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I'm pretty sure MR is impotent, which renders the stud option void.     Notwogan does what he's always done: coasts along on meandering whimsy chasing national treasure status, occasionaly having

For me MR hit a low point with the Chief Minister's interview about the reciprocal health agreement and the disgrace that was Roger Watterson's candidate interviews during the Douglas East byelection

Or follow the example of people in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria etc ..................... enough is enough!!

Yep, the battle for democracy and free speech in brutal, oppressive regimes and Manx Radio costing us a few pennies a year each so it can broadcast opera, jazz and brass bands to 37 listeners - exactly the same things.

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Its not all bad news, at least we wont have Bernie Quayle droning on every night about how great life is in Guam and how he has a lot of American friends,

He will be allowed to do a programme on Friday Nights, but is not allowed Internet access,

Unlesss of course all his American Buddies, decide to help us pay to run Manx Radio

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Why is Stu Peters being removed from his column in the Indy? Does he really have writer's block or have his MR bosses decided he is too precious to share with opposition media? Is it newspaper cutbacks and they can't afford his stipend? Or is it the thin end of the wedge to silence Stu completely? I feel a conspiracy theory coming on. Any other ideas? Maybe he just can't be arsed writing anymore. Shame.

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If Manx Radio was a horse then it would have been shot a long time ago

 

Ten years ago MR got along with 250k a year from the Govt ...that then shot up to 750k!!! Then came the increase to almost a million

 

And what did the staff at MR do? Gave themselves all a HUGE increase in wages!

 

Which they're still on today. Despite the cuts .....

 

I may be wrong, but didn't they also get rid of their in-house production facilities? If true (and I emphasise I'm not sure), it sounds very familiar: cut down on resources, expand/preserve management, then spend the rest of the time fluctuating between doing things on the cheap and ostentatious pay outs on things that don't really warrant them (such as the abbey road recording). It's a characteristic you find a lot in organizations that have seriously lost their way and now simply have no clue what to do.

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Given that Bernie is so in thrall to the USA, perhaps the good folk over there will contribute to his 75% loss in income.

 

If this is really a refund on the TV licence, the hand-over of the money to Manx Radio is a disgrace. Why couldn't this sum have gone some way to providing Manx TV viewers with an acceptable Freeview service, instead of the pathetic bastard reception that exists currently.

 

And at the end of the day, if you don't like it - tough. Vote out your tiny-minded MHK at the election and what will they be replaced with? Goat-eyes watching you!!

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Or follow the example of people in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria etc ..................... enough is enough!!

Yep, the battle for democracy and free speech in brutal, oppressive regimes and Manx Radio costing us a few pennies a year each so it can broadcast opera, jazz and brass bands to 37 listeners - exactly the same things.

 

whoa! sense of humour by-pass there censorship!

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Or follow the example of people in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria etc ..................... enough is enough!!

Yep, the battle for democracy and free speech in brutal, oppressive regimes and Manx Radio costing us a few pennies a year each so it can broadcast opera, jazz and brass bands to 37 listeners - exactly the same things.

 

Just like Stu Peters, standing up for your employers.

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If this is really a refund on the TV licence, the hand-over of the money to Manx Radio is a disgrace. Why couldn't this sum have gone some way to providing Manx TV viewers with an acceptable Freeview service, instead of the pathetic bastard reception that exists currently.

 

The upgrade to Freeview already seemed like a huge waste of money and effort to me. The future of all media is via IP (ie the internet), on demand. And there is already satellite. The idea of watching or listening to a programme at some scheduled time seems increasingly weird. It's not so much the huge waste of money but rather the waste of valuable spectrum space which could have been freed up for wireless services. Freeview will be redundant in no time and all that money wasted. Even the idea of channels seems weird.

 

Just content; that's what the money should be spent on. Manx Radio needs to morph itself into being a locally syndicated and web based content producer. It doesn't need transmitters etc.

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Manx Radio needs to morph itself into being a locally syndicated and web based content producer. It doesn't need transmitters etc.

 

Excepting the fact that its average listener aged 103 years old has never heard of the internet!

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If this is really a refund on the TV licence, the hand-over of the money to Manx Radio is a disgrace.

Yes, this, pure and simple. The money should have gone back to the people it was effectively stolen from. There is no shortage of people on the island who brag about how they evade/avoid the licence fee. But this isn't really the fault of Manx Radio, who don't appear to be getting any extra revenue, but the government are using it to decrease their actual contribution on behalf of the liability of the whole population. It's a stealth tax.

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But this isn't really the fault of Manx Radio, who don't appear to be getting any extra revenue, but the government are using it to decrease their actual contribution on behalf of the liability of the whole population. It's a stealth tax.

 

Good. If MR was worth the money people would be happy to pay it. As it is even government now does not see a value to it at the moment. Let them compete with the commercial stations on equal terms and then we might not have to suffer hearing regurgitated IOMG press releases presented as news.

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Good. If MR was worth the money people would be happy to pay it. As it is even government now does not see a value to it at the moment. Let them compete with the commercial stations on equal terms and then we might not have to suffer hearing regurgitated IOMG press releases presented as news.

 

This reminded me of the Select Commitee report into the Braddan Commissioners back in 2007. Here's John Rimmington, former DoLGE minister speaking on the matter:

 

"The withdrawal of the Braddan Plan was unique and a serious step... Manx Radio failed to give this any serious coverage and Isle of Man Newspapers did not report it at all...The Isle of Man will never have a mature democracy unless we have a media that looks beyond the tittle-tattle and the easily explainable. Freedom of the press is a cherished phrase but, in a small nation with a monopoly newspaper group and a near monopoly on radio news, it must entail more than the freedom to maximise readers and listeners"

 

Things are bad when a former Minister complains that the Island's media is not only rubbish, but that their complacence and indifference is such that it actually harms the Island's politics (a sentiment with which I agree wholeheartedly)

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