Radio: Moyles Says “Goodbye Breakfast”. The End of an Era

TODAY the man who is the epitome of radio Marmite signed off from the Radio 1 breakfast show for the final time. Chris Moyles, the station’s longest serving breakfast DJ, left the programme after eight and a half years. He has never been everyone’s cup of tea. His appointment to arguably the hottest slot in radio wasn’t without criticism and his time hasn’t been without controversy.

But what a mark he’s made. Continue reading

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The Sun – they buy it but don’t trust it

Two reports in today’s Press Gazette throw fascinating light on the position of The Sun in British journalism.  The National Readership Survey suggests that more than 13 million adults read the paper in print and online every week.  But a separate study found it’s the least trusted source of news. Continue reading

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Olympic legacy for women – challenge to the broadcasters

So the Olympics are finished and the buzz word is “legacy”.  I’ve heard plenty of discussion about a change in our perception of disability, a new affection for the union flag, a lasting regeneration of the East End of London,  possible business and tourism spin-offs…all very valid talking points but aren’t we missing something? Continue reading

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Wales tops radio listening – but TV tops for local news

Adults in Wales listen to radio more than those in any other nation of the UK, according to Ofcom’s latest Welsh ‘market report’.  But they turn to TV as their main source for local news – again more than in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Continue reading

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Good reasons to study journalism

Journalism is changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up.  Every week new social media tools are promoted on journalism.co.uk which add to the ways journalists can communicate with their audiences.  But we know that not all those who take journalism at university will end up working in the profession.  So why should they study the subject? Continue reading

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What Our Graduates Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

As the London Olympics 2012 have shown us, it takes hard work, dedication, determination and a clear focus to achieve success, in any and every area of life. Elite athletes only get to the top by creating and capitalising on opportunities. And whether your aspiration is to win a gold medal, or work for a local radio station, life is about competing for what is available and making yourself the best you can be. As educators, it is important that we ensure our students are rounded enough people to know that. Continue reading

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Radio: Moyles To Hang Up His Headphones

It was the best kept secret in radio broadcasting – Chris Moyles announced on air this morning that he was hanging up his headphones and leaving his “dream job” on the Radio 1 breakfast show after eight years.

“Motor-mouth Moyles” as he’s not so affectionately known by some of the tabloids, told his devoted listeners – currently 7.10 million according to the latest official RAJAR figures – that he and his team were saying goodbye in September. Continue reading

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Professors and punks playing in harmony

Huw D Jones examines a new report for the Higher Education Academy on how universities can support the live music industry in Wales.

The live music industry in Wales is currently worth about £60 million per year – about 4% of the UK total.  Yet according to a report last year by Dr Paul Carr for the Welsh Music Foundation, Wales is hampered from taking a greater share of the UK’s live music industry, currently worth £1.5 billion, by a lack of specialist venues, slow ticket sales, poor relations between local authorities and promoters, and a shortage of skilled technicians and event managers. Continue reading

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Towards a Welsh media policy

Huw David Jones reports on the findings of an Assembly inquiry which calls for a media policy forum to advise Welsh Government

Lately the media sector in Wales has been going through something of a crisis.  In October 2011, BBC Wales announced 100 job losses as part of its Delivering Quality First Review.  ITV Wales has reduced its Welsh news output to just four hours a week.  And Welsh language broadcaster S4C has been forced to merge with the BBC after a high profile management crisis led to the departure its chief executive and chairman.  Meanwhile, the Western Mail, Wales’s only national newspaper, has been shedding jobs in the face of growing competition from online media.  True, there have been some rays of sunshine, such as the opening of the BBC’s new drama studios at Cardiff Bay.  Yet the overall outlook for the media remains like typical Welsh weather: wet, grey and miserable. Continue reading

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Using social media to gather 50-year-old smallpox stories

A four-month long experiment in the use of social media to gather people’s memories about the 1962 smallpox outbreak in Wales comes to an end today.

Tracking the events of 50 years ago – often day by day – the Smallpox1962 blog-site used WordPress, Twitter and Facebook (as well as more traditional means) to engage with people who were caught up in events which left no-0ne in south Wales untouched. Continue reading

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