James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Voice control – is it radio’s future? Plus ABC’s reorg, and Canadians listen to lots of radio

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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  • A moment in the increasingly-chaotic British election period going on at the moment on BBC Womens Hour – a video of the leader of the opposition not knowing a number off by heart, like it matters very much. Disappointingly, this is filmed from behind, without a tripod, with distorted audio, and someone walking in front of the camera with a drink of water, in a completely unbranded studio. Lots to learn from this. (And I can’t help but wonder whether – fun though it is to try and catch out someone not knowing a number off by heart – there’s much point to this little game).
  • Some breakdowns of Manchester radio station audience figures from Paul Easton. Advocates of “live and local” might like to look at how big national stations are (although, being fair, the size of the UK means everything’s local to a point).
  • Why People Love Listening to Radio” – some nice stats in here from @radiodotco
  • Clever: Upload Radio embeds a promo on a show page before a show airs, so you could listen to what’s coming up. Seems a blindingly obvious thing for BBC iPlayer to have done, but I don’t suppose anyone thought of it.
  • Nice to see Iain Lee getting a plug in The Guardian.
  • This is very sad. Having used BBC drivers in the past in Africa, I know how liked and part of the family they are.
  • News about one of the hardest-working radio consultants I know. Congratulations to Francis Currie who is now the boss of two brands I’ve worked for and one I listened-to on day 1.
  • A radio presenter job ad with a difference for @funkids in London.
  • Visualising Audio: BBC News Labs’ Adaptation of the Audiogram Generator – this is excellent stuff. What a great tool.
  • No, Delite Radio, this is not how DAB+ works.
  • Perhaps you might fill in this Listening Experiment Questionnaire from BBC R&D about ‘quality of experience of next generation audio’
  • Virgin Radio did a favourite biscuit thing a while ago. And now this.




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