Supporting Hospital Broadcasting in the UK

Membership Renewals

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Monday 3rd March 2014.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

There are many benefits to HBA membership and, as you will know, the membership year runs from 1st April until 31st March. This year the Trustees agreed to retain the Full Station Membership Subscription for 2014/2015 at £45 and Associate Membership at £15.

It was also agreed that if Full Station Members pay their subscription before 31st March 2014, then a discount of £5 will be applied. Payments received after 31st March will be at the Full Membership rate of £45.

This year we now offer an additional payment facility. Full Member Stations and Associates can now pay their subscription by card. Simply click this link and select your membership type, station name and enter the required details – it’s as simple as that. Secure and safe and, even with a small processing charge, can save your station a few pounds.

Last year we offered representatives attending the National Conference the facility to pay their Full Membership Subscription or Associate Subscription during registration, and receive their certificate and receipt during the conference weekend. This will be offered again in Bristol and it would be advantageous for both members and HBA as this not only offers convenience but reduces expenditure too.

Whilst we are taking efforts to reduce expenditure where possible, our costs are inevitably increasing. It was, therefore, reluctantly agreed that an increase to the membership fee for 2015/16 will be applied and therefore the annual fee will rise to £50, with effect from 1st April 2015.

Conference Bookings closed

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Saturday 1st March 2014.
Region: All. Category: Annual Conference.

Both residential and non-residential bookings for the 2014 national conference have now closed. We look forward to seeing all those who have booked in Bristol at the end of March.

Further details about the event will be despatched to those who have booked in the coming weeks.

Shared Programmes List updated

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Monday 27th January 2014.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

The list of shared programming available to hospital radio stations has been updated. Members can download the list from the filestore, having first logged-in to this site.

Conference Bookings Open

Written by: Darren Whittenham-Gray on Wednesday 15th January 2014.
Region: All. Category: Annual Conference.

Bookings for the HBA Conference and The National Hospital Radio Awards are now OPEN

This year, conference is heading to the Bristol Marriott City Centre and gives you the chance to:

* network with like-minded hospital broadcasting volunteers,
* learn from the many seminars and talks,
* air your views and concerns in the Hospital Broadcasting Association AGM,
* and celebrate the best in hospital radio at the National Hospital Radio Awards ceremony.

Bookings for Residential delegates closes on 31 January
Bookings for Non-Residential delegates closes 28 February
(A small deposit is required with bookings to secure your place)

Booking forms are available from the Conference page and if you have any queries or need more information then please contact Brenda Massie, Conference Administrator.

The HBA also offers two bursaries for first time conference delegates. If you are thinking of making Bristol your first Conference location then please download a conference bursary form from the Conference page, and get in touch with Julie Cox for more details.


Please Note: The HBA AGM is open to all representatives of HBA Member Stations. There is no requirement for you to be a delegate of the conference to attend this. For more details see the AGM page or contact Nigel Dallard, HBA Secretary.

AGM 2014

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Wednesday 15th January 2014.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

The HBA Annual General Meeting will be held at 2pm on Saturday 29th March 2014, at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD, during our National Conference. Attendance at the meeting is open to representatives of all Full Member stations, and to Associate Members, without charge.

Trustee Board Elections
During the meeting there will be an election for the positions of Vice Chairman/Deputy Chief Executive, and Regional Manager. Nominations for these positions are now invited (on the form available from the AGM page. Nominations must be received by Saturday 1st March 2014.

Detailed role descriptions are available on the AGM page on our website. Applicants should be aware, however, that the Trustee Board is currently actively discussing re-structuring the Association, including the potential re-allocation of management responsibilities currently held by individual Trustees. If you would like more information about what either of the roles currently entails, or about the potential implications of the restructuring discussions, please contact Nigel Dallard or any of the other Trustees without obligation.

Members' Motions
If you wish to put forward a motion for consideration at the AGM, please forward it, signed by a representative of two member stations, to Nigel Dallard by Saturday 1st March 2014.

HBA Grants Process to Change

Written by: Darren Whittenham-Gray on Sunday 12th January 2014.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

Each year the Hospital Broadcasting Association gives out grants to it's member stations for all manner of projections from technical to new heating and obviously the odd new mixer.

New for this year the HBA will be allocating grants in three tranches which have closing dates on 1 February, 1 July and 1 November. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £500 and full details are available from the members section of the HBA website.

Please Note: Any old application forms that have the HBA's PO BOX address on it are no longer valid; applications are now made by e-mail.

If there are any queries then please contact Julie Cox, HBA Treasurer

Award nominations announced

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Wednesday 1st January 2014.
Region: All. Category: National Hospital Radio Awards.

The nominations for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2014 have been announced!

Nine of the eleven categories include top ten shortlists, the exceptions being the prestigious John Whitney Award and the Fundraiser of the Year.

You can listen to Alan Dedicoat, HBA Patron and Radio 2's Head of Presentation, announcing the shortlist in a special New Year greeting below, or click through to the Awards page to read the full details.

Last year's Silver Station of the Year, Radio Redhill, is again nominated in the category, up against previous winners Hospital Radio Plymouth, which actually has seven nominations in total across the categories, including Best Speech Package, and Best Newcomer for volunteer Becky Marlton, while its 'Requestline' is shortlisted for Best Programme with Multiple Presenters.

Radio Glamorgan comes out on top, with NINE nominations in all, including Station of the Year, Best Special Event for its programme 'Remembering the War', and two nominations for Best Newcomer - as Laura Best and Mark Wright go up against each other for the Gold spot.

Radio Wey's Andy Brown is shortlisted, aiming to keep his title of Male Presenter of the Year. His station also scooped Gold last year for Best Promo and is again nominated in that category.

Radio Tyneside's 'Geordie Hour' will be looking to go one better, having clinched Silver in Best Specialist Music Programme last year. That station is also nominated again in the Best Special Event category which it won Gold for last year for it's Jubilee Coverage,. This time around it's short listed for it's broadcast of the Great North Run.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold winners in each category will be revealed at the National Hospital Radio Awards Ceremony, being held in Bristol as part of our annual conference at the end of March.

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You can also download a copy of Alan's announcement from the Awards page.

Award for Dave

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Wednesday 16th October 2013.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

Radio Tyneside's Dave Nicholson has been honoured with the prestigious Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio Academy.

It's the first time the voluntary sector has featured in the annual award, handed out at the Academy's Gala Dinner - part of the annual Radio Festival, held in Salford.

Dave, who this year celebrated his 40th year at Radio Tyneside, was handed his award by Paul Robinson, the new CEO of the Radio Academy, at the event hosted by Absolute Radio's Christian O Connell.

It's the second such win for Dave this year. He also won the John Whitney Award at the National Hospital Radio Awards.

(Picture courtesy of the Radio Academy.)

Conference 2014

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Tuesday 10th September 2013.
Region: All. Category: Annual Conference.

The HBA’s Annual Conference will take place from Friday 28th March to Sunday 30th March 2014 in Bristol. Conference planning is underway. The Conference Team are working hard planning, identifying activities, seminars, presentations, trade show exhibitors, visits, local trips and much more.

The Conference Team’s objective is to ensure a wide participation in the conference activities, to ensure that there is something for everyone. Our Conference location for 2014 in Bristol offers excellent travel options and our venue offers exceptional comfort and leisure facilities.

We’ve produced an A4 poster for Member Stations to circulate or display on their station notice board. This year we aim to update our Conference webpage with details and information about Conference 2014 on a regular basis. A booking form will be available shortly.

Charity Commission partnership

Written by: Nigel Dallard on Friday 14th December 2012.
Region: All. Category: Announce.

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has today launched its "Partnership Programme" - see its press release.

HBA is one of the 29 umbrella organisations that have been announced as partners at today's launch of the programme.

Over the coming months, HBA will be working with the Commission to develop co-branded advice & guidance on running a charity, and model governing documents.

A representative of the Commission is also planning to attend our national conference in Blackpool in March, where he will:

(a) explain about the new Charitable Incorporated Organsiation form of a charity, which gives many of the benefits of being a company limited by guarantee without the need to transform your charity into a company;

(b) be available to answer any individual questions or queries you may have.

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