Grading Criteria

P1 – Describe different types and styles of music-based programming with some appropriate use of subject terminology

M1 – Explain different types and styles of music-based programming with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology

D1 – Critically evaluate different types and styles of music- based programming with supporting arguments and elucidated examples, consistently using subject termi-nology correctly


Review existing programmes and produce a report on music-based programme formats covering:

  • types of music-based programming
  • styles of music-based programming
  • how they serve audiences. Importance


Research notes

300 – 500 word report on blog

Relevant Information

As discussed in lesson to help with understanding of different types and styles of music-based programming

Music-based programming: within a format, eg Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), Adult Contemporary (AC), gold, recurrent, easy listening, classical, specialist; from chosen eras, eg rock ‘n’ roll, seventies,current; selection criteria, eg aesthetics, target audience, constructing a narrative, audience interactivity,

Top 40 charts

Types: broadcast radio (public service, commercial); internet radio (public service, commercial); in-store audio (promotional, ambient) Styles: ratio of speech or other audio to music; branding and identification; content chosen for aesthetic reasons; suitability for target audience; presentation, eg personality, anonymous; vocal delivery, eg conversational, informative

Blog report on Music Based Programmes and styles.

Describe the different music radio programme styles you’ve studied AND how they serve their audiences?

Public v Commercial


Radio 1, R2, R3, R4, 5Live, 1Xtra, Asian Network, 6 Music


Classic FM, Capital, Heart, Smooth, Capital Xtra, Xfm, Gold



AC – Adult Contemporary e.g Heart, R2

CHR – Contemporary Hit Radio e.g Radio 1, Capital

Specialist – Kerrang, Planet Rock, 1Xtra, Xfm

Soft/Gold – Free Radio 80s, Gold, Smooth

Classical – R3, Classic FM

FORMATS listened to and examples of presentation styles studied;

HEART:- 11-12noon

Toby Anstis

AC Format aimed 25-44 old

(clock analysis HERE)

Songs? Describe music mix.

How Heart space its music vs adverts/speech content?

Big blocks of music (3 songs in a row segued) No DJ links

Speech – big block across Top hour.. Ads 3”/News 1”/Competition “Whose On Heart” 3 mins = 7 mins of music-free speech

RADIO 1:- 11.30-12noon

Fearne Cotton

CHR – audience served 15-24 years old

Describe music mix ?

How R1 split music-speech content

(insert CLOCK here)

2” News at BOTTOM hour, 2-song segue


Presentation style – loves music, passion




Toby Anstis v Fearne Cotton

Toby – brand-driven “this is Heart”.. “goto “Whose on heart”

Fearne – informed about music

BBC as public service, Fearne needs to inform & educate

Toby Anstis can be purely ‘entertainment’ lead and drag audience through ad breaks.

Is Radio 1 serving 15-24 ?

Is Heart serving 25-44 ?

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