Whatever Happened To Our Radio Forumites?

By Willie Bone
Posted 19 August 2016, 3.16am edt

If they were verbal discussions, it would have the spark effect with cut and thrust of many a prime minister's question time!
What has happened to our media forum gurus including Art Grainger, Ian Beaumont and Matt Deegan, amongst others?
Their loss is almost as regrettable as the demise of the old Radio Netherlands media site 'Media Network Weblog', and that's saying something!

Come back forumites, all is forgiven! Kind Regards..Willie Bone


3 years, 3 months ago

Art and Ian got banned a while ago. Art basically moaned either about Heart Scotland (and notably complained to Ofcom about something he admitted he did not hear transmitted) or stations identifying themselves. Ian was basically a bit bonkers, with views spectacularly out of touch with the real world and a complete inability to hold a debate.

I must admit I mourn the passing of a place to intelligently discuss radio compared to when the forum first went "real-names" 13 or so years ago.

Where did everyone go?

3 years, 3 months ago

James Martin: It may be advisable to stop you right there!
The people you are referring too have no right of reply to your comments and I for one, have no time to participate in some sort of post kangaroo court conversation!
One question though, how come you are so knowledgable about the reasons behing 'banned' forumites?

3 years, 3 months ago

I was there. Find the Heart Scotland thread. It used to get bumped every RAJAR day by Art but it offers useful background reading.

3 years, 3 months ago

Radio forum discussion has been dead for years. There's still a handful of people on Digital Spy who post in the radio section, but you have to dredge through the tripe to get to one or two useful posts. The Radio Today comments page/Facebook also has some comments.

Those in the industry who still discuss the platform have their own blogs, which are more useful than a "Heart/Global ruined radio" post elsewhere.

3 years, 3 months ago

Martin, This forum was not dead this time last year! If you purge out the views of people you don't particulary agree with, the forum turns into a sort of church audience of nodding donkeys!

If an individual has a passion or even an obsession about 'Heart/Global ruined radio', it is not a crime, nobody is going to fall and bleed into the carpet!

I have some strong views about DAB digital radio. I still think it's a poor ambassador for digital radio with a meagre 30.9% per cent audience share in nearly two decades of existence! I have got to agree to disagree with some forum members who love DAB for its mono stations..Weird!

I prefer freedom of speech with input of a wide range of views. It encourages people to think outside their box from time to time!

3 years, 3 months ago

Martin, This forum was not dead this time last year!

It was, with only four or five regular members posting, with the likes of your beloved Grainger and Beaumont on a repetitive loop of discussing the same stuff.

I prefer freedom of speech with input of a wide range of views. It encourages people to think outside their box from time to time!

May I suggest you join Digital Spy if you enjoy Heart bashing, repetition of playlists, fantasy schedules or obsessive discussion about a radio station and/or a presenter which don't actually bring any real debate about the industry.

Quality over quantity of posts is always better.

3 years, 3 months ago

Martin Phillp, The bulk of my listening is with the BBC and I also listen to external radio services in English including Deutche Welle, Radio Poland and NPR Washington.
Currently, I am not a regular listener to commercial radio output because most of the channels on offer are not ''intelligent radio'' services!
The type of radio I listen too, generally, cannot be delivered by the commercial radio sector!

I never listen to Heart Radio, so I cannot praise nor bash its programme content.

My beloved Grainger and Beaumont as you put it, did add a bit of diversity to many a debate, but I did not always agree with them! I would certainly not ban them as a result..

3 years, 3 months ago

James Martin, My original question: How come you are so knowledgable about the reasons behind 'banned' forumites?

May I rephrase the question?

How come you are privy to information, detailing the reasons behind the 'ban' which affects some forumites?

3 years, 3 months ago

James the Boss asked to keep it secret, all right?
Not that it, but the right it's nature is secret, so that not to reveal the secret, if I make myself clear.

About moderating the discussions here, I'd rather the threads were combed and "organised" when needed, and some comments might be due to editing or sometimes removing.
The users in question never bothered me insane, if I were a moderator... Well, I might have missed the discussion(s) in question, so I might not be in with it, so... However.

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