James Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and an Australia-based radio futurologist. He is a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. Find out more or subscribe at http://james.cridland.net
James Cridland’s articles
- Should You Focus On Delighting Your Audiences, Rather Than Monetisation?
- Germany moves to make selling FM-only radio receivers illegal
- “Old, boring radio remains strong — but this app wants to change that” – a good example of the disdain that the tech press treats radio with; and another excuse by them to also use a #lazyantiqueradiophoto (something I”m more convinced is deliberate). I tried 60db, the app they’re trying to flog; it suffers from the same problem that any aggregation app has: a lack of decent metadata about the contents of the stuff they’ve aggregated, and an inconsistent sound. NPR One is the product to beat in this space, and 60db have inevitably fallen short.
- Makers of “old, boring radio” – US radio network Entercom is seeing increased revenue – good for them, and an important story for those who think all of US radio is in the doldrums
- Makers of new, exciting radio – Pandora: the writing’s on the wall – losses increase, active listeners decrease, hours-per-listener decreases, searching for a buyer. That said, the product itself is/was very compelling, and has changed consumer expectations. We can’t put that back in the bottle.
- “NPR Attempts To Undermine WikiLeaks’ Credibility With Deliberate, Brazen Lie” – ouch. This isn’t the world’s most balanced piece, and Wikileaks itself probably doesn’t have as much credibility as the author thinks it does, but she does have a point.
- Interesting data segmentation of consumption of radio listeners who are “decision-makers”. Whatever that means. My four year-old daughter’s a pretty good decision-maker.
- Another aggregator for audio content, Otto Radio, adds a themed station feature. Otto Radio get really very excited whenever I mention them.
- “I live my podcast life a quarter hour at a time” Wailin Wong – why they chose 15 minutes as ideal podcast length
- Local (US) TV news has a problem – and you could say the same for radio news, too. Has it all become a little too formulaic?
- How Modern Listeners Listen
- “A third of all Google searches are for images“
- David Mitchell (the English comedian, not the author) writes: “Radio DJs are suppliers of banal chatter, not health advice on partying.”
- Restores your faith in humanity, this. Good news for Iain Lee, mostly, after his stuff, and his producer’s stuff, gets nicked.
- Nick Ferrari: I’m honestly not a quarrelsome person – an interview with one of radio’s greats. I like his simple questioning: it’s non-combative (unlike Radio 4’s Today), and often gets some highly embarrassing responses from politicians and others.
- More media consolidation in the UK – one less independent owner, as Jack FM Berkshire gets bought by Celador (and, presumably, will become a Sam FM, their not-very-good copy).
- RadioCentre continue to get radio better regarded by ad creatives. Good call – even if UK radio advertising is already the best in the world, there’s still room for improvement.
- Dear anyone: I don’t care this is just an AM radio, I still want one. Please.
- BBC iPlayer will check signed-in users against TV licence database. They’re just transitioning to mandatory sign-in for UK users, and this revelation might not be the best news for everyone. A BBC person familiar with the situation tells me that they won’t be mandating sign-in for international users of the BBC iPlayer Radio app – which is already a very cut-down version of what the Brits enjoy.
- The Editor-in-chief of the Brisbane Times (an online only publication) stands down; and writes a thoughtful and wise piece about the future of journalism. Particularly, he says that it’s the responsibility of journalists to help find a new business model.
- FBi Click to be replaced by 94.5 on DAB+ – DAB is coming of age in Australia, as community stations begin to remove the “additional services” that they’ve put on DAB in favour of their main channel. If your main station isn’t on DAB+, you will suffer because everyone else’s big stations are on there. I’m very guilty of not listening to 4ZZZ in Brisbane because they’re not on DAB+ – instead they offer a music jukebox on DAB called ZDigi. I wish 4ZZZ would kill it, and start simulcasting.
- AM radio is still very big… in the Australian bush, says ACMA research. I think it’s a tale of two countries – AM radio might be big in the bush, but it mostly isn’t in metro areas.
- Good piece of radio from last week – presenter’s daughter having nightmares about the school exams she has to take (“NAPLAN”). Came as a surprise to the presenter: which always helps make good audio.
- A nice story about Australian ABC radio presenter Mark Colvin, who died this week. It’s the first time I’ve seen journalists and presenters struggle to hold back the tears when reporting the loss of one of their colleagues.
- Canada – Podcast: “An Interview With Larry Gifford, Senior Program Director – Corus Entertainment”. Whenever I chat with Larry, I sense that I’m only ever scratching the surface of the knowledge he has.
- Canada: Use of streaming music is increasing
- UAE: Radio job: Presenters and co-hosts, Radio 1 and Radio 2
- Germany: the country moves to make FM-only radio receivers illegal – the sale of them, at least. That’s one way to get more DAB sets in the market, I suppose.
- Germany: the global patent for MP3 has now expired, if you’re interested.