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What’s On at Cov Uni?

Spring is upon us and whilst the weather doesn’t feel much like Spring, there is a lot in store to keep you entertained around the Uni as we move through the last term.

Starting with the Coventry Conversations:

Friday 4th May (1pm): The Herbert plays host to a special Coventry City Football Club event in which the fans have the chance to meet CCFC chief-executive after an unsuccessful 2011-2012 season in which Coventry are relegated.

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The view from the commercial side of radio street

In Coventry, commercial radio only fears the BBC Network giants Radio 1 and – more – Radio 2. BBC Local is considered no contest.

Two commercial radio moguls – Phil Riley, CEO of Mercia FM <http://www.mercia.co.uk/>/Orion, and Steve Orchard, CEO of Touch FM <http://www.102touchfm.co.uk/> – shared a Coventry Conversation as ‘The last men standing in local commercial radio’. The rest have concentrated into quasi national networks – Heart, Capital, Kerrang! and Smooth – to take on the BBC.

Riley and Orchard between them control 15 local radio franchises in the Midlands; they are decidedly local operators, and proudly so. Writes John Mair…

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