UK RADIO NEWS: DJ 279 TALKS TO ‘THE BRITISH BLACK LIST’ ABOUT CHOICE FM AXING / MY THOUGHTS

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DJ 279

Last week DJ 279 (also known as Numbers) officially announced that he had been “let go” by Choice FM (Click Here to read if you missed it).

On Saturday night his replacement (rival/nemesis) Tim Westwood  “blasted off” with his first ever Hip Hop/Rap show on Choice FM.

In response to his axing DJ 279 spoke exclusively to The British Black List .

I took a couple phone calls (on September 14) and people were like ‘Westwood’s gonna be joining Choice…”.

Numbers received another phone call from a disgruntled compadre informing him that Westwood’s first show on Choice was scheduled for 9-11pm the following Saturday, evidently leaving the established 12-2 show in a precarious position. It was not until Monday that Numbers picked up an email sent at minutes to 9pm, that same Saturday 14th September. The email, sent by Choice FM manager Stuart Grant, negated the possibility that Numbers would be let go. A sentiment which was reinforced in subsequent conversation:

“He told me that he felt that there was room for both of us and he wanted my show to remain from 1-3 (am)…He told me that he had studied the playlist between us and obviously my playlist is radically different to his [Westwood].  For that reason he didn’t see why there wasn’t room for both of us because our offerings were completely different. He felt that Westwood’s offering was far more commercial and mine was far more cutting edge.”

After communicating his disappointment at how the situation had been handled thus far, the pragmatic presenter sought to solidify the agreement in writing with the renewal of his contract which expired on 17th October. But despite pronouncements in the affirmative, Stuart Grant returned on Friday 20th September to inform 279 that ‘the bosses above’ had decided not to renew his contract and to let him go,

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Tim Westwood

Tim Westwood

At the start of Westwood’s first show on Choice FM a few artists including UK artists Giggs and Lethal B dropped bars welcoming their Lord and Master to the station.

Giggs raps:

Westwood’s back, forget that other DJ man, that other dude got jacked, that other dude got slapped.

[LISTEN FROM MARK 0:01:04]

I am just LOVING the show of support and unity here *slow hand clap*

All I can do is shake my head.

The way Choice FM management chose to handle this matter was foul and brutal but what we have to remember is that Choice FM sold out to Capital FM/Global over a decade ago. Choice stopped being an independent black owned community based/focused radio station years ago.

Each year since the Capital FM/Global takeover the station has steadily morphed in to a mainstream “URBAN” beast and there are probably more major changes to come.

If we as a people want things to change then we have to create our own radio stations. OWNERSHIP is key here (Internet radio is the way forward people).

It is a complete waste of time and energy getting angry at the likes of Choice FM and BBC 1xtra when they pull stunts of this nature. We are not the owners of these corporations or the decision makers. The executives are therefore free to do as they please.

Charlie Sloth

BBC Radio 1 Hip Hop show host Charlie Sloth

Oh and for those of you who missed this, In 2013 two of the biggest Hip Hop/Rap shows in the UK are hosted by Tim Westwood (Choice FM) and Charlie Sloth (BBC Radio 1), now rivals going head to head on Saturday nights, same time slot.

All I can do is laugh out loud.

Anyway onwards and upwards DJ 279 and I wish you all the best for the future.

14 replies »

  1. Yes.. them soon turn Choice into another Kiss FM. I’m surprised they didn’t grab Rodigan when he resigned from Kiss. Maybe he saw how Choice already pushed reggae and dancehall to the late late night/early mornings.

  2. And as for that whiteman dick licker Giggs. I have no sympathy for those fools when the police shut down their shows, that’s the only time they notice their black skin.

  3. Slightly off topic but this situation reminded me of a time in my late teens and early twenties when i was naive and lost and some older wiser heads told me that “THEY” don’t really want you in control and anything that we do that is popular “THEY” will criticize and then do theIr own version, I was not hearing it, after all i did not know who “THEY” was meant to be?

    In the years after……

    We gave them Lydon David Hall, Omar, Beverly Knight, Kele la Roc & others, “THEY” was not interested in having it….”THEY” then gave everyone Adele, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone & Duffy and “THEY” told us we should support these guys as they are the true flag bearers of British soul.

    We had to live in North London & Brixton and make the best of it, “THEY” said it was a dump and a place to avoid……Now “THEY” are telling everyone that it’s the new go to place to live because it is trendy and “urban”.

    We had a story to tell them about the environment we grew up in, step forward Ms Dynamite, Dizzy Rascal, So Solid & Noel Clarke (adulthood), “THEY” told us we complain to much and that the vision is too violent……Plan B, N – Dubz and Rohan Bennett (Top Boy writer) helps to tell the story and “THEY” tell us that this is the most critical depiction of our time, they must go on prime time TV and let everyone know how bad things are, now “the struggle” is real!!!.

    ……Now “THEY” have been so kind to let everyone have Rap/UK Rap on 2 major radio stations head to head and the face of this will be Tim & Charlie….

    Maybe i should of listened to what those older wise heads was saying.

  4. Giggs is a former convict, so I am not surprised at his response, and lethal B a weed head.

    I think they had planned his departure way before word got out. He was the last to know.

  5. cameron :
    Slightly off topic but this situation reminded me of a time in my late teens and early twenties when i was naive and lost and some older wiser heads told me that “THEY” don’t really want you in control and anything that we do that is popular “THEY” will criticize and then do theIr own version, I was not hearing it, after all i did not know who “THEY” was meant to be?
    In the years after……
    We gave them Lydon David Hall, Omar, Beverly Knight, Kele la Roc & others, “THEY” was not interested in having it….”THEY” then gave everyone Adele, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone & Duffy and “THEY” told us we should support these guys as they are the true flag bearers of British soul.
    We had to live in North London & Brixton and make the best of it, “THEY” said it was a dump and a place to avoid……Now “THEY” are telling everyone that it’s the new go to place to live because it is trendy and “urban”.
    We had a story to tell them about the environment we grew up in, step forward Ms Dynamite, Dizzy Rascal, So Solid & Noel Clarke (adulthood), “THEY” told us we complain to much and that the vision is too violent……Plan B, N – Dubz and Rohan Bennett (Top Boy writer) helps to tell the story and “THEY” tell us that this is the most critical depiction of our time, they must go on prime time TV and let everyone know how bad things are, now “the struggle” is real!!!.
    ……Now “THEY” have been so kind to let everyone have Rap/UK Rap on 2 major radio stations head to head and the face of this will be Tim & Charlie….
    Maybe i should of listened to what those older wise heads was saying.

    Cameron shoots and scores

  6. its the disrespect in the way that they communicated with 279 that raised my eyebrows…. not the station not the replacement dj… but the manner and lack of appreciation that they showed him…. resonates levels upon levels with me….. its something that the fans of the culture have to start paying attention to…. we as an audience dont ride out or make any noise when something like this happens….? 279 changed the lands[ae for uk artiss to start getting appreciated in the uk…… it may feel out of touch with a few folks…. but trust me… 279 STARTED THE BALL ROLLING IN REGARDS TO UK RAPPERS being treated propletly on radio….. and it sickens me that folks are not understanding the imlications of them treating him this way…. afer all that work…. and very little noise from the community other than to think its all about 279 vs westwood rivalry….. nope…. its bigger than that… … ive noticed we generally give pioneers some kind of status … sometimes and let other slip thru the net….. choice fm didnt understand what they had in front of them… and unfortunately most folks dont really understand his contribution….. my worry is this …. where is the channel for street hip hop and uk hip hop now … TW HEART is only into things that make him look good… 279 gave platforms for artists to still get noticed….. this is a major blow for underground hip hop … im sure 279 will find his feet… but the culture suffers…. and gets squeezed even more ..

  7. I think it’s sad that dudes who have only made a mark for half a minute have the front to make fun of Numbers losing his show – the man enjoyed a 21 year career in Hip Hop radio and slayed the decks across clubland. In 21 years time, who’s even gonna remember the likes of Lethal B?

    Respect is earned not only for longevity in Hip Hop but also for your actions – a point missed by Lethal B and Giggs. Westwood may have a radio show but he has never had the heartfelt respect of the guys on the street. All the artists that bigged up Westwood on R1 played the game – purely business.

    Charlie Sloth has already shown up Westwood in proving that it wasn’t – and still isn’t – love and respect that brought artists to the Radio 1 Rap Show – they will always flock to whoever fronts it because whoever is in the seat of power and wearing the crown is someone they NEED to befriend, not necessarily WANT to befriend. Numbers earned respect, Westwood merely bought it with power and position.

    I am not black, but I am from an ethnic minority, and even I think that the lack of black representation on the two biggest Rap shows in the UK is an indicator of racial prejudice in Britain. When was the last time you saw a billboard, magazine ad, TV spot or online MPUs, banners and skyscrapers advertising 279 on Choice FM? Never. If Choice FM wanted a bigger star, they had every opportunity to build him into one. Instead, they kicked him out and put in the white gu playing at being black. For the sake of future generations, these prejudices need to be exposed and stopped now, before our kids and grandkids grow up thinking white is right and blacks get the sack.

  8. BBC get £4.1 billion per year; they have misued/influenced BECTU to get the Voice to protest against Choice FM/Capitalxtra; despite a plethora of court action against them and police on-going i.e. the IPCC/ICRS has referred their ultra vires lawyers to court .
    BBC is a ‘listed authority’ with ‘due regard’ to comply with all RRA/Broadcasting Act 1996 requirements.
    BBC not only get their unjustifiable TV tax from minority communities but they also get £400 million per subsidy from the government.

    BBC 1xtra William Willberforce has stated that with regards to CV fraud of his unqualified staff that he ‘wishes to alleviate any distress caused…and staff in the BBC 1xtra were not chosen on the basis of a cv’; this is proof of mass fraud with regards to the BBC Vs Urban View £240 million case from 2008 to date; that warrants redress not protest

    BBC 1 xtra is court proven to be based on mass fraud and police reporting; they get £25 million per year to promote USA artists and themselves and defraud up and comming UK acts of airtime;the BBC are in breach of the Terrorism Act 2000 sections 1 and 2/Broadcasting Act 1996 sections 34/RRA/Human Rights/Fraud Acts/Criminal Law 1967 sections 4 and 5 etc
    NB BECTU membership is not for DJs or MCS or artist; the Musician Union caters for this.

    OFCOM/OFT organisation has the legal acumen to make the BBC comply with Equality Act 2010/Fair trade Act 1999/Communication Act 2003/OFCOM Procedures but they have refused to comply.
    Artist of the future need to know that this is show business and they need to constantly educate themselves and take on the BBC/Ministry of sports and arts and culture
    for equal broadcasting opportunities.
    Regards
    AMBUSH
    Victim of BBC crimes and IPCC prove police abuse of power
    http://www.bloodbeatz.co.uk
    Urban View Group USA/UK
    ACE Trust Charity number 110856

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