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Stu Peters

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Stu Peters last won the day on October 27 2019

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About Stu Peters

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    Baron and First Knight at the Court of King Dave.
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    Douglas, Isle of Man
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    Cars, bikes, girls, beer, flying and great guitar music.

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  1. No, I'm choosing to believe what I know to be a fact. You're choosing to believe somebody with an axe to grind.
  2. I think the money was refunded to IOMG, who then used it to fund the subvention that year. I don't think MR got anything extra. IOMG had the windfall. No. I believe it was investigated and proven to be untrue.
  3. I don't think the VAT money was still sloshing to the same degree in 2016. I interviewed each of the prospective new candidates in 2016 and from memory (increasingly unreliable) pretty much all of them said that they intended to reduce the size and cost of the public sector. Yet they've spent 4 years conveniently forgetting that pledge it seems. Maybe the answer post-WuFlu is for government to cut all spending (except maybe healthcare and education) by - say - 30%. Cut the fat everywhere. To be fair it needs to be across the board and affect everybody except the weak, the sick and the pewer.
  4. HMS Urley was little more than a worthless concrete military installation when Manx Radio was first offered it (presumably by IOMG). Generations of MR engineers have knocked it into some sort of shape where it's now fit for purpose as Broadcasting House, but probably unsuitable for anything much else but knocking down to be replaced by yuppie flats. Would you prefer that? I'd be quite happy to broadcast from a warehouse out of town, but the move would probably cost more than you'd save. And government isn't very good at selling supposedly 'prime' developement sites so it would probably just be left to rot. They are not required to provide the same level of service. What they do is great if you just want background music and a few news headlines, but 'more music' stations costs a fraction of what a full-service local station does. Manx Radio could compete directly with them if the government gave the station to those operating it (to run as an unsupported workers co-op maybe), but it would simply become another jukebox station with no real news, current affairs, community programming, farming, specialist music, sport, religion, Manx Gaelic, outside broadcasts, phone-ins or documentary series (and much more). I think many of the schedule changes made in October were as a result of asking radio listeners what they wanted, so yes. If the number listening goes down, changes will be made again I'm sure.
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52037461?fbclid=IwAR1tLsy_G-mzXExRM977H2wqiBaFiCCHuUVzVWkbfK079ncrKILRsFo5nXk
  6. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile
  7. I object to the term 'handouts' as you would expect. But moving on, learning lessons and going forward. Why would they?* They're private businesses with shareholders established primarily to return a profit, whereas Manx Radio is owned by the people it serves, and was established to provide a public service. The cost of providing a public service needs to come from the public purse. * I have no knowledge of any grants, loans or other favourable deals done by government to aid either station, someone else might.
  8. parchedpeas - with respect (and I'm happy to engage with anybody who is reasonable) it's easy to do something for YouTube or podcast once, with mates, in your own time, at your own pace, on something you're interested in. I know as I've done a couple for shits and giggles. It's entirely different to do something to a defined brief and within a code of practice, to within a couple of seconds of the allotted time, and make interesting content five times a week. Most of the YouTubers I enjoy started it for fun, became successful and now have an albatross of expectation on their backs which they find hard to shift. So they start whoring themselves out for in-place advertisisng ("while I finish strapping this nitrous oxide bottle to my motorcycle, let me talk to you about shaving") or begging for Patreon support. In my experience most hobbies lose their appeal when they become jobs - I have chums who went on to commercial flying after we met during PPL training and a few have bemoaned the fact that they're system administrators rather than pilots now. OK you say, let the kids do one show a week rather than one a day. That would help, but there's inevitably a limited pool of talent in a small community. I asked a previous programme controller how many applications he got a week/month from aspiring presenters/DJ's? "None, most months"! A radio station in Manchester or Leeds or Brighton would be snowed under. And I suspect that the few who DO audition and fail to get an offer turn into haters on MF. I agreed to write a weekly local newspaper column for free a few years ago, and whilst it started out as fun, after a year it was a weekly dread and after two years I gave it up as I couldn't think of anything else to say, and was kicking myself for working for nothing - only an idiot would do that. But I also appreciated I was no Hemingway and was probably being paid what I was worth. I suspect most YouTubers and podcasters, whilst initially amusing, informative and entertaining, have the same value long term. There's the old saying "those who can, DO" and I'm sure the teenagers you think are out there would be most welcomed if they want to pitch the Programme Controller (I can't speak for Alex obviously, but he's always open to new ideas). But I'll not hold my breath. It's not just Manx Radio presenters that introduce those lovely Appleton girls and remember the 90's...so it's clearly popular radio as a genre you dislike rather than just the local version. This thing about 'I could sit in my bathtub and sing live through a Tannoy for a million quid a year' is disingenuous, as is comparing Manx Radio with any other local broadcaster.
  9. You quoted dilli, but I won't quit defending the station, no. Not because it's perfect - it's far from that, many criticisms are valid and mistakes drive me mad at times too. But they're honest human mistakes, usually made by people juggling a dozen jobs whilst facing a looming hard deadline. Knowing you have to be in the booth in sixty seconds to read a bulletin means you sometimes don't check an online story for typos as carefully as you should. You could always delay posting it, but then some online smartarse will opine that 'the government's mouthpiece' was lax or lazy. And not because everybody up there is on a fat salary for 'not rocking the boat'. MR pays people the going rate for the job (usually far less than a BBC Local station), and there are lots of freelance contributors who do the job for the fun of it or because they feel they're fulfilling some specialist niche. I'm sick of saying that MR is NOT in the pocket of Tynwald - far from it, we* hold the executive to account at every opportunity, but there's no point going in guns blazing every time - we have no Opposition Party to revert to if a CoMin members gets the hump. People seem to like confrontational interviewers like Jeremy Kyle and Jeremy Paxman - but neither would last five minutes in the Isle of Man, and I've never been convinced they get more out of an interviewee than a gentler approach, however much they make the interviewer seem 'tough'. And remember we have a pretty young newsroom these days (surely something to applaud). People might think David Callister, Roger Watterson, Charles Guard and Roy McMillan were better and I'm sure they were. But not at the start of their broadcasting careers. What constantly bemuses me is the hostility of many MF posters to the station. I don't like swing music, women's interest or farming programmes, but they don't make me hate the station. I know that some MF haters have failed to get jobs at MR (or not been rehired after leaving and then expecting to come back when it suited them), but here is something that any Manx person (as a shareholder) should be proud of - and that's not just me knowing which side my bread is buttered, there are numerous awards and reports that suggest MR punches above its weight.Is it the Manx Crab Syndrome? I just don't get it. It does more than a BBC Local station with a fraction of the network resources, and costs (a lot) less to run. It tries to provide what people say they want. It is not a station that ANYONE could listen to for 12 hours a day and like everything - I can't think of one that is. The subvention covers less than half the cost of running it because successive governments have wanted to have their cake and eat it. It is not a charity case relying on government handouts - without the subvention most of the staff could be fired and MR could become another jukebox - is that what people really want? And kids in bedrooms - don't make me laugh. They'd do one programme, realise it takes hard work and skill and give up. Some think the transmitters should be turned off and everything done over IP. Maybe one day when everyone with a radio has died and the tech is better (has anyone else noticed how shite VOIP usually is compared to copper wire), but the majority of listeners simply want something on in the background and don't want the hassle of finding a podcast for a favourite bit. So yes, I'll defend the station. And I got my start in hospital radio so I know the difference. MR might frustrate people, even annoy them at times. I empathise. But look at the bigger picture and be proud of owning something properly local, real, albeit flawed, and unique. *I've used the 'we' for simplicity even though I don't speak for the station and am only a contract player there these days
  10. And still be thick? Imagine having paid for an education and not knowing how to spell hyperbole! You made out MR has been gifted £3m. It hasn't. My car tax is £500 a year, I haven't just paid £1500. Audience size is a way to justify BBC - sized budgets maybe, but it has no real impact on production costs in broadcasting. And for the millionth time, 3FM and Energy are much cheaper to operate because there are very few people involved in playing 24/7 music. You might be happy with that, but few MR listeners who appreciate the station would accept it.
  11. You're being obtuse though gettafa: you're suggesting the annual subvention is £3m, and it clearly isn't. The actual amount has been up and down like a bride's nightie for years, going back to the Darwin Report (http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/committee/PSB/Public Evidence/Darwin Report.pdf) almost 20 years ago where Tynwald agreed a proper level of funding, inflation linked, then spent years trying to reduce it whilst allowing competition to erode commercial income yet wanting the same level of service. I can't imagine any broadcaster anywhere in the world that has been subjected to so much scrutiny by so many 'experts' for so many years, and constantly mired in political and financial uncertainty, whilst maintaining a diverse and high quality output with something for everyone. You should be happy to have a Manx station that is owned by the people and run for the listeners (NOT the government as is often alleged). But crack on bitching about it - if you succeed you'll at least be doing Ron and Juan a favour. Oh, and all this 'party time at Douglas Head' is tired and tedious. Nobody - even the big bosses - are on huge salaries compared to industry rates and equivalents elsewhere. Have a look at some BBC pay grades.
  12. Youse guys! It's like a sport for you, this thread. Don't you have any baby seals to club?
  13. Stu Peters

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    If I fall victim to this WuFlu, would someone please break into my house and format my hard drives, then locate and burn the 'toy box' before my kids arrive to claim their inheritance?
  14. I'm out of the loop as far as daytime programming is concerned (I've been 'socially isolated' since swapping to the Late Show in October and rarely see another soul). But a couple of thoughts: Yes, the WuFlu is a global catastrophe - but on a local level there's probably little to actually report. Government gives a daily press conference and doesn't seem to engage with the media outside of that, certainly seems disinclined to answer questions but probably can't address specifics (which are most of the questions asked) as they're busy trying to keep taxpayers alive. Mostly understandable as they have The Bigger Picture to consider. There's only so many times you can tell people to stay at home and wash their hands, so it's important for life to continue outside of that bubble. The schedule changes were made after asking listeners what they wanted and looking at what other PSB's were doing. Whilst I completely understand it might not please traditionalists who don't like change, I think the anecdotal evidence so far is that it's attracting new listeners who didn't like the old 'boring news and current affairs all morning'. Time will tell and there's nothing inscribed in tablets of stone. If BBC Local is going to a pure news format it's probably because they have a huge global news gathering operation generating a thousand stories an hour on how to wash your hands and stay at home. There's been far too much talk of 'stepping up to the plate' recently. I take it to be an American sporting reference to do with their version of Rounders and has no place here. Let's stop it.
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