Archive for the ‘Media’ category

Sounds bad for DAB digital radio

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Who would spend ages doing hard sums when you can use a calculator? Who would wash their clothes by hand when you can just put them in the washing machine? And who would listen to an old, hard-to-tune analogue radio when you could have a new DAB digital radio? That was the gist of a […]

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Download DRM-free BBC content in a Flash

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The launch of the BBC’s long awaited iPlayer has been controversial due to their decision to support only Windows XP. Users of Apple Macs, Linux, or even Windows Vista are currently unable to use the service, which allows the last seven days of BBC programmes to be downloaded, and then watched at any time in […]

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Sky high arrogance

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Many people have blamed both sides in the dispute between BSkyB and Virgin Media, but over the last week or two it appears that Sky have launched a vendetta against their competitor. First, to fill in the background: the two companies couldn’t agree on the price that Virgin pays Sky to show Sky’s “basic channels” […]

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Rail remains safer

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Despite having heard the news of a fatal rail crash in Cumbria, I didn’t think twice about boarding a train this morning. In fact, it never occurred to me that I should think about it at all. But now I see the sensationalist media have articles such as Crash is major blow for railways, with […]

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The spin put on BT’s cash penalty

Thursday, 15 February 2007

The news that BT is introducing a “penalty” for people who pay by cash rather than direct debit almost passed me by last week. Apparently, evil BT are going to punish pensioners and the needy, are pushing up charges by £4.50 with a new surcharge, or hiking charges by £4.50 per quarter for customers who […]

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Aren’t you glad he made the squad?

Sunday, 2 July 2006

In the run up to the World Cup, it was impossible to avoid the hype in the mainstream media over whether Wayne Rooney’s fractured metatarsal had healed sufficiently for him to play in the competition. Surely, football is a team game, and whether or not one player can make it shouldn’t matter, as you have […]

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Classic FM and overseas listeners

Friday, 9 June 2006

Last month I described how a new licensing regime has meant that listeners from outside the UK may no longer listen to British independent radio stations. But certain stations, including Classic FM, only required the listener to enter a valid UK postcode to listen. Then, at the start of this month, something changed again, and […]

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The Da Vinci Code, fiction and free speech

Saturday, 13 May 2006

The release of the film version of The Da Vinci code has seen widespread condemnation by religious groups, in particular the Roman Catholic Church. The Church has set up The Da Vinci Code Response Group, which has condemned The Da Vinci Code as “fiction trading as fact”. There is also the news that one Christian […]

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UK music industry silences radio for overseas listeners

Saturday, 6 May 2006

From 1 April 2006, internet streams of British independent radio stations ceased to be available for listeners outside the UK. Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), who collect royalties on behalf of record companies, informed broadcasters that they are only in a position to sell broadcasting rights for the UK. Therefore, when the old licences expired on […]

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Radio 4 UK Theme (1973–2006)

Sunday, 23 April 2006

In the early hours of this morning, the UK Theme was played for the last time on BBC Radio 4. Like many people, I’m not awake at 5:30am. But despite the fact that it’s broadcast at such an unearthly hour, the announcement in January that the theme would scrapped caused an outcry that reached as […]

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