James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: From Radiodays Europe – control and irrelevance

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Updates and slides from Radiodays Europe. Other updates from around the global audio industry. Continue Reading


Key positioning statements in iHeartMedia’s IPO filing

As we reported yesterday, iHeartMedia is striking out on Wall Street with an IPO. How the new stock will fare in iHeart’s post-bankruptcy phase is anyone’s prediction. The company is pushing a message of its size and positioning through key quotes, assertions, and attitudes manifest in iHeart’s S-1 SEC filing which declared the IPO intent. Continue Reading


BBC’s Google block, part 2

We reported yesterday that the BBC blocked Google Podcasts’ access to BBC podcasts, so they cannot be represented in the Google Podcasts app. That block extends to playing BBC podcasts in Google Search results, via the native audio that Google has built there. The BBC declined to comment in response to our inquiry yesterday, but this morning an explanatory blog post appeared that lays out the BBC’s rationale. Continue Reading