TalkSport in the UK are claiming a first with the novel idea of inviting listeners to record audio email messages through their website to be sent to the station for later broadcast.
BBC Radio 1’s sentimental feature “Our Tune” will be on TV on Sky One from next month. Simon Bates – the man who made it a ‘must-weep’ feature for millions of listeners – will present.
BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.
BBC Five Live have stopped broadcasting in analogue via the Astra satellite at 19.2E due to broadcasting rights restrictions.
The Irish cable service from ntl has also been affected. A company representative for ntl has said that they hope to restore the channel soon – even though he needed to be informed that Five Live was a radio – not a tv – channel and that it was offered as part of their service.
Five Live is encrypted on Sky Digital but can be received on 990kHz, 909kHz and 693kHz on medium wave in many parts of Ireland.
ntl are now admitting that they might have problems carrying Five Live in the future as a result of sports broadcasting rights restrictions which prevent the station broadcasting outside of the UK.
Five Live has been removed from analogue satellite and, as a consequence, from ntl.
The station is encrypted on the Sky Digital platform and available to UK listeners only.
Listeners in Ireland can now only tune in on medium wave.
Comment: Although ntl are not at fault it might be worth letting them know that you want Five Live as part of your cable service. Customer service: 1800 123123 or fill in the customer care form on their website.
Both BBC Five Live and WRN have been restored to NTL’s cable network in Dublin. Five Live can be heard through NTL on 95.1MHz whilst WRN is tuneable on 102.7MHz.
Meanwhile, as a result, WXTC have confirmed that their relay of BBC Five Live will resume this evening following their own live programming and they plan to relay the British network as much as possible during the run-in to the UK general election.
Atlantic 252 is no more. Following on from the final live programming from the station just befpre Christmas, the automated music programming ceased at midnight last night and has been replaced with promotional programming for TeamTalk Radio – which is due to launch on 252kHz long wave on February 25th.
Two of three complaints by listeners against national UK station TalkSport have been upheld. The UK’s Radio Authority reprimanded the talk station for an item on their Breakfast Show in which Turkish people were described as being “barbaric”. Despite a claim that the word was used in the context of Galatasaray football supporters, the Radio Authority upheld the complaint.
TalkSport’s FA Cup commentaries were described by the station as being “exclusive”, even though they are anything but! The station’s claim that they meant exclusive in the sense of style and presentation rather than the competition itself was, not surprisingly, rejected, although the complaint was only partially upheld by the Radio Authority.
Not upheld was the complaint by a listener that the station was “plain boring”! The Radio Authority admitted that it was not within their powers to reprimand any station for being boring.
Source: Media Guardian