While a radio switchover will result in the closure of AM services, which had historically been important to the Government’s protocols in this area, the diminishing value of this platform means it is increasingly less relevant as a universal communication platform.
Communications Plan indicates that the radio switchover will commence in 2016 here.
- Record breaking browsers to BBC Sport online – with 55m (global) and 37m (UK) browsers to the BBC Sport site in total across the Games, and an average of 9.5m (global) and 7.1m (UK) browsers per day, easily breaking all previous records (previous record for a single day was 7.4m global and 5.7m UK)
- Video drives viewing across all online platforms – with 106m requests for BBC Olympic video content across all online platforms, more than double seen for any previous events
- First truly mobile games – with 9.2m UK mobile browsers to the BBC’s Olympics coverage, making up 34% of all daily browsers to BBC’s Olympic coverage, and 12m requests from mobiles for video throughout the Games
- Opening up the breadth of the Games via BBC Red Button – with 23.7m viewers to the 24 SD, HD and Freeview streams throughout the Games, and every single stream seeing at least 100,000 viewers
- Over a 24 hour period on the busiest Olympic days, total traffic to bbc.co.uk exceeded that for the entire BBC coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2010 (matches) – on the busiest day, the BBC delivered 2.8 petabytes, with the peak traffic moment occurring when Bradley Wiggins won Gold with over 700 Gb/s
- 1.9m download of BBC’s Olympics mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones
- 40% of browsers accessing BBC’s Olympics coverage were from a mobile at weekends (30% during the week) – averaging 34% per day
- 9.2m UK mobile browsers throughout the Games, with 2.8m UK mobile browsers on the peak day
- On TV, the BBC’s Red-Button service opened up the breadth of Olympic content to audiences with the simple press of a button.
- 23.7m people viewed the 24 live SD, HD & Freeview streams throughout the Games for at least 15 minutes
- Audiences viewed specialist sports such as Judo and Weightlifting in considerable numbers
- Every single Red Button stream received 100,000 viewers at some point during the Games
In the past few days I have received so many Google+ announcements from, not people or user companies, people trying to sell services to create Google+ company pages. So before you panic why would you create a company page on Google+?
The companies sending out the emails would have you believe that G+ is the place to engage or sell to consumers. I question this and I’ll share the evidence from multi million pound companies.
If you watch the TV, apart from France which is being daft as usual, you will note blue chip companies ending adverts with the use of facebook.com and Twitter hash tags. These companies have massive research and PR budgets and I would venture to say they know what they are doing. The blue chips are not engaging or selling via Google+ and my view is it has yet to be proven as a consumer commercial tool. Therefore, should you be doing anything right now?
My advice is to create a company page in basic form, just to make sure others do not steal your brand name! Then post a message on that G+ page with links to FaceBook, your blog, twitter and your website. These can be just basic links. So how much will this cost?
If you have an IT person or group, they can retain a G+ page for you – to be honest a teenager could do it such is the simplicity of the exercise. DO NOT be tempted to spend even the most modest of resources, now, on creating a G+ page as the time it takes to make one is under five minutes. Are there any exceptions to this?
In certain circumstance there could be a need for a company page on G+. I am sure there a very niche groups which will migrate to G+. If your needs fall into such a category then yes you need a G+ page with all the bells and whistles possible –remember to measure the results!
I do not think G+ has a competitor online. However, if you force me I would say the closest in LinkedIn. Therefore, if you have good consumer reaction from a page on LinkedIn then maybe you may need a G+ page – if not just do brand protection.
If on the other hand you are getting good results from FaceBook then follow the big boys and use it – be sensible about this, why would people with a lot to lose by not reaching out to their customers/clients be using Facebook if G+ was a better option?
So Here are my tips
1, Register a G+ page – it only take a minute and protects your name
2. Link the G+ page back to Facebook, twitter, Blog, Website etc
3. Make sure you are using Twitter hash tags – watch the video
N.B If you are new to this the underlined areas above link to examples for you
DO NOT get sucked into the hype people would have you believe G+ is
DO NOT get sucked into paying companies even modest budgets to create G+ pages
DO NOT forget those advertising on TV using FaceBook and Twitter know what they are doing!
I’ll keep an eye on G+ and if it does show real consumer merit – an article WILL appear here.
At last I've got around to sorting this blog. So we have put the continuing RTI on the TOP RIGHT. Those MURDERERS that failed dismally on the left and Wiltsher's World in the middle. If you scroll down a bit there are a few NEW thank yous to the good guys.
I've also added an AudioBoo player so just like the BBC you get audio on demand :-)
Check out the links to High Tatras TV and don't laugh at some of the archive pictures, damn I know you will.
There's also a link to a radioships page and I'll do my best not to leave updates for so long.
Have a nice summer
Sub heading; when writing tech articles it’s always better to get the technical experts to check your copy before publication. By the way, I’m rubbish at grammar and stuff – I’m a techy and hate journos publishing miss guided articles about tech which is why I do not write stupid luvy, dovy articles about someone plopping paint on canvass and calling it art.
Now, I wouldn’t normally bother if a newspaper gets it wrong, but sometimes it grabs me somewhere and I can’t resist. I suspect the somewhere in question this time was due to so many contacting me about the article
Angela Dear, we don’t. Many millions, ask a teenager, understand that when you go to a search engine or other free service it says in the terms and conditions we can do this, that or the other. It’s a bit like the terms and conditions of buying curling tongs, a hairdryer or the disclaimer alongside a makeup advert.
“The only mystery seemed to be how, exactly, it managed to achieve revenues of more than £15 billion last year.”, asks Angela. To which I shall reply, with adverts dear, adverts.
Angela continues, “Like 190 million others, I had signed up for Google’s free service Gmail to write and receive emails.”. Angela, pet, the key thing here is FREE. Now be honest did you really read the terms and conditions? No, I guessed you didn’t
Angela explained,” This was a new development for me, replacing Microsoft Office Outlook, which was largely trouble-free but which I found cumbersome to use away from my home internet connection.” Here Angela we may have some common ground; I’m not a fan of Outlook either. However, that is due to security issues nothing to do with connection issues. WAIT A MINUTE, you are using GMAIL via a web browser and assuming everyone else is doing the same – WRONG DEAR!
People use GMAIL with non Google products such as Outlook and Thunderbird – yes unlike you they make Outlook work anywhere in the world.
Also can I suggest that if anyone is really worried about a few ads on a FREE service they should subscribe to a PAID FOR service without ads – it’s rather like the choice of watching commercial TV or the BBC. One has ads the other doesn’t.
Now to my MAJOR concern, if the readers of The Mail were to believe this totally miss-guided article they could be forgiven for thinking that Google is spying on all e-mails. Angela, don’t be silly dear. The GOOD NEWS is that whilst few will defend Google, they will come to the assistance of such companies when completely inaccurate piece are published.
Angela Dear you are so wrong on so many counts that it is slightly embarrassing even for the Mail.
Angela concludes her piece, “As for me, I am switching back to the less sophisticated Microsoft Office Outlook. I’ve come to believe that free email is worth exactly what you pay for it.”
ABSOLUTELTY SIDE SPLITTING – YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS. So when you opt for the Microsoft owned hotmail account that works with Outlook that is magically something different to Gmail?
Oh Angela Dear, please ask a passing teenager to show you how simply it is to receive your gmail e-mails with an offline reader – as I said I prefer Thunderbird. There won’t be any adverts down the side of the page.
And for any Mail readers that might pass by:
1. Outlook can be used almost anywhere and is less cumbersome to use than an oven
2. Gmail can be read on Outlook, much easier than operating a washing machine
To those of you who have asked, this link may help answer some of your questions.
The funny thing was I now say Slovak place names as they are said in Slovak, reverting to English/English was quite hard - mind you English was never my strong point :-) . Till next time.
Facebook - Save 6 Music
BBC Have Your Say - they've taken the debate off the front page BUT POST
Sign A Petition
Mark Thompson is overpaid and out of touch, says Greg Dyke
Come on guys, if you really want to win - make it political!
WRITE, yes pen and paper, to your MP and ask he/she if they support the closure. Adding that you are looking for your next MP to stand in favour of 6 Music.They're all desperate for votes and if thousands write they'll need a change of underwear. And where possible find the opposition candidate and write to them with the same letter. On line petitions are great. However, if everyone on the FaceBook page wrote, to both, that would be 64,000 letters. Then post the results as well :-)
So we're off with a BANG! A surprise visit from an MEP to Poprad and he agreed to an interview.
Dr, Charles Tannock MEP (picture here) was quite happy to explain the workings of the EU and confirm the staggering EU control over YOUR LAWS. Makes you wonder why more don't vote in EU elections.
There is a Podcast of the interview available and this can be found on www.rti.fm , have a listen it's very interesting.
All the Best
Am I getting old or is hidden culture coming out :-) I'm looking for to two church pipe organs being played near me and I get to go listen - how cool is that?
Must say TAR to Paul at www.replayradio.net for asking me to do new music shows for him, been a while since I've done those but hey share what you think. Paul also relays PostCard from Poprad as well :-)
If you have a look to the right I do try to do updates via Twitter as that's so easy and stops me going on for hours, so have a look over there for more updates. And if you have Twitter we could follow each other.
AND I leave you with a health warning :-) I don't know if you have come across all these so called personal development sites using Christian names, well a report has come out claiming they can damage you. Yes the report says they might not be JA JA JA, more like blah, blah, blah, blah. And I'll my bit, when you offer advice via those sites - who gets the money?
Have fun oh and yes - Hello Dano and Kamil
3.0 is more like putting a child in a sweet shop and saying NO! So it has an updated Bluetooth, oh please! What's the point? More to the point what are Apple afraid of by not using defacto standard Bluetooth for mobiles. I guess the good news is the CABLE from the phone does work (please note I said CABLE a piece of wire to make a data transfer connection) which means when I take a photo at least I can grab it with my PC and use my PC to share it via Bluetooth. However, that doesn't generate revenue for Telcos does it - oh some good news is the Skype app still works.
I was really expecting something from 3.0, industry norms from Apple, but what I got was a messed up layout, the stupid assumption that I have Outlook (which should have been buried at birth) and more things that don't work. Oh well, at least AudioBoo ( cool app ) is still fine and can be connected to my PC, via the line in cable I made, to record audio blogs.I really wanted to be excited by 3.0, the only thing that made my blood boil was Apple continuing to think that they know best. Maybe someone should send me an MP3, oh sorry that should be Quicktime NOT, of the Apple brainwashing hymn, and then maybe I’ll start to understand why my partners Nokia can do more than my iPhone and be happy about that.
So we’re talking about what? A telephone, mini handheld device or something else?
Now I do use an iPhone and it does some really good stuff. Mostly I use it as a business tool. And that’s because I can’t use it for everything I should be able to use it for.
I got marginally excited when the word Bluetooth was mentioned, did I miss something? The big news was I can use a mobile headset, was that it? So I still can’t Bluetooth other phones or my PC? Are we supposed to be grateful that a mobile phone can now be used with a standard hands free Bluetooth headset - no WAIT, did they say stereo headphones or hands free? Guess we’ll have to wait.
WAIT WAIT WAIT!!!
So my really cool PC still can’t talk to the iPhone without using naughty software, which has to be a joke really. Having to load iTunes, which is totally confused as my phone is from one country and iTunes registered in another, as it won’t accept the country I set up the itunes account in, following this? Jeez this is Europe not the USA. AND WHO CARES ABOUT AN APPLE SPAT with AT&T, I couldn’t give a monkeys’ uncle about that. I’m in Europe and what’s more the easy way would be to have hardware not geo-locked at birth. Sure if the people making the apps available want to be miserable and lock them, then so be it. But the device should not be geo-locked. Hmmm raises eye-brows as he knows the reason why, it has damn all to do with some things but a lot more to do with other forms of controls.
NOW BE FAIR ERIC, there were other new things, oh yeah cut, copy and paste – well that’s novel in a mobile phone. There’s an audio sound recorder, with an anorak level meter, so I can record things – another novel addition.
Video, don’t start me. WOW HEAVENS it’s got………………not much really. My two-year-old Sony can boast a higher mega Pixel rating.
It’s got accelerators, and?
OK I’ll keep using the iPhone for the business monitor I use it for and Safari to make sure that those that go down an Apple route can still get to the content we make – well most of it as there are still some bits I haven’t seen being made available to iPhone owners. CAN YOU BELIEVE THE PRICES OF THOSE NEW NOTEBOOKs, I nearly fell over laughing.
Anyway, one nice app for the iPhone is AudioBoo and now I’ve MADE A CABLE, that cost less than a cup of coffee (unlike the iPhone version I’m sure, if there is one), we can take stuff from the studio and upload it. THANKS AUDIOBOO PEOPLE!
Honestly, I’m sure Apple fans are nice people, ALL OF THEM, but please share why they have this implanted need to bum-up Apple.
I’m a PC, I’m a PC, I’m a PC – not I’m NOT! I’m a guy that drives people nuts looking at tech developments, mainly (he says trying to justify things) as I advise on what’s new and more importantly what’s going to make a difference. And what’s more I enjoy that aspect of creativity.
So my message is this – expecting people to pay out more and more for geo-locked hardware will one day come back and bite people who pushed it. Expecting people to pay out more and more for subscriptions to watch TV on an iPhone will drive most to DVD, the PC or considerably worse.I recall an iPod owner saying to me once it was a shame that all the downloaded music could not be used or copied to CD, well I laughed. Nuff said?
If you make it back, the player is now automatic on www.rti.fm as it is on www.mediazoo.co.uk and other places inc that of co-presenter Leigh and if you miss all those places you can find the show Sunday evenings on ReplayRadio.net at 8.00pm UK time.
Thanks for visiting and
Well, you are probably hearing it already LOL.
If you want to change the week you are listening to just use the scroll down feature and select the week you want, normally about six weeks available.
I won't rant on here as the 10April show is a must listen to - SO FUNNY!
So having scratched my head, I thought - I KNOW - I'll see if it helps with an offshore radio blog I've had for ages and to cut a long story short IT WORKED and saved me hours :-)
Anyway, the how stuff is a tad business like so we'll move over to the results.
The Blog is called The Radio Ships is your browser is being silly you can cut and paste the full link into your address bar http://theradioships.blogspot.com
Have fun and DON'T FORGET we now update POSTCARD FROM POPRAD every Friday on RTI
There are some new videos on the TV CHANNEL - High Tatras TV - and thanks to our friends at the Good Ski Guide for being part of the channel!!
Till next time
OOoooo PS - you can now get show updated via Twitter:
Last week we tried RTI phase TWO using PodCasts. It seemed to work. Have a listen and e-mail your thoughts, new e-mail address info in the Podcast.
The new Postcard From Poprad is now on www.rti.fm . I chatted to Tom Shorrock about his UK theartre troop coming to Poprad, plus your e-mails, don't drive a posh car, the UK weather and the PC police are at it again!
RTI, or to give it its full name Radio Tatras International, is owned and operated by a limited (Ltd) company in the UK. That Ltd granted a license to RadioTatry.sro (that's a Slovak limited company) to use the name, trademark, jingles, music etc etc.
As is the case with both the UK Ltd company and the Slovak sro there are often people who wish to buy aspects of a station that has closed or is closing.
At this moment, the Slovak version of RTI is in negotiations with people. Therefore, it continues to broadcast to comply with regulatory needs. When that opportunity came up the Ltd granted a temporary usage license to the sro to continue using the name whilst negotiations take place.
So that's where it is now. Equally, people are keen to buy other pieces of the Ltd company assets - if they do then that is there decision and if they do I'm sure they'll share.
So the truth is there have always been two companies working under the name owned by the UK Ltd.
So what next? Now if I had a crystal ball I could answer that.
I am sure the Directors of RTI Ltd will decide on an appropriate action as and when action is needed.
So moving on - many of the DJs are planning podcasts and that got me thinking, I might join in purely as a presenter on an English based service. I can do that :-)
If we all share a portal we could do rather well, I think.
I could call my show Postcard from Poprad
Now there's a thought. The actual broadcast would originate in the UK so be governed by UK broadcast rules - hmmmmmmmmmm
I'll think about it. If you like the idea e-mail
"We could easily have a vibrant, creative TV industry for no more than 20 per cent of the licence fee grant. Let us get back - honestly - to defining what we really need in PSB terms, and look among the hundreds of existing broadcasters for the most efficient means of providing it."
Yes I do know and have worked with Fred Perkins, Chief Executive of Information TV. However, that said, the piece is very accurate. How and why things have continued the way they have in broadcasting is something that beggar’s belief. I do have a view on why change has been stifled. However, that may influence your view of the piece. Therefore, for now, my views will remain with me.
Enjoy the read.
So what's my answer? YOU!
Gas won't last for ever and people who think that just because they can pump fuels from the ground gives them power are very silly.
The last few days have seen political people from various countries claiming they can fix things and the fact is they could have done so had they acted years ago.
The power is in renewable energy - solar panels, wind turbines. They could easily be added to so many countries, even wet and windy GB, and they could produce huge amounts of fuel.
Both Russia and the UK produce huge amounts of gas and oil, diverting profits from those resources, which they clearly will not do, would make the earth cool down (after a while), avoid the need to build even more pipes across countries.
However, one tiny problem. If you don't hold power by supplying people with power, then you need to hold power by earning respect - not something everyone can do!
As a collective, WE HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THE CHANGE. Use low-energy lamps! Look at investing in Solar! And as crazy as this sounds to some, if you can work from home for a day a week - DO IT! Just think how much energy would be saved if millions of people a week worked from home for one day and saved all the fuel they use travelling to work.
I feel that fits well for RTI in the Slovak Republic.
The official statement of closure can be found at:
So let's think about this, there are LIVE shows and they want full translation - not a chance, sorry not going to work. Well not in the real world.
As it goes it will give me a bit of a break as I've been very busy recently and I am the only real casualty. All the English DJs can still be heard and the funny thing is the Net figures have gone up like crazy, me thinks those that can afford alternative ways of listening are voting via the PC.
The people I am most worried about, obviously some are not, are those that can least afford English language courses. Learning via listening is known to be one of the most beneficial ways to learn a language. And being able to learn via a low-cost FM radio was so logical. If any of those learning via FM manage to get to an Internet Cafe and read this - I am truly sorry you cannot listen and learn now and if we could bring back the English shows tomorrow I work ALL NIGHT to get them to you. However, I fear few on lower incomes will get to this page, as some cannot even afford the cost of an Internet Cafe.
What I have to remind people now is that getting a better job depends on people speaking both Slovak and English. The politicians have said that Slovakia won't suffer the same as other countries during the credit-crunch. Tell that to people when car sales REALLY slow and the need for steel declines, both things will have an impact on jobs.
I could give hundreds of examples of how RTI would help those that need the help most if people in certain places were interested, but I fear it may well fall on deaf ears. However, need the view of a listener - read the letters on www.rti.fm .
NOW DON'T LAUGH, the letter I would like you read is the one that says he couldn't understand me. After a while he could. He also states the English he was taught was nothing like spoken English - he also adds other comments which you should read for yourself.
RTI was started as a service connecting Slovakia and Great Britain. It still does that as Slovak listeners in the UK have not suffered and they shouldn’t. Why should those lose out because of a ruling in Slovakia.
In Slovakia RTI is still connecting the two countries via satellite and the Internet, we’ll aim to let more and more people know of that.
I would like to leave this topic with a reminder. Very soon the analogue broadcasting of FM will stop. Then digital will be the way forward.
Soon cars will be made with Internet radios built in. That means a person with an Internet car will be able to tune into RTI when driving in Bratislava or London.
The funny thing is SO MANY CARS are made in Slovakia. In advance of the new Internet radios being fitted, may I thank the Slovak car manufacturing companies who will make RTI available not only country wide in Slovakia, but also country wide in the UK. Very kind of you and once that happens RTI will have the opportunity to further increase it’s audience with those tuning in having both Slovak and English shows.
Be nice to each otherEric
Congrats to Lewis Hamilton, so they docked him points – hit him verbally and unacceptably – but he showed the grit a lad from the UK (Stevenage, Hertfordshire) has.
There is an old saying, you can push, push and push a Brit again – push him/her one inch further and they’ll push back harder than you would ever believe.
Lewis proved that and all I can say is WELL DONE LEWIS!
Whilst my racing driving was miniature in comparison, Lewis showed the composure needed to be a champion. He balanced that with his skill to make gaps where there are none, to those not having the skill he has.And as to being mature, in Brazil he showed the maturity needed to be a world champion. My personal plea to Lewis is could you at least make your move a few yards sooner if it comes down to the wire again – I don’t think my nerves can take another race like Brazil 2008.
I was clapping, not praying as some say
Freddie, yours truly and Fero commentating
Honest this was before the Queen Arrived
More pics and reports here.
Sky Digital 019594.2FM in the Tatry region of Slovakia
94.8FM in Kosice.
Via Facebook Streema (app) - key word RTI
Wednesday 10 September at 8.00pmCET (7.00pm UK)
Madness/mayhem and LOADS of beautiful guests
Help support our troops whilst enjoying a fabulous day out for all the family. Top of the bill are chart-busting McFly – with seven number 1s and two number 1 albums. Celebrities, artists and the military are joining forces to give families a day out to remember, whilst raising essential funds for Help for Heroes Charity.
The UK Offshore radio hey-days were a great inspiration to me and hopefully RTI goes some way to continue the spirit of those stations. However, in 2008 with young DJs and a mix of quality gold music and the best of the new music. I make no appologies for the fact that when I listened to the offshore stations they were an excellent combination of new and old - so 41 years on it makes sense to follow a tried and tested principle.
But for an hour, we'll go back to the music that radio made me go OH WOW! in those days 41 years back. I hope you enjoy the tracks I've chosen AND respect that for the spirit of those stations to continue - the future is digital.
You can hear my tribute show on the international service of RTI directly after Larry London - see www.rti.fm for times.
Here is the playlist for the hour.
We Love The Pirate Stations – Roaring Forties
Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procul Harum
San Franciso – Scott McKenzie
Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five
The Last Time – Rolling Stones
Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
Have I The Right – Honeycombs
With A Girl Like You – Troggs
Excerpt From A Teenage Opera – Keith West
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Goodbye Caroline – One Shots
See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Kites – Simon Dupree
Keep On Running – Spencer Davies
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
A Day In The Life - Beatles