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  1. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    I wonder when the announement will be that Manx Radio has retained the TT broadcasts. It’s not exactly a secret and even Jo Pack has tweeted that it is “where it should be”.
  2. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Stu, You mention the annual reports, but they don’t necessarily stack up do they. They might look good and corporate and impress Tynwald about the amount of Public Service Broadcasting.  The 2017-18 report is here: https://mm.aiircdn.com/147/5bcf4562d5240.pdf Page 5 highlights ‘Talking Heads’ as being part of News and Current Affairs; more details can be seen on Page 7 as to how important News and Current Affairs is to PSB and that it accounts over £500k of the subvention (54% of the subvention). I’m intrigued that you can defend Manx Radio’s position by referring to such Annual Reports, yet as people talk about ‘Talking Heads’ you’ll announce that it isn’t part of News and Current Affairs. It’s a poor show that when defending ‘Talking Heads’ you’ll blurt out that it’s not part of News and Current Affairs and not under the remit of the News Editor - but then when defending Manx Radio you’ll refer to the Annual Reports which detail ‘Talking Heads’ as being part of News and Current Affairs. It does come across as making it up as you go along. Great work from a Manx Radio presenter!. Good to see that the team up there are all working well and are on the same page.
  3. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Stu, Thanks for reminding us about the Annual Reports... of course they do contradict your own thoughts about ‘Talking Heads’ though.
  4. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Good point. Though the level playing field has some merit. All three stations compete for ad revenue, but Manx can afford to drop their ad rates as it is confident that the Gov will continue to shore it up with the subvention. With Manx then reducing it’s ad rates, the other stations get squeezed a little.
  5. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Yes they have. 3FM appears to be quite static with it’s figures - a little work could see them increase to be neck and neck with Manx Radio. The tough bit will be if Manx Radio continues as is and keeps falling BUT 3FM increases to have a larger audience - just imagine that, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. I would go further, 3FM could stay as it is and do nothing apart from let Manx Radio implodr and do the work to decrease it’s audience further.
  6. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    So RAJAR listening figures are released quarterly. Since Q416, Manx Radio has decreased significantly it’s overall Share of listening on the Island and it’s Reach (total number of people listening). In fact, Reach has fallen quarter after quarter for 2 years. Typically, the average Programme Controller would never be able to sit across so many downward RAJAR books (quarters). In England, one major radio group let’s you have 2 in a row - if the 3rd doesn’t show any sign of recovery then you’re gone! It’s harsh to perhaps pin the blame all on one person, but as a management collective it is shocking - they are under-performing.
  7. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    The latest Manx Radio figures are poor. Looking back to 2015, total listeners was about 45,000 but the end of 2018 it is reporting 29,000. That is a drop of more than a third. At a normal radio station, you would expect changes to management and programming on the back of these figures. However Manx Radio continue to ignore reality, ignore the Myers report, waste money and plead poverty. The drop in audience will affect their ability to sell commercial airtime - clients will expect a drop in spot rates if their ads are being heard by significantly less people. This then leads to a revenue drop, then more needed to prop it up with public money to fill the gap. Tynwald seem oblivious to the mis-management and huge* salaries of the top level managers (and the amount of them) when they are actually under performing wildly. I’ll say this, the people on the ground (presenters etc) are doing the best job they can, but are subject to some incredible management decisions. (*: the size of the radio station is actually small in relation to broadcast area and potential total listening audience. It is not a global corporation).
  8. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Actually, this is great news - some fun times ahead!
  9. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    A prediction of what will happen soon: I think the tender process will return the TT to Manx Radio and we’ll see Manx Radio TT back this year. Expect to hear this announced soon.
  10. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    I heard the latest IM1 earlier - enjoyed it more than the summer Tynwald version. There were some clever bits included.
  11. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Charles Guard made no mention of the over spending at Manx Radio. The Myers report identified a number if areas for improvement, all of which were ignored. Too many managers claiming the money leads to too little being spent on the actual output. I see that as well as Brindley being Controller of Programmes, having taken over from Marc Tyley, he is now joined by a Programme and Content Co-ordinator. I actually think the people on the ground and in the studios do their best with what they are given. The recommendations published this week are fair game and have been a long time coming.
  12. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Depends what the issue is, but will affect most people at work if it’s significant. I can’t imagine it’s easy to drive/walk to work, then actually work. If rest is needed, then rest is needed; if regular movement is needed, sat in a studio probably isn’t good either.
  13. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Analogy would work if M&S were propped up by £millions of public money.
  14. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    Been like that for the last 7 or 8 years at least. Breakfast show is local and on island, rest is mostly from presenters working in England.
  15. Gagster

    Manx Radio

    No issue with using off the rock presenters and news staff, BUT Manx Radio’s staff at least live on the rock and live their life here and know what happens here day to day. Energy FM’s line-up is mostly made up of presenters that live in England - recording audio that is played out here. Any local station looses credibility if the presenters don’t know what they’re talking about or are unfamiliar with subject matter - in Energy FM’s case it is a cheap way of having programmes presented and for the presenters in England it’s little bit of extra cash.
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