Channel 4 has commissioned a spin off to their First Dates serious called ‘First Dates Hotel’. The spin off will see Maître D’ Fred Siriex and his team welcome a whole host of hopeful singletons from all over the UK. First Dates Hotel will follow blind dates with a difference in a romantically charged boutique hotel in the French countryside.
This new series will include a brand new format where if the answer is ‘Yes’ their stay will be extended in romantic hotel and French countryside. And for some who don’t meet with success on their first date, they will be re-matched for a second chance at finding love.
Series Editor, Adam Chapman said: “Having worked across multiple series of first dates we’re really excited to develop the format and take into a new space. The hotel, whilst retaining all of the charm of the restaurant series will give the viewer the chance to see first dates develop into second dates answering that eternal question ‘what happens next’. Maitre-D Fred will be on hand as always to deliver a bespoke first date like no other. The First Dates Hotel will be the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life; an oasis of romance where daters can concentrate on one thing and one thing only – finding love.”
For the past three years, First Dates have brought to us a contemporary but romantic alternative to the frustrations of modern dating. Now, for daters looking to take the next big step, First Dates is opening a hotel for a variety of people from all different backgrounds and ages.
Ofcom has today announced that it has awarded six community radio licences for the South East of England.
Applicants awarded a licence
Ofcom has made a licence award to each of the following:
1 Brighton FM (Alias Music and Community Projects CIC), Brighton and Hove
Gaydio (Gaydio Brighton Ltd), Brighton and Hove
Platform B (Platform B), Brighton and Hove
Radio Cabin (Herne Bay’s Radio Cabin), Herne Bay, North East Kent
Sheppey FM (Sheppey Matters), Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey
Miskin Radio (North Kent College), North West Kent Gateway
Community radio stations are licensed for a period of five years from the date of their launch. Miskin Radio will be licensed to broadcast on AM, and Sheppey FM will broadcast to the Isle of Sheppey – the 2nd community radio station on the Island although their focus is on the training and development of adults and young people with physical or mental health disabilities in the area.
Ofcom was satisfied that none of the new services would prejudice unduly the economic viability of any local analogue commercial radio service (section 105(3) of the BA 1990).
1 Brighton FM will be a service for the general population of Brighton and Hove, and will feature a broad range of specialist music and community shows. Ofcom noted the group’s experience of broadcasting via the internet and the experience of individuals involved (such as in business, marketing, music, audio and website production), and was satisfied that it had demonstrated its ability to maintain the service. The group has a strong volunteer base, and partnerships in place with various community groups which participate in programme-making. Ofcom considered that 1 Brighton FM had built on these to propose workable arrangements for access to the station by the target community. It also has accountability proposals that the decision-makers were satisfied would allow volunteers and listeners to influence the direction of the station.
Gaydio will broadcast a service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Brighton and Hove. Ofcom noted that members of the applicant group have experience from a range of areas including radio broadcasting, journalism, business and management, and that the applicant company is allied with another company broadcasting to the same target community elsewhere in the UK. Ofcom considered that the service would broaden choice in relation to existing radio services available in the area by super-serving the LGBT community with a service including contemporary dance and pop music alongside a relatively high volume of LGBT-targeted speech content.
Platform B will be a music-led station for young adults (aged 16-25 years old) in Brighton and Hove. Ofcom noted that members of the applicant group have experience of youth work, music, local broadcasting, finance, IT and digital media, which Ofcom considered would help enable Platform B to maintain its proposed service. The applicant will co-opt two people aged under-25 on to its board, and encourage volunteers to become members of the licence-holding company. It proposes a range of opportunities for access to the station, and also of collecting feedback from the target community to inform its decision-making.
Radio Cabin will be a radio station for the general population of Herne Bay, north east Kent. The applicant is a registered charity, formed many years ago, and has gained experience through hospital radio broadcasts in the past, as well as broadcasting via the internet and on temporary FM licences. In Ofcom’s view, the group’s already established community links would help it to promote social cohesion by involving the target community. Ofcom noted that the applicant group already has a volunteer base, as well as a training team, and is experienced in training volunteers. Training will be available to both individuals and community groups.
Sheppey FM will be a station for adults and young people with physical or mental health disabilities in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey. The applicant, Sheppey Matters, is a registered charity with experience of running outreach projects from its base at Sheppey Healthy Living Centre. Ofcom noted that the applicant works with many partner organisations in the area. It has experience of delivering training, which is a central part of Sheppey FM’s social gain proposals, as well as other benefits, such as promoting healthy living.
Miskin Radio will be a community radio service on the AM (medium wave) band for people living in the Gravesham, Dartford and Bexley areas. The applicant is North Kent College, and the station will be run by a separate radio members committee, reporting to the College’s senior leadership team. The service will operate from studios within the college, and Ofcom was satisfied that the service could be maintained. The applicant demonstrated a good level of support for the service, as well as links with local bodies. Ofcom noted the applicant’s proposals for training, including introductory courses, as well as opportunities to train in different locations across the area.
Why did Edwardian novelists portray journalists as swashbuckling, truth-seeking super-heroes whereas post-WW2 depictions present the journalist as alienated outsider? Why are contemporary fictional journalists often deranged, murderous or intensely vulnerable?
In The Journalist in British Fiction and Film author, journalist and lecturer Sarah Lonsdale traces the ways in which journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction, theatre and film from the dawn of the mass popular press to the present day.
” The hunt for stunning sites has begun “, The Good Web Guide Awards attracts entries from both grass roots startups and established players.
Last year entries were received from the likes of Foxtons, Belstaff, Black Tomato, Wicked Uncle and Posh Totty, with The GWG Website of the Year going to TrustedHousesitters, the world’s largest house/pet sitting network.
This year’s programme has several new categories for entrants, including Sports, for individual sports/clubs, sporting news and blogs and Corporate, for sites promoting organisations/businesses’ services or products.
The winning site will win a number of prizes worth over £7,000 to help perfect their online presence. The distinguished panel of judges includes serial entrepreneur and internet investor, William Reeve, whose past successes include Lovefilm and Forrester Research, Stefano Maruzzi, Vice President EMEA of GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, Kitty Parry, founder and CEO of the Social Media Compliance, Aneeqa Khan, founder of eporta, one of the largest interiors inventories globally and others.
Australian media mogul Reg Grundy has passed away on his Bermuda estate at the age of 92.
Reg developed a string of TV hits which defined a decade of Australian TV in the UK including Neighbours, Prisoner: Cell Block H and Sons And Daughters.
Anyone born in the 70s and brought up in the 80s will remember his programmes vividly and made foreign english accents and phrases – part of our lexicon.
It’s funny how memories can be tied to not only watching programmes but the everyday situations that surrounded them. I cannot see the name of Sons And Daughters without remembering the old woman that I used to visit with a friend on the way home from primary school aged 11 or 12 years. She used to always wave at us with her big beefy hands from the living room window as we’d walk past, with our little brown school bags slung over our shoulders. Then one day, after many months of waving, we decided to knock on her door and say hello. Subsequently, it became a ritual of going in after primary school in Kirkcudbright and saying hello to her and her little budgy. She was a big Sons And Daughters fan and we used to sit and watch it with her – although to be fair, I thought it was a really naff programme (which is maybe why I remember it so much).
Will be a service for the general population of Hailsham in East Sussex. Speaking via their twitter account the team said “We are hugely excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year FM community radio licence by @Ofcom today”
Will be for the people of Haddenham (Buckinghamshire) and Thame (Oxfordshire). Their website announced the winning bid by saying how they “won the five-year licence after convincing the body that this area deserves and can sustain a full time version of its successful Summerfest Radio broadcasts”. General Manager of Red Kite Radio Pete MacFarlane told Haddenham.net “Summerfest Radio began nearly four years ago and has grown ever since, heavily supporting the beer festival which has grown significantly during the three summers we’ve been on the air”. It is anticipated that Red Kite Radio will broadcast 24 hours a day with community news updates & information, interviews with community representatives, local people and organisations.
Will serve the community of Witney and surrounding villages in Oxfordshire. The station tweeted their thanks to Ofcom via their twitter account and said “Proves all the hard work does pay off in the end and the community benefits are huge!”
Is for people aged 35 and over in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The station’s Managing Director Chris Phillips released a statement via their website stating “We’re all absolutely delighted. After completing three successful pop-up broadcasts we’re looking forward to putting the service onto a permanent footing. There’s so much going on in this town, we want to share all the good news coming from our community.”
Wycombe Sound will broadcast a mix of local interest interviews and features, together with local news and phone ins. There will be lots of great music too, plus specialist programmes and outside broadcasts.
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest.
10 years of community radio
Community radio, which offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK, is ten years old.
The last decade has seen the number of community radio stations increase from just a handful to more than 230 stations, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.
New research has, for the first time, shown the true impact of Hospital Radio on a patient’s well-being.
It shows stations offer a unique service, giving patients a sense of belonging and helping their psychosocial health, from relieving boredom and loneliness to being a calming influence at what can be – for many – a difficult time, in a strange environment.
Patients, staff and volunteers from over a hundred hospitals, across the UK, were questioned and all suggested the service was a useful aid in helping a patient’s over-all recovery.
NHS staff told the researchers that Hospital Radio can help ease anxiety during treatment, helping people relax and giving them something else to focus on, rather than the treatment itself.
Grant McNaughton, chairman of the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) said: “A lot has changed in the 90 years since the first Hospital Radio station started broadcasting, and patients now have access to a whole range of different entertainment systems – including their own devices which can now store and play their own choice of films, TV programmes and music.
Despite that, Hospital Radio continues to play a strong role and, as the research proves, can make a real difference for that patient feeling isolated and away from their loved ones for a period of time.”
The report was commissioned amid fears some hospital radio stations were being closed down, as part of cost-saving measures within the NHS. Two years ago one station in Guildford was forced off air when the Hospital Trust revealed it wanted to make space available for a Marks and Spencer Store within the hospital.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain returns with a look at an event aimed at breast cancer awareness called Coppafeel. Boobball is a charity game held in the olympic park and Bonnie managed to get interviews with some of the players. Tom Fletcher from Mcfly, Ashley James, Gaby Roslin, Dan Edgar and Kate Write from TOWIE and Kristin Hallenga all spoke to our Bonnie.
After years of listening to their dulcet tones and charismatic banter, many people start to feel like they really know their favourite radio DJ – in fact, some people even dream of jetting away with them.
And now a list of the top radio DJs Brits would like to go on holiday with for Valentine’s Day has emerged. In a survey of two thousand people run by Holiday Hypermarket, Radio 1 Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw topped the male presenters we’d most like to be abroad with for Valentine’s, while Emma Bunton of Heart Radio was the favourite female. The fight for the top spot was close run thing though with Nick Grimshaw, (13%) narrowly beating Greg James (12%), also of Radio 1. Radio 2’s Chris Evans came third with 12%.
For the ladies, Bunton’s 18% was closely followed by former Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton who gained 17.3% of the votes, then Sara Cox (12%), of Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s fame. Down at the bottom of the rankings, Jenni Murray and Vanessa Feltz didn’t fare so well, with 3.6% of votes each. The male DJs that voters would least like to go away with were Steve Wright (6%), Jeremy Vine (6%) and John Humphrys (5%).
Holiday Hypermarket representative Ian Crawford commented: “This was a close run thing and we didn’t expect for the margins to be so small. It’s clear that with so many great DJs out there we have lots of favourites. The figures for the ladies were a little higher and more unanimous, so well done Emma and Fearne.”