24 hours in media: Fri 4 May
Today, television censorship, Mike Dickin, World Press Freedom Day, and a great video from 1942.
On World Press Freedom Day (see below), the Malaysian broadcaster Astro censors both the BBC and Al Jazeera when they dared to cover demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur, reports Kim Andrew Elliott. I've been to the very room when they censored it.
Internet video producer Revision3 (who make tons of podcasts) have been bought by Discovery, TechCrunch says.
The number of Americans watching telly appears to be on the slide, says lostremote.
If you were launching a video on-demand service to go alongside the free services from the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV, the right thing to do would be to charge £1 a day for access, right? Well done, MTV.
How's your application for the BBC Director General going? Lord Pattern and Diane Coyle will be doing the interviews. We've not heard yet but it's only a matter of time, we assume.
Steve Campen posts about legendary broadcaster Mike Dickin, telling a nice story about a lawn.
Our photo of the day is a radio station website from 1966. Well, okay, so this chart was printed out and given away in stores in San Bernadino, California. But it forms the same role as a website these days: charts are still the most popular parts of a website. Just ask BBC Radio 1.
Interesting news if you like broadcast standards. No, wait, stay awake. The good folks at the DRM consortium have published a specification in Russian. "The guide details the advantages of implementing DRM as a fully open, global, energy and spectrum efficient digital radio standard." Nice idea. Specifications in English aren't always too useful.
The 2012 NAB Radioshow in Dallas, Texas, is now open for registration.
Sly Bailey's off. Trinity Mirror will be £1m better off, according to Jon Slattery.
It's World Press Freedom Day today. The EFF has more, particularly what the Land of the Free ought to do to make their press more free. Kim Andrew Elliott also posts on this. Nieman Journalism Lab points to the changes in technology that shifts the playing field for journalists.
John Slattery posts some quotes of the week. Of note - Former Sun editor David Yelland tweets on his old paper's mocking of new England manager Roy Hodgson's speech: "So little compassion for Roy Hodgson today, bullying language, pointlessly cruel, pointlessly hurtful." So right.
Can an algorithm write a better news story than a news reporter? That's the question Steven Levy asks on wired.com. I asked Hammond to predict what percentage of news would be written by computers in 15 years. At first he tried to duck the question, but with some prodding he sighed and gave in: “More than 90 percent.” Eeek.
On Google+, someone posted this wonderful film - and apologies if it was you, we forgot to write down your name. Enjoy this rather lovely look behind the scenes at The Times in 1942.
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