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| Orion Media moves Mercia
to Birmingham, as reported by Radio Today
Posted on Friday,
July 8th, 2011 at 11:38
number of changes have been announced to staff at Orion
Media this week, including moving Mercia out of Coventry
to co-locate with BRMB at Brindley Place in Birmingham
and share mid-mornings.
Beacon is also on the move, leaving Tettenhall Road after 35 years in favour
of a less expensive out-of-town unit.
The newsteam across the West Midlands will also be reduced, with 10 journalists
now having to re-apply for one of eight positions.
Robin Banks, who hosts the network evening show across BRMB, Beacon, Wyvern and
Mercia is also leaving ahead of a new show being introduced, and Mercia will
network mid-mornings with BRMB.
Phil Riley, Group Chief Executive told RadioToday.co.uk: “Orion Media,
like all businesses, constantly reviews its property portfolio. On this occasion,
the company has taken the opportunity afforded it by a new deal at its Brindley
Place HQ to locate its Mercia commercial and production operations there – as
it is permitted to do within current OFCOM guidelines.”
He added: “Mercia will of course continue to serve Coventry and Warwickshire
with local output specifically made for the area throughout the majority of the
day, including the highly successful JD breakfast show. News, traffic and travel
and other information for Coventry and Warwickshire will continue to be broadcast
exactly as now. The station will continue to have a significant presence in the
area, including its long term commitment to ‘The Mercia Live Level’ at
the Ricoh arena, its partnership with Coventry City FC, its support of major
local events such as the Godiva festival, and its long-standing community commitments,
as evidenced by the recent highly successful Walk of Warwickshire, which the
station hopes to repeat next year. The station will continue to have a dedicated
local sales team, working with advertisers across Coventry and Warwickshire”.
Orion owns BRMB, Mercia FM, Beacon FM, Wyvern FM, Gold stations in Birmingham,
Coventry and Wolverhampton and Gem 106.
on 08/07/2011 at 13:56
move Mercia out of it’s TSA!?
Barney Rubble Posted
on 08/07/2011 at 17:06
Riley and Orion take its listeners for fools?
The day they move out of Coventry into Birmingham they are no longer local.
Just own up its a cost cutting exercise in these difficult financial times.
What Global do today the other groups follow like sheep.
The only commited local stations are Community.
on 08/07/2011 at 17:31
Very true Barney, so much for their promise to “bring back local radio” to
this area. One of the first things they did was close the Beacon 103.1 separate
service for Shropshire.
Never mind co-locating studios,Orion need to concentrate on the imaging of
their stations too, especially “Beacon” The jingles are dreadful and the
station logo just says “Beacon” made for Shropshire and the Black
Country. No indication that it’s a radio station. Besides, Wolverhampton
isn’t in the Black Country!
Andrew Whittington Posted
on 08/07/2011 at 23:09
Mercia WAS Coventry and Warwickshire. How can it be when
it is based in Birmingham? I presume the Coventry studio will be sold. I have
fond memories of when Mercia
Sound came on air and was a true local station with presenters that knew the
area and knew what they were talking about back in the 80s and early 90s. Sadly
the last 10 to 15 years has not seen a truly local radio service for the area
and now it’s going to disappear altogether. Very sad.
on 09/07/2011 at 22:48
makes sense financially, with regards to selling the Mercia premises,
I think they are leased
I believe they might own Tettenhall Road, doesn’t Global own that.
Dry_Sweeper Posted on 09/07/2011 at 22:51
have said if they don’t own Tettenhall Rd then
Gary Hynes Posted
on 10/07/2011 at 11:05
know one can stand accused of looking back through rose tinted spectacles
but, as a presenter
on Mercia Sound/Mercia FM from 1982 until
1994, I can only
despair at this news.
Do the powers that be honestly believe that listeners
and advertisers alike will want to continue to support a so called ‘local’ station
that doesn’t even have a presence in its own transmission area?
I consider myself very privileged to have worked with some truly great
and journalists during that period and we all prided ourselves on knowing
and being local ourselves. I fail to see how, whatever local output Mercia
continues to carry in the future, pulling local stories off the internet
from a newsroom in Birmingham serves anyone.
In my very humble opinion
cynical cost cutting excercise, pure and simple. These days I am very
proud to say that I contribute two programmes a week to a local, community
station in East Dorset called Forest FM (www.forestfm.co.uk). Very well
run, by volunteers and broadcasting some really great, high quality,
Nick Smith Posted on 12/07/2011 at 15:59
totally agree with Gary. Here in Northampton we
had Northants 96, until it got swallowed
up by Global
rebranded as Heart Home Counties.
The output is now
from Milton Keynes (serving from the old Horizon
FM station), as well as from Luton. The Bedford and Northampton
stations were closed down, and the ‘local’ news
ranges from Northampton, across Heartfordshire, right
down to South Mimms!
I volunteer for Inspiration FM
in Northampton, a small community station which we
put the Unity in Community! Our vision is to provide
a service to a multicultural community. It’s
a great station, everyone works very hard creatively,
and we help each other if we’re stuck. We also
provide the latest information, and vital community
reports (one example, we are promoting prostate cancer
awareness this week). None of these ‘local’ stations
provide this kind of service any more.
sad" ... Dave Jamieson
"...it was inevitable" ...Jim Lee
"...It was never the most architecturally attractive building, but it was
a great place to work and I was proud to be part of the Day One team at Mercia
Sound " ...Stuart Linnell
"...the end of a 30+ year heritage" ...Paul Robinson
"...I can only despair at this news" ...Gary Hynes
"...sadly very depressing" ...Jeff Harris
"...I wonder what, if any future Coventry has then for ''proper'' local
radio ?" ...Karl Stein
may have heard we’re
moving. Not far though.
Much as we’ve loved being at Hertford Place, this building
is, how shall we say this kindly, maybe not the best anymore.
We’ll spare you the story of the day that the studio
ceiling nearly collapsed.
Some great history here though, dating back to the Mercia
launch in 1980 – and we’re already sitting reminiscing.
Our sister station down the road in Birmingham has lots of
spare desks and they’re building some bright, new studios
for us so we’re going to move in there, given it’s
only half an hour away. The important thing, though is that
Mercia will continue – still proudly Made for Coventry
and Warwickshire. And – that means JD will still be
getting up every morning for the JD Show. And – still
our newsroom will focus on this patch.
You’ve probably noticed over the last few months too
that we’ve been doing loads of new activities locally:
from the great Walk of Warwickshire – to the Mercia
Live level at the Ricoh. Take that alongside the Cov City
commentary – and you can see where our loyalties lie.
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