How long will capital go on fm for

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How long will capital go on fm for

Post by radionortheast » Fri Apr 12, 2024 2:59 pm

:lol: :lol: Wondering fm seems to be becoming more like am with oldies stations :rip , you have the greatest hits taking over all the local radio transmitters to provide a national station, then think there is also hits radio, i've heard people talking about else were, it seems to be the remaining commercial radio transmitters that its going to be using, maybe keeping the old rds names for now.

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Re: How long will capital go on fm for

Post by outis » Fri Apr 12, 2024 4:22 pm

radionortheast wrote: Fri Apr 12, 2024 2:59 pm :lol: :lol: Wondering fm seems to be becoming more like am with oldies stations :rip , you have the greatest hits taking over all the local radio transmitters to provide a national station, then think there is also hits radio, i've heard people talking about else were, it seems to be the remaining commercial radio transmitters that its going to be using, maybe keeping the old rds names for now.
eventually perhaps. But not anytime soon.

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Post by radionortheast » Sat Apr 13, 2024 9:08 am

Thinking about it they might just flip it to another station which plays 80’s/90’s a few songs from today, I looked it is owned by global, , that already plays that format through Heart fm. I wonder myself I suppose this would be abit far fetched, if they might filp the transmitter over in humberside that at the moment relays capital on 105.8 to Heart, at the moment Heart has only one main transmitter, no fm transmitter over there, Capital has two main transmitters. I can’t say the amount listening to either station on fm, i’m sure they must know how many people are listening to each transmitter, I suppose its the only thing keeping them on.

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Post by handleyman » Fri May 17, 2024 7:53 am

The real scandal is how it ever got a situation where the big corporate bullies can just 'flip' stations at will. No-one else gets a look in, and those existing licences were hard fought over with pledges of localism and ownership. I can't see another country where radio has become so scandalous and the so-called 'regulation' so corrupt. And as for DAB....

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Post by Albert H » Fri May 17, 2024 6:51 pm

The history of commercial radio in the UK is a sad one.

The very first commercial station (in Oct 1973) was LBC - simulcasting a news and comment service on 97.3 MHz FM and on AM 1152 kHz. In the early days, it provided a superb news service, which was branded as "Independent Radio News", and later sold "down the line" to other UK commercial radio stations.

The next station - a few weeks later - was Capital Radio, again simulcasting on FM and AM. The early days of Capital were characterised by some experimental programming and - during this earliest period - it was a pretty exciting commercial pop station.

Other stations sprang up around the country - Hallam in Yorkshire, Orwell in Ipswich, City in Liverpool and BRMB in Birmingham. Many more followed....

Many of the stations began to suffer financially during the 80s, and the first changes of ownership began. Subtle consolidation of stations began into radio "Groups". The ownership rules became blurred, with Chrysalis (a record company) buying up several stations. IMAP *(a publishing company) bought up a number of stations, and other companies sprang up to buy up as many stations as they could. The early "independent" operations were all subsumed into these various media conglomerates.

It must be noted that many of the new owners of the stations were the types of company specifically barred from station ownership under the original Commercial Radio rules - record companies, advertising agencies, publishing companies and so on were all specifically banned by the rules in an effort to prevent cross-media ownership. Ownership from outside the UK was also banned, but Clear Channel (a huge American media conglomerate) bent the rules by setting up "nominee" companies to own the stations on their behalf.

The IBA and - later on - OFCOM (both of whom were meant to uphold the rules) were very obviously corrupted by the big media companies. The ownership rules were tweaked, the advertising time per hour was increased radically, and commercial radio in the UK collapsed into its current abysmal state.

DAB just allowed more of the same rubbish. It started quite well, with the "serious" music services having high data rates to allow pretty good broadcast quality in areas of good coverage, but soon enough the data rates were reduced, until now we have "music" stations transmitting at 64 kb/s in mono - quality roughly as good as a crappy cassette tape played down a telephone!

UK commercial radio is virtually worthless these days. Audiences were first diluted, then diminished, as the quality of programming fell to worse than Hospital Radio standards.

It's just a matter of time before the expensive transmitters are turned off as "uneconomical". A truly sad state of affairs.
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Re: How long will capital go on fm for

Post by rigmo » Fri May 17, 2024 11:19 pm

That's their plan program.. control of population through other media..

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