Chill FM, who broadcast on 102.9MHz in Dublin, have been off air for a few days as a result of interference. Tony D, a spokesman for the station, says that they will remain on a blank carrier until Sunday. “We are changing our music policy from ‘commercial dance’ to ‘chill-out tunes'”, he says.
Dublin dance station Energy 94FM is closing down – again. The station, which was bought and relaunched by Frank Kennedy following last February’s closedown, has failed to reach the heights experienced under its previous owners and is now calling it a day. Energy’s final live link was at 7pm this evening.
Photo: Energy 94 studio courtesy of Mel Byrne
A new R’n’B station is about to launch on 99.1MHz in Dublin. Vibe FM will be live in the next few days and will feature presenters from now-defunct Energy 94FM. Promos for the new station are running on 99.1MHz. These have replaced the automated station Club FM.
A well-known and popular broadcaster who presented on many of Dublin’s 1980s unlicensed stations will be doing his first Irish-based live show since 1988 this coming Wednesday. David Baker, who now works on UK radio, will be appearing on oldies station Premier FM from 12.30pm. The station usually broadcasts automated programming on 92.6MHz.
The latest independent audience figures (RAJAR) released today show that an extra 17,000 listeners are tuning in every week to the Belfast-based Citybeat 96.7FM. This gives Citybeat the largest increase in audience of any local station within its transmission area. Overall 135,000 listeners are now tuning into the station each week.
Commenting on the figures, the Station Director Richard Collett said: “We are delighted that so many new listeners are now enjoying Citybeat. We believe in providing the music people want coupled with the news they need – all delivered by great presenters. It is particularly pleasing for us to see such substantial growth in our audience at a time when the Northern Ireland radio market has undergone significant changes with the launch of high profile competition. We believe these figures are also great news for all our advertisers, giving them an even greater platform to reach their customers.”
David Baker, who has been back on the Irish airwaves over the last few years as a swing jock at Q102 and KFM, has decided to return to the UK. He leaves Ireland this week with his family and is returning to Essex in south-east England where he will be hoping for a very swift return to broadcasting.
Speaking to Radiowaves News David (pictured below) said: “I’m sad to be going but really over the last few years there has been a severe lack of full-time opportunities here and that is the main reason behind my decision. I’d like to place on record my thanks to Q102 and KFM for the work I did get, I really enjoyed those two very different experiences; particularly at KFM where I was able to communicate with a true local Irish audience. My network is bigger in the UK so i fully expect to be back on air in the next few weeks. We gave it a good go here and I think if I hadn’t I’d have regretted it. I’ll be back for lots of weddings as that side of my work did very well but as most mobile jocks know you cannot exist on just this kind of work.”
Today FM and Newstalk, both owned by Communicorp, have both been notified of serious breaches of contract after they introduced programming changes without prior approval by the BCI. That’s according to a report in today’s Irish Times.
Newstalk recently dropped three programmes from their schedule: Late Night Live with Declan Carty, Splanc and Culture Shock. The removal of Late Night Live has been approved by the BCI; however Newstalk have been ordered to reinstate the latter two by the end of the month on the basis of reduced diversity of programming.
In addition both stations decided to “pool” the services of reporters in their two newsrooms and to share off-peak news bulletins.
Although permission for the changes were sought by both stations, the changes had already been made at this point. This led the BCI to admonish both stations for serious breaches of contract.
Newstalk are still in discussion with the BCI about the dropped programming. They are claiming that the changes are necessary to secure the station’s future.
The BCI have accepted the reasoning behind the shared newsroom resources but will not allow the sharing of political reports.
Although the sharing of off-peak bulletins and the dropping of Late Night Live have been accepted by the BCI they will be subject to review in 12 months time.