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itsrobert6,185 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
How much did The Wright Stuff react to breaking news? Vine is surely going to be caught out if a major story breaks in the last half hour of the show, or indeed if as they go on air a story is already developing.


I wouldn't be shocked if they go straight to 5 News if there was a breaking story.

Not sure how that would work, considering the Jeremy Vine set is literally standing in front of the 5 News set! And uses the same control room.
Inspector Sands12,724 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Is Virgin Radio really going to 'reduce BBC radio dominance' if it's still just a digital service? To be honest, I didn't even know there was a Virgin Radio anymore, not since the original version relaunched as Absolute Radio.

It's part of the expansion that TalkSport did a couple of years ago when the second 'national' commercial DAB MUX came online. They launched TalkSport 2, Talk Radio and Virgin.


However the 2nd DAB MUX has very limited coverage, a lot less than either Digital 1 or the BBC's. It's expanding a bit in the next few months a but it'll still be almost on a par with analogue Channel 5.

It gets 400,00 listeners somehow, I do wonder how many of those are people who associate the name 'Virgin' with Absolute
VMPhil8,936 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I don't think the new Virgin Radio has been much of a success. The current breakfast show hosts, previously on local radio in the Midlands, have only been in the job for a year after replacing Edith Bowman. On air I've always thought the station production as a whole sounds really cheap, especially at the start when it sounded more like a community station than a big brand national one.

The talk of Evans 'returning to his spiritual home' is guff of course, it's Virgin Radio in name only.
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London Lite9,718 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
The company that now owns Virgin and talkSPORT is now part of the Murdoch empire. Clearly those digital stations which were once owned by UTV are under performing, not helped by a lack of investment in the programming, which is why Virgin and talkRADIO have sounded naff with not just the imaging, but the presenters and producers too.

Wireless has become a pet project for Rebekah Brooks who has failed with making News UK's betting sites revenue earning, so has turned to radio to try and bring in more money and cross-promote their print/online brands by spending the market rate for presenters such as Chris Evans.
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Stuart7,152 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
The talk of Evans 'returning to his spiritual home' is guff of course, it's Virgin Radio in name only.

Seems to be the way with most Virgin branded things now.

Indeed, but it didn't stop the Daily Mail announcing that Branson had 'poached' Chris Evans from BBC Radio Two.


Branson licences the Virgin brand to News Corp, who own the new Virgin Radio station launched in 2016 by Wireless Group (formerly part of UTV Media).

Branson has no control over who they employ. However, the DM never let facts get in the way of a good 'BBC bashing' story. Shocked The only way he could 'poach' Evans is using a very large pan of slightly salted boiling water.
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Jonwo (previously Jonwo87) 387 posts since 20 Sep 2007
Matthew Wright was on This Morning and it was a decent interview, it does confirm that his departure was in part due to clashes with ITN and it does sound like he wasn't happy that Channel 5 had put the Wright Stuff out to tender.
radiolistener576 posts since 8 Aug 2010
How much did The Wright Stuff react to breaking news? Vine is surely going to be caught out if a major story breaks in the last half hour of the show, or indeed if as they go on air a story is already developing.


I wouldn't be shocked if they go straight to 5 News if there was a breaking story.

Not sure how that would work, considering the Jeremy Vine set is literally standing in front of the 5 News set! And uses the same control room.


I wonder if they have Vanessa on standby if Vine can't get back to the BBC on time?