James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Radio on the Telly

by James Cridland

In this week’s guest column, James reviews the newly launched TalkTV to start. It went well until technical problems interrupted a call-in critical of the show. “As a way to run TV and radio output as one service, it works very well,” James says. Then, the BBC fixes technical problems with its Radio 4 interviews. And more.
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Over five years: Terrestrial radio -13%, podcasting +266% (Cumulus/Edison)

Cumulus Media / Westwood One has released its 2022 Audioscape bundle of research metrics under the banner of its Audio Active Group brand led by Chief Insights Office Pierre Bouvard. It’s a big book of data; today, we look at the growth of podcast listening share compared to terrestrial radio. Continue Reading

Vox’s news podcast “Today, Explained” extends to public radio in rare crossover

Media giant Vox has notified us that Today, Explained, the company’s flagship daily news podcast hosted by Sean Rameswaram and Noel King, is now carried by over 50 public radio stations across the country. The arrangement is made via WNYC Studios. Each host has a public radio background. Continue Reading

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: A radio receiver for people with dementia

by James Cridland

In this week’s guest column, James reports that he has The Thing, after returning from Podcast Movement Evolutions — he speculates it was the trip, not the event, which gave it to him. Anyway, the temporary illness didn’t stop him from reporting a week of interesting news bits from around the world including Ukraine, A clever TalkTV-and-radio programming gambit, a BBC Radio show on Patreon, and (as the title promises) a radio set for people who have dementia.
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Radio attrition in the home deepens: Edison / Infinite Dial

Edison Research has offered a preview tidbit in advance of the company’s annual presentation of U.S. Infinite Dial 2022, presented live at Podcast Movement Evolutions, and via live webinar. The sneak peek is about radio ownership in the home, which has been on a declining trendline for years. Click for details, graphics, and link to the webinar registration. Continue Reading

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Shortwave radio: who owns the receivers?

by James Cridland

An English-language Russian radio station is taken off the air. So was Echo of Moscow — and a journalist from that station was asked about what’s next. James also shows off a speaker badge from a Ukraine event at which he spoke. And a detailed review of shortwave radio. And more — among the news items: Union Jack Radio in the UK has closed.
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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Emergency broadcasting, radio’s market share, and the launch of Alfred

by James Cridland

James maintains his column schedule even as his home town of Brisbane (Australia) is flooded with nonstop rain. He tuned into radio during this time of weather emergency, and has things to say about public network ABC — “a good calming listen” (especially as the studio had to be evacuated). Then, his traditional linkfest, including a graph showing U.S. radio ad revenue market share. Continue Reading

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The curious case of the radio station that broke peoples’ cars

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, an HD Radio debacle that breaks receivers in some Mazda cars, which cost $1,500 each to replace, but Mazda is offering a free replacement because apparently the problem is with Mazda, although one Seattle radio station seems to have started it all, and anyway, no receivers are available. Whew … and there’s much more here, including Absolute Radio giving a station to a listener.
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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: The end of open, as audio goes exclusive

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, James laments two business moves that restrict access to audio. The BBC will “window” some of its podcasts into the BBC Sounds app — a maneuver which James calls “another disappointing move from a broadcaster that should be widening its potential audience, not limiting it.” Also, Bauer Media plans to remove its radio stations from TuneIn. Other media groups in Europe don’t escape James’s withering gaze. But later, the BBC is redeemed with an audio piece which is “sublimely excellent.” And much more in this generous column.
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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Is no news good news? And: funding the BBC

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, James considers the length of news bulletins, citing examples from Radio 2 and other outlets. Upshot: Radio news has changed more than the style of news bulletins. Then — how to fund the BBC. Also, the demise of the Audio Content Fund. And more. Continue Reading

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

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: Radio vs Spotify — some data

by James Cridland

James Cridland returns with the latest installment of his weekly column. In this edition, how Spotify is eating into AM/FM listening — data is from Morgan Stanley. Also: The BBC in the pandemic. AM radio declining in Europe. Collectors of radio station beers. And much more. Continue Reading