James Cridland’s Weekly Links: Zimbabwe radio; Audible “doing a Netflix,” more

James Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and a U.K.-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 sent this week’s edition of his Links from Kuala Lumpur, where he spoke at the Asia Media Summit.

He also sent this photo with an explanation: “Kuala Lumpur’s Hot FM, on a TV channel this morning here. They were playing a pre-recorded telephone interview, and therefore there was nobody in the studio. Great distribution. Not so great experience.”

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Here are James Cridland’s links for this week:


  • Statistics about radio, and internet, in Zimbabwe. New stations launched, but all have links to government.
  • Here’s the South African radio policy – no FM switch off, and can we have DABand DRM30 please, too? That’s a bit, um, unfocused. (§1.10f) In response to this, someone contacts me and says they should be doing DVB-T2 Lite. Hmm…

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  • Audible is doing a Netflix and beginning to make its own audio content. More great opportunities (and some threat) for radio folk.
  • Lazy Buggles headline in first line of this ‘secrets behind video marketing‘ article. Apparently radio died in 1979. Better tell the 90% that use it each week.
  • A small piece about Voltair and PPMs, which I think will be the biggest US radio story this year. If you’re in a PPM market, like Sweden, Norway or Denmark, this is worth a read.
  • Survey: News orgs are prioritizing mobile development and placing less emphasis on paywalls
  • Growth in mobile advertising is opportunity for audio, says Jennifer Lane
  • Embrace the disruption, says Perry Michael Simon – this is what I’ve been saying for decades, and it’s great to see others.
  • VuHaus – pulls together filmed music performances from some US radio stations. Nice way of working together.
  • The more you listen to Spotify, the more free Starbucks you can have. (Why hasn’t radio done a similar loyalty scheme?)
  • FCC to iHeart: “We will fine you… (Dr Evil voice) ONE MILLION DOLLARS
  • Broadcasters and online video companies form ‘Video Advertising Bureau‘. Radio: there’s a hint – are you ‘radio’ or ‘audio’, and would it benefit to be working together to promote audio advertising across all platforms?
  • Radio engineers – how will you cope with the leap second? There’s one coming on June 30th. At midnight. Good luck.
  • NPR One, “the Pandora of News”, opens an API to make it easier to produce NPR One experiences on a variety of connected devices

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