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2008-10-12 03:00:14

By Liddle, Rod One of the first things to go to hell when the Soviet Union collapsed was elitist early evening television. Within a remarkably short period of time the opera and the ballet and the documentaries moved down the schedules to be replaced by the sort of free and democratic programming with which we in the West are familiar: jabbering cretins, vapid celeb monkeys talking crap, mindless lumpenprole soaps, Yankee import dross, bite-sized chunks of 'newz u can uze' and footie. Ah,...

2008-10-10 12:00:19

Text of press release from BBC on 10 October Following Channel 4's decision to withdraw from the 4DG consortium today, Tim Davie, the BBC's Director of Audio and Music, said: "Today's announcement by Channel 4 is disappointing news for UK radio as plurality of services is very much in the interest of all listeners. "However, we appreciate that, in light of the current economic climate, Channel 4 felt that they had to leave the 4DG consortium. "While we regret this, we remain positive...

2008-09-08 12:00:24

By ANNIE COLLINGE Cover story Autumn is the busiest, and most exciting, time of year in the arts calendar. But which new stars are set to shine as the nights draw in? On the following pages, we train our telescope on this season's brightest young things. Prepare to be dazzled... Metronomy Musicians Joseph Mount (right) is Metronomy -or at least he is when he's in his studio. Live, the act morphs into a three-piece band, with Gabriel Stebbing (centre) and Oscar Cash (left) cooking up...

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2008-09-05 07:00:00

By Jane Kirby Radio presenters, including BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles, right, widely encourage drinking, according to a Government-funded study. Research into 1,200 hours of radio output uncovered 703 extracts containing references to alcohol. Of those, 179 involved comments made by presenters and another 45 were comments initiated by co-presenters, studio guests and audience members. DJs were found to use language that celebrated excessive drinking and one show was titled The Morning After....

2008-09-04 06:00:14

By Stephen McGinty BBC Scotland revealed its licence to make the nation laugh yesterday, unveiling three new comedy pilots as part of its autumn schedules. The programmes are One Star, a 3D animated show set in the year 2050, when space tourism is booming; Burnistoun, a sketch show featuring the strange residents of a fictional Scottish town; and No Holds Bard, a 60-minute comedy drama celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Yesterday Donalda MacKinnon, head of...

2008-08-27 03:00:38

By Donnelly, Alison Commercial radio has clawed back market share from the BBC in the second quarter of 2008, according to the latest Rajar figures. The results show the commercial radio industry has bounced back from poor results in the first quarter of 2008. According to the latest figures, the BBC's overall lead over the commercial sector ropped by 2% to 13.7% in the three months to June. BBC Radio's most significant declines came from bigticket presenters Chris Moyles and Terry Wogan,...

2008-07-29 03:01:03

By Donnelly, Alison The commercial radio sector is pursuing innovative revenue models as part of efforts to stem the growing local and national dominance of the BBC, writes Alison Donnelly The latest Rajar figures, for the first quarter of 2008, were worrying for the commercial radio sector. The BBC scooped a record 56.8% share of national radio listening as younger people in particular switched over. Commercial radio also lost ground regionally, with the sector's share of local radio...

2008-07-26 18:00:23

TERRYWOGAN'S listener numbers have dropped but his breakfast show remains the most popular in the country, figures out yesterday revealed. The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 has 7.21 million listeners - down from 7.26 million last year and a record 7.72 million last quarter. But a Radio 1 spokeswoman insisted "we're not concerned at all", and pointed out that up until this point Moyles' ratings had increased for the last six quarters. The figures, released by industry body Rajar,...

2008-07-22 00:00:28

By MARTIN FREEMAN A plymouth singer-songwriter is tuning up for one of his biggest audiences yet. Sam Ho will reach listeners throughout the South West when he guests on BBC radio next month. The 28-year-old from Plympton will be interviewed and perform on Friday, August 15, on the Late Night Show, which airs on BBC Radios Devon, Cornwall, Jersey and Guernsey. The broadcast is another step up for Sam who gigs regularly at pubs and festivals. He said: "It's a brilliant opportunity to...

2008-07-08 15:00:34

A year of scandals did not stop the British Broadcasting Corp. from awarding senior executives hefty pay raises, observers said. BBC's Director of Vision Jana Bennett's salary increased 24 percent from $851,000 per year to $1.05 million in 2007 despite a scandal involving a trailer for a documentary that wrongly suggested the queen angrily left a photography session with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, The Daily Telegraph reported. Departing Jenny Abramsky, director of Audio and...