James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: NPR changes affiliate fees; BBC bias; streaming downside. More.

James Cridland, radio futurologist, is a conference speaker, writer and consultant. He runs the media information website media.info and helps organise the yearly Next Radio conference. He also publishes podnews.net, a daily briefing on podcasting and on-demand, and writes a weekly international radio trends newsletter, at james.crid.land

Happy holidays. I’m in the middle of Australia’s strange six-week radio self-mutilation process where I don’t recognise a single voice on-air and everything comes from thousands of miles away (for the elderly, it must feel like all your friends have left you). I spent Christmas morning on ABC Local Radio, above, being interviewed about smart speakers.

Thank you to Rupert Brun, Barrie Stephenson, Cleanfeed and Richard Hilton for your continued support.


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What I’m up to

  • I am speaking at the European Radio Show in Paris, France, on 24 January
  • I am speaking at Podcast Movement Evolutions, in LA, in February.

I’m a writer, consultant, and an amazingly brilliant keynote speaker for your radio conference, setting an innovative and optimistic feel for your event by sharing how radio is changing round the world – in terms of consumption, production and promotion. If I can help you, or your business, please do get in touch, by simply hitting ‘reply’.


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