Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 17 April 2018

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“Nothing to See Here” 27 February 2017; “Stormy” 23 April 2018. Illustrations by Tim O’Brien for TIME Magazine.

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BBC Radio 1 Schedule Changes

Many listeners to BBC Radio 1 in the 1990s will recall Chris Evans’ tenure on the stations’ breakfast show from 1995 to 1997.

Radio 1 was reeling after the forced departure of high-profile DJs led to listening figures going into freefall. It turned to Chris Evans to turn the station’s fortunes around. It worked until Chris Evans’ ego got the better of him. He asked for Fridays off so he could concentrate on his Channel 4 TV show, TFI Friday. The Controller of Radio 1, Matthew Bannister, said no. Chris shortly departed the station.

The current Controller of Radio 1, Ben Cooper, clearly sees things differently. From June of this year, Radio 1’s weekday DJs Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James will be given Fridays off. Instead, Radio 1 will run a three day weekend schedule from Friday to Sunday. (BBC Media Centre)

Qantas AVRO Accelerator Programme

Qantas is running its AVRO Accelerator programme for new technology start-ups for a second year.

Operated in partnership with Slingshot, successful applicants will receive funding and mentoring from the Qantas Group. Qantas is specifically for looking for applicant start-ups who are developing technology around themes such as the personalised, seamless customer journey; customer engagement; and smarter and safer airline and airport operations.

In Europe, International Airlines Group operates a similar programme called Hangar 51.

There’s more information available from Qantas.

Also of note this week:

Apple issues a memo to warn employees to stop leaking, which is subsequently leaked. (Bloomberg)

ABC and Associated Press go behind the scenes at what is simultaneously one of the dumbest and most politically influential news shows on American cable TV, Fox & Friends. (ABC)

Vanity Fair goes inside Silicon Valley’s Spy Wars. (Vanity Fair)

The Los Angeles Times has a new owner who plans to relocate the paper from downtown Los Angeles to the city of El Segundo in Los Angeles County. (The New York Times)

The exponential growth of Netflix continues. It now has 125m subscribers worldwide, an increase of 7.41m in the first quarter of this year. However, “DisneyFlix” is coming. And according to The Atlantic, Netflix should be scared. (The Atlantic)

Sega plans to release a Genesis / Mega Drive mini console. (Polygon)

Spotify is expected to announce new hardware next week and it may include an in car player. (The Verge)

Time Magazine’s “Nothing To See Here” Trump covers. (Time)

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