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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