Tweeknotes 30th May – 5th June

A return to tweeknotes – things i’ve tweeted about in the past week and other things that have popped into my head.

Lots of news recently about X and Xtra Factor judges and hosts chopping and changing. We had months of “who’ll be the X-Factor USA hosts and judges” and we’ve had the Cheryl sacking/re-appointment stuff too. It’s a narrative that’s intertwined with the UK series as well, with a direct knock-on to who’ll be judging UK hopefulls. Similarly there’s been a bit of to-ing and fro-ing over the Xtra Factor hosts with a seeming last minute swap of the very talented Matt Edmondson to the, er, singer, Olly Murs.

I think the genius of all of this publicity is it makes the audience care. Surprising changes, before launch, prompts press and more importantly the audience to have an opinion. Good or bad, it brings you into the show’s world – massively improving the chances of you tuning in, partly to see if you opinion was right.

What’s also amazing is how few other media properties (and probably with the exception of Scott Mills) – radio shows – use narrative to bring audiences closer.

Other things popping up this week:


Tweeknotes 25th April – 1st May

Little late this week, sorry about that. And it’s a short one. I blame Will and Kate…

So, things that are interesting off of my twitter…

And finally we’re after a Developer to work with us at Folder, details here. We’ll give a £250 bounty to whoever finds the person we hire – so please send it around to anyone you think’s great.

Tweeknotes 18th – 24th April

Here’s this week’s Tweekntotes:

And finally an old aircheck of Steve Wright on the day Radio 1 launched on FM. It’s scary:

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Tweeknotes 11th – 17th April

Some more links and things extracted from my tweets this week:

  • Alan Greenspun explains, in clear terms, America’s budget deficit
  • I thought it was slightly odd that Radio Aire, who must be facing unprecedented competition in their market, would choose to celebrate their 30th birthday with loads of early 90s pop stars like Chesney Hawkes and Right Said Fred.
  • I like Bob Shennan a lot, but his interview raised my shackles a little bit. Why benchmark against commercial radio and knock it? He runs a £50m radio station with no ads and completely national coverage and still feels the need to have a moan at Heart?
  • A nice picture from Dan Cocker showing a good snapshot from BBC Manchester.
  • Maria Williams, one of my co-committee members on the Sony’s has written a good post on how to (or not) win a Sony award.
  • I like how Bauer have re-structured their stations into two groups for agencies to buy. What’s good is that they’ve brought their digital stations into the mix – a great way to properly value those hours.

Tweeknotes 4th – 10th April

Busy week, this week. Lots of Radioplayer stuff, popping Fun Kids and 6 x Traffic Radio’s on there as well as prepping some more stations too. I’ve also been working on a fun side-project that I can talk about tomorrow!

Anyway, here’s some good links from the week:


Tweeknotes 28th March – 3rd April

A couple of things that caught my attention this week:

Radioplayer was a busy part of my week. There was a great launch event in London with a real positive feeling in the room. It’s generally gone down well with listeners and it’ll be interesting when around 60 more stations go live over Tuesday.

Also, thank you to everyone who’s said nice things after Fun Kids was put up for two Sony Radio Academy Awards. We’re all very pleased!

And finally… Matt Edmondson’s tweet made me think, are your presenters so keen to make multimedia content?…

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Tweeknotes – 21st to 28th March

Looking through my tweets this week, here’s the stuff that’s interested me and some other half-thoughts.

  • First, some news from Australia about their DAB+ roll-out, which has celebrated 18months on-air. 400k radios have been sold and it’s now accounting for 5.6% of all Australian radio listening. It’s a great result. Here’s the full PDF.
  • Over in Switzerland they’ve just announced four new nationwide stations (though logo-wise they seem to have a bit of an 80s vibe).
  • Also on DAB, quite a large Asian manufacturer has brought out a tablet with DAB/DAB+/DMB inside.
  • An interesting interview with Simon Cowell from the Huffington Post, where he reveals that all the rumours that surface about the judges for the new series of X Factor come from his own company – as they leak them! Ceratinly Certainly a positive way to control the news flow.
  • Aaron Sorkin (he who created the West Wing, amongst others) has a brilliant cameo in the new episode of 30 Rock.
  • Today, I filled in the online Census, something I thought was a really easy process. Though I wonder if they could have made it even quicker by using Facebook Connect! Half joke. Matt Wells off of the Guardian flagged up their alternative Census questionnaire.
  • I don’t mind an episode of Glee, but I think even the students of William McKinley High would have had trouble devising a song and dance routine for the Newcastle Metro. The BBC hasn’t had the same trouble.
  • It was Budget day this week, here’s an article from the Twitter Media guys about what the BBC did to help them focus the conversation within the BBC brand. Simple, but very effective. How do you manage your social media messages?
  • A couple of my blogposts this week, one on Five Live’s new ‘recorded on the day’ TV trails and another on how to cut costs at BBC Local.

We’re on the countdown now to the release of Radioplayer. At Folder we’ve been finishing off some players and sorting out the data-flow to make it all work properly for our clients. We’ve also been taking station staff through the new player and the likely affect it will have on their stations. Best moment of the week was after a meeting when the staff started talking unprompted about metadata (we’d talked about the importance of the search function). They came up with a genius idea – re-branding the jocks so their names worked better as keywords!

Tweeknotes – 14th March to 20th March

Some fun things that have popped up on Twitter this week:

  • A piece about Private Eye’s digital strategy
  • The BBC are doing a trial of RadioVIS for their radio services. We already provide these for our clients – it’s a great way to visualise a radio station and harmonise the pictures delivered to mobile, web as well as RadioDNS-enabled radios like the Pure Sensia. It’s great to see a big broadcaster supporting it.
  • Ford have been doing some research that’s led them to bring forward the date that they’re line-fitting digital radio in their cars. Their new announcement means that all of their new cars will have DAB as standard by the end of next year.
  • There’s some more new programmes planned for Radio 4 Extra.
  • A great viral video to promote new film Limitless. Here’s the resolution.
  • A nice write up in The Guardian about the Moyles record attempt.

Tweeknotes – 7th March to 13th March

This week, a date was announced (31st March) for the launch of the UK Radio Player, or Radioplayer as it’s now known. On that date the core partners (BBC, Global, GMG and Absolute) will go live, with the next wave, hopefully, coming a couple of weeks later. We’ve been developing player consoles for our clients and it’s been fun to see everyone’s involvement evolve over the last few weeks.

Talking to radio people outside the project, there seems to be a bit of a shrug about Radioplayer’s launch. Stations have online consoles right now, after all. It’s definitely something that only really hits you when you play with it and use search and presets, flipping between stations. It’s the most normal thing in the world to use, and crazy to think it’s taken us in radio so long to get there.

Other things that i’ve seen this week:

I’ll leave you with a brilliant perfectly on brand tweet from E4:

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Tweeknotes – 28th February to 6th March

This week’s notes from my twitter…

James Cridland’s written about an odd thing that the BBC Trust have said. They remarked when approving more radio series-stacking that:

1. There is a “limited amount of on-demand content offered by commercial radio”

Really? Absoloute provide thousands of hours of material and most of the big groups all do listen again.

2. “There are no known commercial radio stations that create factual or drama productions”

Except of course, the ones that do. At Fun Kids we definitely do the first and with some of the readings, arguably the second too! A bit of a poor show by the Trust.

Angelique tweeted about Pitchify, which grabs top reviews from sites like Pitchfork and then checks to see if the music’s available on Spotify. It’s something that begins to help fix one of Spotify’s few downsides – how to navigate the vast amount of material in its collection.

The BBC, this week, announced some details about Radio 4 Extra (the re-branded BBC Radio 7). I was hoping there would be more integration and counter-scheduling, but perhaps we’ll see more of that as further information is released.

Australian radio boss Duncan Campbell pointed to a great piece on talent management, there’s lots of parallels with the radio business.

One of the things that the new app stores have allowed is self-publishing content. This article talks about one young indie publisher’s success with her ebooks.

I spent five minutes fixing my Radio-Job-O-Tron this week – it’s just a simple thing that pulls radio jobs from Media UK, BBC and the Guardian and them emails them out to anyone that wants it. You can subscribe using the box on the lower right hand side of the blog.

I really enjoyed 24 Hour Panel People. It was a Comic Relief challenge for David Walliams to take part in 24hours worth of TV panel shows. They broadcast it live on the internet, with highlights to follow on BBC Three. It was a fantasitc watch, showing up many of the techniques TV uses to ‘fix’ pre-records.

If you missed it on Saturday, I also posted a link to some great Moyles audio.