James Cridland’s Future of Radio: TuneIn is taken to court; and research on super-podcasters

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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  • Sony and Warner launch legal proceedings against TuneIn in the UK – if this website is to be trusted, the story appears to be that TuneIn is facilitating access to unlicensed music streams. That could mean a set of bedroom-radio stations without any licensing; a set of radio stations hosted on a third party that claims it’s covered music rights but hasn’t; or even streams from US and Australian radio stations which haven’t bought music rights for the UK (music rights holders want payment in the country of consumption, not transmission). Given that TuneIn is an edited service – i.e. stations are editorially listed, not automatically – they probably can’t claim a common-carrier defence. One to watch, if it’s true.
  • Industry reacts to BBC local radio changes, including Richard Horsman calling it “a new hope for Cinderella. From the headlines, the changes are a removal of the much-maligned networked evening show, a reversal of some planned cuts, and a desire that Local Radio should be aimed at “everybody”. I don’t suppose the listeners care about the networked evening show, but it’s a hot-button within the industry; the removal of targeting is, I hope, actually allowing local managers a bit more control of their own station sound – Radio Humberside is (or should be) a very different listen to Radio Manchester or Radio London. BBC Local Radio has a 6.8% share.
  • Some nice history of BBC Radio Sheffield, which celebrated its anniversary recently.
  • Why local radio is thriving (slightly spoiled by a lazy antique radio photo)
  • The history of radio, according to the BBC in 1962
  • Some powerful radio just here from Eddie Mair last weeek on PM – and some reaction via Twitter.
  • “Young listeners are helping LBC break the BBC’s stranglehold on speech radio” – a good piece on LBC’s rise in the UK. Newstalk radio, in the form of stations like LBC and the rise of podcasts – the New York TImes Daily podcast is #2 – is a format to watch, I suspect.
  • Video killed the radio star – lazy Buggles headline nonsense
  • Who’s Listening and How – David Lloyd writes up the RAJAR Ltd MIDAS survey, something I always mean to do and never do. This is required reading.



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