A Scotland-wide broadcasting of pooled programmes is expected to begin today across the AM frequency of some of the country’s best-known radio stations.
Stations such as Clyde 2 and Northsound 2 are all owned by the Bauer Media Group and it is believed that, from today, they will be all broadcasting the same output, save for local news and also local breakfast shows.
The new menu of programmes is to come under the control of a new Director for AM Scotland at Bauer: Ally Ballingall, managing director at Radio Tay.
allmediascotland.com understands the roster to comprise:
Local breakfast 7-11am
Darren Adam 11am-3pm
Gary Marshall 3-7pm
Jim Symon 7-10pm
Martyn Landles 10pm-1am
Non-stop music 1am-7am
The stations involved are Clyde 2, Forth 2, Northsound 2, Tay AM and Westsound.
Darren Adam is from Forth 2, while Gary Marshall and Jim Symon are both Clyde 2. Martyn Landles is from Northsound 2.
It has yet to be formally announced how many presenters are losing their jobs following the amalgamation of programming. On Friday, the Edinburgh Evening News was reporting (here) that Saturday’s advice programme, Open Line – on Forth 2 and presented by Father Andy Monaghan – was to be the last, after 30 years on air.
Another casualty is understood to be Clyde 2’s Bill Smith.
Says Graham Bryce, managing director for Scotland at Bauer Media of Ballingall’s appointment: “Ally is passionate about the future of Scottish radio and knows exactly what listeners want. He is simply the best person for this new role which will allow him to focus his energy and passion on the listener experience and deliver broadcasting excellence for the AM output.
“Our strategy is to grow the long term listenership of our AM stations and we’re confident the changes along with this new role will improve the quality of the product and build listenership as we transition the stations to digital.”
Ballingall’s career has gone from strength to strength since starting out at Radio Tay’s sales team in 1980. He quickly moved into programming where he presented the popular morning show for 12 years, climbing the ranks to programme director before taking the MD position nine years ago.
He has also worked at Bauer sister station, Clyde.
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