24 hours in the media: Wed 25 April
A trial service. Today: London bias, Pandora bigger than KIIS, and a new strategy for Johnston Press.
This is a trial - both from our point of view (seeing how long it takes to produce, when it makes sense to produce it, and what editorial lessons we'll learn), and from your point of view (to see whether this is actually any good). Your thoughts are welcome - either on the editorial below, or on the concept - in the comments below.
Richard Horsman (based in Leeds) says that the media is very London-centric. "The first 'B' in 'BBC' stands for 'British' not 'Bexley' or 'Barnet' but a viewer from outer space would never know it. Think I'm exaggerating? Wait 'til it snows. Flake hits ground in Westminster, cue shot ofphotogenic snow-flecked red bus driving over that bridge by Big Ben. Freezing rain causing chaos in Leeds? Not a mention; that's 'local' news." Or, of course, that it snows much less regularly in London and affects very many more people: so is both unexpected and much more relevant for national news. But, don't let me bring an opposing view from the South...
Steve Bowbrick posts The BBC Radio 3 Music Nation Pinterest page (or, rather, a screenshot of it). Interesting use of Pinterest: wonder how many people will use it, and how much work it was.
The Guardian's Elisabeth Mahoney quite likes BBC Radio 4's The Reunion: "an elegant, intelligent format and tone, and one of the best programmes on Radio 4", she says.
In the Netherlands, Jonathan Marks says that one radio network is likely to take the owners of their FM transmitter masts to court, after two major transmitters burnt down and took them off-air. For those that like this sort of thing, you'll find a thrilling video of the transmitter mast falling over on his website. In other news, he has an interesting piece about the Philips radio factory in Eindhoven.
In Los Angeles, RadioINK questions a recent claim that Pandora has 500,000 more listeners than ratings-leader KIIS-FM. A Media Audit survey claims Pandora has 1.9m listeners, while KIIS has 1.4m. RadioINK's (unbylined) opinion piece points out that KFI-AM doesn't appear anywhere in the Media Audit survey, but holds the top spot in Arbitron's PPM ratings. Perhaps a more valid response might be that KIIS-FM is just one of a variety of services produced by Clear Channel, and Pandora is an infinitely-configurable personal service that's different for all 1.9m listeners: so the real comparison ought to be between Clear Channel and Pandora in that market.
Last week in Las Vegas, the NAB Show was held - the annual broadcaster technology showcase for the US broadcast industry. The NAB say over 92,000 people came. Radio-INFO.com reports that 27% of the attendees were international; from the UK, we spotted the RadioDNS Project there, some BBC R&D people, UBC's Simon Cole, and the folks from G-Media.
Radio-INFO.com reports on some research from Mark Kassof that says that people like Pandora because of the control it gives them; but says that iHeartRadio - the Clear Channel-owned almost-equivalent of the UK Radioplayer - is "most like Pandora". We assume that's because of the choice of music genres on iHeartRadio.
In Los Angeles it's the twentieth anniversary of the LA riots; and KNBC is doing some interesting things: live-tweeting the riots as they happened twenty years ago, says lostremote.com. Odd use of Twitter, to my eyes, which is for "live" events and not for a replay.
Print and publishing
There's been some bloke called Murdoch, and then another bloke called Murdoch, talking to a man with half a beard on the television over the past few days. We think you're already abreast of that news. Live streaming here.
The Media Blog shows us newspaper front pages from this morning, with the only one not reporting the News Corporation news being... The Sun. Oh.
Ex BBC and Microsoft man Ashley Highfield has a strategy for Johnston Press, which owns 238 local newspapers and has just returned a £143m annual loss, according to paidContent. They've got the slide deck. The words "digital-first" may appear.
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James Cridland is the Managing Director of Media UK, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business.
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