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Regular radioinfo contributor Ian MacRae posts industry news that comes into the categories of rumour, gossip, scandal and radio people behaving badly. Macca encourages you to submit anything you think fits and is keen to receive any feedback on stuff you see here. You can contact him at ian@allaboutradio.net

Hackers silence radio station’s online stream

San Fransisco Bay Area radio station KQED was hit by hackers, who knocked out the station’s online radio stream for hours.
 
In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, communications manager Brenda Tucker had this to say about the apparent hack: “KQED observed suspicious activity late Thursday afternoon on several computers on the IT network. Our...

18 June 2017

BBC apologises for tasteless radio quiz

The BBC has apologised for a distasteful radio competition urging listeners to ‘guess the well-known person’ - Moors Murderer Ian Brady.
 
Following his recent death, BBC Radio Leeds DJ Nathan Turvey (pictured) made child-killer Brady the subject of his Sunday morning quiz.
 
During his Sunday morning...

25 May 2017

Arizona radio station under investigation for child porn PSA

An oldies country music radio station serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received threats.
 
KAVV-FM owner Paul Lotsof said in an interview that he does not like child pornography but...

12 May 2017

BBC DJ faces Ofcom probe over jokes made about ‘Essex girls’

Radio One DJ Scott Mills’s (pictured) show is being investigated over jokes about Essex girls and “knickers” which sparked complaints.
 
Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, has confirmed it is looking into the comments – which listeners said were sexist and derogatory.
 
Jokes included “What’s the first thing...

05 April 2017

U.S. radio station hacked with anti-Trump song

A Louisville radio station reported hackers hijacked the airwaves and broadcast an anti-Donald Trump song on the day of his inauguration.
 
Non-profit WCHQ 100.9 FM Program Director Gary Sampson said the clip was of a song by rap artists YG & Nipsey Hussle titled, "FDT (F*** Donald Trump)." The song interrupted WCHQ's...

23 January 2017

Illegal radio station in Chiang Mai raided and closed

AS REPORTED BY THE BANGKOK POST...
 
At the request of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, a combined government force on Thursday raided a radio station run by media activist Therdsak Jiamkijwattana in Muang district for allegedly disseminating information that could cause division in society.
 ...

16 December 2016

Radio journalist shot dead outside home in Northern Mexico

A radio station in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua says one of its reporters has been shot dead outside his home.
 
Antena Radio in the state capital, also called Chihuahua, says prosecutors are investigating whether Adrian Rodriguez's work may have been a motive.
 
Antena Radio adds that Rodriguez...

11 December 2016

Radio DJ claims Taylor Swift's accusation 'defies credibility'

A former disc jockey who was fired from a radio station in Denver after Taylor Swift (pictured) alleged that he groped her is firing back in court, saying her story “defies credibility.”
 
David Mueller was fired from KYGO after an alleged incident backstage at a Swift performance...

16 November 2016

Man arrested for attempting to destroy radio antennas said signals were hurting his head

The man who allegedly attempted to burn down an antenna farm near Albuquerque told police that "the signals were hurting my head".
 
Brian Dorais was charged with the incident, in which a fire was set at about 2am and explosive devices placed in an attempt to destroy the site, which holds the towers for most of the market's FM and TV...

04 November 2016

BBC’s Chris Evans under fire for ignoring minute’s silence

Chris Evans has come under fire for ignoring a minute’s silence for the Aberfan disaster (pictured) on his Radio 2 breakfast show.
 
Listeners heard the BBC host laugh and joke through an interview with rock star Phil Collins.
 
The radio star was accused of “arrogance” on the 50th anniversary of the...

26 October 2016

Pakistan enforces complete ban on Indian TV and radio content

Amid tensions with India, Pakistan's media regulatory authority decided to enforce a complete ban on Indian TV and radio contents and warned that the licences of those found guilty of violating the ban will be suspended.
 
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) stated it decided to ban airing of Indian content from October 21 at the request...

21 October 2016

Mum complains after stars including Bowie, Freddie and Prince fail to ‘turn up’ for gig

An angry mum has blasted radio station bosses after taking the day off work to see a star-studded gig ‘featuring’ Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Prince.
 

46 year old Sarah Vermouth let rip at UK station JackFM Oxfordshire after the headline acts were all, not surprisingly, a ‘no show’ for the  festival – made up for...

15 October 2016

Paedophile ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning jailed for 13 years

Chris Denning, the disgraced Radio 1 DJ,  has been jailed for 13 years for assaulting 11 victims, some as young as eight, as it emerged he "offered" one of his victims to another BBC presenter who replied that he "didn't do that sort of thing".
 
The prolific paedophile, 75, used his fame to sexually abuse dozens of young...

15 October 2016

Presenter claims he lost BBC radio job because he was white and male

A BBC radio performer and writer says the reason he was axed from a show he has appeared on for 18 years is because it is being recast with “more women and diversity”.
 
Jon Holmes, (pictured when he had a job), part of the team behind the Now Show, a hit BBC Radio 4 program, tweeted about the reasons for his dismissal: “Sad to...

05 October 2016

Radio 1 DJ flips his car while avoiding a ginger cat

BBC DJ Nick Grimshaw said he wasn’t hurt after he crashed his car near his home in London while trying to avoid running over a cat.
 
He was on his way to the Radio 1 studios when the accident happened.
 
"I came out of my street, turned right, saw quite a large ginger cat. I was like, 'Oh no, a cat.' Rather than...

24 August 2016

Ex-BBC DJ admits child sex offences

Disgraced Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning (pictured) has pleaded guilty to 21 historical child sex offences as part of a police investigation into  a youth disco.
 
The prolific paedophile, 75, admitted abusing 11 children, some as young as eight, between 1969 and 1986.
 
He pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London...

23 August 2016

‘Disgusting' and 'cruel' radio phone-in competition

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld complaints made against Manchester-based radio station Key 103 over a phone-in competition dubbed ‘Heartless Hotline’. (Pictured on air)

During the segment listeners were invited to ring the station to present their case for why they deserved to win a particular prize. The prize could then be “stolen” by another listener if they...

03 August 2016

Pakistan bans contraceptive advertisements on radio & TV

Pakistan has banned airing advertisements of contraceptives on radio and after complaints that such "undesired" commercials make children inquisitive about the use of the family planning products.
 
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed the ban after it received complaints from parents against commercials of contraceptive, birth control and family planning products on electronic media.
 
The regulatory body warned of legal...

30 May 2016

Texas radio station employee killed - man confesses to random act of violence

The San Antonio County Sheriff's Office were called to check out a death at The Ranch, 92.3 KRNH, a country music radio station.
 
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said a radio station employee was found dead by another employee. The victim, identified as Sherry Ruth Francis, was killed in the parking lot.
 
...

28 May 2016

Interview with Paul McCartney’s son terminated after three minutes

BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Nick Coffer ended an interview with James McCartney after three minutes because the songwriter only wanted to talk about his new record.
 
Coffer said McCartney, 38, (pictured with his famous dad), had “blown it” before cutting off the chat, adding he always attempts to provide...

07 May 2016

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