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Scratch Sessions Finale – North!

We’ve just finished an amazing Scratch Sessions with my favourite group of the day – North.

Kezia Soul

We just had the wonderful Kezia Soul perform at our Scratch Sessions who wowed us with her sultry tones and wide range of talent.

Ed Geater

We have just witnessed a real treat at the Scratch Sessions in the name of Ed Geater.

News: BCU set to spend £20m on new School of Life Sciences

Specialist laboratories and courses in health, nutrition and bio-medicine will make up the £20m hub to expand Birmingham City’s Edgbaston campus.

News: Birmingham factory is celebrated for role in Churchill’s funeral.

Today marks the 60 year anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral.


Watching the Cloud9ers at the Scratch Sessions!

Amazing News

Turns out, Sam Coley and Ollie Carter are in a rock band that occasionally features Matt Grimes!

Scratch Sessions Part One

We’ve been kicking it all morning on Scratch Radio having a great time in the closing days of the Two-Week Takeover.

Aston, UoB or Newman: Which Birmingham University Spends the Most and Where?

Birmingham universities have released financial statements of their annual accounts for the past academic year (2013/14). Aston, Newman and the University of Birmingham have agreed to share information, as stipulated by the Freedom Of Information Act whereas Birmingham City University refused to give free details of their financial accounts.

News: New Cocktail Bar and Restauran ‘Gas Street Social’ to Open in the Mailbox

Work has begun on the much anticipated new bar, restaurant and social hub; Gas Street Social which is set to open at the Mailbox in March.

News: Birmingham to get People’s Flag

A competition has been launched for the people of Birmingham to design a ‘People’s Flag’.

News: UK economic growth slows in final quarter

Official figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that Britain’s economic growth slowed to just 0.5 percent in the final three months of 2014.

News: Ancient Solar System Discovered

An ancient solar system has been discovered by a team of scientists.  University of Birmingham researchers worked in collaboration with NASA on the groundbreaking project.

News: Shocked Birmingham say ‘Not to Fascism’ following racist graffiti on campus

Around 150 students from the University of Birmingham came out in protest with banners saying ‘No To Fascism’ and ‘We Want Diversity in Our University’ in response to fascist and Islamophobic graffiti on their campus.

News: Ferguson Solidarity Tour comes to Birmingham

Activists have gathered in Birmingham as part of the Ferguson Solidarity Tour. The event at The Drum arts centre saw speakers from rights groups including Black Lives Matter and the Birmingham Empowerment Forum.

Holocaust Memorial Day: Birmingham comes together to remember genocides

“Never forget that this has happened. Remember these words. Engrave them in your hearts…”, Primo Levi, Survival at Auschwitz.

News: Birmingham City Council Signs up to the Homeless Health Charter

By Bongi Msimanga Birmingham City Council has signed on to The Homeless Health Charter under the guidance of Health and Well-Being Cabinet Member Cllr John Cotton.

News: UK Economy Records its Fastest Growth Since the Recession

By Bongi Msimanga The UK economy has had the fastest growth since 2007, according to figures released by The Office of National Statistics(ONS).

News: Fracking ban rejected by MPs

MPs have rejected a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas. Earlier, a cross-party committee called for a moratorium on government plans to introduce the controversial practice in England and Wales because it could be incompatible with efforts to tackle climate change.

News: LEGO Expert Organises Fundraising Event For Birmingham Children’s Hospital

A man who built a 5ft 10″ Lego version of the Titanic is helping Birmingham Children’s Hospital raise money to improve its play facilities.

News: Owner Launches Online Campaign After Burglars Take Pet Dog

The owners of a dog taken in a burglary in Birmingham have appealed for her return. Boo the pug was taken from her home on Back Lane inShustoke, near Coleshill, between 2am and 6am yesterday (November 20th).

News: Solihull to Become UK’s First Designated Hedgehog Conservation Area

Solihull is becoming the UK’s first designated conservation area for hedgehogs.

Scratch Sessions Schedule & Tuesday fun!

We’ve been working really hard here at Scratch trying to set up a fantastic day filled with live music and interaction!


Were in our last week of the Takeover and we are giving away 3 canon cameras per day, which is an insane amount for you listers to win in the space of a day!

News: Greek Elections: What does it all mean?

Syriza, the radical leftist party, have won the Greek election, and subsequently formed a government with the Independent Greeks, a populist right wing party. An unhappy marriage you may think, but the pair share a view that the austerity program that Greece is going through is unfair and needs to be opposed.

Birmingham to get People’s Flag

Photo: Wikipedia   A competition has been launched for the people of Birmingham to design a ‘People’s Flag’.

Instagramers come together to document Birmingham

Amateur and professional photographers gathered at the Library of Birmingham this weekend for an ‘Instameet’.

Birmingham Cathedral’s message of support for the first female bishop

The first female bishop has been ordained at York Minster. Rev. Libby Lane has become the Bishop of Stockport in front of a congregation of around a thousand people.

Cross Bar Challenge!

Sports Presenters. Special guests. A Ball. A Field. A Cross Bar.     Check out the Sports Show Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2-4pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am-12 Keep it here on Scratch for more!

Monday Madness!

It’s monday afternoon here on Scratch, and so far we have been entertaining you with some comical breakfast from Ross and Rhiannon and great songs from our mid-morning team of Jon and Charlotte.

News: Saudi king dies after long illness

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques since 2005, died this week after a long illness.  He is replaced by his half-brother Salman who took the throne on Friday.

Comedian ‘Guzzy Bear’ on impact of Eric Pickles letter to Muslim Leaders

By Tara Brougham Eric Pickles has reached out to Muslim leaders asking how the community can be made to feel part of British Society.  

News: Nine killed as Houthi rebels attack government targets

Yemen:  Houthi rebels attacked government and presidential targets amid fierce fighting in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa this week. Picture:

Change of Plan!

We’re sorry to announce that this week’s Country show that would have been broadcast tomorrow at 10am will unfortunately not go out. Due to technical difficulties we haven’t been able to record the show.


Saturday seems like a slow day in the Takeover office! But on air there is still some great content going out! There are live shows going out all day today, and there’s a lot of pre-recorded shows going on for tomorrow’s schedule!

News: Campaign to stop pub closures

  By. Tom Grundy 29 pubs in the UK are closing every week. That is almost twice the level of closures than in 2011. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are calling for a change to the government’s planning systems. 

Things to look forward to!

Here on Scratch, we like to give, so for the remainder of The Two Week Takeover we will be bringing you tons of great content and competitions.

News: Birmingham health boss backs plain packaging

Birmingham’s Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, has told Scratch News that he’s “really pleased” with plans to introduce unbranded cigarette packaging in England.

News: Local Uni Hosts Kraftwerk Konferenz

Aston University became the home of what has been touted as the  “first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk.”

Scratch Takeover Competition Rules

It’s nearly the end of the First Week of the Takeover and we’ve got a whole load of competitions this week and next! Tune into breakfast, lunch, drivetime and more for your chance to win!

Crackin’ on with the Takeover

It’s day 3 of The Two Week Takeover, and lots has been happening in the scratch studios!

Scratch Day 1!

It’s coming up to 12pm and we’ve been Live on Scratch  for 4 hours now and it’s all going really well. The news has been brilliant at the top of the hour and the journalists in the studios look very busy indeed.

Takeover Schedule

Scratch Two-Week Takeover

Get ready for a 2-week Takeover by the best Radio Students in Birmingham! From the 19th to the 30th of January, we’re taking over!