Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port
Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port was a drivetime radio programme, broadcast on Absolute Radio. The show ran for two hours, between 6pm and 9pm, Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 8pm on Fridays. Presented by Geoff Lloyd, it featured his'symposium', comprising himself, Annabel Port, Gareth Evans and newsreader Tania Snuggs. A daily podcast of the previous afternoon's show was produced. During the introductions of each of the podcasts, Geoff read out dedications sent in by listeners, known as a Podication. On 18 January 2017, Geoff announced on air that the show will be coming to an end in Spring 2017; the final show was broadcast on 12 April 2017. Geoff Lloyd is a British radio presenter, he began presenting on Virgin Radio in 1998 alongside Pete Mitchell, moving to the breakfast show in 2003. In 2005, he and Pete left the breakfast slot and Geoff began his own late-night show, The Geoff Show in early 2006. In September 2008, the show was moved to an early evening slot when Virgin Radio became Absolute Radio.
Annabel Port is a British radio presenter. She began working at Virgin Radio in 2001, reading the travel news on the Pete and Geoff breakfast show, she worked on the Geoff Show from 2006 on Virgin Radio, has co-presented the show since it began in September 2008. Greg Burke is a newsreader for Absolute Radio, reads the news and sport for the show. Gareth Evans, is the producer of the show, makes occasional on air contributions. Nelson Kumah is a former producer of the show who mysteriously disappeared without any send off by the team or explanation. Dan Benedictus is the assistant producer of the show, he hosts a show on one of Absolute Radio's sister station, Absolute Radio 90s, on Sunday evenings. Introduction - Geoff says: "It's x minutes past five, it's Absolute Radio, I'm Geoff Lloyd and it's hometime". After jingles etc. Geoff introduces the team who all give a cheerful "hello" over the jolly tune of We're from Barcelona by I'm from Barcelona. Geoffanory: A play on the BBC programme Jackanory, in which Geoff presents a phone in topic and gives an example story from his own life, asking the callers to better it.
Calls are put on the air, with texts and e-mail read out by Annabel. Talk to the Animals: An occasional feature where callers who are close to an animal are invited to call in. If they can get the animal to make a noise within 10 seconds, they win a prize. Annabel's All Star Postbag: A feature where Annabel Port reads letters sent into the show by famous people; the background music for the section is an old Geoff Show favourite, Typewriter Tip Tip from the Typewriter Scene of the 1970 film Bombay Talkie. Record of the Week: Each week, Geoff chooses a song and plays it each day, as his record of the week. Podication: Carried over from the Geoff Show days, this feature appears at the end of the podcast editions of each show. Listeners can email in and ask for a specific day's podcast to be dedicated to them or someone they know, with Geoff reading their email out. Members Only Hour: From 7pm Monday to Thursday, the show is only open to members. Geoff advises non-members to tune to another station, playing obscure songs and audio clips and pretending they are other stations.
Listeners are asked to submit their'apologies' for missing Members Only Hour via Twitter and Facebook. A selection of these are read out by Annabel. There is either phone-in topic revealed, deemed too high-brow for the usual listeners. Bands play live sessions during this segment. Feed the Trolls: Every day Annabel is tasked with finding a popular news article and creating a comment that will cause a response. Comments are the opposite to the general view of comments on the site, the comment is written earlier in the day to get maximum response. Funny responses and the how it was received are read at the end of the show on Monday - Thursday and just before 7pm on a Friday; the show regularly featured music sessions from bands and singers, many of which are available to watch on the show's website. I Want to Be Adored: A caller was asked a series of questions by Geoff and the symposium told the caller what they thought of him/her. Listeners were encouraged to text in either'pass' or'fail', depending on whether or not they liked the person, with Annabel reading the percentages out and determining whether the person is or is not liked and loved by general society.
A prize was given, for going through such an ordeal. The theme tune was "I Want; this feature was dropped in January 2009. A Pause for Port: Annabel tells a story about a song she listened to earlier that day; the story begins nicely, but Annabel starts to analyse the lyrics and draw negatives from them, with the story ending with how she would engage in some sort of self-harm rather than listen to the song again. Geoff plays the aforementioned song; this feature was discontinued in July 2009. The Big I Am...: Carried over from Geoff's old evening show, a feature where listeners have to text in a description of what they are doing, starting with the words "I am" in the style of the original social networks, with all Facebook status updates once having to begin with "I am". Annabel read out a selection to "I Am" by Gloria Gaynor; this was a daily feature. Any Other Business: This feature was broadcast Mon-Thurs, just after 7 o'clock and showcased late listener c
The Geoff Show
The Geoff Show was a humorous radio program, broadcast on Absolute Radio from 3 January 2006 to 25 September 2008. The show ran for three hours, between 1 am, Monday to Thursday. Presented by Geoff Lloyd, it featured his'symposium', comprising himself, Annabel Port and his producer Nelson Kumah. A daily podcast of the previous night's show was produced. During the introductions of each of these podcasts, Geoff read out dedications sent in by listeners; those who send letters through the post were rewarded with a Geoff Show badge, which were handmade by Annabel Port. On the podcast of the 11 December 2007 show, it was announced that Tony would be leaving his position as producer to take a promotion elsewhere within Absolute Radio, his replacement, Nelson Kumah began on 7 January 2008. As part of the re-brand to Absolute Radio, Geoff moved to Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show, in the afternoon slot. On 16 September 2008 he announced that the Geoff Show was going to end on Thursday 25 September 2008. Podications: Every Podcast was dedicated to listeners who contacted the show in a'podication'.
This was not broadcast on air, but recorded after the show and appeared at the start of each podcast. Phone In topics: Topics were suggested by Geoff and Nelson illustrated by an example. Listeners contacted the station with their ideas and experiences. There was a standing list of 101 different topics on the website. Porting Controversy: A humorous, self-opinionated debate against held beliefs by Annabel, such as'The Mona Lisa is a good piece of artwork' and'Reading is fun'. Drunk Versus Stoned: A quiz in which someone, drinking alcohol competes with another listener, smoking cannabis in order to win a prize, not to reward them for their activity, but to give them an alternative; this was to examine the detrimental effects of alcohol. In the last Geoff Show on 25 September 2008, the scores of the'Drunk Versus Stoned' game was Stoned with 1 more win than drunks; the Big'I Am...': Listeners had to complete the sentence'I am...' with whatever they were doing or thinking, Annabel Port read out the texts every night.
Annabel's Letter: Where Annabel writes an open letter to a famous person and gives them career or relationship advice. Nelson's Special Offers: The closeout feature of the show where listeners would either text or email in with either a name of a city/town in the British Isles or a type of business and Nelson had to procure a discount for Geoff Show listeners at that place in that city/town; the Dead of the Night: A competition in which Tony describes a dead person's life and the listeners, along with Geoff and Annabel, guess the way in which he dies. The prize was a CD accompanied with an audio book. Now the prize ranges from sexual toys to CD packs; the Shitting Forecast: In an attempt to topple the shipping forecast in the late night ratings, listeners called in to tell Geoff what they had to eat that day and Annabel predicted how their bowel movement would be the following morning. This was taken off the air as the quality of the callers had decreased and it did not topple BBC Radio 4. Traditionally, when Geoff asked the caller whether their bowel movements were regular, the caller would reply "I'm as regular as clockwork, Geoff!"
The Dirty Book at Bedtime: An erotic story read by Annabel Port. What the Hell are we going to do on Monday night's show?: A feature on Thursday nights, where three options were given for a one-off feature for the next Monday. Examples include'Strong thong','hackney cab vs acne lad' and'mop gear'. A game with a fellow DJ: Geoff talks to the presenter who succeeds The Geoff Show and plays a game with them. Robin Burke's game is entitled "Rocking Robin" and his theme is the Michael Jackson song of the same name. Geoff asks Robin a question about himself; the twist comes. In that case, Geoff asks the replacement presenter a question about Robin's personality and they have to estimate the answer from what they know about Robin; when Steve Harris presents the following show, the game is entitled "Call My Band" - Steve reads out three band names, two of which are not real bands. The Symposium have to try and guess, the real band name. Steve's theme is the theme tune from Call My Bluff. Greg Burns's game is "Chinese Burns", where Geoff explains to the listeners that he suspects China is soon to be the dominant world power.
Geoff asks Greg a question concerning China,'in an effort to discover more about our Chinese masters'. Night fever: Tony, the patient, gives the symptoms of a well known illness to the doctors and Geoff, who do not what it is and the listeners call in and diagnose Tony; the prize for a correct diagnosis is a first aid kit. You Say It's Your Birthday, It's My Birthday Too, Yeah!: This is a weekly competition that takes place on a Wednesday in which Geoff goes head to head with a caller that "dares to take on the mighty Geoff" threatening to "geoffocate" on them. The caller has the choice of what subject. Geoff goes out of the recording studio room and the caller answers as many questions right as they can. Geoff takes his turn to answer the same questions. Geoff has to answer more questions than the caller if he is to win the prize. If there is a draw, the caller wins the prize and Geoff feels cheated as he "didn't answer any less amount of questions than the caller-in did"; the prize for the winner is an item from the show's sponsor "i want one of those.com".
The Sensual Olympics: For 5 weeks, every Wednesday, a Sensual Olympics event takes place between Geoff, Nelson and
The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it was connected with Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society, such as George Bernard Shaw, a founding director, they had supported The New Age, a journal edited by A. R. Orage, but by 1912 that journal moved away editorially from supporting Fabian politics and women's suffrage. Today, the magazine is a print-digital hybrid. According to its present self-description, it has a liberal, political position; the magazine was founded in 1913 by members of the Fabian Society as a weekly review of politics and literature. The longest-serving editor was Kingsley Martin, the current editor is Jason Cowley, who assumed the post in 2008; the magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Johnson.
The magazine was affectionately referred to as "The Staggers" because of crises in funding and circulation. The nickname is now used as the title of its politics blog. Circulation has surged again in recent years. In 2016, the certified average circulation was 34,025. Traffic to the magazine's website that year reached a new high with 27 million page views and four million unique users. Associated websites are CityMetric and NewStatesman Tech. In 2018, New Statesman America was launched; the New Statesman was founded in 1913 by Sidney and Beatrice Webb with the support of George Bernard Shaw and other prominent members of the Fabian Society. The Fabians had supported The New Age but that journal by 1912 had moved away from supporting Fabian politics and issues such as women's suffrage; the first editor of the New Statesman was Clifford Sharp, who remained editor until 1928. Desmond MacCarthy joined the paper in 1913 and became literary editor, recruiting Cyril Connolly to the staff in 1928. J. C. Squire edited the magazine.
In November 1914, three months after the beginning of the war, the New Statesmen published a lengthy anti-war supplement by Shaw, "Common Sense About The War", a scathing dissection of its causes, which castigated all nations involved but savaged the British. It created an international sensation; the New York Times reprinted it as America began its lengthy debate on entering what was called "the European War". During Sharp's last two years in the post, from around 1926, he was debilitated by chronic alcoholism and the paper was edited by his deputy Charles Mostyn Lloyd. Although the Webbs and most Fabians were associated with the Labour Party, Sharp was drawn to the Asquith Liberals. Lloyd stood in after Sharp's departure until the appointment of Kingsley Martin as editor in 1930 – a position Martin was to hold for 30 years. In 1931 the New Statesman merged with the Liberal weekly The Nation and Athenaeum and changed its name to the New Statesman and Nation, which it kept until 1964; the chairman of The Nation and Athenaeum's board was the economist John Maynard Keynes, who came to be an important influence on the newly merged paper, which started with a circulation of just under 13,000.
It absorbed The Week-end Review in 1934. The Competition feature, in which readers submitted jokes and parodies and pastiches of the work of famous authors, became one of the most famous parts of the magazine. Most famously, Graham Greene won second prize in a challenge to parody his own work. During the 1930s, Martin's New Statesman moved markedly to the left politically, it became anti-fascist and pacifist, opposing British rearmament. After the 1938 Anschluss, Martin wrote: "Today if Mr. Chamberlain would come forward and tell us that his policy was one not only of isolation but of Little Englandism in which the Empire was to be given up because it could not be defended and in which military defence was to be abandoned because war would end civilization, we for our part would wholeheartedly support him."The magazine provoked further controversy with its coverage of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. In 1932, Keynes reviewed Martin's book on the Soviet Union, Low's Russian Sketchbook. Keynes argued that Martin was'a little too full of good will' towards Stalin, that any doubts about Stalin's rule had'been swallowed down if possible'.
Martin still allowed it to be printed. In a 17 September 1932 editorial, the magazine accused the British Conservative press of misrepresenting the Soviet Union's agricultural policy but added that "the serious nature of the food situation is no secret and no invention"; the magazine defended the Soviet collectivization policy, but said the policy had'proceeded far too and lost the cooperation of farmers'. In 1934 it ran an interview with Stalin by H. G. Wells. Although sympathetic to aspects of the Soviet Union, Wells disagreed with Stalin on several issues; the debate resulted in several more articles in the magazine. In 1938 came Martin's refusal to publish George Orwell's celebrated dispatches from Barcelona during the Spanish civil war because they criticised the communists for suppressing the anarchists and the left-wing Workers' Party of Marxist Unification.'It is an unfortunat
Absolute Radio is one of the UK's three Independent National Radio stations. The station rebranded to its current name at 7:45 am on 29 September 2008; the station plays popular rock music. It broadcasts on medium wave and DAB across the UK, on 105.8 FM in London, Virgin Media and Freesat. It is available in other parts of the world via satellite, on the Internet; as of 31 December 2013, international streaming via the internet has been discontinued. Absolute Radio is a patron of The Radio Academy. Absolute Radio is owned and operated by Bauer Radio of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group, it forms part of Bauer's National portfolio of radio brands; the 1990 Broadcasting Act allowed for the launch of independent national radio stations in the United Kingdom. The Radio Authority was mandated to award three INR licences, one of which had to be for a'non-pop' station, one of which had to be for a predominantly speech-based service; the remaining licence was to be open to'all-comers'. The licences were to be awarded to the highest cash bidder, providing that the applicant met criteria set down in the Broadcasting Act.
The second national licence, INR2, would take over the 1197 kHz and 1215 kHz frequencies, which were to be relinquished by BBC Radio 3. The licence was advertised in October 1991 and five organisations bid: the Independent National Broadcasting Company of Sheffield, which bid £4,010,000 per year; the TV-am/Virgin consortium was awarded the licence in April 1992, after the Radio Authority said that it was not satisfied that Independent National Broadcasting would be able to sustain the service. That year, TV-am lost its ITV franchise and its stake in the radio station was sold in March 1993 to Apax Partners, JP Morgan Investment Corporation and Sir David Frost; the station launched as Virgin 1215 at 12.15 pm on 30 April 1993. The original line-up of DJs included Richard Skinner, Russ Williams, Jono Coleman, Mitch Johnson, Graham Dene, Nick Abbot, Wendy Lloyd, Tommy Vance, Emperor Rosko and Dave Fanning. Chris Evans was hired to present a Saturday morning show, following his success at BBC GLR in the weekend mid-morning slot.
The Show, The Big Red Mug Show was sponsored by Nescafe. The first song was a cover version of the Steppenwolf song "Born to be Wild", recorded by Australian group INXS. Richard Branson was the first voice to be heard, live from the Virgin Megastore in Manchester, with Richard Skinner the first voice back in the London studios. Skinner was programme director, a role he shared with John Revell. John Pearson was launch sales director, a role he had held at LBC. Andy Mollett was launch finance director. David Campbell managing director of one of Virgin's post-production television companies, was the chief executive at launch. From before its launch on AM, Virgin Radio was campaigning for a national FM network, it lobbied for Radio 4's FM network to be made available and when the Radio Authority launched a consultation on the use of the 105–108 MHz band, it lobbied for it to be set aside as a national network. The Radio Authority decided, that 105–108 MHz would be licensed to new local and regional stations and Virgin Radio applied for and won one of the new FM licences advertised in London as a result.
Virgin Radio launched on 105.8 MHz FM in London on 10 April 1995 beginning with a message from broadcaster David Frost at 6 am followed by the Russ'n’ Jono breakfast show. Part of the licence requirements for the London service meant that a daily London opt-out was broadcast on FM, presented by Rowland Rivron. Within a year, Virgin Group was considering the next steps for the radio station, including the option of a flotation or buying back the shares of JP Morgan and Sir David Frost. In May 1997, it was announced that Capital Radio had agreed to acquire Virgin Radio in an £87 million deal. Capital's plans included moving Virgin Radio from 1 Golden Square to Capital's Leicester Square building and splitting programming between the AM and FM services; the Radio Authority approved the acquisition, but Nigel Griffiths, the Consumer Affairs Minister, referred the takeover to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. The MMC report into the takeover would not be issued until January 1998, would recommend that the deal could only go ahead if Capital Gold was sold or Virgin's London FM licence was left out of the deal.
However, the delay in approval of the Capital acquisition would lead to the deal not going through. In January 1997, Chris Evans had left his role as presenter of the Radio 1 breakfast show as a result of a disagreement between him and the programme controller Matthew Bannister. Evans was keen to return to radio and it had been reported that his agent, Michael Foster, had approached Matthew Bannister to ask if Evans would be allowed to be return to Radio 1, he had gone as far as commencing negotiations to buy Talk Radio. Richard Branson wanted Evans to work for Virgin Radio, so much so that he joined him on a Concorde flight to New York to try to persuade him to join as the drive time presenter. In the end, Virgin Radio hired Evans to present the breakfast show, replacing the incumbent Russ'n' Jono show, his show started on 13 October 1997, the same day
Adrian Chiles is a British television and radio presenter working for BBC Radio 5 Live. Chiles co-presented both The One Show and Daybreak with Christine Lampard, he was the chief presenter for football coverage on ITV Sport from 2010 until 2015. His journalistic training and love of football resulted in his presenting business programmes such as Working Lunch and The Money Programme as well as sports programmes like Match of the Day 2. Chiles was born in Quinton, Birmingham, to an English father and Croatian mother, moved a few miles away to Hagley, Worcestershire at the age of four. A feature of his presentations is his Birmingham accent, he speaks Croatian, despite having a self-confessed imperfect understanding of the language's verbs and cases. Chiles started his education at Haybridge High School, worked in his father's scaffolding business, before graduating with a degree in English literature from the University of London. Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre's musical production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson's The Cheese.
After university, while waiting for his broken leg to heal from an amateur football incident he applied for and failed both Civil Service exams, before being asked to apply for MI5 — he failed the second interview. He studied journalism at Cardiff and worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World. Chiles joined the BBC for work experience on Business Breakfast. Chiles' experience from Financial World Tonight led to him fronting the BBC Two business show Working Lunch, where he came to popular notice, he has since created and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two the 2003 series So What Do You Do All Day? A look at the lives of the rich and famous, Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen's finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries. From 2006 until 2009, Chiles presented the spin-off series of the popular UK television show The Apprentice called The Apprentice: You're Fired! in which he interviews the latest candidate to be fired.
He left the BBC in 2009, was replaced by Dara Ó Briain. During August 2006 Chiles co-presented a pilot of a new BBC One early-evening magazine programme, The One Show; the programme was re-commissioned for 2007 with Chiles returning as host. Chiles' last appearance on The One Show was on 30 April 2010 and his favourite guest from the programme, rock singer Robert Plant, appeared again, his final show saw video tributes to an emotional Chiles from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and political leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg. In April 2007, Chiles was a guest host of BBC One's satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You. In January 2016, Chiles returned to BBC television, where he fronted a 2-part religion/travel series My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles for BBC Two. In July 2016, he presented a special edition of Panorama called "Why We Voted to Leave: Britain Speaks" for BBC One. On 1 January 2019, he hosted a follow-up programme on BBC Radio 4 called “Brexit: bewitched, bothered or bewildered?” in which he spoke again to the same people - more than two years on - on how they now felt about Brexit.
In November 2016, he fronted one-off documentary Whites v Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation for BBC Two. Chiles co-presented Christine and Adrian's Friendship Test, a three-part documentary series with Christine Lampard; the series was broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland in November 2017. In August 2018, Chiles presented a BBC Two documentary entitled Drinkers Like Me in which he admitted to drinking in excess of 100 units of alcohol per week and investigated why alcohol had become such a big part of his life; as part of the programme, a doctor carried out a Fibroscan liver test on him, which produced a score of 8.9, indicating mild/moderate fibrosis of the liver and significant hepatic steatosis. When the BBC won back the rights to Premier League football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage, he was a member of the BBC's World Cup team bringing viewers late night highlights.
He was a main presenter of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage and was one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing. After news media speculation suggesting that the BBC wished to increase the popularity of The One Show on Fridays by introducing Chris Evans alongside Christine Lampard in an extended one-hour format, Chiles was said to be discussing a contract with ITV. After Evans was confirmed as the new Friday presenter in a revamped one-hour format, Chiles left the BBC for ITV in a four-year contract, speculated to be worth £1million per year. Chiles left the BBC on 30 April 2010. From May 2010, Chiles fronted ITV's football coverage, he made his ITV debut on 24 May 2010. On 6 September 2010, he made his first appearance on Daybreak, ITV's new breakfast television programme; the show failed to capture a larger market share than its competitor Breakfast, on 18 November 2011 it was announced that Chiles would be axed from the show. He was replaced by Dan Lobb. In January 2011, Chiles began presenting That Sunday Night Show on ITV, which returned for a second series in September 2011 and a third in January 2012.
His contract with ITV came an end on 20 April 2014. However, he signed a new contract to purely host ITV's football coverage; the new contract
Radio Academy Awards
The Radio Academy Awards, started in 1983, were the most prestigious awards in the British radio industry. For most of their existence, they were run by ZAFER Associates, but in latter years were brought under the control of The Radio Academy; the awards were referred to by the name of their first sponsor, Sony, as The Sony Awards, The Sony Radio Awards or variations. In August 2013, Sony announced the end of its sponsorship agreement with The Radio Academy after 32 years; the awards were named The Radio Academy Awards. In November 2014, it was announced that The Radio Academy would not be holding the awards in 2015, would be looking for other ways to recognise achievement in the future; the awards were relaunched in 2016 as the Radio Industry Awards. The awards were organised into various categories, with nominees being announced a few weeks before the main awards ceremony; the categories varied each year, were decided by an annual committee, with the aim to include all the main areas from music and speech through to radio drama and sport, not discriminating against station size, or niche categories.
In most categories, five entries were shortlisted with the top three awarded Bronze and Gold. Some categories only three entries were shortlisted, with only a Gold winner awarded. In a number of special categories there was no shortlist a winner; the 26th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 12 May 2008. The BBC World Service won four awards, including Journalist of the Year for Owen Bennett-Jones. Guests included Edwyn Collins, Joan Collins, Boris Johnson, Al Murray, Will Young who all presented awards; the 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini and Terry Wogan, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 30 April 2007. The Sony Broadcasters' Broadcaster Award, a special prize to mark the 25th year of the awards, was given to John Peel, who died in 2004; the award was received by Peel's widow. Guests included a selection of actors and broadcasters who all presented awards; the 24th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8 May 2006.
Stephen Nolan became the first person to win seven gold Sony awards. Guests included Dame Edna Everage, Lenny Henry and Jeff Wayne who all presented awards; the 23rd Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 9 May 2005. The BBC won 22 awards including 5 awards for BBC Radio 1. Guests included Alice Cooper, the tennis player Annabel Croft, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher, BBC Radio 4's Sue MacGregor, Ulrika Jonsson, Heather McCartney and Shakin Stevens who all presented awards; the 22nd Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 12 May 2004. Commercial radio won a number of the top awards but BBC Radio 4 retained the UK Station of the Year award. Guests included Sir Elton John, Penny Lancaster, Amy Winehouse who all presented awards; the 21st Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8 May 2003.
BBC Radio 4 won six awards including UK Station of the Year. Guests included Grace Jones, Sam Fox, Tony Blackburn, Meatloaf who all presented awards; the 20th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 2 May 2002. BBC Radio 4 won the most awards. Guests included the singers Jarvis Cocker and Feargal Sharkey, actress Janet Suzman, the girl group Sugababes who all presented awards; the 19th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Paul Gambaccini, was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 30 April 2001. The BBC won gold awards in 23 out of 30 categories. A new category, Digital Terrestrial Station, was introduced; the winner of the lifetime achievement award, Chris Tarrant, criticised the commercial sector for suppressing spontaneity in radio. The 18th Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 2 May 2000. BBC Radio 4 was the most nominated station, with 24 entries, received four awards.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that broadcasts news, discussion and phone-ins. It is the principal radio station covering sport in the United Kingdom, broadcasting all major sports events staged in the UK or involving British competitors. Radio 5 Live was launched in March 1994 as a repositioning of the original Radio 5, launched on 27 August 1990, it is transmitted via analogue radio in AM on medium wave 693 and 909 kHz and digitally via digital radio and via an Internet stream. Due to rights restrictions, coverage of some events is not available online or is restricted to UK addresses; the station is a department of the BBC North division. The success of Radio 4 News FM during the first Gulf War led the BBC to propose the launch a rolling-news service; the plan was to broadcast a rolling news service on BBC Radio 4's long wave frequency but this was met with considerable opposition, both internally and externally, so the BBC decided to close BBC Radio 5 and replace the old service's educational and children's programmes with a new news service, whilst retaining the sports programmes.
BBC Radio 5 Live began its 24-hour service at 5 am on Monday 28 March 1994. The first voice on air, Jane Garvey went on to co-present the breakfast and drive-time shows with Peter Allen; the Times described the launch as "slipp smoothly and confidently into a routine of informative banter" and The Scotsman as "professionalism at its slickest". The news of the first day was dominated by the fatal stabbing at Hall Garth School in Cleveland, the first of many major incidents which the network covered live as they unfolded; the tone of the channel and more relaxed than contemporary BBC output, was the key to the channel's success and set the model for other BBC News services in the decade. The first audiences were some four million, with a quarter million. Among the key editorial staff involved in the design of programme formats and recruitment of staff for the new station were Sara Nathan editor of Channel 4 News, Tim Luckhurst editor of The Scotsman newspaper and Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent.
In 2000, the station was rebranded with a new logo which would remain with the station for another seven years. In addition, on 2 February 2002 a companion station, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, was launched as a digital-only service to complement the range of sport and to avoid clashes. Throughout this period, Five Live gained several awards including five Sony Awards in 2005; the station began to further its boundaries with the publication of the Radio Five Live Sporting Yearbook. In August 2007, BBC Radio 5 Live was given a new logo in line with the rest of the BBC Radio network, a new background design featuring diagonal parallel lines. In 2008, the BBC announced. In 2017/18, it was noted the station not only remained as having the fourth highest cost-per-user of all the BBC radio output, but whose costs increased – rising from 2.3p per hour the previous year to 2.5p per hour, therefore equal to 1Xtra. The audience Appreciation Index figure did not increase, remaining at 79.9. BBC Radio 5 Live broadcasts in AM on the medium wave frequencies 693 and 909 kHz nationally, with the frequency 990 kHz used in Cardigan Bay.
Uniquely to the BBC Radio network, it is the only station, neither purely digital nor broadcast in analogue FM. It is however broadcast in stereo on FM & DAB on BBC Local Radio overnight from 1 am until BBC Local Radio commences morning broadcasts from 5 am. BBC Radio 5 Live is broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru in stereo from midnight until 5:30 am, on BBC Radio Scotland from 1 am until 6 am and on BBC Radio Ulster from midnight until 6:30 am. In addition to the AM output, the station broadcasts digitally in mono on DAB Digital Radio, on television through satellite services such as Sky, cable services such as Virgin Media, DTT services such as Freeview and through IPTV; the station broadcasts programmes live through the BBC iPlayer Radio website, which allows replaying programmes up to a month after the original broadcast. The service is available on the Radioplayer internet site run by the BBC. Before the launch of digital broadcasting, BBC Radio 5 Live had broadcast on analogue satellite with near-FM quality.
For many years, the station operated from four floors within the News Centre at BBC Television Centre, because of the close connections between the station and BBC News, the co-location of BBC Sport. However, as part of the corporation's plan to sell off Television Centre, the decision was made in 2008 to move BBC Radio 5 Live to the new broadcast hub at MediaCityUK; the move itself took two months. The new studios occupy a single floor in Quay House, with two studios large enough for several guests and a separate studio for large groups. Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo, Rhod Sharp & a guest host Morning Reports with the overnight newsrea