Global Cuts Back Local Programming At U.K.'s Galaxy, Heart
April 9, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PT)
Having just laid out a lot of money to buy GCAP MEDIA, U.K. radio group GLOBAL RADIO has announced that it intends to slash local programming at its stations and will network the company's HEART and GALAXY programming to all regions.
The company's plan is to air national programming across its AC HEART and Top 40 GALAXY stations with some local programming remaining in selected time slots. Twelve positions will reportedly be cut in the move, which will see networked GALAXY programming come from the station's LEEDS studios and HEART programming originating from LONDON. Morning and afternoon drives will continue to be local with national programming airing on local stations for most of the rest of the schedule. The changes are scheduled to take effect APRIL 28.
CEO ASHLEY TABOR said, "It will be national at the right time of day and local at the right time of day, offering people local programming when they really want it. What you end up with is a quasi-national radio station. People assume networking is about big name DJs. It's not, it's about quality presenters. If you take 50 different radio stations there cannot possibly be 50 good presenters at every station in a particular slot. Why not take the two or three quality class players and put them across the network."