James Cridland’s Future of Radio: The biggest streaming radio event in the world; studio rules in the US; new RAJAR figures in the UK

james cridland canvasJames Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and an Australia-based radio futurologist. He is a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. Find out more or subscribe at http://james.cridland.net

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United States

  • Triton Digital receives continued Media Rating Council accreditation for streaming audio measurement – as Facebook’s recent issues show, it’s important to have a credible measurement system for online radio. I’ve dug quite deeply into Triton’s: it’s a good, consistent, standard.
  • Meanwhile, Facebook admits its 10th measurement mistake since September
  • The Radio Diaries DIY Handbook – an interesting and detailed online publication on how to make story-based radio/podcasts. /via Matt Wade
  • US stations have (less than) 45 days to switch their satellite setup – important news for US radio engineers. If you know one, forward this to them in case they haven’t seen it.
  • Pandora has a fake listening problem – so do their advertisers /from Pierre Bouvard of Westwood One. I like Pierre’s willingness to call this problem out, and that he is doing it on behalf of all of radio.
  • Resistance Radio — an event in early June (in Brooklyn) showing how to use pirate radio for political reasons. Don’t do it, kids, it’s illegal. 😉
  • US: Interesting to see the arguments for and against having to have a studio in your broadcast patch. Some of the radio groups I’m in are angrily debating the pros and cons of networking programming – but this isn’t a debate about that: it’s one about whether we need radio stations to have a dumpy little room full of faders and a microphone in their transmission area. You can do outstandingly good local programming without one; and very poor non-local programming from your high street.
  • SiriusXM to buy “struggling” Pandora? Would be a nice, complementary, fit: live and linear broadcasting merging with an algorithmic, interactive service. Also, note “struggling” Pandora.
  • A Lesson In Radio’s Future From 1941 – will FM succeed, asked this journalist: and then gave a very good explanation of what would make it a success.
  • “There is no such thing as the perfect length for a podcast.” – ranty, missed-point blogpost from Libsyn. As I’ve said before, a podcast should be as long as it needs to be – but no longer.

United Kingdom

  • The quarterly radio figures, RAJAR, are out. Digital listening has increased, and digital-exclusive station BBC Radio 6 Music has, once more, posted record figures. As have newstalk station LBC: their new figures this week show they’re doing brilliantly. As ever, you’ll find all these fancy graphs at media.info – just search for the station you’re interested in.
  • How much is a Facebook partnership worth?” asks Matt McAlister – one of the most important bits is that one Facebook share means 4.5 pageviews on average. I’d have thought it was a bit higher.
  • A donation of £10,000 will help visually impaired across the UK. I’ve done a little work with the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, and it’s a side of radio that many of us forget. Good for them.
  • Back in February, Spotify dug deep into the UK’s radio listening figures (still relevant)
  • Spotify now officially has more UK listeners than Radio 1 claims this pro-streaming website; though Spotify don’t actually release country-specific figures, so not quite sure how they can claim these figures are official. I also suspect that they are trying to conflate monthly active users with weekly Radio 1 reach, which is also not really comparing like with like: monthly reach is much higher. However, the point that music streaming is making significant inroads into broadcast radio is, in itself, true.
  • BBC journalist learns how to make a sandwich – I’m still not quite sure I understand the point of this story, but then, my country seems a foreign place these days. And given British media is under heavily-regulated election rules, I guess sandwiches are safe.
  • Video: if everyone talked like a BBC news reporter… – much amusement. Also see the Aussie one just below…



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