'Radio News: No. 11, 22 January 1993' by Grant Goddard


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Issue no. 11, dated 22 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. 11, 22 January 1993' by Grant Goddard

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  2. 2. WATERMAN JOINS lFM DEBATE Participating in a lively debate about the future of the BBC, producer Pete Waterman argued that Radio 1 should he left as it is since it is already "very very different" from CO!lIIlercial radio. "People think that they play the same [records] ,11 Waterman told the audience at London's Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre. IIThey don't. Without Radio 1, British talent wouldn't get the space that it deserves." Radio 1 Controller Johnny Beerling argued that the network was not a Top 40 station as some people perceived. "Less than 25% of the station's output is top 40," he said and went on to argue the case for broadening the station's output. "People who are interested in popular music are interested in fashion, the environment and in film. We see that epitomised in Steve Wright's programme in the afternoon which is hugely popular but has elements of speech within it which appeal to that audience." Radio 1 DJ John Peel said his children rarely listened to the radio because they thought it already broadcast too much talk. "On radio, as on television, you always have to run the risk of delighting and surprising people," argued Peel. "The option always seems to be to play safe, take the easy way out, to do things like the various gold radio stations you hear which are enormously popular. But you reach the point at which you're no longer creating new music to go out on those gold stations. One of the things Radio 1 has always done, which we're supremely good at ...•is that we always give access to new bands. We've always given them radio time and persisted with them.1I From the commercial sector, Radio Clyde MD James Gardon commented: "Certain sections of the BBC have a slight guilt complex about Radio 1 and feel that they must change it to something that the commercial sector couldn't do. The fact is that the commercial sector could do Radio I, and it could also do any variant on Radio 1 that the BBC come up with." The two-hour debate, chaired by Micaael Buerk, was broadcast live on Radio 4 as an independent commission from Crux Productions. FESTIVAL WINS AWARD Restricted service licensee Festival Radio/Brighton has won an award under the Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme. Administered by the Association for Business Sponsorship Of The Arts, the scheme acts as an incentive for businesses to sponsor arts initiatives. Broadcasting during NEW The Radio Authority has advertised the third of its five regional licences, reaching 1.9 million adults in Northeast England. Two FM Brighton's annual International Arts Festival, the station's morning arts features were sponsored by Gasoline Authentic Sportswear. Accepting the award from Heritage Secretary Peter Brooke, Festival Radio Director Eugene Perera said "We welcome the recognition this high profile award brings and hope that it will encourage more businesses to sponsor arts radio in the future." The station makes its annual return to Brighton's airwaves in May. REGIONAL LICENCE transmitters will cover Tyne &Wear, Teesside, Durham, Cleveland and parts of south Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Applications costing £1475 will close on 4 May, with an award made within three months, though the service cannot commence before September 1994. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 ~ radio news 1993 page 2
  3. 3. TV-am's building in trendy Camden resembles a ghost factory whose inhabitants left in a hurry. The famous pink sofa that launched a thousand bleary-eyed mornings in households across the country has gone from the studio, soon destined to be a historical exhibit in the South Bank's Museum Of The Moving Image. In the entrance lobby, a circular reception desk now stands alone and forlorn, covered with a myriad of phones that never ring. Around it, huge blow-up photos of the station's larger-than-life presenters stare down from the walls at empty seats that wait for visitors who no longer come. The only remaining signs of life are a couple of security men and a removal crew carrying out some boxes. Inside the heart of the building, rows and rows of desks and computers, silent and empty, are visible in the unlit gloom. A huge, widescreen television lies silent, staring blankly at a hospitality suite where the fridge no longer needs to be refilled. From the staff noticeboard hang memos about pension schemes and Xmas parties for the eyes of staff who left a fortnight ago when the station finally handed over its licence to GMTV. It's eerie to see a TV station that always prided itself on bright and cheery mornings now gaping empty, unwanted and unloved, gasping its last breathes in solitary defeat. Upstairs, in a small suite of offices, are a few people packing files, photos, letters and cassettes into crates and boxes. It's Friday afternoon and this is the corner of the building that for the last few months has been home to Virgin Radio. But here too will be empty by Monday. The UK's first national commercial popular music station, launching 30 April, is moving shop to 1 Golden Square in the heart of London's West End over the weekend. In the midst of all the removal preparations, the station's Joint Programme Directors, Richard Skinner and John Revell, are remarkably relaxed and chatty about their plans. They started work only two weeks ago, appointed after a VIRGIN RADIO sudden management re-shuffle that purged former Programme Controller Andrew Marshall's plans to turn Virgin Radio into a cross between Radio One and an oldies station. Skinner and Revell are employed to bring to the station's programming the distinctiveness that Virgin lends to most of its business ventures. WORKING AS JOINT PROGRAMME DIRECTORS IS A NOVEL IDEA. HOW DOES IT WORK IN PRACTICE? Richard: We come from different directions and meet in the middle. I'm in the vaguely traditional role of the bloke who is in charge of formulating the playlist and the music [data] base, and in charge of the DJs. That's where I start out from, and then John starts out of promotions and image..... . John: .......and also creating and formulating programming ideas and various strands through the programming. We do cross over but the roles will become more defined as time progresses. It will be Richard and me who decide on the playlist each week, and it will be Richard and me who decide on the presenters. He's more image andRichard: promotions. wingeing at gone wrong, I And I'll have DJs me because something's suspect. WHAT WILL BE VIRGIN RADIO'S MUSIC POLICY? Richard: We are not jest a rock station, because that would imply that it's AC/DC and Ben Jovi all day. It's going to be album music, quality album music, distinct album music from about 1967 onwards. But it is not a gold station. We're going to have a weekly playlist that will feature new tracks by established stars. It will also feature tracks by new artists and bands who sit comfortably alongside, and who are the natural successors to, the major acts of the 70s and 80s. The only thing we can say about not playing things is that we will not play hard rap music, urban dance music, the dub end of reggae, commercial pop or gilllllick songs. That leaves an enormously large area of music still available to play. We're not ruling out any individual artists. John: The industry were slightly concerned that it was going to be an MOR/AOR station - Steely Dan all day or Dire Straits back-to-back - but it's not. Though there will be a degree of that and a lot of those bands will form the core of the music policy, there will be an edge as you'd expect from Virgin. Richard: It's not going to be entirely predictable. If we said there were five genres of music, for example, all five would be represented at all times within the 24-hour cycle, but the percentages of each individual genre will vary. If, at a certain part of the daytime, we know there's an audience that prefers it slightly softer, there will be a softer mix but you will still hear Nirvana. If there's another part of the day where the research shows that there's predominantly an audience who want good aggressive contemporary music, they'll get it but they will also get an Eagles song. It's just the percentages that will change throughout the day. We're not a radio station of individual shows. It's an ebb and flow. John: We look at each individual song on its individual merit, and we say this song is very very good and we put it on [the playlist]. Richard: We're not going to be singles led. One definite thing is that we are going to be album led. Obviously if a major star or a newcomer puts out a first single and there is no other material available, we go with the single. But once the album's there, I don't care what the company puts out as a single. We're going to play what we want to play off the album. In the time they are on our playlist, the album cuts will be rotated as other stations rotate singles. SO THE PLAYLISTS OPERATE 24 HOuRS A DAY, AND THERE ARE NO SPECIALIST PROGRAMMES OF ANY SORT? RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6D62 fax 081 861 2694 ~ radio news 1993 page 3
  4. 4. John: You have to do that to identify your station, so that when people dip in they know they are listening to our station and know exactly what they are listening to. And you have to do that to get your station identity. That's very important. Richard: The thing I'm concerned about is that I want Virgin Radio to have an edge. Equally, I'm aware that a lot of people are scared of really unfamiliar music. So we've got to have that degree of familiarity, to say "there there, its okay. Bear with us for this one new song that you might like anyway, because you know in a minute there's going to be something on that you will know and like." It's that fine balance. AND H~ WILL THE PLAYLIST SYSTEM WORK? Richard: There'll be, say, twenty songs on the playlist, plus we've got our core of established material, recent recurrents and classic album tracks. We're going to be using a Selector computer, but that's only as good as what you put in it. It's my job to sit down there and put in a core of music that is right. I want the presenters to sit there with me and say ''We've really got to have Kashmir by Led Zeppelin on that Selector." If we get the right [data] base, the computer will simply throw up the programming. And inside that programming each individual presenter will have a degree of input. I don't want somebody coming in without reference to me and slamming a CD on the air because it could be very wrong for what we want. I intend to be very open-minded, and if a presenter is dedicated to something and can convince me that it's right, then it's on. AND WHAT WILL YOUR PREStR'l'ERs SOUND LIKE? John: We felt we needed a couple of names to launch the station who have a large degree of musical credibility, but we can't reveal those at the moment. But the main criterion with all the presenters is their dedication and their passion for the music that they're playing. The reason they're here is not because they're personality-led. Richard: They're not announcers. We're not employiag good voices. John: They're passionate about the music. They still go and buy records, go to gigs, read the magazines. Richard: I have this dream that we come into the radio station and, within the communal area near the studios, there are DJs sitting around talking about records. I've never met that at any radio station I've ever been to, but [here] we're talking to people who are committed to music. John: I think that's B>re realistic on this station because we are so targeted with our music. So they [DJs] will be saying "Hey look, here's a great new record, have a listen to this." And I know we can do that. It will be very different from any other radio station for the presenters to work here. Richard: We're looking at presenters not all of whom are major established names. We're talking to people who are 21 or 22 years old who seem to have the right attitude. John: We do think it's important to bring some new blood through..... . Richard: And they can work with some . established people who can teach them an awful lot about radio. WILL TIIERE BE MUCH CHAT? Richard: This is a music station first and foremost and we could, within the terms of our remit, just play back-ta-back records without anything else all day and all night. And, as we can, we will play an awful lot of music, a hell of a lot of music. It will be 90% music, with three- or four-hour DJ shifts. WHAT WILL liE TIlE STATION'S SLOGAN? Richard: The key slogan is "Much More Music". It's not the newest thing in the world. They said it in 1966 on KHJ/Los Angeles. You will hear more solid music on this radio station than anywhere else. WHEN WIIJ.. TIlE PUBLIC GET TO HEAR TIlE SOUND OF VIRGIN RADIO? Richard: We're on the air for at least six weeks [before 30 Apr launch) doing test transmissions. We'll probably use them to experiment a bit. You may find some days when it sounds very soft and some days when it sounds very hard. It will be interesting to hear what reactions we get to those. John: We might formulate a competition to stimulate audience input for launch. So during the test transmissions we will be asking people to write in. [VIRGIN RADIO LAUNCHES 30 APRIL ON 1215 AM TO A POTENTIAL NATIONAL AUDIENCE OF 41 MILLION] [to be continued•..• ] RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f radio news 1993 page 4
  5. 5. John Birt says the BBC's Programme Strategy Review "will consider (with their controllers) the ideal programme mix of each of the radio channels" and will specifically examine youth, youth music, music and arts programming between April and June this year. Before April, new MD Network Radio Liz Forgan will make recOlllllendations "for rationalising the programme departments within radio.....in a way which maximizes the opportunity for bi-media co-operation and collaboration." Radio staff numbers reporting to Forgan could be reduced from 2100 to 1200. Birt says of Forgan's predecessor David Hatch: "He has been a splendid, inspirational leader in radio, and a most effective manager. He leaves his successor a rich legacy." ***** Dame Shirley Porter's son John Porter and businessman Matthew Cartisser sign a provisional agreement for their company Chelverton Investments to take majority control of LBC/London from Crown Call1nmications ***** BBC Radio JIorthampton' s programme Over The Garden Fence wins the National Garden Writers' Guild award for best gardening programme. BBC Radio Cambridge wins best gardening phone-in ***** Swinton Insurance is sponsoring four daily traffic bulletins on Atlantic 252 in a one-year £~ deal. There is also a one-month co-promotion with The Daily & Sunday Express of their Millionaires' Club. The station has joined the Radio Advertising Bureau ***** A deal between BBC World Service and Radio Nepal brings the former's Urdu and Hindi programmes to Nepal and North India on medium wave ***** Classic FM was sbortlisted, but failed to win, Campaign magazine's Medium Of The Year ***** Crown Caamunications retains 20% of French network &FM in its proposed sale to a consortium led by magazine publisher Alain Ayache and including HRJ ***** Spectrum RadiO/London's Gay London show is upped from two to five nights a week 1-3am ***** A Daily Telegraph survey asked readers whiCH BBC service should be axed. 15% ~R.ADIc) WAVES said Radio 5, 13% Radio 4, 11% Radio 3, 10% Radio 1, 9% Radio 2, 5% BBC local radio, and 36% didn't know ***** New Advertising Association figures show radio ad expenditure in 1992 up 8% year-on-year ***** Virgin Radio estimated to be spending £l.Srn on a launch campaign through Bartle BogIe Hegarty. Head of Marketing Mike Bernard says: "We won't be launching and running ourselves like other radio stations" ***** Bursaries from the Commonwealth Relations Trust enabled Bridget Osborne, producer on BBC Radio magazine shows, to spend three months in the Caribbean studying language; and Jim Beaman, Programme Organiser at BBC Radio Sussex, to visit rural areas in northwest India ***** Did BBC GMR/Manchester really insist on script amendments to a mid-afternnon broadcast of the play Shakers, changing "silly cow" to "silly girl", "dirty bitch" to "dirty devil", and "nipples" to ''boobs''? ***** John MacPherson presents BBC Radio Sheffield's new gospel show Sunday 9-lOpm ***** Has Southern Radio really sold Mellow 1557/Tendring to ex-Mid Anglia Sales Director David Cocks only months before its licence is re-advertised? No comment from both parties ***** Classic FM's Xmas broadcast of Handel's Messiah raised £31,500 from listeners towards homeless charity Crisis ***** Bidding for a licence? America's NAB publishes a new book Predicting Radio Station & Market Revenue by George Nadel Rivin costing $30 members/$60 non-members (0101-202-775-4972) ***** Island FM/Guernsey appoints Maureen Street as Traffic Manager ***** Move this man· to daytime! Choice FM/Brixton weekend overnight DJ Jerry Bascombe, replacing unwell Jenny Francis on weekday evenings last week, presented one of the best music shows heard in ages, combining classic soul and two-step faves with minimal chat and excellent phone-in technique ***** Ex-Radio Luxembourg PO Jeff Grabam takes the same position at Red Rose/Preston ***** National radio or internal BBC bulletin board? Does Radio 1 newsreader Rod McKenzie being off work ill for one day really warrant Simon Bates talking to him live on-air at home? And do we care that Bates' secretary has a new job? ***** Rewind Productions is offering its studio to IARP members for £25/hour + VAT, including engineer and assistant (071-485-4810) ***** Asked about his radio listening, Big Breakfast TV presenter Chris Evans replies that "any station whose title ends in FM can FO. " Does that include 1FM who gave Evans a job last year? ***** TV-AM sells its 17% share in Metro Radio to eight institutional investors ***** And you thought the technology was years away? Wey Valley 102/Alton uses the on-air slogan "in digital quality FM stereo". It also has a sickly American chorus singing "the best variety in the Wey Valley". Ooly in a Dallas studio could "variety" rhyme with "valley", and anyway isn't it the only station in the Wey Valley? ***** Scottish commercial radio is rebroadcast in London on 100.5 FM until 14 Feb as an RSL organised by Scottish & Irish Radio Sales ***** BBC Radio Scotland needs an Aberdeen-based Executive Producer (041-330-2345 x2331) ***** Red Dragon Radio/Cardiff needs a COIIIIIercials Copywriter/Producer (0222-384041) ***** Tim Humphrey is the BBC Radio Sussex presenter mentioned last week moving to BBC Radio Surrey ***** BBC Essex needs a Chelmsford-based Sports Producer (0245-262393) ***** BBC World Service needs a Production Assistant in its Albanian section (071-240-3456 x2872) ***** WSEW-FM/New York releases a four-CD compilation The Classic Rock Box whose 49 tracks chronicle the history of rock radio to mark the station's 25th birthday ***** London seems to have more pirate radio than ever, including newcomer Buzz ~ programming excellent swingbeat and rap ***** Inmates at Durham Prison are setting up a radio station with a £3000 grant from Northern Arts ***** RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f radio news 1993 page 5
  6. 6. RADIO DIARY 25/26/27 JAR MIDEM RADIO at Palais Des Festivals, Cannes, France. Info: International Exhibition Organisation, Metropolis House, 22 Percy Street, London WlP 9FF tel:071-528-0086 27 JAM WHAT FUTURE FOR RELIGIOUS BROADCASTING? debate at Abbey Centre, London SWl 10.30am-4.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 28 JAM RAJAR first audience research figures from joint BBC/ILR system released publicly 9 FEB LEEDS closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM licences serving 1.23m &770,000 adults respectively, starting 1 Sep 1994. Info: Radio Authority 9 FEB SOUTHEND/CHELMSFORD closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM licences serving 1.53m and 770,000 adults respectively, starting 12 Sep 1994. Info: Radio Authority 10 FEB LICENCE TO FILL conference on applying for Radio Authority licences at The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED. £76.38 members/£88.I3 non-members. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 10 FEB WHAT FUTURE FOR REGIONAL BROADCASTING? debate at Committee Room, House of Commons 6-7.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 15 fEB RADIO ACADEMY DINNER in the company of John Drummond with introduction by David MelIor at The Council Chambers, Broadcasting House, London W1. 6.3Opm. £35.25 members/£47 non-members. lnfo: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 16 fEB FOCUS ON RADIO (1) debate on BBC Green Paper at RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. £11.75. Toro: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 17 FEB WHAT FUTURE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES? debate at Abbey Centre, London SW1 10.30am-4.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 2 MAR LUTON/BEDFORD closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 1.03m and 0.68m adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 2 MAR NORTHAMPTON closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 540,000 and 320,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 2 MAR AYR closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM services serving 510,000 and 220,000 adults respectively. Into: Radio Authority 3 MAR RADIO ACADEMY MUSIC CONFERENCE at The Brewery, London Eel. £116.32. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ. tel: 071-323-3837 3 MAR WHAT FUTURE FOR LIVE MUSIC? debate at Committee Room, House of Commons 6-7.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener &Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 9 MAR SCARBOROUGH closing date for new licence serving 65,000 adults on AM or FM. Info: Radio Authority 10 MAR WHAT FUTURE FOR FARMING &RURAL PROGRAMMES? debate at Abbey Centre, London SW1 2-4.3Opm. Voice Of The Listener & Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 16 MAR NORTHWEST ENGLAND closing date for new regional FM licence serving 4.3 million adults. Info: Radio Authority 18 MAR FOCUS ON RADIO (2) debate on Speech Radio at BT Conference Centre, Newgate Street, London EC1. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 2/3/4 APR WHAT FUTURE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING? - AGLOBAL ENQUIRY FOR LISTENERS &VIEWERS conference in London. Voice Of The Listener &Viewer, 101 Kings Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5BQ tel: 0474-352835 6 APR COVENTRY closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 620,000 and 530,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 6 APR DUNDEE/PERTH closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM services serving 280,000 and 240,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority .AIRMAIL PRINTED PAPER. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HAl 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 f rddio news 1993 page 6 J