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Global Radio axes all regional/local breakfast shows

(February 2019)

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MA
Markymark

Yes - and there are a very few DAB+ receivers that don't use the additional layer/stream in SBR I believe?


Blimey Shocked
AN
all new Phil
So Heart’s breakfast show. Is Amanda Holden actually sat there presenting the show? I listened for the first time today and it was mostly Jamie Theakston with her inputting every now and then by the sound of it. It certainly didn’t seem like a show with 2 equal co-presenters.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
So Heart’s breakfast show. Is Amanda Holden actually sat there presenting the show? I listened for the first time today and it was mostly Jamie Theakston with her inputting every now and then by the sound of it. It certainly didn’t seem like a show with 2 equal co-presenters.


Well elsewhere in the show people were phoning in and talking to Amanda so presumably she's there but yes the entire operation sounds like its Jamie Theakston with guest Amanda Holden.
VM
VMPhil
I imagine it’ll sound like that at the start given Jamie’s been doing the show for 14 years and as far as I know this is Amanda’s first radio gig?
JA
james-2001
Did they perform the Mad About Alice theme tune for our enjoyment? Razz
JO
Josh
Speaking of radio:


VM
VMPhil
A DAB+ test service has appeared today, presumably to be replaced by Heart Dance on Friday but it's odd as they didn't have a test service before Heart/Smooth Extra changed to DAB+, nor before Gold UK launched. I wonder if there are further plans for stations to go DAB+.

It's quite a turnaround given a few years ago there were no DAB+ services in the UK at all and it looked unlikely there ever would be, before small‐scale DAB came into the picture.
LL
London Lite Founding member


It's quite a turnaround given a few years ago there were no DAB+ services in the UK at all and it looked unlikely there ever would be, before small‐scale DAB came into the picture.


The small scale DAB trials have changed everything regarding the use of distribution of DAB. It appears to have encouraged take up of DAB with the new DAB+ decoders in receivers, then with the SDL national mux also having DAB+ only stations, it makes sense for Global who haven't been DAB+ friendly until now to come on board with soon to be four stations using the format.

As for Heart Dance, it appears they'll be two live shows a day on weekdays, another on Saturday morning and a simulcast of Club Classics with Heart FM on Fri/Sat evenings. A considerable investment compared to Heart 80s and Gold which only have a single presenter per day.

45 days later

JO
Jon
Jon posted:

I would expect 300,000 would be seen as a solid start for them and with most of those listeners coming from Radio 2 and Classic FM but mysteriously with neither of those stations losing listeners.

Just below that 300,000 for Scala with 258,000.

Radio 2 oddly sees Ken Bruce’s show rating higher than Breakfast.
MA
Markymark
Jon posted:

Radio 2 oddly sees Ken Bruce’s show rating higher than Breakfast.


That doesn't surpise me at all !
HC
Hatton Cross
Not a surprise with Zoe Ball loosing listeners.
If you employ someone with a successful track record of loosing listeners at Breakfast time, as Radio One was in freefall whilst she was at the helm, then promote the new Radio Two show with a very visually aggressive tone eventually the rot sets in.

The only real surprise of this Rajars is that Simon Mayo hasn't made any sort of debt into Sir Kens figures - if anything, it's improved them!
VM
VMPhil
The only real surprise of this Rajars is that Simon Mayo hasn't made any sort of debt into Sir Kens figures - if anything, it's improved them!

I’m not sure it’s that surprising. It may be a modern twist on the classical music format, but it’s still classical music.

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