Author Archives: Euan

Apple Beats 1 – will it beat them all?

“This changes everything” said a radio friend on Twitter. “Not just radio reimagined. Radio like you’ve never imagined” says the Apple Music website. The news that Apple is launching a streaming radio station called Beats 1 makes big news but will it make big waves? Far from being “radio like you’ve never imagined” with Zane […]

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Juice FM – how to get it right

There’s no surprise in today’s news that Global Radio has swallowed up Liverpool’s Juice FM. It will be part of the Capital network as soon as Ofcom say ‘ok’ and Juice will be gone. In its time on air Juice FM has made its mark in Liverpool and beyond. The station introduced Christian O’Connell to […]

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Never trust an American…

Something I read this morning gave me serious concern about the wisdom of trusting an American. First the background: A UK based friend of mine tells the story of working with an American consultant on the breakfast show said friend was presenting. About two years ago the consultant flew over and announced that they’d been […]

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UK Media Trends 2015

We’ve produced a UK Media Trends report for 2015 using the latest available and most credible data to look at which media are rising, which are declining and how the consumption is changing. The deck is below. Some of the trends worth pointing out are: 1. Internet use is still rising, not many signs of […]

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Worth a listen: The Media Show – Sir Martin Sorrell

  Sir Martin Sorrell on Radio 4’s Media Show is worth a listen. He speaks with great knowledge about the changing media landscape. He mentions the opportunities and problems with digital media and why he thinks old media “is not dead yet”. I thought he raised a good point about social networking and online use: […]

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Radio snoops….

Just about every radio presenter I know has posted this video alongside a comment along the lines of “so true”   This got me thinking about snoops, air-checks, listening sessions whatever you want to call them. When I was making programmes I used to look forward to a snoop as much as Jeremy Clarkson would […]

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A thought for radio people ahead of RAJAR…

The new RAJAR figures are due to radio stations next week. It was always a nervous time for me and others. For commercial stations their financial future is at stake. For all radio people the RAJAR figures can affect your career prospects, the money you earn, even the time of day you work. They’re compiled […]

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General Election: Crappy Communications

That’s the general election over then. I’ve been working on an election campaign over the past 15 months and so have been keeping my views on the situation quiet. Now that it is all over I have to come out and say that, in the main, the communications from the main parties has been disappointing. […]

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Is social media mass media?

This made me think: Last night one of my tweets was retweeted by someone who has one million followers on Twitter. So how many people do you think saw the tweet? And how many people clicked the link in the tweet? Obviously the tweet was seen by fewer than all the one million followers. According […]

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Working on an exciting new channel…

I’ve been working for the past six months on a brand new radio channel. Not only the launch of something new but the launch of something different. Reach 365 is designed for all of Openreach’s employees across the UK. The tech behind it is astounding, enabling the channel to be heard by everyone no matter […]

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Wanted: Sports presenter

I’m looking for a radio presenter who loves their sport. Someone who knows about more sports than just football. You have to be knowledgable but also passionate and able to talk about sport like a fan not a pundit. It’s for a regular position based in Newbury, Berkshire. Interested? Contact me using the form below. (closing […]

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The Secret of Success

I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes content, talent and ideas become successful. I mean properly successful, not just okay or very good. I mean game changing successful, the kind of success that brings a lot of fortune and inspires a host of imitators. This picture sums up the answer better than […]

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Handling difficult talent

On this week’s BBC Radio 4 Media Show there is an interesting discussion on handling difficult talent. It comes in the wake of the Jeremy Clarkson fracas. You can listen to the programme here. I’ve worked with my fair share of difficult talent. The full stories and my strategies for handling them are for another time […]

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BBC Licence Fee – answer me this…

With a Parliament report on the future of the BBC licence fee there’s a been a good discussion on how the BBC should be funded and the bigger question of whether people should be forced to pay for the BBC at all. There’s obviously great value and much to love at the BBC. There’s also […]

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Great bit of radio from Kyle and Jackie O

Have a look at the video below which shows Kyle and Jackie O on Kiis 106.5 doing what they call a Surprise Giveback. It’s beautifully simple and moving too. Underneath the video I’ve made some notes as to why I feel it works well. So why does it work well? 1. It’s a story. Beginning […]

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Radio presenters and producers wanted

I’ve been working with Immedia in Newbury recently. From a professional point of view it’s great to work with a company where creativity, individuality and high standards aren’t just nice-to-haves, they’re demanded. The amount and breadth of output Immedia do is astonishing. With all that Immedia has going on I’m always looking to hear from […]

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The Media Show: Entertainment Shows

This week’s Media Show on Radio 4 included an interesting discussion on the future of entertainment television shows. The link is below, listen from 12 minutes in. In it you’ll hear how the biggest shows right now seem downright ridiculous on paper. A pre-recorded show, filmed in a tent where people bake cakes was the […]

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How does the Magic AM network sound now?

This post first appeared in the January 14th edition of the eRadio newsletter.   The new Bauer City 2 stations launched last week, Euan McMorrow had a listen: I approached the launch of Bauer’s new City 2 stations with cynicism. Not only do I have warm memories of the Magic AM network but something jarred […]

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