James Cridland’s Future of Radio: More stations for London, iHeart on set-top boxes, Ofcom has data

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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  • I was on Perth’s RTRFM talking about the Future of Radio. This is a nicely packaged catch-up of my interview.
  • A piece from the perceptive Brad Smart about DAB+ in Brisbane. It’s not powerful enough (it has run on reduced power since launch, and doesn’t have good indoor coverage in some areas) but it’s also too powerful, since it reaches a long, long way further than it ought to. Brad’s concerned about the effects on the value of licences in the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
  • This is nice. Good data journalism from the ABC, and a nice longform article that draws you in. The ABC’s pretty good at this kind of stuff.
  • Omny Studio produces intelligent automated podcasting for radio – this is neat and clever.
  • Amazon bringing Alexa and its Echo speakers to Australia, NZ “early next year”. Meanwhile they come out in Canada on Wednesday; Radioplayer Canada is a launch partner.
  • The kind of awful, crap, shouty old bigoted nasty presenter that nobody wants on the radio, rightly highlighted on MediaWatch, and since this aired, he’s finally off the air. Good. MediaWatch is a fine program to ensure that the media stays honest, and I’m surprised that there isn’t an equivalent in the UK or US. It’s also a ratings winner.


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