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Bauer rebranding 53 stations to The Hits/Greatest Hits

The majority of its acquisitions last year

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CraigWills Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Interesting to note that the 1 Hits station that is being run by Nation on a licence agreement from Bauer isn’t taking overnight network programming.

Weeknights 1-6am & Fri/Sat it’s 11pm-6am are just billed as non stop music.

It’s even mentioned in the public file that they’re extra “local hours”. Seems a bit odd, can’t work out the logic.


The 2 GHRs Nation are running also mention it, but their schedule pages shows the presenter like the rest of the network.


The logic being because the automated music log is schedule from within the approved area of “the south” it counts as locally produced and it means nation retain editorially control too.

It’s a little strange as no global station mention this; so I’m not sure if there’s extra requirements for this licence or nation being cautious.

It would be interesting to see how different or maybe how similar it is the rest of the hits network during those hours.
SP
Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Obviously the current barrage of complaints on social media aren’t necessarily a good way of judging public feeling about radio stations rebranding, but I was interested to see Yorkshire Coast Radio’s listeners putting their money where their mouths are...



I’ve seen crowdfunding for radio stations failing to get beyond the £25 mark, so to raise over £7,000 in under 18 hours is pretty impressive. Not sure how they plan on broadcasting - presumably it’ll be online only, unless they plan on buying a DAB slot on the North Yorkshire mux - although coverage on the coast is a bit patchy. They’ve missed the boat for a community licence, as two for Scarborough were awarded in March, and there’s no SSDAB licence being planned as yet for the area.

Still, good luck to them - they’ve obviously got a lot of support.
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Ash101
Interesting to note that the 1 Hits station that is being run by Nation on a licence agreement from Bauer isn’t taking overnight network programming.

Weeknights 1-6am & Fri/Sat it’s 11pm-6am are just billed as non stop music.

It’s even mentioned in the public file that they’re extra “local hours”. Seems a bit odd, can’t work out the logic.


The 2 GHRs Nation are running also mention it, but their schedule pages shows the presenter like the rest of the network.


It would be interesting to see how different or maybe how similar it is the rest of the hits network during those hours.


A quick glance on the “songs played” section of the website and the logs appear identical.

Also seems that the Nation versions of these stations are all VTing the local show. So clearly saving on studio costs too.
WA
watchingtv Anglia (East) Look East
KLFM967 is getting a replacement


My contribution is small but you are welcome.
JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
Obviously the current barrage of complaints on social media aren’t necessarily a good way of judging public feeling about radio stations rebranding, but I was interested to see Yorkshire Coast Radio’s listeners putting their money where their mouths are...



I’ve seen crowdfunding for radio stations failing to get beyond the £25 mark, so to raise over £7,000 in under 18 hours is pretty impressive. Not sure how they plan on broadcasting - presumably it’ll be online only, unless they plan on buying a DAB slot on the North Yorkshire mux - although coverage on the coast is a bit patchy. They’ve missed the boat for a community licence, as two for Scarborough were awarded in March, and there’s no SSDAB licence being planned as yet for the area.

Still, good luck to them - they’ve obviously got a lot of support.

I do wonder at what price Bauer would sell the licence for?

Although a licence that has next to no running costs and such a high reach has got to be pretty lucrative.
CU
Cusack Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
KLFM967 is getting a replacement




The latest from Chris Marsden and co, following in the footsteps of
Y01 (York) https://www.facebook.com/ThisisYO1
HG1 (Harrogate) https://www.facebook.com/HG1Radio
TX1 (Doncaster) https://www.facebook.com/TX1Radio
RB1 (Rotherham) https://www.facebook.com/RB1-Radio-100924038389814
EM
Emily Moore Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
KLFM967 is getting a replacement




The latest from Chris Marsden and co, following in the footsteps of
Y01 (York) https://www.facebook.com/ThisisYO1
HG1 (Harrogate) https://www.facebook.com/HG1Radio
TX1 (Doncaster) https://www.facebook.com/TX1Radio
RB1 (Rotherham) https://www.facebook.com/RB1-Radio-100924038389814


You have to wonder how "local" these stations are going to be - these areas (plus King's Lynn if they're also setting up there) are quite some distance from one another and with no local studios or staff, what's going to be offered that Greatest Hits Radio aren't also offering? If they're proposing the same presenters broadcasting out of York to places like Rotherham, that's not much different to the Bauer output.

If people in Doncaster or Harrogate want a local radio station, it would be better for it to be set up locally rather than in this way.
SP
Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
KLFM967 is getting a replacement




The latest from Chris Marsden and co, following in the footsteps of
Y01 (York) https://www.facebook.com/ThisisYO1
HG1 (Harrogate) https://www.facebook.com/HG1Radio
TX1 (Doncaster) https://www.facebook.com/TX1Radio
RB1 (Rotherham) https://www.facebook.com/RB1-Radio-100924038389814


I hope he’s not biting off more than he can chew again, bearing in mind his previous venture, Vale Radio, went into administration owing over £45,000 to a number of individuals and community organisations.
JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
I see YO1 radio already has a community licence on FM. A couple of those other areas have Small Scale DAB being advertised m. So I’d assume the plan would be run DAB licences for those areas from York with automated local content added in.

Of course one community radio group can’t run more than licence on FM. And it’s difficult to see many more rounds of licensing on FM.

It does seem that whereas the anorak thing to do 20 or so years ago was to do some sort of tribute to the Pirates or the early ILR, they’re now harking back to the days of the GWR mix network.
Last edited by Jon on 3 September 2020 2:40pm - 2 times in total
EM
Emily Moore Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
KLFM967 is getting a replacement




The latest from Chris Marsden and co, following in the footsteps of
Y01 (York) https://www.facebook.com/ThisisYO1
HG1 (Harrogate) https://www.facebook.com/HG1Radio
TX1 (Doncaster) https://www.facebook.com/TX1Radio
RB1 (Rotherham) https://www.facebook.com/RB1-Radio-100924038389814


I hope he’s not biting off more than he can chew again, bearing in mind his previous venture, Vale Radio, went into administration owing over £45,000 to a number of individuals and community organisations.


I seem to recall that the whole thing was mixed up with the Rathergood Radio farrago up in Darlington - Vale Radio turned into Rathergood Radio on DAB.

I took a quick look at Vale Radio's final statement to Companies House. They owed around £45,000 - £8k to a small business lender out of Sheffield, just under £2k to the village hall they were based in and a few hundred to the local council, £11,000(!) to a local soundproofing company and a whopping £24,000 to an individual called Allan Leake listed as "address not known". A mystery man!
London Lite and Spencer gave kudos
EM
Emily Moore Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Jon posted:
I see YO1 radio already has a community licence on FM. A couple of those other areas have Small Scale DAB being advertised m. So I’d assume the plan would be run DAB licences for those areas from York with automated local content added in.

Of course one community radio group can’t run more than licence on FM. And it’s difficult to see many more rounds of licensing on FM.


FM community (and commercial) radio licensing is over. Ofcom have said that they're not issuing any more licences in normal rounds because they're concentrating their team on Small Scale DAB. (There was a one-off FM licensing round for Northampton recently, because the existing station had failed to renew its licence on time.)
CU
Cusack Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
KLFM967 is getting a replacement




The latest from Chris Marsden and co, following in the footsteps of
Y01 (York) https://www.facebook.com/ThisisYO1
HG1 (Harrogate) https://www.facebook.com/HG1Radio
TX1 (Doncaster) https://www.facebook.com/TX1Radio
RB1 (Rotherham) https://www.facebook.com/RB1-Radio-100924038389814


You have to wonder how "local" these stations are going to be - these areas (plus King's Lynn if they're also setting up there) are quite some distance from one another and with no local studios or staff, what's going to be offered that Greatest Hits Radio aren't also offering? If they're proposing the same presenters broadcasting out of York to places like Rotherham, that's not much different to the Bauer output.

If people in Doncaster or Harrogate want a local radio station, it would be better for it to be set up locally rather than in this way.


Y01 & HG1 share quite a few presenters, so it will be interesting to see how many pop up on these new stations when they start.

Jon posted:
I see YO1 radio already has a community licence on FM. A couple of those other areas have Small Scale DAB being advertised m. So I’d assume the plan would be run DAB licences for those areas from York with automated local content added in.

Of course one community radio group can’t run more than licence on FM. And it’s difficult to see many more rounds of licensing on FM.


I think that will be the plan. Rombalds Radio, set up by former presenters on Stray & Fresh in Yorkshire have said that is their long term plan. They started in August as an online station.

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