1985 - 2018
In Talking Radio 1985 – 2018, we will be looking at the promises made in 1985 by the then Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) when they claimed to be issuing new community radio licenses and clearly stated these licenses would be going to new people and not the current established radio company’s.
Horizon Radio first then JFM, Solar and others took notice of what the IBA was saying and ceased transmissions and applied for one of those new licenses. At this time we had millions of British people behind us and had proved there was a need for our kind of broadcasting. Non of the stations that worked hard to show there was a need for alternative broadcasting was considered for a license, which begs the question Why.
Did Douglas Hurd (MP – RIP) and his advisors the IBA in 1985 make the biggest mistake in UK broadcasting history, by forgetting the youngsters of the day, who even today have nothing to relate to except Strictly Come Dancing, so retreated to their bedrooms & started playing war games and the likes of and later to the street corners, hence most of today’s problems in the younger generation who simple do not have anything else to do. >>>TBC
BBC Radio Governers
We stood a gasp in 1986 when a top BBC engineer stood in court and stated that it would take £1 million pounds (1986 prices) to set up a radio station. The magistrate (Richard Bransons father) was well out of his depth on this and believed the statement. Yet the truth of the matter was Horizon Radio London was listened to in Hoddesdon and Welwyn Garden City in the north, Southend in the East, Brighton in the South and Reading in the West. >>> TBC.
KISS FM – EMAP
Most people where happy when one of the followers to Horizon Radio, JFM and Solar gained a broadcast license. Gordon Mac’s Kiss FM took to the airways with a breath of fresh air. But it did not last very long as Gordon was forced out by his own family EMAP who took over. EMAP was one of the big broadcasters of the time and later sold its magazines and radio businesses to Bauer (Germany) for £1.14bn. Does money talk and big business rule >>>TBC
Radio Today Satisfying or Broken Dreams?
We will come back to Talking Radio 1985 – 2018, after the full Horizon Radio London story has been completed. In the mean time we would like you to comment on radio of today and the promises made back in 1985.
Do you think the radio services you receive today are value for money? Every household and many businesses in the UK pays the BBC £147.00 a year (less the private company that polices the collection) for broadcasting services. You get radio from the likes of Capital Radio and Heart Radio (who own most of the franchises) free as they get their revenue from advertising, like their TV counterparts. (All based on status of the listener).
Is Radio and TV today delivering to the customer (as we are) value for money or are some living in dreamland? The BBC said in October 2017 they needed another £500 million as they had a shortfall (TV license fee to go up?), yet gave £10 million back to BBC local radio to produce night-time local programs few listen to.
- Which radio station do you prefer listening to?
- Do you listen to your local BBC radio station?
- Are you satisfied with the radio you receive today?
- Do you listen to DAB?
- Do you listen to Internet radio?
- Do you have any suggestions for the radio of the future?
Stations like Solar Radio (with over 10 years experience) who provide a soul jazz music service 24/7 on satellite/internet and pay for it no doubt themselves are deprived of a chance to prove themselves on air, like they where in 1985. Is this fair? >>>
Before we comment further here, we would like to know what you think about the Radio service you get in the UK.
Please hit the contact button below and let us know what you think >>>TBC
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