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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The BBC’s fight against stupid

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, James utters a phrase never before seen in this space: “dangerously dim-witted oxygen-thieves.” The word “stupid” appears too many times to count. It’s a bracingly frank argument on behalf of the BBC, in an argument with the UK government. Then, after a deep breath, a dozen links to interesting news items and columns. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Infinite Dial UK results, and ‘Local BBC Radio’

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, James enthuses about the first Infinite Dial UK released by Edison Research. Also, the all-podcast radio format has been dropped from two iHeartMedia stations after “dismal audience figures,” DAB in Brisbane, and how BBC Radio 4 dropped off the air. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: More talk, less music

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, James examines The Spoken Word Audio Report, produced by Edison Research with support from NPR. Speaking words is where radio should excel in the future, according to this perspective: “Radio‚Äôs unique selling proposition – the thing radio does that nobody else does – is the human being. Not the music; we can get that everywhere.” Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Radio is a hit for car drivers

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with an epic edition of his weekly column, starting with new research spanning survey respondents in Australia, Europe, and the U.S. — 80% of them really like radio to other listening experiences in the car. Then, a big radio acquisition in Brisbane. Much more, including a “youthquake.” Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The UK’s new radio figures

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with an analysis of a newly released RAJAR, the UK radio ratings report of record. One item of note, and graphed in this piece: UK radio formats now behave the same throughout dayparts. ALSO: Foxtel, Fred Jacobs, Bob Hoffman, and more. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: FM switchoff in the UK; and a nerdy look at AM transmission characteristics Inbox

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with one of his more technical columns, in which he closes the can of worms opened in last week’s coverage of a frequency switch at 4BC in Brisbane, Cridland’s home base. Lots of graphics. But first, the UK’s decision about FM switch-off, a new rule for smart speakers, the geography of Wales according to TuneIn, and the new BBC logo. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The BBC World Service sees more listeners, and Ceefax lives!

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this week’s edition: Discussion of BBC World Service’s new five-year review: listener reach, digital growth, and more. Also, the demolition of a radio tower. And some dinky doo, too. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Stories of goodbyes, radio in Afghanistan, and that’s a good question

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this week’s edition: Classy radio exits. Reporting of inept radio. Praise for Pierre Bouvard’s data-based advice. And more. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Podcast-first radio

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this week’s edition: An online radio station that repurposes as a podcast. As always a raft of links to interesting audio stories around the world, and after reading a podcast show script James concludes: “Anyone who writes in all-capitals in 2021 is a masochist.” Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The People Who Don’t Listen To Radio On A Radio

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition: Few radios, but more receivers. Nine Radio financials in Australia. A metric from Edison Research. An ironic RIP. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Global makes a global hiring; female voices and the radio

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition: Homage to Phil Valentine. A new and significant hire at Global. Research about female voices in audio. And a chuckle-worthy clip from BBC Radio 4. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends — Why the words we use matter

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with a richly informative newsletter about radio around the world. In this edition: A new and fascinating study of language use in podcasting, which James connects to how to articulate concepts in radio. And there’s also a similar analysis of on-air speaking habits. Links to both. And much, much more. (Because one “much” wouldn’t be enough.) Continue Reading