2007 in British radio

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This is a list of events in British radio during 2007.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • No events

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • No events

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • No events

August[edit]

  • 3 August – All stations in the Classic Gold and Capital Gold networks are replaced by a new network called simply Gold, the result of the merger of the Classic Gold and Capital Gold networks under one owner, GCap Media.
  • 11 August – BBC Radio Cleveland is rebranded as BBC Tees due to its broadcasting area no longer being associated with the name Cleveland.
  • 13 August – Concern is expressed for Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy following her slurred speech throughout the day's edition of her Dawn Patrol programme. Blaming a sore throat, she presents the following day's show as normal, before taking a month-long break, leaving the show to be presented by colleagues Pete Mitchell, Alex Lester, Aled Jones and Richard Allinson.[11] It was later reported that Kennedy was recovering from pneumonia,[12] and she returned to work on 10 September.
  • 23 August – GMG Radio confirms that Mark Goodier's mid-morning show on 102.2 Smooth Radio will be syndicated across other Smooth stations in the network from September.[7]
  • 31 August – In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo, television writer Jimmy McGovern describes the BBC as "one of the most racist institutions in England" because of the lack of ethnic people in prominent positions. The BBC responds by saying it is "actively seeking and nurturing ethnic talents both on and off the air."[13]

September[edit]

  • 12 September – CTR 105.6 is rebranded as KMFM Maidstone.
  • 25 September – Heat Radio re-launches with presenters and showbiz news throughout the day, having previously been a music only service.[14]
  • 30 September – BBC Radio 1 celebrates its 40th birthday.[15]

October[edit]

  • 19 October – Michael Parkinson announces he will leave his Sunday morning Radio 2 show, Parkinson's Sunday Supplement after 11 years.[16] He presented his last show in December.[17]
  • 31 October – The BBC issues an apology following comments made by Sarah Kennedy on her Dawn Patrol show the previous week. In a segment about the importance of wearing visible clothing in winter road conditions, she joked that she had almost run over a black pedestrian because she couldn't see him in the dark.[18]

November[edit]

  • No events

December[edit]

Station debuts[edit]

Closing this year[edit]

Date Station Debut
29 January River FM 2003
23 March Saga 105.2 FM 2005
Saga 105.7 FM 2001
Saga 106.6 FM 2003
102.2 Smooth FM 2005
100.4 Smooth FM 2004
27 March 3C 1998
5 October Radio Music Shop 2006

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah-Jane returns to Heart FM for breakfast". Birmingham Mail. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Titchmarsh gets weekly R2 show". Radio Today. 10 January 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Channel 4 to challenge the BBC in digital radio, DTG News, 7 June 2006
  4. ^ "Source Radio AM Launch in Coventry University's FOCUS newsletter". Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Lucy Lynch (7 March 2007). "Student radio will reach more ears". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Parsons and Allen join Smooth". Radio Today. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Plunkett, John (23 August 2007). "Goodier Smooth show will be networked". Media Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Varma, Anuji (1 May 2007). "If she gets her head chopped off, it will serve her right; what BBC presenter said about mum Faye". The Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Thelwell, Emma (25 June 2007). "Chrysalis sells three radio stations". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Re-discovering my father". BBC. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Entertainment | Slurring presenter blames illness". BBC News. BBC. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Donovan, Paul (26 August 2007). "Foot in mouth". London: Times Online. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "TV's McGovern calls BBC 'racist'". BBC News. BBC. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Exciting news: Heat Radio has JUST launched!". Heatworld. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Radio 1 Established 1967". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Parkinson leaves his Radio 2 show". BBC News. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "Parkinson bows out with honour". BBC News. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  18. ^ "BBC apologises for 'racial slur'". BBC News. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Welsh stations ban Leon's debut single – X Factor News – TV". Digital Spy. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "BBC censors The Pogues' Christmas classic". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "Radio 1 backs down in Pogues row]". BBC News. BBC. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  22. ^ Knight, Sam (16 February 2007). "Broadcaster and critic Sheridan Morley dies". London: The Times. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  23. ^ Cleland, Gary (2 October 2007). "Veteran broadcaster Ned Sherrin dies of cancer". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "Psychiatrist and broadcaster Anthony Clare dies". Reuters. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  25. ^ Young, Kevin (30 December 2007). "Ex-BBC DJ Greening dies aged 44". BBC News. Retrieved 18 December 2009.