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SAVE ME

This Christmas I got a DAB radio from my parents so that I can finally listen to my favourite radio station on something other than my laptop. So the swirling rumours in the ether of its possible closure have been doing me no good and this morning  waking to the today programme -sorry i’m a traitor, need my news fix in the morning. I was horrified to hear of the story in the Times that 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and parts of the BBC website were to be cut in the strategic review. I can only hope this is Murdoch messing with us.

Although I hate it, I can get the logic behind cutting 6 Music and BBC Asian Network- not enough listenership- more on which later. But the BBC Website idea seems entirely without logic. To most people it is the BBC. This is where I’m hoping that the whole rumour is scaremongering from the Murdoch clan, it would fit in nicely with their war on online content.

Now onto the cutting of innocent radio stations. Yes they have less listeners than other but;

1. The BBC is a public broadcaster- it really doesn’t have to be quite so fussed about this – and if this is a problem why not actually promote it a bit more.

2. 6 Music is great… Asian Network may be too…

3. It’s a digital station and not all that many people have DAB radios, and listening to the radio on your TV or laptop just isn’t the same. As we are eventually all meant to be switching to Digital can’t we let 6 Music live until it is at least on the same playing field as the other BBC radio stations.

4. You can’t cut it when Adam and Joe are away, that’s like you’re parents moving when you leave home and not telling you where they’ve gone!

5. It isn’t the same as Radio 2 or Radio 1 for that matter- and the similar parts of R1 and R2 are on at night, which is fine, but if you want to listen to musical programming in the daytime, which oddly enough many do,  this is an issue.

OK Rant over for now.

p.s don’t scrap Mad Men

Please, Thank You.

Yesterday was my fourth day at Hot Tin Roof and I got myself some bona fide results. I phoned in a story to PR Week and The Drum and look where I got coverage!

Look at the Lovely PR Week Coverage!

And of course the lovely folks at The Drum;

I think the moral of this story is that the media really like seafood!

Apart from this success, what else have I been up to, I hear you ask?!

Well I and the rest of my flat have embraced the Winter Olympics in all of its weirdness. Personal favourites are the Curling (preferably womens, did you know they have a naked curlers calender?!) and the chaos masquerading as a sport that is the Ski Cross. As Britain don’t exactly flourish at the ski-ing events we used a system of picking colours, randomly generated for each turn by the very scientific method of pulling out different coloured trivial pursuit pieces from a cup. I won due to a lucky streak of picking 4 reds in a row and most of Sam’s picks crashing out spectacularly!

Twestival plans are… well a bit stuck at the moment, but bits and pieces are coming together… and we’re meeting up again on Sunday to hold a state of the union!

Or as my friend Matt tweeted, actually a sign that the devil’s 1000 reign is ending?

We may mock, but I think I may actually miss them, they were an excellent recourse when there was nothing on, now we only have repeats of QI on dave to keep us going as we flick in desperation, who on earth has comedy central? Well quite possibly lots of people, but it isn’t on freeview and I’m far too poor to be splashing out on Sky. I’m also dubious about what they’re going to replace it with, according to Channel 4’s spokesman the slots will be filled with new UK shows and US imports but will they be able to afford them. They’re saving money by not renewing the Friends contract but will that cover the cost of several new US imports?

In other  news, I have a job, sort of….well I get to wear office clothes and go to an office. It’s some work experience/internship with hottinroof who are a small PR firm in Edinburgh, I’m really looking forward to getting back on the horse and sharpening up my red hot PR skillz!

I had another opportunity to show of those ‘wicked rad skillz’ at my interview for DADA today, which was the most fun I’ve ever had in an interview. Highlights include flying frisbees, a bidding war for a ‘hey jimmy’ cap and an excellent suggestion of a wrestlers mask as a way to avoid charity muggers.

I’m going to be helping organise the EdTwestival Gloal this year, anyone wanting to help or donate raffle prizes etc please contact; me, @hilaryjanegray; Victoria Raimes, @vraimes or Kate Trussler, @katetrussler . It’s being held on 25th March and we’ll be raising money for Concern worldwide for more info: http://ow.ly/13acv

Today I went to an interview where I was asked about this blog so  I thought maybe I should actually update it once in a while!

So what have I been doing since October? I started an internship and consequently finished said internship at Profile Plus in Leith, handily located just across the Shore from me. I learnt a lot about how a leisure and lifestyle PR agency works, phoned up an awful lot of magazines to get free copies, put together reports and fought with the photocopier amongst other things.

Had a wonderful WHITE Christmas (snow that is, rather than BNP sponsored), although it was starting to melt by the actual day. Spent New Years Eve in London Town, hit my head on someones knee whilst being dipped, which made for a good excuse for why I had a headache the next day! I also had the fun experience of waiting in St Pancras for 2 hours waiting for the first train, it was a post apocalyptic scene as people huddled together for warmth and lying on the floor of Costa and Starbucks in a vain attempt to stay out of the wind.

Once back in Edinburgh I got the post Christmas lurgie and spent a week or two moping around and sniffling, which wasn’t all that productive. So I got back on the horse started applying for jobs like a demon and going to the gym to give my day some structure.

I’m going to sign off now and move onto a new post for what’s happened in the last week or so, or I will ramble on for longer than is even slightly excusable.