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  1. Not Caroline North itself, but the regular Caroline can be found here: www.radiocaroline.co.uk
  2. Actually, it all looks to be very similar to the usual format. Typically the regular sort of presenter line-up (Chris Williams, Marc Tyley etc), news updates and commentary for race and practice sessions. More info here: https://www.iomttraces.com/news/business/new-isle-of-man-tt-radio-service-for-2019
  3. The monthly Radio Caroline North weekend is actually on Manx Radio’s 1368AM frequency right now!
  4. A little while I guess. It was Vauxhall Radio TT in 2015 and 2016.
  5. Probably with agreement from the Comms Commission, it can be called anything it wants to be. There was no mention of Manx Radio when it was badged up as Vauxhall Radio TT.
  6. So with this year’s TT radio service being broadcast in a different format, what do we expect? We know it’s not going to be called Manx Radio TT, but there is also some more detail online too: For its qualifying coverage, Manx Radio will provide the service beginning at 5.30pm, with pre-qualifying build up, at 6pm to 6.20pm the station will focus on the on-course build up, from which it will present coverage of the session until 9pm followed by 30 minutes of post event coverage. In total, it will need to provide six qualifying build up, coverage and post analysis shows, four race day coverages for the TT and for the Festival of Motorcycling with build up beginning at 9am and running until the end of the day’s racing and provide public service information when needed. Reading the above, does this mean it will be a much reduced service? Basically covering the practice sessions and race days only, without the usual daily themed programming eg. TT Chat Show and Bikers Breakfast? It looks like in practice week it doesn’t begin broadcasting until 5:30pm. If this is the case, it would be a great shame as I’ve always enjoyed the Manx Radio TT service as it captured the whole 2-week event.
  7. Protected under copywright, so can not be used for commercial advertising purposes without relevant agreements being in place. Highly unlikely copywright/licensing etc will be in place for this of this use of the Manx national anthem tune. Fault and liability will be with the organisation that has produced the commercial if the relevant clearance is not in place, Manx Radio would also be liable if they have broadcast it without relevant PRS/MCPS clearance in place. The same would apply with the UK national anthem too of course. Slightly different scenario if it is more of a programming piece, eg. if the audio piece mentions Manx Radio in any way. If it does, it’s actually fine to use! “
  8. 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”.
  9. 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.
  10. Stu, Thanks for reminding us about the Annual Reports... of course they do contradict your own thoughts about ‘Talking Heads’ though.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. Actually, this is great news - some fun times ahead!
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