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  1. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Its now 16 days since Stu Peters came off air at Manx Radio and still no sign of any communication from the Communications Commission, who have the job to rule on the affair. Should they put Peters back or to hang him out to dry! This is possibly the biggest test the comms people have had to do, yet they can't make the call. Manx Radio seem willing to totally bury the story and probably bring Peters back on the early early breakfast show in a few months time. Surly it cant take this long to come to a conclusion.
  2. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Some interesting developments on this story over the last few days. Manx Radio management are very much trying to keep a lid on the narrative, but with Stu Peters appearing to give the Daily Mail some quotes this weekend, it looks like the hares are running again on a story that is now over two weeks old. It was interesting on Thursday's Manninline that David Quirk, a big fan of Stu Peters, was completely shut down by Mr Wint. Giving a reason that only 35% of the stations income comes from Government seemed odd at best, not mentioning the fact that Radio Manx Limited is Government owned. All pay checks and pensions are on the government payroll. Trying to scare the callers into not talking about it because there is an investigation by the Communications Commission is not good enough. At present there is nothing in the courts to stop the conversation. My guessing is if this had happened at any other media outlet Manx Radio would be reporting on it. I hope other Manninline callers/texter/emailers won't be put off from having a conversation with Mr Wint and ask more questions both for and against the subject. Surely the MD, Mr Sully, needs to step up to the plate and answer peoples concerns. If they are not put on air, or don't have their messages read out they should cc their MHK's and the Communications Commission.
  3. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    12.17 So far not a mention of the Stu Peters affair on the Manninline, yet people are writing in. Why are Manx Radio censoring the conversation?
  4. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Todays Mannninline Line programme had many emails and texts on the Stuart Peters subject, but none where used. You could hear the editing process taking place as Mr Wint started to read an email out then dropped it mid-sentence. Only near the end of the hour did he do a bit of 'house keeping' on the subject so why didn't he read the messages at this stage? If this had been on any other media outlet the airways would have been yours to use. Manx Radio censoring their own story is beyond belief and should be referred to the Communications Commission for lack of balance. The BBC always talk about their own short comings knowing it is the correct thing to do. Its unlikely that the late show will ever take callers on air again – so what can you do? If you are thinking of going to the Friday Manninline to talk about the situation, and unless the Managing Director is in the studio to answer all the various questions, here are a few things to remember: If ringing in you will most likely be told you can't go on air, excuses will be used that there is an inquiry in place. Unless charges have been made, and something is before the courts I understand you are entitled to free speech. Suggest you record any conversation you might have with the telephone operator/producer, who appears to be a daughter of a MLC. If emailing suggest you cc in your MHK. If you make it on-air don't get too carried away, its the only station in the British Isles that still hasn't got a delay system in place. Don't let Wint cut you off!
  5. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    So Manx Radio are tweeting the information about the late show issue but no one is getting their emails and texts read out on the Manninline. Says it all really. The communications commission/Home Affairs should really make sure that the station/programme is independent and can even talk about their own service issues.
  6. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Well done to GEF and ELS for the live coverage of Christians last marathon, what a slight to see at St Johns! Thought it deserved of a live outside broadcast from PSB Manx Radio but I don't think they covered it at all, just an interview sometime after it finished. Mind you that was better than 3FM who didn't even have the story on their website late time I checked.
  7. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    If ever there was a home goal more expertly performed by the Manx Radio management it must surely be the decision to take the full government press briefing off the stations FM transmission frequencies. To come up with the idea of “dumping” half the event from FM so Brindley could get back to his #giggles formate is quite unbelievable. The one thing Manx Radio had in this whole story was the ability to stop the music and deliver Public Service Broadcasting. To be fair sometimes the questions where dull or repetitive, but there was more content in that section than just the government spin. Can you imagine the BBC pulling away from the Downing Street event to go into their usual quiz shows? Even commercial talk station LBC is still there day in day out. If people want local music content they have the choice of two other radio stations, as neither were coving the press conference live. Most radios don’t even come with AM these days. It’s all very good being told by Wint on the Manninline, when someone complained. that it’s still on-line etc. but that’s where all the other broadcasters are putting the event, even GEF has it. The reaction from many senior politicians has been shock and anger that its been removed and this will be remembered when Alf Cannan gives the money out in next year’s budget. They might have secured a three year deal but it looks like everything is up for reappraisal. What will happen during ‘TT’ time when the station splits AM1368 off for old race repeats? Will the conference get broadcast in full again on FM or lost from radio completely? All this surely could have nothing to do with the programme controller’s very own show being pulled to pieces day after day so those those pesky politicians, which help fund the station, could give us the latest information on the coronavirus situation.
  8. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Seems strange that Manx Radio is not taking the Friday Government press conference on any of their broadcast channels, only on-line. It seems to be a thing that the public service broadcaster should be doing for those who don't have internet services.
  9. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Why on earth is Ewan Gawne, the BBC Local Democracy Reporter, doing an interview with Brindley about Manx Radio 2020 TT output? That surely can not be in the remit of the position.
  10. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    It been interesting to listen to the output of Manx Radio over the last month. There has been a little change of direction on the breakfast show to cutdown on the silliness, even it's just for a 20 minute segment, and return to a sort of Mandate. Beth is the right fit for that style of show, not the light weight stuff that she still has to do for the rest of the programme and there is still the problem of the co-host. As always you get the impression they are all having a great time, but that seems to fail to come over to many old guard listeners. Radio stations have programmes that need presenters, so surely, as when it started with Ms Wotton, the replacement should also do the full 5 days. And I guess that is where the problems still is. It now takes two presenters to produce an off peak programme starting at 5a.m. which barely has anyone tuning in! Why has this happened? It could have a lot to do with the Managing director who has been keen to present programmes rather than just manage them. I think that's a good thing following Pugh who never took to the microphone at all. So whats happened? 'Shouty' Chris, who has always made it known he was not happy back on the graveyard/nights shift, now gets to co-host with 'smachie' Chris, they are having such a wacky time!! That left a gap for MD Chris to play train-sets for himself. But now the programme is not just a greatest hits music format, much more has happened, with MD Chris bringing in his own new features, a signal that this is not a temporary change at the helm. Secondly he's doing feature interviews with guests and politicians etc, which fits the public sector remit very well, although maybe this should be the main daytime shows. At the same time MD Chris is showing up the 10+ news team for getting his material on the bulletins the next day. But what must be the main cause of concern on Douglas Head will be the availability of government funding after all the Covid stuff is behind us. Many will feel the station will need to cut its cloth accordingly in the new world order. Alf will not have millions of pounds to throw at the station anymore. Advertising will not doubt also be hit for sometime to come. Will there really be a budget to keep paying two presenters for the pre-dawn chorus?
  11. WKRP

    B&Q reopen date?

    They are hoping to be open on Tuesday as they are still awaiting a few security items to be fitted
  12. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Tuned in this morning expecting to hear the old Mandate days back with a speech based programme, but got to find out that Hartley is in hiding! As BBC local stations revert back to a news agenda I think Manx Radio are missing the boat. If you want to be the PSB of the island then dump the lightweight formate and DJ presenter and give Beth a full support team to keep the nation informed.
  13. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    I think so much that is going wrong in the Manx Radio newsroom can be summed up in one of today’s headlines. ”Travel industry on the up, despite external pressures” It’s clearly a low level bit of advertising for a local travel agent, who has no more idea than anyone else at the moment to the possible effects from the current coronavirus situation. What was needed in the interview was to ask about all the people who had lost out on their holidays due to the collapse of Thomas Cook, who appeared to have a connections to this travel agent at that time as it took them down for a few days as well. Has everyone been sorted? Etc. This had the potential of being an interesting, if difficult interview, for the guest, but he was not challenged on the real issues. Looks like the interview was suggested by the travel agent to get some faith back into booking with him. You can’t blame him for that, but surely the young journalist could have probed further and got a news story out of it. If he had been quizzed by the late David Callister I think it would have had a different slant to the story.
  14. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    So ex Ramsey commissioner blocks the No 3 bus from leaving Lord Street in an ongoing protest for not letting him take his mobility scooter on board. in his post on Facebook he clearly says the whole event was filmed by the BBC and Manx Radio, yet days later nothing seems to have appeared, on their websites, at least . He’s the interesting part of Eric Corkish’s post… In the end Bus Vannin called the police who attended, I was told to move from in front of the bus as I was "causing an obstruction of the highway" which I did and then the Police Women (no uniform) said that if I protested again I would be arrested and face prosecution. The police then told Manx Radio that the recording they had made whilst the police were talking to me could not be used on the Radio as it was illegal to record the police in action. I don't know if their action was legal or not but will take her word for it. Manx Radio played the interview at 5-30 tonight with comments made from the IOM Government (I don't know which department) which was a total pack of lies one after the other, I have contacted Manx Radio to ask if I can go up to them on Monday to correct their report. So all I can say is watch this space to see if the IOM Government would go through with the act of taking a disabled man to court for wanting to use a Public Service Bus whilst the whole thing is against the Equality Act that came in to force 5 weeks ago. So if the interview has been played and the response from the Government PR machine was also readout, why is the story not on their website? Its only Monday morning so this story might still be covered by other media outlets today…and what about the police part of this story?
  15. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Now Borris is out there asking if the UK government should continue to finance the BBC in the way it always has, with the licence fee, it could have quite an impact on the Manx Governments continuing appetite to push millions of pounds of tax payers money into an organisation that seem to have no idea how to service its audience anymore. You have the fairly new MD who is probably keeping his hands clean from the current revamped schedule and I would not be surprised if some major changes are in the in pipeline, once audience numbers come though. I think Alex Brindley will have to take the hit for the dumbing down of the programmes. Surely speech radio content should have gone up, not down, as this is the public service part of their license. Keep hearing there was always discontent with, effectively an inexperienced DJ, taking on the job. Most staffers can't look to his presentation skills as a blue print to good radio, even the attempt to give him a 'late lunch' sidekick can't stop his 'hilarious' 1980's boyish style, but having friends on the board doesn't do you any harm I guess. Tim Glover being appointed news editor, on the third attempt, saw many worthy and good news hounds question their future career path. Now its really showing in the news coverage, leaving a big gap in age and experience. A news editors position will never be a Monday to Friday 9-5 job. Having the Chief Minister as your headline story day after day can't he helping. Chris Williams clearly can't take to the demoted roll of an overnight warmup act. You can't blame him. You hear that there's never been much love lost between him and Brindley, but the money keeps coming and with little chance to jumping to 3FM or Energy, there is a need to continue with the 'Nicey and Smashy' style show, all be it with less than maybe 30 people tuning in. As previous mentioned the breakfast show clearly needs the most attention. To be fair its not the presenters fault that the highly paid consultant and Brindley give them the brief to do the show this way, but you do get the feeling that they know its not working and are clinging on more and more to the terrible banter thats hardly worthy of a school kids playground. The few stories that do stop the music for have all been on the news, three times and hour without any rewrites, so now there is very little reason to stay with the programme if you're more of a Radio 4 or LBC listener. The gap between Manx Radio and the other two local stations has all but disappeared and now George Ferguson returns! After my original glowing review of the 'Manninline', I have now started to think things are not quite as good as they where. Not sure if continually talking to the school children is seen by the producer as good radio or an easy fix to fill the days up. But credit is due to Mr Wint for filling the time up without the need for music...so far. Look how that format change to Late Lunch moved the dynamics of the output, from searching out people to interview to now moving to a music show with some speech blocks. One must question if the station is hitting its speech content levels required by the Communication Commission. But as long as the station picks the day, once a year, it must just be possible. Surely, like any proper audit, the comms people should be picking the day and just asking Manx Radio for the tapes to check its being reached. It still too early for the latest listener figures, due in March, but looking at the 'Manx Radio Vision' numbers on YouTube you can see that most are getting zero clicks. It must be a worrying time for some of the dedicated broadcasters, I wish them well. They should get the good news this week that they have retained the coverage of the TT, which includes the extra government money. £50,000 last year, £100,000 the year before that, it will be interesting to see if we get to hear how much was bid, but as Manx Radio do not have to publish any Freedom of Information requests we might never know.
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