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Issue:- Monday, 25 April 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 7.

Digital radio listeners in Liverpool have improved DAB digital radio coverage

LIVERPOOL'S DAB radio coverage has been improved, when 2 new digital radio transmitters went live. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, pressed the big green retune switch at 9.30am, in the Lady Mayoress' Parlour, Liverpool Town Hall, on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, mark this historic moment. Also with the Lord Mayor was Ford Ennals, Digital Radio UK; Chris Rick, Radio City Network; Vicki Allison, Radio City; Andy Ball, BBC Radio Merseyside; Graham Sarath, Capital Liverpool, who are all in the photo kindly sent to us via Digital Radio UK.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said:- "The Liverpool community is served by a great variety of local DAB radio stations. I'm delighted that now even more listeners in Liverpool will be able to hear these important and well loved stations on digital radio."

The new digital transmitters being switched on sadly meant local radio users had to retune in order to continue to listen to all of the current 11 local BBC and commercial stations available on DAB. These stations are:- BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio City, Radio City 2, Radio City 3, Radio City Talk, Smooth North West, Capital Liverpool, Heart North West, Heat, Kisstory and Absolute 90's.  But it is not a hard thing to do, unlike with analogue, as it just takes a push of a button!  Listeners simply press the auto tune or auto scan button on their DAB digital radio or go into the radio's menu and press auto tune. More information can be found online
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Interestingly even though, in the UK, the DVB-T system (Digital Video Broadcasting; Terrestrial) was mostly successful, when the analogue terrestrial television system was switched off in 2012, it's still unlikely that radio will be as easy to do. The push is now on in the UK, as our Government has proposed a new deadline of 2020 to go all DAB or they will then look at abandoning the idea altogether. Oddly as the EU vote looms, Norway who are not members of the European Union (EU) have announced the end of analogue radio in Norway. They plan to be the 1st country to turn off 1 of 5 FM transmitters, on 11 January 2017! But many are pointing out that radio is going more and more online, so will radio as we know it stay by the time the UK goes fully DAB? Your views please, to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

Fact File:-
Did you know that DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting?

The old frequency was - VHF Block 11B, at 218.640 MHz, that was turned off late on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.

The new frequency since Wednesday, 20 April 206, is marked as VHF Block 10C, at 213.360 MHz.

Celebrating the Queen's Birthday in Formby

PHYSICAL Fest, in collaboration with Bluecoat and PANDA, are holding an international symposium on comedy in art, What's there to laugh about? at Bluecoat, on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.  Aimed at artists, programmers, academics, comics, and anyone interested in the art of laughter, this lively daylong symposium will question how humour is currently used in performance making, presenting and programming.

It will feature provocations from leading artists, comics and industry professionals, including:-

Sam Avery (Artistic Director of The Comedy Trust)
Hilary Chaplain (USA physical comedienne)
Robin Graham (founder of Feelgood Communities CIC and He is co-founder of the Laughter Network)
Sean Kempton (Cirque Du Soleil)
Kerry Leigh (professional comedian, MC and compere)
Hazel O'Keefe (founder of Dulcet Sounds, Laughing Cows Comedy, Comix Live, and The Women in Comedy Festival)

The key speaker is John Wright, the internationally renowned teacher, director and author of acclaimed book Why is that so funny? Wright is founder member of the acclaimed theatre companies, Trestle and Told by an Idiot.

This participatory symposium offers the chance to explore and discuss a range of subjects and questions, including:- the use of comedy in programming, training and education; what are the boundaries of comedy in art and how are they being pushed?; what is the value and use of comedy in creating theatre or art?; and what are the methods, styles and influences in the creation of comedic work?

This event has been organised in collaboration with Bluecoat's exhibition:- Double Act - Art and Comedy (running until Sunday, 19 June 2016) which explores how comedy helps us to shape meaning and negotiate the complexities of everyday life. 

Book before 1 May 2016, to receive a £10 discount for organisations, artists and freelancers. Conference price includes lunch and refreshments.

To book your place go to the Blue Coat's website.

£40 for organisations.
£20 for artists and freelancers.
£10 for PANDA Members and Physical Fest attendees.

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