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Wednesday 07 August 2019, PM

Hunting spies and exposing lies

BBC sounds music radio podcast the media show BBC Radio 4 Media circles about reinventing journalism researcher on this program, too well as yesterday. He's done more of that than most but you probably never heard of him and while most during this will take that as an insult Eliot Higgins might th…

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Wednesday 07 August 2019, AM

5G: how the airwaves became an 'electromagnetic cash cow'

Other governments see spectrum - the airwaves used to carry mobile phone signals - as an electromagnetic cash cow. Spectrum has not always been viewed as a potential cash cow by governments. - link

Ofcom Media nations: UK 2019

The report reviews key trends in the television and video sector as well as the radio and audio sector. In these reports we provide data and analysis on traditional broadcast television and radio services, and look at the take-up and impact of other types of video and audio that people can choose from. The Media Nations report is a reference publication for industry, stakeholders, academics and consumers. It provides context to the work Ofcom undertakes in looking after the interests of people in the markets we regulate. - link

talkSPORT and PopMaster

Thanks for choosing the radio Today programme this time the football Seasons back, so we'll talk sports with Lee Clayton who's the station Ossett talkSPORT find out their plans return of the Premier League Ken Bruce's on as well. I spoke to him on the phone to talk about we stop for PopMaster is o…

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More Bodyguards and Love Islands needed as UK viewers desert TV

The scale of the challenge UK broadcasters face in the streaming era has been thrown into stark relief by a new report, which estimates that 34 extra series of the BBC hit Bodyguard - or 14 more Love Islands - would have needed to air last year to make up for the drop in traditional TV viewing as audiences flock to rivals including Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. The report, by the media regulator Ofcom, highlights the huge growth in popularity of streaming services in the UK. The number of subscribers to the three most popular - Netflix, Amazon and Sky's Now TV - leapt by almost a quarter last year to 19.1m. Nearly half of UK homes now have a subscription streaming service, a significant increase on the 39 that did in 2017, with many households paying for two or more. - link
Monday 05 August 2019, PM

Report: Arqiva could be broken up

The backers of Arqiva, which runs Britain's largest tower business, are mulling a possible break-up of the business. Arqiva is the sole provider of transmission facilities for DTT platform Freeview. - link
Monday 05 August 2019, AM

From Trinny and Susannah to Donald Trump, reality TV has ushered in an age of spite

Ps on the Digital, Culture, Media and sport select committee are asking how reality TV became so spiteful that two Love Island contestants, and one participant of the cancelled Jeremy Kyle Show, are dead. Of course it is too late to mourn the death of courtesy – and empathy – in public discourse; this is, in every sense, a post-mortem. Those same MPs may walk a gauntlet of screams as they go to work. Disagreement without rancour has become archaic, even semi-mythical. The MPs heard a submission called Belligerent Broadcasting from the academics Angela Smith and Michael Higgins (who I name to be polite). They named Trinny Woodhall and Susannah Constantine, two semi-parodic Sloane Rangers who... - link
Friday 02 August 2019, PM

02/08/2019 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts is your wireless doomed shortly to be made redundant by an online world where everyone seem to have a podcast for you to download and when music of every description is screaming All Around You list of Susanne Christian certainly helps not to download for the train …

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Thursday 01 August 2019, AM

Alexa tempts radio listeners to leave BBC for commercial stations

Britons increasingly prefer commercial radio stations to the BBC, according to the latest figures from Rajar, which also reveal how Amazon's Alexa is changing listening habits. The BBC has insisted it was no longer chasing traditional radio listening figures and was instead prioritising investment in podcasts via its BBC Sounds app to appeal to younger listeners. - link

RAJAR Q2 2019: The quarterly radio Infographic is here – RadioToday

The quarterly RAJAR Infographic is here with all the data you need for Q2, 2019, including All Radio Listening, Average Hours Per Listener and Digital Platforms. Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now. - link

ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are suing free TV streaming app Locast

Broadcast TV streaming app Locast had hoped that qualifying itself as a not-for-profit might be enough to avoid the wrath of the major networks and the same demise as Aereo. The broadcasters claim Locast is unlawful and could make it easier for TV providers to drop local stations ATT added the Locast app to DirecTV and U-verse set-top boxes back in May and has contributed funding to the service. - link
Wednesday 31 July 2019, PM

Changing the game of sports journalism

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello and welcome to the media show you may think only a few weeks have gone by since Manchester City and Liverpool were taking it out for the English Premier League title you would be right of course but here we are only 10 days away from those two teams and 18 oth…

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Ivan Brackenbury (and Tom Binns!)

Thanks for choosing the radio Today programme this time. He's conkers Ivan brackenbury's on the podcast with his alter-ego some bits to tell us about brimlington hospital radio online and I was twenty twenty tour of the UK generate the looks of what the data tells us about consumers use of headpho…

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Monday 29 July 2019, PM

Consultation: Protecting participants in TV and radio programmes

We are proposing new rules to require broadcasters to ensure they take 'due care' of people participating in television and radio programmes, extending existing protections. Ofcom already has rules in the Broadcasting Code placing responsibilities on broadcasters around programme participants, and specific guidelines on the 'due care' required for minors who take part in programmes. - link

Freeview app finally brings live and on-demand TV to Android

The Freeview mobile app is finally available for Android devices, months after it appeared on Apple's App Store. The free catch-up app combines a lot of the live and on-demand content from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. - link
Friday 26 July 2019, PM

26/07/2019 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts the leader of the Western world and importantly Omar has a history of launching vicious antisemitic screen. I hope you can feature on your programme and item to challenge the BBC policy as set out by Alan Davies this evening when talking about President Trumps racis…

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Friday 26 July 2019, AM

Media Masters - Terri White

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the new game by Terri white Empire 2015 timeout North America where she led the New York and Chicago auditions an award-winning editor with 19 years experience she has worked for …

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Media Masters - Alan Hunter

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game Alan Hunter head of digital at the Times and Sunday Times beginning at the St he went from assistant chief sub-editor to News Review editor leading their coverage o…

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Will Britons take to Britbox?

YouGov data shows that Netflix's Buzz score has been decreasing since May, having fallen 1.9 points since the share price announcement. Does this mean they will draw a new paying audience, take share from the likes of Netflix or stimulate further category growth Time will tell. - link
Wednesday 24 July 2019, PM

The power of the columnist

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio for a newspaper column is prime minister cripes, so I started a is that self-appointed breed of public bloviator that ever expanding club of opinionated and column instability, which I must confess. I've many years has a fully paid up member I'm talki…

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CMA news on Bauer Digital Radio update

This is the weekly podcast from Radio today coming up this time will hear from for that also the digital radio UK summer reception. He's gone on the state of the digital radio sexy Forest also feel riding has details of John Myers London memorial in November James cridland. Looks at how you can ma…

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Media Masters - Dave Berry

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters a series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game by Dave Berry presenter of the breakfast show on Absolute Radio after making his radio presenting you on the capital afternoon show in 2007 he moved onto XFM wher…

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Wednesday 24 July 2019, AM

Plex makes piracy just another streaming service

What's especially compelling about Plex is just how easy it makes consuming media. Jon came to Plex after getting a Chromecast and wanting to stream video from his computer to his TV because it was the easiest solution for that problem. - link
Sunday 21 July 2019, PM

Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing

As the tweet and its many replies made clear, it's not just deaf people who rely on subtitles in 2019. Among the many replies DG received were lots of teenagers and people in their early 20s who said they liked using subtitles because it allowed them to multitask. - link
Friday 19 July 2019, PM

19/07/2019 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello absolutely living in that culture in those sort of people you don't do that then go to the promise. That is as the 150 of season starts will be talking to the Promise director David Pickard bad weather the proms at too posh. We've all got to work as hard as we…

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ITV, BBC unveil UK-focused BritBox's line-up and price point – TBI Vision

ITV holds 90 of BritBox's equity with the remaining 10 held by the BBC - though there is an option for the BBC to acquire additional shares up to 25 in total and ITV will have the ability to bring additional investors on board. The service's imminent launch comes three years after ITV and BBC Studios joined forces to launch BritBox in the US, with AMC Networks onboard as a minority partner. - link
Friday 19 July 2019, AM

Ofcom: BritBox materiality assessment Relationship between BritBox and the BBC’s Public Service activities

The BBC has proposed to change BBC iPlayer from a service where programmes are available to ‘catch-up’ for 30 days after broadcast, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer. As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, we are carrying out a competition assessment, under which we: look at the public value provided by the BBC’s proposals, analyse the way in which they impact on competition, and consider whether that public value justifies any adverse impacts that we identify. This document sets out our analysis and provisional conclusions. We are consulting on our conclusions for four weeks and expect to publish our final conclusions by August 2019. - link

Consultation: BritBox materiality assessment

The BBC Board assessed the corporation's proposed involvement in BritBox, and determined it was not material. Please submit responses using the consultation responses form. - link
Thursday 18 July 2019, PM

BBC over-75s TV licence axe backfires spectacularly as Tories face £1.6bn bill

The Tories' free TV licence betrayal of over-75s could add another 1.6billion to the welfare bill, experts warned today. Setting up a system to means-test eligibility will cost the BBC 38million, with 13million annual running costs, MPs heard. - link
Wednesday 17 July 2019, PM

Government's TV licence fee decision was 'nuclear', BBC boss says

The BBC has now decided to revoke free TV licences for all over-75s, except those claiming the pension credit benefit. The Conservative Party included a pledge to continue free TV licences for over-75s in its manifesto for the 2017 general election - after power for the concession had passed to the BBC in law. - link

Tommy Robinson and the rules of journalism

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 when it comes to content of does Stephen Jacqueline in better known as Tommy Robinson have a point I thought you have to hear on Radio 4 perhaps also Mr Robinson would argue. Explain what you doing the day. He was arrested is there in a medium mate.…

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Wednesday 17 July 2019, AM

Fleur East, Greg James plus RadioTechCon’s Tech Masterclass

This is the weekly podcast from Radio today at this time. I've been talking to fleur East Brent Burns and James bath that a new breakfast show on Hits Radio UK when to see the right after first show in Manchester this week from the radio tech con te masterclass which took place this week James cri…

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Tuesday 16 July 2019, PM

Media Masters - Bill Abbott

Media Masters with Paul Bradshaw welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of your game New York Abbott president and chief executive of Crown Media family networks the companies owned by hallmark cards and his famous rich wholesome programming since joining t…

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Concerns expressed in Parliament over Small Scale DAB ownership – RadioToday

Concerns have been raised in Parliament over the future ownership of Small-Scale DAB and funding options for Community Radio stations. In a session to consider the draft Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019, Margot James MP explained the restrictions in place to prevent single companies owning multiple Small Scale multiplexes in the same or adjoining areas. - link
Tuesday 16 July 2019, AM

SCN delivers digital ads to UK FTA audience |

Sports Channel Network, the UK based Free to Air OTT channel, has become the first sport channel to deliver digital advertising to a free to air broadcast audience using the Google Ad Manager platform. SCN has also streamed football and fishing as well as drone racing and kite surfing content. - link
Friday 12 July 2019, PM

12/07/2019 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts to a climax and test match special comes into its own will ask its listeners, how special TMS is and whether it is kept up with the times in cms has evolved in that way veteran journalist and England off Spinners Vic Marks and new is commentator Alison Mitchell talk…

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Friday 12 July 2019, AM

#118 - Pop goes the controller; Prioritising PSBs; Channel 5 profits; Influencers held to account - The Media Podcast wi

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Thursday 11 July 2019, PM

Local TV issues challenge to newspapers as it reaches 5 million viewers Prolific North

Local TV is the trading name of Made Television, which runs 8 local TV channels. That's TV. It comes a day after the country's biggest local TV operator, That's TV, announced plans to close 13 of its 20 studios, including Grimsby and Preston. - link
Thursday 11 July 2019, AM

Freeview Mumbles Something About Having Loads of Telly on it

Freeview, the umbrella term for telly that used to come through the air and now comes mostly through apps and smart TVs and whatnot, would like us to talk about a personal milestone it has achieved in the world of on-demand content. The arbitrary milestone that no one was aware of the significance of is the passing of the 20,000 hours of content level, which Freeview says it has sailed through thanks to the addition of Channel 5's catch-up services, piped through My5, to its array of on-demand television formerly known as the terrestrial selection. - link
Wednesday 10 July 2019, PM

Inside Wimbledon

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello and welcome to a rather unusual Media show today because we're at Wimbledon I'm currently standing on the roof of the broadcast centre on my left is number one court with it's brand new retractable roof on my right is centre court with its walls festooned with…

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Niocast’s John Evington on the upcoming local radio DAB expansion

Call this week's radio Today programme lots of big news to talk about and will Delve deeper into what could be one of the big changes to our digital radio landscape in the UK small scale DAB does John Errington from the Nile cast trial Multiplex has been running in Manchester James cridland is her…

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Wednesday 10 July 2019, AM

Media Masters - Heather Dietrick

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters a series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game today. I'm here in New York and John by header Dietrich chief executive of the Daily Beast and media career began as a first amendment like initially in academia,…

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Amazon and Google deliver on TV peace deal

Amazon and Google have drawn a line under a long-running dispute by providing their on-demand video services to each others' TV platforms. The lack of a YouTube app on Amazon's TV platform - FireTV - was a significant handicap for Amazon, and I imagine Google wasn't too thrilled about missing out on reaching the 30 million-or-so FireTV users either. - link
Sunday 07 July 2019, AM

How technology is changing the craft of screenwriting

While technology is pushing things forward, streaming services themselves also have an uncertain future. Mercurio's advice for aspiring young writers is to write as much as you can in your spare time and to be open to criticism. - link
Friday 05 July 2019, PM

05/07/2019 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts bearded state Monopoly the BBC has just published its annual report as presenters and executives earnings overall go up and audience figures overall go down. How can the BBC justify taking away the free licence fee from most over 75's while I defend the BBC's move t…

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Licensing small-scale DAB How Ofcom would exercise new functions proposed by Government

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and lowcost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area. The concept was first tested by Ofcom engineer Rashid Mustapha in 2012 and subsequently the Government funded a series of trials, licensed and facilitated by Ofcom, to test the feasibility of the technology. The trials demonstrated that small-scale DAB can provide a robust and reliable means for small analogue stations to broadcast on digital, - link
Friday 05 July 2019, AM

A new future for public service broadcasting

Launching Small Screen Big Debate - a national forum to discuss the future of public service broadcasting on TV and online. ITV will increase the budget of CITV by almost 10, to fund more original commissions for 6-12 year olds, and develop a new online news and current-affairs offering for 12-15s.Channel 4 will develop a new digital-first service for 13-16 year olds. - link
Thursday 04 July 2019, AM

Media Masters - Ken Bruce

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game Ken Bruce better and radio presenter for BBC Radio 2 starting out in hospital radio can join BBC Scotland is the announcer in 1978 and was given his first show shor…

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Wednesday 03 July 2019, PM

Who's watching the BBC?

BBC sounds music radio podcast the media show from BBC Radio 4 BBC published its annual report yesterday and it raises some very big questions for The Corporation above or is it still independent some of the BBC's biggest headaches detail within the report all arise because of government demands a…

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