Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 27 March 2018

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British Airways Boeing 747 G-BYGC featuring a radome encasing two satellite antenna for internet access (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)
British Airways Boeing 747 G-BYGC featuring a radome encasing two satellite antenna for internet access (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.

The long wait for BA WiFi

It was two years ago that BA confirmed it was to add WiFi to its long-haul fleet. BA first began trialling WiFi on a single Boeing 747 four years ago.

With a pair of flights on refurbished Boeing 747s, and one on BA’s most important route New York JFK, we thought our chances of finally experiencing a WiFi equipped aircraft would be good.

Would there be a glimpse of the radome on top of the aircraft before boarding? Would there be announcement from the Cabin Service Director? No.

There was a video on the in-flight entertainment system explaining how it worked. However, as the moving map tracked the climb of the aircraft to above 10,000 feet we checked devices for signs of a WiFi network. But, it wasn’t to be.

It is hugely frustrating that WiFi is still only on a small number of aircraft. It seems almost implausible that BA will meet its target of 90% of aircraft having WiFi by the end of 2019.

Also of note this week:

ABC Radio [US] launches a new daily morning podcast Start Here (ABC Radio)

The New York Times looks at Apple’s plans to enter into the TV content business. Not mentioned in the article is that late last year Apple recruited Jay Hunt, formerly Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 in the UK to become Creative director, Europe, Worldwide Video. (The New York Times)

The BBC iPlayer From The Archive section is to feature archive cookery programmes from Fanny Craddock, Delia Smith and Keith Floyd over Easter from Saturday 31 March. (BBC Media Centre)

Sarah Montague and Martha Kearney are to swap roles between The Today Programme and The World At One on BBC Radio 4. (BBC Media Centre)

Monocle interviews Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail. (Monocle)

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