DAB in Germany; Radio up in New Zealand; Entercom's 'shiny new toy' issue
July 9, 2018 · 3 minutes to read
Above: interesting how the New York Times doesn’t use the word “podcast” when advertising its podcast. I’d probably agree with that decision.
At the Next Radio conference in central London, we confirmed half the speakers recently, including triple j in Australia and YLEX in Finland. You should come.
- Why you’d be wrong to pull out of TuneIn - I don’t think you should promote it: but I also don’t think pulling out of it is the right thing to do
Germany: Wondering how people are listening to DAB+ radio (and other platforms) in Bavaria? Wonder no more: I took pictures of the relevant slides. This year, DAB has overtaken internet radio for adults 14+, and is growing over 8 times faster; DAB+ skews slightly younger than FM; FM is in decline; DAB+ in twice as many cars as a year ago.
New Zealand: listening to the radio continues to 'grow exponentially’. Here’s the PDF. “86%” (3.66m) of the population (10+) listen every week. Last year the figure was 3.60m, and quoted as 86.7%; population of New Zealand has fallen from 4.25m to 4.15m in the same period.
South Africa: at least one of the commercial broadcasters can’t see the point in DAB+. (Clue: you’re at your analogue licence ownership limit.)
Norway: this is very clever - adjustable audio for NRK’s tv coverage of the World Cup, including an option to get the radio commentary, of course.
A map of pirate radio stations in Brooklyn. For all the people claiming FM radio’s no longer attractive and is dying a slow death, the continued appearance of pirate radio stations shows that, on the contrary, FM radio is still highly prized. (I’d note, though - still no DAB pirate broadcasting yet.)
Not much to do with radio, but still, a good Twitter thread about how news really works, rather than the conspiracy theories.
Repurpose and repeat your best stuff on the radio. Here’s why - great data. I clumsily was trying to make this point on stage in Nuremberg last week, but this has the actual data to back the point up.
“The biggest issue we have right now is, for a lot of advertisers and agencies, we’re not the shiny new toy”, says Entercom’s CEO. He’s right. A good piece about radio’s future. - I’m surprised that radio doesn’t talk more about its innovation.
Let’s find every community radio station - a new website launches.
LBC have signed Eddie Mair, a well thought-of news radio presenter from the BBC, to do as yet unconfirmed programmes for the station. Quite a signing; showing LBC has reached considerable maturity as a station.
A look at BBC Radio Durham’s beginnings - the station celebrates its fiftieth anniversary recently.
Great to see the launch of AudioUK - “the trade body for UK podcast, audiobook, and radio production companies”. The organisation, formerly known as RIG, has clearly spotted the potential of podcast and on-demand audio alongside radio.
Another day, another interactive audio advertising service, via ShakeMe. ARN have signed in Australia; last week also saw an announcement from talkSPORT in the UK who are also using it. I’ll be be fascinated to see how this does.
Aussie radio revenue up 11%
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