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CMU ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 2012: TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES
My introduction to Tokyo-based trio Trippple Nippples came just over a year ago in the form of ambient pop track 'Goldenroad'. Whether this is the best route into their music or not is debatable, but if nothing else it ensured maximum impact at the moment I discovered just how unrepresentative of their sound it was. More typical tracks, such as 'LSD', show off a kind of frantic, tribal pop - a description that matches their unforgettable live shows more>>
 
APPROVED: CHAIRLIFT - SOMETHING DEMOS
I love any excuse to replay Chairlift's 'Something' LP, so a new EP featuring prototypes of five 'Something' tracks is fair game. Set for localised release on 17 Dec to raise monies for New York's post-Hurricane Sandy renewal schemes, it comprises demos of 'Wrong Opinion', 'Take It Out On Me', 'Sidewalk Safari', 'Aamanaemonesia' and 'Grown Up Blues', each one a slightly skeletal frame of its studio-quality equivalent more>>
TOP STORIES
- BPI set to sue Pirate Party over Pirate Bay proxy
IN THE POP COURTS
- Police raid east London venue 93 Feet East
RELEASE NEWS
- Sigur Rós to release Mystery Valtari DVD
- Blood Red Shoes name new EP
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Dave Grohl won't tour with QOTSA, sorry
FESTIVAL NEWS
- Festival line-up additions
BRANDS & STUFF
- Beyonce announces new Pepsi partnership
- Rob da Bank named ambassador for Ellen MacArthur cancer charity
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- CD Baby has paid out $250 million to its rights owners
- MU publishes report on musicians' pay
THE DIGITAL BUSINESS
- Pandora launches in Australia and New Zealand
- Trent Reznor working on new streaming service with Beats
- 7Digital announces Acer alliance
THE MEDIA BUSINESS
- Bauer DJ drops prank calls in respect for Middleton nurse
- Emma Bunton to co-host Heart breakfast in London
- Capital London programming chief steps down
AND FINALLY...
- McCartney blames "bloody great bell" for poor Olympics performance
KILIMANJARO LIVE – ARTWORK DESIGNER
Kilimanjaro Live Ltd are concert and festival promoters and organisers based in London, working on around 400 shows per year. We are seeking a talented designer to join our small but effective marketing team to create the artwork which is used in print advertising and general marketing for our live shows, including adverts such as those seen in at the back of Kerrang or the NME. This artwork regularly needs to be created in very short timescales and with a minimum of supplied material.

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DOMINO – RADIO PLUGGER
Domino is looking for a new radio plugger to join its in house promo team. The successful applicant will work within Domino’s current radio structure and will have an extensive knowledge of UK radio. He or she will need established relationships at radio and a proven track record of working successful releases.

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VMS LIVE - PROMOTER/BOOKER
An experienced promoter/booker is required to work in our events team. Based in Manchester the position will include overseeing the booking of events for all four Manchester Academy venues, as well as into the company’s other venues around the UK. The ideal candidate will already have a well established network of industry contacts and must be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of negotiating and delivering shows at all levels.

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BPI SET TO SUE PIRATE PARTY OVER PIRATE BAY PROXY
No surprises here. After sending a polite letter last month to the Pirate Party UK asking that it stop operating a proxy making it dead easy for UK web-users to access The Pirate Bay, record label trade body the BPI is now preparing to go legal.

As much previously reported, earlier this year the BPI secured injunctions forcing all of the major internet service providers to block access to their customers to The Pirate Bay, after a judge ruled that the controversial file-sharing service was liable for authorising infringement. However, web-users who know what they are doing can circumvent the block. And one of the easiest ways to that is to click on the proxy button on the Pirate Party's website.

Last month the BPI asked the political group to stop operating the proxy link. Pirate Party chief Loz Kaye initially said he was taking legal advice on the matter, but it now seems that he and his supporters are preparing for a fight on this. A spokesman for the BPI has told the BBC: "Despite our efforts to resolve the matter amicably, it is clear that the Pirate Party are determined to continue providing access to the illegal Pirate Bay site. Our solicitors will now be formally writing to members of the Pirate Party's national executive committee".

For Kaye and the Pirate Party, the blocking of websites like The Pirate Bay is a freedom of expression issue, with their supporters claiming that courts 'censor' the internet when they stop people accessing certain websites on copyright grounds alone. It's not a minority viewpoint by any means, and was much cited in the US at the start of the year when Congress was considering two separate proposals for legislation to introduce web-blocking of copyright infringing websites in the States. A loud cry of "censorship" by the mainstream tech community, led by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, knocked those (albeit not especially well constructed) bits of proposed legislation very much into the long grass.

In a statement on its website, the Pirate Party wrote yesterday: "Censorship is never the right answer. Censorship, in any form, interferes with crucial freedoms and rarely delivers on its aims. Censorship's only effect is to hide underlying problems or pretend they do not exist, rather than dealing with them directly. In the meantime, legitimate expression is curtailed".

Of course any system that has the power to block mainstream access to websites does need to be operated carefully, though realistically the internet was always going to be censored to a point, and already is, for example in a bid to stop fraud and the distribution of footage of sexual abuse.

Given how easy it is for sites to inadvertently infringe copyright, the extension of web-blocks to target those web services guilty of infringement does need to be even more carefully managed, though rights owners would argue that even the most cautious system shouldn't protect a site as deliberately created to encourage and enable others to infringe copyright as The Pirate Bay.

And the censorship of The Pirate Bay isn't, really, an attack on freedom of expression at large, given creators who may have used the site to distribute their works have access to a plethora of other free online distribution platforms that operate a better system for protecting copyright. And realistically, most Pirate Bay supporters aren't creators with a message to express anyway, but content consumers who just want free access to the latest Lady Gaga album or an episode of 'Glee'.

Nevertheless, the Pirate Party reckons that web-blocking is fundamentally wrong, and seems hopeful that if the BPI goes ahead and sues over its TPB proxy, the party can have its day in court to present those arguments.

Though it seems unlikely any judge will want to discuss the principles of web-blocking itself in any such litigation, with any case instead likely to focus on whether injunctions can be sought to stop individuals or organisations from helping others to circumvent web-blocks put in place by previous injunctions. Such a debate has already begun in the Netherlands where anti-piracy body BREIN has also pursued legal action against the local Pirate Party over a TPB proxy, after earlier forcing ISPs to block access to the Bay.

The Pirate Party has now put out a plea to its supporters to come forward with donations should it face a legal battle with the BPI, noting on its website: "If we face a legal challenge, and it seems likely that we will, we will need money. We will need to assemble a legal team that is capable of putting together a case that will not only keep the proxy in place, but also settle the issues surrounding the arbitrary censorship of the web".

Perhaps they could record a fundraising single. They'd have to let their members 'express' themselves by giving the song away for free, of course, but think how much they could make out of touring.

The BPI's pending battle with the Pirate Party over the TPB proxy follows news last week that the major labels in Ireland are also going to court to try and force various net firms there, namely UPC, Imagine, Vodafone, Digiweb and Hutchison 3G, to block access to the file-sharing site. Irish ISP Eircom already blocks access to the Bay as part of its previous agreement with the record industry that also saw the net company introduce a slightly controversial three-strikes system for combating piracy.

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POLICE RAID EAST LONDON VENUE 93 FEET EAST
East London nightclub and live venue 93 Feet East was raided on Friday night as part of a 48 hour operation by the capital's police to crackdown on crimes related to venue licensing. Operation Condor, which was launched in February, saw police officers visit premises across London between 8am on Friday and 8am on Sunday, with 297 arrests in total on a variety of charges.

Involving 175 police officers, a helicopter and several police dogs, the raid on 93 Feet East was the biggest of the operation, taking place just after 10pm on Friday night. Police arrested five people on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs, two people were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, one for being drunk and disorderly and one on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. An additional arrest was made against another individual for "being the owner/occupier of premises being concerned in the supply drugs".

Met Police Commander Mak Chishty, who led the operation, said: "Yet again we have seen Operation Condor bring in excellent results from our concerted efforts involving thousands of officers being deployed all over London over the past two days. Licensing impacts upon everyday community life - in our shops and supermarkets this means people do not sell knives, harmful substances or alcohol to young people; in our pubs and clubs it means that alcohol is sold and consumed in a responsible way, on our roads it means that vehicles, such as taxis, are properly licensed and safe".

He added: "These are just some examples of how licensing affects all of our daily activities, and we will continue to commit resources to this and work extremely hard with our partners to tackle these areas in the future".

Although shut down on Friday evening, 93 Feet East was seemingly back up and running again on Saturday, and continues to operate as normal.

Watch footage of the raid here.

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SIGUR RÓS TO RELEASE MYSTERY VALTARI DVD
Sigur Rós are compiling the sixteen videos shot as part of the band's Valtari Mystery Film Experiment into a DVD.

The band gave a number of film-makers the same modest budget and asked them to create "whatever came into their head" when they listened to songs on the recent Sigur Ros album 'Valtari'. Said the group: "The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom".

XL Recordings promise we'll all be able to buy the resulting DVD digitally on 5 Feb 2013, or in physical format from 5 Mar 2013.

The last sixteenth of the collection is Italian-Canadian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi's visual spin on 'Valtari' tracks 'Dauðalogn' and 'Varúð', so look at that now.

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BLOOD RED SHOES NAME NEW EP
Brighton rock lot Blood Red Shoes have opted to release a new EP entitled 'Water', and will do so on 21 Jan 2013. Their first project since third LP 'In Time To Voices', the duo taped its three tracks whilst on tour in Dallas, Texas this past October with studio vet John Congleton.

Comments BRS' Steven Ansell: "The songs themselves are some of the most out-and-out rock riffs we've ever written, inspired a lot by driving around the USA and pure badass rock n roll immediacy - they're much looser, faster, and less considered than 'In Time To Voices' and we wanted to capture that feeling and not make it too perfect".

Play the EP in its entirety now via SoundCloud.

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DAVE GROHL WON'T TOUR WITH QOTSA, SORRY
It seems Dave Grohl's new tenure with Queens Of The Stone Age is to be studio-based at most, so that's a shame.

Talking to US radio station 101.1 WCBS-FM about his latest collaboration with the band, the moonlighting Foo Fighter denied he'd be touring with Josh Homme et al, despite having played drums on their upcoming sixth LP.

As was mentioned last month, QOTSA's untitled new record will also feature ex-bassist Nick Oliveri.

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FESTIVAL LINE-UP ADDITIONS
Following the announcement last month of a handful of bands already confirmed for the line-up of next year's Reading and Leeds festivals, organisers have now announced the first headliner. And it's that Eminem chap, who by next August should have released his eighth studio album.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in festival line-up news, Essex-based reggae fete One Love has added far in excess of one new artist; Dutch rock revel Pinkpop has unveiled Queens Of The Stone Age, The Script and Triggerfinger, all of whom will be playing in advance of headliners Green Day on the festival's Sunday itinerary; and Standon Calling hails American hip hop all-stars De La Soul as its very first live confirmation. Extra details on all that to follow:

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 23-25 Aug 2013: Eminem. www.leedsfestival.com

READING FESTIVAL, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 23-25 Aug 2013: Eminem. www.readingfestival.com

ONE LOVE, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex, 16-18 Aug 2013: I Jahman Levi, David Rodigan, Sister Nancy, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC, General Levy, Talisman, Renegade Live feat Ray Keith, Joshua Moses, Buckey Ranks, Lord Gelly's Sound System, DJ Glamour, Andrew Fresh, Digitaldubs, Mixmaster Morris, Kenni Wenna, Direct Impact, Skamanians, Digikal Roots, Sniffa Ranks, Arfur B, Mostec, Dubforce, Patrick IOJ, Sammy Dread, Gregory Fabulous, Daddy Morse, David Judah, Naffi I, Bag-E, Arkital Sound feat Ruben Da Silva, Chris Cultire, Defcon One, DJ Arcane, DJ As-If, King Spinner, East Court, Inasound, Junglettes Jungle Rollerz feat Rumble, J-Project, Kotch, Lady Jane, Lionsound, Lotskee, Ma Quest, Mr Horsewell, Platinum Sound, Voytek, Xnation feat Kernal MC. www.onelovefestival.co.uk

PINKPOP, Landgraaf, The Netherlands, 14-16 Jun 2013: Queens Of The Stone Age, The Script, Triggerfinger. www.pinkpop.nl

STANDON CALLING, Standon Lordship Manor, Hertfordshire, 2-4 Aug 2013: De La Soul. www.standon-calling.com

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BEYONCE ANNOUNCES NEW PEPSI PARTNERSHIP
Beyonce is to ally once again with Pepsi as part of a $50 million branding campaign, acting as PepsiCo's creative representative on a series of tba projects.

As per conventional band-brand collaborations, Ms Carter nee Knowles - who has featured in various Pepsi ads since 2002 - will star in a new advert for the cola drink, the premiere of which will coincide, coincidentally, with her half-time appearance at the 2013 Super Bowl. Pepsi-preferring pop-lovers may also want to purchase special edition cans, decorated with an image of Beyonce's face, which will arrive in shops in the new year. Pepsi will also sponsor the singer's 2013 world tour.

These elements are all similar to recent Pepsi deals with the Michael Jackson estate and Katy Perry. However, in addition to that lot, the company has also announced the launch of a Creative Development Fund through which Beyonce can fund creative projects of her choosing.

Said Beyonce: "Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve. As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity".

PepsiCo's Brad Jakeman added: "Consumers are seeking a much greater authenticity in marketing from the brands they love. It's caused a shift in the way we think about deals with artists, from a transactional deal to a mutually beneficial collaboration".

And, conveniently, all that has happened as artists (and the wider music industry) look to get more out of brands, Jakeman adds, meaning more extensive and creative deals are already on the table. Speaking to the New York Times, he continued: "We recognise that there have been massive disruptions in music industry: lower investment in artist development, fewer points of distribution, financial constraints. We look at those disruptions as opportunities for Pepsi".

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ROB DA BANK NAMED AMBASSADOR FOR ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER CHARITY
Sunday Best and Bestival boss Rob Da Bank has been announced as a new ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. The charity, launched by sailing record breaker Ellen Macarthur in 2003, helps young people recovering from cancer to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

Apparently a keen sailor himself, Da Bank recently joined one of the charity's boats to take part in the Round The Island Race, a 50 mile race around the Isle Of Wight, of which he said: "It was great to be out on a boat, even better with these amazing kids. They've been through things that most of us will never imagine and it's just fantastic to see them out there vivacious and full of life. To get these young people out of hospital and out of their homes and actually teach them something new is such a special thing".

Of his appointment as an ambassador, he said: "I was really flattered to be invited in as an ambassador, I do a lot of work on and off the Island with young people and top of my agenda is to try and give hope to people, whether they're ill or can't get a job or whatever it is. The Trust helps young people all round the country, I love what they do and it just ticks all the boxes for me. I've done a lot with my life and career and I definitely think it's time to give things back and get stuck into other people's lives as well as my own, I want to spread the word of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust".

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CD BABY HAS PAID OUT $250 MILLION TO ITS RIGHTS OWNERS
CD Baby has paid out $250 million to the artists and rights owners it works for, the independent music distributor has announced. $50 million of that was paid out this year.

One of the first distribution firms to specifically target bedroom labels and DIY artists, CD Baby initially helped its clients sell CDs (as its name suggests), but is now better known for helping smaller rights owners get their content into download stores and streaming platforms.

Despite operating in an increasingly competitive market place, CD Baby says it is now distributing over four million tracks on behalf of its clients. Commenting on the $250 million pay out landmark, CD Baby president Brian Felsen told reporters: "For years, we've been paying musicians every single Monday, but to have hit the 250 million mark for payouts, that's a big achievement for the artists who work with CD Baby, and I want to both congratulate and thank them".

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MU PUBLISHES REPORT ON MUSICIANS' PAY
The Musicians' Union has published a new report on pay levels for self-employed professional musicians, showing that over half take home annual earnings of under £20,000, while 60% have had to work for free in the past year. The latter stat links in to the MU's previously reported 'Work Not Play' campaign, which aims to explain why professional musicians cannot and should not be expected to play for free.

Commenting on his organisation's 'The Working Musician' report, MU General Secretary John Smith called on the government to do more to support music, both through arts subsidy, but also by doing more to tackle piracy, which he says affects grass roots musicians as well as big rights owners.

Smith told CMU: "So many of the MU's members are SMEs battling against a tide of arts cuts and reduced income due to piracy. Small but significant investment by Government could make all the difference in the struggle to survive. What's also interesting is that of the musicians surveyed who receive royalty payments; over half said that they represented an important additional source of income for them. This finally puts paid to the argument that ordinary musicians do not benefit from copyright".

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PANDORA LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
While it tackles the tricky PR challenge at home of trying to force the royalties it pays record labels and music publishers down (through Congress and the courts respectively) while presenting itself as an artist-friendly service, Pandora has finally taken a step beyond the United States, launching its streaming music service in Australia and New Zealand.

Pandora has only ever officially operated in the US, though in its early days the system for blocking out international users was somewhat slacker than it is today, so it did have many users elsewhere for a time. Founder Tim Westergren always indicated a wish to expand into Europe, though said that royalty demands from collecting societies over here made such a plan unfeasible.

Tracks have been licensed in Australia via the Australasian Performing Rights Association and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society, and in New Zealand via PPNZ Music Licensing. It's not clear what kind of royalties will be paid, though in a filing with the US Securities And Exchange Commission announcing the Australasian launch, the publicly-listed digital firm said it would pay "less than 25% of revenue" to rights owners in New Zealand.

Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy told Billboard earlier this year that expansion of the service overseas was reliant on local rights owners offering what he considered realistic royalty rates. Though the extensive reach of the mobile internet in Australia and New Zealand would also have made those markets particularly attractive, given the number of US Pandora users who primarily stream music from the service via mobile.

Confirming the expansion of Pandora into its new markets, the aforementioned Westergren said yesterday: "After years of preparation and anticipation we are absolutely thrilled to fully launch Pandora internationally in Australia and New Zealand. Personalised radio is a wonderful medium for listeners to enjoy music they know and discover music they'll love. Now we begin the incredibly exciting process of connecting the 100,000-plus working musicians in the Pandora catalogue with millions of new listeners. What an amazing opportunity".

Pandora's Australia and New Zealand division will be led by Jane Huxley, former digital chief at Sydney based Fairfax Media. She told reporters: "I feel as though I've stumbled upon music's greatest secret and I can't wait for Australians and New Zealanders to enjoy music in the Pandora way. The service has certainly changed the way people have consumed and enjoyed music in America for the last twelve years, and I'm looking forward to seeing its adoption in Australia and New Zealand. This version of Pandora has been built specifically for Australians and New Zealanders and we are going to be all about bringing the best music experience of local and international artists as well as supporting local musicians. It's an honour for me to be able to introduce Australians and New Zealanders to Pandora. My focus for the coming year will be to grow the audience for this great new medium as fast as I can".

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TRENT REZNOR WORKING ON NEW STREAMING SERVICE WITH BEATS
Trent Reznor revealed earlier this year that he had begun working with Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats company on a number of undisclosed projects. One of those projects, he tells the latest edition of The New Yorker, is a new streaming service, currently going by the name of Daisy.

As previously reported, HTC-backed Beats Electronics bought existing US-based streaming service MOG in July this year, and it's now assumed that platform will provide the basic framework of Daisy, which might explain the recent departure of original MOG CEO David Hyman from the company.

But there are loads of streaming services out there, what exactly does Daisy do? Well, explains Reznor: "[It] uses mathematics to offer suggestions to the listener [and will also] present choices based partly on suggestions made by connoisseurs, making it a platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately. [In the case of Spotify, you have] sixteen million licensed pieces of music ... but you're not stumbling into anything. What's missing is a service that adds a layer of intelligent curation. That first wave of music presentation which felt magical, the one where the songs are chosen by algorithms that know who you listened to, has begun to feel synthetic".

Actually, that weakness is exactly what Spotify's recently announced update hopes to combat (and one that others are already working on), so it will be interesting to see how Daisy squares up to the same challenge when it is eventually launched.

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7DIGITAL ANNOUNCES ACER ALLIANCE
London-based digital music provider 7Digital has announced yet another tech company alliance, this time with Acer which will preinstall the 7digital app on all its Windows 8 devices, including laptops, desktops and tablets.

Confirming the new alliance, 7Digital chief Ben Drury told CMU: "Our position as an open music technology platform, and our working closely with Acer, means we're well placed to provide open access to digital music for their users. Our music platform and technology can be tailored to a range of devices of various form factors, whether it's a PC or one of the many new tablet devices coming to market".

He added: "It's important for music fans to have access to their existing music collection on any device, and our mutual customers can [now] automatically download and sync their 7Digital music collection as soon as they buy or upgrade to a Windows 8 device".

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BAUER DJ DROPS PRANK CALLS IN RESPECT FOR MIDDLETON NURSE
Another UK radio presenter has said he is dropping prank phone calls from his show, in the short term at least, following the death last week, seemingly by suicide, of a nurse caught up in a practical joke on an Australian radio station.

As previously reported, Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at the London hospital that last week cared for Kate Middleton, was found dead on Friday, just days after becoming involved in a global news story when she answered an early morning phone call from two Aussie radio presenters pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Believing the call to be genuine, Saldanha put the DJs through to another nurse who discussed Middleton's condition. The call was then aired on Sydney's 2Day FM.

The exact circumstances of Saldanha's death are not yet known, and experts stress that suicide is never the result of a single incident. However, the tragedy has thrown into the spotlight the sort of prank call features that can be found on radio stations around the world, especially those where victims are picked at random, rather than being nominated by friends or family. While such prank calls are rarely problematic, random selection of victims means there is always a risk the person involved will not be able to cope with any unwanted attention, especially if a call is aired without the participant's prior knowledge or permission, as occurred with the 2Day FM piece.

Steve Penk, one of the best known prank callers in British radio, has said he is parking, for the time being at least, the joke call show that airs on the radio station he owns, The Revolution in Manchester. Now Robin Galloway, who airs prank calls on both the drivetime show he hosts for Glasgow station Clyde 1, and on a Sunday afternoon show networked across Bauer's Scottish stations, has said he won't be airing any such features for the foreseeable future. He's also stopped promoting a 'best of the prank calls' CD on his show.

Writing for Radio Today, Galloway says: "The way I feel right now, I may not resume them at all; which would be strange, having done literally thousands over the years with little or no complaint".

He goes on to admit that when the 2Day FM prank call first became a global news story he was a little jealous of the attention the Aussie DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian were getting. But "then came the devastating news that a human being had taken her own life as a result of what was supposed to be a light hearted prank, albeit [one] in poor taste. The whole sorry affair has left me shattered".

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EMMA BUNTON TO CO-HOST HEART BREAKFAST IN LONDON
Global Radio yesterday announced that Emma Bunton will replace Harriet Scott as co-host of the breakfast show on the London version of Heart FM.

The Spice Girl has presented a weekend show across the Heart network since 2009, and has filled in as co-host with Jamie Theakston on the London station's breakfast show during that time. She replaces Harriet Scott, who announced she was departing the prime time programme last month.

Confirming her new job, Bunton told reporters: "I am so excited to be joining Heart Breakfast! Jamie and I have known each other for years so it'll be great spending each morning with him chatting, laughing and playing great music. We are looking forward to sharing the fun with everyone!"

Meanwhile Global Radio's Director Of Broadcasting Richard Park said: "We are thrilled that Emma is bringing girl power to Heart Breakfast. Jamie and Emma have been friends for a long time and have a great natural chemistry that Londoners are going to love".

Bunton will also continue to present a weekend show that airs on Heart stations around the UK. Meanwhile, a replacement for London drive time on Heart is still to be announced, current host Neil Bentley announced plans to depart at the same time as Scott last month.

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CAPITAL LONDON PROGRAMMING CHIEF STEPS DOWN
The programming boss of London's Capital FM station is stepping down after over two years in the job. James Brownlow took over the programming role at the Global-owned station in 2010, having previously worked at what was then Galaxy in the North West, a station Global acquired in 2007. While overseeing programming at Capital in London, Global has extended the brand to FM frequencies all over the UK, albeit with different execs overseeing the wider network.

Brownlow's deputy, Robert D'Ovidio, will take over as PD in the interim while a full-time replacement is appointed. Confirming the departure, Global's Richard Park said: "We are disappointed to lose James, and wish him well for the future", while Brownlow himself added: "Global is a fantastic company and I wish all the team at Capital continued success".

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MCCARTNEY BLAMES "BLOODY GREAT BELL" FOR POOR OLYMPICS PERFORMANCE
Hey, remember the Olympics Opening Ceremony? That thing that heralded two weeks of everyone in Great Britain being proud of themselves and happy before the Closing Ceremony brought it all crashing back down again? It was such a positive time that even Paul McCartney ballsing up the big finale of the opening show couldn't sway our optimism. Thankfully, he's just given an interview to the NME reminding us all how rubbish he was. But wait, it wasn't his fault. There was a bell.

Explaining how he came to be out of sync with his backing track, McCartney told the NME: "I fucked up. I was supposed to wait for a cue. But I forgot. Why? Well, there's this bloody great bell that we didn't know about. It was deafening... We pre-recorded a playback in case all hell broke loose. We were live, everyone was there, the world was ready and this bloody great bell goes off. And I forget I've gotta wait for it, so I go, 'Hey Jude', and someone presses the playback. So there's me on the backing track, and actual me; two of us singing. The drummer wouldn't look at me because he was in hysterics and I was thinking, 'What have I done?' There was no stopping, it was the Olympics".

Make a note: No bells next time we hold the Olympics.

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