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'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. NORT:F-IWEST LICENCE Bjdders for the Radio Authority's Northwest England regional licence are notable for their sheer number (eleven), the involvement of several large radio groups, and the unwieldy station names selected by applicants. The winner, to be announced within three months, will launch in September 1994 and serve 4.3m adults in the largest of the Authority's five new regional licence areas. The bidders, in alphabetical order, are: Apollo FM proposes "a mellow blend of contemporary and classic easy listening, with light entertainment" aimed at "a 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. FMFH is a "classic rock radio station targeted at the 35+ age group" and its music will be "drawn from the vast catalogue of material from 'rock survivors' who have sold albums in the same quantities as today's new acts sell singles." Its shareholders include a company called TGP156 (held by publishers Hit &Run Music) with 20%, and a mysterious "Investor X" with 30%. Non-executive Directors include Jeremy Lewis , MD of Inevitable Records, and Phil Easton, Head of Presentation at Orchard FM. Fortune FM promises "high quality easy listening music targeted at an audience of listeners in t heir late 3Os, 40s and older," but there will be "no heavy base [sic] beat, no noisy amplificati on, no 'loud' records." The bid is backed by Allied Radio (49%), French network Europe 1 (10%) and Radio Investments (10%), and its Chief Execut ive is ex-Piccadilly Radio MD (and Minst er Sound Director) Colin WaIters. Heart FM has an adult contemporary format, playing "softer, current songs and older standards." It will target 25-44 year olds who, its application argues, 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 Lloyd, Virgin Radio Director Charles Levison and Iceland's Chief Executive Malcolm Walker. Jazz FM is backed entirely by Golden Rose Communications, owners of the London station of the same name. It will play "jazz music in its widest sense" but promises that progranmes will not be merely a relay of its sister station. Chairman is David Maker, and the Board includes Katy Turner, the Hon Robert Rayne and Graeme Mareland, all from the London operation. Northern Lite FM promises easy listening, country and oldies aimed at the over-35s, with the emphasis on "melody, harmony and those musical qualities which continually establish songs as 'standards' and performers as favourites." Backers include Radio Clyde (40%), Media Ventures Investments (20%) and French network NRJ (23%). MDjPD designate is Tony Ingham, ex-Station Manager of Buzz FM. North West Country Radio would play "a broad mix of country music from classic hits to today's country stars" for an audience over 40. It would be a "music-led station with personality presenters and appeal across both sexes." Shareholders include Trans World Communicat ions (20%) and the Guardian & Manchester Evening News (20%), and MD designate is Mark Matthews of Piccadilly Radio. North West Live FM plays adult orientated and easy listening music for 30-55 year aIds, and promises "quality music and quality speech with a crystal clear quality of sound which will be unique in the NorthWest." The bid is backed by Owen Oyston, deposed Trans World Chairman, who would hold 93% of shares, and the BIDS application three-page directorships companies. includes CV, of his fullsome including several dozen North West Radio would target 35-54 year olds with "country and country-led music, featuring songs and ballads from the mid-1960s to date, where melody and intelligent lyrics, rather than beat or transient fashion, plasy the dominant role." PD designate is Peter Baker, ex-PD of KFM and ex-country DJ on Piccadilly. Producers include Joe Fish, ex-country DJ on GMR and Piccadilly, and music journalist Mick Middles. North West Voice FM would broadcast ''predominantly speech, news and talk with a programming format which appeals to all ages and demographic groups." Backed by Border TV (26%), North West Radio Consortium (21%) and Radio Investments (13%), MD/PD designate is Julian Allitt, presently MD of Bay Radio. The Dream is a "dance/soul music station with the minimum of speech" whose bid arose because "the directors of Sunset Radio realised that the music format now in place at Sunset would be very valuable one to extend across the North West." Sunset would hold 20% of shares and the Chairman is cricketer Clive Lloyd. In other licence news, the Authority has advertised the fourth of its five new regional FM licences, covering 2.2m adults in the West Midlands . Applications cost £1475 and close on 6 July, the winner to be announced within three months . The re-advertisement of the Birmingham FM incremental licence, presently held by Buzz FM, has been postponed from July to October this year to allow applicants t o take account of the format operated by the eventual West Midlands winner. Instead, the Kettering AM licence of Mellow 1557, will be re-advertised this July, rather than October as originally scheduled. RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 4 l"adio news 1993 page 2 ,';
  3. 3. / Will re-advertisement of London licences simply mean re-award? Radio Authority Head of Development David Vick admitted: "In the case of LBC and Capital, a track record of nearly 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 command a degree of loyalty from their listeners which far exceeds the loyalty that a television channel attracts from its viewers. Clearly that is something 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 enthusiasm into an eight-year licence where the bills have to be paid" ***** DJ Simon Bates responded to BBC Head of Youth Department Janet Street Porter's comment that 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...... ls 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 ***** The Broadcasting Standards Council has upheld two complaints against GLR's Sunday morning Paul Ross show for offensive remarks against Germans. Also upheld were three complaints about a Daily Star bingo advert alleged to be "sexist, offensive and very degrading to women" because it compared numbers to the female form. The Council dismissed complaints about Radio 4's interview with convicted murderer Denis Nilsen on Today; and its Sex In The Head series which complainants branded as R.ADIO WAVES "sickening" and "verbal pornography" ***** Virgin Communications is reported to have paid £l!m to buy out TV-AM's 50% share in Virgin Radio ***** Piccadilly Key 103/Manchester is running a £125,000 promotion for its new breakfast show DJ Steve Penk. Devised by American company Filmbouse (who also work with Capital/London), listeners phone-in at 8.15am if their birthday matches that contained in each day's envelope. Six 3D-second ads on Granada TV targeting 15-34 year olds are backed by 48-sheet posters, bus sides and "massive on-the-ground activity." The station has appointed ex-Hammersmith Odeon Marketing Manager Chris Reed to develop their local concert promotions ***** 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 on...") which cost £5m ***** A correspondent to the Radio Times has pointed out that Radio 4's FM frequency is actually 93,500,000 cycles per second which, compared to IQs of maximum three figures, qualifies nobody to listen to the station ***** London's Evening Standard has revealed that Radio 4's Today is the capital's most popular breakfast show with a peak audience of 659,000. It is followed by Capital ~'s Chris Tarrant with 618,000; Radio l's Simon Mayo with 457,000; Radio 2 on 397,000; Capital Gold's Tony Blackburn with 279,000; LBC Talkback's Douglas Cameron with 230,000; Melody Radio 119,000; LBC Hewstalk 116,000; Kiss ~ 77,000; GLR 59,000; Radio 3 50,000; Radio 5 48,000; Jazz ~ 31,000; and Spectrum 27,000 ***** Virgin Radio is describing its weekend breakfast presenter Grabam Dene as "Princess Diana's favourite DJ" ***** Astra satellite station Euronet is telling listeners 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 ~ has been replaced by ballad-formatted Love Radio ***** Capital Radio PD Richard Park on imminent competition from Virgin Radio: "1 'm looking forward to it...... it looks as though their output will be much more like GLR's than ours, with more AOR" ***** Amongst several oddities on Music Week's newly published Radio Map is the inclusion of Airport Information Radio which closed more than a year ago ***** Despite the threat of heavy fines, there is lots of pirate FM activity in Dublin, including dance station Active 101 and love song formatted Radio Dublin ***** And in London, the resurgence of pirate popularity is exemplified by reggae/soul formated Station ~ to extend its hours from evenings/weekends right through daytirnes ***** The Guernsey States Broadcasting Committee has objected to BBC Radio Guernsey's decision to abandon its policy of always leading hourly news bulletins with a local story. A 700-signature petition and letter to BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey has had no effect, leading island Deputy (equivalent to MP) Pat Mellor to comment about Hussey: "He does not seem to have grasped the basic principle of the thing - people in Guernsey Late 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 f radio news 1993 page 3
  4. 4. RADIO DIARY 213/4 !PR 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 !PR DUNDEE/PERTH 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 RADIO (3) debate on music radio at BT Conference Centre, Newgate Street, London EC1. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 19/20/21/22 APR NAB 93 organised by the National Association of Broadcasters at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Info: 202-429-5350 20 APR LONDONDERRY closing date for new local FM licence serving 100,000 adults. Info: Radio Authority 30 APR VIRGIN RADIO launches nationally on 1215 AM 4 MAY NORTHEAST ENGLAND closing date for applications for new regional FM licence serving 1.9rn adults. Info: Radio Authority 4 MAY PETERBOROUGH closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM services serving 575,000 and 225,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 11 MAY WHAT ABOUT THE WORKERS? (3) at BBC Pebble Kill, Birmingham. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 1 JUN BOURNEMOUTH closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 460,000 and 450,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 1 JUN BRISTOL closing date for licence re-applications for AM &FM services serving 1.01m and 610,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 1 JUN CARDIFF closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 370,000 and 550,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 1 JUN NEWPORT closing date for licence re-applications for AM & FM services serving 360,000 and 190,000 adults respectively. Info: Radio Authority 8 JUN LONDON closing date for applications for four AM and four FM services, six of which are re-advertisements and two of which are new, serving 5.Bm to 7.5m adults. Info: Radio Authority 15 JUN AYLESBURY closing date for applications for new FM licence serving 135,000 adults. Info: Radio Authority 25 JUS APRS 93 at Olympia 2, London 6 JUL WEST MIDLANDS closing date for applications for new regional licence serving 2.2m adults. Info: Radio Authority 12 JUL COMMUNITY RADIO - TRAINING GROUND? pre-Radio Festival conference on training, run jointly with the Community Radio Association. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 13/14 JUL RADIO FESTIVAL at International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Info: Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London W1A 4SZ tel:071-323-3837 3/4 ROV TECHCON &SBES at Metropole Hotel, Birmingham 9 DEC PATRON LUNCH at The Savoy, London WC2. Info: The Radio Academy, PO Box 4SZ, London WIA 4SZ Tel: 071-323-3837 AIRMAIL PRINTED PAPER RADIO NEWS PO BOX 514 HARROW MIDDLESEX HA1 4SP tel 081 427 6062 fax 081 861 2694 t radio news 1993 page 4