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Thursday 27 February 2020, PM

I Worked for a Cable Television Company for Over a Decade. Here’s Why They Might All Soon Disappear.

I made my living selling people cable TV, internet and phone services for over a decade. I knew the end was near. - nationalinterest.org

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I Tried to Sign Up for Verizon Fios TV Service. My Experience Proves Why Cable TV is Dying a Quick Death.

She asked me to call Verizon, with her permission granted during the call to speak for her-knowing my years in this field-to see what sort of deal I could get for a bundled service of cable TV, high-speed internet and home phone service. The rep explained a tier of cable channels we could choose from along with HD channels, the same speed of internet along with unlimited phone service with a free DVR. The rate was locked for two years, as it was protected since a two-year agreement was required, at least at the time. - nationalinterest.org

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Turn Off the TV: Why Cable and Satellite Companies Like Xfinity, Fios and Dish Network Are Dying

Yes, streaming services, constant price increases, poor customer service and many other factors are killing classic cable TV and dish providers. At the core of this shift in TV viewing habits is the difference in time someone 18-34 years old spends in front of their TV as opposed to someone who is 65 and older. - nationalinterest.org

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The Death of Linear TV: Streaming, Writers Strike, Cord-Cutting More

Blu-rays replaced DVDs with their HDTV quality much like DVDs overthrew the VHS. Now, it is linear television's turn to be bludgeoned by a younger, more efficient upstart. To compete in a digital Peak TV era, many of the major players have invested in their own streaming services. - observer.com

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Producer Shawn Levy addresses 'dying experience' of appointment TV

Levy's production company, 21 Laps, is in the midst of a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to produce TV shows. The experience might not be shared at the same time. - www.insider.com

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Proof Cable TV Is Dying: Comcast Lost 732,000 Customers Last Year. Now They Are Raising Prices?

In a sign of just how badly managed one of the biggest telecommunications companies on the planet is, Comcast, who lost nearly three-quarters of a million customers last year, is now planning once again on raising prices. They don't seem to understand the threat presented by cord-cutters who have embraced streaming services as well as cable nevers who have never subscribed to cable TV. Knowing they face a generational shift on how people consume content, Comcast does not care for some reason, and seems hell-bent on trying to maximize profits by soaking the customers it still has. - nationalinterest.org

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The Fence, Issue 3, Politics: Off Grid

While the BBC was busy failing to change its structures and work practices with whiteboards, the most complex and unorthodox period of politics in a generation simply blew past the one group of people who were supposed to shine a light on it. The truth of the matter, seen in production meetings and panicked late night broadcasts, is that the BBC currently possesses very little idea of how to present politics at all. - www.the-fence.com

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Thursday 27 February 2020, AM

Apple does not 'let bad guys use iPhones on screen'

Film director Rian Johnson has lifted the lid on a secret in the world of product placement - Apple will not allow its kit to be used by a villainous character on screen. Apple has long cultivated an immaculate brand image and strictly controls how its products are used on the big and small screen. - www.theguardian.com

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Wednesday 26 February 2020, PM

The new wave of political magazines

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 magazines yes, you heard that right years of talk about the death of print from those nattering nabobs of negativism as President Nixon speech writer William safire have been disproven well for some there is a Resurgence for magazines that deal with…

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Wednesday 26 February 2020, AM

Jazz FM's 30th birthday

Ok, we're recording. How can I just get your name and position for the type my name is currently standing next to Nick Pitts is going to be on to tell us about plans for the stations 30th birthday next week and have a look back at its history and a David Lloyd's radio moments frequency changes for…

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Friday 21 February 2020, PM

21/02/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts, not much to report since we went off at Christmas the director-general is standing down as is the editor of the programme Saracens the chairman has been told he will not be given a second term John Pienaar is off to a x radio startup and to create the Sunday Times …

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#130 - Ofcom’s Online Oversight; BBC’s Future Fight; Hollywood Stars Make A Beeline For Berkshire

Hello and welcome to the media podcast I'm only man on today's show the government's latest Salvo against the BBC ofcom's new powers over online harms and Caroline Flack the nature of online discourse into sharp relief plus the million-pound movie studio coming to Reading and future of multilingua…

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Wednesday 19 February 2020, PM

Fake news, strong views, Yorkshire and me

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 history of trade we call journalism few figures are more romantic and hallowed than the newspaper editor of a powerful title far from a capital city is meant to be a canny reporter a feeling of community and someone with an intuitive understanding o…

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Wednesday 19 February 2020, AM

Andy Carter MP

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson coming up on this week's podcast from Radio today Andy Carter formerly of tracks alpharail radio smooth gmg tells about Life in Westminster as he takes on a new parli…

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Wednesday 12 February 2020, PM

The big money bet on podcasting

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 podcast preserve of nerds and Fanatics a joyous audio garden where anyone with a microphone could wander aimlessly but not anymore because podcasting has become a massive cutthroat Media industry by big players and big money only Yesterday Bloomberg…

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Wednesday 12 February 2020, AM

Greatest Hits Radio PD Andy Ashton

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics creators of The Bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello Anne Stuart Clarkson coming up on this week's podcast I will hear from the program director at Greatest Hits radio Andy Ashton about his new big-name presenter signings this week and abo…

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Monday 10 February 2020, AM

'Cynical' Virgin Media signed my mum up to Sky Sports package

I believe my 86-year-old mother has been the victim of a cynical Virgin Media saleswoman who who in 2018 convinced her to take out a Sky Sports package. Virgin Media insists that it will not refund the 400-plus that I estimate she has overpaid, as my mother had failed to cancel the package within the cooling-off period, and it is more than 12 months since it began. - www.theguardian.com

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Friday 07 February 2020, PM

TalkTalk customers hit as YouView scrap standalone app

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Friday 07 February 2020, AM

The Times They Are A’Changin (And The Sun Too)

Hello and welcome to the media podcast I'm Jake cancer on today's show is all change at the top of the sun was repercussions for the Sunday title and the time that plus x radio that's happening Disney plus reveals impressive numbers and so do the national radio station and in the media quiz we cov…

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Thursday 06 February 2020, PM

Consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion - GOV.UK

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Thursday 06 February 2020, AM

RAJAR Q4 2019: New record for digital radio listening – RadioToday

Digital listening share has increased by 11 to a new record of 58.5, up from 52.6 in Q4 2018 in the latest figures for Q4 2019. Listening via DAB grew by 16.1 million hours year on year to now account for 41 of all listening and 70 of digital listening, and DAB listening hours are now ahead of FM listening hours when split out from overall AM/FM listening. - radiotoday.co.uk

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RAJAR Q4 2019: London and national brands round-up – RadioToday

The 'Hits Radio Brand' is up 8 year on year to 6.657m. The Hits Radio Network is up 5 to 5.878m and Hits Radio as a standalone station on FM in Manchester and across the UK on DAB posts an 823,000 reach - up from 804,000 twelve months ago. JACK Radio's national audience remains constant at 144,000, while Union JACK dips slightly too - from 184k to 179k. Sunrise Radio has added 5 to its reach in 12 months - up from 303k to 318k. Chris Country, which is on DAB in London and other parts of the UK, sees a 14 year on year increase in reach to a record 56,000, with total hours of 277,000 in London alone. - radiotoday.co.uk

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Media Masters - Phil Riley

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the media game before Johnny Chris list where you must have had the launch of heart FM in the West Midlands and London and lead its transformation into a key player in the UK radio industry yo…

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Media Masters - Phil Riley

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the media game before Johnny Chris list where you must have had the launch of heart FM in the West Midlands and London and lead its transformation into a key player in the UK radio industry yo…

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Wednesday 05 February 2020, PM

Has No 10 called time on media scrutiny?

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 last week I asked what will the media talk about now that it's favourite subject of brexit is got into son done and dusted well. We not had long to wait to find out because the answer is itself on Friday broadcasters and news agencies announced that…

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RadioToday Roundtable February 2020

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio welcome to guilt free post in Soho in London it's the February round table from Radio today and see who's joining us on the radio Consulting work in Europe and in this post brexit error. I'm cu…

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Wednesday 05 February 2020, AM

BBC: TV licence decriminalisation consultation opens

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan is to launch a public consultation on whether failure to pay the TV licence fee should no longer be a criminal offence. There were around 26 million TV licences being used in the UK last year, generating 3.69bn in income for the BBC. If decriminalisation of the TV licence fee were to go through, it would have a considerable impact on BBC funding. - www.bbc.co.uk

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Tuesday 04 February 2020, PM

More than 300 channels could leave UK following Brexit, analysts suggest – TBI Vision

More than 300 channels operated by international broadcasters from the UK could move to Europe as the impact of Brexit makes itself felt, according to research by analysts at TBI sibling IHS Markit. Eleven Sports has moved eight channels from the UK to Luxembourg, while sports streamer DAZN has moved four previously UK-licensed linear channels to Berlin-Brandenburg state in Germany. - tbivision.com

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Monday 03 February 2020, AM

Add BBC licence fee to the council tax | Letters | Opinion | The Guardian

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BBC Sounds racks up quarter of a billion plays during the final months of 2019

The weekly audience for BBC Sounds peaked at a record 2.9 million during the quarter topping the previous record peak of 2.5m in the previous quarter. New figures confirm that more than half a million young people use Sounds each week, and that BBC Radio stations are hugely popular on BBC Sounds with 56 of overall plays being of live content. - www.bbc.co.uk

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Thursday 30 January 2020, PM

BBC scores record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams – TBI Vision

The show's second season, as previously reported, was the most popular show, recording almost 41 million requests - more than 10 million ahead of Strictly Come Dancing and The Apprentice in second and third place respectively. The revealed figures come as the BBC prepares a total overhaul of the iPlayer service in light of Ofcom's decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year. - tbivision.com

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Thursday 30 January 2020, AM

Media Masters - Mike Gunton

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to medium creative director of the BBC natural history unit is responsible for global warming planet Earth II which was viewed by millions worldwide in 2018 his groundbreaking animal behaviour series dynasties also picked up a raft of awards and was recogn…

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Wednesday 29 January 2020, PM

Brexit's "done" - so what will the media talk about now?!

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 we leaving the EU brexit will be done it says Boris Johnson so what's the Liberal Media going to whine about what anime with the tabloids have to read about because it the truth about brexit being good for journalism these last four years. It's all …

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Martin Campbell: The BBC must brace itself for big changes – RadioToday

Endless reports into where the BBC can make cuts, which have probably cost a small fortune alone, skip merrily over the areas that need real attention such as the monolithic management structure, over-manning in specific areas, transport costs and salaries for talent that help tighten the financial screw week by week. The BBC structure is not fit for purpose in 2020 but cutting bits out and turning bits around will only aid the crumbling. - radiotoday.co.uk

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BBC News to close 450 posts as part of £80m savings drive

Around 450 jobs will be cut from BBC News under plans to complete its 80m savings target by 2022. The BBC announced in 2016 it needed to save 800m by 2020 BBC News was to provide 80m of those savings, and it is only half way. - www.bbc.co.uk

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Wednesday 29 January 2020, AM

Times Radio and Tony Blackburn

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics working with the world's leading broadcasters and equipment suppliers to transform into a technology and workplace coming up on this week's podcast from Radio today. We're going to find out about x radio the new station from wireless and News UK which …

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Monday 27 January 2020, PM

Gary Lineker calls for 'voluntary' licence fee

Gary Lineker, one of the BBC's highest paid presenters, has called for the TV licence fee to be voluntary. Last year the BBC said it was scrapping free TV licences for all over-75s and would limit the provision to low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit. - www.bbc.co.uk

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Friday 24 January 2020, AM

Victoria Derbyshire’s Demotion; NBC News’ Global Ambitions; Tony Hall’s Successor

Hello and welcome to the media podcast I'm only man who will leave the BBC after the current DJ what will Bake Off lose when it loses Toksvig and how the new global TV news network rival CNN + the Victoria Derbyshire show is axed and is shorthand duo revival we get to know the latest virtual influ…

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Thursday 23 January 2020, AM

Media Masters - Ross King

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game in Hollywood California and John by Ross King entertainment journalist and presenter born in the UK for many years in radio television and acting winning to Sony Aw…

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Wednesday 22 January 2020, PM

Reinventing TV Documentaries

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Wednesday 22 January 2020, AM

Ricki Lee

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics working with the world's leading broadcasters and equipment suppliers to transform industry standard technologies and workplace, so I'm Stuart Clarkson get a slightly American feel to this week's podcast chat with me and dry in a minute and later more …

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Tuesday 21 January 2020, PM

Disney+ sets pricing and earlier launch date for Western Europe – TBI Vision

The Walt Disney Company has brought forward by a week the Western European launch date for streaming service Disney. Despite a few early technical glitches, the launch has been judged a success with Disney saying it had achieved 10 million subscribers in its first day. - tbivision.com

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Monday 20 January 2020, PM

Tony Hall gave BBC stability but failed to see digital crisis ahead

When Tony Hall was appointed director general in 2013, he was given the task of steadying a BBC that had been seriously rocked by its handling of the Jimmy Savile and Lord McAlpine scandals. Unflappable in a crisis and with a strong track record as a journalist, Hall is popular among the BBC news team. - www.theguardian.com

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Four big issues the new BBC director general will find in their in-tray

Whoever replaces Tony Hall as director general of the BBC will have to hit the ground running as the corporation braces for another fight with the government over licence fee funding, the still-unfolding scandal over unequal pay and the exodus of young viewers in the Netflix-era of streaming TV. 1. The issue is particularly acute among younger audiences, with the BBC admitting that under-24-year-olds spend more time on Netflix in a week than all of BBC TV, including iPlayer, despite the latter's relative popularity with younger viewers. - www.theguardian.com

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Monday 20 January 2020, AM

Tony Hall to step down

Tony Hall is to stand down as BBC director general after seven years in the role. BBC chair David Clementi will begin the search for 69-year-old Hall's successor over the coming months and Hall will step down in the summer. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

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Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general

Lord Tony Hall is stepping down as the director general of the BBC, it has been announced. He said he would leave in the summer after concluding that the next director general needed to be in place before the mid-term review of the BBC's charter in 2022. - www.theguardian.com

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Sunday 19 January 2020, PM

Record year for DAB radio as standard in new vehicles – RadioToday

Last year was a record year for DAB with 2.38 million new vehicles fitted with DAB digital radio as standard. DAB in new car registrations rose to a record 95 of all new cars in Q4 2019, while DAB in new commercial vehicles increased to a record of over 64. This means that for the full year of 2019 there were 2.15 million new cars and 232,600 new commercial vehicles fitted with DAB as standard. - radiotoday.co.uk

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Saturday 18 January 2020, AM

Millions face missing favourite weekend TV shows as signals scrambled by odd weather

Millions of Brits could miss their favourite TV and radio shows as unusual weather interferes with signals. Soaring air pressure could cause TV aerials and radio signals to waver as they reflect off a warm layer of air over cold air at ground level. - www.mirror.co.uk

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Thursday 16 January 2020, PM

talkSPORT to turn off seven AM transmitters – RadioToday

TalkSPORT has gained Ofcom approval to turn off seven medium wave transmitters across the UK. The change means that talkSPORT's medium wave coverage across the UK, will be marginally reduced from 95 to 93.4, affecting 1.3 million potential listeners. Ofcom has already given permission for Northsound 2 to switch off its AM transmitter, and Absolute Radio gained approval to close 12 transmitters in 2018. - radiotoday.co.uk

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Thursday 16 January 2020, AM

Media Masters - Trevor Beattie

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to the game Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the video game advertising Legend Trevor Beattie is responsible for creating some of the most talked-about campaigns of all time it could be the hello boys can bend wonderbra a…

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