24 hours in the media: Thu 26 April
A trial service. Today including the Olympics, a new book, and the end of text alerts
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.
Television and Radio and Online
There's a slew of sensationalist stories about the BBC's staffing levels at the Olympics in the press today. BBC man Jem Stone posts, to Twitter: "You'll read a few stories about the BBC's coverage of the Olympics in the press in next 24 hours. Read this first. " It's eminently more sensible than the rest of the hype. Also, try someone I think I once called a BBC fanboy, Martin Belam's take on the story. "It is a classic example of one of those non-stories that really irritate me in journalism.", he says. (Belam works for the Grauniad these days.) Meanwhile, BBC Head of Sport Roger Mosey points out on his Twitter feed that Sky use 130 people to cover one Premier League match, that NBC sent 2,800 people to Beijing, that it's "55% increase in staff but 100% increase in broadcast hours and 300% increase in number of channels we're offering.", and "Nobody has yet explained the link between (a) size of Team GB and (b) number of people needed to cover 2500 hours of sport on 24 channels." - seems that through Twitter, Mosey's fighting back. Where's Mark Thompson in all this? Probably sitting in one of his many offices in the dark, rocking backwards and forwards, asking whether he can leave yet.
And, since we posted a photo from the BBC's Steve Bowbrick yesterday, we might as well post one today: this one from MediaCity UK's building that houses BBC Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester. And possibly other things on the top three floors.
Radio veteran Paul Easton has launched a book - Programming Points, the best of the Radio Magazine columns. Gosh, remember the Radio Magazine? This column was the only thing worth reading in it, we think. And Andy Bantock's weekly rant against DAB. Anyway, it's available from Amazon on your Kindle (or your free Kindle app).
In Paris this Friday there's a big automotive meeting with the IMDA; RadioDNS's team will also be there. The subject is the future of radio in the car.
In New York, radio-info.com reports that ESPN Radio - an all-talk sports station - is likely to move to an as-yet un-announced FM frequency instead of WEPN's 1050 AM frequency; the Yankees and Mets (who I believe are some sort of sports) are being courted for an exclusive deal, since both their deals are up (one's signed with WFAN and one with WCBS).
Murdoch, yada, blah. More in our live news section: it's a live story, and one that we'll look back on in a few days.
In Tabloid Watch, the Daily Express is called out for its Maddie headline, which is 'misleading', they say.
In Washington DC, the Washington Post is stopping text alerts, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab.
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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