James Cridland’s Weekly Links: David Bowie and predictions, then more predictions

James 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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James Cridland sends us his weekly links as he continues settling into his new Australian homeland.

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United Kingdom

  • Media and Journalism Predictions 2016 – highly respected document from Nic Newman, and delighted to see it this year. There’s lots to use in here: fill your boots!
  • The Daily Telegraph want to work out when their journalists leave their desks, even for a minute. Classic example of technology being poorly introduced into a workplace.
  • David Bowie dies. An astonishing video, filmed by the UK Radioplayer, showing the power of a) a massive artist, and b) a great search system. [client]
  • Er – who’s died? Oops. – audio that was widely republished. Highlights the transmitter mindset: news must be live, because we have to feed that transmitter: but a five-minute-before prerecord would have avoided this embarrassment. What I call the “primacy of live” gives our audiences a worse experience. I wonder why we persist?
  • Lazy Buggles interview point: Jonathan Agnew and Richard Park. 4’37” into this interview/promotional piece.
  • A glorious local radio moment”, says Steve Bowbrick
  • When did you last sit down and listen all the way through an album?, asks Robin Valk. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned: I when I listen to music, I always listen to the album. Currently listening to the new ELO album, which sounds just like their other albums, which makes me happy. Anyway, this piece is really about the change in media consumption.
  • Delighted to see UK Radioplayer being featured in the Google Chrome webstore. [client] [my code]
  • Radio Copywriting – How to write a (good) radio ad. Great set of tips from Tadah! Media. I worked with these guys nearly thirty years ago, and worryingly, neither of them look as if they’ve aged at all.

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