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Welcome to Issue #32 Oct 2019
Welcome to Community Media News for October 2019.

In this edition, we have an update from the 2019 Community Media Conference and the follow-on workshop on Citizen Journalism that took place at BBC MediaCityUK in Salford over the weekend of 28-29 September. And the Community Radio Awards take place this weekend in Barry in Wales after the "Community Radio: Now & Next" event.

There is news of an exciting new partnership between nine community radio stations and BBC Somerset. And community radio made significant in-roads into the Audio Content Fund. Jorvik Radio in York launches on Monday 4th November after being awarded their licence over 6 months ago. 

At last the legislation for the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 has been approved by the Commons just this week - it had been held up by 'you-know-what'. There are two quick Ofcom consultations to attend to and Ofcom has published its Third Annual Report on Diversity in the TV industry - progress needs to be made.

The CMA has a prize draw for some tickets to Radio TechCon - scroll down for details. And the entries for the 2020 ARIAS are now open.

Funding news - there are funds available for working with the HM Prison Service and a grant scheme to commemorate Windrush Day which takes place on 22nd June 2020. Radio 1 is looking for presenters but you only have until Sunday 27th October to submit your entry.

There's a whole raft of podcasts from inRadio, Fantastic Noise, Champions of Time to Change, and a Media Masters interview with Chris Burns of the BBC.

For the techies, Tech Corner has some gems: two articles on why 5G is unlikely to ever be a true replacement for radio, a video by the Dutch RAB on radio's future, the history of audio compression, advice on video cameras in radio studios, and an oriental psyops mystery concerning Radio Spark.


And as always, do check the Chat Forum for more news and information.

Have a story about your community radio station or community media project to share? Email your news, press releases, event details and stories to editor@commedia.org.uk
2019 Community Media Conference

The CMA held a very successful Community Media Conference on 28th September at BBC Quay House, MediaCityUK in Salford. The theme of this year’s Conference was “We Need to Talk” to recognise that the community media sector needs to talk to Government, to funders, and to the wider media industry.

The 2019 Community Media Conference addressed a number of key themes: We were delighted to host delegates from all corners of the UK and from the Irish Republic as well. Media presenter Mike Shaft opened the Conference and the event was closed by Paul Dennett, the City Mayor of Salford.

The conference photos are here. There's a fantastic video of the day here from Terry Lee. There are eight amazing audio interviews recorded by Eleanor Shember-Critchley of MMU here: Qaiser Bari of Plus News TV, Jay Sykes of Sunderland Uni, Huzaifa Patel of Radio Seerah, Andrea and Richard from Cando FM, Rosie Parkyn of InternewsBridey Addison-Child from The Roundhouse, Wesley Gerrad of Gwent Radio, and Mike Shaft our keynote speaker.

And we have some wonderful video interviews from Pruthvi Khilosia, a student of MMU: Johnny Jenkins of Gateway 97.8, Shawn Sobers of Imperial Voice Radio, and Gloria Khamkar of Unity 101 and Bournemouth University.

On Sunday 29th September, we held a citizen journalism workshop with contributions from Clydesider magazine from Glasgow and On Our Radar, a London-based not-for-profit communications agency. These two organisations shared their tips and techniques for encouraging a wider set of volunteers to get involved with citizen journalism other than the ‘usual suspects’. The workshop also included practical advice on improving field recordings for radio journalists and enhancing podcasts with the Headliner app. The day finished with a very useful session on how academia can work more closely with community media projects. The workshop photos are here.

Planning has already started for next year's events!
Community Updates
Community Radio Awards 2019 - Shortlist
The 2019 Community Radio Awards take place on Saturday 26th October at the Memo Arts Centre in Barry. A few tickets are still available here: http://bit.ly/CRATickets

If you’re not able to attend you can keep up to date by following the social media accounts.

Some of the nominations for the Community Radio Awards 2019 are listed below:

Community Development Project of the Year
  • Chapel St Primary School takes over – ALL FM
  • The Routes into Levenshulme project – ALL FM
  • Community Awards – Bro Radio
  • Cash 4 Calendars Campaign – Spark FM
  • The 4Ps Project – Vectis Radio
Station of the Year
  • ALL FM
  • Pride Radio
  • Spark FM
  • Ujima Radio
  • Wycombe Sound
Female Presenter of the Year
  • Jo Thoenes – BFBS Brize Norton
  • Fiona McNeill – Dunoon Community Radio
  • Jeannie Nicolas – Erewash Sound
  • Gloria Miller – Express FM
  • Gemma-Leigh James – Marlow FM
Male Presenter of the Year
  • Pat Hart – BCfm Radio
  • Chris Kaye – BFBS Catterick
  • Paul Stacey – Erewash Sound
  • Sam Day – Future Radio
  • Rob L’Esperance – Wycombe Sound 106.6fm
Community Show of the Year
  • The Vale This Week – Bro Radio
  • The Edge of Life – Flame CCR
  • The Health and Wellbeing Hour – Heartland FM
  • Talking Council – Vectis Radio
  • Julie Donaldson’s Morning Mix – Zetland FM
The rest of the nominations can be viewed here.
BBC Somerset & Community Radio 
A new partnership is emerging between BBC local radio and community radio in Somerset. In what is thought to be an unprecedented move BBC Somerset and the nine community radio stations in its area are coming together to collaborate on training and sharing content.

On Thursday 19th September representatives from Apple FM, Frome FM, Glastonbury FM, Radio Ninesprings, Sedgemoor FM, Somer Valley FM, 10Radio, Tone FM and West Somerset Radio met in the offices of BBC Somerset in Taunton for a development day.

The idea was the vision of BBC Somerset’s managing editor Nick Bull and Dom Chambers, who runs Somerset-based Somer Valley FM and recently launched the Local Radio Alliance. Dom Chambers tells how it all came about, “Nick and I met through the Radio Academy and soon found that we shared a common interest in how the BBC and community sectors can work together for the benefit of local radio and their audiences.”

Dom, who previously chaired the Community Media Association, co-authored the Memorandum of Understanding between BBC English Regions and community radio. That led to the first national cross-sector collaboration culminating in the BBC CMA Media Day on 15th February 2015 which saw 13 BBC local stations create shared content with over 70 community stations.

“The Somerset radio collaboration is the next stage in how we can work with the BBC for the benefit of local radio. It is fantastic that everyone has responded with enthusiasm to what feels like a dynamic and forward-thinking partnership of equals. With community radio really settling into the broadcasting landscape and the BBC reasserting their local offer this is the right time to strengthen the bonds between all of us delivering local radio.”

After hosting the development day Nick Bull said, “To get all ten stations together that share my passion to deliver great content to audiences in Somerset was just brilliant. We’re not 100% sure but we think it could be an industry first. I was bowled over by how many great ideas that came forward, not just on how the relationship between community radio and the BBC could develop but also how the stations themselves could unite to become a strong force as one unit in the county but
at the same time maintain their excellent local offerings”. The move follows BBC local stations getting their evening shows back and the New Voices project the BBC recently launched.

Joanne Schofield is a director at Glastonbury FM who also works for the BBC, “Somerset is such a large area and for BBC Somerset to work in partnership with the 9 community radio stations in their area offers exciting opportunities as well as diverse broadcasting. The very nature of community
radio is about local people reporting on their local communities so this will be great for listeners.”

The group is planning to meet next in the new year. Meanwhile a platform to share content has been set up and they are working on an entry-level passport system for emerging radio talent.

For more information contact Dom Chambers on 01761 411222.

Photograph: Group picture taken in a BBC Somerset studio of some of those attending the meeting
Success for Community Radio with the Audio Content Fund
The latest recipients of grant funding to make public service content for commercial and community radio were announced earlier this month.

The Audio Content Fund received 31 applications in its second round of bidding, and eight were selected for funding. The selected projects involve eight different production companies making content to be broadcast on 15 different radio stations, including Magic, Jazz FM, BFBS, National Prison Radio, and several community radio stations.

Successful community radio stations in this round of the Audio Content Fund were:
  • BFBS
  • Chapel FM
  • Fuse FM
  • Radio Verulam
  • Raidio Failte
  • Resonance FM
  • Reverb FM
  • Soundart Radio
More here - link.

This bidding round (the second overall) opened on 15 July 2019 and concluded on 12 August. All projects in this round are 100% funded by the Audio Content Fund and their total value amounts to £199,388. Individual grant values range from £10k to £50k, and at time of publication are still subject to contract.

Round 3 bidding is now open - link.
Jorvik Radio reveals start date and frequency
It was back in February 2018 that the team behind Jorvik Radio learned that Ofcom had awarded them a community radio licence.

Since then it has been a challenging road – raising the funding, finding studio space, getting permission for and installing a broadcast transmitter – but all the hurdles have been overcome. Finally, the team behind it can finally announce a wavelength and starting date.

And Jorvik Radio will go live at 7am on Monday 4th November on a frequency of 94.8 FM.

From then it will be broadcasting to the city from its studios at The Centre @ Burnholme via a transmitter in Holgate to a ten-mile radius around York.

More here.
Strategy & Policy

The Motion regarding the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 successfully progressed through the House of Commons on 22nd October night (after the two big Brexit votes): link. DCMS advises that the Order will now come into effect this week as the progress is back in their control.
Ofcom - Supporting Community Radio Across the UK
Many more people across the UK are now able to tune in and enjoy community radio, following work by Ofcom to extend coverage and improve reception.

Community radio stations are fuelled by the work and enthusiasm of volunteers. They reflect a wide range of cultures and interests and provide a mix of locally-produced content including news, information and discussion.

During 2019, Ofcom agreed to improve the quality of the coverage of 63 community radio stations, and extend the coverage of 33, bringing the benefits of community radio to a wider audience than ever.

Ofcom is now processing applications for new community radio licences and expects to make awards to successful stations by the end of March 2020.

This will be the last round of community radio licensing on FM or AM for the foreseeable future, as Ofcom will shortly begin licensing new local digital radio stations that will use cutting-edge ‘small-scale DAB’ technology, pioneered by an Ofcom engineer. Ofcom expects to invite applications for SSDAB services in 2020.

More here.
Two Ofcom Consultations
Ofcom is seeking views on its proposal to change two parts of its 'short-term restricted service' licensing ('SRSLs') policy.

Ofcom intends to lift current restrictions to allow for the same applicant to be granted more than two SRSLs in a single year. Our planned new approach would also allow for SRSLs to be granted to services that offer similar content to existing commercial and community radio stations in the same area.

The CMA asks for your views here. The deadline for this consultation is 31st October 2019.

Ofcom is also considering a Key Commitments change request submitted by Secklow Sounds CIC, which broadcasts to the urban area of Milton Keynes as ‘Secklow Sounds’.

The CMA asks for your views here. The deadline for this consultation is 8th November 2019.

Third Annual Report on Diversity of UK Television Industry

Ofcom has published its third major study of diversity in the UK-based television industry.

For the first time, the report includes initial findings on the social and economic backgrounds of a sub-section of employees working across the television industry.

It also tracks companies’ progress in improving the representation of workers including women, disabled people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

The report finds that:

  • Television workers are twice as likely to have attended private schools;
  • Only a minority come from non-professional family backgrounds;
  • Although broadcasters are collecting better information of the makeup of staff, there has been no discernible change in the TV industry’s diversity profile; and
  • Disabled people remain greatly underrepresented, as are women and minority ethnic groups at a senior level.

A news release summarising the report’s findings is available.

What deregulation could mean for local content on commercial radio
How much local radio is there actually on UK airwaves? Someone took a listen and came to the view: not very much really.  Counter-intuitively, the main conclusion of the author is that on most stations, the most significant local content at risk is the one thing that’s meant to be protected: local news and information.

Read the full article here.
Events & Training

Radio TechCon 2019 prize draw for tickets!

Radio TechCon 2019 will take place at IET London: Savoy Place on Monday 25th November.

Radio TechCon is aimed at broadcast engineers, technologists and anyone with an interest in radio, audio, technology and engineering – including programme-makers and managers. It takes a deep dive into the technical challenges and opportunities facing the radio and audio industry, as well as celebrating technical achievements and remaining as accessible as possible to all.

The one-day conference will feature a mixture of speakers from across audio and technical disciplines as well as mini ‘how-to’ masterclasses and case studies from real-life projects.

The Community Media Association has partnered with Radio TechCon for three CMA members to attend the conference. The tickets - valued at £150+VAT - have been generously donated by Radio TechCon.

This is also a discount code which allows CMA members £25 off the full ticket price - contact the CMA office for the secret code.

If you need assistance with travel costs then Radio TechCon is also operating a travel bursary scheme - apply here:

https://www.radiotechcon.com/2019/tickets/bursaries/

Applicants must be available to attend Radio TechCon on Monday 25th November at IET London: Savoy Place. This draw will close on Monday 11th November at 9pm GMT.

Provide your contact details below and you will be entered into a draw for a ticket - one entry per organisation. Your organisation will need to be a current Organisation CMA member - link to draw

Radio TechCon sold out last year, so get your ticket soon and don’t miss out!
Funding & Awards

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Grants Programme 2020-22

One-off grants of £50,000 - £250,000 are available for voluntary sector organisations for the piloting of new services and approaches or the extension of current programmes that support offender rehabilitation over two years.

Applicants should be a registered charity, an exempt charity or a social enterprise.

The deadline for applications is 1st November 2019 (10am).

Full details here.

Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2020

Grants of £2,500 - £25,000 are available for local authorities, charities and community groups to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the MV Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.

National Windrush Day on 22nd June should be a focal point for all projects, but events and activities may take place over a longer period up until 31 December 2020.

Bidders day events will take place in November in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London, and Sheffield - details to follow later

The deadline for applications is 8th December 2019 (11:50pm). Full details here.

The entries for the 2020 Audio and Radio Industry Awards are now open

The entries for the 2020 Audio and Radio Industry Awards are now open – click here to enter.

There are 22 categories to enter your content in, and we are also seeking your nominations for Moment Of The Year.

Entries are open until 5th November and they are currently available for £45+VAT.

Radio 1's Christmas Presenters Search
Anyone with radio experience is being invited to send their demo to BBC Radio 1 with a chance of appearing on the Christmas schedule.

From Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve, Radio 1 wants to showcase the best in new and emerging talent and offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast nationally with them.

The station is looking for those who know their way around a radio desk and have previous radio experience, be it in community, hospital, student or local radio.

Aspiring presenters can submit their demos via the Radio 1 website with submissions closing midnight on Sunday 27th October.
Podcast, Audio & Digital

In this edition of the inRadio podcast, Dom Chambers heads to South Wales to capture an amazing range of insight and stories which reveals that local radio is thriving in a very contemporary way thanks to the section of the radio industry that's operating with a community radio licence. Hear more here.

There's a raft of new podcasts from Terry Lee at Fantastic Noise from Radio LaB.
Media Masters podcast - Chris Burns Head of Audio and Digital, BBC England
Chris Burns is head of audio and digital for BBC England, and is responsible for the majority of their local radio stations across the country. Starting as a late-night phone-in presenter for Radio Trent, her career has included stints editing shows on Radio 4 such as Woman’s Hour, Any Questions and Start the Week, and she is now tasked with reinventing the medium for the next generation.

In this in-depth interview, Chris walks through a career dedicated to radio, having developed a love for it as a child, argues that “repeats shouldn’t be a dirty word” as they give people a chance to revisit much-loved programmes, and explains how new technology is driving a deeper “emotional connection” with listeners. Listen here.
Zencastr High Fidelity Podcasting
The podcast hype does not seem to be dying down any time soon. But as you continue your search for your next guest, what do you do if you cannot interview them in person?

You could record them on a phone call, but the line connection may not be the best quality. You could ask them to record where they are as you interview them on another chat application, but that can be a logistical nightmare.

Zencastr allows you to invite guests to chat online, and using guests' microphones, record their audio inside the tool and download for yourself afterwards.
Please take a listen to the new episode (15) of the Champions Podcast which focuses on Suicide Prevention: the international theme for World Mental Health Day 2019.

It is a co-production with Mind HR as it will also be used internally with staff to make them aware of suicide prevention, the employers assistance programme and other support Mind provides to staff. 

This World Mental Health Day special with Dan Poole, Estelle Alais and Jon Salmon focuses on suicide prevention and why it's important to tackle stigma, provide support and use lived experience in campaigning. 
Tech Corner
Is 5G the Future for Radio?

Is 5G the future for radio? James Cridland says that many questions remain. And broadcasters already have a number of ways to reach audiences via the Internet, FM or DAB+. Keep watching 5G but focus on existing provision.

And will 5G ever completely replace DAB radio? According to this article in RadioWorld, apparently not. Physical laws for radio communication are as valid for 5G as for DAB and all the other broadcasting and telecommunication schemes. New and very efficient transmission systems like 5G are able to transmit very high data rates in a channel of a certain bandwidth, however, the energy per bit will never fall under the minimum defined by the Shannon law - and that will be the limiting factor.
The Future of Radio by The RAB (Dutch with English subtitles)

The RAB in The Netherlands has produced this excellent 30-minute video on the future of radio. The first few seconds are powerful since they highlight one of the issues with research around the definition of the word "radio". The young person on camera is asked: "Do you listen to the radio?" "No." "So what do you listen to?" "FunX" (a youth station). "How?" "On my phone." "But that's still radio isn't it?" Video here.

Join us on a musical journey from the Golden Age of analogue mastering to the digital methods of today. We’ll find out why the music industry became obsessed with loudness, and learn how the digital era transformed the way that music sounds. 

In part two of the story of mastering, we explore the consequences of the Loudness War and call out some of the worst offenders. We’ll also hear about the artists and mastering engineers who have been fighting back, and learn how modern listening habits might finally put an end to this sonic arms race.   
Video Cameras in Radio Studios
Radio stations need to think differently about how they build and design a studio from the outset. The one key difference is that with TV, the presenter will always be looking at the camera. With radio, the presenter will rarely, if ever, be looking that way. They’re concentrating on making a radio programme. For that reason alone, they need to be thought of differently. Read more here.
An Oriental PsyOps Mystery – the story of Radio Spark 
The self-deception of an intelligence organisation by counterfeit material deliberately faked by its own staff or agents always makes for an intriguing story.

In fiction, such deceptions are the basis of Graham Greene's comic novel Our Man in Havana and John le Carré's The Tailor of Panama.

However, this story is not fictional... Read more here.






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