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24/7 Sport… on TalkSport

The UK’s only commercial talk station has taken the huge decision to throw out all programming that’s not sport.
The move will highlight its difference with BBC5live’s output with which it has often been seen as the poor relation.
A handful of  presenters and producers may  leave the station as a result of the change. Several NBS news graduates have  forged successful careers at TalkSport over the years.
A total of almost 40 hours of non-sport output each week is to […]


Radio: Another Government Cock-Up?

Governments of all types enjoy meddling in the country’s broadcasting affairs. Almost always they make big mistakes. Call me for a catalogue!
The latest ‘cock-up’  threatens to damage  the goodwill felt overseas towards the UK and her people: it is the decision to switch funding of the BBC World Service from the Foreign and Commonwealth office to the BBC licence fee.
The ‘unseen’ value of the World Service is difficult to estimate. In real terms it costs less than £300 […]


The Things That P**s Off Sports Scribes

Sports broadcasting is, for some, an ideal career. Plenty of NBS graduates have chosen to make their way in it. Who can blame them? Surefire audiences, good stories, big personalities, good money. All the time, we see wannabe sports broadcasters blossom on their NBS radio journalism course into qualified radio sports journos, well able to do the job.
But it’s not all green and rolling hills! Some of the country’s top sports reporters  have been sharing with the world […]


Category: BlogTags: , , , , , Post Date: 1st March 2012

NME – 60 years old

Still going but still cool? Ever bought it?In its heyday, it was Britain’s biggest music paper but it lost its pole position a few years back. It used to shout at you. Now? Barely a whimper.For young radio presenters and journalists, it was a must-read. Now our NBS radio students never ask to see it.”It’s like watching your gran trying to be cool,” said broadcast journalism student Dan Piper. “Perhaps it’s time to bow out with grace?”
The Guardian’s […]


BBC local radio meets Jon Myers

Like meeting the immovable object?
Former commercial radio entrepreneur, Jon Myers, has delivered his report into the efficiency and value of BBC local radio.
BBC executives are hoping to cut the local radio budget by £15m a year. They’ve asked Myers to come up with some ideas on how. Ironic given that Myers was the man who spent lorry loads of cash on local radio football rights whilst at Real Radio!
Anyways – does the Jon Myers report say anything that […]


How to Boost Night Time Radio Audiences

Most UK radio stations are now automated overnight. It’s easy to do, it’s consistent and it’s hassle free. It also means that your station is in format at all times. But it offers no real benefit to the listener.
Automation makes for really boring radio. It’s repetitive, dull, and uninspiring. When did somebody say there is no audience overnight so let’s not bother?
Local radio has given up completely on at least six hours of output every day. Most […]


Category: BlogPost Date: 9th May 2011

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