James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Media consumption from New Zealand; iHeart adds music discovery playlist

James Cridland, the 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.


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  • Interesting to spot Aussie radio making TV. (Also interesting to give equal billing to YouTube as well as ABC’s own iView product)
  • Australia appears to be the home of the unfunny radio stunt. Here’s a classic of the genre, retold by Adam Hills.
  • From Australia’s youth station triplej, a very good piece of research into young people. This is really good stuff: the opportunity of a ton of press stories, great audience research, and a good way to align triplej as ‘the good guys’ looking after their audience. (Their CD, Ollie Wards, is speaking at Next Radio in London – you should come!)
  • A man called Matt visits a Facebook troll – this is an interesting bit of video from (a) TripleM in Australia.

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