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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

Illegal radio station in Chiang Mai raided and closed

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

What a lark! BBC to broadcast birdsong

Radio 3 is to broadcast a track of birdsong every Sunday morning as it launches a “slow radio” bid to help the nation get back to nature.
The BBC station is to run snippets of birdsong at around two minutes long, as part of a new breakfast-time feature starring nightingales, cuckoos and garden warblers.
Radio 3’s version will...

04 May 2016

Shock! Horror! Prince Harry says “arse” on live radio!

Prince Harry said "arse" as he was interviewed live on BBC Radio 2's breakfast show.
The 31-year-old royal uttered the swear word as he talked to host Chris Evans about the upcoming Invictus Games.
Talking about the games he said: "It is epic amounts of fun, and it's for everyone. And these guys are fantastic...

28 April 2016

Man who slashed his friends throat for changing the radio station gets six years

An Oregon man who slashed his friends throat in November 2015 because he changed the radio station has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
Santos Kuyam (pictured) 27, was drinking in a car with friends when he told fellow passenger Mario Salazar-Castillo not to change the radio station.

23 April 2016

Brazilian radio host killed during live broadcast

A Brazilian radio announcer was killed by two assailants who shot him during a live broadcast.
The attackers, who had knocked on the door and been allowed in, shot Joao Valdecir de Borba (pictured) in the abdomen after locking one of the announcer's co-workers in the restroom,
The suspects subsequently fled in a dark-...

15 March 2016

Radio Legend Charlie Tuna dead at 71

Longtime L.A. radio personality Charlie Tuna has died at the age of 71, passing away "peacefully in his sleep," while at home in Tarzana, California, the city for which he served as honorary Mayor since 1977.

His real name was real name was Art Ferguson and was part of the legendary KHJ Boss Jock  lineup, starting at both KROQ and KIIS and...

01 March 2016


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