Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 24 April 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook
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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.

Martin Lewis sues Facebook for defamation

As has been widely publicised this week, personal finance expert Martin Lewis is suing Facebook for defamation.

The crux of the issue are ads appearing on Facebook bearing endorsements from Martin Lewis without his authorisation, many of which are for scams. The courts will ultimately determine the case on basis of the arguments in court and the law. However, Facebook’s failure to engage with an individual who has a high media profile in the UK and foresee the inevitable consequences speaks volumes.

Amazon’s Shareholders’ Letter

Jeff Bezos has despatched his annual letter to Amazon shareholders.

You can download the letter here. It is certainly worth a read. It is one of those very rare communiques from a CEO that genuinely feels like it has been written by the person attributed to it.

Two points of note: First, Amazon’s relentless insistence on high standards, something air travel delivers on in terms of safety, if not always on customer service. Second, Amazon’s refusal to allow staff to use Powerpoint and demand that employees produce business proposals in narrative memos.

Key 103 becomes The Hits

Manchester’s Key 103 (formerly Piccadilly Radio) was once, after Capital FM in London. one of the most powerful local commercial radio stations in the UK.

It was previously home to Chris Evans, Mark Radcliffe, and Scott Mills. Its fortunes have suffered of late due to the rise of quasi-national networks such as Global’s Capital and Heart.

From 4 June 2018, in a sign that heritage local names are no longer sufficient to survive, Key 103 will become Hits Radio, broadcast both in Manchester and across the UK. (Bauer Media)

Also of note this week:

The BBC has made no less than 16,016 sound effects available for streaming and download, 16 of which are Concorde effects. There are many more of other aircraft and from airports around the world. (BBC)

The BBC commissions a five part documentary series on Margaret Thatcher. (BBC)

Why Are Local Newspaper Websites So Horrible? (CityLab)

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is A Match. (The New York Times)

Google presents its “Made By Google” hardware at Milan Design Week amongst everyday objects in the home. (Architectural Digest)

Vancouver based Pacific Content has an exclusive interview with Zack Reneau-Wedeen of Google on its new strategy to give podcasts greater prominence. (Pacific Content)

Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram. (The Guardian)

Netflix introduces 30 second mobile previews. (Netflix)

In praise of Wetherspoons’ decision to ditch social media. (Marketing Week)

The Weather Channel (US) introduces a new podcast The Weather Geeks. (Weather Geeks)

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