Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 12 February 2019

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This Time With Alan Partridge
This Time With Alan Partridge (Image Credit: BBC)

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Alan Partridge Returns To The BBC

Nearly 25 years after his debut on BBC Television, Alan Partridge is to return to the BBC shortly on “This Time With Alan Partridge”.

Alan is a stand-in host on a weekday evening magazine show “This Time”, described as a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth. Filming started a year ago, and the series is expected to air shortly. Felicity Montague will also reprise her role as Alan’s PA Lynn.

BBC Scotland

To make sense of the BBC’s programming strategy you have to understand it is largely concerned with the corporation’s political survival.

Before the last BBC licence fee settlement, faced with a hostile Tory Government, the BBC chose of its own volition to close down BBC3 as a linear broadcast TV channel.

Ostensibly, this because the future of TV was on-demand streaming, but in reality its budget had been slashed. As a consequence, the BBC significantly reduced its reach amongst 18-34 year olds – who are vital to its licence fee funded future.

Then, out of nowhere, the BBC found £30m to launch BBC Scotland. The channel launches on Sunday 24 February 2019 and will be available across the UK on the iPlayer and on Sky / Virgin Media. Meanwhile from Monday 4 March, BBC1 is to introduce a new slot to showcase BBC3 programming after a shortened News At Ten. (BBC)

Also of note this week:

The BBC is to revive cult children’s TV show Crackerjack. (Crackerjack)

LBC’s James O’Brien fighting Brexit, one caller at a time. (New York Times)

Sky’s Adam Boulton: Why I’ve spent 30 years at Sky News. (Sky)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 5 February 2019

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Sky News Raw
Sky News Raw (Image Credit: Sky)

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Sky News Celebrates 30 Years

Sky News celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

Launched in 1989, Sky News was first UK based rolling news channel and in that time has won many accolades, notably an International Emmy Award for its coverage of the London bombings in 2005.

It soon became the channel of choice for opinion formers and has shown up its better funded public rival on many occasions, most recently in its coverage of Brexit.

To mark the occasion Sky is providing uninterrupted behind the scenes access to its newsroom, editorial meetings and Outside Broadcasts from 07:00 to 17:00 GMT for today only, albeit delayed to ensure compliance with OFCOM guidelines, on a dedicated channel “Sky News Raw”.

Also of note this week:

Former Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter is to launch a weekly subscription newsletter “Air Mail” sent to subscribers every Saturday at 06:00 EST promising an international outlook for American audience, and steering well clear of Washington. (New York Times)

The Drum charts 15 years of Facebook.. (The Drum)

The Financial Times has taken a 25% stake in a new media website targeted at European tech start-ups, Sifted. The website was co-founded by John Thornill, Innovation Editor of the FT.

HBO, under pressure from its new parent WarnerMedia to increase original programming to compete with Netflix, will begin to premiere new shows on a Monday evening. (New York Times)

The New Statesman interviews Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 Music and Radio 4. (New Statesman)

Spotify is reported to be in talks to acquire Brooklyn based podcast production company Gimlet Media. (Recode)

The number of TV viewers in the UK cancelling their licence fee jumps. (The Times)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 29 January 2019

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British Airways WiFi
British Airways WiFi (Image Credit: British Airways)

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BA WiFi Installation Progress

BA’s plan to roll out in-flight WiFi continues to be something of a moving target.

The latest official update from BA last week is that more than 50 aircraft are now fitted with WiFi.

80% of its long-haul fleet will be fitted with WiFi by the end of 2020. The entire short-haul fleet, excluding BA CityFlyer at London City, will have WiFi by this summer.

If you are flying long-haul you have a good chance of flying on aircraft with WiFi if you are flying on an Airbus A380, 86 Club World seat Boeing 747, Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 777-200.

You have no chance if flying a 52 Club World seat Boeing 747 or Boeing 787. Future deliveries of Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft will have WiFi installed.

Also of note this week:

Buzzfeed has announced further redundancies worldwide. Yesterday, Buzzfeed staff in London were advised that its editorial headcount of 37 staff will be cut by 17. Although Buzzfeed became famous for its listicles and it has produced a lot of good long form journalism.

Miranda Sawyer interviews Eddie Mair, formerly of PM on BBC Radio 4 and now at LBC. (The Observer)

Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate the technical infrastructure behind Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook had originally intended to keep these as standalone “products”, in keeping with the wishes or their original developers. This may be pre-emptive move as some are pressing regulators in the US to force Facebook to dispose of Instagram and WhatsApp. (New York Times)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 22 January 2019

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Scala Radio
Scala Radio (Image Credit: Bauer Media)

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Simon Mayo Joins Scala Radio

Simon Mayo ended a decades long career at the BBC last year, after some clumsy ham-fisted people management by the corporation.

For some time, Simon has been teasing his future plans. These have now been revealed. Bauer Media, which also owns brands such as Absolute Radio and KISS, will be launching a classical music and entertainment station on Monday 4 March 2019. It’s called Scala Radio, with the streamline “Classical Music For Modern Life.”

Other presenters include Angellica Bell, Goldie, Chris Rogers, Charles Nove, Mark Forrest, Mark Kermode, Sam Hughes, Jamie Crick and William Orbit.

One small technical point: BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM have higher bit-rates in stereo on DAB digital radio to preserve audio quality, whereas commercial radio groups happily compress their music stations into low bit-rate mono to squeeze in more stations. This station will need to have a high sound quality to compete.

Also of note this week:

The Controller of BBC Radio 4, a station with one of the most resistant to change audiences, Gwyneth Williams is to leave the corporation. (BBC)

In a sign of the pressures on online news websites, Janine Gibson, Editor In Chief of Buzzfeed UK, is to leave the website.

Beyond the Barbed Wire – Cyber Security in the UK (BBC Radio 4)

Facebook continues to play Whack-A-Mole with malicious Russian actors. (Facebook)

On a similar note, an extract in TIME from the book “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe” by Roger McNamee. (TIME)

The Financial Times takes lunch with Meg Whitman, now CEO of short-form mobile video platform Quibi. One pertinent comment for Facebook, Google et al is how when at eBay it made a conscious decision not to allow listings for certain products, even when legally permissible. (Financial Times)

Google is to buy Fossil’s smartwatch business. (Fossil)

Heathrow launches Heathrow Sound Escapes. (Heathrow)

The Huffington Post interviews Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. (Huffington Post)

Netflix now has a 10% TV audience share in the US. What happens in the US will happen here in a few years’ time. (Recode)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 15 January 2019

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BBC New Broadcasting House, London
BBC New Broadcasting House, London

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January is a busy month for UK radio.

Yesterday, Zoe Ball, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley and Trevor Nelson started new weekday shows on BBC Radio 2.

Last week, Lauren Laverne, Mary Anne-Hobbs and Shaun Keaveny started new shows on BBC 6 Music.

Most anticipated all is the return of Chris Evans to Virgin Radio, next Monday. In an illustration of how disjointed Virgin’s brand licensing can be, Virgin Radio (owned by News Corp UK) has secured sponsorship from Sky, an arch rival to Virgin Media (owned by Liberty Global). No doubt to placate drifting Radio 2 listeners, the show will initially be free of advertisements. Chris will inevitably benefit from cross-promotion in News Corp newspapers, but he joins a station with relatively limited distribution and a spartan schedule compared to Radio 2.

Also of note this week:

The personal life of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is his business. However, the prospect of his 16.3% stake in Amazon being diluted due his impending divorce could radically change the direction of the company. (The Atlantic)

The Australian Open, which started yesterday, has a daily podcast. The first edition inevitably focuses on Andy Murray. (Australian Open)

The BBC begins consulting on extending the catch-up window of content on the iPlayer. This is likely to presage further closures of linear TV channels, partly due to the BBC having to make further cuts. (BBC)

Facebook has introduced a new podcast “Three and a Half Degrees: The Power of Connection”. (Facebook)

Norwegian is introduce WiFi on its long-haul aircraft, with a free basic option. (Norwegian)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 11 December 2018

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“Santa’s Little Helpers” by John Cuneo for The New Yorker

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This is our last bulletin for 2018. It will return on Tuesday 15 January 2019.

Spotify’s 2018 Wrapped

Unless you’ve been on a social media blackout over the past week, you couldn’t have failed to notice Spotify’s 2018 wrapped.

With services like Spotify there’s a fine line between using data effectively to create personalised experiences and giving customers the impression they’re just one entry in a massive database to be mined for someone else’s benefit.

Spotify stays on the right side of the line. Check out your most played artists, songs and genres at Spotify 2018 Wrapped.

BBC iPlayer Boxsets

In preparation for the Christmas holidays, the BBC has added over 100 TV drama, comedy and documentary “box sets” to the BBC iPlayer. (BBC)

Box sets of audio podcasts and mixes will also be available on the BBC Sounds app. (BBC)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 4 December 2018

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Warner Media to launch US Streaming Service

WarnerMedia, which owns properties such as Warner Bros, HBO, and is in turn owned by AT&T, has outlined its plans to launch a streaming service in the US in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It will have three tiers. The first entry level package will be focused on films. A second tier package will offer films and original programming. A third bundle will offer all of these and archive programming.

The significance of this is that as Warner Bros owns content such as Friends, this is likely to be removed from Netflix in the coming years. Like Disney’s own forthcoming streaming service, expect it to launch in the UK at some point.

On the subject of Netflix. This is from Saturday Night Live:

“Our goal is the endless scroll; by the the time you’ve reached the bottom of our menu, there are new shows at the top and thus the singularity will be achieved.”

Also of note this week:

Amazon opens a new 4 Star store on Spring Street in SoHo and The New York Times is not impressed: “joyless, arbitrary, spiritually empty”. Amazon is a ruthlessly efficient business but, as per its website and devices, elegance is not its forte. (New York Times)

Apple Music will soon be available on Amazon Alexa devices. (Amazon)

Magic FM is doing its bit for Mariah Carey and Tony Mortimer’s Christmas royalty cheques: Non-stop Christmas songs all day.

The New York Times’ Ten 10 Best Books Of 2018. (New York Times)

100,000 people in the UK suffer from a stroke every year. Broadcaster Mark Goodier, who had a series of strokes in 2016 and 2017, hosts a podcast “Stroke Stories” which speaks with survivors of strokes who share their recovery stories. (Stroke Stories)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 27 November 2018

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Google Pixel Curiosity Rooms
Google Pixel Curiosity Rooms (Image Credit: Google)

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Google Curiosity Rooms At Regent Street

Google has opened its “Curiosity Rooms” at 55 Regent Street, London.

The venue is open from Thursdays to Sundays until Sunday 16 December 2018. Unfortunately all the talks are sold out. However, there is still plenty see.

Set across three floors and inspired by the Google Pixel 3 phone it includes features such as Top Shot, Group Selfie Cam and Google Lens.

Also of note this week:

BBC Radio 1 poaches Rickie, Melvin and Charlie from KISS FM. (BBC)

b8ta showcases its products in Virgin Atlantic’s New York JFK Clubhouse. (Virgin Atlantic)

Financial Times Editor Lionel Barber on the future of financial journalism. (Financial Times)

What happens in the US soon happens in the UK: Viewers turn away from network TV in favour of streaming services. (The New York Times)

Time magazine lists the Top 10 podcasts of 2018. (Time)

Is British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful the next Anna Wintour? (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post launches its new daily podcast “Post Reports” published every weekday 17:00 EST from Monday 3 December 2018. (The Washington Post)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 November 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook
Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook (Image Credit: Wired)

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Facebook Under Fire (Again)

Trouble at Menlo Park.

An extensive investigation by the New York Times, based on interviews with many current and former employees, has found Facebook adopted a strategy of “Delay, Deny and Deflect” when faced with evidence of misuse of its platform by Russian intelligence agents during the 2016 US Presidential Election.

It also hired a Washington based PR firm Definers Public Affairs to seed opposition research on Facebook’s critics – which both Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg deny any knowledge of.

The New York Times investigation drew an equally defensive response from the company, threatening to sack employees who speak to the press.

Bloomberg reports that continued questions over the company’s strategy has had a bruising impact on internal morale.

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has conceded that regulation of the technology sector is inevitable.

On a related note, investigative journalists Carole Cadwalladr and Peter Jukes have launched a new podcast Dial M for Mueller on why the UK hasn’t followed the US in investigating interference by malicious actors in democratic processes.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 13 November 2018

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Uncover Bomb On Board
Uncover Bomb On Board (Image Credit: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

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CBC’s “Uncover” Investigates Canadian Pacific Flight 21

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Uncover” podcast investigates the unsolved mystery of Canadian Pacific Flight 21.

On 8 July 1965, a bomb exploded on board Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 21 which was bound from Vancouver, via a number of stops, to Whitehorse, Yukon.

The DC6-B aircraft crashed in Cariboo country, 170 miles north east of Vancouver. All 52 people on board the aircraft died, including 6 crew members and 46 passengers.

No one has ever claimed responsibility and whilst four suspects were identified, no charges have ever been made. It remains one of the greatest unsolved mass murders on Canadian soil.

The first two episodes are available online now. (CBC)

Disney Plans Its Own Streaming Service Disney+

Disney has confirmed it is to launch a new streaming service, Disney+

Disney+ will first launch in the US late next year.

Disney, which recently acquired most of Fox in the US but lost out on Sky in Europe to Comcast, is expected to add newly commissioned series and archive films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars and National Geographic. It is also expected to withdraw much, if not all, of its content from Netflix. There’s no confirmed launch date for Disney+ in Europe. This may well coincide with the withdrawal of Disney’s content from Sky.

Disney has also hinted that US based streaming service Hulu, which is 60% owned by Disney, may also launch internationally.

If that’s not enough, WarnerMedia which owns Warner Bros and HBO also plans to launch its own streaming service by the end of next year. There has long been talk of the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV launching their own streaming service to rival Netflix, but nothing has come of it.
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