James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: BBC blocks Google from its podcasts

James Cridland, 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.

I’m looking forward to being at Radiodays Europe this time next week. I’m on phone (WhatsApp works too) if you’d like to catch up. I do drink beer, too.

UK: Good luck listening to the latest Brexit podcast from the BBC on your Google Home – the BBC have blocked Google from indexing all their podcasts. (This is a sneak preview of a Podnews story later today).

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UK: Delighted to discover that BBC Radio Leeds, when it launched, had a talking budgerigar as its main gimmick.

US: This edition of On The Media should be required listening for all journalists. Don’t give notoriety to killers.

UK: JACKfm in Oxford are very good. They’re moving out of their dumpy building: so far, they’ve let their listeners look round, and they’re now looking for the last voice from the dumpy building. (Although – aren’t all JACKfm buildings “dumpy”?)

UK: David Lloyd loves this “beautiful, text-book breakfast story arc” from Absolute Radio’s Dave Berry.

Canada: It isn’t every day that you see a radio station on the front of a TV Guide. Except for this day, in British Columbia.

James Cridland