After nearly nine years of cheesey songs, car park catchphrases and hours of irreverent chat, Chris Moyles hung up his headphones for the final time this morning, ending the most successful breakfast show in Radio 1’s 45-year history.
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The nominations for this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards were announced today.
BBC Radio 2, 4, 5 Live and Absolute Radio lead this year’s station nominations, while Ronnie Wood has been nominated for two awards for his digital station Absolute Classic Rock and music radio personality of the year respectively.
BBC Radio 4 has the most nominations with 22, Radio 2 has 17 while 5 Live has 16. Absolute Radio has the most nominations for a commercial station, with 14.
This year’s awards, now in their 30th year, will be presented at a lavish ceremony in May at Grosvenor House. Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans will host for the third year running.
Full list of nominations
Breakfast show of the year (10 million plus)
5 live Breakfast – BBC Radio 5 live
Nick Ferrari at Breakfast – LBC 97.3
The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – talkSPORT
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – BBC Radio 2
The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show – Absolute Radio
Breakfast show of the year (under 10 million)
JACK’s Morning Glory – 106 JACK fm Oxford
Juice FM Breakfast Show with Adam and Leanne – 107.6 Juice FM
Key 103’s Mike and Chelsea in The Morning – Key 103
Simon James and Hill – Kerrang! Radio
The Graham Mack Breakfast Show – BBC Wiltshire
Best music programme
Dermot O’Leary Show – Ora et Labora for BBC Radio 2
Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show – Absolute Radio
Radio 1’s Chart Show with Reggie Yates – BBC Radio 1
Simon Mayo Drivetime – BBC Radio 2
The Radcliffe and Maconie Show – Smooth Operations (Productions) Ltd for BBC Radio 2
Best specialist music programme
Another Country – BBC Radio Scotland
Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service – BBC 6 Music
Jazz on 3 – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 3
MistaJam – BBC Radio 1Xtra
The First Break Show – Quidem Midlands Ltd for Touch FM 102, Touch FM 107.3, Touch FM 96.2, Touch FM 101.6, Rugby FM & Banbury Sound
Best entertainment programme
Bernie Keith – BBC Radio Northampton
Real Radio Breakfast with Ditchy & Salty – Real Radio Northwest
The Chris Moyles Show – BBC Radio 1
The Frank Skinner Show – Avalon for Absolute Radio
Westwood – BBC Radio 1Xtra
Best speech programme
A History Of The World In 100 Objects – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 4
Jon Ronson On.. – Unique The Production Company for BBC Radio 4
The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC Radio Science for BBC Radio 4
The Inside Story – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio
Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live
Best sports programme
5 live World Cup Breakfast – BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio Humberside Sport: Grimsby Town Relegation – BBC Radio Humberside
Drive with Darren Gough & Adrian Durham – talkSPORT
Fighting Talk – Worlds End Television for BBC Radio 5 live
Sportsworld – BBC World Service Sport for BBC World Service
Best news & current affairs programme
LBC Nightly News – LBC 97.3
Newshour – BBC World Service News & Current Affairs for BBC World Service
The World Tonight – BBC News for BBC Radio 4
Vanessa Feltz – BBC London 94.9
Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live
Best breaking news coverage
5 live Drive: Birth Of The Coalition – BBC Radio 5 live
Manhunt – The Raoul Moat Story – Metro Radio News for Metro Radio
Peter Robinson – BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs for BBC Radio Ulster
The Last Days of Raoul Moat – Real Radio North East for Real Radio
West Cumbria Shootings – BBC Radio Cumbria
Best live event coverage
102.5 Clyde 1 at T In The Park 2010 – Radio Clyde for Clyde 1
Great North Run Coverage – Metro Radio
Saville Report Special – BBC Radio Foyle
The Glastonbury Music Festival – BBC 6 Music
The Ryder Cup on 5 live – BBC Radio 5 live
Best community programming
Divided We Fall – Mannmade Productions for Preston FM
HIV – A Life Sentence – Radio Wanno/ Media for Development for Radio Wanno
Jack in Afghanistan – 106 Jack fm Oxfordshire
The Brixton Hour – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio
Warning: May Contain Nuts – BBC Radio Berkshire
Best internet programme
Answer Me This! – Answer Me This Podcast.com
Flaps Podcast – Flaps Podcast.com
London Walks: Along the Thames with Iain Sinclair – Guardian Multimedia for The Guardian
Night in Hackney – Hackney Podcast
The Yamaha Download – TBI Media for Yamaha Download Podcast
Music radio personality of the year
Chris Moyles – BBC Radio 1
Frank Skinner – Avalon for Absolute Radio
Jarvis Cocker – BBC 6 Music
Ronnie Wood – Absolute Radio for Absolute Radio & Absolute Classic Rock
Scott Mills – BBC Radio 1
Music broadcaster of the year
Mark Radcliffe – Smooth Operations (Productions) Ltd for BBC Radio 2
MistaJam – BBC Radio 1Xtra
Paul Gambaccini – Howlett Media Productions & others for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service
Ricky Ross – BBC Radio Scotland
Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1
Speech radio personality of the year
Danny Baker – Campbell Davison Media (for BBC Radio 5 live)/ BBC London for BBC Radio 5 live & BBC London 94.9
Frank Skinner – Avalon for Absolute Radio
Nicky Campbell & Shelagh Fogarty – BBC Radio 5 live
Pete Price – Radio City 96.7
Stephen Nolan –BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Radio Ulster
Speech broadcaster of the year
Anne Diamond – BBC Radio Berkshire
Jeremy Vine – BBC Radio 2
Komla Dumor – BBC World Service News & Current Affairs for BBC World Service
Liz Green – BBC Radio Leeds
Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live
News journalist of the year
Jill McGivering – BBC World Service News & BBC Newsgathering for BBC World Service
Jim Reed, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat – BBC News for BBC Radio 1
Matthew Price –BBC Newsgathering for BBC Radio 4
Norman Smith – BBC Political Programmes for BBC Radio 4
Real Radio Yorkshire News Team – Real Radio Yorkshire/News for Real Radio Yorkshire
Best on-air contributor
Annabel Port – Absolute Radio
Ed Palmer & Simon Buschenfeld – Heart Network Comedy for the Heart Network
Mark Kermode – BBC Radio 5 live
Moira Stuart – BBC Radio 2
Steve Levine – Magnum Opus Broadcasting Ltd for BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music
Danny Baker interviews Sir Elton John – Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live
Jeremy Vine interviews Gordon Brown – BBC Radio 2
John Humphrys interviews Julian Assange – Today for BBC Radio 4
John Wilson interviews Peter Mandelson – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 4
Neil Fox interviews Robbie Williams – Magic 105.4
Best use of branded content
95.8 Capital FM: Cadbury Spots v Stripes – Global Radio for 95.8 Capital FM
Alex Masterley on Classic FM – Classic FM
Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Live with Sky Sports – USP for Absolute Radio & Absolute Radio Extra
The Wadworth World Pub Quiz Championship on Absolute Radio – Absolute Radio
XFM: Lost Takeover – Global Radio for XFM London & XFM Manchester
Best single promo/commercial
Capital’s Summertime Ball Mash-up – 95.8 Capital FM
Eastenders – BBC Radio Cross Trails / Redbee Media for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Local Radio & BBC Regional Radio
MFR Christmas Toy Appeal 2010 – Moray Firth Radio (MFR)
The BBC Proms – BBC World Service
The Haunting Sounds of the Vuvuzela -JWT London for Capital FM
Best promotional/advertising campaign
Capital’s Summertime Ball – I Can’t Wait To See…. – 95.8 Capital FM
Faces For Radio – Absolute Radio
Stuart Hall’s Wonderful World Cup on 5 live – BBC Radio 5 live
The FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa on talkSPORT – talkSPORT Creative for talkSPORT
The Winter Olympics on the BBC – Fresh Air Production for BBC Radio Cross Trails on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Local Radio
Beat The Star – Heart West Midlands
Fiver Fever – Real Radio Yorkshire
Magic’s Mystery Voices – Magic 105.4
Pink Custard Days – Wyvern
The Pulp Ticket Giveaway – Absolute Radio
Best station imaging
95.8 Capital FM
BBC Radio 5 live & 5 live sports extra – BBC Radio 5 live
Kiss 100 – Kiss 100 & Pure Tonic Media for Kiss 100
talkSPORT – talkSPORT Creative for talkSPORT
The Absolute Radio Network
Best music special
Lenny Henry’s Musical Journey To South Africa – Just Radio Ltd for BBC Radio 4
Neil Sedaka, The Music Of My Life – BBC Radio 2
The John Bonham Story – TBI Media for BBC 6 Music
The Man Machine – USP Content for BBC Radio 2
UB40 – Absolute Radio for Absolute Radio & Absolute 80s
Best news special
Coventry Blitz Special – Quidem Midlands Ltd for 96.2 Touch FM
Raoul Moat, The Final Hours – Real Radio North East for Real Radio
The Brown Years – BBC Westminster for BBC Radio 4
The Reunion: Hurricane Katrina – Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4
World Stories: Afghanistan’s Dancing Boys – BBC Audio & Music Factual/Uzbek Service for BBC World Service
Between The Ears: The Haunted Moustache – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 3
Heel, Toe, Step Together – Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4
International Radio 1: Bobby Friction at Burning Man – BBC Radio 1
Sound of Snow and Ice – Loftus Audio/Rockethouse Productions for BBC World Service
Wireless Kenny Everett – Howlett Media Productions for BBC Radio 2
Just A Minute – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4
Rhod Gilbert’s Bulging Barrel of Laughs – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 2
The Jason Byrne Show – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 2
The Unbelievable Truth – Random Entertainment for BBC Radio 4
Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Return Letter To Richard Branson – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4
Every Child Matters – BBC Radio Drama Manchester for BBC Radio 4
In For A Penny – Tempest Productions for BBC Radio Scotland
Murder In Samarkand – Greenpoint Films for BBC Radio 4
RIP Boy – Red Production Company for BBC Radio 4
The Recordist – BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4
Best use of multiplatform
A History of the World In 100 Objects – BBC Radio 4 interactive for BBC Radio 4
Absolute Radio’s Mobile Apps – Absolute Radio
BBC Introducing – BBC Audio & Music for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Local Radio & BBC Radio 2
Beyond the Blitz on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire – BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Covering the Tube Strike – BBC London 94.9
Station programmer of the year
Ian Walker – Jack FM
Matt Deegan – Fun Kids
Moz Dee – talkSPORT
Station of the year (up to 300,000)
Central FM (103.1 FM)
Isle Of Wight Radio
Station of the year (300,000 – 1 million)
BBC Radio Cumbria
BBC Radio Derby
Station of the year (1 Million plus)
105.4 Real Radio North West
BBC London 94.9
Radio City 96.7
Digital station of the year
BBC Radio 1Xtra
UK station of the year
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
Fearne Cotton and Greg James replace Jo Whiley and Edith Bowman in the biggest Radio One daytime schedule overhaul in five years
The biggest shake up in five years to the Monday to Friday line-up will see Fearne Cotton take up residence the 10am – 12.45 slot, with Greg James gradating from early breakfast to the 1pm to 4pm slot.
Whiley and Bowman will both remain on the station though with Whiley taking over weekend afternoons between 1pm and 4pm from Nihal, while Bowman takes over weekend breakfast.
Dev, who currently hosts weekend breakfast and recently joined the station from sister station 1xtra will take over the the early breakfast show from Greg James.
Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said: “BBC Radio 1 must continue to change to connect with a new generation of audiences and this is a significant move, promoting three of our up and coming broadcasters into the heart of the schedule”
BBC and Commercial Radio sector announce new Digital Britain partnership at Media Guardian’s Radio Reborn conference
The initiative intends to establish The Radio Council, which will lead to a range of partnership initiatives between the BBC and the three largest commercial groups, Global Radio, Bauer Media and GMG, as well as the RadioCentre to represent the rest of the commercial sector, bringing the industry together to secure radio’s future in the digital age.
Under the plans, users can expect to see a universal radio player similar to that of the BBC iPlayer encompassing all the leading commercial and BBC stations across the UK.
Whilst the announcement was well received, details are rather limited. That said the news that the key players within the industry are working together, whilst still competing individually for listeners, means that the long term future of securing a strong and universal platform for all radio content is secured.
The move to digital is already well underway for television. The same is needed for radio if it is to continue and maintain its reach onto new platforms as analogue switch off approaches.
However, whilst these proposals are a step in the right direction, support and understanding of DAB is crucial. It was therefore pleasing to see that the conference spent a large part of the day tackling these issues and discussing the importance of securing a migration date to digital switchover similar to that set for TV, 2012.
Global Radio chief executive Stephen Miron led the calls stating that the government needed to focus its minds on a set date. Miron’s claims are notably significant for they herald the first time a commercial player has spoken so favourably of DAB, after years of lukewarm support.
He told delegates: “We back digital, and we back the strategy but we cannot afford to get this wrong. The next draft [of Digital Britain] needs to be bolder. Digital Britain has made us focus our minds. Now the government must focus theirs,” he said.
“We have embarked on a clear path to digital – to DAB – and we need to make serious progress and do it quickly. This means naming a date for migration, with a transparent set of criteria for all the relevant parties to meet. Whatever the date, and we personally believe the earlier the better, a firm date needs to be set.”
Although these plans are all still in the preliminary stages the sheer optimism and presence of new blood like Tim Davie, BBC director of audio & music and Global Radio’s chief executive Stephen Miron recently parachuted in from Associated Newspapers, in the industry, suggests the future looks very prosperous for the radio industry.
Miron made a rallying cry to the industry demanding that success and growth lied in positivity and a belief in the medium. He said: Commercial radio does “not believe in itself nearly enough”, adding that it and was too insular, too navel-gazing and not ambitious enough – and that needs to change and will change as we move towards Digital Britain.
The Digital Britain report will be published in the coming months.
For those who are unfamiliar with this new innovation to the technological world, Spotifyallows users to listen to a wide range of tracks from major record labels such as Sony BMG, EMI and Warner for free.
The only downside to this fantastic new service is that users can expect to hear an advert broadcast every so often. It’s only usually played after 30 minutes of continuous listening, so is not really a massive inconvenience. It this which provides the revenue needed to pay labels, although there are ad-free accounts available for a monthly or daily fee.
The one-millionth-user was registered at 19.50 GMT yesterday. The boost in users comes off the back of the decision to abandon the initial invite-only period in favour of a freely accessible sign up option.
A statement posted by Andres on on the Spotify blog read: “Late last night we passed a big milestone in our history, at 19.50 GMT we registered our one millionth Spotify user!
“Our user growth has been amazing since we launched back in October, in particular the past few weeks have been phenomenal and growth continues to pick up speed.
“We can only thank our users who have been great at spreading the word for us and we look forward to our next big milestone.”
The Stockholm-based company, whose founders include Martin Lorentzon, previously co-founder of TradeDoubler, and Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek, opened for business in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Norway and Sweden, on October 7 last year.
Spotify UK sales director, Jon Mitchell said: “More innovative and curious advertisers were quick to explore how we could help them reach our rapidly growing user base.
“The UK press interest in Spotify over the past few weeks has definitely contributed to increased demand for our advertiser team.”
However some concerns have been raised over what impact the growth of Spotifywill have on the music industry long term. While the days of using iTunes may be fading away, as Chris Jefferies warned last month, this new way of listening to music could severely damage sales.
Chris said in his blog post, ‘Spotify the difference’: “Yesterday, I listened to the new Morrissey album, Years of Refusal. Hot off the press, came out that day. I listened to the whole thing without any loading time and although it’s quite good I probably won’t buy it.”
Whilst record companies may argue that the Spotify model may help to reduce piracy it seems that if more and more people use the service like Chris music lovers may no longer feel the need to buy music. However that seems like a long way off. Spotify does not allow listeners to keep any of the tracks they listen to. Despite this, the ability for users to ‘try before they buy’ may prevent people from purchasing albums on interest, already listened to the track online. As a result album buying may therefore become far more selective with purchases being dictated solely by fans who love the music or artist rather than an impulse purchase.
I am not criticising the Spotify model though. I will freely admit to being an avid user. However with the music industry becoming increasingly reliant on events like the Brit Awards to boost flagging sales Spotify’s growth may prove to be popular with music fans but a headache for artists and the record labels behind them in the future.
Spotify has not yet been given the go-ahead for non-European markets, and the ad-funded service is only available in the UK, France, Spain Sweden Norway and Finland – with some nations still requiring an invite to get an account.
Spotify has not yet been given the go-ahead for non-European markets, and the ad-funded service is only available in the UK, France, Spain Sweden Norway and Finland – with some nations still requiring an invite to get an account. Last week, the site offered users exclusive access to hear U2’s new album a week before release.
The biggest surprise from the latest figures is that the BBC’s lead over commercial radio is its narrowest for the 12 months, but corporation remains dominant in the ratings battle thanks DJ stars like veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan.
Chris Moyles’ Radio One breakfast show lost 190,000 listeners, its second consecutive loss of the year. Terry Wogan on Radio Two lost just 5,000 listeners.
BBC Radio had a 54.9% share of the market in the third quarter of this year down from 55.5% in the last quarter. Commercial radio increased its share over the same period from 42.4% to 43.1% according to the figures released today.
The effects of Channel 4’s decision to pull out of the 4radio project are yet to be seen, but it is certainly very encouraging that the dominance of the BBC is falling and commercial radio returning to the dominant presence it held 15 years ago. This increased competition can only be a good thing for listeners as stations will be fighting more and more to up their audience figures and entice new listeners to their flagship and specialist programming.
The strength of digital radio is crucial for the radio revolution taking place at the moment. 18.7% of radio listening now takes place via a digital platform up from 15% during the same time last year. It certainly seems that the great leap forward in digital radio is on the horizon.
Although Radio 1’s share of the market has fallen by nearly a 10th to 9.8%, the biggest loss across the corporation, the station has increased its listener-ship from 10.58 million to 10.87 million.
The worrying concern is that the length of timed listened is falling. Despite the vast amount of good radio produced across the BBC and a number of commercial stations, these figures highlight a clear need for competition, diversity and innovation to engage listeners for longer and to provide a competitive choice to drive the radio revolution through the digital switchover in a strong and dominant position.