Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 15 January 2019

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Hello and welcome to our first weekly travel media and technology bulletin of 2019, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

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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