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Review: The Final Chris Moyles Show

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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Radioplayer launches with 150 stations

A new internet radio service offering live streaming and on-demand content from the BBC and a large number of commercial and local radio stations has launched.

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Sony Radio Academy Awards 2011 – BBC leads nominations list, Ronnie Wood gets two

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

Flaps Podcast – Flaps

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

Best interview

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

Best competition

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

Best feature

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

Best comedy

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

Best drama

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

KCC Live

Station of the year (300,000 – 1 million)

BBC Radio Cumbria

BBC Radio Derby

BBC Somerset

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

Fun Kids

Planet Rock

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

radio1aJo Whiley and Edith Bowman are to leave the daytime Radio 1 schedule it was revealed today.

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


radioreborn-largeMedia Guardian’s Radio Reborn conference truly signified a new era for the Radio Industry. The big news of the conference, which took place at the CBI Conference Centre yesterday, was the joint announcement between the BBC and the commercial radio sector that they are to form a new partnership initiative designed to place radio at the heart of Digital Britain and secure its digital future.


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.

Popular free music site Spotify hits 1 million users


The popular streaming music service Spotify has hit the one million user mark, it was announced today.

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.”

U2 album No Line on the Horizon was made available on Spotify a week before release (Picture

U2 album No Line on the Horizon was made available on Spotify a week before release (Picture

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.

Rajar: The Lowdown

Today’s Rajar figures provide interesting reading.

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.

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