Podcasting in the long tail


Far from changing the radio landscape, podcasting has been commandeered by the radio industry, says Richard MacManus in his post Radio Killed the Podcasting Star. As a podcaster myself, I’d say MacManus has written a fair assessment of a podcasting landscape that is indeed dominated by the mainstream media rather than by the independent voices […]

The 2012 Olympics TV experiences look very good


Whatever else is going on about the London 2012 Olympics – border control  nightmares at Heathrow, cracks in the M4 motorway, cellular network outages, not enough security staff – it looks like mainstream broadcast media have things well under control to offer amazing experiences throughout the games. The BBC already announced details of its blanket […]

Stream (and buy) music while you do the grocery shopping


If you do your grocery shopping in Tesco, you may already know that you can stay connected in the depths of the typical supermarket where no network signal usually reaches, thanks to Tesco’s own wifi network in most stores. Now, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekly shopping by listening to streaming music to your […]

Product placement comes to UK TV and radio


Broadcast industry regulator Ofcom confirmed this week that product placement – paid-for references for products and services – will be allowed in UK TV programmes for the first time from next February. […] Ofcom has today [December 20] published the rules governing product placement, including what can and can’t be shown on TV screens. We […]

First UK use of Twitter on live TV?


Did the first use of Twitter on live TV in the UK happen this morning? These tweets by ITV presenter Phillip Schofield certainly suggest so: I did tune in to “This Morning” for a few minutes after catching the first tweet. I didn’t see the actual moment of tweeting, though. Schofield’s show is not one […]

An easy guide to destroying reputations


The kerfuffle surrounding Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross and the BBC came to a conclusion of sorts a few days ago with Brand quitting, Ross suspended and the BBC’s head of Radio 2 resigning. This story has many of the ingredients of the type of soap opera you typically see on British television these days including […]

Brand and Ross: Their publics may be their downfall


The hot news today isn’t the global financial crisis. Nor is it the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not even the US presidential election. No, hot news in the UK this morning is the kerfuffle surrounding entertainers Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand who find themselves embroiled in mounting criticism over crude phone calls the pair […]

Podcasts boost radio listening

One of the reasons I often hear as to why podcasting took off in the US is because of the poor choices available from radio. Homogenized content and script-reading presenters wherever you listen are among the anecdotal statistics thrown about. It’s never really been like that here in the UK. I think we still have […]

Live FIR call-in show set for Saturday, Feb 9

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz will host a special live call-in edition of "For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report" this Saturday, February 9, at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern and 6pm GMT). The call-in episode will focus on the blurring of the lines between internal and external communications. If you work in external PR, […]