16th January 2002




The man who revolutionised BBC Radio 1 will pay a visit to Lincoln next month to pass on his experience to university students.


Matthew Bannister, the former Controller of Radio 1, will give a guest lecture to Media Production students at 1pm on Tuesday 19th February 2002.


Bannister forced out some of the biggest names in broadcasting after he took over as Controller of Radio 1 in 1993. Dave Lee Travis and Simon Bates left the station and other DJs including Gary Davies, Bob Harris and Alan Freeman were axed.


A former newsreader on Radio 1, Bannister - whose aunt is Lincoln’s Mayor, Councillor Pat McGinlay - realised on his appointment that the station needed a radical overhaul and set about introducing far-reaching changes to the schedules and the playlists.


Audience figures for Radio 1 began to improve after a well publicised spat with veteran rockers Status Quo, whose music was banned under Bannister’s rule that disallowed the broadcast of any music recorded before 1990.


By the end of Bannister’s tenure half of the nation's 15 to 24-year-olds were tuning into Radio 1. Bannister went on to become the BBC’s Director of Radio and Television Production before eventually leaving the corporation.


He has since joined dance music company Trust the DJ (www.trustthedj.com) as chairman and CEO.


“Matthew Bannister is just the latest in a series of high-profile speakers who have given their time to benefit our students,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“I have no doubt that Mr Bannister will provide some fascinating insights into

the world of broadcasting.”


Other speakers to have appeared at the university recently include BBC news anchor Sophie Raworth and Viz founder Simon Donald.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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