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Bauer buys more British radio stations to bolster market share

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

It’s been quite a week in UK radio.

First, a bit of context. Radio advertising in the UK is 70% national, 30% local. Local advertisers will always buy from their local station no matter who owns it; but it’s more work, and therefore less profitable, for ad agencies to buy radio groups with 3% of listening hours, when they could just buy one group with 48%. Scale is important.


12 February 2019

Big T, Little T - should “engineering” be different to “IT”?
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland
In 2007, I started working for the BBC in London, in something then known as Future Media and Technology, and almost as soon as I started, I was told of a split within the organisation’s technology teams that I should be aware of. There were, in essence, two different teams - known as “Big T” and “Little T”.
“Big T” was Technology with a capital T. The sort...
05 February 2019

Does a little Australian TV channel give us clues for radio’s future?
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland
Television, as we know, is changing rapidly - significantly more so than radio. Viewers to live TV are declining, as audiences get more used to on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, Stan, or iPlayer. So, TV platforms are trying new things.

At the beginning of this year, the TV system that I subscribe to - a little Australian set-top-box called Fetch TV - added a new...

28 January 2019

A commercial radio breakfast show, without the commercials
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

Last year, Chris Evans was the presenter of the most listened-to breakfast show in Europe - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.
The BBC earns most of its money from a television licence fee, currently US$195 or so, which households in the UK have to pay if they have a television. This licence fee (and the sale of programmes to other...
22 January 2019

The BBC’s unfortunate bullying of Fortunately listeners
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

 Try to listen to the new season of Fortunately, a podcast from the BBC, and you’ll be told you can’t.

It’s a show that BBC produces which never makes it on the radio. Instead, it follows the same genre as many podcasts do: two friends chatting over a coffee with a special...
15 January 2019

New year's resolutions for radio

Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

Welcome to 2019. How are your personal New Year's Resolutions going? I thought I'd suggest a few for the radio industry

Lower your ad load - twelve or even fifteen minutes of ads an hour is a poor experience when compared to many of our competitors. In many cases, ads are being sold at a spot rate that hasn't changed in thirty years. Easier said than done, but this is a nettle that...

08 January 2019

Radio in 2019 - some predictions
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland

What will we see in radio in 2019? My job's to look at trends in radio consumption, not really future-gazing: but perhaps I might offer the following thoughts:
Smart speakers will continue to grow. Google's ecosystem is much larger than Amazon's, though if you only measure on sales of Google or Amazon branded units, Amazon still has the upper hand. This is good...

11 December 2018

Flipping for Christmas in the UK
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland


In the US, it's relatively common for radio stations to suddenly flip to playing Christmas music. You can go to bed one night, wake up and discover that your favourite station is suddenly playing nothing but Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree or All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Ireland has a station called Christmas FM which runs...
04 December 2018

Standards are boring - but they are there for a reason
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland


Tune in to many FM stations with RDS signals in France, Italy or the USA, and you’ll notice that some stations try putting some now-playing information over the 8-character radio station name. Watch, and it slowly scrolls through a song name, or - worse - some advertising. It’ll normally scroll once every two seconds, due to the way RDS works, so it scrolls really very slowly; and...
27 November 2018

Check your speakers really are smart
Radio Tomorrow with James Cridland


I’m swearing at my smart speakers a little this week.
I’ve a few Google speakers in the house, including a Google Home Hub - the one with a little screen on it. It’s great as a radio from my point of view, since it has a decent-ish speaker on it (better for voice than music, though). It’s good for radio, since it has a good big...
20 November 2018


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