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‘Missing’ sailor Robin Davie sends radio message

Image copyright Barry Pickthall/PPL Image caption Robin Davie has sailed around the world three times A solo sailor who sparked a search when he was not heard from for six days has sent a radio message to say he is safe, well, and on his way to Cornwall. Robin Davie, 67, left port in France on his yacht “C’est la Vie” on Saturday for the 300-mile journey to Falmouth. His brother reported him as overdue on Wednesday morning when there had been no contact. But on Friday the coastguard said…

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Zoe Ball on choosing her first song for Radio 2 Breakfast Show

New Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Zoe Ball has revealed how she chose what will be her very first song as she begins her new role next week. Ball replaced Chris Evans after he announced he would be leaving to host the breakfast programme on Virgin Radio. Speaking on BBC One’s The One Show, she told viewers her famous guest line-up included stars such as Saoirse Ronan and Hugh Jackman. Ball’s first Radio 2 Breakfast Show will be on 14 January. Source link

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Zoe Ball: I’m such a different person to my Radio 1 days

Image caption Zoe Ball’s first breakfast show for Radio 2 will be broadcast on Monday It’s fair to say Zoe Ball’s new breakfast show is going to strike quite a different tone to the one she hosted on Radio 1 in the late 1990s. “I remember our quiz Shop ‘Em or Drop ‘Em, where Hollywood stars would have to either give us a piece of gossip or drop their pants, and Samuel L Jackson dropped his jeans,” the presenter recalls to BBC News. “It was quite wild… I saw my…

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Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Artwork: A highly magnetised rotating neutron star. Astronomers say one of these could be a source of the signals Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown. Among the 13 bursts of fast radio waves, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away. Such an event has only…

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Stevenage shed radio DJ ready for BBC local radio slot

Image caption Deke Duncan in 1974 in his shed in Stevenage – and preparing for his New Year’s Eve show at BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable A DJ whose shed-based radio station was only ever heard by his wife is preparing to expand his audience after 44 years. Deke Duncan, 73, started playing records from his back garden in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1974. He was the subject of a BBC Nationwide television report, recently tweeted by BBC Archive, prompting BBC Three Counties Radio to track him down. He was…

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Chris Evans bids farewell to Radio 2

Image caption Zoe Ball will take over from Chris Evans in January Chris Evans bids farewell to BBC Radio 2 with his final show on Christmas Eve. The DJ’s last breakfast show comes three months after he announced he is leaving the slot after nine years, and a total of 13 years at the station. He will move to Virgin Radio in the New Year and Zoe Ball will take over, becoming the first woman to host Radio 2’s breakfast slot. It is Europe’s most popular radio show, although Evans’…

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Argentina radio host ordered to have feminists on show

An Argentine radio host accused of misogynist diatribes has been ordered to host a feminist guest every week for five months as part of a deal with prosecutors, reports say. Angel Etchecopar must not interrupt his guests for 10 minutes, nor can he criticise them after they finish. It comes after prosecutors accused him of gender discrimination. He had used his programme on Radio 10 to attack feminists as “feminazis” and “disgusting people”, Le Monde reported. Prosecutor Federico Vilalba Diaz told La NaciĆ³n newspaper that Etchecopar had been charged with…

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Rochdale bongs replace Big Ben on BBC Radio 4 at Christmas

Image caption Rochdale will be the only bells – other than Big Ben – used over the festive, says BBC Radio 4 The traditional Big Ben bongs on BBC Radio 4 will be replaced by bells from Rochdale town hall on Christmas Eve. Chimes from the Greater Manchester town will herald the 18:00 GMT news bulletin as a “special festive replacement”. BBC Radio 4 normally broadcasts Big Ben live but has been broadcasting recordings since August last year when the bells fell silent for repair works. Rochdale Borough Council leader…

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BBC Radio Shropshire’s Vicki Archer’s death was suicide

Image copyright Vicki Archer Image caption Vicki Archer was described as “an incredibly talented person” by her co-host A BBC radio presenter who left her show while it was on air and was found dead at her home hours later took her own life, an inquest has heard. Vicki Archer, 41, had a history of depression and had made two previous attempts to kill herself, Shropshire Coroner’s Court was told. She had emailed a colleague to say she was upset and was found hanged at her Shrewsbury home on 6…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside pulled by radio station, citing #MeToo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The song was recorded for the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter and won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950 It’s a Christmas classic probably being played in shops and radio stations all over the world. But a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio has decided to remove Baby It’s Cold Outside from its playlist following complaints from listeners. Local media report that listeners said the song was inappropriate and at odds with the #MeToo movement. But a poll conducted on the station’s Facebook page…

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