"'" TS' ADVm1SEO CLOSW BIDS .- IIIlINEl< fORlIAT ON AIR FRF.QUf:HCY RE ADV KRTISED L<>CJll. LICEJllCES ~, ""',deen A!! 230,000 8 Oct 92 12 Jan 93 29 Jul 94 1035 AJI'l I.berdeen flI 230,000 8 Oct 92 12 Jan 93 29 Jul 94 96.9 FM """ A!! 1,230,000 4 Hoy 92 9 Feb 93 I Sep 94 828 A!! """" flI no,ooo " Noy 92 9 Feb 93 1 Sep 94 96.3 fill Sout hend/ChlIasrd N4 1,530,000 £, Noy 92 9 Feb 93 12 Sep 94 1431/1359AM Southend/Chlnlsrd Ft! no,ooo £, Noy 92 9 Fell 93 12 Sep 94 96. 3/102.6FJ1 NEW LOCJll. LICENCES Hi gb WyCOlllbe A!! ? 1 Aug 92 17Nov 92 4 1170 ut Pembrokeshire FM 85,000 1 Jul 92 20 Oct 92 1 WeJllOuth PM 80,000 8 Jun 92 8 Sep 92 5 6 Nay 92 Regent Radlo/Orchard Radio North Wales AM/FI'I. 130,000 12 May 92 2S Aug 92 3 1 Oct 92 Marcber Coast f'K/Marcher Souod carlisle FM 150,000 TI Apr 92 28 Jul 92 4 7 Sep 92 " FM Glenrothes FII 260,000 7 Apr 92 21 Jul 92 3 7 Sep 92 lno award] Colchester FII 120, 000 7 Feb 92 19 May 92 6 2 Jul 92 Colchester Fl!/SGR-PII Altoo FII 25,000 22 Jan 92 28 Apr 92 1 4 Jun 92 We! Valley Radio Slough/Wlndsor '" 390,000 31 Mar 92 9 2 Jul 92 Tristar Bdcstng H.d~ FII 100,000 24 Kar 92 1 7 Sep 92 Harlow Radio/Essex Radio l'Iorecambe Bay FII 180,000 10 Mar 92 2 14 May 92 Bay Radio MontgKXneryshire All ? 18 Fell 92 1 4 Jun 92 DUIO RIUIIYI OOGIIUDity spring 93 156 A!! Cheltenham '" ? 14 Jan 92 5 6 Mar 92 Cll600 le Mar 93 603 '" Cerediqion FM 45,000 10 Dec 91 2 7 Feb 92 UDlO o:R.DlIGlIJI a:mIIlD.ity 14 Dec 92 96.6/103.3n1 A I RMAI L PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS pO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 pager • ritdio Ilt!WS 1992